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  1. 10 hours ago, Split_Pin said:

    1976 saw the launch of the Chrysler Alpine and the Leyland Princess. I'm also fairly sure that the MK4 Cortina was released around then.

    The Ford Fiesta, Renault 14 were 2 more.

    Apart from the Princess, a lot of designs had a similar front fascia. Big square lights and indicators with an overall a forward-sloping profile.

    Cortina was sept 76 but the 2.3 V6 version was introduced in77

  2. 12 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

    It seems there was a whole fleet!  Harry Ferguson Formula and Dunlop Maxaret ABS for safety.  But no rear seat belts...


    And Vanguards have never modelled it, because...?

    There where 20 all 3.0 ( only in the zodiac normally the zephyr only having the 2.5 version).

    One zodiac was done a Farnham est I think.

    They were paired with a 2wd version for comparison while in service the project was killed by the introduction of the range rover which met all the needs of the emergency services needs in a standard production vehicle.

  3. 9 hours ago, leafsprung said:

    Found a nail in one of the Volvo's tyres yesterday afternoon, approximately 5 mins after the local tyre place closed at midday. With a 250 mile drive this afternoon and a space saver spare I'd rather not chance it. My only option open today was a 15 mile drive to the city branch of the local company as all of their other smaller branches are closed on Sundays. I was there as the doors opened at 9am but was told no chance of having it done as they were 'all booked up M8'. 

    Of course, you can book just about anything online with them, MOT, tyres, brakes etc etc. But not puncture repair. 

    There is literally no other option anywhere locally. Do people only get punctures in weekday office hours now? 

    Yes or they pre-book the puncture

  4. 17 hours ago, flat4alfa said:

    Later, two other big rigs heard about the commotion and popped over to take a look...

    To the left was the Majorette Ford CL-9000 (stamped 1:86 underneath) which brought along a tanker load to try


    To the right was a Matchbox Kenworth K100 (Aerodyne cab, because upper windows) dated 1983.  The cab width measured to.... approx 1:86!  Did need to do something about that 'Dr Pepper' AMX load it normally carries, which is way out of scale to match.  So, a Lone Star (1:86) Citroen DS showed up...


    ...and got ferried home instead


    That's better.

    Always had a thing about the Ford, because of the massive shiny grille.  Also, the COE Kenworth cab is famous* for being the TV series star truck in BJ and the Bear.   https://www.imcdb.org/movie_78564-BJ-and-the-Bear.html


    Unlikely you could make that show today, not with that title anyhow...   Not only that, a Ford CL-9000 makes an appearance in one episode too


    And AMT produced a 1:32 scale model kit of the Kenworth as a TV show tie-in


    The one @eddyramrod build as a lad now lives here, albeit somewhere safe in a box waiting in the queue of restoration jobs to do!  Must get back into the loft where all the project boxes are, but it's soooo cold up there...

    Still have my kit (built).

  5. 9 hours ago, bunglebus said:

    Many years ago there was a 6 wheeled Jag/Capri pickup in Street Machine. The month after it was in the mag they said it was built by someone involved in designing the new XJ6 and it was some sort of test mule. Not sure if it was the April edition...

    Not this one - got stolen IIRC


    Ah here it is - wasn't a bloody pickup at all, that was that XJS one above!


    The xjs pickup was done for I think either wolfrace or 100+ wheels.

    Remember seeing the half jag/Capri parked up in mablethorpe.

  6. Christmas day see a neighbours offspring are in attendance as I'm walking past I notice the drivers front tyre is a bald space saver (07 fiesta) as I'm stood looking out they troop late 20's  with 4 & 6 years old daughters in tow .

    Wasap? so I point out tyre to be told by son-in-law be right ,test runs out march I'll just get another  car!

    I'm speechless as they drive off,  I speak to neighbour few days later who says I know but what can I do they'd only just started talking to us again first time in a month because we interfere to much!

    Remember we share the roads with the people!

  7. The amount of cars I come across with basic obvious faults ( many dangerous ) bald tyres brakes /steering that pull violently mainly family cars ( many with child seats) is unbelievable with the regular excuse being shouldn't the garage/mot/ partner have noticed/said ( often 6 months or more ago) .

    More driver education is what's needed.

    Again this is more to do with buck passing than sorting the countries/world's current problem of the haves not wanting to part with any wealth but the sheepeople  giving even more to them.

    The politicians are hoping the banks are gunna sort things, the banks are hoping business is gunna sort things & business is hoping the politicians are gunna sort things.

    None of them have a clue. None want it to cost them anything  but they'll all wanna take credit for fixing things.

    Things are gunna get worse come spring as people start realising that they can't pay for all the smartarse phone 27's, playbox 8's, & all the other stuff they didn't need for Christmas & they can't go to Costa benicante this year .

    It's gunna be the 80's again as the trickle down effect finally collapses  with some big players going to the wall & the others having to put staff before share holders to fix it.

  8. 2 hours ago, meggersdog said:

    Had a LR defender in today. The new valeter for one of my best customers  brought the car in and complained about a steering shake at anything over 40mph. He said it felt like the car was breaking in half, the front going one way the back going opposite. Put on the ramp and there is a new A frame balljoint on the rear axle and a new steering damper. The car had obviously  just come out of the workshop. Whether the "technician" missed the bleeding obvious or forgot I don't know. The steering drag link was held on by gravity alone. The nearside balljoint had no securing nut what so ever.

    After finding a suitable replacement nut I phoned the workshop manager. The "technician" is the same one who left a wheelbearing so loose it affected the brakes. When it came back from the MoT he spent two hours fucking about replacing the servo, brake master cylinder and bleeding to still have a brake problem. Tightening up the bearing cured the problem. Hope the dangerous twat was given his cards this afternoon.

    Management material if ever was.

  9. LPG at garage I use has been 79.9 last 12 months,other local has for same period been 130.9how do the justify that!is it costing 50p a litre more to deliver to them?

  10. 3 hours ago, MiniMinorMk3 said:

    Talking of models with swastikas, I once sold one of these RIO Mercedes models on ebay, and was amazed at what it made.



    A few months later I had found another, so listed it, hoping to get a similar result, but it was removed by Ebay for cause offence.

    Another model that I have a few of over the years is this Mercedes W125 race car.


    When listing either of these models now I retouch the pictures to cover the black part of the insignia and just put a note in the description that says it has insignia that might offend. Not had any removed since.

    Is that heir flick's staff car?

  11. 5 hours ago, somewhatfoolish said:

    Retaining the gearbox would get it back to 8pts; no-one is going to demand to look inside so most of the gears can be removed and it left in direct drive and a motor mounted on top.


    Old shitters are rubbish in crash tests; hold the front page. Britons have been mucking about with cars in sheds as long as there have been cars, it's a source of considerable economic activity and an outlet for otherwise untapped creativity. It's an unwise govt that seeks to stymie that without good reason; there does need to be regulation but at the moment all we have is some misguided civil servants making shit up as they go, in part because the existing rules are flawed.

    How do people think anything evolves.

    One  That I find really ironic is that one of the world's "supercar" brands started in a shed behind a pub.

  12. 9 hours ago, Yoss said:

    I used to drive around West London a lot and now don't but had to go to Hendon a couple of months ago. I was refamiliarising myself with old shortcuts and trying to stick to 20 whilst also making sure I didn't accidentally stray in to the ULEZ. Great fun.

    As you say nobody was really paying attention to the limit but I did see one camera, I think on Ealing Road between the M4 and Brentford McDonald’s. I've no idea if it was enforcing the 20, it may have been there already when it was a 30 limit but I did have to brake suddenly just in case. Doesn't make driving pleasant, you spend half the time looking at your speedo and half looking for cameras and don't really pay attention to what's around you. 

    Yes but think how safer the roads are & the bonus of someone to blame  without having to even leave the police station.

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