A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Gibbo2286 » 13 Nov 2015, 13:51

I've just been all the way through this thread, some interesting stuff in there most of which I've had my spanners on at some time, Marinas and Allegros weren't really as bad as some think, they did the job they were meant for pretty well.

For a long time I ran the big BL stuff, A99s A110s in Austin and Wolseley models. I had an Austin A99 written off by a white van man who then ran away before the cop arrived. My favourite in the range was the Austin 3 Litre, a very comfortable car with good handling, Alexander self levelling suspension and The Austin C series engine as fitted to the MGC, despite weighing in at near 2 tonnes it would give a Zodiac a run for its money.

I asked my son in law to pick up a Maxi from the other side of the country, asked him what he thought of the fifth gear, he said he didn't know it had one and had driven it 150 miles never getting out of 4th.

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by CitroJim » 13 Nov 2015, 17:22

Gibbo2286 wrote: I asked my son in law to pick up a Maxi from the other side of the country, asked him what he thought of the fifth gear, he said he didn't know it had one and had driven it 150 miles never getting out of 4th.
Even if he'd have known he might not have been able to find it!!!

I had the same problem when I ran a V6 Xantia (4 speed auto) as my daily driver.. On occasion when I drove the Activa I used to forget it had a fifth gear... So used to the sound of only four gears I guess...

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Stickyfinger » 13 Nov 2015, 17:31

Or remember your in a manual box car and not your normal Auto just as you slow to a stop .......amazing how the endless flow of gossip/drivel from my passenger can send me to a strange far away place.

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Post by CitroJim » 13 Nov 2015, 18:03

Oh yes, I often remembered the Activa had a clutch only when the juddering became too severe to ignore when I drove mostly autos...

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Stickyfinger » 13 Nov 2015, 18:17

where is the OFF Button on an elderly mother ?

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Post by CitroJim » 13 Nov 2015, 18:39

Stickyfinger wrote:where is the OFF Button on an elderly mother ?
They don't have one Alasdair... No woman does. It is not age-related... :twisted:

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Gibbo2286 » 14 Nov 2015, 11:43

The comments about the Morris 1000 and Austin A35 surprise me, the A30/35 was a terribly cramped car, claustrophobic and gave you a blinding headache if you drove it more that about thirty miles.

In our showroom in Birmingham we had new A35s sitting around for months waiting for a buyer at the same time as there was a twelve week waiting list for the Minor1000s

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Peter.N. » 14 Nov 2015, 11:55

I had a couple of Morris minor vans that I used for work, I fitted some nice comfortable seats and side windows, also some sound insulation, I loved them - then. Recently a friend of mine who was restoring a saloon asked me to take it for an MOT for him, it was dreadful, noisy, slow and uncomfortable - how cars have changed!

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by CitroJim » 14 Nov 2015, 11:59

Peter.N. wrote:how cars have changed!
And our expectations of them too Peter!

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Peter.N. » 14 Nov 2015, 17:39

Very true Jim, although I still don't think they have bettered the Citroen CX and that came out in the '70s, I ran them for 10 years or more, never driven another car like it.

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 15 Nov 2015, 01:57

Peter.N. wrote:Very true Jim, although I still don't think they have bettered the Citroen CX and that came out in the '70s, I ran them for 10 years or more, never driven another car like it.

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Not sure how this one would handle.

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I do like the "hub caps" and the colour of this one

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and the blue interior of this one

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and there's no need to stick to a just a one tone, or two-tone

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by CitroJim » 15 Nov 2015, 07:44

Peter.N. wrote:Very true Jim, although I still don't think they have bettered the Citroen CX and that came out in the '70s, I ran them for 10 years or more, never driven another car like it.
Driving my Activa over a fair distance last evening Peter, I had exactly the same thoughts precisely...

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Peter.N. » 15 Nov 2015, 09:44

I like Neil's pictures except you wouldn't get that recovery truck round the corners here. My CX safari was one of those with a porous block which necessitated replacing the head gasket every 15,000 miles, I did over 160k in it, probably 10 gaskets and two heads, just gives you an idea of how much I liked it, mind you changing the gasket was a doddle compared to modern cars.

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Stickyfinger » 15 Nov 2015, 10:20

Wind /Road noise.....that is what has improved over the last 10 years.

You should of had your block/head resin/Vac dipped....common fix for old Aston Martin V8 blocks.

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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by elma » 15 Nov 2015, 12:30

Stickyfinger wrote:Wind /Road noise.....that is what has improved over the last 10 years.
So true but I think that's not a good point.
I drive an S60 regularly and you don't get any sensation of driving a bit fast until about 120mph when you've probably lost your license anyway.