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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Schaefft in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    Great day indeed, great turnout and some great cars! Here's some photos:






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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Jim Bell in Northern Twixfest NOW Middleton in Teesdale   
    Results of the official show. 
     
    @loserone 205

     

     
     
     
    @320touring Holy Toledo

     

     
     
    @sdkrc Honda Insight

     

     
     
     
    @Split_Pin Vauxhall Cavalier

     

     
     
     
     
    @davehedgehog31 Peugeot 405

     

     
     
     
    @Jimbob McGregor 205 Inca 

     

     
     
     
     
    @Jimbob McGregor AX 1.5d

     

     
     
     
     
     
    @garbaldyMitsubishi Colt

     

     
     
     
     
    @maxxo Citroen C5

    (Winner of best lhm sinker)
     
     
    @GeordieInExile 850 t5

     
     

     

     
     
     
    @gmmx5


     
     
     
     
    @Lacquer Peela

    (Late arrival award)
     
    @SchaefftLincoln

     

     

     
    bestest Yank.
     
     
    @tooSavvySuzuki Swift

     

     

    (Best auto)
     
     
    And the winner of best in show went to....
    @spike60 big red Merc

     

     

     

     

     

     
    The prize was a class keyring made by @MT606

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to barrett in eBay tat volume 3.   
    I think both these statements are a little reductive, no?
    Firstly, it IS a Prince Skyline, not a 'bastardisation'. As far as I know, the export cars where no different to the home-market cars. They were sold in Norway, probaly other Scandinavian countries and probably the Netherlands, and possibly built as CKD kits in Belgium too. As you say, the two-litre cars were alwasy rare and I doubt any were exported, so any European survivor is going to be a cooking 1500cc version - but just the same as the ones sold in Japan and other parts of Asia.

    Also, saying Prince made a 'crappy model in the 1950s' is a bit harsh. The company had been building cars and heavy & light commercials since the end of WW2 at least. The 1950s models were a significant cut above what most Japanese makers were churning out at the time - certainly better than anything Nissan could come up with. Prince launched the Skyline, the Gloria and the Homy van, and was developing a small fwd city car which became the world-beating 100A Cherry when it was subsumed into Nissan in the late 1960s. Not to be sniffed at, eh?
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Remspoor in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to gricer in Kia Pride epic shite rescue - times three.   
    LONG OVERDUE UPDATE
    After the epic rescues of 2016, not a lot happened. The blue Pride kept passing its MoT. I trailered the van up north so all the Prides could be together (aaah!) and then came Covid, so I couldn't even visit them for almost a year.

    Meanwhile I'd had an amazing find online - a NOS front bumper, all the way from Bulgaria. I paid my €43 and waited. After a few weeks, it arrived, in a cardboard box the size of a car. Amazingly, it was the right part. And I'd located another supplier of significance - of which more later (he said, mysteriously)
    The blue Pride's rust wasn't getting any better, so it was time to get the bodywork done.  And it was its 30th birthday in May, so what better time for a refresh? A suitable bodyshop was recommended to me (High Gloss Motor Bodies of Stockport) and the trip was on. I drove the car from Blackpool to Stockport, which is probably the longest journey it's made in decades. As I left, I realised it was probably the last time it'd see its home since 1991, as the plan was to bring it home to Surrey.  Lump in the throat...

    Not a peep, despite monsoon conditions. 10 days later I'm on the train to Stockport to collect - and drive it back home to Weybridge. Chris at the bodyshop has done a superb job of matching the difficult metallic blue paint colour on the resprayed side panels and doors.  Rust door bottoms and wheel arches are gone, and the mum-inflicted bashed wing is fixed.  And the new bumper makes it look rather special. But it needs another touch to make it properly special...

    The journey home involves a stop in Stafford. Because Stafford is the home of Mr Whitewalls. By a process involving alchemy, the dark arts, a motorised contraption, a heat gun and a bottle of paint, Mr Whitewalls set about the task of whiting my walls, baby.

    And then it's onward down the M6 for the 200-mile journey home (not a peep from it - what a great little car it is) to be reunited with a matching set of original wheel trims...


    I honestly can't keep smiling, just looking at it, with its little whitewalls and proper trims. The Pride did us proud for 30 years, and now I've repaid the favour. And even better - it's been accepted for the Concours at Festival of the Unexceptional. Come and  say hello.
    Next job - project van!
     
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from adw1977 in 1968 Volvo, period plate opinions...   
    Just been out to check the road test library - earliest I had on the 140-series models were G-reg 144 and 264 and they both had reflective plates. If that's what Volvo were fitting to their road test cars then it's a good precedent.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from LightBulbFun in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from wuvvum in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from outlaw118 in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Datsuncog in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from mitsisigma01 in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Banger Kenny in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Shite Ron in 1968 Volvo, period plate opinions...   
    Just been out to check the road test library - earliest I had on the 140-series models were G-reg 144 and 264 and they both had reflective plates. If that's what Volvo were fitting to their road test cars then it's a good precedent.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Some of this should be a grump, as tracing an ABS fault on my Camry is proving to be something of a challenge and at present I'm contemplating just flogging it and the spares car off for scrap/export. Anyway, looking on the bright side.....
    Whilst at the local electrical specialist who were unable to help find the fault on the Camry, someone stopped to talk about the Laurel which I'd driven there. Turns out he owns a pair of later C32 models, one of which was something of a local landmark when it was owned by a stock car racing family for years and years:
    This was back in 2006. It sat off the road for some time until the chap I met eventually bought it and a spares car they also had. He paid a remarkably modest amount as the guy was keen for it go back on the road rather than get banger raced!
    I still have the engine and 'box from the similar Laurel I owned and then scrapped some years ago, so he can have that off me - very good timing with the house move coming up.
    P.S. The CF was a 6-wheel LWB conversion. They also had a SWB CF van fitted with a twin rear wheel axle.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from eddyramrod in 1968 Volvo, period plate opinions...   
    Just been out to check the road test library - earliest I had on the 140-series models were G-reg 144 and 264 and they both had reflective plates. If that's what Volvo were fitting to their road test cars then it's a good precedent.
     
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from wuvvum in FotU 2021 - GO GO GO!   
    Maybe rendezvous in Downham Market or somewhere around there for breakfast on the way? Arbuckles?
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    The Camry is really smooth to drive and feels relatively quick for the size of it. It's had loads of goffer paint repairs that look really bad up close, front wings look a little scruffy but it has a pair of brand new ones in the boot.
    I like it, it's nice to waft around in although I would have preferred it in auto.

    In other news supernaut and reb came over to fanny around with cars and stuff, it was good fun.

    Sent from my moto g( power using Tapatalk


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    Spottedlaurel reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    What a honey!
    Now that is value for £500!




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    Spottedlaurel reacted to DodgyBastard in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Drives well!





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    Spottedlaurel reacted to DodgyBastard in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Hopefully I'll be picking it up later provided it doesn't sell before I can arrange a lift.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to cort16 in eBay tat volume 3.   
    @DodgyBastard
    £500 Camry

    https://www.gumtree.com/p/toyota/-29-yr-old-toyota-camry-2.2-petrol-/1410168380
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can't recall if we've ever discussed these before?

    I think this one is 1979, I've had it since about then. Has surprisingly little in it that ties in with the Matchbox range of the time, just this one cartoon as I recall. Don't know if they did any other years.

    I'm trying to avoid buying anything at present with the house move hopefully due soon, but I did pick up the Matchbox MX-5/Miata (No. 58) and MR2 in the week when I had to pop into a Tesco. I got the RHD, headlights down version of the Toyota.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Datsuncog in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can't recall if we've ever discussed these before?

    I think this one is 1979, I've had it since about then. Has surprisingly little in it that ties in with the Matchbox range of the time, just this one cartoon as I recall. Don't know if they did any other years.

    I'm trying to avoid buying anything at present with the house move hopefully due soon, but I did pick up the Matchbox MX-5/Miata (No. 58) and MR2 in the week when I had to pop into a Tesco. I got the RHD, headlights down version of the Toyota.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    I can't recall if we've ever discussed these before?

    I think this one is 1979, I've had it since about then. Has surprisingly little in it that ties in with the Matchbox range of the time, just this one cartoon as I recall. Don't know if they did any other years.

    I'm trying to avoid buying anything at present with the house move hopefully due soon, but I did pick up the Matchbox MX-5/Miata (No. 58) and MR2 in the week when I had to pop into a Tesco. I got the RHD, headlights down version of the Toyota.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    News just in, Camry estate failed MoT but nothing too significant:
    Repair immediately (major defects):
    Anti-lock braking system warning lamp indicates an ABS fault (1.6 (b)) Nearside Headlamp not working on dipped beam (4.1.1 (a) (ii)) Offside Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (3.4 (b) (ii)) Offside Front Service brake excessively binding (1.2.1 (f)) Repair as soon as possible (minor defects):
    Windscreen damaged but not adversely affecting driver's view (3.2 (a) (i)) Nearside Registration plate lamp inoperative in the case of multiple lamps or light sources (4.7.1 (b) (i)) Nearside Windscreen wiper blade defective (3.4 (b) (i)) Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
    Offside Rear wheel arch corroded Nearside Rear Lower Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement front bush (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Offside Rear Lower Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement front bush (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Nearside Rear Inner Anti-roll bar pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Offside Rear Inner Anti-roll bar pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement (5.3.4 (a) (i)) Rear Lower panel corroded Nearside Rear Inner Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive sill (5.3.6 (a) (i)) Offside Rear Inner Suspension component mounting prescribed area is corroded but not considered excessive sill (5.3.6 (a) (i)) I knew it was going to fail because of the ABS light. Nothing there otherwise that's too concerning, and to sort it will still be cheaper than hiring a van for all the moving stuff I need to in the next 2-3 months so it looks like it lives for another year
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