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Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - What are you doing May Bank Holiday weekend 29/30/31?


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30 minutes ago, Slowsilver said:

My favourite description of a Maxi is "Big Gormless Mini".
 

It’s the similar grill design to the clubman I think. In isolation ( from other cars to compare size) it could be a long wheelbase hatchback mini. Did issigonis have a hand in the design?

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Our Mercedes 200TE heater is stuck on max, it did it before and I replaced the duo value and then the control unit that has the temp control dials and it was still on max. I sent it to a Mercedes specialist who after a huge amount of time had a rare customer W124 and swapped the control unit and it worked fine. This proved the second hand unit I bought was duff and they bought a second-hand control unit and it all worked fine for 2 years.

I decided to buy another second-hand control unit and fit that in the hope it would solve the problem.  At the FoD we tried to get the plug out of the replacement unit with its cut off wires, but we were defeated as we couldn't release the tabs that were hidden. 

Today I have got the plug out even if I have damaged the casing a bit. Next is round two to get the plug out of the one in the car. @Slowsilver

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On 5/3/2021 at 6:04 PM, richardmorris said:

It’s the similar grill design to the clubman I think. In isolation ( from other cars to compare size) it could be a long wheelbase hatchback mini. Did issigonis have a hand in the design?

Issigonis designed Mini and Maxi, but Roy Haynes came across from Ford to restyle the Maxi's snout and the Mini Clubman, which is why their grilles look quite a lot like MK2 Cortinas...

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16 minutes ago, richardmorris said:

Could be worse. Whoever admitted to the allegro had a jelly mould.

Harris Mann, wasn't it? Except the original design had a flat bonnet, and rather predictably, TR7-esque scallops.

So whoever is really responsible for the Allegro is a production engineer who couldn't grasp the idea of a canted-back E-Series.

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21 hours ago, RichardK said:

Harris Mann, wasn't it? Except the original design had a flat bonnet, and rather predictably, TR7-esque scallops.

So whoever is really responsible for the Allegro is a production engineer who couldn't grasp the idea of a canted-back E-Series.

Some of the Allegro initial designs were quite smart. This one reminds me of a a GS/Ami hybrid. Very 70s cool

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It's like the Maxi/Landcrab vs Peugeot 204/304 sort of designs. Somehow, and I have no idea how, the originals (are they Pininfarina) make the cow-hipped/short tapering boot look good then BMC/BL do it and it looks frumpy/dumpy. HOW?! Did the British stylists not have eyes?

Though if we're going to argue aesthetics the Triumph SD2 is one of the bizarrest things ever, and LC88 as 'a euro style hatch' (pre-Metro) is just weird. Proportions worthy of a Geely Beauty Leopard vs a Supra.

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It is wet and horrible here but a man has do what a man has to do!

That involves  going to a wind swept wet field to prepare the Carlton for trailering as my generator fails to ramp up quick enough to work a welder. The Carlton has stood for a week and started on the button, drove out of the wet grass without issue. Now on its way for further love.

Both the Carlton and XM are severely lacquer challenged but looked good wet today.

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