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2 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

You know I said I don’t really do French cars?  Perhaps I’m just trying to fool myself.

Mrs N loved her 21 Savanna and had it for about 4 years , there is a picture of it somewhere at TheCotswold Wildlife Park, but I can’t find it.

Anyway, on the strength of how good that was I paid £9,000 for this  W reg 2.2 Dti ( luckily) Alize in 2003. I wanted a fancy DCI in Grand lwb spec, but couldn’t afford one, 

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The only picture I found, this is July 2005, MrsN and daughter no.3 at the Father-in-law’s wedding. Me and the rest of the girls were halfway to Estepona near Marbella . He was having a second wedding down there the next day and moving out to live. I drove down in my 6 month old Galaxy, which had the highest spec ever,  cream leather, factory dvd etc. I had it for a year and put over 100k miles on it , can’t use that lease company again!

Because of our experience with that Espace, in 2007 I hunted down a mk4 LWB with the fancy DCI engine...

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Easter 2008, Disneyland Paris. I think it made it there and back without locking the handbrake on or breaking down at all- the one and only journey it ever managed that.

What did happen was that I ran it out of diesel on the M20 at 1 in the morning! We left Disney at about 10am , went into Paris and got stuck in traffic later in the evening , then stopped for dinner...

The trip was saying 120 miles 70 miles from Calais, then I had to put my foot down, to be fair we did cover the last 60 miles in about 30 mins, no time to get fuel, we’ll fill up in Dover.  Everywhere in Dover shut, press on for services at Ashford. Luckily it stopped near some roadworks so I went and asked if anyone  could sell me a can of derv, a JCB driver  very kindly gave me a gallon of cherry, which saved me a bit of ear bending for the rest of the journey.

Sorry about the reminiscing, the pictures are just reminding me, I can shut up if it’s too annoying.

 

Don’t shut up! These are fab! Keep them coming.

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33 minutes ago, BorniteIdentity said:

Interestingly still on the road.  Does he still own it?

Sadly not, replaced in 2009 with an E39 Beemer. I managed to track it down a couple of years ago after missing out on buying it back off eBay. Some nobbers stripped it out and stuck a CLK230 unit in it, tastefully done it is not........

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1 hour ago, JeeExEll said:

Really pushing the pic quality boundaries with this one, sorry for that, but pic's of no use if no-one sees it.  From around 1995.

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My Mk2, a 2.3LX 5-speed which had a Weber 38DGAS conversion (same as 3-litre Capri) before I bought it (giffer used it to tow a caravan). Around the time the clutch needed replacing I was offered the 2.8 engine from a wrecked but good condition Capri 2.8i Special, engine still in the car, so swapped it in and ran it with the Weber. Really easy swap, I think only the downpipes are different from the 2.3, and maybe the clutch. Was surprisingly quick with the 3.64 diff (2.8i Granadas had something like a 3.4 ratio diff) and even pulled well in top, quite basic spec interior so not too heavy. Fitted all new HD springs & shocks & bushes as they were all shagged so it was really tight to drive. Should have had flush plastic wheeltrims but they went on the bonfire and I refurbed the steelies with 4 new 185/70 14s.   B713PSH.

BMW was a 84 Henna red 528i manual with light beige cloth interior. Also mine.

Transit was a handpainted band-van / camper thing of my brother's which we used to go for weekends to west coast of Scotland and Skye (before the bridge). A 83 Y-reg 2.0 Pinto 4-speed lwb single rear wheeler. Transit had a quite loud tannoy hidden behind the front grille and a microphone which was used for playing music through. Great for burping and farting at folk in the street and passing comments and giving abuse where it was deserved. Having a laugh at busy petrol stations - "Attention all customers, could customers at all pumps please get a fucking move on", or "Attention please, could the lady with the big tits at pump 4 please turn round a bit, you've got a great arse". Also (on the Skye ferry half way across) "All vehicles please start your engines. You may now drive off the ferry". 

Escort van is parked exactly where the GXL is parked 19 years earlier in my pic on page 1.

Ha! The mythical DGAS , as teenagers me  and my mates were convinced putting one of these on a 2.0 Pinto would instantly add 10 bhp or something. We had a stock of 3.0 Granada carbs, 2000e Corsair gearboxes and a variety of diffs that we’d heard or read in CCC or somewhere were  better than RS 2000s.

Of course, no pictures of that time , but I did find this one of a 2.0 Escort I put together for old times sake in about 1990, it had a square headlight grille and 5 1/2j s so looked like a Twin Cam, but I couldn’t find a TC badge so it got Mexico ones.  The Granada was a nice low mileage 2.3 manual that had an interior fire, I put a Ghia interior in it and rattlecanned it Matt black. MrsN wouldn’t drive it so one of my brothers had it and abused it for about 2 years, before finishing it off hitting a fire engine head on at Woburn Sands level crossing whilst hi and his mates shouted at some girls on the station platform.

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52 minutes ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

Ha! The mythical DGAS , as teenagers me  and my mates were convinced putting one of these on a 2.0 Pinto would instantly add 10 bhp or something. We had a stock of 3.0 Granada carbs, 2000e Corsair gearboxes and a variety of diffs that we’d heard or read in CCC or somewhere were  better than RS 2000s.

Of course, no pictures of that time , but I did find this one of a 2.0 Escort I put together for old times sake in about 1990, it had a square headlight grille and 5 1/2j s so looked like a Twin Cam, but I couldn’t find a TC badge so it got Mexico ones.  The Granada was a nice low mileage 2.3 manual that had an interior fire, I put a Ghia interior in it and rattlecanned it Matt black. MrsN wouldn’t drive it so one of my brothers had it and abused it for about 2 years, before finishing it off hitting a fire engine head on at Woburn Sands level crossing whilst hi and his mates shouted at some girls on the station platform.

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I bet the Escort looked epic. I re-engined a really clean 1300 Sport Mark 1 with a Mark 3 Capri 2000 about 1000 years ago. I had to buy a Cortina box as the Capri - inexplicably - had the Transit type box with that weird side linkage. Used a Mexico prop iirc, cut and welded the sump, bashed the tunnel AVO style and cut/reversed the gearlever hole in the floor. I fitted the Capri struts and brakes all round, pity the Capri axle was so much wider and the final drive was very low on the Sport. A bit later it had a WCXM and an RS2000 rear axle fitted and the locating brackets fitted for the anti tramp bars. 1300 Sport badges retained so it really pissed off a few local wankers  - genuine road rage from some plum in a Fiat 127 Sport whom I'd shat all over from the A303 Haynes roundabout at Sparkford. :-)

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Not strictly family snapshots, but I found photos of some of my previous cars. Apologies for the quality - they’re all scans and some of the originals were rather iffy. 

I’ll start with a brace of Peugeot 104s. Owned in 1986 (silver) and 87-88 (yellow). Comfortable and very spacious wee cars which would run rings round rather younger 1.3 Metros. 
 

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My first and second company cars. An Maestro on an E plate and Escort. Both poverty spec 1.3 versions but fitted with car phones!  In all honesty the Maestro was a better car - far more comfortable and capable of cornering without trying to kill me. Note neighbour’s landcrab in the second photo   

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23 hours ago, UltraWomble said:

So this is my dad with his first car...

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This is me in dads Lotus about 1983... Which was a mid life crisis purchase as the family car was a Metro...

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And this is me in my Cav - oh my, white socks... The shame...

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My Mother 1957 ish with whatever my grandfather was driving at the time.

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Mother ~&  Father 1970 anf the Trumpet

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Is that Preston registry office? It certainly looks like it.

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This must be spring 1959 as our dog "Mutty" ran away every spring for some reason and got knocked over by a car that year. My mum (still going) with me and Mutty and my dad's Bond outside 55 West Cliff Drive Herne Bay. Over the road you can see one of the fields (now a house) where I used to catch lizzards. The bond was bought to replace a BSA 500 single with sidecar when I came along as Mother plus two kids didn't fit. (actually I think this was the second bond)IMG_2948.thumb.JPG.6f010c8040e76fdca32d9eb12d2bb9ca.JPG

My dad holding my younger sister and my cousin outside the Post Office in Udimore run by my uncle. Austin Westminster replaced his first proper car a Standard 10 and was the first car I went over 100mph in on the Thanet Way

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Family friend "Uncle" John aka Long John (he was 6' 6") with me in anorak and sister plus his neice in his Rover 90 (?) on our way to Branscombe Devon for a holiday.

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On Holiday in Branscombe again, I think this is taken on Dartmoor, Mini (note single wing mirror) is my dad's and PA Cresta is Uncle John's

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28 minutes ago, strangeangel said:

This was on the same roll of negs at the Ford Pop shots, no idea if our heroes flew on this mutha or not as sadly Uncle G passed a few years back.

 

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Bristol Freighter!  Used by the Silver City Company to fly suitably well-heeled punters and their cars across the channel. 

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