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 CitroJim » 05 Aug 2014, 17:50

DickieG wrote: quite how he survived this crash still escapes me, one very lucky man indeed.
That's amazing Richard... I don't suppose a Robin (hellish hard for me to spell that without a y :lol: ) would do very well in an Euro NCAP test :)
northern_mike wrote:it as reshelled by the insurance company.
Using papier-mâché... It is marginally stronger than wet Weetabix :lol: :lol:

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

Post by citronut » 05 Aug 2014, 19:55

DickieG wrote: Somehow the elderly driver was walking around with just a few cuts to his head and hands, quite how he survived this crash still escapes me, one very lucky man indeed.
maybe because there was nout to trap him inside

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

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 05 Aug 2014, 20:09

Here's another couple of variations in the Reliant stable
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Could be described as a nice pair too easy for a whatsthisthen :!: :)

regards Neil

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

Post by Northern_Mike » 05 Aug 2014, 21:36

citronut wrote:
DickieG wrote: Somehow the elderly driver was walking around with just a few cuts to his head and hands, quite how he survived this crash still escapes me, one very lucky man indeed.
maybe because there was nout to trap him inside
I think that's partly it. No weight, no real momentum, and the fibreglass does actually bend quite a lot before it breaks. I'd not want to crash one myself, but if you watch Reliant Robin racing, they don't have take a battering and not fall apart.

This looks like an interesting beast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za0uCTNGL4A" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Northern_Mike » 05 Aug 2014, 21:44

citronut wrote:
NewcastleFalcon wrote:and a top speed of 100 Mph

regards Neil
i'd defiantly prefer to do 85 mph in a dershy ( 2CV ) or 110 in a 5 speed gear box 1.3 GSA than in one of those wheel barrows :yikes: :roll: :shock: :wink:
I've done over 90 in a GSA 1.3 powered 2cv. It's hilarious on the motorway

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

Post by citronut » 06 Aug 2014, 07:33

northern_mike wrote:
I've done over 90 in a GSA 1.3 powered 2cv. It's hilarious on the motorway
is that as much as you could get out of it, or as much as you felt happy to go to Mike :twisted: :o #-o :-D :lol: :wink:

i quite often followed my daughter in her dersh ( 2CV )on motorways in my NA D BX at 85mph,
she hadnt a clue she were doing that speed as theres a pin/stop in the speedo at 70mph

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A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by Northern_Mike » 06 Aug 2014, 08:07

Oh no, it'll go much faster than that :-)

All 5 2cvs I had in the past would cruise with the needle on the stopper. I once drove one 210 miles in 2hrs 45min which is an average speed of somewhat more than the manufacturers claimed top speed!

I'm just a grumpy Northern git.

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loose ends

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 10 Aug 2014, 09:48

James' joke still remains without a punchline.............
Hell Razor5543 wrote:Possibly a relevant joke?

What do you get if you cross a pair of poplar trees with a pair of great tits?
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Re: A nice pair but too easy for a whatsthisthen!

Post by isisalar » 10 Aug 2014, 15:24

This talk of Reliants has brought back a few memories.
My first job in the retail motor trade was at a dealership which had a franchise for the Reliant Scimitar, sometimes I had to go to the 'factory' in Tamworth to collect new vehicles and drive them back to London. The 'factory' was a ramshackle, muddy, collection of sheds and outbuildings and cars in various stages of completion could be seen being wheeled around the site into the different workshops. A production line it was not.
Having got the cars back to London, the fun then started with the pre delivery inspection. There were set times for the many and various repair jobs needed to get the cars ready for delivery. The AVERAGE labour time the dealership charged the factory for the PDI was 24hrs!! One car I remember having 3 or 4 back axles fitted before they got a good one.
Surprisingly, having made it on to the road they weren't that bad, reliability wise, compared to other cars of the time.
I've never driven one of the smaller ones but friends had them on motorbike licenses and one had a Bond bug, that was interesting, more than once whilst a passenger he had it on its door handles.

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

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 10 Aug 2014, 17:47

The other loose end was the pics of the Reliant Rialto, and also the very pleasing Reliant Sabre, probably the best looking Reliant of all unless you know better!

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

Post by CitroJim » 11 Aug 2014, 12:14

NewcastleFalcon wrote:The other loose end was the pics of the Reliant Rialto, and also the very pleasing Reliant Sabre, probably the best looking Reliant of all unless you know better!
The Scimitar still looks very tasty to my eyes...

I have quite a fondness for them and one car I'd think of having if I didn't subscribe to a passion for old double chevrons. The others are a Rover P6 V8 and a Matra Bagheera...

The Bagheera is a car I really do desire... Love 'em to bits despite the rattly old Simca underpinnings...

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 11 Aug 2014, 14:23

I wouldn't mind the car in this webpage, as it was owned for some time by my Great Uncle Jim (that is him with his back to the camera, apparently);

http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/jaguar-d-type.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 11 Aug 2014, 15:17

James,

"Vehicle details found: TNG959
WHITE, 1955 JAGUAR XK SPORTS"

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Its on the computa at least, so may be a chance its still on the go.

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 11 Aug 2014, 15:21

It is, but the current owner doesn't want to sell it, and (apparently) only fires it up twice a year. Jim would be turning in his grave (but I think he was cremated!) if he knew.

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

Post by Northern_Mike » 11 Aug 2014, 15:48

CitroJim wrote:
NewcastleFalcon wrote:The other loose end was the pics of the Reliant Rialto, and also the very pleasing Reliant Sabre, probably the best looking Reliant of all unless you know better!
The Scimitar still looks very tasty to my eyes...
I do like Scims. I nearly bought one, but bought a Capri 2.8i instead, a choice I'm not sure was wise or not. I was lucky enough to drive one that had been tampered with and had a load of Burton Power bits thrown at it. It was still only 160bhp or so, but given that in the true Reliant style it was made out of damp weetabix, it weighed bugger all and went like stink.

My dad's friend used to be into them until someone hit him up the rear about 10 years ago at some lights, quite hard. Fibreglass car, petrol tank slung behind the rear axle, rear impact, split petrol tank, petrol thrown forwards, and ignited... It wasn't pretty. Neville escaped, but with serious burns.. he prefers classic bikes now as they're safer.