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Are any of you old enough to remember the space in a car engine bay, where you could almost walk around it with a hammer, screwdriver, and a fistful of tractor spanners, and fix anything. Roll it on it's side to do 'intricate' work. And some loose change from your mums purse.
Oh yes.....and tyres were just round and black.



Nowadays, you need fingers the size of knitting needles, four elbows to each arm, and degree in computer technology, and a tool kit that would grace the deck of an aircraft carrier. Better not forget the credit card with a £20,000 limit.



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I remember The Olden Days well.

Everything was better, no crime, no MRSA, hospital staff used to put on freshly laundered uniforms in the hospital each day rather than going to work on the bus wearing it, the roads were like billiard tables, people put their cars in the extension room as it is now called, not left them strewn along the road and pavement, wagon wheels were the size of a wagon wheel not a small biscuit, there were more than 12 crisps in a pack, prices in the supermarket were the same every week, cars used to be made from thick metal, and had bumpers for bumping......(pause for breath))
 

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And Saturday morning pictures were 6d and a big bag of chips was the same price (with cracklings). Singles were 6/8 (3 for £1). The bus fare to school was 2d (shock when it went up to 3d).


Oh, and the first car insurance premium I paid in 1973 was £31 TPF&T on a 1962 Mini Countryman.



God, I feel old.
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My car history as follows, and their demise.

Ford Anglia 105e. (Ended up in banger racing).
Ford Cortina Mk3. (Sold for house deposit).
Mg Midget Mk.1. (Broke it up, and sold for the parts).
Ford Corsair 2000E. (Broke it, sold the parts).
Morris Minor(1962). Scrapped.
Mini Countryman.(Sold for a large profit).
Ford Escort Mk3 Estate.(Part exchanged).
Ford Sierra Estate.(Part Exchanged).
Ford Sierra 4x4.(Part exchanged for the following 2 vehicles).
Ford Sierra 1.8.(Sold for cash).
Ford Transit(Sold for cash).
Ausitin Allegro(Sold for cash....luckily).
Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 CDi.(Reposessed).
Mitsubishi Colt(Sold for cash).
Volkswagen Passat estate. (Scrapped)
Volkswagen Passat estate.(Scrapped).
Vauxhall Astra D. estate.(Argued with a lorry and lost......scrapped).
Ford Escort Mk4 Turbo Diesel. (Cam belt broke, and sold it cheap).
Land Rover. Series 2. LWB.(Sold for cash).
Nissan Sunny. (Scrappage deal for my Note).

Nissan Note Diesel.(Watch this space................??).




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Right then, car history


Mini Coutryman

Mini

Daf 32 Dafodil

Simca 1501 Rallysport

Daf 44

Daf 55 Marathon

Daf 66

Austin Allegro 1750HL (first company car, truly bloody awful couldn't even get it nicked when leaving it unlocked in Brixton!)

Talbot Horizon (two of 'em)

Talbot Solara

Talbot Tagora (all woeful but were BT company cars and BT had a deal with Talbot)

Ford Granada (thank God , the deal with Talbot ended)

Cavalier SRi

BMW 318

Rover 620 (used to 'eat' tyres)

Vauxhall Carlton

BMW 520

Ford Mondeo estate (only for a few weeks as the company I worked for went bust!).

Mitsubishi Spacewagon

Volvo 240GLE Estate (still my favourite car).

Volvo 850 (lovely car - not, bought back by Volvo as it wouldn't turn left!!!)

Seat Alhambra (petrol)


Seat Alhambra (diesel and 11 years of fault free service)

Nissan Note
 

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Hmmmmm not sure i like this,,but here goes,,lol


Standard Vangaurd
Reliant Robin
Hillman Imp
Austin Maxi
Austin Westminster
Ford Capri
Ford Granada
Vauxhall Chevette
Ford Cortina Estate
Nissan Bluebird Estate
Nissan Laurel
Nissan Bluebird 5 door
Nissan Primera
Nissan Note 1.6 Auto

Might not be in the right order but they are the cars i have owned
 

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Missed 2 off my list.

Citroen BX 1.4 Petrol. (Bought at auction for £45. 6 months T&T. Sold for £55 scrap after 6 months)
Peugeot 405 1.8L. Turbo D. Estate.(Sold it, and wish I hadn't. Great car).




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Morris Oxford (Farina)
Rover P6 2000
Rover P6 3500 (Superb auto, BW35, shows these aisin boxes up as the clunkers they are)
Mini Clubman x2
Triumph Herald
MG Midget x2
Triumph Spitfire
Mini 1000
Hillman Imp
Talbot Samba
Austin Allegro 1300 (Fantastic car, loads to the gallon, never missed a beat)
Austin Maestro Auto (great gearbox VW I think)
Series IIa Landrover
Series III Landrover
Range Rover, ZF auto, not too bad, you could tell when it dropped into 1st though.
200 TDI Defender
Cavalier Auto, nice gearbox on that, as I really cannot remember it at all.
Cavalier, with the brilliant Isuzu diesel engine (best engine vauxhall ever made) got it cheap as a poor starter, flicked the valve shims out and thinned them on the belt sander and it ran beautifully for years.
Ford Orion Ghia (rotbox)
MG Montego. Brilliant car, but total rotbox.
Jeep Cherokee. Factory right hand drive conversion. The steering wheel drove the steering box through a hi-vo chain, like on a steamship.
Nissan Terrano. Went through rear wheel cylinders and front tyres like a dose of salts.
Vauxhall Victor FE, another rotbox.
Fiat Uno. Most economical car I've ever owned.
Vauxhall Vectra Auto ate timing belts, pulleys, crank & cam sensors
Suzuki Jimny still got it
RAV4 auto still got it
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Missed out Ford Sierra 1600. Could never start the thing.
 

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One of the best cars I had was a 1966 Austin Cambridge had her in 1973
read the post earlier you could climb in the engine bay there was that much room.
also remember the petrol crisis of 1974/75 still got the petrol coupons .
Those were the days when you use to cross you fingers and pray that you car would start
on a cold and frosty morning and it took half an hour to warm up.
It's nice to to remissness but give me a modern car any day.
 

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Give me the old Volvo 240.


First time, every time starting and you could fix almost everything with a very basic toolkit.



Shame it had the aerodynamics of a brick and did about 24mpg (but petrol was CHEAP).
 

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A 240, too new, i had a 122 that set fire to it's rear drums as I was too keen to reach Derby going over the pennines(had to wee on them to put them out, smelly), this gave way to a 140 that went around Europe 3 times in as many years and after carrying 50ltrs of avgas, three people and towing a three bike trailer was sold with 175k miles on the clock. All it needed in that time apart from oil and fuel was two sets of brake pads and one aux drive belt, two fronts and three rear tyre sets, I had fitted an overdrive unit and limited slip diff and a basic electronic ignition (lucas rita) then later a liquid gas conversion.I still miss those big heated leather seats and three foot long gear lever and the simplicity of always being able to adjust or repair anywhere you were. I wouldn't miss the fuel consumption though!!
 

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Mine was an automatic. Not the smoothest box in the world but you had no doubt which gear you were in.


I loved the 'positive clunk' switchgear and, as you say, the two big heated leather armchairs that were in the front.



I think the only problem that I had, save for service items, was a tailgate strut failing and that 'boiler plate' tailgate was bl**dy heavy!
 

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And you never feared anything would snap off in your hand either!
 

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That has to be a cue for a certain pachiderm of our acquaintance
 

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Best/worst car I ever owned was a black Buick Electra back in 1982. According to the log book the previous two owners were 1. A Mr Rod Stewart (never heard of him) and 2. Hank Embleton, who was the road manager for the Three Degrees. When I acquired the car it had been sitting outside a factory on the Poyle Estate for a year and it was full of condensation...the stink almost blew my trunk off when I first opened the door! The windscreen had such a dark tint that night driving was impossible, and the beast would only go in a straight line. It also achieved TWELVE mpg on a long run and about half that around town. On top of all that, it was of course a left hooker and was about 18 feet long by 7 feet wide which made pulling out of junctions a lot of fun. HOWEVER...it only cost me £300 and it never missed a beat in the year that I owned it. Motorway cruising was great too, like a magic carpet! It had to go however as I was only a poor young elephant back then and couldn't afford the juice. Still, I got a monkey for it...his name is Cyril and he lives in my shed.
 
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