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Collected one of BL's finest tonight.

Only managed a puckle pics in the semi dark and rain.

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It came with a folder full of docs including the original new sales invoice :D

Bought from Motor Delivery Co Ltd, Darlington for £2850. The buyer traded in an '74 allegro 1300 for £975.

 

Also in the folder is every mot and lots of invoices for servicing and parts.

 

I'm almost more excited about the folder than I am the car.

 

There are a couple of crusty bits on the wings but first Impressions are very good.

 

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Pics look sensibly proportioned to me. Look forward to reading more about this little potato, looks like a fantastic little base model. Maybe the 1300 they traded in was a bit too powerful.

 

I can't see the right hand of each of the first four pics. Can you see the 1100 deluxe badge?

 

I'll get some better photies tomorrow. :D

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Pics look sensibly proportioned to me. Look forward to reading more about this little potato, looks like a fantastic little base model. Maybe the 1300 they traded in was a bit too powerful.

 

I can't see the right hand of each of the first four pics. Can you see the 1100 deluxe badge?

 

I'll get some better photies tomorrow. :D

Try refreshing your browser or deleting your cache, the pics are fine.

 

Nice car BTW

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This has to be an age thing for me. When I was younger I utterly detested them, in fact, im of that generation that saw Allegros as nothing more than British built Skoda skips.

Now? Like Skodas ( especially a nice coupe) Id absolutely LOVE to own one, particularly an early (ish) twin carb 1750cc jobbie.

Only been in one and that was in the spring of 1976, the last day of being in Primary school, and it was a load of us kids being taken to the local swimming pool by our headmistress in her M reg Harvest Gold model ( quartic wheel ) which felt very posh and very modern.

Thats another car i must own before i pop my cloggs.

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Hey drum, guess who!?

 

Hummm, let me think.....are you that sweary bloke? :wink:

 

Cheers fellows for the comments.

 

Trying to get pics from my phone to this ipad seems to involve sending them via Pluto riding a glacier :evil:

 

Here are some that have successfully made the interstellar journey.

 

After giving it a wash down, the extent to which the paint had oxidised became apparent. I spent most of the day towelling half a bottle of T-cut on and off.

 

Spot the before and after

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One application later and it's still a bit cloudy but my elbow had run out of grease by that point. I must get one of those polishing mop jobs. Maybe I'll have another go tomorrow.

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I gave the interior a spruce up too. Please note the fitted shag pile. There was even a spare yard rolled up in the boot.

 

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Tips for cleaning and rejuvenating tired and dirty vinyl gratefully received.

 

Loving this sticker

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My 12 year old asked innocently, "why does it say rustin' on the back?" :D

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It was interesting to see people's reactions to the allegro. My brother got excited and rushed over in his tr6. We let the cars check each other out.

 

Later, a friend of the wife's came round and clearly doesn't 'get it'. She had an incredulous look on her face that said "why the fuck have you bought that piece of shit" without having to say a word. This is fine of course and quite understandable.

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That's the same colour as my last Vanden Plas - it does quite suit the car. I actually had an 1100 Deluxe once - orange with a black vinyl interior. I found it to be a surprisingly pleasant little thing to bimble about in - certainly much better than the X-reg 1.0L I had before it.

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This has to be an age thing for me. When I was younger I utterly detested them, in fact, im of that generation that saw Allegros as nothing more than British built Skoda skips.

Now? Like Skodas ( especially a nice coupe) Id absolutely LOVE to own one, particularly an early (ish) twin carb 1750cc jobbie.

Only been in one and that was in the spring of 1976, the last day of being in Primary school, and it was a load of us kids being taken to the local swimming pool by our headmistress in her M reg Harvest Gold model ( quartic wheel ) which felt very posh and very modern.

Thats another car i must own before i pop my cloggs.

 

Same here FB. In the mid 80s when I started driving, my mate had a 1300 allegro and I thought it was pants. My mk 2 escort out scored it in every department. 27 years on and what I once thought was hellish is sitting proudly in the drive :shock:

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I've never been one for much polishing, but hey, that paintwork is coming up really well!

 

Tips for cleaning and rejuvenating tired and dirty vinyl gratefully received.
Have a look through VA's Princess thread from the start - there's more info on cleaning brown BL interiors there than you can shake a stick at.
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Or I could share in short. You want Stardrops, a cheapass nailbrush* and a bucket** of hot water to put some of the Stardrops in. Get scrubbing. If it's really stubborn, give it a dose of Cillit Bang*** but be sure to rinse off with plenty of water so it doesn't leave a residue. To finish, give it all a wipe over with some Autoglym vinyl & rubber care spray which should make it all shiny and fresh.

 

You may save some time by using Astonish brand tar and insect remover, it is £1 a bottle. I found great results removing two stroke oil and petrol from hard plastics with it today and discovered it will remove the smell of petrol from your hands with no effort. It's also reasonably good at removing tar, which is what I bought it for. I would expect this product would work quite well on the vinyls but having not tried it on vinyl myself - all my vinyl is now clean, you see - I can't guarantee it'll work.

 

 

*do not spend more than £1 on this. 99p is the optimum price.

** a washing up bowl is also acceptable.

*** don't purchase at full price, wait for it to be on offer.

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Good grief, suddenly it's summer 1977 again and I can remember the marks those vinyl seat patterns branded across the back of my legs. Polyester shorts and a Captain America t-shirt for the win.

 

My 12 year old asked innocently, "why does it say rustin' on the back?" :D

:lol::lol::lol:

 

Well bought indeed.

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Google informed me that Home Bargains sells stardrops. If, like me, you haven't been to Home Bargains, they sell everything - cheap. I spent £2.50 on stuff I need and about another £20 on stuff I don't need :shock:

The stardrops worked well with the 39p HB nail brush. Cilit bang was acquired from the under-the-sink cupboard when She wasn't looking and the vinyl has come up well. I stole a shot of the glass cleaner too.

 

In other news-

Mot passed today with four advisories. :D

 

The most annoying fault is some sill corrosion.

 

Tbc..

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