Jump to content

Formula Autos

Full Members
  • Content Count

    1449
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from chodweaver in Autoshite lexicon   
    Seems like we're expecting a sudden influx of members on this new fangled board doo-hickey, so I've compiled the following (in the style of Viz's Profanisaurus) to allow them to stand a fighting chance of knowing what us saddos are banging on about. Feel free to add any more terms I may have missed. 
     
     
    Bavarian Sierra – A BMW 3 series.
     
    BOL (or Book of Lies) – Owners Workshop Manuals, published by Haynes. Lies are in the form of statements such as “refitting is the reversal of removalâ€Â. These publications have led to much shite being stranded in lock-ups the world over.
     
    Bubble Rovers – the Rover 200 (later 25) that succeeded the R8. Increasingly seen as being loaded with WIN (see also).
     
    Disastra – Vauxhall Astra. Seemingly more Disastraous with successive models – the Mk 1 being seen as something of a WINNAR – mobile (see also), whilst the latest model is seen by some as a bloated example of everything wrong with modern cars.
     
    EPIC – A purchase of outstanding quality. May be an acronym for Excellence Personified In Car form (or that may be utter bullshit).
     
    eBay mongs – A particularly annoying lifeform, who seem to congeregate in this online market. Often reported to communicate by grunting. They can usually be discerned by spotting the tell-tale signs, such as crap/vague/misleading descriptions of their goods (often almost entirely in TXT SPK), upside down pictures, over-optimistic valuations, or offers to buy a grand’s worth of car for “HNDRD CASH – COLCT 2NITE M8?â€Â. Best avoided, although this isn’t always possible. Invariably they know someone “in the tradeâ€Â*, who accompanies them on a test drive.
     
    *or has seen 8 episodes of Wheeler Dealers and is thus up there with Wayne Carini in the knowledge department.
     
    Evil Bay – eBay. Usually described as such by those who have been royally screwed in terms of fees and/or their eBay rating, or who have suffered terribly at the hands of eBay mongs (see also).
     
    Gallic Allegro – Renault 14.
     
    Gopping – Of dubious aesthetic quality, e.g. a Ssang-Yyong Rodius, or David Gest.
     
    Halfrauds – Halfords. Mention of this word is almost as divisive as that of Vauxhall (see also).
     
    HGF – (often prefaced by OMG, to express extreme surprise) Head Gasket Failure. Seen by some as almost inevitable for Kettle series engines (see also).
     
    Kettle series – A range of engines used in Rover vehicles from 1989 onwards. Often suffering from OMG HGF (see also). Sometimes known as K Series.
     
    Grim – an expression of the excellence of a particular vehicle. Grimness is usually determined by the vehicle’s unattractiveness to the general motoring public, poor levels of equipment or appointments, or general poor condition. Grimness can usually be enhanced by paint or trim in unappealing ‘earth’ colours, dubious reliability, and a general “un-MOT-able†air. Grim vehicles are best photographed in a ‘vibrant’ part of town with a blurry camera phone, for maximum effect.
     
    ‘Honda’ engined – A flowery term used by eBay mongs (see also) to try and convince even more mongish punters to buy their K series/ diesel engined Rover on eBay. Were you to believe the pronouncements of these vendors, you would have to come to the conclusion that there are more Honda engine Rover products in existence now than ever actually left Rover’s factories in the first place.
     
    Pisshat – VW Passat.
     
    Pogweasel Pink – A definite shade that red cars fade to over time. Not quite pink, but pinkish, and not red either. Named after a number of afflicted vehicles owned by prolific former member “Pogweaselâ€Â.
     
    Puke – Nissan Juke. Also known as the Joke, Datsun on Stilts, etc., etc.
     
    RATLUK – The needless ruination of perfectly good cars by knobheads trying to be ‘individual’.
     
    ROFLcopter – an almost mythical device that used to be deployed many years ago at times of extreme mirth. Its exact purpose was unclear, but it is possible that the combination of the downdraught from its rotor blades, and the fumes from its poorly maintained powerplant may have sent those in the vicinity into a sort-of laughing gas like stupor, thus prolonging the aforementioned mirth. Not seen for years, it is rumoured that the ROFLcopter was KV6 powered and thus has suffered an inevitable double HGF (see also). Unfounded rumours abound that it may be stashed in Sam Glover’s hangar, behind a DAF.
     
    Scene tax – An extraordinarily stupid levy applied to cars that are seen as being cool, and part of a ‘scene’, which drives the price up to stupid levels. Usually applies to sporty Fords and VAG products.
     
    Shizzle – Shite.
     
    Tagora – A byword for excellence, and a car which ownership of marks you out as being in the Special Forces of shiting.
     
    Top bombing – A pronouncement of approval at the latest ill-advised purchase of shizzle by one of our own.
     
    Unpleasantness (the) – The demise of MGRover in 2005.
     
    Vauxhall – The UK arm of GM’s global car manufacturing business. Possibly the most divisive word you can type into this forum, as if you do this someone will soon be along to tell you “ALL VXLs ARE SHIT M8!â€Â
     
    WIN – An indeterminate quality, but the source of much awe in Autoshite circles. The easiest way to summarise is to say that a Daewoo Leganza has significantly more WIN than a brand new Golf.
     
    WINNAR –mobile – A chariot of champions, such as a Talbot Tagora.
     
    Yankee Allegro – AMC Pacer.
     
     
     
     
  2. Like
    Formula Autos reacted to HillmanImp in Famous Five   
    Despite it being a Volvo you could also play as being Will Hoy from looking at the number plate. 
  3. Like
    Formula Autos reacted to Tenmil Socket in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    @JimH this is the first time I've read this thread and I just wanted to say it's amazing what you're doing ?
  4. Like
    Formula Autos reacted to LightBulbFun in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    Yay! im always happy when I fire up the autoshite and see the Sentinel thread has an update 
    its quite literally like Steampunk project binky
    some very nice and interesting work!
     
    you wouldn't be able to manufacture a set of Model 70 wheel studs would you? @Zelandeth has been having a harder then expected time finding some or finding a shop who will even make some!
  5. Like
    Formula Autos reacted to Talbot in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Given that the floor of yours appears to have borne the brunt of the car being fork-lifted, and it's rotten, and the engine might not ever run again, and the interior is grim, would it not make more sense to buy a Florida and then use all the RHD-specific items from your Sana to convert it to RHD?
    Probably less effort and you'll end up with a far better car at the end of it.  That Sana sounds like you could dump £2k into it and you'd still have a terrible car at the end of it.
  6. Like
    Formula Autos reacted to Talbot in 1991 Cadillac Fleetwood Project Thread   
    Given how few Americans used to use seatbelts in the 80's, that absolutely does not surprise me at all.  No-one used them and many people didn't know how to.  It's absolutely true that American airbags are much more powerful than European ones, as American ones are designed to restrain an un-belted driver.
    You can bet good money that someone in the USA did exactly this, and then when they crashed the car managed to successfully sue Cadillac because it didn't expressly say in the handbook that you couldn't do that.  So Cadillac then change their handbooks.  I'll bet there are several other specific "do not do this" statements in the book elsewhere, based on lawsuits.
  7. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Autoshite lexicon   
    Seems like we're expecting a sudden influx of members on this new fangled board doo-hickey, so I've compiled the following (in the style of Viz's Profanisaurus) to allow them to stand a fighting chance of knowing what us saddos are banging on about. Feel free to add any more terms I may have missed. 
     
     
    Bavarian Sierra – A BMW 3 series.
     
    BOL (or Book of Lies) – Owners Workshop Manuals, published by Haynes. Lies are in the form of statements such as “refitting is the reversal of removalâ€Â. These publications have led to much shite being stranded in lock-ups the world over.
     
    Bubble Rovers – the Rover 200 (later 25) that succeeded the R8. Increasingly seen as being loaded with WIN (see also).
     
    Disastra – Vauxhall Astra. Seemingly more Disastraous with successive models – the Mk 1 being seen as something of a WINNAR – mobile (see also), whilst the latest model is seen by some as a bloated example of everything wrong with modern cars.
     
    EPIC – A purchase of outstanding quality. May be an acronym for Excellence Personified In Car form (or that may be utter bullshit).
     
    eBay mongs – A particularly annoying lifeform, who seem to congeregate in this online market. Often reported to communicate by grunting. They can usually be discerned by spotting the tell-tale signs, such as crap/vague/misleading descriptions of their goods (often almost entirely in TXT SPK), upside down pictures, over-optimistic valuations, or offers to buy a grand’s worth of car for “HNDRD CASH – COLCT 2NITE M8?â€Â. Best avoided, although this isn’t always possible. Invariably they know someone “in the tradeâ€Â*, who accompanies them on a test drive.
     
    *or has seen 8 episodes of Wheeler Dealers and is thus up there with Wayne Carini in the knowledge department.
     
    Evil Bay – eBay. Usually described as such by those who have been royally screwed in terms of fees and/or their eBay rating, or who have suffered terribly at the hands of eBay mongs (see also).
     
    Gallic Allegro – Renault 14.
     
    Gopping – Of dubious aesthetic quality, e.g. a Ssang-Yyong Rodius, or David Gest.
     
    Halfrauds – Halfords. Mention of this word is almost as divisive as that of Vauxhall (see also).
     
    HGF – (often prefaced by OMG, to express extreme surprise) Head Gasket Failure. Seen by some as almost inevitable for Kettle series engines (see also).
     
    Kettle series – A range of engines used in Rover vehicles from 1989 onwards. Often suffering from OMG HGF (see also). Sometimes known as K Series.
     
    Grim – an expression of the excellence of a particular vehicle. Grimness is usually determined by the vehicle’s unattractiveness to the general motoring public, poor levels of equipment or appointments, or general poor condition. Grimness can usually be enhanced by paint or trim in unappealing ‘earth’ colours, dubious reliability, and a general “un-MOT-able†air. Grim vehicles are best photographed in a ‘vibrant’ part of town with a blurry camera phone, for maximum effect.
     
    ‘Honda’ engined – A flowery term used by eBay mongs (see also) to try and convince even more mongish punters to buy their K series/ diesel engined Rover on eBay. Were you to believe the pronouncements of these vendors, you would have to come to the conclusion that there are more Honda engine Rover products in existence now than ever actually left Rover’s factories in the first place.
     
    Pisshat – VW Passat.
     
    Pogweasel Pink – A definite shade that red cars fade to over time. Not quite pink, but pinkish, and not red either. Named after a number of afflicted vehicles owned by prolific former member “Pogweaselâ€Â.
     
    Puke – Nissan Juke. Also known as the Joke, Datsun on Stilts, etc., etc.
     
    RATLUK – The needless ruination of perfectly good cars by knobheads trying to be ‘individual’.
     
    ROFLcopter – an almost mythical device that used to be deployed many years ago at times of extreme mirth. Its exact purpose was unclear, but it is possible that the combination of the downdraught from its rotor blades, and the fumes from its poorly maintained powerplant may have sent those in the vicinity into a sort-of laughing gas like stupor, thus prolonging the aforementioned mirth. Not seen for years, it is rumoured that the ROFLcopter was KV6 powered and thus has suffered an inevitable double HGF (see also). Unfounded rumours abound that it may be stashed in Sam Glover’s hangar, behind a DAF.
     
    Scene tax – An extraordinarily stupid levy applied to cars that are seen as being cool, and part of a ‘scene’, which drives the price up to stupid levels. Usually applies to sporty Fords and VAG products.
     
    Shizzle – Shite.
     
    Tagora – A byword for excellence, and a car which ownership of marks you out as being in the Special Forces of shiting.
     
    Top bombing – A pronouncement of approval at the latest ill-advised purchase of shizzle by one of our own.
     
    Unpleasantness (the) – The demise of MGRover in 2005.
     
    Vauxhall – The UK arm of GM’s global car manufacturing business. Possibly the most divisive word you can type into this forum, as if you do this someone will soon be along to tell you “ALL VXLs ARE SHIT M8!â€Â
     
    WIN – An indeterminate quality, but the source of much awe in Autoshite circles. The easiest way to summarise is to say that a Daewoo Leganza has significantly more WIN than a brand new Golf.
     
    WINNAR –mobile – A chariot of champions, such as a Talbot Tagora.
     
    Yankee Allegro – AMC Pacer.
     
     
     
     
  8. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from Ghosty in 80’s and 90’s stuff that was unsalable   
    My Uncle got stuck in a situation where he could only justify buying another nearly-new Toyota off the local main dealer's lot time and again in the '80s. No other dealer would offer him a decent part-ex on his current one. "Japanese, innit mate?Nobody wants 'em."
     
    Eventually he bit the bullet, took a hit on a part-ex for his Corolla, and "upgraded" to a Mk3 Escort Laser.
  9. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from bunglebus in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    The Asquith, a Ford Transit derived “retro” van from the early ‘80s was originally a movie prop, designed for a reboot of the “Confessions of” series of films which was to be called “Confessions of a Kit Car Builder”. The proposed star of the film, Robin Asquith, reprising earlier roles, stipulated the name of the vehicle in his contract. Although the film never materialised, canny old Robin received royalties on every Asquith produced. 
  10. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    With what looked like (from the way the programme was edited at least) an unfixed chemical loo plonked in the back corner, allowing the Strawbridges to take a dump in full view of the other occupants of the camper van (and anyone passing, due to the windows) right next to their cooking facilities. Classy! 
     
    Also, for all of Angel/Angela’s insistence on everything being “vintage” she seemed very accepting of what is very obviously an ‘80s pastiche of a vintage van. 
     
    Anyway, back to obscure cars ......
  11. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from JeeExEll in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    The Asquith, a Ford Transit derived “retro” van from the early ‘80s was originally a movie prop, designed for a reboot of the “Confessions of” series of films which was to be called “Confessions of a Kit Car Builder”. The proposed star of the film, Robin Asquith, reprising earlier roles, stipulated the name of the vehicle in his contract. Although the film never materialised, canny old Robin received royalties on every Asquith produced. 
  12. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from georgeinabz in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    Vanden Plas magazine was banned in the UK due to its extreme content.
    Often involving much leather and wood.
  13. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from ProgRocker in Automotive bull5hit facts thread   
    Vanden Plas magazine was banned in the UK due to its extreme content.
    Often involving much leather and wood.
  14. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from tooSavvy in 80’s and 90’s stuff that was unsalable   
    My Uncle got stuck in a situation where he could only justify buying another nearly-new Toyota off the local main dealer's lot time and again in the '80s. No other dealer would offer him a decent part-ex on his current one. "Japanese, innit mate?Nobody wants 'em."
     
    Eventually he bit the bullet, took a hit on a part-ex for his Corolla, and "upgraded" to a Mk3 Escort Laser.
  15. Like
    Formula Autos reacted to mk2_craig in Moving forward. Please read.   
    I don't really care what happens in terms of additional sub categories or whatever, as long as someone can change the capital S in AutoShite back to lower case, thanks.
  16. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from somewhatfoolish in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I saw one of these at a car show once and was talking to the owner about it. He loved the thing, but said getting parts was interesting - they were often available, but you had to figure out where you recognised some of them from if they didn't have any makers' marks on them. The grille on his, for instance, always struck him as being slightly familiar. I think he said he'd owned it a few years before he realised it was a Vauxhall Senator grille, fitted upside down.
     
    The rear lights were off another Vauxhall I think as well, and the alloys on his were the same as the one in the photo posted here. IIRC I think he said they were off a rear engined Skoda, of all things.
     
    I got the impression it was a kind of Scrapheap Challenge version of an Elan. Though none the worse for it, he reckoned.
  17. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from Shep Shepherd in Undesirable specs   
    A good few years ago I experienced first hand how difficult base spec can make selling a car. Especially a "premium" one, as this one was.
     
    A neighbour in the cul-de-sac where I lived was trying to sell his F reg black 2 door E30 BMW 316i. His half-arsed attempts st selling it extended no further than telling anyone he met that he was selling it, and putting a for sale sign in the rear side window (on the drivers' side, so rarely seen by pedestrians either). Which meant the sign was only really seen outside his house, in the works car park, and at the petrol station. He didn't go anywhere else much. I thought this was why he'd struggled to sell it. So I low balled him, and got it for a good price. He was happy to let it go as it was an on-cost taxing and insuring it, and he preferred his short commute to work on the motorbike he'd bought to replace it. He did tell me though that anyone who came to look at it commented on how basic it was.
     
    It had no front headrests, an ancient Pye radio robbed out of his previous Cavalier, keep fit windows, and was a bit grubby. There were daft (but easily fixable) issues like number plates that needed renewed as well. Plus (and perhaps most crucial of all?) it had the 316i badge on the boot lid.
     
    A quick spruce up job from the scrappy, where I got a set of bottle top alloys, a pair of matching headrests, and a Blaupunkt radio cassette from a 5 series they had in made it look instantly better. Though I forgot to buy the plastic bits with holes in that also had to replace the blanking plugs currently in the top of the seats. So I had to go back to that scrappy again, and they stung me for these bits. Plus a bit of scrapyard raiding when I took it on holiday to Scotland yielded another black boot lid (a de-badged one at that) with a small colour coded spoiler, some front fogs, and a couple of genuine OEM speakers for the rear.
     
    I also got lucky in that scrappy and found an M Sport gearknob in a crashed 6 series, that screwed right on in seconds.
     
    With all that on it, a good clean up, some plush carpet mats, and a decent advert in Autotrader it sold no bother for a tidy profit.
     
    It drove exactly the same as it ever did, but now it looked like it could have been a 325i or something. I mentioned all the extras I'd fitted in the advert, and got plenty of interest.
     
    The neighbour I bought it off even considered buying it back off me, given how smart it looked. Though he knew what I'd paid him, so offered me less than others did.
     
    So from base spec in looks to top spec, and no bother selling it once that was done.
     
    Mind you, this was in '99. Those looking to impress their neighbours now would just go and get a brand new 325i on PCP or something.
  18. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from ProgRocker in Undesirable specs   
    A good few years ago I experienced first hand how difficult base spec can make selling a car. Especially a "premium" one, as this one was.
     
    A neighbour in the cul-de-sac where I lived was trying to sell his F reg black 2 door E30 BMW 316i. His half-arsed attempts st selling it extended no further than telling anyone he met that he was selling it, and putting a for sale sign in the rear side window (on the drivers' side, so rarely seen by pedestrians either). Which meant the sign was only really seen outside his house, in the works car park, and at the petrol station. He didn't go anywhere else much. I thought this was why he'd struggled to sell it. So I low balled him, and got it for a good price. He was happy to let it go as it was an on-cost taxing and insuring it, and he preferred his short commute to work on the motorbike he'd bought to replace it. He did tell me though that anyone who came to look at it commented on how basic it was.
     
    It had no front headrests, an ancient Pye radio robbed out of his previous Cavalier, keep fit windows, and was a bit grubby. There were daft (but easily fixable) issues like number plates that needed renewed as well. Plus (and perhaps most crucial of all?) it had the 316i badge on the boot lid.
     
    A quick spruce up job from the scrappy, where I got a set of bottle top alloys, a pair of matching headrests, and a Blaupunkt radio cassette from a 5 series they had in made it look instantly better. Though I forgot to buy the plastic bits with holes in that also had to replace the blanking plugs currently in the top of the seats. So I had to go back to that scrappy again, and they stung me for these bits. Plus a bit of scrapyard raiding when I took it on holiday to Scotland yielded another black boot lid (a de-badged one at that) with a small colour coded spoiler, some front fogs, and a couple of genuine OEM speakers for the rear.
     
    I also got lucky in that scrappy and found an M Sport gearknob in a crashed 6 series, that screwed right on in seconds.
     
    With all that on it, a good clean up, some plush carpet mats, and a decent advert in Autotrader it sold no bother for a tidy profit.
     
    It drove exactly the same as it ever did, but now it looked like it could have been a 325i or something. I mentioned all the extras I'd fitted in the advert, and got plenty of interest.
     
    The neighbour I bought it off even considered buying it back off me, given how smart it looked. Though he knew what I'd paid him, so offered me less than others did.
     
    So from base spec in looks to top spec, and no bother selling it once that was done.
     
    Mind you, this was in '99. Those looking to impress their neighbours now would just go and get a brand new 325i on PCP or something.
  19. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from RayMK in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I saw one of these at a car show once and was talking to the owner about it. He loved the thing, but said getting parts was interesting - they were often available, but you had to figure out where you recognised some of them from if they didn't have any makers' marks on them. The grille on his, for instance, always struck him as being slightly familiar. I think he said he'd owned it a few years before he realised it was a Vauxhall Senator grille, fitted upside down.
     
    The rear lights were off another Vauxhall I think as well, and the alloys on his were the same as the one in the photo posted here. IIRC I think he said they were off a rear engined Skoda, of all things.
     
    I got the impression it was a kind of Scrapheap Challenge version of an Elan. Though none the worse for it, he reckoned.
  20. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from Bfg in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I saw one of these at a car show once and was talking to the owner about it. He loved the thing, but said getting parts was interesting - they were often available, but you had to figure out where you recognised some of them from if they didn't have any makers' marks on them. The grille on his, for instance, always struck him as being slightly familiar. I think he said he'd owned it a few years before he realised it was a Vauxhall Senator grille, fitted upside down.
     
    The rear lights were off another Vauxhall I think as well, and the alloys on his were the same as the one in the photo posted here. IIRC I think he said they were off a rear engined Skoda, of all things.
     
    I got the impression it was a kind of Scrapheap Challenge version of an Elan. Though none the worse for it, he reckoned.
  21. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from Cardinal Wolseley in Undesirable specs   
    A good few years ago I experienced first hand how difficult base spec can make selling a car. Especially a "premium" one, as this one was.
     
    A neighbour in the cul-de-sac where I lived was trying to sell his F reg black 2 door E30 BMW 316i. His half-arsed attempts st selling it extended no further than telling anyone he met that he was selling it, and putting a for sale sign in the rear side window (on the drivers' side, so rarely seen by pedestrians either). Which meant the sign was only really seen outside his house, in the works car park, and at the petrol station. He didn't go anywhere else much. I thought this was why he'd struggled to sell it. So I low balled him, and got it for a good price. He was happy to let it go as it was an on-cost taxing and insuring it, and he preferred his short commute to work on the motorbike he'd bought to replace it. He did tell me though that anyone who came to look at it commented on how basic it was.
     
    It had no front headrests, an ancient Pye radio robbed out of his previous Cavalier, keep fit windows, and was a bit grubby. There were daft (but easily fixable) issues like number plates that needed renewed as well. Plus (and perhaps most crucial of all?) it had the 316i badge on the boot lid.
     
    A quick spruce up job from the scrappy, where I got a set of bottle top alloys, a pair of matching headrests, and a Blaupunkt radio cassette from a 5 series they had in made it look instantly better. Though I forgot to buy the plastic bits with holes in that also had to replace the blanking plugs currently in the top of the seats. So I had to go back to that scrappy again, and they stung me for these bits. Plus a bit of scrapyard raiding when I took it on holiday to Scotland yielded another black boot lid (a de-badged one at that) with a small colour coded spoiler, some front fogs, and a couple of genuine OEM speakers for the rear.
     
    I also got lucky in that scrappy and found an M Sport gearknob in a crashed 6 series, that screwed right on in seconds.
     
    With all that on it, a good clean up, some plush carpet mats, and a decent advert in Autotrader it sold no bother for a tidy profit.
     
    It drove exactly the same as it ever did, but now it looked like it could have been a 325i or something. I mentioned all the extras I'd fitted in the advert, and got plenty of interest.
     
    The neighbour I bought it off even considered buying it back off me, given how smart it looked. Though he knew what I'd paid him, so offered me less than others did.
     
    So from base spec in looks to top spec, and no bother selling it once that was done.
     
    Mind you, this was in '99. Those looking to impress their neighbours now would just go and get a brand new 325i on PCP or something.
  22. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from cros in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I saw one of these at a car show once and was talking to the owner about it. He loved the thing, but said getting parts was interesting - they were often available, but you had to figure out where you recognised some of them from if they didn't have any makers' marks on them. The grille on his, for instance, always struck him as being slightly familiar. I think he said he'd owned it a few years before he realised it was a Vauxhall Senator grille, fitted upside down.
     
    The rear lights were off another Vauxhall I think as well, and the alloys on his were the same as the one in the photo posted here. IIRC I think he said they were off a rear engined Skoda, of all things.
     
    I got the impression it was a kind of Scrapheap Challenge version of an Elan. Though none the worse for it, he reckoned.
  23. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from Datsuncog in Undesirable specs   
    A good few years ago I experienced first hand how difficult base spec can make selling a car. Especially a "premium" one, as this one was.
     
    A neighbour in the cul-de-sac where I lived was trying to sell his F reg black 2 door E30 BMW 316i. His half-arsed attempts st selling it extended no further than telling anyone he met that he was selling it, and putting a for sale sign in the rear side window (on the drivers' side, so rarely seen by pedestrians either). Which meant the sign was only really seen outside his house, in the works car park, and at the petrol station. He didn't go anywhere else much. I thought this was why he'd struggled to sell it. So I low balled him, and got it for a good price. He was happy to let it go as it was an on-cost taxing and insuring it, and he preferred his short commute to work on the motorbike he'd bought to replace it. He did tell me though that anyone who came to look at it commented on how basic it was.
     
    It had no front headrests, an ancient Pye radio robbed out of his previous Cavalier, keep fit windows, and was a bit grubby. There were daft (but easily fixable) issues like number plates that needed renewed as well. Plus (and perhaps most crucial of all?) it had the 316i badge on the boot lid.
     
    A quick spruce up job from the scrappy, where I got a set of bottle top alloys, a pair of matching headrests, and a Blaupunkt radio cassette from a 5 series they had in made it look instantly better. Though I forgot to buy the plastic bits with holes in that also had to replace the blanking plugs currently in the top of the seats. So I had to go back to that scrappy again, and they stung me for these bits. Plus a bit of scrapyard raiding when I took it on holiday to Scotland yielded another black boot lid (a de-badged one at that) with a small colour coded spoiler, some front fogs, and a couple of genuine OEM speakers for the rear.
     
    I also got lucky in that scrappy and found an M Sport gearknob in a crashed 6 series, that screwed right on in seconds.
     
    With all that on it, a good clean up, some plush carpet mats, and a decent advert in Autotrader it sold no bother for a tidy profit.
     
    It drove exactly the same as it ever did, but now it looked like it could have been a 325i or something. I mentioned all the extras I'd fitted in the advert, and got plenty of interest.
     
    The neighbour I bought it off even considered buying it back off me, given how smart it looked. Though he knew what I'd paid him, so offered me less than others did.
     
    So from base spec in looks to top spec, and no bother selling it once that was done.
     
    Mind you, this was in '99. Those looking to impress their neighbours now would just go and get a brand new 325i on PCP or something.
  24. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from binhoker668 in No such thing as a cheap car   
    You're going to have to find something very unfashionable in order for it to be in good shape at that price.
     
    Saloons are a happy hunting ground, as if there's a choice (and there always is with mass produced cars at this price) people will always try to gravitate towards hatches or estates. If you just need something to park your arse in and get it from point A to point B, then a saloon is no problem, and actually likely to be a quieter (and thus more pleasant) form of motoring.
     
    So how about going for something that's only ever in demand as an estate in later life? Such as a big Volvo (850 or 700/900, for instance). 200 notes might even buy you a well cared for example if you look hard enough, simply because it's not an estate, and most people won't even go and look at it. No doubt it'll be a bit 'juicy', but ....
     
    If you're hard hearted about it, you can always bin it later and get more at the scrappy than for most other saloons.
  25. Like
    Formula Autos got a reaction from Lord Sterling in Things in car adverts that make you go "Oh F*** Off"   
    An alternative reason for aircon re-gassing being needed is often gifferness. Scary "new-fangled" things in cars like air-con and stereos are often left stubbornly untouched during giffer ownership. The only "new-fangled" thing some choose to master is electric windows, and only then due to necessity.
     
    Why do these people go into dealerships and buy anything other than a povvo-spec car? Badge snobbery is my guess. They're not impressed themselves with all the toys that a Ghia (or insert equivalent non FoMoCo alternative) has, but the badge, coloured bumpers, and alloy wheels should impress the neighbours. Which is the whole point for them.
     
    I'd love to run a new car dealership offering covert "magpie" editions of new cars, with fancy paint jobs, alloy wheels, tinted windows, and a povvo-spec interior with keep-fit windows and sod-all equipment. The giffers would lap them up, and kid themselves that their neighbours are still impressed.
     
    Anyhow, I digress. One thing in adverts that really pisses me off is "valuable numberplate". Sell it seperately then, D46 JOE. I'm not called Joe, or even D46, and couldn't give a shit about it. It's hassle I could do without; cocking about getting the DVLA to change the plate back to its original one. You are a lazy bastard, Mr D46 JOE. Sort it out yourself.
     
    Another thing that boils my piss is modern advert music. This isn't just confined to car adverts, mind. It all follows a simple formula:
    Take a well known song. It should be from the right era for the target demographic you're trying to hawk your shit to. Something they would have in their record collection. Re-arrange said song, so that it's still recognizable, but much slower. Ideally it should be an acoustic version. Find a reedy voiced individual to perform said song. Ideally they should sound like someone who has decided, due to insanity, to sing this song whilst hiding in an attic from the Nazis who are searching the floor below, but somehow reatains enough common sense to sing it at a volume that prevents discovery. Preferably they should be female. Now this has been pointed out, I guarantee you that you will notice this formula in action during every ad-break at primetime on ITV.
×
×
  • Create New...