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One of my 1st cars was a 16RS Mk1 BX estate. Beaten up old thing it was, but comfy as anything, and not too bad on fuel. Think it had a few owners after me, and ended up being abandoned over in Norway! :shock: Same colour as the C520 BX on that pic aswell....

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Yep -why not? I did it with a Fiat 1100R -which I still have. Spotted it on Ebay France- and since it didnt sell asked for 1st Option if I got there within a month.Took the wife on a weeks hols in La Baule -lovely -with A frame hidden in the boot. A day before we left -we went to St Nazaire -should have seen her face as the deal was done!However- it didnt slow us up on the way back -and it cost nowt on the boat - so she couldnt really complain. Basically free homeward transport -on the back of a splendid hols...Lovely little thing -St Nazaire comes recommended (OK-crap town -but lovely locality!)

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I had a bit of a calamity with the A-frame this morning. I was towing my Prisma to the MOT shop, and going round a roundabout, the frame came loose, and the Prisma twatted into the back of my Audi! Now the Audi has a big dent in the rear wing and a smashed tail light. Luckily no damage on the wopshite apart from a slightly scuffed placca bumper, cant be often that the italian car comes off best whan clacked into an old audi.The Prisma has funny-shaped lower suspension arms (wider at the outer end than the inner), and what had happened was the a-frame legs had moved slightly sideways on the roundabout, to a section of the lower arms which was smaller (causeing the chains to not be tight any more) sending the steering on the prisma all to hell.After untangling the mess I re-fastened the A-frame, this time wrapping the chains round a tie-rod as well to give a positive side-to-side location. Live and learn :roll::roll:

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That sounds very not good.I thought that wasn't suppoed to happen with these frames, although it is something that does nag at the back of my mind. I had a similar crack with that manky old escort wriggling alot on the frame, but thankfully it didn't come loose. I'm far happier lashing the chains round a nice sturctural bit, no chance of it coming adrift the, but this is rarely possible on newer / fwd stuff.

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It won't happen if the frame is secured 'properly', however I have now adjusted my definition of the word 'properly' cos it was nice and tight to start with, however I had fastened it to something of an unfavourable shape.Its these wop cars with their clever-ass suspension linkages man, the Alfa 33 is a sod to tow as well, whereas a nice simple Escort or Fiesta with struts and an ordinary 'perpendicular' lower arm is super simple to lash on.

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Sorry to hear about your A frame-I tend to stop 1-200 yards up the road, and perhaps again after a turn to check its settled OK. Could you not feel it was loose -feels 'orrible as it moves around -even a little.Many years ago -with the old a frame type -the ones with buffers against the bumpers -I had a very lucky escape. Collecting a scrap Citroen HY van (the corrugated one -for spares on mine) with my un MOT'd untaxed Saab (oooh err -only car available with a tow bar) -it came unhitched- completely; at a downhill roundabout. Overtaking me in the fast lane -with the frame pointing forward like a spear -it glanced off the roundabout , turned left up the first exit and came to a halt on the grass centre section of the dual carriageway, front wheels raised by the frame now wrapped around the wheels. Stopping to rip off the trailer plate- I proceeded north 'in an orderly fashion' to find Plod in a layby, oblivious -200 yards up the road.Would he have been interested in an old Saab towing a broken down Van? What do you think?

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These must find a home here...http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1978-CITROEN-GS-C ... dZViewItemand thishttp://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1982-FIAT-STRADA- ... dZViewItemI am thinking of having a punt on one of those 127's currently up for my future commute from Cologne to Grevenbroich. There is a nice R6 and a Tercel 4x4 vying for my attention too. Quite a lot of tempting stuff at the moment. Have you seen that whacky 240 pick-up?Stop press: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1985-NISSAN-CHERR ... dZViewItemtempting, but it looks to be going for good money

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That Strada is v.nice.

 

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Saggy roof lining is a bonus - you could drive along with the windows open, pretending you're in the open gondola beneath an early airship, with the billowing envelope floppelling about above yer bonce.

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Tempted by those GS's. I bought my CX Turbo off boyie88 - he's a good bloke. That Strada was on about six months ago - wonder why it didn't sell?edit: I'm sure that GSA was the one I used to see on my way to work sometimes. Wonder how it ended up in London? I never saw it advertised up here.

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Same engine - Volvo inherited the Renner link when they bought DAF. They also inherited the basic design of the 340, which was already well-advanced - just Volvo-ised it with massive bumpers.Pretty sure 66 Marathon had the 1289cc lump that the 12s had.

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I really fancy the Daf, I really fancy the 104 too but I have no means to get them to Saaarf London and I've just bought this uninspiring lump for £50 taxed and tested:

 

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UNINSPIRING LUMP? How very dare you!

 

Trust me, those 323s will grow on you. Like mould, perhaps. But grow on you nonetheless.

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