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Re: Tax-exempt classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by CitroJim » 15 Mar 2015, 16:47

There's been a Xantia Estate done up to look like a Ghostbusters car Sticky, there's some pictures of it on here somewhere...

It was on the 'bay a while back if memory serves...

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 15 Mar 2015, 23:16

Another bog-standard car with a camper conversion The Ford Escoet Mk 1 Nimbus

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Post by Stickyfinger » 15 Mar 2015, 23:20

call that camping in a nice grass field ?

I spit on your Pussycamping with you little cars with there little wheels !

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 15 Mar 2015, 23:35

Not much grass here! and quite rugged looking from the outside

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but inside
Jeeps may make great off-road vehicles, but for towing things? Not so great. So instead of trying to pull an Airstream behind your Wrangler, why not combine the two and drive the Jeep Action Camper (€40,000; roughly $54,000)? Designed for two-person expeditions and built on the Wrangler Unlimited, the Action Camper offers a pop-up roof, a fiberglass body, a king-size bed, plenty of storage, a mini-kitchen with three-burner stove and refrigerator, a toilet with optional kitchen sink shower, and a fold-up dining area. Basically everything you need, packed in to one rugged, relatively small package.
"luxury" as one of the four Yorkshiremen might have said.

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Re: Tax-exempt classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by Zelandeth » 15 Mar 2015, 23:42

70s - 80s coaches and buses often go for stupidly cheap money. Mate of mine not long ago picked up a taxed and tested Ford based Plaxton Supreme (IV I think) coach at auction that was perfectly serviceable and only really needed a bit of paint and a seat retrim to get it back to looking smart.

Cost him £250 - and had over £300 quids worth of diesel in the tanks! It's not hard to pick a pretty decent one up for a couple of grand or less. Real bargains if you have a cat D license are the likes of the Alexander PS bodied Volvo B10M step entry buses. They're basically just being killed off because of the DDA regs. The MD of Bluebird a few years back said to me that if I'd come to him with £750 that he would have made absolutely sure that he got me a good one, the scrap value being about £650. I always reckoned one would make a fantastic basis for a motorhome. If I had somewhere to put it (oh...and the licence!) I'd have had his arm off. Especially as a PS bodied B10M is a joy to drive. Not quite up there with the Cummins L10 powered Olympian...but more due to the noise than anything...

Sadly things are trickier now that they seem to have killed off the old loophole which allowed a 30+ year old PCV to be driven with less than 8 passengers on a normal car license. Imagine that's really made a lot of people with preserved buses very unhappy...and likely made early 80s stuff even cheaper.

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Post by daviemck2006 » 16 Mar 2015, 01:36

I found any volvo b 10m were good to drive. The ps bodied were good, the Plaxton premier coach good, most stagecoach ones were auto, but there was an odd manual. For me though the best coach I drove was for Hays of Huntly, a volvo b10m vanhool body H261XDS Last I knew of it the engine blew on route to Edinburgh on a long uphill pull with an inexperienced driver flat out in 4th instead of just easing off a bit and keeping the revs in the green sector. It had the smoothest gearbox and clutch of any I have driven. I miss driving coaches, I did not renew my licence two years ago due to medications I'm on that vosa don't like, and liable to be on these meds forever so don't think I'll be driving one again [emoji26] [emoji174]

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Re: Tax-exempt classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by Zelandeth » 16 Mar 2015, 23:59

Only driven a couple of Premieres, one was a seriously dumb auto that drove me spare, the other was a six speed manual which went well (once you just worked on the assumption that none of the gears had any syncromesh facility left). Think the trainer was a bit startled to discover someone less than 25 at the time who knew what double declutching was. Still fun trying to do it downhill when you needed three feet...

Think I know the Hay's bus you mean actually, they provided many of the coaches our primary school (Fisherford) used for school trips in the mid to late 90s when I was there. Need to have a nosey through my old school trip photos and see if my memory is right.

PS is a lovely bus as a driver...just a shame passengers moan about them so much! Only thing better than a B10M based one is a Scania K.113 based PS, of which Bluebird had two for a while. If you can afford to put diesel in it anyway...they went like a scalded cat and sounded lovely. 5mpg on a good day though!

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Post by daviemck2006 » 17 Mar 2015, 00:26

I've done quite a few miles in a scania k 113 vanhool at Deveron coaches in Macduff. It was a flier, the limiter didn't work and many a time i did rail replacement in it and once did Dundee station to Aberdeen station in less than an hour! Passengers were impressed that I arrived far quicker than the train would! It was my last run of the day and I was coming home after 4 days b&b in Aberdeen, hence the flat out [emoji4]

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 17 Mar 2015, 09:05

A whatsthisthen? a very nice 2-tone, and who knows probably a classic under £10k as well!- just for the horizontal wheelers from the granite city of course :) This yellow and cream beauty is one of the residents at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at Lathalmond near Dunfermline

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Lovely collection of images here from filkr titled Far North Buses. As well as some lovely old buses, there's the scenery as well!

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Post by Zelandeth » 17 Mar 2015, 19:23

At that age being an AEC, probably a Reliance if memory serves. Sadly no chance of identifying the body, bit early for my knowledge! Late 60s onwards I've got more of a chance.

...There goes my evening. *vanishes to go and have a rummage through that Flickr gallery*

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Re: Tax-exempt classic for under £10K-what would be nice?

Post by Stickyfinger » 17 Mar 2015, 21:17

As the Bus Fancy Crew inhabit this thread I thought I would post the latest from the South West...

A Poo-Bus...known locally as the "Mayors Depository"
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The CLASSIC thing is....it is on route No2 :)

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Post by Northern_Mike » 17 Mar 2015, 22:05

What a load of s**t.

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 17 Mar 2015, 22:26

Zelandeth wrote:At that age being an AEC, probably a Reliance if memory serves. Sadly no chance of identifying the body, bit early for my knowledge! Late 60s onwards I've got more of a chance.
Spot on Zel, but having delved a little deeper I find that the nice yellow and cream AEC Reliance has gone from the museum now

"Alexander (Northern) Reliance NAC205 (NSJ502, formerly SRS117) departed to an enthusiast in Yorkshire" October 2014

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Post by NewcastleFalcon » 17 Mar 2015, 22:50

I think Aberdeen Corporation's Pea Green and Cream livery is probably an acquired taste...

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Post by Zelandeth » 17 Mar 2015, 23:23

First still have ownership of a Daimler CVG6 in that livery (lovely driving beast from my brief sample behind the wheel and several runs out as a passenger). Sometimes at the depot as it goes out on quite a few hires and sometimes out at Alford. CFG325C is the plate I think...not fighting with Flickr on my phone to check just now!

PS: going by the streetlight there that photo I am assuming is late 60s to early 70s? Think most of the Revo Festival lanterns there had started to be replaced with more efficient SON based lanterns by the late 70s.