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The Yanks arnt keen on Beige Mustang II's  or  Mucus Green Pinto's either :-(

Philistines!!!!

Never mind we like them :mrgreen:

I’m not afraid to admit this on here... a Pinto is on my hit list of cars I must own! Can’t explain why but it is!

 

Agree with The right honourable Junkman too. All they’re into big over in the US is fins n chrome or muscle cars.

The big full size barges, gas crisis downsized stuff, US small economy cars etc etc seem almost universally hated. But we’re a more enlightened bunch over here aren’t we!?

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It's all happening over here this weekend!  Huggy has been out for a little drive today, for the first time since October.  He's going in to get his new brake pads fitted tomorrow so I thought I should make sure he starts and moves ok.  Well he does, yes, but the brake pedal is a bit soft.  Must remember to tell Malcolm about that...

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Well it seems the brake issue was mostly one-sided, the left side: the pads had worn so much there was only metal left and they'd damaged the disc.  On the right side the pads were ok, so Malcolm put those on the left rather than wreck my lovely new pads.  So I've ordered a pair of discs now.  Malcolm thinks the left caliper has been letting fluid escape because the piston had almost escaped too but he's managed to reassemble that.

 

More money, more work.  Hey ho.

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Couldn't agree more!  Huggy needs to see his grandchildren sometimes!

 

That was the plan last year at Mick's Dinner but the worn bush in the gear selector cable was preventing the starter inhibitor switch to release and I turned up in the Alfa 156.

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Yes it was, even though Huggy's alternator was already waving the white flag.  Never mind, once these discs are on he should be fit for the summer.  I might even get to some events!

I think it was that same day I kept having the carb flooding issue too. Getting the Mercury to drive home was a right pain. I remember getting sunburn too!

I’ve had the Mercury out this year already, a couple of weeks back when we had that warm sunny spell. Absolutely no problems with it and it drove great, so I’m going say the carb rebuild has cured the flooding problems.

 

 

Glad your back on the road again btw Eddy! A nice long trip in Huggy should be in order once your brakes are sorted I reckon!

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Dare i ask (and apologies if i have missed this) but on a normal day pootling about, how much petrol does this use?

 

Ive worked in the states and it was always cheap enough to not care (we had a v8 Ram) but id be shitting myself every time i went near a petrol station over here

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I look at it this way Paul:  I don't drink and I don't smoke, so what else am I going to do with the money?  I might as well put it in the tank!  That said, on the motorway I can average 19-20 or thereabouts, so around town if I'm getting 14 it's good enough.  I don't know what I'm getting, I haven't done round-town calculations and have no wish to.

I'm driving a Cadillac, the Standard Of The World, so really, who cares?

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11.00 this morning there was a knock at my front door, interrupting my lovely doze.  It was only Malcolm bringing Huggy back, finished! :)  And he didn't charge me nearly as much as I was expecting, so overall, very pleased.

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I spotted a site yesterday listed on Facebook: American Dreams.  Seems they have a nationwide database of cars that are available for filming etc.  Well that database is a bit bigger now, because Huggy's on it.

Incidentally, this Saturday is Barrow Festival of Transport, if anyone's up this way and fancies a day out.  Huggy and a load of other classics will be invading the town centre for the day.

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Huggy is in the Naughty Corner.

He's had a bit of a bass rumble going on for some weeks now, but today... the back silencer fell right off, on the road.  I went back later and picked it up, but it's rotten, I'll have to find some sort of replacement.  That said, he isn't actually very noisy, just a bit deeper-chested.  And really, having most of an exhaust, terminating in rot, isn't very good is it?  I'll have to see if I've got any exhaust sections in my lockup.

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Readers with particularly good memories may remember that I had a back-box section removed in its entirety from my Rover 800, where it didn't quite fit.  I stored it in my lockup, naturally.  Also naturally, I scrapped it a few weeks ago when it became clear I wan't going to need it.  Er, yeah....  So a bit of research using my local contacts ensued, and I eventually went to Martin's garage, where I haven't been since going off work.  I thought, if anyone will have a scrap pile, it'll be Martin.  Well the car's been in today, and now has a lovely length of stainless steel pipe between rear axle and rear bumper, just peeking out from below the latter.  Bass rumble still present, which I wanted, but absolutely not to excess.  More to the point, the fumes now exit behind the car, rather than where they can infiltrate the cabin.

So I went to drive away and got round the corner and halfway up the hill... and the engine died.  Something electrical, clearly, as there were no lights on the dash when I turned the key.  I jiggled about with the battery connections, which I thought might be the issue, and it started again.  And got half a mile up the road, stopping at the roundabout, where at least there was another lane people could use to get round me.  A very nice chap in a P4 stopped and kindly drove back down to Martin's garage to call Martin out to me, and a passing lorry driver recognised Huggy from the HubNut video!  Not the first time that's happened either :)  So Martin came out, jiggled wires until the car started, and we drove back down to the garage where he had a better look, and found the lead to the starter wasn't tight.  He tightened it up and boom, let there be power.

While there, we were having a critical look over Huggy's bodywork.  Three years outside, including 12 months of inactivity, isn't doing the bodywork any good at all.  I think I'm going to have to be quite serious about looking for suitable swops.

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