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36 minutes ago, PiperCub said:

What was the favourite old one with the Citroen SM?

Something along the lines of if you put the A/C on with a combination of other things &/or circumstances then the engine blew up?

Was it the Lancia Thema that couldn’t be started with the wheels at full lock as it broke the camshaft that’s you are thinking of?
 

Another fact is putting a “Fake Taxi” sticker on your car makes women 2000% more likely to have sex with you in said vehicle
 

 

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16 hours ago, PiperCub said:

I think it was SM related. Not heard of the Lancia one. 

It applies to both the SM and the Thema as they were actually very very tough mechanically, but full Right lock plus the vibration of starting the engine managed to snap the brake pad wear wire on the front left wheel, the loom end of which would earth out on the inner wing and burn out all the engine electrics.

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The transit was originally designed as a metal box with a seat for transvestites to sit and contemplate their lifestyle. Only later did they add wheels and an engine.

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The real reason the wheelbase is shorter on one side than the other on the Renault 4 is because of French engineers acceptable tolerances. Apparently they were heavily influenced by the talented folk who assembled BMC products whilst pissed. 

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49 minutes ago, anonymous user said:

The Lancia Gamma, with the flat four engine, was the reputed camshaft snapper. 

The thing with the Gamma was that the power steering pump was driven off the rear of one of the camshafts.  The camshafts had the usual toothed belt drive from the crankshaft.  In some conditions, e.g. full lock when first starting from cold, the pump placed enough load on the camshaft to cause the belt to jump a few teeth - hence bent valves.  I doubt the camshaft would have broken as they were very robust.  The problem only affected early cars.  On the later ones it was cured by adding an extra tensioner to the cam belt, not (as would have seemed more sensible) by relocating the steering pump and driving it from the crankshaft pulley.

 

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2 hours ago, Tamworthbay said:

And an alcoholic, sadly his name has been lost to history......

Allen, the Anglican, alcoholic, absolute arsehole, associated with the automobile association. 

They called him Torx not Allen though. 

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Isopon P38 Filler was designed to be used solely to patch up bullet holes on the P38 Lockheed lighting fighter and repair rust and body damage on  Range rovers.

If it’s used on any other vehicle it just doesn’t stick.

Its the same with K seal as it is solely to be used for rover K series or Honda K series engines and if you put it in any other vehicle it will block up the coolant pipes.

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Clacton-on-Sea is where they made the tappets for the Talbot Alpine.  They used real cockle shells since they were in plentiful supply at the time due to a rather severe winter storm.

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On 2/2/2020 at 11:27 AM, DavidB said:

The transit was originally designed as a metal box with a seat for transvestites to sit and contemplate their lifestyle. Only later did they add wheels and an engine.

I call bullshit on this one. Ford's light commercial vehicle was originally going to be named the Ford Transistor to highlight the large number of small electronic devices which were used to control most of its functions. Unfortunately the short bonnet of the Mark 1 version ruled out the full version of the original name, so ever since they  have used  the abbreviated version.

 

 

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Weather presenter Liam Dutton is the owner of the rights to the kit car marque.

His deep fear of extreme weather conditions means that he runs an amphibious Dutton kit car as a daily. It’s a regular spot in the ‘talent’ parking spaces at the TV studio.

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20 hours ago, Justin Case said:

I call bullshit on this one. Ford's light commercial vehicle was originally going to be named the Ford Transistor to highlight the large number of small electronic devices which were used to control most of its functions. Unfortunately the short bonnet of the Mark 1 version ruled out the full version of the original name, so ever since they  have used  the abbreviated version.

Similarly, BMC were going to call the Mini the 'Magic Smoke' due to the large amount of Lucas electrical components used.

Unfortunately Trading Standards vetoed this as they had inspected a prototype 'Magic Smoke' and discovered that all the smoke had either evaporated or had been washed away due to the engines 'Self Cleaning Water Inlet System' developed by Isignosis. Publicity of the self-cleaning feature was quietly dropped after the kill joys at Trading Standards intervened (again).

In true BMC style the order for the Magic Smoke badges was not cancelled and a warehouse slowly filled with them. They were discovered in 1964 and, rather cleverly, the badges were snapped in just the right place to be used on the new 'moke' models.

It became company policy, right up to the demise of Rover, to consider the name 'Magic S' for every new model to use up the other half of the badges which, by then, were stored in several old tea chests at Longbridge.

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The Lancia camshaft snapping exercise was actually a result of industrial espionage. The Ford Motor Company were busily designing Project Pegasus, a revolutionary new engine design involving six independent cambelts stolen from the second draftsman's cousins's son's Lego Technic kit.

An Italian mole, working in the design office carefully changed the design on the drawing board while the rest of the design staff had gone to the pub for lunch, not before taking a blurred photograph with his spy camera and sending it back to Italy. Unfortunately for Lancia the picture was so poor they misread the fantastic high performance cambelt design and started putting belts around corners (the design of which was then stolen by a French mole in the Lancia office).

Ford's resulting design was slightly less impressive than the original Pegasus name, and after hearing it start up for the first time the CEO of Ford relegated the design to the name Pinto instead. 

Twenty years later the design office got to rename the design back to Pegasus as it was discovered it did have all the camshaft breaking qualities of the original design so were let off the hook and got a small bottle of Asti from the management as means of thanks.

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It's a fact that BMW are owned by a group of Welsh nationalists, via a Civil Service Pension Scheme. Managed by a tax avoiding off shore bank on YNYS Mon. 

The plan, they are gradually forming is to procure enough shares to turn up at the next AGM and propose a new CEO.....Mr Dutton, is already experienced in both Wales and Cars and has been approached. He is prepared to do it, provide production of everything moves to Welsh production supply chain Rombus.  Hams hall will.move to Holyhead, Swindon to Swansea, Cowley to Prestatyn, and everything made in The rest of Europe will move to St David's. 

BMWs plants not in Europe will move to New South Wales as Well.....Wales and as is doesn't have any car making it's ideal...

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Audi owners in the UK don’t deliberately drive in the outer lanes at 9,000,000mph. What happens is the car suddenly goes into a pre-programmed computer Autobahn mode when it detects a carriageway of 2 lanes or wider, the driver can then take his mind off the road use his hands for other things (such as texting or masturbation); the computer being able to maintain a gap of 9mm behind the car in front without hitting it while also sounding the horn and flashing the main beams.

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Melody, Prelude, Ballade, Quintet, Jazz, Accord(ian). Honda have a knack for coming up with musical themes for model names. Their Odyssey MPV was named after the 1970s-80s R&B/soul band. 

In the 1990s however, Honda tried to come up with a name with a musical bent for their city car proposal. 'Death Metal' didn't pass muster at the market research stage. 

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On 2/17/2020 at 9:54 PM, ProgRocker said:

Melody, Prelude, Ballade, Quintet, Jazz, Accord(ian). Honda have a knack for coming up with musical themes for model names. Their Odyssey MPV was named after the 1970s-80s R&B/soul band. 

In the 1990s however, Honda tried to come up with a name with a musical bent for their city car proposal. 'Death Metal' didn't pass muster at the market research stage. 

Also concerto, Suzuki got to alto first though along with Nissan with stanza.

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On 2/2/2020 at 4:19 PM, Dick Longbridge said:

The real reason the wheelbase is shorter on one side than the other on the Renault 4.....

Actually, my farther had a Mk II Cortina where the rear springs WERE different lengths. Took the Ford dealers ages to finally work out why it pulled left.

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