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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 14 Apr 2017, 22:55

Not exactly an open-toppage day today, breezy, mostly overcast, and chilly. Had a trip down to foreign parts Redcar and Saltburn to be precise. Nice blue VW Beetle but awful wheels, and a nice VW Camper in green and cream which looked nicer from a distance than close up. The finish was more dulux than concours.

They both failed to trouble the camera shutter.

Captured this though, its a moggy, but a commercial moggy, and I do like an old commercial vehicle...and appropriately for good Friday, was advertising the nearby fish and chip shop with the long queue outside.
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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by CitroJim » 15 Apr 2017, 05:45

I used to have a Fester like that.... They were nothing special I can tell you... Not mine anyway an 1100cc one...

I got it as as I wanted a very anonymous car for leaving at the station when I worked in London back in the 80s. In that role it was perfect.

Trying to identify the bike.... Looks like a GS500. I had a GS450 when I had the Fester.. Not a good bike at all... I quickly sold it and went back to enjoying my GT550 triple :)

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Zelandeth » 17 Apr 2017, 18:50

Have to confess to having quite a soft spot for the Mk IV Fiesta. I had one in 1.1 form (on a 93 L plate, so fitted with injection by then) a few years back immediately following my first Skoda being written off. I needed wheels, and I needed them *now* so went down to our local mate who always had a few "disposable" cars on sale. £250 later I had the Fiesta. Aside from putting oil in it (it had the usual porous sump) and replacing the HT leads and the front engine mounting the day after I got it, I barely did anything to it for nearly a year. It got driven like I stole it generally, and I did miles in the thing. It was really comfortable (mine had the velour option ticked, and it was ridiculously soft - only gripe was that cat hair stuck to it like velcro), had a cracking standard stereo, and was one of those cars which no matter where I was, what the weather was doing or what I was doing, just inspired confidence. I always knew it was going to start just fine. It didn't do anything in a truly exceptional manner, but at the same time, there wasn't one thing that I asked of it that it did anything less than acceptably. Plus parts - even from the main dealer - were *ridiculously* cheap. The gasket for the rocker cover was £2, and the sump was £18.

It leaked oil for a passtime, no matter how carefully you set the tappets it always sounded like a sewing machine 48 hours later, the exhaust used to scrape on the ground if you drove through a dip or over a speedbump (it was held on with string everywhere save for the manifold and the rear most hanger), the rear valance consisted of more filler and duct tape than metal, and it was closer to pink than red. When I sold it, I got back exactly what I paid for it. That decision being hastened when I decided to change the sump and the first three bolts I tried to remove snapped.
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Really didn't appreciate it until about six months after I sold, it but she was a really cracking little motor and I certainly wouldn't say no to another one.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by van ordinaire » 19 Apr 2017, 02:23

I've mentioned before that down in Zunny Deb'n Minors, B's & Stags are regular sightings but Sunday I saw an Austin 3 litre being trailered towards Newton Abbot on the Totness, yesterday there was an earlyish Humber Sceptre parked at a Car Boot Sale (was it he I spoke to last year who was restoring one & was interested in some period road maps, I wonder) & out enjoying the sun & a resonably quiet Torbay Ring Road - a Capri convertible!

Driving back to London last evening, as I joined the A30 off the M5 I came up behind a 4-door Mk1 Escort: spare wheel held vertically at the back on a tubular steel frame, extended spring shackles (when did you last see them?) BUT, curiously, riding level, wide steel wheels - trials car? later on, coming the other way, an SL190, leading a "fintail". All in all, an interesting day.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Gibbo2286 » 19 Apr 2017, 10:04

I was at the Coleford Carnival of Transport on Monday, took a few pictures, I'll try to post some of them up later.
I wonder if the Austin 3 Litre mentioned in Van's post was on its way there, a very nice one in pale grey was among the exhibits.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 22 Apr 2017, 09:21

Dog walking spot yesterday

MGA 1600 open-top roadster in beautiful "light blue" April 1960. There is something pleasingly perfect about its lines, very desirable and in one of my favourite colours. 0-60 13.3 seconds (its all you really need personally speaking) top speed 103.0 m.p.h. (no thanks!). Then again it may have been a twin-cam roadster of which 1788 were built between April 1958 and May 1960, which was 9.9 for 0-60 and 113 mph top speed. If it was it would have had discs all round but I have only just found that out so didn't nose enough to find out. Second-Class Classic spotting perfomance there and no pictures either...I'm afraid I am going to have to be harsh on myself and award nul points.

Here's the sort of thing I am talking about...in the words of John Gordon Sinclair in Gregory's Girl....

"She's gorgeous, she's ab-sol-utely gorgeous" :!:
http://www.mgcc.co.uk/mga-register/wp-c ... ster-2.jpg

It's a pic from the MGA register so just a link. If you enjoy the range of original colours of a model of car as I do there is a gallery of MGA Factory Colours here on the MGA-Register site.

What's your favourite? I do like the name "Alamo Beige" although not necessarily the colour, and for lovers of grey there is a Dove Grey, and if you are going to have a white..it has to be "Old English White" surely :?: :-D

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2017, 12:24

I've just returned from a 36 mile Cycle Sportive that took us all around the picturesque back lanes of Buckinghamshire and not once in all of that ride did I see anything remotely interesting...

Mind you, having said that I was more concerned with keeping up with the peloton ;)

Didn't smell anything either, apart from natural farm smells...

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 22 Apr 2017, 16:26

So you were keeping up with the peloton while avoiding the pollution? Not bad.

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Post by mickeymoon » 22 Apr 2017, 17:00

CitroJim wrote:I've just returned from a 36 mile Cycle Sportive that took us all around the picturesque back lanes of Buckinghamshire and not once in all of that ride did I see anything remotely interesting...

Mind you, having said that I was more concerned with keeping up with the peloton ;)
I'm glad you enjoyed it Jim.

My idea of hell though:) Cycling for me is escapism, doing it with others is intolerable. I'd manage ok riding with you but a load of cyclists? Ooh no. Even now, despite being a keenish cyclist myself I see lycra clad oiks in Team Sky gear on expensive bikes and think "cyclist (-expletive removed-)!!"


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Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2017, 18:46

mickeymoon wrote:Even now, despite being a keenish cyclist myself I see lycra clad oiks in Team Sky gear on expensive bikes and think "cyclist (-expletive removed-)!!


I know the sort only too well but today the peloton was mercifully free of them and every cyclist was a jolly lovely person. We all chatted together and it all ended up quite social, especially at the feed station...

I don't do the posh gear. I ride in BTwin (Decathlon) stuff. It may not carry any kudos but it's very functional and very keenly priced...

In fact, not long ago a big group test of shoes found the BTwin ones to be excellent, as did a test of it's top of the range bike...

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by mickeymoon » 22 Apr 2017, 18:50

I use FDX stuff which came from Amazob cheap, I have some Muddy Fox kit too which was very cheap from Sportdirect in a sale, as was my occasional helmet. I've had the same shoes for 6 years and they are 40 quid Shimano ones. There's one or two lycra (-expletive removed-) who've come a cropper thinking they can leave me behind up a couple of hills here... they obviously haven't been practising 6 min high resistance flat-out hill climbs at Spin...

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by CitroJim » 22 Apr 2017, 18:58

mickeymoon wrote:There's one or two lycra (-expletive removed-) who've come a cropper thinking they can leave me behind up a couple of hills here... they obviously haven't been practising 6 min high resistance flat-out hill climbs at Spin...


Love that :) One or two thought the same of the BTwin attired person today and then got a surprise at the next hill...

Poetic justice or what? :wink:

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 23 Apr 2017, 23:28

More MG's today, they were out on a 100 mile Rally through the Northumberland Countryside. Now in rank of desirability to be honest the MGA is tops, the newer stuff is a bit anonymous for me, and the older stuff, although being pleasant on the eye is a bit old-fashioned bordering on fuddy duddy material!

Do like the MGB/C Roadster, and the Midget...well it's alright if you have to. Not keen on the MGB GT whatever bulge lies under the bonnet, give me a Triumph GT6 any day of the week.

Best of the bunch passing through, a glacier Blue MGA like this....

http://www.mgcc.co.uk/mga-register/wp-c ... blue-2.jpg

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 27 Apr 2017, 15:17

Triumph Vitesse today, strange sort of colour orangey beige might describe it. I will have to have a dig around.

J reg so 1970 vintage.

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Re: Classic car Spring/Summer Collection-2017

Post by NewcastleFalcon » 27 Apr 2017, 18:22

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That could well be the exact car :-D Saffron Yellow.

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