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It now turns out, having got his address, that the traction seller lives in streatham. I blame my deaf friend! Going to look on Saturday morning with overalls and trolley jacks! Maybe a purchase thread, but "pinch 6cyls Range Rover and trailer and drive 30miles" isn't very exciting , so could be pick up mechanic drive thirty miles and he drives it back to his workshop.

 

Anyone want to buy an excellent 2cv?

hnnnng

 

would have to wait till easter :D

 

anyone want a rarely drunk non snoking kidney :D

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/man-forgets-park-car-finds-20-years-later-frankfurt-a8058416.html

 

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The longest I've ever lost a car is a minute when I forgot which part of a large car park I'd parked in.  20 years tops that by some margin.

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Found this in the scrappy today. Too late to rescue it sadly.

 

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1990 Renault 19 Chamade GTS (1) by Matt S, on Flickr

 

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1990 Renault 19 Chamade GTS (3) by Matt S, on Flickr

 

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1990 Renault 19 Chamade GTS (2) by Matt S, on Flickr

 

These too.

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1997 Fiat Fiorino 1.7 TD by Matt S, on Flickr

 

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Bedford CF Dormobile Landcruiser (1) by Matt S, on Flickr

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Going over my finances and pondering about the future of my fleet post Christmas... 

 

My biggest cost, aside from housing, is the Civic which costs a giddy £70 a month in insurance and tax, mostly insurance. Its also getting to the sort of age where I'll actually have to start laying out proper money if I want it to keep going. The engine is sound but the clutch is noisy, the suspension creaks and the rear brakes make horrible noises, the underside is rusted solid. Parents are suggesting I replace it with a brand new Pug/Citroen city car or a Dacia Sandero. Obvs I'd go for the 90hp Sandero in brown with steel wheels and the only option being the spare wheel but leather seats 'cause I'm a weirdo but that's irrelevant.

 

I'm tempted to replace it with something old enough to qualify for classic insurance (£150 a year vs £700 for the Cvic) but new enough to be easier to live with than a shagged out mid 1960s BLMC design like the Doloshite. Namely a Triumph Acclaim.

Would cost £30 a month to insure and tax, it's no more thirsty than the Civic, tyres are cheaper, I'm more comfortable with DIYing it, they are appreciating in value. Also helpful that I now do far less miles (20 miles a day rather than 50 and public transport is an option should the car be out of action) than when I lived in the Moray wilderness. I also happen to love the styling inside and out and have wanted one for yonks.

 

Of course the risk is that the Acclaim ends up being a Dolomite-esque money pit and the £480 saving ends up being eaten away repairing the thing constantly. Although they are TG approved and the vast majority of surviving cars seem to be well maintained giffer mobiles... I can't see it costing vast amounts, but I said that about the last two Triumphs... 

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It now turns out, having got his address, that the traction seller lives in streatham. I blame my deaf friend! Going to look on Saturday morning with overalls and trolley jacks! Maybe a purchase thread, but "pinch 6cyls Range Rover and trailer and drive 30miles" isn't very exciting , so could be pick up mechanic drive thirty miles and he drives it back to his workshop.

 

Anyone want to buy an excellent 2cv?

 

If you do purchase the Traction,depending on what model it is i have a genuine Citroen workshop manual purchased when I had mine about 15 years ago.

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If you do purchase the Traction,depending on what model it is i have a genuine Citroen workshop manual purchased when I had mine about 15 years ago.

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Just back from streatham- glad I wasn't driving!

 

Nice car overall, my mechanic couldn't find much wrong ( apart from wrong radiator and a Slough built air filter from a light 15). Bit of play on one wheel bearing and a perishing silent block. Interior like new and paint presentable apart from the doors which had been hand done in a slightly different shade of black to the rest of the car. The rust on the rear door bottoms was filled with about an inch of wob though and so they stood proud of the body quite a bit. I'd buy it and get them fixed properly at the right price, but I think he's firm on £10,000 not the £8,000 I think I'd pay. I'm sleeping on it though. Nice seller though, left us alone with the car to check over and we had a good drive around Balham.

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been to rochdale today,

 

what a fuckin' shit hole (and i've been to Hartlepool)...... BUT we now have a wing, bonnet and bumper for the Lexus!

 

the parts are even in the same paint code (apparently) and they seem to be a pretty damn close match to the rest of the car.

 

only bit we know we are missing is the n/s side light unit. 

 

no luck so far with ebay or the local breakers, so we might have to go and see if Toyota have one, though god only knows what that will cost!! :-(

 

now if only we can have some good weather next weekend while we pull the car to bits and fit said new panels.......

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