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  1. I know this may seem sacrilege, but with the price of scrap running as high as it is now, it is worth thinking about weighing some of them in? As an example, you’ve been trying to sell that diesel Mondeo for about £500 for more than a year - it might be worth nearly £400 from one of those car take back places. Vans too must be close to that, if not more. Just a thought, hope things start looking up for you soon.
  2. Imperials were certainly banned from most US demolition derbies for many years due to their inherent strength. Imperials were built on a different body/frame to Chryslers for more than a decade, as Chrysler tried to distinguish them from Newports and New Yorkers in an effort to establish Imperial as a competitor marque to Cadillac and Lincoln, and these were the models that were banned. I think these unique Imperials started circa 1958 and ran to about 1969. This plan of brand differentiation never really worked, so in the early 1970s they were badged as Chryslers again, and became effectively a top spec version of a New Yorker.
  3. I assume Cedric is a monocoque/unibody design and not body on frame? It might not need a jig but you do need someone with the right kit i.e proper alignment equipment to assess it for you. You may need to tell them what (the dimensions etc) it should be though! I think these were type-approved for the U.K. back in the day? If they were then I reckon Nissan U.K. should have the required documentation.
  4. These are not particularly strong, and less so if there is rust affecting the panels or frame. These cars were built on an X frame, which didn’t do them any favours in the impact resistance front. The panels are welded together and then bolted onto the frame, but it’s not a monocoque (‘unibody’ in US speak). The lack of any side frame, standard in the ladder design, meant side impacts were a particular weakness. If you want strong American cars from this era you need to be looking at Chrysler Corporation products. The bigger ones had both a unibody (from the firewall back) and a frame! Somebody crashed a 2009 Chevrolet into a 1959 one about a decade ago. As you might expect, it didn’t end well for the 1959 one. The 2009 Chevy was a Malibu so think Mondeo Mk4/5 size. GM abandoned the X frame quite quickly for them, and 65 onwards Chevrolets went back to a stronger design.
  5. It purports to be information from an American market press release, from ‘Leyland North America’. I’m pretty sure the American BL importer was only ever known as ‘British Leyland North America’. There is only a scan of the letterhead, not the complete press release. Whoever wrote this also makes grammatical errors and there’s a reference to Leyland’s ‘Perry Thomas’. It doesn’t read like the real thing to me. All the information on the car on the ‘BritishV8.org’ site appears to be from this press release. Rover sold cars on the American market at this time, whereas nothing badged Leyland was ever sold there. I suspect a very high level of total bullshit.
  6. It can be done but takes absolutely ages - the only abandoned one we had in our flat parking was also Polish registered so even more complicated as there was no way of finding how who the ‘owner’ was. I think it involves contacting the DVLA to establish who the keeper is, sending them a letter, then a reminder etc. After a certain period of time has elapsed the ‘ownership’ of the car must be transferred somehow to the landlord so they can arrange disposal of it. I have no idea how our management company dealt with the Polish Daewoo, it was unlocked and did occasionally have homeless people sleeping in it so I suspect they were given permission by the police or council to remove it on health and/or nuisance grounds. At the end of the day, if the owner lived in one of the flats, they would have been breaking the terms of the lease by keeping an untaxed/unroadworthy car on the premises (wording and restrictions will vary, but there’s usually a clause about any vehicles being ‘legal’ and kept in reasonable condition i.e. if you are not using on the road it must be on SORN and not allowed to fall to pieces). So the management company could easily argue - to someone who might have been away for absolutely ages and returned to no car - that no compensation was due for the loss of the vehicle as you were breaking the terms of your lease.
  7. The theme tune competition certainly bought back memories. I got The Streets of San Francisco but totally missed It’ll be Alright on the Night! To prepare for the next one, you just have to watch ITV4 & Talking Pictures TV 24/7 for about three months. This is how @MondeoBlues did so well despite his comparative youth.
  8. Many thanks as always to @Six-cylinderand @Mrs6C for hosting, @Inspector Morosefor the choice photographs. and, assisted by @davidfowler2000, the very enjoyable ‘Name that TV theme tune’ competition on Saturday evening. And everybody else for coming.
  9. Best Frontera fact* courtesy of Wikipedia is that the original Isuzu it’s based on is known as the ‘MU’ in Japan. MU stands for ‘Mysterious Utility’ 👍
  10. As usual, there will be some free books/mags available courtesy of Autoshite’s resident librarian. I will also have a few to sell, will put them up separately in the For sale thread. People can call dibs here or fight it out at the FoD for the free stuff: Haynes Laguna 1 Petrol & Diesel Haynes Maestro 1.3 & 1.6 Haynes Montego 2.0 Haynes Talbot Horizon (don’t all shout at once) Haynes Range Rover Classic (Petrol only) Illustrated History of Dennis Buses and Trucks, Nick Baldwin, 1987 (few pages missing at the end) World Sports Car Championship, Cyril Posthumus (bit tatty), 1961 Motor Cycles and how to manage them, Iliffe, 1954, ok condition. The Essential guide to choosing and using your 4x4 vehicle, 1998, a small paperback from Land Rover but does include info on other makes. Trucks of the World Highways, Arthur Ingram, 1979. Dust jacket tatty but good condition otherwise.
  11. It was the Frontera’s 30th birthday recently, it’s a proper classic now: https://gb-media.vauxhall.co.uk/en-gb/03-15-frontera-30-years?idtok=14d9dbbb5415. Blame boredom at work, I went down a Vauxhall corporate-website-rabbit-hole after reading the new electric van news…they do have some nice stuff in their heritage collection.
  12. No real relevance at all, but I watched the film ‘The Detective’ with Frank Sinatra at the weekend. Detective Frank cruises around looking for bad dudes in a ‘66 Fury, presumably a ‘I’ model as it had the small rear lights you were given with this one. Great film for police chod, plus some evil gangsters in a ‘66 Mercury Monterey try to take him out but he lives to detect another day. The oldest car I could see was a 61 Chrysler, the New York climate was not kind to Detroit panelwork…
  13. I would check what’s left of the underside first…Green Bower are a Pembrokeshire dealership, if that car spent most of its life in South West Wales it will have seen a lot of damp winters. I don’t think Volvo galvanised anything on 240 body shells until the final facelift in 85. They resisted rust much better than most 70/80s cars but they didn’t last for ever.
  14. There were quite a lot of SDIs registered on D plates, IIRC the 800 was only available to buy from May or June 86, and this being Austin Rover, there would have several hundred SDIs still in the distribution pipeline/dealer backlots/a random disused airfield nr Cowley. A ‘C’ reg 800 would be a very early car, I wonder if any have survived? I think it was the Metropolitan Police who earmarked the last V8 SDIs, they certainly had some E reg ones. Generally, police forces didn’t really get on board with 800s until the 827 Fastback came out a couple of years later.
  15. I will be there Saturday/Sunday. Probably in the Jaguar as the Mazda is down in Bristol having new front chassis rails for MoT, and it’s 50/50 whether it will be done by Friday at the moment. What’s the weather forecast like?
  16. That looks like a funeral director’s ‘bring out your dead’ wagon. Or private ambulance, to use the genteel term. More stylish than a black PowerAce, I suppose (they mostly use Toyota vans round here). Although the one who has a Vectra C set-up - hearse and stretch limo (!) probably uses a white Astravan, or perhaps a Bedford Rascal.
  17. ^ In the 1970s, price, dealer/spares availability, brand loyalty, driver familiarity. All the brands mentioned above were very expensive and some weren’t really supported very well in terms of things like spare parts availability. They were purchased by owner/drivers and small outfits, who cared more about driver comfort and ultimate longevity, the big fleets stuck to Leyland/Ford/Bedford/Dodge well into the 1980s.
  18. The US and EU have fallen out big time over data rules, and some US sites are so keyed up to track users they don’t work in the EU. I suspect American corporate lawyers being risk averse for the reason you can’t access certain sites anymore. We have just agreed ‘data equivalence’ with the EU, so basically the U.K. will stick to GDPR and likely keep in step with EU changes in the future. Someone who knows far more about the interest than I will tell you how to set things up so you can pretend to be from outside the EU, people do this to access US streaming networks with region specific content.
  19. This Plymouth’s going to be getting 30 mpg by the time you have finished all this filler removal!
  20. I reckon questions have been asked in the Kiwi Parliament about the horrific potential loss of a cultural icon, and Jacinta has slapped an export ban on it. I like ‘Floaty McBastard’ as a ship name though, it’s got a good ring to it.
  21. Chris Bangle is the name you are looking for!
  22. @lesapandreThe Maestro/Montego, excuse the really shit pictures but the best I can do on a phone at the moment! The first design, with the Allegro wheel trims, is credited to Ian Beech and dates from 1977, as ever there was not enough money to bring it out around the same time as the Metro, which was the original plan. All are from the book ‘The Austin’ by Barney Sharrat, very well worth getting hold of if you are an Austin/BMC/BL/AR fan.
  23. To be fair to Bache, he did do the Series 2 in conjunction with a colleague named Tony Poole. Engineering -led by Spen King - did the Range Rover with help from a stylist named Geoff Cromption - the prototype was remarkably similar to the finished product apart from the front and rear ends - although the split tailgate was there from the start. The interior was Tony Poole, who also tidied up the front and rear exterior - these were pretty truck-like to start with. The series 3 was Tony Poole and the 90/110 Paul Taylor. Least you think I am the ultimate L-R anorak, all credit for the above facts is this book, which I picked up for £15 in a discount bookshop
  24. I also question this ‘the 1 series was a stolen Rover 45 replacement design’ stuff. There may have been some chassis bits and pieces re-used but ultimately the 1 series was a dreadful bit of packaging, with very little space in the rear. If it had been a FWD car that would have been even more of a joke, as it wouldn’t even have had the excuse of being RWD with the ‘hump’ for the prop etc.
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