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A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:53:31 PM »
Well I threatened it, I have wandered down memory lane without the aid of a SatNav, I'm quite ashamed now I look at it.

Ford Cortina MK1
Suzuki GT185
Suzuki TS125 (?)
Honda XL250S
Alfa Sud, red and rotten
Ford Taunus (Think MK3 Cortina) red, vinyl roof and Rostyles. wrote it off.
Volkswagen Camper, matt black, passed test, drove it home across Germany and France, all the fuses went, fixed it with tin foil.
Mazda 616, manky orange, had to take a run up at the ferry, knackered clutch.
Ford Escort, Daytona Yellow, 1976, TMS 88 P, I think.
Ford Transit, V4 model, it'll make sense in a minute. Seized it just outside Poole, put an old Corsair engine in it, but it was never right afterwards. Got pulled in Lulworth, speeding, 70mph!!!!, nothing since, erm. so far.
Bultaco Sherpa, there you go. Plastic petrol tank, foot controls switched to the 'English' side.
Ford Granada MK1, dark blue, vinyl roof. No stop on the drivers seat, used a jubilee clip.
Mini Van, poo brown, number plate started EMU. Cooper top end apparently.
Morris Minor, blue, 1962, 6646 AP, flogged the plate for £300 after buying the car from a French air hostess for £80, an unplanned result, I was clueless such a market existed when I bought the car. Really, she was French, she could have charged £8000, I'd have scraped it together.
Rover 2000 P6, SFJ 990 J. Eaten by a blind coach driver.
Ford Capri Black / Gold with gold alloys, sports manifold. I chose this over a Chevy stepside pick-up in red with a Rover 3500 lump, stupid, stupid, stupid.
Ford Granada MK2, strange but nice light green colour. Immaculate. Second or thrid favourite.
Vauxhall bloody Astra 1300 1985!!! Someone to whom I am not presently married passed their driving test. Manky blue colour, one gearbox and head skim later I still loathed it. The car, not her.
Land Rover MK2 SWB Hard Top (I ain't driving that bloody Astra) God alive, what an utter pig to drive. Made significantly worse by the addition of friggin great Desert Duellers and an ickle wickle steering wheel.
XR3i White, bullet wheels, D 627 OWG, then she went back to mums.
Capri 2.0 Ghia, also got the MK2 Granada offered back, in Sevenoaks, trashed by a mini cabber. Heartbreaking.
XR3i White, bullet wheels, D 627 OWG, she couldn't afford to insure it. Got me to Swindon though before the rust gremlin ate it. Impressed the missus (to be), she was young bless her, and quite short sighted it turns out.
Vauxhall Cavalier, poo brown, bomb proof. Now married and our first family car. 85 model. I was commuting to Reading at the time. Remember coming back along the back roads one night and banging on the spots which worked on the high beam, first time I'd driven it at night. All the lights went off. Ha Ha.
Sierra Sapphire, in red, G plate.
Vauxhall Cavalier, 2.0 GL, a white one. Liked it, went very well.
Daihatsu Sportrak, mine appeared to have a chassis made of bracken, dragged it through the MOT by sheer force of money.
Jeep Cherokee, my baby, I miss it now. 56,000 miles on an M plate and serviced back in my home town. 4 ltr, tried to buy it back from the dealer but it was gone. Still my favourite.
Citroen Picasso, so very wrong. A Ka for the missus. X plate 30k (yes, present day mileage), a gem.
Land Rover Freelander, ate it's own transmission as recorded on this forum. An absolute dog. Idiot, idiot, idiot. As I believe someone on here told me at the time.
Volvo C70, like it very much, but any spares will be coming from eBay, orangey goldy colour, Grows on you. Could make favourite, I'm that impressed.

Dear oh dear.


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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2011, 09:46:21 PM »
As a motorcyclist I always had a downer on Capri Drivers and Volvos.
They were usually the ones pulling out at slippery road junctions.
I also ended up with a Volvo (460). I also liked it a lot. Got converted. Oooer
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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2011, 10:22:03 PM »
Of all the cars I had, I miss this one the most.



It was my second car. I loved my Viva, but I think that was because my first cars was...



...an Austin Allegro with a square steering wheel :D

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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2011, 10:23:21 PM »
Brilliant Mart! Very detailed automotive history.

Mine isn't as comprehensive as yours:

OK,  passed test after 6th attempt on 23rd Dec 98 - 6th attempt being good as I had longer to practise making me a more confident driver   :) (well that's my excuse any way)

1st car was an old Banger - a red fiat something or other, the exhaust fell off as I took it to Bells up old town to get it fixed.  This was the week after I passed my test.

Next car was a deep red vaxhaul vectra, nice little runner..
Next was a Toyota corolla bright red, it was Ok.
Then came the Red Toyota turcell , I like this one as it was 4wheel drive with a big bull bar on the front.
Next came the Citroen picasso in silver, it was okish.
Next came the Toyota Prius hybrid , the self parking party trick freaked me out and it was a pain to drive in Cornwall as the tourists didn't hear it and would walk out in front.it was in gold colourwise
Next came the ugly car - blue  fiat multipla, looked like a frowning frog. I damaged it and put a big black scuff down the side first week I had it. Him indoors was out paint balling at the time, not happy when he came home  :censored:
Next car was the silver Toyota auris, nice car, nice drive.
Next came the bright yellow fiat punto convertable, loved it, kitted it out with black and yellow mats,  seat covers and a furry tiger print steering wheel cover. It was a soft top and had a leak. Oh I also warped the head,  had it skimmed and got rid.
Next was the Mercedes AClass in white purchased from eBay, collected in Bristol. I always said I never wanted a white car and by the time I had finished with it it was covered in flowers, bees and snails. Very unique. Loved the heated seats. Traded it in and then purchased me first posh car, a Lexus RX 300. Reverse cameras were wonderful.
Next was the Lexus  400h, back to hybrid, lush car but not that cost effective for a hybrid.
....that one was in black.
And my current car is the Nissan Leaf fully electric vehicle, zero emissions in Red :-)   love it  O0 the interior is made out of coke bottles or PET and it has this little solar panel.
well that's me :-)
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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2011, 10:54:51 PM »
First experienced driving on an old dumper truck in Penhill Park, then on a nickerson turfmaster 84 triple mower...

First car : 1.3 Mini Metro, went everywhere in it, rollled twice (well several times in two instances, then fitted a twin carb nicked of a scrapped trimuph toledo (I think), first thing to go was the exhausted pipe (blew in half on the M5 back from a week in Newquay....), then the brakes, clutch, suspension and 2 months later the engine was shot, cracked cyclinder head and leaking oil faster than a BP oil rig.

Replaced with a Red Peugot 1.3 309, Lovely shiny red, within 6 months side-swipped by an insuranceless scratter on our way to Millwal FC. Repaired, finally went to scrapper when brakes and two cv joints needed replacing.

next was a rover 213 with a tendancy to swerve violently to the right when I anchored on the brakes, oh dear :o

then possibly worst car ever, blue ford escort 1.6 utter pig and didn't last long..

Decided to splash out on a volvo 480 (£1700), red again, heated seats, turbo, 1.7l very nice.... but I hadn't seen the invivsible 'hit me sign' on the right hand rear, which some scrote duly whacked, got that repaired although insurance said scrap it but i felt car was still worth it. Hadn't realised that the same invisible 'hit me sign' was also replecated on the left hand side which some pissed up toe rag duly hit christmas eve, hitting it so hard it that it was pushed across the road blocking any cars from getting out Christmas Day (with the hand brake on). Fecked off i scrapped it when insurnace company offered me £1900. Good car and £200 profit.

Gave the Mrs some cash towards her new car and had her old K reg (1992) Toyotta Corrolla, Great car, never cost more than £200 to get through an MOT, cheap tax, insurance and cracking MPG. Spookily the only car I have never had to replace the exhaust on.... in fact its never had its exhaust changed and I still own the car, a 20 year old exhaust is that some form of record? 

Latest is the Nissan Terrano II 2.7d, decent 4x4 for towing the mrs and her horse across the wilds of wiltshire. lots of fun tearing up and downs the byways.

Its a former police car which has all the fittings still in there and has bolt holes for speed cameras etc. good car for putting in laybys with a large black box in the back.... >:D >:D >:D

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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2011, 08:42:06 AM »
It's a little known fact that I passed my test first time. I then took a full course of advanced driving lessons, but never took the test (one of those long stories, but before you all guffaw, it wasn't because I wasn't good enough! and Richard don't tell your Dad, because I never told him I was taking them)   

I had a Ford Anglia which gave me a life long loathing of Fords.  The blessed thing kept cutting out as I turned out of Penhill on the Cricklade Road - I think there was something under the road sapping it's power, it never did it anywhere else.   The I bought an Austin Maxi from a neighbour who did makeovers on cars -bad bad mistake - within a few weeks the subframe collapsed and I went down Pinehurst Road looking down on my passenger. Yes, it did have a full years MOT on it when I bought it.  Haven't driven much since - lost nerve.

I'll stick with my Pride Gogo Traveller Plus, if we can ever get the battery sorted.

I don't take an awful lot of interest in what Mr Muggins drives, so long as it had revolving wheels and see through windscreen.  I do like his C3 though, nice an upright and easy to get in and out of.
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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2011, 01:20:19 PM »
Chris your Blue Vauxhall Viva HC JVS 751N

Registered 11/6/1975 probably in Luton - They were using VS, although originally Scottish, at that time.

It was either registered by Vauxhall or was a Vauxhall company car or employees car.

It was taken off the road 0n November 1st 1987 so lived for twelve years

I was born in Luton for my sins and worked there at the time of your car's registration.  It was quite unusual for a private purchase to be made so late in the registration year as it was only six weeks away from a P plate!
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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2011, 03:07:25 PM »
Viva HB- white , then second car was a Viva HC, British Racing Green, had it for 6 months- still paying for it and wrote it off in black ice at less than 10 mph, with parents in the back, on the way to work. Deep Joy...

3rd, an Olympic Blue Escort with navy vinyl roof- head cracked in two places and took ages to mend before I could drive it- despite taking a mechanic with me when I bought it.

Boyfriend's poo brown 1300 then family casts off : reddish Cortina, then blue montego, and most fun car Fiat Tempra silver- brilliant! Gave it away a few years ago...

Now boring Astra but reliable and no-one really sees it when our drunken brethren decide to smash up cars as they walk home in the early hours...

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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2011, 07:51:09 PM »
Now Mart your White Ford XR3i known in the trade as a Ford C******s!

Registered 28/10/1986
Died 1/4/1997

Did you still have it at death at only just over 10 years old but most if not all of them got thrashed to death?

For my other sins I own nine cars only one of which works which is the youngest just a mere 20 years old.

My first car was a Sapphire Blue Triumph Spitfire Mk1V bought new in March 1972 for my twenty first birthday as a present to myself.  It cost me £1061 and when I had paid for it cash on collection I had a mere £5 left!!  It is registered DNK 21K and its body is about twenty yards from where I am seated in the garage well and truly buried and sat on its chassis.   I have not got the seats, took them to a trimmers in 1987 and lost them when he packed up and retired.  The engine and gearbox are in my shed with the other cars and for the last umpteen years I have threatened to restore it.  Well we all have our dreams and maybe it would be difficult to get in and out of these days but I do have many happy memories not least of all visiting the old Railway Museum in it in August 1972.
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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2011, 08:31:15 PM »
That XR3i was a nail.

Paid £4,200 for it, struggling to remember the year, probably 1992 - 3 ish. Maidstone way I think.

Distributor packed up immediately and that was my first run-in with a dealer's warranty (that said, chappy I got the Volvo from has been faultless)

I drove it fairly sensibly. lived in Tunbridge Wells at the time, use to come back up to Dorking in it and commute to Hastings. My then other half buggered off back to her mum's, in the end I let her have it and the flat. £23k negative equity as it turned out.

Few months later I had it back cos the insurance was too much for her I let her have the Ghia Capri, I was back in Dorking by then, the wheel arches started going big style, the boot was a water feature complete with shorting rear lights, most worrying part was that the entire front end was rotting off, I had to make up plates and rivet the front back on, never been able to weld though my Dad was a dab hand. My stepbrother used to beg me to get shot, he worked at a small garage for his uncle, he claimed he was running out of bits to weld to underneath.

Same Uncle had, in various outbuildings, many cars. The garage business was in the rolling acres that were the back garden, so these cars used to sort of leak into the rest of the garden. The two I remember are a big old Humber and a London Cab, he cleared most of it now and kept cattle instead. Wife insisted I would guess. I know he spent a fortune on a rusty chassis once at an autojumble and I think that's when Auntie took a firm hand.

 Then for reasons too complicated I then began hurtling down to Swindon every weekend, actually it was to see my present missus and she is still too complicated. Then I really did cane it, clocked some silly times over the 86 miles. Ripped off the fuel pump, dropped a valve then the starter motor started going home. Lovely raspy exhaust note when shoved along though, I think I was pretty much deliberately driving it to death.

We were married in 1993 and I got rid not very long afterwards, it went for £200 tops, I presumed as a scrapper. I'm surprised it went to 1997 to be honest.

I'd have more cars laying around if I had more money, the room and no responsible adult to look after me, I must admit to being slightly envious, 9, sounds reasonable to me.

I'd like the MKIII Zodiac, a Hunter Holbay, Minor Pick-up, a Transit from the 70's, MKII Granada Ghia X Pack, 3ltr Capri, any stepside pick-up, a Bel Air, a Challenger, the new Mustang and if Chip Foose want's a fiddle he is welcome, I like the Chrysler 300C with the Hemi, a Jeep SRT and a tank, Chieftain for preference. I also like the new long wheelbase Wrangler, don't know what  they call it. I'd like a Holden as well.

If I had one of those fantasy dinner parties Chip Foose and Edd China would be there.

It's possible I need help.

I look at Barn Find websites as well.

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« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2011, 08:40:11 PM »
Just re-read that.

I must have the purchase or sale date wrong, that's going to bug me all night.

Moved to Tunbridge in, 1987, bought it with her who cannot be named and definitely still had it when I was married to she who must be worshipped and have just clocked 18 years. Thanking her for her patience and forbearance.

Bugger, I'm losing me marbles. P'raps a restorative draught will help.


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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2011, 05:09:46 PM »
I'm trying to ignore this thread.

...but I know, like a dog to its own vomit,  I'll be coming back to it.  :embarassed:

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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2011, 09:35:32 PM »
http://carsinbarns.com/

Go on, it's just a little click, what harm can it do?

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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2011, 10:37:02 AM »
A friend just posted this on Facebook - thought it would be of interest.

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-england-lincolnshire-14811831&h=zAQAh3irhAQCLcL9IR3zUF2D_axs-fqDdMwpdrmYNo7bZCw

Back in the 60's a colleague had something very similar, even the same colour.  We called it his Telephone Box, apart from the colour and the height that was about the shape and size of it.
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Re: A Fool and His Money, an Automotive History
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2011, 09:25:55 PM »

I don't take an awful lot of interest in what Mr Muggins drives, so long as it had revolving wheels and see through windscreen.


You should do Mr Muggins motors list, would make for a great compilation of the the good, the bad and the ugly :idiot2:

There were some serious classics.

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« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2011, 08:52:02 AM »
I will ask him to list them but I lost count after the fourth - they were  a Ford  Anglia he rebuilt the chassis, when it went to the scrap yard it was very much at home.   Then he had a couple of VX490's - lovely cars,  although we had them very secondhand, they were top of the range and very comfortable and speedy.  Remember coming back from a camping trip to the Gower, didn't decide to come home until gone 9pm, we decamped, other campers helped pack the car.  Mr Muggins put his foot down - you could in those days - on an empty motorway home and kids in their own beds by 1pm.  Ah, those were the days.
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