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Ian Mac

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  1. I'm guessing the red car in Hibaldstow is G204PND? I used to own the car and sold it in 2005 to a Spanish guy who lives up that way. I haven't seen him with the car since the SALT rally in June 2009 but I understand he still owns it.

  2. Hi Warren - I am Editor for the Yugo Club magazine so any info on the Sana would be greatly appreciated.


    I have already said previously that this 313 is an important car being the only known surviving example in the UK and even when new extremely rare. Unfortunately in Yugo circles rarity doesn't equal financial value. Nonetheless, we are extremely interested in this car and keen to keep abreast pf progress. They're not known for electrical problems so the indicators and heater fan are unlikely to be anything sinister - probably fan switch and flasher unit at an educated guess.


    As correctly stated the car is basically a Fiat 128 but as someone once unkindy commented;"Yugo took the best that Fiat had to offer and spoilt it..". In short, a Yugo will never drive as well as the Fiat equivalent as it was built down to a price. I have upgraded mine by fitting Fiat 128 dampers (much firmer) and decent tyres which have totally transformed the handling. Many enthusiasts in Serbia upgrade to Fiat X19 spec which is ok I guess but not for me..!!


    Rust isn't usually a huge problem - rear sills, inner arches and jacking points are generally as bad as it gets.


    Keep us informed.


    Ian (mac311@zastava-yugo.co.uk)

  3. If you 'hack away' the clamp you could be charged with criminal damage although it is perfectly ok to remove the clamp without causing damage. One possible method is to deflate the tyre which may loosen the clamp and allow you to drive out of it. Another more extreme option is to dismantle the hub at the roadside. If your car is front wheel drive though this may involve removal of the complete driveshaft as you'll be unable to access the hub nut.


    As a resident director of a managed estate however I do appreciate the problem caused by incorrect parking. In short, If you're a tenant it's the responsibility of your landlord to resolve any issues - there is no point in going into battle with the management company as their contract is with the owner of your property rather than you as the tenant. Your estate should have resident directors though so it wouldn't hurt to track them down and discuss your concerns. Basically, a resident director is simply a property owner who lives on the estate and has volunteered to become a director (unpaid) to help make sure the management company fulfil their obligations. if you have no resident director then personally I'd be inclined to move as it basically means no one gives a damn about how the estate is run and the property owners are only interested in their monthly rental income. PM me if you need further advice.



  4. I'm keen to improve my photography skills but I only have a Sony Cybershot 7.2 megapixel with 4x optical zoom and a 'smile shutter'. Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced better alternative or can I do stuff with this camera I'm unaware of? :oops:

  5. Tax exempt cars aren't subject to any mileage limitation although the original idea was based on Government recognition that most vehicles in the exempted class only received limited usage for shows etc. This doesn't necessarily apply nowadays as more of us are using our old car as everyday transport. My Yugo is currently my daily driver until I eventually get the Volvo on the road. The Yugo will be 30 next year and to be honest I don't mind paying the road tax. I'd mind even less if the condition of the roads could be improved but thats another story... :roll:

  6. We have a huge national debt and rising unemployment so the re-introduction of a rolling tax exemption is unlikely to happen any time soon, probably never. To grant this sort of perk to one sector of the motoring public whilst everyone else faces annual road tax increases would cause a huge public outcry and it would be highly irresponsible of the government to even consider it. Far better that people who use old cars keep them well maintained and continue to prove that we have no significant detrimental effect on the envirionment because make no mistake, the green lobbyists would prefer to see our cars off the road completely so this isn't a good time to press for greater perks. After all, we choose to run old cars but I'm not sure that means everyone else should pay for it.


    In my humble opinion.. :wink:



  7. The Yugo will be fine on unleaded although I tend to use a lead additive in mine every now and then. I've also retarded the ignition very slightly as it does have a slight tendency to 'pink' sometimes.



  8. As I'm fairly new on here i thought I'd introduce myself with some background of my motoring history. Some of you will have noticed that I'm co-founder of the zastava-yugo club uk and editor of the club magazine. However, my association with Yugos only started in 2008 when I bought my 1983 Yugo 311 which has since become extremely well known in East European car circles. Prior to that I had owned eight Trabants since the Wall came down in 1989 and also several Volvo 340s, including a 1987 example with just 27000 miles on the clock which I sold just a few months ago to make way for my second Lada Samara. Until a couple of years ago I also owned a 1989 Metro and was an active member of the owners club. I've also owned and restored several Citroen 2cv / Dyane models and during 2003 / 2004 had my own column in the 2cv GB club mag. My other four wheeled passion is the ADO16 BMC range (Austin 1100 etc etc) having owned two MG1100s, a 1964 Austin 1100 and a 1972 Austin 1300 Countryman which won best in class at the 1100 Club National Rally at Rufford Abbey in around 2001 from memory.


    My other interests include restoring vintage radios, collecting jukeboxes (as and when space and finances permit) and singing - I manage a reasonably credible (bald) impression of Billy Fury although I concede I'm not quite so good looking.


    By trade I'm a qualified mechanic and now work in a technical trouble-shooting role for a car leasing company. I am also a volunteer director for the management company which looks after the estate where my house is built.


    Well, thats me. Over to you.... :wink:

  9. I was an apprentice mechanic in the mid to late seventies and one day an old couple pulled up on the garage forecourt in a Reliant Regal Van. The elderly gent came to the Service Desk where I was doing my stint and asked if someone could fit the spare wheel as one of his rear tyres had a puncture. We sent another apprentice out with a trolley jack which he promptly used to lift the car under the middle of the rear axle whilst the elderly lady was still sitting in the passenger seat... The car balanced momentarily on the trolley jack and front wheel before tipping gracefully onto its side. The only people not laughing were the old couple and the garage Service Manager who looked as if he was about to explode... :lol::lol::lol:

  10. I just had trouble logging-on and had to answer a security question - "What year was Datsun founded?".... Needless to say I failed but the next question was easier - "Which manufacturer builds the A2 and A3"...


    Whatever happened to your mother's maiden name, first school or favourite singer for heavens sake..............

  11. My Volvo wears K296LES which is the number issued to it when it was new. Not that special but I suppose its ok if you're named Les.. I've had a few online valuations which place it somewhere between £600 - £1000 so not bad for a car I paid £800 for...

  12. I worked for a Renault dealership from 1981 to 1985 in the days of the Renault 4, 5, 6, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 30 - they were great cars and full of character. We also saw a few Renault 8 and 10's plus the 'new breed' of Renault in the form of the 9, 11, 21 and 25 - where did they all go? It all went wrong with the introduction of the 19 and Laguna although I must confess to having a soft spot for the Safrane and first generation Clio... :oops:

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