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  1. Lovely! I’d be tempted to leave it just like that to add to the sleeper/ pub landlord vibe.
  2. Great! I knew of this after @BorniteIdentity put a link up for it. Love it, especially like the look of the later models with the front bumper with the deeper chin to it like this one.
  3. Agreed that’s a decent replica e. For extra points swap the kent alloys for those period chromed steels; like the v12s, or chuck an older plate on it. Weirdly I feel a set of chromed wires would make it look more trying too hard/ fake. Having not red as the colour also helps avoid looking like it’s trying too hard which is always the risk with replicas.
  4. HGV driving this week. This was done by the old trio (Clarkson got into hot water by referring to murdering prostitutes) A bit lighter in tone tonight.
  5. Been using the pickup and marvelling at how Un rotten it is. Minimal rustproofing and paint , and in quite a few places no seam sealer even. 45 Californian years have helped a lot. The British climate is a force to be reckoned with and would soon start dissolving the body. I cleaned up things with a wire brush and as it is all so clean I decided to take inspiration from the underbody prep that @TripleRich did on his Granada. After wire brushing and panel wiping I painted some por 15 over the panels. Where there is no seam sealer I will apply some tiger seal with a scotchbrite pad and then after preparing the surface use some upol gravitex stone guard and pump the box sections with wax. I’m doing it in sections, Its a slow steady process but it’s very therapeutic!
  6. Lots of opinions. Lots of rational explanations. Ultimately all of that noise means nothing, just like my opinion. If your like me you only use these sort of threads to validate your own feelings hence if so I think you should and will buy it. And why not. We are a long time dead, it’s all a bit of fun in the end.
  7. From the factory, yes. It’s now got a 305. A lot of noise and a bit of power
  8. My Speedo now works and the needles are visible as I’ve repainted them, but the clock plastic didn’t respond to toothpaste, so maybe a headlamp polycarbonate renovation kit now needed? Californian summers x45 take their toll on interiors
  9. Just doing the school run
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    The shadow played an old Jedi mind trick on the vendor
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    The force is strong in The Shadow
  12. That monty is ace. Love it. I’ve given up hope of finding a Vdp estate - that’l do as it’s got wood. WOULD.
  13. That’s it- you’ve put it better than me; there’s just a bit more substance behind the antics. Clarkson had a long period as a general and motoring journo, and more of a conventional motoring program background as well as more of a general interest in and knowledge of the world. A bit more substance behind things; and perhaps more involvement in ideas and content?
  14. I thought it was a bit familiar. Agreed re production values. Maybe they are on a tighter budget these days? I like the new team but for me the original 3 are more of a satisfying mix to watch. I think even though the original 3 could be very daft as well it was underpinned by cleverness, whereas the new 3 are not, Harris aside. The balance has changed.
  15. I was still having problems with the pickup stalling, particularly on the overrun, with a bit of clever footwork needed to prevent loss of braking and steering on descents. In the end replacing more vacuum line and using larger bolts to seal redundant vacuum tubes has done the trick. Also now the gearbox has a proper vacuum supply it shifts up nicely on a light throttle. This definitely helps the nascar soundtrack as around town it’s relatively discrete and not deafening. I’m finding it amusing that whilst some drivers pick a noisy exhaust and then let everyone know about it, I didn’t choose the exhaust system on the truck and I’m tip toeing around with it. It actually is quite a cruisy sort of vehicle anyway and suits a laid back approach; and anything that avoids kickdown stops Detroit iron heaven/hell being unleashed. I celebrated by going for a pizza
  16. Yove got to do a victor el Camino to have a matching pair. EPIC work
  17. Patina- adjective descriptive term associated with Americans driving into objects.
  18. I’m not sure. It converts fuel into noise in a highly efficient way what with the (farmer) importers nascar tastes. I’m assuming thirsty beast but apparently the 305ci plus quadrajet carb can be ok ish on fuel, relatively speaking 🤪
  19. I also got hold of a roll back vinyl cover for the truck bed. Its not lockable, it’s just about keeping the good old Dartmoor weather out of the back. The company hq is in South Dakota, with a very USA name… Yes the company is called truXedo. A tuxedo for your pickup?
  20. With the allegro sold I now had a 1977 Chevy c10 and a Nissan micra on the fleet. I’m all for a noisy American toy but that micra. Actually I like k11 micras for their chuckability but decided I needed something a little bit nicer as my daily…. Hence I’ve sold the micra and bought a 1992 merc 220ce. In “Nutra” - named after a semi aquatic rodent. It’s metallic brown basically. Probably a very unusual choice in 1992, long before it was rediscovered by car buyers. Its also been very thoroughly gone over. All the stuff that rots or goes wrong has been sorted. Anyway here is the rodent brown merc coupe
  21. I once nearly put k seal in an Alfa 166 v6 because the heater matrix was leaking a bit and apparently it’s replacement is a total war. In the end I couldn’t quite bring myself to do it - but I did tell the buyer the heater matrix was leaking. I know it’s probably ok but I really dislike the idea of k seal. A female friend of mine had a 2002 corsa which started with suspected hgf so she and her dad put k seal in - and sold it without mentioning anything to a private buyer. I was a bit surprised and for this reason I’ve decided not to buy a car from them if an opportunity arises 😂
  22. All 80s hot hatches are now seemingly worth more than the sum of their parts that’s for sure.
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