Jump to content

The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?


mat_the_cat
 Share

Recommended Posts

I took this on the 80 mile round trip to work on Friday, and it performed surprisingly well! It got a fair bit of attention in the car park too. One minor problem I was reminded about, given all the grime on the roads currently, is the lack of a working washer pump.

20201216_223304.thumb.jpg.78811a433a9b41f3db42caeefa02d3e3.jpg

It appears to have seized up, and a new replacement is so cheap, not even worth the bother of investigating. The pump and washer bottle are held on with M6 screws and nuts inside the wheel arch - in my case very easy to undo!

20201216_224221.thumb.jpg.645d84b1370ae7d09b29ad000d7f1dfd.jpg

To make it easier in the future, I fitted rivnuts in the holes after enlarging slightly. Means I only need the one tool, and keeps my hands cleaner.

20201216_230634.thumb.jpg.289198fd47640d443c13e9b888759cb1.jpg

New pump was then fitted (the correct way up!) and connected up.

20201220_203740.thumb.jpg.14d93b07a189888653f5451f27d1d376.jpg

The blue feed wire is non-original, and I can only think the old wire had become damaged somewhere in the loom and this was the replacement. It bugs me, partly because the colour isn't correct, but they haven't even followed the path of the loom! I will have to rectify at some point...

Anyway, the job in hand is now complete!

20201220_204030.thumb.jpg.214d58e1441c902e43ef3e85445bcf2d.jpg

Driving along the dual carriageway in heavy rain and spray made me feel rather nervous about traffic approaching quickly from behind, so I really want to wire up the rear fog light before I do that again if this weather continues!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I can't remember if I mentioned, but the speedo was not working when I bought this. The cable was obviously damaged, so I bought a cheap Britpart item to replace it a few weeks ago. I did wonder about splashing out on genuine, but figured that surely a speedo cable can't be that difficult to manufacture correctly.

I was wrong. The speedo head has a groove in it, where a plastic tab on the cable end engages to lock it in position, but the pattern cable was just a plain steel ferrule, with nothing to hold it in place!

20201226_211738.thumb.jpg.55078e672ff3aabc25887f545579da20.jpg

Anyway, it worked for a while but soon shifted and lost engagement. It functioned for long enough to realise that I had the wrong speedo for the tyre size however, so there was no rush in replacing the cable until I'd sorted that out!

Fast forwards to now, and I got a new speedo in my stocking yesterday :-)

20201225_222326.thumb.jpg.2a295ae5025e8bb456b3b07e1965ea70.jpg

So it was time to replace the cable and hopefully get it all working correctly.

20201224_123058.thumb.jpg.8288b2a740a53e884beadbadd7c4545c.jpg

You can see the clear difference between the cable ends here:

20201226_000957.thumb.jpg.4e5bf8aa92211ce40f26f2b6012d7bf7.jpg

At this point I'd like to claim that it was all plain sailing, but I'd be lying! Unfortunately I have no photos from the next bit, as my mood was fairly dark. First problem was sliding the new cable onto the speedo - it just would not go. Measurement revealed that the cable end had a 16.2mm ID, but the speedo had a 16.4mm OD. For what should be a genuine Smiths part this is a bit disappointing, and it looks as though the mould tool has worn over the years to result in an oversized part (the finish has all the hallmarks of a tired mould). Note that with the Britpart cable, this would probably have worked in its favour, and actually held it on more securely. Why I never thought of this at the time is a mystery!

What I decided to do is file down the speedo to suit. Once tidied up with some emery cloth I pushed the speedo cable on to test the fit. It was still tight but filing was so slow I reckoned I could get away with it. I pushed, and twisted until eventually it seated, and the tab snapped into the groove. At this point the 1990 plastic of the clip had enough, and shattered into 3 pieces :-( Fuck!

 Superglue, and a fuel pipe clip saved the day, and finally the cable was in place! Then I looked at the dial, and saw that the needle was now pointing just above 90mph! I figured that my twisting had actually rotated the male part of the speedo that the cable slides over, altering the rest position. There was no way I wanted to risk pulling the cable off again, so what I did was remove the bezel and glass, and pull off the needle. Resetting this at 0mph seems to have done the trick, and I've even seen the heady heights of 50mph on the test drive!

20201226_125759.thumb.jpg.2d1af7419625fa708f9dda95cff4c5bc.jpg

You may also notice from the last photo I've added a rear fog switch and warning lamp. I wanted to ensure it was still in keeping with the rest of the dash, and didn't want to drill the panel for an irreversible mod.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Excellent!  These things are very difficult to get looking tidy inside, yours looks great!

I've been there with the speedo cable 😒 We had a 2A that needed a new one and the blue box suppliers just couldn't provide anything that would come close to working for more than a mile or so...

We're lucky to get hold of parts for 50yo cars so easily, but it's not much use when they're so unfit for purpose!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think I had similar arsery with my S3 speedo cable. The ratios seem to be fake news anyway - I'm running a standard SWB speedo with 750's and the speedo should be way out, but it's actually spot on!

I'd like to award another 'Certificate of Excellence' to Land Rover for making the S3 dash so easy* to work on and beautifully* constructed. Thanks lads.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 hours ago, Rusty_Rocket said:

Excellent!  These things are very difficult to get looking tidy inside, yours looks great!

We're lucky to get hold of parts for 50yo cars so easily, but it's not much use when they're so unfit for purpose!

It's not too bad, but there are a few cracks and extra holes around. I do prefer it to the earlier ones TBH, unusually. 

Tell me about it! The previous owner had replaced the mirrors, and they were totally useless. Not only was I unable to tighten them up enough to stop wobble without the stud spinning in the plastic moulding, the glass was flat so all I could see was a close up of the door hinge. I've now replaced with some better quality ones (hardly expensive either) which have the proper curvature for a decent field of view.

7 hours ago, N Dentressangle said:

I'd like to award another 'Certificate of Excellence' to Land Rover for making the S3 dash so easy* to work on and beautifully* constructed. Thanks lads.

I got my priorities right, and the first job I did when I took the dash off was to put little caps over all the self-tappers!

20201227_210516.thumb.jpg.1d76cf9448171b6aed6e1fe18586624f.jpg

Then I took a file to the rough pressed edges I could find, makes it slightly less painful to stick my hand in!

6 hours ago, I_am_Diesel said:

Just found this thread and I love a Land Rover me. Judging by the colour of the engine, it’s an ex-military reconditioned job. They still come back painted that colour after reconditioning to this day but obviously they’re 300 tdi flavour.

That, or they got a tin of the same colour paint... Seems a pretty quiet engine anyway, although puffs a bit of oily smoke when pulling away after idling for a while.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Great fettling! Love reading about these sorts of sensible improvements. 
 

The registration situation is interesting. Does the V5C state that the mark is non transferable? If not, I wonder what would happen if you reassigned it to another vehicle. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 minutes ago, mk2_craig said:

The registration situation is interesting. Does the V5C state that the mark is non transferable? If not, I wonder what would happen if you reassigned it to another vehicle. 

thats one thing iv been curious about as well for my DVLA research :) 

as the vehicle had a previous (original not age related) registration number that it was robbed of back in the day and given the current age related mark it currently wears

image.thumb.png.a7c7f6c929c74c4e918775dd197f44e3.png

and so im curious as well if the V5c makes any mention of it being non transferable, if by 1993 they where marking age related replacement plates as non transferable or not

see at the start, non suffix age related marks where transferable, but people where abusing it, constantly transferring registration after registration, so they made age related no suffix replacement marks non transferable, but I dont know when exactly, thats what im trying to hopefully figure out here :) 

(but no suffix age related plates for for new vehicle registrations remained transferable for a while longer but they where made non transferable in the end as well, but this happened later, also still trying to figure out when exactly)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

42 minutes ago, mat_the_cat said:

Yes, the V5 does state non-transferable. Interesting stuff you've found - is there any more not shown? Wish I knew the full story of its origin!

interesting good to know :)

yeah I have wondered about this one since it showed up

I can say that OBJ506 was most likely the original registration mark of a Landy S1 as OBJxxx was a East Suffolk registration issued in period starting April1953 so that lines up with its Date of manufacturer (and its VIN number on the DVLA record looks like a Landy S1 one as well, I think, but im not an expert in Landies!)

my best guess is someone unearthed a Landy Series 1 got it registered in 1980, then at some point for some reason, its ID was stuck on your Landy Serise 3 (and then Robbed of its plate? although I have no way of knowing if the plate robbery took place before or after its ID was stuck on your machine sadly)

I do wonder why, and I wonder what happened to the S1 your ID came from

as this is not simply a case of someone with a Landy Series 3 that they somehow got declared manufactured 1953, this was a real Landy Series 1 who's ID has now made it onto your Landy S3

 

if you find an actual chassis number stamped on its chassis or (VIN plate if it has one!)  id happy to run it for you and see what it turns up if anything! :) 

(if it has a VIN plate im curious if it is the S1's VIN plate or the S3's plate?)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I did a V888 request on my IIA, which turned up lots of info going back to about 1976:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/v888-request-by-an-individual-for-information-about-a-vehicle

I got back a massive sheaf of photocopied old information, with letters, notes and details of all former keepers. This was about 4 years ago, so I'm not sure if they're as free and easy about giving such info out these days.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, mk2_craig said:

Would the engine number give any clues, if its perhaps the Series 3's original?

That's a good shout, that and I would like to see if there is any VIN stamped into the chassis. Nothing visible in the usual place (thanks Dez), at least not without removing paint.

Moving onto the next improvement, given the weather around here it's unsurprisingly to do with the wipers. At present they are either off or on with the twist of a rotary knob, with a push to operate the washer pump.

20201229_213950.thumb.jpg.7654b77cdf6eb3ad222662b63c2c4ce8.jpg

I want to fit a variable intermittent wipe to cope with the Welsh rain, but without any additional switches or controls. Found plenty of people who've done similar with an extra switch, but that'd be too easy...

There's a bit of snow around at the moment, but sadly not enough for a play. I took it out anyway though, and gave it a good wash afterwards to remove any salt.

20201229_154507.thumb.jpg.7297335f7da59cf4f8d99cae379981a7.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

A lot of older Yanks have a setup whereby when you switch the wipers on they come on intermittent with a long delay, then as you turn the switch further the delay decreases and then eventually you get to constant wipe and then, with another click, to high speed.  Unfortunately they tend to be on a stalk rather than a knob but you might be able to use the guts out of one of those.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It seems to lend itself to a rotary knob, so worth investigating. TBH I'm not that bothered about two speeds - I wouldn't want to go any slower than the ON position in continuous rain anyway. It's just that so much of the year is taken up by annoying drizzle where an intermittent setting would be invaluable!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

How about this; you can get pull switches with multiple positions, 2 would be enough (off, 1, 2) which also twist on a resistor. Pull out and twist for variable intermittent, and pull again for on.

Reminds me of my headlight switch, which does dash dimmer on the twist and side/head lights on the pull.

Intermittent wiper relay boards are available cheap. Depends how handy you are with a soldering iron, I guess.

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 hours ago, mat_the_cat said:

It seems to lend itself to a rotary knob, so worth investigating. TBH I'm not that bothered about two speeds - I wouldn't want to go any slower than the ON position in continuous rain anyway. It's just that so much of the year is taken up by annoying drizzle where an intermittent setting would be invaluable!

You might be able to adapt this:

https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/product/retronics-intermittent-wiper-system/

They seem to sell all sorts of useful bits n bobs!

But actually this is exactly what you're after:

https://www.revolutionelectronics.com/Products/vw-int-wiper/

Must be a version available in the UK

Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 hours ago, PhilA said:

How about this; you can get pull switches with multiple positions, 2 would be enough (off, 1, 2)

That's actually what I'm leaning towards now, as I found out that late Series 3s had a two speed motor, with a switch visually identical to mine. I like the functionality of the VW 99 relay (basically you set the interval by the delay between flicking it on initially, and turning it on a second time - effectively what you'd be doing anyway). So I should be able to use the first position as variable intermittent, and the second as the fully on position as they are now 😎

Link to comment
Share on other sites

9 minutes ago, mat_the_cat said:

That's actually what I'm leaning towards now, as I found out that late Series 3s had a two speed motor, with a switch visually identical to mine. I like the functionality of the VW 99 relay (basically you set the interval by the delay between flicking it on initially, and turning it on a second time - effectively what you'd be doing anyway). So I should be able to use the first position as variable intermittent, and the second as the fully on position as they are now 😎

Yep, my late 3 has a two speed motor, so could be rigged to work exactly as that VW switch doodah does.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This is a lovely old thing, but I do think you should stop picking at the i.d. and history scab, it can only end in tears. Take it from someone who knows how lax local dvla offices were when it came to checking cars for registration transfers and other possible skulduggery , back in the 90’s.

Just enjoy it for what it is.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

22 minutes ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

This is a lovely old thing, but I do think you should stop picking at the i.d. and history scab, it can only end in tears.

Just enjoy it for what it is.

Oh, don't worry - I am doing so! It'd be interesting to know more, but that's all. Certainly not thinking of making any official enquiries! 

9 minutes ago, PhilA said:

Was going to suggest the VW relay but the only ones I could find were $45+ which seemed a little salty.

Phil

Ouch. I've bought them at no more than a tenner, so makes a change to have car parts cheaper this side of the pond.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Similar Content

    • 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 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...
    • By SiC
      So to recap. After a painfully long time (well a month) I finally bought a MGB GT.
       








       
      I've always fancied one and after seeing one at a local garage (which turned out to be a bit shit) the urge sprang up again. Anyway after a lot of searching I ended up with this. Seems pretty straight and underneath don't appear to not been welded too much. Worst point that I've found in the leaf spring mount. I'm not going to cover all the different things and stuff just yet as its already in the thread, so I shouldn't make this too long!
       
      I've not owned a car this old and never something with a carburettor. So I don't quite know what I'm doing with a lot of this, and will have plenty of questions! Part of the reason why I bought it was so I had something that I could fiddle with and learn on. As the other thread got a bit long, I thought it would be a better idea to split and start here.
    • By Fumbler
      To mark the genesis of my fleet project thread I here present my new car: a 1997 Nissan Micra Shape-


      It really looks that good. There is a reason for this: its previous owner was an old lady who loved the thing so much so she made every effort to keep it in good shape. It originally came from Fleet in the GU postcode which suggests to me it was bought by the present dealer at auction, hence arriving down here in Kent. Before seeing the car I checked its MOT history and its only fails were thanks to broken stoplights, which shows me that it was very well cared for. I suppose an example of this was that on the last MOT, an advisory was a corroded rear silencer. The silencer on the car when I saw it was new. Methinks the lady wanted to keep it as good as possible. It was kept in a garage and so all the bumpers and black trim are very black and the tyres are in very good condition. Spare never used! Also included a free Dettol first aid kit from 1997.
      This car has 15000 genuine miles on the clock. We clocked over 15000 during the test drive! The lady owner really only trundled around her village in it and the MOT shows that it only did some meagre miles between tests. This, of course, came at a price. We saw a cherry red Micra from 2002 at the same dealer. Paint was shoddy and when they washed it the boot had massive sections of bare metal and it wasn't very happy. This car, however, is in fabulous condition and there was no contest between the two cars- it really is that good, inside and out. Immaculate interior, driver's airbag, cassette player... all there and all functioning (apart from cassette thanks to new battery and failed display). This meant that I bought it for £1600, £100 over what was my uppermost limit, but I knew I wouldn't see another like this that was in as good shape for a fair while. It was priced very ambitiously, at £1990, so I'm content in the fact I managed to slash a few hundred off the price. There wasn't that much paperwork though. All the dealership received was the logbook with 3 service stamps from 1998, 1999 and 2000, the radio key pass, a National Trust sticker, and the original paperwork holder. I suspect the old lady died and had her car auctioned, and the massive file of paperwork is now someone's egg carton, along will everything else she owned.

      As always, this car isn't exactly in showroom condition. While the inside is great and the floor is solid, and the underseal is in great shape, the not undersealed parts need a small looking at. Mainly the rear of the driver's side sill. It's really the only bubbling on the car. I suspect a well aimed stonechip managed to fester over the wintery salted roads, making it rust even more. It's around the size of a 5p piece, and will give me the opportunity to spray the insides of the sill with some chain oil to prevent any further corrosion. Behind the fuel tank there are a few rusty joints- places where the spraygun cannot get paint onto- which some Vactan and Dynax should put to rights. Alternator belt looks original because of the cracking and Nissan badges and will need doing soon as well as the front plate. As much as I like the 90's font and original dealer surround, the dishevelled R and general water ingress is a persistant MOT advisory. It could be the MOT station being strict (and most likely is considering there's a Saxo down the road with far worse blackening), however for the sake of peace of mind and all that, I'll get a new one made. The rear has already been replaced indicating this has happened before.
      All in all, I think this is a nice plucky motor. I'll have it by the end of the week; just got to sort out tax, insurance, and it's going to have an MOT. As part of the deal it's getting the MOT and an oil and filter change which will be something ticked off the list. It has some love scratches and chips here and there, but it drives well, is stiff and controllable, and should make out to be a nice summer project!
    • By BorniteIdentity
      This week, for the first time ever, I felt old. I have sciatica which swaps from one side to the other, arthritis in one hand and what I think is the beginnings of IBS. On top of that it took me 2 weeks to remember a registration number that once would take me 2 seconds, and I forgot my parent's wedding anniversary.

      I'm only 32.

      Shit. No I'm not. I'm 33. I forgot that too. (Genuinely)

      So, it's about time I committed some of my tales to paper. Well, a shonky server... but that's the best you can do in 2016.

      First up, a list of the cars I've owned (as best as I can remember) in chronological order.

      Main Cars
      1985 VW Polo Formel E. C158 TRT. This was given to me even before I passed my test.

      1991 Rover Metro S. J801 TAC. Bought about 3 months after I passed my test as I was convinced the Polo was about to shit its gearbox.

      1987 Volvo 360 GLT. D899 CBJ ___ Managed three months in a Metro before the small car and smaller petrol tank became a bore.



      Ford Mondeo and Honda Civic Coupe by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec. V384 DBJ. Still the most I've ever spent on a car. It was 3 years old and cost, from memory, about £8,000. Just think of the Rover R8s you could buy with that now!

      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI 8v by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI D79 CVV. I very nearly bought a MK1 Golf 1.1 but was persuaded, by my father amusingly, to buy this one from a different friend. From memory I gave about £500 for it, and sold it to some racers later that year for about £300. Amusingly, 16 year later I'd sell the Hartge wheels that came with the car for £530.

      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX. V781 GDP. By far the best car I've ever had. Bought in 2002 for £5300, it had previously been a company car at British Telecom. I ran it from 62,000 to 174,000 before it became surplus to requirements. A German chap bought it on ebay for about £500 and drove over to collect it. Hero.

      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec. Y821 EEB. I should have loved this car. I gave £500 for it in 2008 which was stupidly cheap by anybody's standards. It needed 4 tyres (which actually was nice to pick good ones for once) and a coil spring. Sadly, it was just bill after bill after bill. I sold it and promised to never own another Ford. I nearly succeeded.

      1998 Nissan Almera by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1998 Nissan Almera GX Auto. S58 NLO. My late Grandfather's car and, upon reflection, my first proper attempt at bangernomics. I bought it for £500 in 2008 from the estate and ran it for well over a year and 30,000 miles. It was also my first automatic which, whilst a bit dumb, did lock up into overdrive and give a good 36 mpg no matter how it was driven.

      2004 Ford Fiesta 1.25 LX and 2006 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Ford Fiesta Zetec. AG53 BWL. My wife's car which I ran for a couple of years when I bought her a Focus as a wedding gift.

      2003 Rover 75 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2003 Rover 75 Club SE. AX53 BFA. This is where my career as a serial car buyer really began. Ignoring all of the warning signs I decided to press a K Series into a daily 100 mile commute, which it did with aplomb. This wasn't actually the car I set out to buy, the one I'd agreed to buy OVERHEATED ON THE FORECOURT whilst I was doing the paperwork. Consequently I couldn't leave fast enough and bought a different car later that day.

      2004 Toyota Avensis T30-X by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Toyota Avensis T3-X. KT53 DWZ. Sensible head back on, I decided to get back into something I trusted when my 3rd son was born. This was a lovely car, but not without its problems. The VVTi oil burning issues are well documented and do frequently occur. Ironically, this was less reliable than the Rover it replaced! Despite fearing the worst and 3 months off the road, the new owner has just MOTd it.

      1999 Toyota Avensis SR by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis SR. V263 GDP. Back into bangernomics territory again. The last MK1 Avensis I had was the best car I'd ever had, so I hoped to replicate it with another T22 Avensis. This one came up for sale in my favourite (and rare) colour with a numberplate sequential to my previous car - so it was meant to be. I still have this now, and tomorrow it will tick around to 185,000 miles having been bought by me at 100,500.

      Side Bitches

      1974 Morris Mini 1000 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1974 Morris Mini 1000. GEL 517N. Well, I always wanted one - and was young, free, single and well off at the time (2003). A memorable trip to buy it when I called my new girlfriend by my ex girlfriend's name 20 miles into a 200 mile weekend away. She's never forgiven or forgotten but we're still friends. Oh - and married.

      1977 Ford Capri II GL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1977 Ford Capri II 1600 GL. SMY 675R. I can't remember why I bought this, other than I thought it'd be amusing. It was bought from Norwich for £350 and was perfectly well behaved for the 8 months that I had it (other than a flasher unit expiring). I remember being shocked just how much the windscreen would ice up inside, and duly sold it in November to a guy who was going to drive it daily! It's still alive and now, apparently, black! (Update - it's now silver!!!)

      1989 Volvo 340 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1989 Volvo 340 DL. G67 AVN. I bought this for £80. Unbelievable. It was utterly bloody perfect. I wanted to do a banger rally which is why the guy gave it to me so cheap. I'm still yet to do that rally, but no longer have the car. I sold it for about £300 to a family who were clearly down on their luck who, I hope, still have the car.

      1996 Toyota Granvia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1996 Toyota Granvia. N775 JEV. My wife and I decided to increase our numbers further and, with our 4th son on the way, larger transport was required. We quickly realised you can either have 4 children and no apparel, or apparel and no children. After trying a very tired Mercedes Viano, the Granvia was found for 1/4 of the price and it's still here 2 years later. I can safely say that we'll never sell it - it really is another member of the family.

      1993 Mercedes 190e by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1993 Mercedes 190e. L795 COJ. I've admired these cars since I was a child. In fact, one of the very few toy cars I still have from my childhood is a Mercedes 190e. Regular readers of "Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder" will know what a PITA this car has been since day 1, but I get the feeling it's a keeper. We'll see!

      1983 Ford Sierra Base 1.6 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1983 Ford Sierra Base. GVG 510Y. Not explicitly my car, but it should be documented here for reference. Oh - and the V5 is in my name. The story is online for all to read as to how five of us acquired what is believed to be the only remaining Ford Sierra Base. Make a brew and read it, it's a fantastic story.

      1982 Ford Sierra L by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1982 Ford Sierra L. LCR 503Y. I accidentally won this on ebay for £520. Upon reflection, I shouldn't have sold it - but short stop of saying I regret it. I could never get truly comfortable driving it and, in fairness, I could scratch my Sierra itch with the base if I wanted. Sold it at a stupid profit of £1250. It is believed to be the oldest remaining Ford Sierra in the UK.

      1979 Volvo 343 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1979 Volvo 343 DL. DBY 466T As you'll see above, I'd had a 360GLT as a younger lad and fancied one of these earlier cars. The variomatic is, frankly, terrible but amusing. This car has just 8000 miles on the clock and inside was absolutely timewarp. Sadly, the huge bill for the Mercedes 190e cylinder head rebuild meant I had to sell this car shortly after acquiring it. Since then I've had a bit of money luck, and now realise I didn't need to sell it after all. Typical.

      I think that's it. My arthritis is playing up even more now. I've left out a few cars that were actually my wife's, but if I find pictures will add them in at a later date. I'll run this as an ongoing thread on cars and what's happening.

      Current SitRep:

      Purple Avensis: Just about to click over 185,000. Minor drama this week when an HT lead split but otherwise utterly fantastic, fantastically boring and boringly reliable.

      Granvia: Just done 1000 miles in a month around Norfolk, 6 up with suitcases. 31mpg achieved on the way up which is good for an old tub with a 3.0 Turbo Diesel on board. ODO displaying 175,000 which is a mix of miles and kilometers. Say 130,000 miles for argument's sake.

      Mercedes: Being a PITA. It's had the top end completely rebuilt after the chain came off. Now needs welding to pass another MOT and the gearbox bearings are on strike. It's about to go into the garage for winter until I can stomach it again. 151,000 miles on the clock.

      Sierra bASe: Still on sabbatical with AngryDicky who only took it bloody camping in cornwall! Legend.
×
×
  • Create New...