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    Nicola H reacted to LightBulbFun in Korean Cortina - it's amazing what difference 10mm can make!   
    this is like Autoshites own Project Binky right down to the custom brackets for every last Mm of space and custom AC fabrication  
     
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    Nicola H reacted to busmansholiday in Bus Shite (I'VE BEEN PAPPED, NOOOOOO LOL)   
    They build all sorts of shite, including railway trains / coaches.
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    Nicola H got a reaction from They_all_do_that_sir in Bus Shite (I'VE BEEN PAPPED, NOOOOOO LOL)   
    despite the  name sounding more like it's from the far Orient  , they are Spanish https://www.sunsundegui.com/en/presentation/history/
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    Nicola H reacted to willswitchengage in Truck Shite   
    In London especially those 'high visibility' low entry cabs are becoming more common for stuff other than bin lorries. They all seem to be the Merc Econics though as opposed to the Dennis Elite things.
    Dennis does export though, I saw a truck carrying Renault-badged Dennis bin lorries on the ferry recently heading to France.
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    Nicola H reacted to LightBulbFun in Shite Down Under - Tat of the Giffer Variety   
    heres a meme I stole to keep things positive  

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    Nicola H got a reaction from Burnside in 1993 L reg Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i LS. Mot'd May 2020, £425 or Roffle now for £7.50 a ticket! West Mids.   
    my  dear departed  dad   had a Nautlius  1.7  td  as a  company care in the mid 90s   ( either an LS or a GLS )
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    Nicola H reacted to kinkersaab in 1993 L reg Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i LS. Mot'd May 2020, £425 or Roffle now for £7.50 a ticket! West Mids.   
    Nautilus green  iirc.  used to sell  loads of ex leaqse ones of these in the 90s  great cars. 
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    Nicola H reacted to Burnside in 1993 L reg Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i LS. Mot'd May 2020, £425 or Roffle now for £7.50 a ticket! West Mids.   
    Good shout with the Carlton. My Uncle had a face lifted Carlton Club Estate which I admired as a kid. Finding one within budget might also be a challenge but I would certainly consider one. Was thinking  of possibly a Omega Estate as a suitable replacement? Not sure if a 2.0 pez would be ok or I'm better of trying to seek out a Diesel. Would love a V6 but my wallet says no.
    Spoke to the garage about my Cavalier earlier today and it won't be ready till Monday! So will do my best to get some photos of it before next weekend depending on how I'm doing for time.
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    Nicola H reacted to RobT in 1993 L reg Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i LS. Mot'd May 2020, £425 or Roffle now for £7.50 a ticket! West Mids.   
    I'd suggest a Carlton estate, but they all seem to have vanished.  A 2.0 8v would do nicely.  Can't imagine it'd be too slow either.
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    Nicola H reacted to lesapandre in Polish Shiting   
    "We choose to buy unfeasible cars, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept" JFK-ish
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    Nicola H reacted to Bag'O'Spanners in Bus Shite (I'VE BEEN PAPPED, NOOOOOO LOL)   
    From my background, rail... Interlocks are series of switches/relays/contactors to close safety circuits that then allow something else to operate. I.e. if the train door interlocks don't close, the train won't allow tractive effort (powered movement).

    Back on Nationals, the noise of the things used to scare the Christ out of me as a child.. became a morbid curiosity and then a fascination.

    Did I confess I'm a sad bugger yet?


    Sent from my moto g(7) using Tapatalk


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    Nicola H reacted to mat_the_cat in Korean Cortina - it's amazing what difference 10mm can make!   
    Possibly!
    Just realised I didn't mention the handling - I won't lie and say it's turned it into a great handling car, but it does at least feel safe now, and more like how I remembered it. Previously I think that the offset was exaggerating the effect that the scrub radius was having on reducing the steering effort, so (in the wet especially) the steering could go unexpectedly light as you were cornering, robbing you of feedback about the grip levels.
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    Nicola H reacted to Skizzer in Korean Cortina - it's amazing what difference 10mm can make!   
    Definitely good-looking.
    Stellars were always quietly handsome things, in my view; a bit lacking in excitement perhaps, but you’ve kinda fixed that with yours...
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    Nicola H reacted to 17-Coffees in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Soon to be selling over priced ‘specialty foods’ at an event near you...
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    Nicola H reacted to vaughant in It is shite but.....   
    Vauxhall's have had a bad name in the past, particularly that generation but I think it's unjust.
    I think they're really as well put together as a Ford of that generation but rust a lot less. 
    Saying that the two I've bought in recent years both had engine issues ( one known one not) but even replacing those cost buttons and then no other issues afterwards, one I used as my sole car back and forth to Scotland (1998 1.2 16v Corsa b)  for 2 years with never so much as a sniff of a problem.  Electrics always seem good, interiors wear well, they always seem way more economical than they should be and love the motorway.
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    Nicola H reacted to dieselassist in It is shite but.....   
    ...I never used to rate an Vauxhall/opel product, but im sort of converted now as my brother bought an 07 Astra 1.8 SRI there end of last year; I stumbled across it in a mates yard n messaged the pics to my brother n he said hed have it on the spot as twas cheap at the time- needed a windscreen n brake work - all 4 discs n pads; had stood in the yard for a bit; I did all the brakes on it including a fluid flush- it also needed mirrors replaced...
    ...we turned it round n its now a nice car to drive, as he got it low miles; big brakes on them 'as stock' n his has the sport button for extra fun - it drives real well n can handle when pushed hard... downsides to a 'big engine' here is 'big tax - but he put 6months worth of government bear matt on the window; its got daft big 18in rims n rubberband tyres on it, I told him to change them when were getting it ready to test it - these days hes conceded they are 'horrid' is shopping for 16 or 17in saab rims at the moment...
    On the downside; the paintwork isn't great; I spose this is because it was laid up - its bubbles badly n is peeling - not a huge concern as its very reliable n not hugely thirsty 'driven round the town' etc....
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    Nicola H reacted to martc in Truck Shite   
    I believe the holders are dismountable and stored in a big shed and the wagons used are standard flat backs. But the trade is seasonal so the haulier drags out whatever isn't in use for regular work - ie the old snotters. This is a bit of a gamble (see Vin's comment above) as they need to get from field to factory in <90 mins.
    Today I saw two FH's on pea duty. And an old Scania that looked like it was owned by a Mod with magpie tendencies.
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    Nicola H reacted to barrett in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Indeed. The Quattroporte IV is one of the best looking saloon cars of all time. An outrageous Gandini wedge smoothed out so subtly it almost becomes anonymous. On my bucket list, but only a completely debadged example. Just gorgeous.
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    Nicola H reacted to RoadworkUK in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    Mitsubishi is an Eclipse; most commonly seen stateside where they were also sold as the Eagle Talon. Had a starring role in The Fast and The Furious, which is a film about brightly coloured cars and tattoos.
    Quattroporte IV is probably my very favourite Marcello Gandini work – puts me in mind of a four-door Diablo or Cizeta Moroder V16T.
    Interesting fact about the Quasar is that it was actually designed by Pythagoras.
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    Nicola H reacted to quicksilver in Great number plates - got any?   
    PurpleBargeKen's new motor?
     
    I saw 15 SAD today on a W210 Merc E-class. It looked pretty happy though.
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    Nicola H reacted to Datsuncog in eBay Ringing Kits   
    Where's this guy when you need him?


     
    "So you're telling me this V5 belongs to your genuine 1959 Morris Mini Minor, which you've inexplicably 'modified' with a big rear window, big rear lights, no visible door hinges, an A+ engine and slightly faded 'Sprite' stickers?"

    "Erm… yes."
    "Fucking bollocks - get in the sea, you lying twat."
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    Nicola H reacted to sierraman in eBay Ringing Kits   
    To my mind there’s a big difference between buying say a 1970 MGB, finding out it’s got the structural integrity of a quails egg then reshelling it and telling the next owner exactly what’s been done and someone selling a Escort Pop on as a genuine RS2000. 
     
    Years ago someone looking at an Escort RS2000 would probably know the identifying signs of one, when they were worth a couple of grand tops as it was likely they’d be an enthusiast. Now they are being bought as a bit of a speculative investment the chances of it being spotted are less I’d say as they are less likely to be bought solely as something to enjoy at a weekend and moreover something to buy and hopefully make a few quid on. 
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    Nicola H reacted to quicksilver in Late registration madness   
    That's a very good point and surely he's already paying out far more than he needs to. As a 2002 car it'll be on emissions-based tax which I guess will be pretty high as it was built to 1970s emissions standards (although there's no CO2 figure on its DVLA record) but getting it correctly registered as a 1977 car would put it straight into tax and MOT exempt territory. He's Italian so maybe he isn't familiar with the intricacies of the UK licensing system and doesn't realise how much money he could save by getting the error corrected.
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    Nicola H reacted to Pillock in Late registration madness   
    I wonder if that will eventually bite him on the bum with emissions and tax being based on a 2002 car rather than a 1977 car? He's got to wait another 25 years for historic tax surely?
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