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  1. Every other week the beeb was in court, reporting her latest speeding fine... M4, 96mph (prob 112 but courteous plod felt kind - before the Gatso)
  2. How I chuckled on reading these posts! Richard, the shiny one may be 'right', but chances are greater that it isn't. This one def is, I've just been honest about its condition. RevBJ has the 'skin deep' approach to old cars obviously - which is how much of the less honest classic car trade makes its money. Cleverest bit of all is that if a car does look perfect, but drives orribly, people will be disinclined to use it. So they won't find out what a shabby 'rebuild' they've been conned into buying. And yes, this one does have concours potential - not that I'd ever fancy such an unusual pastime. It just puts into a few words the fact that although it looks a right mess, needs recommissioning etc. it is fundamentally sound and original, hasn't been messed with, etc. Maybe I should have simply stated 'honest and original'.
  3. Driver's door window glass is missing. Extra bumper (as seen on pix) comes with a towbar.
  4. Top job. Since bio-d can be made for under 20p/litre if you've a free supply of waste veg oil, you'd have to drive to Libya to buy cheaper fuel. Will run on veg oil if started and stopped on the thinner stuff.
  5. Stored for a few years, original and lovely - only 36,000 miles. The brakes need sorting but she started on the button with a drop of fresh unleaded. Auto gearbox so twin carburettors, a little rust but do-able. Good panels and interior, £250 but the car must be collected by this coming Tuesday at the latest. Well worth it even if you don't like brown Saabs. Utter timewarp. See other ad here for contct number. http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=210648 Nice short numberplate.
  6. What everyone should be more upset with is the general bullying of MoT garages/testers by the jobsworths working in the offices. My local garage has been intimidated to the hilt, just because he services and repairs cars also, and objected to having to remove his wiper storage from the workshop to somewhere private. These VOSA people can be a bit like untrained/trained nightclub bouncers if they don't understand something. Anyone read the MoT VOSA inhouse magazine? It is reminiscent of 1930s Germany.
  7. I love this thread! Meant to post this earlier: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280650605130&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
  8. Out of the closet, I love 2CVs - as long as they haven't been messed with by people who don't understand em, and that includes some 'specialists'! A battered old one with rust everywhere is often a far better drive than a rebuilt, painted up piece of crap on a shiny galv chassis which is as strong as a piece of melted cheese. Know a guy who bought such a machine for nearly ten grand oop North, it was an utter warthog. Eventually he found a good Cit mechanic who found the engine was fubar, rot everywhere under the filler and shiny paint, steering was k-nackered, full of cheapo nasty parts etc. Ran a '69 car back in the late 90s with no rear windows, a 435cc engine and a soul as big as Jupiter. I used it for a regular 10 mile commute, the previous lad had driven every week to Brussels and back from Kent. Charm itself, felt as solid as a brick privy. 50mpg in heavy traffic and acceleration with short gears as fast as any big-engined 602cc 2cv, but flat out was officially 62mph. Best bit (apart from tax-exemption) was the trafficlutch, a centrifugal thing which allowed you to stop and start in gear without using the clutch.
  9. From what I know it's VOSA who have created a load of little Hitlers in the MoT testing bay. Like so many govt depts, they have taken up the 'more profit/results every year' mantra with zeal. The in house magazine is a true nazi-style publication, and along with their traffic light system and general demeanor is frightening smaller mot spots into failing cars which shouldn't be and creating 'advisory' lists which are there mainly to cover the person/garage doing the testing - not to help the vehicle owner.
  10. Bloke bought a flat twin Citroen for £8k+. Limited production run of black/yellow paintwork, 1982/3 only. Except this one was '88, so really crap steel. Rebuilt on a shaky but shiny chassis. Paint very shiny, but quite a bit of black where should have been yeller and vice-versa. Drove like a dog. Felt sorry for the guy - he knew I know about them and asked for my help. Tracking so far out one tyre (cheapest available) was worn out in under 3000 miles. Down to the canvas. Steering so worn that impossible to set tracking right, but at least the new tyres would last longer than 3k. Engine wouldn't pull car faster than 55-60mph. His old car, traded in p/ex, would apparently sit at an easy 70, 75-80 on a good day. Rot was pouring through the tail panel. He took it back. Bloke refused to co-operate, then reluctantly 'sorted' rust, said engine was 'tight' after rebuild and no two engines the same. 4 months later rust was back worse than ever, engine no better. Trader specialist bloke very reluctantly replaced affected panel and put new piston rings on. Engine no better. Trader specialist bloke told his customer to eff off when car returned again. I had a look at engine, two rings broken. Rest of it looked well shagged. Binned it and put in another, unknown condition but couldn't be as bad. Changed the box at the same time as the original was nasty and scrapey. Front wheel bearings done also since they were noisy. Recon steering rack, old one almost fell apart. And 2 kingpins. Car went shedloads better, easy 70. But this highlighted summit else. Whole thing shook and shimmied violently above 60, like nothing I've ever known. Sent wheels to be balanced - "where the fuck are these from?" tyre man asked. They were shiny, but not round, unfortunately. They were also about half an inch out of true. Made in South America. Holy moly. Found a set of old but good wheels, 'Michelin, Made in France'. Car begun to go somewhere near, as much as it could on a chassis which shimmies all over the place. Most sad of all, his old car (same sort) was on a decent chassis and just needed some panels and paint. Think he got £300 for it.
  11. '70 or '71 RR for me, better quality materials - aluminium especially. But they're not cheap if worth having. I thought the Conran interior was good, too - understated, yes, but it worked well with the vehicle and was practical.
  12. I think that's true, although the rate of increase in value may well be just as much a reason - I've known some clubs where they're cars are worth loads and loads and they're spot on. 2CV values have risen quite sharply (£2k for a belter now £6k for same) over the last seven or eight years, the club appears to have changed beyond recognition, to my eyes at least. Could also be a prob if changing type of membership, from those wanting a good car to use to wanting a smart car to show.
  13. the script in speech marks is your words, not mine! I don't think the Defender is bought just by flash-car-seeking poseurs, alot of farmers still buy them new - surprising as it may seem. And for the poseurs, almost any design would be better than the mess of a dash it has currently - both ergonomically and aesthethically. I wasn't suggesting a vehicle without abs, aircon, bluetooth, tc etc but just something with a little style. It's only the sheep-like tendencies of sales depts and their power over everyone else which makes it impossible to sell wind-open air vents as well as 'climate control'. As with many vehicles, the styling of the LR has become more of a mess as the years have gone by. You can see this with many older vehicles and their values, and people often seek out the ultimate, old body combined with later running gear. Because it's usually the un-messed about original which is the most aesthetic and pleasing. You've only got to look at a Citroen DS dashboard and how it was ruined down the years. All it will take is a marketing 'genius' to realise that now people know nothing other than fully-loaded cars, the idea of simplicity - if well executed - may well sell (it always has) and make more profit to boot. For years it has been gizmos and extras which have made the money, everything goes in circles, not least fashion. Look at how car radios used to have 101 tiny buttons on them until someone realised the public beyond the teenager just wanted a large, rotary volumke knob and some simple decent sized buttons. As vehicles become more of a consumer good like a tv - use it, when it breaks throw it away - then fashion, and reliability, will become even more important. With electronics there's no need for a dashboard to resemble a control centre even when there's a plethora of gizmos - and complexity doesn't suit everybody. As for the Santana, I'm not sure what you're trying to say. There's an informed debate here: http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=34542
  14. Totally agree, same goes for the fencing comment
  15. Once drove a Cherokeet, it may have been a spectacularly bad one but no matter what you did to a Disco, bar sawing its chassis in two, would make it as orrid as that thing. I love the original Conran Disco interior, best of the lot. Saw a 09 Defender dashboard the other day though, you've got to laugh. Sad how nobody in the engineering dept dares say what they think. Return to the style of the Series 2 dash and I bet sales would rise instantly, so long as the heater worked well and they put a few more numbers on the speedo.
  16. Some seem a lot better than others, values and whether the cars are seen as worth collecting has an effect. When 2CVs were driven by students, engineers, writers, poets and authentic eccentrics the club was magical. Today it appears awful, cliquey beyond belief, over-restored cars which are given knowing nods by those who pretend to know - shiny is good, even when a shiny chassis is not up to strength, paint is way too thick and panels don't line up etc etc. You can just tell that sort of car which will drive like a right dog, even though all the bits have been replaced (with special cheapo shite from South America). A keen 2CVer friend dragged me round their annual rally last year since we were passing, even he agreed it was dire. Quite glad they weren't all geting excited about 'rocker cover racing', don't think I could have stood there and said nothing! Even the specialists are infiltrated with a few unpleasants, who threaten to sue the club if anyone dares tell the truth about them on a web forum, apparently. Similarly the 'I'm cool' VW brigade who lavish thousands trying to create a correct patina of age even though the vehicle is straight out of the full resto. So many of these clubs appear full of those who would struggle to have good friends outside of the clubs, with some honourable exceptions proving the rule. I once went along to a local club pub meet, believe me, I didn't realise life for some is so awful they prefer that sort of thing. The experience will last with me a long time, wish it wouldn't. Equally there are some awesome groups about, the Citroen Car Club has some very interesting people along with the anoraks, the SM lot are priceless but get criticised within the CCC for not being socialist enough, staying in superb hotels and generally making the Bentley Drivers Club look like a bunch of chavs. Agree with the comment about the BX lot, too. The treasure hunt or mass outing creates havoc on our already clogged roads, the British seem peculiarly good at making what should be a pleasure summit quite orrid. The Frogs are different again - they want to use their machinery to its full capability. My 2cV mate told me about the club spares scheme, it has a holier-than-thou reputation, yet when they ordered a load of repair panels the specs were wrong and a load of money was wasted. Yet nobody was bollocked. Shed loads of members money tied up, too. He showerd me their mag - it's as different again from the old photocopied typewriter thing I used to enjoy and rivals a Saturday paper magazine for presentation, but full of self-compliment and sadly the PC producers don't dare fill it with anything more controversial than a cake recipe. What's most interesting is how internet based forums have spawned their own meets, purely from enthusiasm and a wish to swap stuff - quite a different kettle of fish as anyone who appears a pain or useless won't last long on the forum anyway. I've been to one and it was cracking. Those who have a need will always get together, it's much easier with the net, it's when some group of self-obsessed would-be politicians take the reins and realise the potential for power and kudos that things go wrong. The amounts of money swilling around in some club coffers are amazing...
  17. Good for some things, other stuff makes me cringe. Like gazing under bonnets like someone who's never seen an engine before, or driving in long convoys in a big circle, annoying everyone else who's trying to go somewhere.
  18. Went on a 6th form pre-uni weekend to Chester courtesy of McApline, zoomed up the M6 in a 1300 Maestro to the nuke sub spot at Barrow - way comfier than an equivalent Golf. 95 all the way. Engine was a bit obvious, but pulled ok up hills at 90, 4 up.
  19. Disco=modern classic. Loads of H, J, K reg ones in daily round us, workin hard. Rear floors go but repair section apparently £5.50 from main stealer.
  20. Noisy rear brakes on a shite late snail (esp with shite aftermarkt chassis) is simply a high freq vibration, cured with a simple bit of welding. Sounds like your speshlist is a bit/lot shite? Unless you ordered a pair of worn out drums...
  21. Pacific Rim. Good term. These ones always dump you in the sh when you're near the limit. Little warning, you're gone.
  22. or a 96/97 A6 2.5tdi for £1500-2k. Won't impress the naybors as much but will impress the driver, conductor and cargo more than any 4 pot VW-Skoda.
  23. Not only did neither of these cars drive well, they were as unreliable, poorly made and cynical as the rest of the Ford crop of the 80s. By 60,000 miles they felt like they'd been to the moon and back - at the end of a day driving them around my Dad's old Saab felt like a brand new car, even with 170-odd thousand miles on the clock.
  24. You're definitely not alone on that. In fact I think most of Triumph's restyles around the start of the '70s were pretty successful. This wasn't exactly horrible, but became a sexy bit of kit when it morphed into this: And this was formed around the same time from the same base vehicle (big differences, I know, but 2000 still begat Stag): This: was successfully restyled (via a couple of steps) into this (OK there was the whole retro-fitting RWD issue as well, but hey, let's not delve into that here): I guess most people would prefer the look of the re-styled models. It's all subjective though. Think the 2000s were neither an improvement nor unsuccessful. The estates were always the best looking, in my eyes. Interiors good also, I used to love the smell and the quadrant indicator display. The Dolomite was a backwards step at least in terms of the way they went, had a 1300 (before Dolomite but rwd) and a friend had a fwd 1300. No comparison in any respect. The suspension on the Dolomite seemed to have less travel, and bounced terribly along fast backroads which the fwd made mincemeat of. Once went out with a girl who said her Dad had engineered the fwd-rwd swap and told her what I thought! She seemed as uninterested that I was slagging off her dad as he had been doing the engineering. The project had probably been given £1500 to do it all.
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