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Invacar Model 70 Acquired! & general ramble thread, index on page 1, Model 70 survivors list on page 24, pre Model 70 AC and Invacar survivors lists added on page 135 :)

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^ This. Try and stay calm and collected in your test. The instructor has entered you for it which he wouldn't have done if he didn't think you could pass. If you make mistakes (we all do), take a deep breath and drive on. I was convinced I'd failed mine due to hesitation, but it was just a minor tick. I'm so glad I kept my shit together and didn't let it put me off. 

Oh, get to bed early and get some decent sleep in beforehand ūüėČ.

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Yeah, good luck m8, I almost flunked mine at the first roundabout in bloody Canterbury, but survived and had the maximum allowed amount of minor faults at the time! So keep going as Dick suggests!

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51 minutes ago, Dick Van Diesel said:

^ This. Try and stay calm and collected in your test. The instructor has entered you for it which he wouldn't have done if he didn't think you could pass. If you make mistakes (we all do), take a deep breath and drive on. I was convinced I'd failed mine due to hesitation, but it was just a minor tick. I'm so glad I kept my shit together and didn't let it put me off. 

Oh, get to bed early and get some decent sleep in beforehand ūüėČ.

Yeah, and  during the test I wont have my instructor with me with the risk of him getting frustrated at me and putting me in a bad state of mind

 

yeah I am a little bit worried on the hesitation thing, but at the same time also not that worried about it if that makes any sense at all?

becuase im pretty sure its just my instructor complains at me about me being slow just because he just naturally operates that bit quicker then I naturally do, but im pretty sure my driving/speed is fine otherwise

 

the only thing is I dont have no other view point on how my driving is so to speak, as I have said I do wish I could have gone for a drive with a fellow shitter or such

to find out if it was a case of "oh nah your driving is fine! just ignore your instructor with regard to that" or "oh yeah your driving is horrible no wonder he gets frustrated"

 

the only thing is I dont know if London examiners are also like him or not in regards to speed etc LOL

I just have to hope I get a good and understanding examiner!

28 minutes ago, egg said:

Yeah, good luck m8, I almost flunked mine at the first roundabout in bloody Canterbury, but survived and had the maximum allowed amount of minor faults at the time! So keep going as Dick suggests!

thanks yeah, there are a couple big nasty roundabouts on the test route, lets hope I dont fluff em up LOL

(as a side note self cancelling indicators are really annoying LOL)

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1 hour ago, 500tops said:

oh very cool thanks for the heads up :) I had not spotted that myself have uploaded the pictures here for safe keeping, 

made for a very interesting read I never knew the tippen delta officially came in different colours! im curious what mandarin red looks like, it might finally explain all the Red Tippen delta's in NZ!

its also very cool to see some official specifications like the unladen weight

im pretty sure its for of a Tippen Delta Mk3/4 although the change from Mk3/4 to Mk5 is said to be what they describe as the Deluxe model so go figure! (the change from Mk3 to Mk4 was simply the change from a Villiers 9E to an 11E engine)

(although it may be that the tippen delta was finally incremented from Mk4 to Mk5 when those deluxe features became standard feature on request of the DHSS)

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if we assume 1960 (right in the middle of the date range for this mark of tippen delta) then it would have cost £7200 in today money or there abouts

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XDU 995 was issued in the first half of 1959 according to https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/registrations/reg-letters.htm so your dating is pretty good. A battleship grey Delta sounds awful, an ugly car in a horrible colour that looks like primer, but I wonder what a BRG one would be like. The standard model must have been really basic given the 'luxuries' you got for your extra tenner on the Deluxe.

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13 minutes ago, quicksilver said:

XDU 995 was issued in the first half of 1959 according to https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/registrations/reg-letters.htm so your dating is pretty good. A battleship grey Delta sounds awful, an ugly car in a horrible colour that looks like primer, but I wonder what a BRG one would be like. The standard model must have been really basic given the 'luxuries' you got for your extra tenner on the Deluxe.

Yeah gr8 urban camouflage tho! LOL and yeah same it amused me that BRG was an option, found literally on everything back then it seemed! :) 

this is probably as close as we will get to a BRG Tippen Delta these days (tho I think even the darker shade of green on this delta is a bit too light for BRG, although I think asking a classic car forum what shade BRG is may be a good way to start an argument! LOL but who knows what shade Tippen used!)

https://www.shannons.com.au/auctions/2011-shannons-melbourne-spring-classic-auction/K3SE1DA7S17BD471/

 

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I do know the deluxe features did eventually become standard when the Ministry updated their standard specifications to include sliding glass windows and external door handles 

 

 

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6 hours ago, LightBulbFun said:

Yeah, and  during the test I wont have my instructor with me with the risk of him getting frustrated at me and putting me in a bad state of mind

 

yeah I am a little bit worried on the hesitation thing, but at the same time also not that worried about it if that makes any sense at all?

becuase im pretty sure its just my instructor complains at me about me being slow just because he just naturally operates that bit quicker then I naturally do, but im pretty sure my driving/speed is fine otherwise

 

the only thing is I dont have no other view point on how my driving is so to speak, as I have said I do wish I could have gone for a drive with a fellow shitter or such

to find out if it was a case of "oh nah your driving is fine! just ignore your instructor with regard to that" or "oh yeah your driving is horrible no wonder he gets frustrated"

 

the only thing is I dont know if London examiners are also like him or not in regards to speed etc LOL

I just have to hope I get a good and understanding examiner!

thanks yeah, there are a couple big nasty roundabouts on the test route, lets hope I dont fluff em up LOL

(as a side note self cancelling indicators are really annoying LOL)

Something just came to mind from my maths teacher - remain cool, calm and collected. Don’t panic is also apt.

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2 minutes ago, cort1977 said:

Good luck in your test, if you can drive in London you can drive anywhere.

thanks :)

yeah thats one thing I tell people/myself 

that I gotta remind myself im doing this in London, there are experienced drivers who have been on the road for 30 years who refuse to drive into/in London LOL

so I should cut myself some slack LOL

 

the test centre is in Wanstead for those wondering, its amusing as apparently it has the lowest of first time pass rate, but then when I looked into it a bit deeper at all the other test centres in London none of them where any better LOL

it was all like "33.3 33.4 and 33.5 percent" LOL

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11 hours ago, JeeExEll said:

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'Sort of' development RS3100s in the summer of 1973 with spoilers, ducktails, and unique-spec 4-spoke RS alloys. One car has the GT-spec fishbowl headlights. The Mk2 was due out in Feb 74.

XWC was actually Roger Clark's GXL used in early July 73 Avon Tour of Britain.

RS3100 production was Sept to Nov 73, only around 250ish made, amazing for such a well-known car.

Apparently loads of desirable RS Escort and Capri parts such as ducktails 'went missing' from Ford stores. Must have been a bit awkward with one of those stuffed inside your jacket or down your trousers.

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There are a few pics around of white AOO 685L in the first pic above, a factory RS3100GXL with sliding steel sunroof and the GXL side mouldings.

AOO685L shares a registration series with an unusually short block of Invacar Model 70's AOO314L-AOO363L :) 

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only 50 cars big, have wondered why, that whole "area" is weird the block before it is fine (ATW701L-ATW800L a normal 100 cars block) then theres AOO314L-AOO363L only 50 cars big, then theres BEV701L-BEV774L a weird 74 cars big and then BPU901L-BPU935L which is 35 cars big, then after that is NEV201M-NEV300M back to a normal 100 cars

I think what happened there was something "random" happened to mess up the blocks, but it then got compounded by the suffix change right around the corner (suffix changes always forced a short block for both AC and Invacar)

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15 minutes ago, mitsisigma01 said:

Good luck with your test ūüĎćūüŹŅ

Is there a way of finding out what used to have the reg number RBP695 doesn't show up on .Gov site. 

Cheers

thanks :) 

RBP695 sadly does not show up on my end either so its likely been inactive since the early 80s or before

I can say that RBPxxx would have first been first issued in April 1954 in West Sussex

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12 hours ago, LightBulbFun said:

....test centre is in Wanstead for those wondering, its amusing as apparently it has the lowest of first time pass rate, but then when I looked into it a bit deeper at all the other test centres in London none of them where any better LOL

it was all like "33.3 33.4 and 33.5 percent" LOL

Times and pass rates must have changed since I did the test in May 1989.

Friend of mine did the test on the same day as me. He chose Barnet; I went to Mill Hill (which was known to have a high pass rate). I passed; he failed!

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just a heads up for @bobdisk  @somewhatfoolish  @Cavcraft @wuvvum and whoever else at some point expressed interest in wanting a Model 70 but has not yet found one (sorry if I have forgotten to tag you explicitly)

well looks like @OliD-E may be flogging his 2 https://www.facebook.com/groups/950689934973969/permalink/3189880944388179/

it would be nice to see them remain in the fold :)¬†he has informed¬†me that he is best contacted via his email: [email protected]

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18 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

just a heads up for @bobdisk  @somewhatfoolish  @Cavcraft @wuvvum and whoever else at some point expressed interest in wanting a Model 70 but has not yet found one (sorry if I have forgotten to tag you explicitly)

well looks like @OliD-E may be flogging his 2 https://www.facebook.com/groups/950689934973969/permalink/3189880944388179/

it would be nice to see them remain in the fold :)¬†he has informed¬†me that he is best contacted via his email: [email protected]

I know @BorniteIdentity is pretty desperate to own one so he can join in with all the Invacar bantz.

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21 minutes ago, LightBulbFun said:

just a heads up for @bobdisk  @somewhatfoolish  @Cavcraft @wuvvum and whoever else at some point expressed interest in wanting a Model 70 but has not yet found one (sorry if I have forgotten to tag you explicitly)

well looks like @OliD-E may be flogging his 2 https://www.facebook.com/groups/950689934973969/permalink/3189880944388179/

it would be nice to see them remain in the fold :)¬†he has informed¬†me that he is best contacted via his email: [email protected]

Oh, didn't realise that the fella who bought Zelandeth's old one is the same chap who bought the rotten, original one which lived on a small island or whatever it was. I'd say Cavette will need to be quick if he wants to snap them up before someone else marches in. 

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37 minutes ago, Cavcraft said:

Seems quite confusing soz, how much does he want for it, please?

yeah not the best advert in the world I dunno how much he wants for it sadly, I think he is just feeling things out...

but I just wanted to make people aware of it

my aim of the game here is just try my best to ensure they go to a good home :) 

 

from what I do personally know about them, KPL139P has a good chassis but has most of the bodywork and drive train missing, however TPE376S has good bodywork and a sound drive train

but its chassis is utterly fucking fucked m8 big time (spending 40 years on the Isle of Skye/the shetland islands will do that to anything sadly)

(KPL139P was the Model 70 @Zelandeth used to mechanically restore TPA, which was the spares car that @dollywobbler used to mechanically restore TWC, its entire conga line of Model 70's donating its parts to the next LOL),

so a very much a project, but you could make a good Model 70 out of the 2 I think...

 

33 minutes ago, Dick Van Diesel said:

Oh, didn't realise that the fella who bought Zelandeth's old one is the same chap who bought the rotten, original one which lived on a small island or whatever it was. I'd say Cavette will need to be quick if he wants to snap them up before someone else marches in. 

Yeah same chap :) 

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18 minutes ago, egg said:

Bet the Walkers nab 'em! (Or Barry Lee)

yeah sadly Id not be surprised if that happens, where they will most likely just get resold for profit to who know who!

 

at least @OliD-E has been honest about why he is selling them, from what he has told me its that 1990s cars is more his thing and he would like to sell them to get work done his metro, and has a feeling they will just sit around doing nothing otherwise

which is fair enough and he at least got TPE376S to the mainland once more which im very happy about :) reminds me a lot of @dollywobbler and his Tercel 

 

(tho that reminds me im pretty sure @Sealtainn joked or maybe seriously expressed interest in one at one point which is ironic given according to his profile he lives on the shetland islands!)

 

I just hope whatever happens they end up in a good home and ideally return to the road once more

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27 minutes ago, High Jetter said:

Good luck for tomorrow, @LightBulbFun 

 

25 minutes ago, Mr Pastry said:

This.  You've come a long way since you started this thread!

 

thanks I very much appreciate the support :) 

 

I have been some "last minute" reading, brushing up on certain things etc, and stumbled across this somehow which made for quite an interesting read 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-driving-examiners-carrying-out-driving-tests-dt1/01-the-practical-driving-test-and-extended-test-for-cars

 

as a side note, its funny im not too worried if I fail myself per-say if that makes sense, (if I fail I just practice some more hope I dont run out of money and hope I can book another test in good time) but im not sure what peoples expectations are im worried if I fail id be letting them down LOL

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