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    Nicola H reacted to barrett in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I know there used to be quite convoluted tiers of German driving licences (who would have guessed, eh?) and you could drive a vehicle of 250cc or less on an 'easy' licence which was really designed for people riding small motorbikes and mopeds rather than cars - I know this was the case in the '50s but possibly it carried on into the '70s. Otherwise, WHAT IS POINT?
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    Nicola H reacted to MKT in Hoarding for speculation   
    Wonder how many of the SORN Saxos are in use in motorsport. Single venue rallies and circuit racing won't require a car to be taxed so a fair few are probably SORNd.
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    Nicola H reacted to sierraman in The Tragic Near Miss Models...   
    I think you’ve missed the point with the Samara. It was built like a bag of shite because the people at the factory didn’t care, at the time there wasn’t much in the way of competition. If it was built like crap what difference would it have made, they’d have been paid anyway so. That’s communism for you. 
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    Nicola H reacted to djoptix in Bodge Jobs   
    A chap I know had a P38 which went very well, except that the controller for the air suspension had gone fubar. Rather than get it fixed, he managed to break out the connections to each corner (i.e. the electrical connections that tell each bag to inflate/deflate) with a ribbon cable, which looked like it had come from a PC, trailing out of the dash. This entered a 2-gang domestic electrical back box and face plate (white plastic) which sat atop the dash and sometimes fell off when you went round a corner. Four rocker switches were hacked into it to make each corner go up/down. 
    This man also did the sound system for Live Aid 🙄
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    Nicola H reacted to skattrd in Eight Fifty, five tenners.   
    I brought a car back from Jersey by insuring it on the VIN and driving straight* to the MOT station 200 miles from Southampton.
    I did have to pay import duty on it to register it in the UK, after NOVA blah blah … import duty wasn't much, just more paperwork.
    Can I be last in line for this please. I want it, but need to be sensible, so if all else fails I'd like it … if that makes sense
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    Nicola H reacted to ETCHY in Austin Maxi   
    The thing with the Minor is it was lucky &  got "classic" status relatively soon. Lots of people loved it & were affectionate to it. Many specialists appeared to restore & care for it (body parts were being re-manufactured etc)so that's bound to have helped survival. It's also a far simpler car than a Maxi so less to go wrong (conventional suspension & not FWD), bolt on wings etc  & that too helps a car in old age.
    A great many cars & the Maxi is one, were just old cars for a long time & that's a dangerous period for a car as lots of folk won't spend money on them & just run them until something needs doing & then scrap them.
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    Nicola H reacted to busmansholiday in 'just bloody scrap it' - the eBay 'fuck me, what were they thinking' thread   
    Actually, if I had 750 quid spare, and the space to reassemble it, I'd be bidding on that. Far worse than that has gone for a higher price, and being a Kingston upon Thames one adds to the value. Seriously isn't over priced in my view.
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    Nicola H reacted to Jikovron in Idiot Buys 1968 Citroen h van, wants to convert drums to discs   
    If the engine is a 9.35:1 efi then its 160bhp/205lb/ft and aslong as the exhaust isnt restricted too badly then it should still be those figures given the rebuild
    91bhp would be a 8.13:1 twin carb engine with carb restrictions only fitted to LR101s 
    That kit looks to be a custom hub with proprietary disc and c5 caliper , I imagine any brake disc will have to be mounted on the rear face rather than sandwich between the hub and wheel 
    https://www.apecbraking.co.uk/Catalogue.aspx 
    The above catalogue let's you search by dimensions HTH 
     
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    Nicola H reacted to Sir Snipes in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Not so unusual. Spaceship Civics built in Swindon were also exported to Japan. 
    Back in the Bluebird days I'm fairly sure they built the 3-door version in Washington that was never sold in the UK. Maybe the 16v Grand Prix we didn't get, too?
    Also Toyota Japan has also always maintained separate dealer lines, or use to at least (I don't really follow anymore). 
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    Nicola H reacted to jon.k in 2019, if it wasn't for AS...   
    I wouldn't have started so many of my stories with "There's some nutter on Autoshite who..."
     
     
    EDIT: Lightbulbfun, I see you have liked this. I must be honest, you have been the subject of a few of these accounts!
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    Nicola H reacted to Tadhg Tiogar in EuroCarParts - It's a Discount Jim but not necessarily as we know it.   
    I used to go to ECP in Wembley when I had the 635. They were alright back then as long as you kept your parts enquiry to BMW VW or Audi since these were what ECP seem to have started their business with. I get the impression that the rot set in when they expanded to cover other manufacturers, probably spreading themselves too thin.
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    Nicola H reacted to twosmoke300 in EuroCarParts - It's a Discount Jim but not necessarily as we know it.   
    That’s the thing with local factors - the more you use them the better price / service you get . 
    Remember that there main business is garages that spend thousands every month on mainstream stuff , not twenty quid on a sat morning for something random .
    Sat mornings are called Dickhead Day at most factors . 😂
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    Nicola H reacted to tommotech in Slow Sevel Van - VU Français. New Mirror, no gaffa tape!   
    ^^
    And change the taxation class too. For example, a VW T5 Shuttle is a people carrier and an M Category Paasenger Vehicle so may travel at passenger car speeds. The T5 van must adhere to the lower limits for goods carrying vehicles, but is essentially the same except for the seats.
     
    The day-van users need to be wary of taxation class, loads of threads on their forums.
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    Nicola H reacted to tommotech in Slow Sevel Van - VU Français. New Mirror, no gaffa tape!   
    Vehicle category, on the V5, is N1 which is a light commercial vehicle and the gross weight is 2.2 tonnes. Therefore the lower speed limits apply, thankfully (because n/a DW8 engine).
     
    Link here for full guidance document;
     
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles/car-derived-vans-and-dual-purpose-vehicles
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    Nicola H reacted to jollysmart in Collection thread , Van Collected , Value Doubled   
    Yes that's the one.
    They used to have another shop directly across the street but I haven't been there since I finished working in Lincoln.
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    Nicola H reacted to bunglebus in 'just bloody scrap it' - the eBay 'fuck me, what were they thinking' thread   
    Looks like wall art and maybe a desk/sofa to me
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    Nicola H reacted to vulgalour in The "WTF is that?" thread   
    That 1100 is frankly amazing and all those disparate parts have no right working together so smoothly.  Even if it's made of 95% pure Isopon, that's still a serious bit of craft to get that looking  as unshonky as it does.
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    Nicola H reacted to bunglebus in The "WTF is that?" thread   
    Are they Daihatsu Sirion tail lights? Front end is obviously MK3 Astra
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    Nicola H reacted to bezzabsa in Let's buy a Bedford Val car transporter together   
    would love a spin in a coach, started doing my D licence - then got offered a job driving wagons...
    the front screen would be a sense of panic every time I used it though, i expect they're NA by now - or way expensive if you could find one"
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    Nicola H reacted to hennabm in Let's buy a Bedford Val car transporter together   
    To be a motorcaravan the whole of the interior has to be made over to living space.
    The minute you add an area to carry a car for example, it becomes an HGV., same as all the horse boxes with split living accommodation and horse carrying area. 
    Many old buses converted to car carriers and living accommodation are been wrongly driven as motor caravans.
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    Nicola H reacted to jollysmart in Collection thread , Van Collected , Value Doubled   
    There is a slightly less steep way of getting to the end of the railings section, which is the steepest part, when I worked in the city centre  I used to take the less steep route and come down the steep part which can be very slippery when wet virtually every day.  I also had a couple of projects on the go at the top of the hill and outside the castle which meant walking up there every day for a couple of months, sometimes more than once a day. I really enjoyed* it.
    Hope you enjoyed the walk, I'm sure a couple more G & T's will help the recovery.
    Good luck with the collecshun in the morning.
     
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    Nicola H reacted to Asimo in Collection thread , Van Collected , Value Doubled   
    Had a bitter row with mrs asimo#1 on that hill.* Should have drunk more gin, we'd have have been cool then.
     
    **Proper steep bastard that hill is.
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    Nicola H reacted to Wack in Collection thread , Van Collected , Value Doubled   
    And now the descent begins , if you read about a fat man splattered against a wall in lincoln tomorrow that'll be me 

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    Nicola H reacted to Wack in Collection thread , Van Collected , Value Doubled   
    Finally , if I'd known it was that steep 3 pints of Heineken and 3 double gin & tonics would not have been consumed 

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    Nicola H reacted to Mally in Collection thread , Van Collected , Value Doubled   
    I went to Lincoln because I thought it was flat.
    It is on the waterfront.
    Whats that pub called near Premier Inn? It'll come to me in a bit. Edit Jolly Brewer,  some characters in there.
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