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    solid61 got a reaction from Disco Fever in My, how you've grown...   
    You are dead right about poor visibility,on my fiat stilo the A pillars are so big that more than once when coming up to a roundabout I have to look twice to make sure there are no cars/motorbikes on the roundabout hiding behind them,not good!!.While on about size of moderns,some friends recently chopped an old Xtype jag for a new astra coupe thingy and the astra wont swing into their awkwardly shaped garage, but the X type fitted in the garage no problem.
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    solid61 got a reaction from Junkman in My, how you've grown...   
    You are dead right about poor visibility,on my fiat stilo the A pillars are so big that more than once when coming up to a roundabout I have to look twice to make sure there are no cars/motorbikes on the roundabout hiding behind them,not good!!.While on about size of moderns,some friends recently chopped an old Xtype jag for a new astra coupe thingy and the astra wont swing into their awkwardly shaped garage, but the X type fitted in the garage no problem.
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    solid61 reacted to Junkman in My, how you've grown...   
    If there is one thing I can say in favour of the newfangled behemoths, then it's that I like the 'because we can' factor.
     
    "If we'd stop doing things just for the heck of it, it will be a very sad day indeed".
    (Sir Donald Campbell)
     
    But.
     
    The 1971-1976 GM full-size range, in particular the A-Bodies (Cadillacs, Buicks, and senior Oldsmobiles, i.e. the Ninety-Eights) were arguably the largest mass-produced cars delivered in automotive history. The severely downsized 1977 models are often seen as a result of the OPEC oil embargo by the ones not in the know, however, this is not the case.
    Given the 4-year lead time of new model development at the time, the decision was obviously made well before the Sheiks turned the oil tap control wheels clockwise. If you add the managerial decision process and the lead time for persuading the bean counters to clear the funds for the development, the initial decision was actually made shortly after the 1971 models were launched. If I then believe some people I know who actually worked in the GM design studios at the time, the reasons for downsizing were a lot more trivial, namely to maximise profit.
    Let me explain.
     
    - The cars had reached a size that allowed fewer cars being on the assembly line at a given time, which reduced output.
    - The heft of the cars required such an amount of raw materials, that a certain profitability threshold was passed.
     
    Consequently the decision to downsize was made to reduce unit production cost. Making the cars smaller not only rectified the above mentioned points, but since the smaller cars no longer required the expensively to produce Big Blocks to perform well, those could be deleted as well.
    In the end, the 1977 GM full-size offerings were reduced to a 116 inch wheelbase, last seen on the 1955-1957 models, or the Intermediates. They also were a whopping 550 lbs lighter than their predecessors on average. Other US manufacturers followed suit with the usual delay and a lot more haphazardly developed shite, to merely counter the GM marketing offensive, and not as a reaction to the oil crisis either.
    I just thought this completely pointless piece of useless trivia might interest the odd autoshiter.
     
    However, considering the above, I see history repeated. With that, I think we will see yet another generation of yet bigger cars in Europe, before downsizing commences. Currently, the new car offerings in Europe are a slap in the face for any self-respected engineer, but that's probably only my opinion, as usual. Please be aware that I actually am a graduate automotive engineer who aspires to the demanding standards set by the likes of Spen King.
     
    Oh, before I forget, the downsizing of passenger cars in America has led to the daft septics now predominantly buying lorries. Because they can.
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    solid61 reacted to HillmanImp in The £73 Suzuki Alto... Now sold.   
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    solid61 reacted to trigger in The £73 Suzuki Alto... Now sold.   
    If i may, here's a quick video i made when i had mine, I had been flooring it for about 1 1/2 miles by this point to get to 60mph.
     

     
      
    I am achieving that with the Acclaim, in a car park full off black Audi's and Golf's mine really stands out and most people actually think it's cool!
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    solid61 reacted to Junkman in Crash test 1959 vs 2009   
    Maybe people should just engage their dismal retarded brains, drive the fuck on, and don't bloody crash?
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    solid61 reacted to Negative Creep in Crash test 1959 vs 2009   
    Thanks to NCAP we also have massive blindspot A pillars, headlight bulbs that are difficult to change so most don't bother, no rear visibility, weight gains and increased repair costs, but who cares about trivial things like that?
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    solid61 reacted to Tayne in What is the estate on the right?   
    I bought this and the slightly battered copy arrived today.
     
    I need to find the autoshite book thread as I splurged on old car books over the christmas period and now have loads to read and tell you lot about. 
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    solid61 got a reaction from Barry Cade in What is the estate on the right?   
    UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED by ralph nader is worth reading,its a bit hard work in places but its worth sticking with.Another one worth a look is, ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE  GENERAL MOTORS ,its about j z deloreans days in the auto industry and it was first published in 1980 so its not some modern glorified look at things, its the real nitty gritty.
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    solid61 reacted to Barry Cade in What is the estate on the right?   
    Thanks Junkman, I've read so much bullsh*t over the years about the US car industry from the sixties to mid seventies that it's difficult to tell what is fact and what is rose tinted reminicing. It was always interesting to see the differences in claimed outputs from European cars fitted with American engines, and the donor cars themselves- things like the Interceptor and the Pantera, or even the Cobra. Time to start reading proper books rather than ones full of glossy picures of Dodge Chargers
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    solid61 reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Down at your tescos hogging all the parking spaces.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MERCURY-MONTEREY-1968-/271368913325?pt=Automobiles_UK&hash=item3f2ed901ad
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    solid61 reacted to Junkman in What is the estate on the right?   
    1962 Country Sedan

     
    1962 Country Squire

     
    1963 Country Sedan

     
    1963 Country Squire

     
    1964 Country Sedan

     
    1964 Country Squire (OMGJB007)

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    solid61 reacted to Junkman in What is the estate on the right?   
    Wrong. All Country Squires have the woodgrain overlay, all Country Sedans don't.
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    solid61 got a reaction from beko1987 in Working in the Automotive Industry in the 1980's   
    I started off in 1978 as a Bedford truck mechanic at a main dealers in luton,after leaving in 82 ive done just about everything to do with the motor industry,quite enjoyed it in the 80s/90s when my knowledge was worth something but since then the job gone down hill and in the last few years has changed so much in all aspects and im starting to feel like im just a miserable old sod that just harps on about the good old days,maybe I am but im happy to say I was there when it was good and you could get by with a tool box and not a computer,ill stop moaning now.
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    solid61 reacted to dugong in Good cars ruined by bad design.   
    Except with turbos. Blow-through carbs are a joke with a turbo (see Renault 5GTT hot-start murderousness), 
     
    Also, autochoke carburettors. They can FRO, too. 
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    solid61 reacted to Junkman in Good cars ruined by bad design.   
    ^^
    This.
     
    I want to see one single post-1986 designed car that isn't one big exercise in bad design.
    If you let computers do the designing, instead of humans, only a massive pile of shit can possibly ensue.
    It'll soon be 30 years of increasing dehumanisation in automotive design and manufacture, and the next generation of cars likely won't even provide sufficient room for human beings riding in them, I bet. You'll have your new car on the drive, so the neighbors can see it, but you'll do your traveling on the computer in 3D, while sitting on the bog, or with your old Autoshite.
    I'm not surprised the industry is in dire straights, since cranking out ever more insolent tosh that completely defies the purpose the car was initially invented for can't make for a sustainable future.
    Cars haven't been built with the intention to be good since the 80s, they are merely built to meet imaginative market positions that in reality don't exist, i.e. are artificially created via propaganda. The current automotive landscape is a bewildering array of absolute waste of raw materials.
    It shares its unimaginativeness with other industries, that equally suffer from absolutely zero real innovation for an entire generation by now.
    It went the wrong way a long time ago, but instead of addressing the root causes, merely symptoms are cured by artificially compensating them away with silicone idiots that have TLAs.
    This nonsense has to stop. What is required is a reset to 198x and some clean sheets of paper. Then real engineers should start designing cars that are intended to be good and sensibly meet the requirements of today in terms of efficiency, environmental sustainability, and waste management. But for this, innovation would be required, I'm afraid. And that would require using brains, not computers, hence I do realise how absurd my idea is.
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    solid61 got a reaction from Vince70 in Good cars ruined by bad design.   
    The useless AED cold start unit fitted on quite  a few jags and rovers killed many a good car back in the day , some of the manual cold start kits used to replace the AED set fire and destroyed good cars aswell.
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    solid61 got a reaction from DVee8 in Working in the Automotive Industry in the 1980's   
    I started off in 1978 as a Bedford truck mechanic at a main dealers in luton,after leaving in 82 ive done just about everything to do with the motor industry,quite enjoyed it in the 80s/90s when my knowledge was worth something but since then the job gone down hill and in the last few years has changed so much in all aspects and im starting to feel like im just a miserable old sod that just harps on about the good old days,maybe I am but im happy to say I was there when it was good and you could get by with a tool box and not a computer,ill stop moaning now.
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    solid61 reacted to Barry Cade in Good cars ruined by bad design.   
    LOL, you drive a Land Rover- The whole door is exactly where half my body and elbow need to be, they give me claustrophobia!
     
    Keyless pullies on cambelts- so I need to buy a locking tool to change it, on every engine on every make..
     
    Alternator belts which run through engine mounts. Vauxhall
     
    Keycards on Renaults. Say no more.
     
    cracking dashboards on Porsches/ VW's
     
    Anything to do with doors on a Mk4 Golf
     
    Vw gearboxes - rivetted diffs.
     
    Ecotec engines, this is when I gave up with GM
     
    Cracking bulkheads on Saab's
     
    Alfa Twin spark alternators. Pain in the arse job to change
     
    Punto steering collumns
     
    VAG coil packs
     
    Renault stick coils
     
    MGF front wishbones- have to drop subframe to change...bolts break.. cry.
     
    Mini twin downpipes AAARRRGGGHHH
     
    How is it possible to lock keys in boots in 2014. Even if you have keyless entry
     
    keyless entry
     
    New Ford alternators
     
    Peugeot electrics/brakes/suspension/steering/exhausts etc
     
    Cars which will not come out of park without engine running
     
    Cars with electric handbrakes with no emergency release
     
    NO SPARE WHEELS
     
    Locking wheel nuts
     
    VAG plastic engine undertrays
     
    BMW towing eyes
     
    All screw in towing eyes
     
    Honda/Mercedes/ many more where spare doesn't fit on the front
     
    Passat water leaks
     
    Plastic diesel primer bulbs
     
    PSA/Ford plastic fuel pipes
     
    Cars without diesel primers
     
    Starting Fords after a fuel filter change
     
    Mk 1/2 VW exhaust manifold downpipe clips
     
    Stupid Merc/BMW brake pad sensors
     
    Corsa handbrake adjusters
     
    Starlet rear brake shoes, WTF?
     
    Cars without fusebox diagrams on the lid
     
    Focus Mk1/2 fusebox..
     
    Vectra electric boot release
     
    DRL's on cars but no taillights
     
    CORNERING LIGHTS... GRRR
     
    And there's more....
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    solid61 reacted to srad34 in Good cars ruined by bad design.   
    Any car with a DMF, what fuckwit thought they could ever be a good clutch design? Jeez
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    solid61 got a reaction from Junkman in Good cars ruined by bad design.   
    The useless AED cold start unit fitted on quite  a few jags and rovers killed many a good car back in the day , some of the manual cold start kits used to replace the AED set fire and destroyed good cars aswell.
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    solid61 got a reaction from Junkman in Working in the Automotive Industry in the 1980's   
    I started off in 1978 as a Bedford truck mechanic at a main dealers in luton,after leaving in 82 ive done just about everything to do with the motor industry,quite enjoyed it in the 80s/90s when my knowledge was worth something but since then the job gone down hill and in the last few years has changed so much in all aspects and im starting to feel like im just a miserable old sod that just harps on about the good old days,maybe I am but im happy to say I was there when it was good and you could get by with a tool box and not a computer,ill stop moaning now.
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    solid61 reacted to Geep in Working in the Automotive Industry in the 1980's   
    1977 started spannering in Ford dealership, was also Datsun and Chrysler before going Ford and other branches stayed Datsun. PDI's on MK 1 Granada's and MK4 Cortina's, plenty of Simca action and Chrysler Alpine tappets! Simca brakes were a nightmare. Had a series one landrover and trailer for recovery...on trade plates, natch. Saw the new fangled front wheel drive in the Fiesta, pushed a MK3 capri sport in to a venue under a cover for an early launch party and were on Police Call at a time when getting stuff out the way was the priority.
     
    Moved on to Volvo, boring, Austn Rover where I used courtesy cars most of the time. Maestro and Montego mostly, some Metro's and even got to run in a new engine in a 2.0 SD1 for IBM as they didn't trust their people to treat it right. Still had big end failure after gentle running in! That was the third or fourth engine in that one. Then independents for a while and then my own place for a while. Slowed down these days due to a bit of mental breakdown and copd but still love to dabble,
     
    Funnily enough, Ford's are the one car that don't excite me in any way. Had the MK1 escort...and hit a telegraph pole on the back lane coming back from office xmas party.    Had Capri's, 1600 and a 3 litre MK2 Ghia, used to hate Vauxhalls but now like them. Got a Frontera Sport (95), a Rover 400 (97) acting as a store and a Triumph Spitfire that every year I say I will make a start on in the garage. Bit of a Rover fan too, the 800 Vittesse saloon was a cracker
     
    *Don't think I've ever typed so much about myself on the internetz ever!
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    solid61 reacted to Conrad D. Conelrad in Concours book?   
    What kind of book? Just like pictures of concours winners?
     
    Or
     

     
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