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Does anyone drive/own and old or classic car ? I suspect that if you collect old records then you may "collect" old cars ? :thumbsup:

I've had a few, sold my last one, a TRiumph TR6, when we moved last year. I came into a small amount of money this year and now I'm retired looked for something else. I bought a 1986 MG Maestro, in Spain, nice and rust-free. Anybody else own an old car ? I know Steve Proudlove has an old ford Corsair.

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Yes mate , I've got plenty!

Hillman Imps, Davrians, Simca 1000, Honda Accord Aerodeck etc etc and I am constantly staggered as to how many people put up with the huge bills and faults that so many so called reliable modern cars generate, especially those from the allegedly "prestige " brands! Most modern diesels are garbage!

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53 minutes ago, Parkypine said:

Yes mate , I've got plenty!

Hillman Imps, Davrians, Simca 1000, Honda Accord Aerodeck etc etc and I am constantly staggered as to how many people put up with the huge bills and faults that so many so called reliable modern cars generate, especially those from the allegedly "prestige " brands! Most modern diesels are garbage!

Got any pictures mate? My first car was a Simca 1000. 

Thanks

Peter

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Mention of Hillman Imps reminds me of when I served my apprenticeship at a small garage, we once joined two Imps together, back of one front of the other, inside sills of one outside of the other. Bloke I worked with was a brilliant panel beater , we had all the gear , he once made a wing for a Moggie 1000, no mean feat.

 

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My old TR6 and my "new" purchase the MG Maestro.

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6 minutes ago, Chris L said:

My old TR6 and my "new" purchase the MG Maestro.

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Ay up Chris

Interesting change of vehicle. What interested you in the Maestro?

Pete

 

 

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Here is one of my nicer Simca 1000 

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23 minutes ago, Parkypine said:

Here is one of my nicer Simca 1000 

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That's great. Thanks mate.

Pete

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9 hours ago, Peter99 said:

Got any pictures mate? My first car was a Simca 1000. 

Thanks

Peter

My first car was a 1959 Simca Aronde Montlhery.  It was a 4-seater, 4-door.   My second car was a 1959 Mercedes Benz 220 SE, with the solid oak paneling and leather seats.  THAT was a classic car.  Now I have a 2013 Nissan Versa, the last (I was told) to have a manual stick shift transmission.  It will be my last car.  I really don't need a car in Holland, Denmark, or even Germany.

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I'm gradually selling all my lambrettas off and rare accessories been thinking off getting a classic car fancy a duce coop 

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Or maybe a deuce coup!  :wicked:

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9 hours ago, Peter99 said:

Ay up Chris

Interesting change of vehicle. What interested you in the Maestro?

Pete

 

 

Becoming older and getting into and out a sports car isn't as easy as it was :lol: The Maestro because I thought it would be a cheap "classic", there aren't many left anymore. Turning out to be more expensive than I thought, they all do........:huh:

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8 hours ago, RobbK said:

My first car was a 1959 Simca Aronde Montlhery.  It was a 4-seater, 4-door.   My second car was a 1959 Mercedes Benz 220 SE, with the solid oak paneling and leather seats.  THAT was a classic car.  Now I have a 2013 Nissan Versa, the last (I was told) to have a manual stick shift transmission.  It will be my last car.  I really don't need a car in Holland, Denmark, or even Germany.

There's quite a following for those Simcas in France. They sell anywhere from £3.000 - 20.000 depending on model, age and miles driven..

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used to have a mg maestro, nothing but problems especially that talking dashboard "please fasten your seatbelts"

saying that I did also have a mg metro - mg metro turbo - mgf.....

my best car which I wish I had kept

mk1 rs 2000 avo escort, with all the original rs extras and pull back webasto roof.... would be worth £30/40k

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18 hours ago, Parkypine said:

Yes mate , I've got plenty!

Hillman Imps, Davrians, Simca 1000, Honda Accord Aerodeck etc etc and I am constantly staggered as to how many people put up with the huge bills and faults that so many so called reliable modern cars generate, especially those from the allegedly "prestige " brands! Most modern diesels are garbage!

No mate , plugs , points & condensers ! Good riddance !

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Guess you've never heard of lumenition then ???

Even without out it if still rather have points etc than have to pay a dealer £60 just for them to tell the cars ecu I've changed an indicator bulb!!!!

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7 hours ago, Chris L said:

There's quite a following for those Simcas in France. They sell anywhere from £3.000 - 20.000 depending on model, age and miles driven..

Well, I sold mine off in 1972, and I currently have a nice car (which I hardly drive (about 2,500 miles per year)).  So, their current price is sort of irrelevant to me (although interesting).

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This is me in what is probably the fastest Simca 1000 in the UK. It was built to race in the German Youngtimer series by Porsche engineer Frank Breidenstein . 

It makes about 140 BHP from a tuned 1.3 engine and can put much more expensive and modern machinery to shame!

 

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This one will be even better when it's finished!!!!

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On 11/4/2016 at 21:48, Peter99 said:

Got any pictures mate? My first car was a Simca 1000. 

Thanks

Peter

my father owned one in the 8ts, Simla 1500, was nice thing, french aren't they...  remember spares were hard for the old man though..and it rusted!  but then all cars did back then I guess...

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:D


 

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That looks like an early '60s US or Canadian car.  It looks too long for such a style, to be a British car.  But the view of the steering wheel is blocked by the window.  So, it appears possible that it IS located on the right hand side.

 

What make, model and year car is this?

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22 hours ago, RobbK said:

Or maybe a deuce coup!  :wicked:

One of them aswell lol 

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Allways have A new car as don't want tinkle with them , but this caught my eye when on holiday ! No idea wot make it is,tho number plate maybe A clue !!!

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11 hours ago, Mal C said:

my father owned one in the 8ts, Simla 1500, was nice thing, french aren't they...  remember spares were hard for the old man though..and it rusted!  but then all cars did back then I guess...

Yep it was a bit of a rusted Mal. Went ok though and my mates dad bought it from me and ran it for a while. Yes pretty sure they're French. ?

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during the summer i scrapped my s reg honda civic inherited from my dad on condition that i would take my mum to the library every week.:yes:..got it 12 years ago with 33000 on it,scrapped at 175000 mostly done going to nit:Ders

the replacement was my nieghbours 86 year old  hairdressers same  plate  s reg honda civic aerodeck with 25000 on the clock and showroom looks...spotless inside.....drives like a dream...£900 :wicked:..new tyres  .mot and 2 owner  service history included....probably see me out so my daughter can drive me to the library on tuesdays:thumbup:...ez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm sure it will last for as long as you want it to mate. I would trust my mk1 aerodeck over a brand new Bmw or Audi all day long . It looks so much cooler too , costs £90 a year to insure and has just flown through another mot without any advisories. I like cars from the times they were built up to a standard and not down to a price!

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6 hours ago, Peter99 said:

Yep it was a bit of a rusted Mal. Went ok though and my mates dad bought it from me and ran it for a while. Yes pretty sure they're French. ?

Yes, Simca was French.  Started in 1934, it was independent until 1970, when it was bought by Peugeot.  In 1978 it became The Simca-Talbot.  The last model was made in 1981.

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The Simca 1000 wasn't really marketed too well in the UK as the Rootes group already had the Hillman Imp. Whilst the Simca's engine was nowhere near as sophisticated as the brilliant imp unit , it was fairly reliable and still tons better than the crappy A series in the mini. The Simca 1000 was replaced with the front engined front wheel drive 1100, some of which had fuel injection and were almost "hot hatches!"

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Here we are  ,has a French flathead engine for more horsepower    !

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2 hours ago, Parkypine said:

 the brilliant imp unit

You're being very generous there. lol! :) Mine overheated as so many did - due to cylinder head problems. Had a replacement engine put in it which overheated too. :(

I was told it was due to the block being made of an aluminium alloy. And the reason for that was that it was never originally designed as a car engine - but as a portable water pump for fire engines.

That's what I was told anyway. :yes:

 

 

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The problem with the Imp was not the engine itself , it was the fact that the radiator was mounted in the rear of the car and not at the front. 

The imp engine is a fantastic piece of engineering and the engine has been used in many many race cars over the years. The addition of wills rings and a front mounted rad removes almost all the overheating issues, which is why cars such as the Ginetta G15 , Davrian etc that have the rad in the front do not suffer from overheating.

The imp engine can also been tuned to well over 100BHP , which for less than 1000cc is excellent , try getting that out of a wheezy old A series.

The Simca engine is the most reliable of the lot and most of these engines outlasted the the rest of the car !!!!

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14 hours ago, Parkypine said:

The problem with the Imp was not the engine itself , it was the fact that the radiator was mounted in the rear of the car and not at the front. The imp engine is a fantastic piece of engineering and the engine has been used in many many race cars over the years. The addition of wills rings and a front mounted rad removes almost all the overheating issues, which is why cars such as the Ginetta G15 , Davrian etc that have the rad in the front do not suffer from overheating. The imp engine can also been tuned to well over 100BHP , which for less than 1000cc is excellent , try getting that out of a wheezy old A series. The Simca engine is the most reliable of the lot and most of these engines outlasted the the rest of the car !!!!

The Imp engine was all aluminium and with overhead cams,  a remarkable engine that originally came from a fire brigade pump !! They raced them in Formula 1 cars in the 1500cc days - Jim Clark won his world championship with one. 

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photo (4).JPGVery nice to see some Simca's in this topic....here's my beauty..........

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20 hours ago, mecca74 said:

Here we are  ,has a French flathead engine for more horsepower    !

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Very nice :)

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On 11/6/2016 at 02:59, hornet said:

Allways have A new car as don't want tinkle with them , but this caught my eye when on holiday ! No idea wot make it is,tho number plate maybe A clue !!!

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It started life as a 52 Caddy  but it's a long long way from being original :)
I'm sure the original V8 has gone too.
Either a rare beast to start with or someone spent some gelt to make it a right hand drive

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Ooh good, my favourite thread has emerged!

Been doing this for a life-time. Have over the years restored many cars from Mopar Muscle cars of the early 70s, 50s Yanks of every description, every worthwhile brit quality car, Jensen, jag, Jowett... just loads. When it comes to classic cars there's nothing I can't do, I'm what is called in the trade a 'junkyard genius!'

I do it for a living, half restoration half music, people who are into Yanks in the UK will know me from my years of working for 'The Flintstones' officially known as Blue Brothers Autos, where I was known as 'the thin one' of the three, me being a lightweight at only about 15 stone.

I'm the guy you used to see at Keele in the 80s driving various different Yank Muscle Motors each time, we used to get quite a crowd in the car park!

Throughout my working life I've never had less than four or five classics on the go at any one time, currently it's series 1 Land Rovers, here's my daily driver as seen on my profile here. Series 1 1956 86inch (blue) and my numbers matching completely original never welded ex-military 1956 86 (green) I also currently own two 1960s series 2 landys plus a 1991 Defender 110 ex-military radio van. 

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^^^^^they are superb mate. :thumbsup:

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1 minute ago, Quinvy said:

^^^^^they are superb mate. :thumbsup:

Thankyou sir! I do use 'em for work too!

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On 05/11/2016 at 23:45, RobbK said:

That looks like an early '60s US or Canadian car.  It looks too long for such a style, to be a British car.  But the view of the steering wheel is blocked by the window.  So, it appears possible that it IS located on the right hand side.

 

What make, model and year car is this?   

On 05/11/2016 at 23:45, RobbK said:

That looks like an early '60s US or Canadian car.  It looks too long for such a style, to be a British car.  But the view of the steering wheel is blocked by the window.  So, it appears possible that it IS located on the right hand side.

 

What make, model and year car is this?  

  It looks like a 1957 DeSoto FireFlite four door sedan, Robb.  

 

  

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Bruv said:

It looks like a 1957 DeSoto FireFlite four door sedan, Robb.  

Agreed, if it were a two door it'd be a 'Firedome' with the gorgeous little Desoto hemi V8, hence the name fire 'dome', for those not in the know a 'Hemi' has a hemispherical combustion chamber, the plug is inserted in the top of the head rather than the side. Having said that it may be a high optioned car with a Dome in it, either way gorgeous motor, have had a 55 Firedome, being a 55 smaller fins and more rounded 'jelly-mould' shape. Being a Chrysler/Mopar product the fireflite illustrated shares the same platform as the Plymouth Belvedere.

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1 hour ago, BabyBoyAndMyLass said:

Thankyou sir! I do use 'em for work too!

 

Just love those Vauxhall Crest/Victors :thumbsup: I once had a VX490...........swoooooooooooon...............

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5 hours ago, BabyBoyAndMyLass said:

Ooh good, my favourite thread has emerged!

Been doing this for a life-time. Have over the years restored many cars from Mopar Muscle cars of the early 70s, 50s Yanks of every description, every worthwhile brit quality car, Jensen, jag, Jowett... just loads. When it comes to classic cars there's nothing I can't do, I'm what is called in the trade a 'junkyard genius!'

I do it for a living, half restoration half music, people who are into Yanks in the UK will know me from my years of working for 'The Flintstones' officially known as Blue Brothers Autos, where I was known as 'the thin one' of the three, me being a lightweight at only about 15 stone.

I'm the guy you used to see at Keele in the 80s driving various different Yank Muscle Motors each time, we used to get quite a crowd in the car park!

Throughout my working life I've never had less than four or five classics on the go at any one time, currently it's series 1 Land Rovers, here's my daily driver as seen on my profile here. Series 1 1956 86inch (blue) and my numbers matching completely original never welded ex-military 1956 86 (green) I also currently own two 1960s series 2 landys plus a 1991 Defender 110 ex-military radio van. 

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Wouldn't want to go to a niter in one tho. 40mph tops and so draghty you can't even light a doob. Spent too many sunday mornings with a hangover sabin the hunt rattling more than the motor. ?

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8 minutes ago, themroc said:

Wouldn't want to go to a niter in one tho. 40mph tops and so draghty you can't even light a doob. Spent too many sunday mornings with a hangover sabin the hunt rattling more than the motor. ?

Hahaha, put it this way I went to Newquay weekender this weekend, it's precisely 12 miles from home, and yes my lass and I went in her VW! However it is November!

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Do love Landies tho, my fave is the long wheel Base Safari. Pal of mine had a wood stove in it. However as the local constabulary pointed out you can't drive with it going. I asked which traffic regulation I was contravening but he was quite insistent about it. ?

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Just now, themroc said:

Do love Landies tho, my fave is the long wheel Base Safari. Pal of mine had a wood stove in it. However as the local constabulary pointed out you can't drive with it going. I asked which traffic regulation I was contravening but he was quite insistent about it. ?

Yes I'm not sure which law it is but deffo illegal. I'm sure you'll know what I'm talking about if I tell you I used to have a bonneted FG wrecker and a Commer Q4 back in the 90s when we used to hang around up Stonehenge, Arundel common, Kirkby Stephen and other similar tourist attractions. :thumbsup:

Best wishes maaan!

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My type of subject, like Russoul1 wished I had kept my Mk 1 Mexico,  all my cars  have been sold to fund my next buy, got rid of the Mexico for a real nail of an MG, more filler than metal. That was my worst mistake, and have since gone the fibreglass route, that went for a Scimitar GTE 5a, which then went for a Scimitar GTC below, shown on the club stand at the classic & sportscar show, this has now sadly gone to fund my latest project an AC 3000 ME which requires recommissioning (just like me, although I'm passed redemption now) and has the body off at the moment whilst I work on the chassis. Hopefully I will still be able to get in the car when all the work is finished.

 

 

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Lovin' that Bristol :thumbsup:

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6 hours ago, BabyBoyAndMyLass said:

Agreed, if it were a two door it'd be a 'Firedome' with the gorgeous little Desoto hemi V8, hence the name fire 'dome', for those not in the know a 'Hemi' has a hemispherical combustion chamber, the plug is inserted in the top of the head rather than the side. Having said that it may be a high optioned car with a Dome in it, either way gorgeous motor, have had a 55 Firedome, being a 55 smaller fins and more rounded 'jelly-mould' shape. Being a Chrysler/Mopar product the fireflite illustrated shares the same platform as the Plymouth Belvedere.    

  A friend had a 1953 DeSoto Firedome for many years with the Hemi V8 that was a quick car, You can't beat those old MoPars. 

 

7 hours ago, BabyBoyAndMyLass said:

Ooh good, my favourite thread has emerged!

Been doing this for a life-time. Have over the years restored many cars from Mopar Muscle cars of the early 70s, 50s Yanks of every description, every worthwhile brit quality car, Jensen, jag, Jowett... just loads. When it comes to classic cars there's nothing I can't do, I'm what is called in the trade a 'junkyard genius!'

I do it for a living, half restoration half music, people who are into Yanks in the UK will know me from my years of working for 'The Flintstones' officially known as Blue Brothers Autos, where I was known as 'the thin one' of the three, me being a lightweight at only about 15 stone.

I'm the guy you used to see at Keele in the 80s driving various different Yank Muscle Motors each time, we used to get quite a crowd in the car park!

Throughout my working life I've never had less than four or five classics on the go at any one time, currently it's series 1 Land Rovers, here's my daily driver as seen on my profile here. Series 1 1956 86inch (blue) and my numbers matching completely original never welded ex-military 1956 86 (green) I also currently own two 1960s series 2 landys plus a 1991 Defender 110 ex-military radio van. 

 

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I had a Vauxhall Firenza. Mine was white. I used to call it The Shark. Can you see why?

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