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Greetings all.

Since the w210 has departed I've had a fairly sizeable space on my drive. Never fear though, you're industrious Fife correspondent hasnt let things slide.

Collection will be done this evening, all being well. Updates will follow...

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So, a few options were thought of for my next car. A Lotus Excel had been on my radar but the best (cheapest...) one I found went before I could get to it and the others around didn't do it for me. An MR2 was considered, a P6 also tickled my fancy but a trip to Kirkcaldy yesterday "for a look, I doubt I'll buy it" resulted in a bit of research and a slightly cheeky offer.

 

Onto tonight and the game was set...

 

Finished work, went home and collected the battle hardened Mrs Dome and of fofr the 20 odd mile drive to Kirkcaldy. On arrival the temperature was slightly low.

 

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Now normally this would not be of concern. Monies were exchanged, paperwork signed and I got to drive my new steed for the first time. To the petrol station!

 

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And there she is! £9 later and the tank was full. I could get used to this. A working fuel gauge would help though... More to follow. Note the protruding breaker bar, it has a story...

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A convertible, or something with a bypassed/fucked heater matrix maybe?

 

Yes, and absolutely no heater whatsoever.

 

I know what it is.

 

 

 

 

Bastard.

 

So you'll not be wanting a go next time you're up then?

 

That looks fun/cold/scary

 

Yes, yes and yes.

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It's running a Vauxhall red top, type 9 box and live rear end. The boy selling it got it in August and didn't seem to know much about it. A bit of Google/Facebook stalking brought up the guy who had it before him who had it for at least 3 or 4 years.

 

He was also a Fifer and when Driftland opened up he took it there for some arse out action-the breaker bar in the pictures operates the hydraulic handbrake  :shock:  Needless to say that breaker bar now occupies a shelf in the garage...

 

The boy got a bit more serious about drifitng and started using saloons which are a bit more driftable. This languished in his garage and was then sold in August.

 

Here's his pics...

 

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So you'll not be wanting a go next time you're up then?

 

I don't fit in the bloody things.

 

I bought one unseen years ago, fitted with a dolly sprint engine. All well and good until I went to drive the thing and found my corpulent frame was too large.

 

Sold at a great loss.

 

Apparently, they're a bit of a laugh though.

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Now that's what I call a midlife crisis car !

 

I've been looking at kitcars for a while (yes, I have reached that age !), but unfortunately the usual sub-£1K AS budget doesn't even get you an unfinished Dutton, let alone something driveable.

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They seem to fall into to two camps - built well or built badly - never seems to be a middle ground

 

Be interested on how you find those seats - contemplating a set for my track car......

 

Well in my limited experience it seems OK but has some issues. I'll register on Locostbuilders and post up the pics.

 

I'm pretty sure that kit car belonged to the guy who powder coats in Duns,

 

I'd be interested* to hear more about its past...

I have been on the secret lookout for a 7/caterham replica. What's it like mister?

 

Having only driven it 20 miles in sub zero temperatures in the dark I don't feel qualified to comment yet. But, so far 

 

Noisy

Quick.

Sligthly scary

Awesome :-D

I don't fit in the bloody things.

 

I bought one unseen years ago, fitted with a dolly sprint engine. All well and good until I went to drive the thing and found my corpulent frame was too large.

 

Sold at a great loss.

 

Apparently, they're a bit of a laugh though.

 

I'll bring a shoehorn next time you're up...

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