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    • By PhilA
      Well, here we go again. I bit the bullet and bought me this.


      It's still up at the lot right now, there will be a miniature Collection Thread embedded in this thread when I go fetch it. Hopefully if the weather's good, that'll be this weekend.
      So, what is it?
      As the title suggests, it's a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain.
      It's got a flat-head straight eight hiding in the engine bay, 4.4 litres of it. It's bolted to a 4-speed Hydra-Matic Drive gearbox. No torque converter on this one, just a fluid coupling. 116 horses at a screaming 3700 RPM, 240lb/ft at 2000. It idles at 375 RPM. Redline just shy of 4k.
      Did I mention it's quite big? Sixteen foot eight from end to end and it seats six people in comfort. Every door has a quarter-light, too. Comfort is provided by properly sized tyres and (quite surprisingly for the age of it) double independent wishbone front suspension. Steering is via worm/wheel steering box so is moderately direct and the brakes are hydraulic drums all round. Modern and scientific!
      It's an honest example; looks to have had a "restoration" about 15-20 years back and the rust is coming through the seams and filler. The bottoms of the door skins have gone, the bottom of the A-pillars have gone (the front doors, on a single hinge a piece still open and close with one finger!) And it's got a couple holes and blebs in all the places you would expect.
      Not much electrical works. It needs to be completely rewired because someone has "converted" it to 12V. Thankfully it was originally negative ground so that's a good start. Gauges and such can be driven from a 6V bucking converter.
      Engine has had some work done on it- starts and runs nicely with very little greb coming out of the exhaust. It's got a few gaskets that need replacing and the tappets need some major adjustment, the gearbox engages gears correctly, the steering is okay but has a lot of slack in the center and the brakes work well, dont sink or feel spongy but need adjustment.
      More to come. I'll post up more pictures when I get it home.
    • By Steve79
      On the way to collect a product from the land of pickled herring and meatballs.

      Todays transport sponsored by my mothers well worn Daihatsu Charade

    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.

      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.


      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...

      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.

      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...

      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.

      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By RobT
      This one deserves its own thread I think.
      As posted in News 24, I collected it from bramz on Tuesday (he's a very pleasant chap, BUY WIV CONFIDENCE). Stopped off at the co-op for a beer and bleary eyed noticed this inadvertent photo opp.

      Once home I evicted the 19 from the garage, pausing for a bit of yellow fog light loveliness.

      Yesterday I worked from home, and once all that boring job shite was out the way I spent a few hours giving the 11 a rinse, and treating the plastics to about 5 quids worth of Autoglym Trim Gel. It wasn't filthy or anything, but it's just something I like to do to see how good/bad a car is.


      The trim has come up well, although could probably do with another go. It really is a nice, genuine, low mileage car (46,600 miles), with hardly any rust. I've had a brief look, and the only areas to speak of are by the passenger door hinge, some peeling of the underseal on the front OS sill where it's probably been jacked up incorrectly, and some light surface stuff on suspension bits 'n' bobs. I can't see any evidence of welding either.
      For the most part it has been owned from new by a gifferette in Cornwall. I did a street view of her house and it's a bungalow with a garage attached, and the door is painted the same colour as the car. Ah bless! The fact it's attached to the house must have helped its survival, as opposed to being kept in a shitty damp lockup somewhere.
      The 'never been smoked in' cliche is true here.

      I love this seat design, complete with corduroy covering. They are actually quite comfortable too, and have a tilt function that I haven't yet managed to adjust, so the driving position is a laid back affair. I'll probably just leave it as is.

      Some interesting details include the sun visors that fit flush with the roof line/top of A-pillar.

      Dashboard is an interesting non-reflective matt effort (and is mintola, pretty much like the rest of the interior).

      Brake pedal rubber with the Renner badge.

      Lah-de-dah electric windows that work, and corduroy door card.

      It's early days, but I can see myself becoming smitten. Apart from an occasionally clunky shift up to to 3rd, and a few grumbles from the front end, I can't see it needing much. I'll change the ATF (Renomatic D2 which is still available) and do an oil change, but it's clearly been a well maintained car. As bona fide old chod goes it's perfectly usable, and my plan was to use it all winter, but it's really too good for that once the salt gets chucked down.
      Incidentally, the colour is probably divisive, but in real life it really suits it. One of those rare things where photos don't do it justice IMO.
      It will live indoors, but my garage isn't the best in winter as it can get a bit damp. Better than outside I suppose.

    • By dome
      This evening I venture forth into hitherto unknown lands (Kirkintilloch) to collect my latest acquisition.

      Which, naturally, has issues.

      I have purchased my first line of defence.

      Which appears to have antigravity properties

      More will follow this evening...
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