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28/7/2023 at 12:17pm
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Problem with older cars is they needed a lot of work and you kind of needed to know how to sort them. I remember a load of us on the council estate changing the back axle on a mk1 Fiesta by propping it up on breeze blocks.

When I got my first car, back in 1988, I kept a toolkit in the boot and checked the oil every week.   Nowadays I only carry jump leads, a FA kit, and an Extinguisher. Any other problems Iíve got AA with my bank account.     I also carry a paper atlas, as if there are traffic issues sometimes I find google maps alternative routes arenít ideal.

Dadís first 4 wheel car was a Hillman Avenger. He used to drive with his foot resting on the clutch and must have had two new ones fitted in the time he had it.   I remember we were in a car park in Bridgwater and the pin dropped out of the bottom of the gearstick.


Before that, he bought a Reliant Robin, it was so unreliable he went back to a Reliant Regal.

My first car, a 1982 Triumph Acclaim, was essentially a Honda, and was very reliable, but it wasnít that old before the doors rusted through at the wing mirror and the roof paint oxidised. My mate bought a brand new mini (G reg) in 1989, it was a terrible car, kept breaking down, and would stall at the merest sniff of a puddle. He said he used to date short girls as itís the only way you can get jiggy in such a small car. When we used to go anywhere watching Rovers away weíd always go in my (older) car just because based on being able to get there.

At one point I bought a Rover 400 Series 1, terrible terrible car. Head gasket blew in Totterdown. Had a Rover rather than Honda engine, which is probably why it was so bad.

In 2004 we bought a Citroen Picasso.   Car snobs say Citroens are rubbish.   It was a brilliant car, cheap, cheerful, only expenses were maintenance things, and when we sold it at 90k miles it had loads of life left in it.

We now have a Mazda 2 and a Ford Focus. The Focus is a 1.6l diesel at 88k miles good for anotherÖ.oh I dunnoÖ..50k if not more.

There is an oddity though Ė the road tax on the 1.6ld focus is half that of the 1.3l petrol mazda, yet the way to avoid emissions charges if going to Birmingham or London is to take the Mazda.


28/7/2023 at 1:42pm
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Older cars certainly did need a lot of work, and if you didn't know how to fix them yourself they could cost you a fortune! There was always something that needed tweaking and adjusting and there was always the dreaded rust!

I had my first one when I was 16 in 1967. That was a 1954 Reliant Regal, as you could drive a 3 wheeler at 16 in those days. My first 4 wheeler was a Ford 100E Anglia, and I have had all sorts of cars since then, both big and small.

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29/7/2023 at 7:28am
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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 28/7/2023
Older cars certainly did need a lot of work, and if you didn't know how to fix them yourself they could cost you a fortune! There was always something that needed tweaking and adjusting and there was always the dreaded rust!

I had my first one when I was 16 in 1967. That was a 1954 Reliant Regal, as you could drive a 3 wheeler at 16 in those days. My first 4 wheeler was a Ford 100E Anglia, and I have had all sorts of cars since then, both big and small.




I started driving in 1964 when I was 15 and was an accomplished driver by the time I was 16. The car I learnt on was an Anglia 100E with the side valve engine. A right pig in hot weather as the carb was over the exhaust and air locks would form. Sadly I could only get my driving licence when I turned 18!

My first car was a 1962 Mk2 Zephyr in 1968 as fuel was about 2 shillings for a gallon. Had it for about a year and traded it in for the MK2 Cortina.


via mobile 29/7/2023 at 10:08am
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I started on 2 wheels,learning on a BSA 350 on an old airfield. Used to ride dad's moped once old enough then had a couple of Vespas and passed my test.
I got a car license in 69 and bought a Ford Anglia. We learned how to service and repair them and the joys of body repairs, Kurust, filler etc!
Cars were si mpler then and easier to work on.
I have owned a couple of classics, Land Rover S3 and classic Range Rover.
I did an evening class in welding and bought a welder.I also did woodwork and metalwork at school.
I was an avionics techn in the RAF so learned useful skills and gained experience.



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29/7/2023 at 10:29am
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Quote: Originally posted by 664DaveS on 29/7/2023
I started on 2 wheels,learning on a BSA 350 on an old airfield. Used to ride dad's moped once old enough then had a couple of Vespas and passed my test.
I got a car license in 69 and bought a Ford Anglia. We learned how to service and repair them and the joys of body repairs, Kurust, filler etc!
Cars were si mpler then and easier to work on.
I have owned a couple of classics, Land Rover S3 and classic Range Rover.
I did an evening class in welding and bought a welder.I also did woodwork and metalwork at school.
I was an avionics techn in the RAF so learned useful skills and gained experience.





My first bike was an Ariel Red Hunter 500 which I got for my 16th birthday in the sixties. Bought for £5. Later I traded it in for a Vespa Scooter as I was more than likely to get stopped riding the Ariel than the Vespa. I didn't get my driving licence until 2 years later when i turned 18.


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29/7/2023 at 10:57pm
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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 29/7/2023
Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 28/7/2023
Older cars certainly did need a lot of work, and if you didn't know how to fix them yourself they could cost you a fortune! There was always something that needed tweaking and adjusting and there was always the dreaded rust!

I had my first one when I was 16 in 1967. That was a 1954 Reliant Regal, as you could drive a 3 wheeler at 16 in those days. My first 4 wheeler was a Ford 100E Anglia, and I have had all sorts of cars since then, both big and small.




I started driving in 1964 when I was 15 and was an accomplished driver by the time I was 16. The car I learnt on was an Anglia 100E with the side valve engine. A right pig in hot weather as the carb was over the exhaust and air locks would form. Sadly I could only get my driving licence when I turned 18!

My first car was a 1962 Mk2 Zephyr in 1968 as fuel was about 2 shillings for a gallon. Had it for about a year and traded it in for the MK2 Cortina.




I got my dates wrong there. I turned 16 in 1965, not 1967, so we are the same age. I first got behind the wheel of a car when I was 12, as I used to get my dad's 100E Popular out of his rented garage for him and drive it down a track to the road. He would then take over. Also at the same time I used to help the milkman at weekends, and I often used to move the electric float up for him between customers. I was quite tall for my age and looked older than I was, so nobody seemed to take any notice. I can therefore claim to have driven an EV back in 1961. I passed my full car licence only a few weeks after my 17th birthday.

In 1971 I had a 1966 Ford Zodiac MK3, my first automatic, and I have mainly owned autos ever since. It replaced a MK2 Consul. I nearly didn't buy the Zodiac when I saw it was an auto, having sworn I would never have one, but I really liked it so I gave in. It totally changed my opinion. I have driven many manual gearbox vehicles since, but the last manual I actually owned was back in 1992, and that was a Bedford Rascal van.


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31/7/2023 at 3:47pm
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I've just seen a Chinese conversion kit for a classic VW Beetle for £1500 approx. That doesn't include batteries which is a 90 volt pack. It knocks out about 20 h.p. which is just over half the original from a 1200c.c. Bug.

They CAN do it reasonably priced, but will they with the profit margins involved?

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