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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Motor Cars I've owned
« on: July 04, 2010, 01:34:49 pm »
By I've had some s**t in my time the very first car I had was an Austin 10 Cabriolet 1933 it was reg ALM 400 I swapped my 350 Royal Enfield  Bullet for it.A Jowett Bradford Utility Estate with wooden seats, ex Cleethorpe Police. It was what is known now a days as a challenge.Some one is at the door I will continue after
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HappyHippy

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Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010, 02:25:15 pm »
I had to jump in (sorry George)and show you all, this was my very first car - my pride and joy  ;D
I bought it in 1992 for the princely sum of £200 when I was 15 and spent the next 2 years and about £2000 doing it up (it was a total wreck when I got it) - selling it broke my heart and I've always vowed to get another one as a project, just got to find the time  ::)
After that I had a string of bangers, a BMW 520 (which only cost £20 lol!) VW golfs, scirrocos, and trusty old suberu legacy estates (can't beat them ;)) since hubby wrote of my golf gti I'm on the lookout for something now - suppose I'd better be sensible and get something to hold us, four kids and the dog  :o

Daveravey

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • Fife
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010, 03:17:24 pm »
I started off with a 850 mini - £100, but swiftly moved onto a Datsun Cherry 100a - £150, which was a brilliant wee car.

From there, a Hillman Imp Sport - £100.... another great car, but you needed to be double jointed to get into the back seat   :-[

Mk1 Ford Escort 1.3 Sport - £30, bought for scrap, but 2 days later was back on the road with fresh MOT & tax.

Morris Marina 1.8tc - £200, lovely comfy car, but hated corners.

Mk2 Escort 1600 Sport - £1200, loved this car, but someone liked it better & relieved me of it.

Mk2 Escort Mexico - £1000, another good car until a taxi run up my arse & wrote it off   >:(

Lada Riva project - £50, rebuilt using Fiat 2.0 twin-cam engine, box & Escort rear end, Bilstein suspension etc. Flew like the wind & sold it on for a good profit.

S2a 88" Landrover - £500, just fancied something different, but remained single for the 9 months i had her, so sold it   :D

Renualt 11 Turbo - £1000, another flying machine, same as 5 turbo, but with cheaper insurance, wish i'd kept it.

Renualt 21 turbo - £1500, a fast luxury car.... needs towbar for hauling fuel bowser.

Mazda 323 turbo - £2000, like clutches & center diffs... sold on rapidly

GOT MARRIED

Nissan Sunny 1.5 - £500, great wee car that never failed to start.

Renualt 21 2.0 - £500, a lot better on fuel than it's turbocharged brother... 42 mpg on a run.

Ford Mondeo Ghia Diesel Estate - £4000, very underated workhorse, kept for 8 years.

GOT DIVORCED

New Toyota Avensis Tx4 D4D - £lots, As good as VW, fantastic diesel engine, sold to fund house move.

Landrover Discovery v8 LPG - £5000, what more can you say...  was offered crazy money to sell, so i did.

Another Mondeo diesel - £500, went great til the pump went & couldn't source a replacement cheaply.

Citroen Picasso 1.8 - £2000, wish i'd never bought it...can't get comfy, crap on fuel, anyone wanna buy it ?

That's about it...


sheila

  • Joined Apr 2008
  • Mablethorpe Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010, 03:20:29 pm »
Funny thing this topic George. We have just spent 2 days trawling the car dealerships at Grimsby as we want to change our car. Talk about Dick Turpin! He is alive and well and working in Grimsby!
We were offered £10,500 for our present car at one place and 14,000 at another.

Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 04:43:41 pm »
Oh Sheila I know and it is a very violent place to Do you get the Telegraph down your end.I have always said The car shark fraternity is the modern day Gypo Horse Trader.You didn't say what you had but I bet it went something along these lines.Well I would offer you more Sheila but that model is the worst one they ever made I cannot shift them at all if I get it It will have to go to a trade auction.The one you are buying Say Chandlers in Horncastle for the want of a better place.Well Madam its certainly the best car Subaru has ever marketed it does fantastic returns on the fuel economy and its out of this world for comfort Yes they do a diesel Boxer 4 it starts at £27k as a ball park figure Now how you have it appointed will of course alter the price.We will need to inspect your car before we can make you an offer.The one thing Subaru is known for is fuel economy at around 23pence per mile to use on petrol. (Oh I forgot thats mine its a 2.5 ltr petrol non turbo )with a very carefully kept record of how much fuel she drinks and every thing else like, The road fund licence has gone up from £185 last June to 245 quid this June Licenced her last Wednesday morning ??? no happy wave on this post Sheila
« Last Edit: July 04, 2010, 04:45:20 pm by Wizard »
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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 04:56:31 pm »
My She is a pretty girl in't she H H I can imagine how you felt when you got rid of her.They make a lot of money today if its in good order and hasn't been messed about.I tell you something else lass the Transporter converted in to a caravan Phewwww Hope you can find one at a sensible price A chap once brought round to my workshop 2 teachests full of bits and said heres a jigsaw for you I will pay you well if you can get it to go Next to Ford at that time it was the simplest engine going He was amazed that when he came at the weekend to see how I was getting on I said come and see what we should do about this(I had previously had it going and made adjustments ) I opened the drivers door reached in and turned the key and it started and purred away as good as VW reckon to purr He did pay me well mind you ;D :farmer: :wave:
« Last Edit: July 04, 2010, 05:00:24 pm by Wizard »
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Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 05:32:05 pm »
OK back to the day job as Sir Terry used to say.Quite an interesting vehicle was a Bradford it did not have an ignition key for a start.But it was reasonably safe with out one knew how to drive it You couldn't get it to move Start it easy put it in first gear let the clutch up gently and she stopped.The secret being the gear shift was opposite to Austin or Morris You selected 3rd on an Austin box which was 1st gear change to top on the Morris which was 2nd on Bradford lift the shift into botton on the Morris and you are now in top gear on the Bradford.Reverse of course down in 2nd gear place on the Austin.It didn't have a fan to cool the radiator so it would boil like mad stood at the lights on Lindum Hill a quick get away into Monks Road and the air rushing through the radiator soon cooled her down.Another thing she was 6 volt and the starter turned backwards compared to Austin Morris or Ford I converted her to 12 volts for when you switched on the 6 volt head lamps one had to get out and strike a match to see if they were alight.35 miles an hour and you were really motoring I can tell you.
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 05:54:24 pm »
Moving on from the Bradford I had a Ford 100E with an 1172cc side valve engine This was a modern up to date vehicle in 1957 I was reasonable and fast it would go faster than 85 mph down the Ermine Street that was before the Ministry closed the road and put the bends in that allowed runway extensions to allow Vulcan Bombers to land there.I swopped it for an ex-demo Standard Atlas 1 ton van very useful thing was an Atlas.Then I got wed and motor cars were put on the back burner for a while.The next thing I had was a Series 1 Land Rover It was a crap thing as well none suspended pedals Awful thing to drive far One has to pick ones foot up and place it on the pedal and press it through the floor board not push it forward as into days vehicles I'll set off again with the next car Which was a Humber Hawk TTFN :wave:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

doganjo

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Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010, 11:25:13 pm »
For the past 5 years I have had the bestest car I've ever owned - a Vauxhall Zafira.  Zaffy is soooo versatile - a 7 seater with space at the back for a couple of suitcases; or a 5 seater with room for a double dog cage and a couple of folding seats down the side, and a show bag; or a 2 seater with room for three double cages and bags galore!  If I change my car I will buy another one just a wee bit newer.
Always have been, always will be, a WYSIWYG - black is black, white is white - no grey in my life! But I'm mellowing in my old age

ballingall

  • Joined Sep 2008
  • Avonbridge, Falkirk
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010, 11:41:53 pm »
I think I have driven more vans than I have cars...

We had a A Team van when I was child, the person who had it before us had done it up in the proper paint job, red bull catcher and everything. It was a great van.

My first car was a VW Polo, nice wee thing. Loved our Volvo 340 to bits, but it died in the middle of the A1, in fog, with a trailer with 5 goats in it, that was a fun day!

Currently have a Ford Transit, 55 plate, the first car we bought brand new. It is a great van too- I enjoy driving it more than my little Astra.

Most reliable- I had a Citroen C15 van (model before the Berlingo) which would start every time. We eventually scrapped it, after it had sat on our driveway for 9 months. The scrappie came to pick it up, and 2 tyres were flat, and the catch on the drivers door was broken, and he looked at it, and said, how am I to get that onto the lorry. I went and got in it, started it up first turn of the key, and drove it up onto his lorry!

HappyHippy, my sister is on her 2nd Ford Galaxy as she has 4 kids too. It is a good car, and seats can be taken out to make room to transport things in.

Beth

Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2010, 06:56:07 am »
Hello Beth. My word I can imagine the fun with the goats, Oh dearie me. Plus the worry of What Manic Depressant that is coming to make an 11 O'clock appointment and its already quarter to twelve sort of thing.I have always had a silly theory "If I cannot see I know you cannot"but some folk seem to think they can and steer their car at even faster speeds,Note I didn't say drive!Yes I have driven a lot of vans as well in the past mainly work vehicles though.A thing I always wanted way back when was a Citroen 2 CV.A farm student came to Mr Lundy's had one it was nearly as good as a Land Rover it went across the ploughing up and down muddy tracks across steep hill sides a go any where motor.Fred the shepherd had a Ha flinger Pony it was a usefull work vehicle but no good as a family car.I borrowed it several times to go across the fields to a broken down machine while he used my Mini pick up He liked it said he could manage with one.Of course he didn't need to go in the cultivated field only in the grass so it didn't get stuck.
So this chap tried to move a sand lorry with a Humber Hawk and I swapped him I used the works van while I got it repaired.It was a nice car to ride in I swapped it for a Mk9 Jaguar This Squadron Leader Smith was coming home for the weekend from up north and the engine threw a leg out of bed.Leaving him stranded Jokingly I said I'll swap you my Hawk that is in good working order for your Jag that isn't and £100  He said he hadn't got a £100 but had £50 and would send me the rest in the post so I swapped him not expecting to see the money I Knew where there was a smashed up Mk 8 with a good engine in which I paid Dave Hammy £35 for and changed the unit over using all the Mk 9 bits I only used the Mk 8 head block and sump every thing else I swapped over.We kept it for a good long time right up until the insurers went bust it was about 1968 time as I recall and all the insurance company's charged a premium to insure the people that had been with them I was quoted £170 TPF&T so she had to go I got a Hillman Husky what a come down what a heap of junk on wheels.It drove us about though never let us down.The next car we had I think was the worst one we ever had it went under the name of B'stard it was an Austin 1100 F reg I am not going to tell you of the problems I had with it.I swapped it for a Morris Mini Countryman you know the one with the wood on the sides.It was OK as far as it goes but to small for us all to go out in I had a long wheel base Land Rover for work and I used them for pleasure as well for a number of years.I shall tell you more later TBC :wave:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

sheila

  • Joined Apr 2008
  • Mablethorpe Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 08:21:47 am »
Just bought a new Mondeo. We have had them before without problems so lets see how we get on.

Wizard

  • Joined Nov 2009
  • North East Lincolnshire
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010, 08:50:30 am »
It's always nice to have a new motor I think but some can prove most tiresome but not like in the 60's Can you remember that EVIL little swine called Hillman Imp and its variants .Wonderfull little car Every thing went wrong with it that didn't matter really the boot lid handles fell off so you couldn't get in to check the oil and water.Ive changed my mind anything that could come loose and fall off did. ;D :farmer:
Don't do today what can be put off until tomorrow because today will be yesterday tomorrow

Jackie

  • Joined Nov 2009
Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2010, 09:47:04 am »
I passed my test in an old grey Ford Escort 1300 Mark 4 Eclipse,then bought a 1600 Ford Escort Mexico. A racy little car it was too!! 0 to 60 in 8 seconds.  ;D ;D ;D

I then had a new Vauxhall Astra but hated it as it had no 'UMPH' so then bought a Jaguar x type 2 litre automatic. I later bought a Jaguar diesel estate (which I still have) and trusted Jeremy Clarkson when he said it was the best and fastest Estate he had ever driven. Its true, its fast, easy to handle and economical, however, Jags are awful in the snow they slide all over the place.

Im about ready to change my car but am not sure whether to get a 4x4???
« Last Edit: July 06, 2010, 09:54:49 am by Jackie »

Sandy

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Re: Motor Cars I've owned
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2010, 10:43:28 am »
When I first met my future ex husband ::) he used to borrow his dad Morris 1,000 traveller with wood and grass growing out of the sides, I loved that car. I had then a series of minis then sensible cars as our family grew, one car I hated was a Renult 5 3 door, the sets used to keep dropping down when you were trying to put the chldren in the back and the doors were so big you had to park a long way off other cars to get out!!!!!! I take very little notice of cars although I love the VW Campers we have owned over the past 13 years and I now would also love a Landrover Defender, not sure why but thats me!!!!

 

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