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The Sun God wrote:
danny_fitz wrote:
The Sun God wrote:I am a big fan of these car restoration TV programmes and I actually have a car undergoing work in the UK at the moment.
What amazes me are the amount of small, niche engineering firms in little industrial estates in Britain that have skills which one might think are long gone, you just cant get that in Ireland.
I think if I was a Brit I would have at least one restoration project on the go at any one time.
A few years back I grassed up (left a note under the windscreen) some daft bint in a Foxtons mini who I saw reverse into a rather nice Bentley before having a giggle about it with her mate and driving off. Became friends of sort with the owner who as it turns out operates a classic car restoration business in Surrey. Invited me down to his workshop to have a poke around and as you say the level of expertise required to strip down these cars and rebuild them in mint condition is astonishing. I naively thought that these old motors would be of fairly simple engineering and that the bodywork restoration would be the lions share of the work, how wrong was I.
My dad gave me his 1963 DB5 last year ( bought on the day that I was born ) and it's over with them in Bucks at mom.........fantastic engineers
Globus is your dad ! ? !
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S4 Avant at the moment, the new engine one.

A very good all rounder
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hornets wrote:Image
Nice ride, I drove one back at the factory in Detroit. Currently driving its baby brother:

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Dearie me, boys, what a disappointing thread. I never thought our resident bored alphas would be tootling away in Seat Leons and VW Polos, ffs.

Me: Currently an XC60, but just put down the deposit on a Mercedes GLC. Lovely smooth interior, and just enough size and sex appeal to let people know who the boss of the road is.

Love the XC90 - probably the most intimidating car on the road at the moment - but simply don't need the extra space yet.
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By choice a Ford Kuga, when I have to a Cayenne.
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Just bought a ..

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In a box.. Previous owner had stripped it down completely, chassis has been gusseted and powder coated, engine rebuilt and sadly he turned his toes up..
Bought it off his widow and I reckon it's a 3-4 year project for me..
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TB63 wrote:Just bought a ..

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In a box.. Previous owner had stripped it down completely, chassis has been gusseted and powder coated, engine rebuilt and sadly he turned his toes up..
Bought it off his widow and I reckon it's a 3-4 year project for me..
Now that would be a fun car/project to have. You should start a thread and post progress pics of it, it'd be interesting to see how it goes (and also give you a bit of motivation to keep it going)
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I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion that the massive alloys you're encouraged to spec your prospective purchase with are pointless. Worse ride, worse emissions, worse economy. You never pay any attention to them and no one else does, especially once you go over 10 mph and the details blur.
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The Man Without Fear wrote:I'm increasingly coming to the conclusion that the massive alloys you're encouraged to spec your prospective purchase with are pointless. Worse ride, worse emissions, worse economy. You never pay any attention to them and no one else does, especially once you go over 10 mph and the details blur.
Exactly, 55 profile is the min for comfort on modern British roads. My first car was hydra pneumatic suspension Citroen BX and I loved its waftiness . Not sure how many new cars even have it now, I know top end bentleys, merc s and e class and range rovers have air suspension - but do any remotely normal priced cars do ?

Citroen c5 ?
Merc c class ?
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The cheapest car on the road.

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Turbogoat wrote:
TB63 wrote:Just bought a ..

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In a box.. Previous owner had stripped it down completely, chassis has been gusseted and powder coated, engine rebuilt and sadly he turned his toes up..
Bought it off his widow and I reckon it's a 3-4 year project for me..
Now that would be a fun car/project to have. You should start a thread and post progress pics of it, it'd be interesting to see how it goes (and also give you a bit of motivation to keep it going)

TBH I'm in a bit of a quandary, the owner of the garage I have it in is 40 miles away, and he's offered me 3 times what I paid for it..

I was going to spray it the same colour as my MX5 but I saw this..http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1978-TRIUMPH- ... SwnNBXbAPJ

Might just go the easy option and buy it for the summer..
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AD345 wrote:Image
get my new dyna next week, left the audi in the uk, as you dont need 4 wheels in barcelona

bit worried though about the vance and hines, apparently spanish plod dont take to kind to noisy exhausts
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2104 Land Rover Freelander which is the fourth one I have owned, like it to tow boat around Irelands loughs, flyfishing. 2006 Freelander commercial have it for work, commercial mechanic, winter breakdowns. Old yin has 158000 miles on it and apart from some diesel smoke on start up, going well.
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May have to get a Tesla next. They fix your car for free if you break it in a good cause.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-sacrifi ... -the-bill/

May have to buy that chap a beer if we ever meet.
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Turbogoat wrote:May have to get a Tesla next. They fix your car for free if you break it in a good cause.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-sacrifi ... -the-bill/

May have to buy that chap a beer if we ever meet.
What if I wreck my non-Tesla car in a good cause but really want a Tesla? C'mon Elon...
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Used to own an MI6 spec DB5

Desmond was a member of the parish council

Suggested the use of aluminium instead of cast iron for the bullet shield

He drank at the lamb and furrow

Joined him at his table every Wednesday

Paper said he died of boredom

Often think of that car
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colonel wrote:Used to own an MI6 spec DB5

Desmond was a member of the parish council

Suggested the use of aluminium instead of cast iron for the bullet shield

He drank at the lamb and furrow

Joined him at his table every Wednesday

Paper said he died of boredom

Often think of that car
Is this a call out? I can reply if it is.
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colonel wrote:Used to own an MI6 spec DB5

Desmond was a member of the parish council

Suggested the use of aluminium instead of cast iron for the bullet shield

He drank at the lamb and furrow

Joined him at his table every Wednesday

Paper said he died of boredom

Often think of that car
:lol:
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colonel wrote:Used to own an MI6 spec DB5

Desmond was a member of the parish council

Suggested the use of aluminium instead of cast iron for the bullet shield

He drank at the lamb and furrow

Joined him at his table every Wednesday

Paper said he died of boredom

Often think of that car
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julian wrote:
hornets wrote:Image
Nice ride, I drove one back at the factory in Detroit. Currently driving its baby brother:

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Yeah I tried that as well. Had I driven that first it might have been the vehicle I bought. Foolishly I drove the Durgano first.
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Had a Mercedes Benz 450SLC, many many years ago (when they were in vogue)
Sold it at a massive profit, and regretted it all the way.

Would still love to drive one, today.
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Turbogoat wrote:
The Sun God wrote:
danny_fitz wrote:
The Sun God wrote:I am a big fan of these car restoration TV programmes and I actually have a car undergoing work in the UK at the moment.
What amazes me are the amount of small, niche engineering firms in little industrial estates in Britain that have skills which one might think are long gone, you just cant get that in Ireland.
I think if I was a Brit I would have at least one restoration project on the go at any one time.
A few years back I grassed up (left a note under the windscreen) some daft bint in a Foxtons mini who I saw reverse into a rather nice Bentley before having a giggle about it with her mate and driving off. Became friends of sort with the owner who as it turns out operates a classic car restoration business in Surrey. Invited me down to his workshop to have a poke around and as you say the level of expertise required to strip down these cars and rebuild them in mint condition is astonishing. I naively thought that these old motors would be of fairly simple engineering and that the bodywork restoration would be the lions share of the work, how wrong was I.
My dad gave me his 1963 DB5 last year ( bought on the day that I was born ) and it's over with them in Bucks at mom.........fantastic engineers
RULE GODDAM ONE, FFS!

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Damn, the DB5 must be one of the most beautiful trucks to ever take the road. (That's a quyote from somewhere, sorry , don't know who to credit for it)

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I will post a pic when I get it back later this year......They are pretty special alright.
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The Sun God wrote:My dad gave me his 1963 DB5 last year ( bought on the day that I was born ) and it's over with them in Bucks at mom.........fantastic engineers
Which one? One day I need to come and look at it!
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Torquemada 1420 wrote:
The Sun God wrote:My dad gave me his 1963 DB5 last year ( bought on the day that I was born ) and it's over with them in Bucks at mom.........fantastic engineers
Which one? One day I need to come and look at it!
You are welcome to once I get it back. Unlike my old man, I intend to drive it.
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The Sun God wrote:
Torquemada 1420 wrote:
The Sun God wrote:My dad gave me his 1963 DB5 last year ( bought on the day that I was born ) and it's over with them in Bucks at mom.........fantastic engineers
Which one? One day I need to come and look at it!
You are welcome to once I get it back. Unlike my old man, I intend to drive it.
Can't recall if I mentioned the story of the DB5 Volante my father turned down for £10k!!

Cheers, would love to. And it should be driven because
a) It's a car. That's what they were meant for.
b) They don't like sitting around. Things fail more often from not being used than careful use with proper servicing.
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MrDominator wrote: Love the XC90 - probably the most intimidating car on the road at the moment - but simply don't need the extra space yet.
You're not wrong there, I was surprised by the amount of respect it engenders. A mate's missus has also just got one for their five kids, "People used to pull out on me all the time in the Zafira, they don't seem to any more..."
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TB63 wrote:
TBH I'm in a bit of a quandary, the owner of the garage I have it in is 40 miles away, and he's offered me 3 times what I paid for it..

I was going to spray it the same colour as my MX5 but I saw this..http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1978-TRIUMPH- ... SwnNBXbAPJ

Might just go the easy option and buy it for the summer..
3 x what? £1k? £10k? £15k?

If you keep it and paint it yellow, I will hunt you down.
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MrDominator wrote: Love the XC90 - probably the most intimidating car on the road at the moment - but simply don't need the extra space yet.
I'd think anything with the word "Police" and flashing blue lights would take that accolade.
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Torquemada 1420 wrote:
If you keep it and paint it yellow, I will hunt you down.
This is a car fitted for green (verde Inghilterra). A joy for the eyes.

Yellow (and not that yellow) was the colour for racing Porsches in '60s.
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Alvise Martinengo wrote:
Torquemada 1420 wrote:
If you keep it and paint it yellow, I will hunt you down.
This is a car fitted for green (verde Inghilterra). A joy for the eyes.

Yellow (and not that yellow) was the colour for racing Porsches in '60s.
Not just the 60s. It was used on the 968 Club Sports.
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Torquemada 1420 wrote: Not just the 60s. It was used on the 968 Club Sports.
We found some rare examples before, and really, it was a very particular yellow.

Once we painted it in orange, as the "Jaegermeister". Decent.
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And I was telling this yellow (1961). Ugly.

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Alvise Martinengo wrote:And I was telling this yellow (1961). Ugly.

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I think it was even called Racing Yellow?
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Alvise Martinengo wrote:
Torquemada 1420 wrote:
If you keep it and paint it yellow, I will hunt you down.
This is a car fitted for green (verde Inghilterra). A joy for the eyes.

Yellow (and not that yellow) was the colour for racing Porsches in '60s.
Using up my final tokens, this may be of interest.

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Torquemada 1420 wrote: I think it was even called Racing Yellow?
Really, don't ask me.

The monomaniac is the driver, my cousin.

He is an exegetic hagiographer of Porsche.

I knew only that once finished the car was a fist in the eyes.
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globus wrote: Using up my final tokens, this may be of interest.

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Oh, spot on, you're a pleasure to read.

Did you ever drove the turbo? The green one, I mean.
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I'm driving this:

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My wife is driving this:

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No prizes for guessing who I work for.... :D
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Alvise Martinengo wrote:
Torquemada 1420 wrote: I think it was even called Racing Yellow?
Really, don't ask me.

The monomaniac is the driver, my cousin.

He is an exegetic hagiographer of Porsche.

I knew only that once finished the car was a fist in the eyes.
Ask him about these then.
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That'll test his knowledge! :D
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There is a racing driver called Rob Huff. Look him up.

I know his dad. He has one of those (similar) and it has a rather good personalised number plate which goes with his wife's.

He has possibly the last Carrera to come off the line before they went all environmental.

I had a go in it. Environ "Mental".

I used to pull his leg about the miles on the clock. After about 3 years it was under 1000.

It used to get chocked up in his garage during the rainy season so the tyres would not flat spot.

Loads more to tell but I'm using up valuable space on here these days.
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Just to add, I beat Rob in an indoor kart race. Got off the line fast and he couldn't get past me.

Nice tick in the box, seeing as how well he has done.
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