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Chewing Grass

Old Car Spotting

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19 hours ago, Happy Renting said:

I want to convert that to a camper.

Just buy a Starcraft one. I'm trying (and currently failing) to google the pics of the pink one that was up for sale recently...

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8 hours ago, Rave said:

Just buy a Starcraft one. I'm trying (and currently failing) to google the pics of the pink one that was up for sale recently...

But I want to camp in it AND sell ice creams. ideally, selling 99 Flakes without getting out of bed.

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15 minutes ago, UmBongo said:

Old Mercs are hard to kill off!

32076118665_9f7a468b04.jpgMercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 by Matt, on Flickr

Over the past 2 weeks I saw a couple of Merc W124 estates!

My god that looks good. 

None of that swoopy nonsense. I preferred cars when they were designed with set squares.  90, 30, 45 and 60 degrees is all you need to make a car look good. Probably why I liked my old Citroën AX so much. 

Edited by whitevanman

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Volvo 340GL on an F registration. Odometer said 48k miles and it seemed in excellent condition. Just parked up at the supermarket. Used to be a common sight.

Edited by cheeznham

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On 2017-7-13 at 21:49, One percent said:

It was noted in other stories that it was a nearly new BMW.

I'd assumed that the police used diesel cars but you only get engine fires in petrol (or LPG) cars.

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27 minutes ago, Thombleached said:

I saw one of these at eurodisney carpark in absolutely immaculate condition (caught my eye as it was my dads pride and joy for ten years)

merc SEC (sports "something" coupe)

 

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When Mercs were class. 

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4 minutes ago, ccc said:

When Mercs were class. 

I'm sure it had quite an absurd engine as well. Probably necessary back then as it would have weighed at least 2 abbotopotumas'

I remember having one of those collapsible cups and whilst it was full of water, collapsing it when sitting in the front seat. Don't think I've ever seen my dad lose his shit more than at that moment. 

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9 minutes ago, Thombleached said:

I remember having one of those collapsible cups and whilst it was full of water, collapsing it when sitting in the front seat. Don't think I've ever seen my dad lose his shit more than at that moment. 

I used to be a member of the Lancia owners club, I recall a story in the club's magazine/newsletter about a member, quite a well known figure in the motor industry, driving his Lancia through a Swiss mountain pass. The headlights failed and the drivers seat collapsed at the same time. He remarked on it being an intelligent design feature, you didn't want to be looking ahead when you couldn't see.

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28 minutes ago, Thombleached said:

I'm sure it had quite an absurd engine as well. Probably necessary back then as it would have weighed at least 2 abbotopotumas'

I remember having one of those collapsible cups and whilst it was full of water, collapsing it when sitting in the front seat. Don't think I've ever seen my dad lose his shit more than at that moment. 

It had a V8. Most likely a 5.0 or 5.5 as the 4.2s are rare in the UK AFAIK.

They are lovely things, one of the many cars I wish I'd been able to buy and stash somewhere while you could still pick them up for peanuts.

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16 minutes ago, Rave said:

It had a V8. Most likely a 5.0 or 5.5 as the 4.2s are rare in the UK AFAIK.

They are lovely things, one of the many cars I wish I'd been able to buy and stash somewhere while you could still pick them up for peanuts.

Something else for DOSBODS island, an enormous barn or old stables for the cars we want.

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

It was noted in other stories that it was a nearly new BMW.

I'd assumed that the police used diesel cars but you only get engine fires in petrol (or LPG) cars.

If diesel or oil is hot enough and in a mist it can go up from a burst hose or pipe. Fuel return on modern common rail diesels gets pretty hot.

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2 hours ago, cheeznham said:

Volvo 340GL on an F registration. Odometer said 48k miles and it seemed in excellent condition. Just parked up at the supermarket. Used to be a common sight.

One just like this!

1988/89 Volvo 360 GLE (1)

Rear Wheel Drive and decent heater/vent controls on these. B|

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5 minutes ago, UmBongo said:

One just like this!

1988/89 Volvo 360 GLE (1)

Rear Wheel Drive and decent heater/vent controls on these. B|

There was something unusual about these Volvos, if I remember rightly the transmission tunnel was huge and the gearbox was at the back around abouts the rear axle.

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1 hour ago, SNACR said:

If diesel or oil is hot enough and in a mist it can go up from a burst hose or pipe. Fuel return on modern common rail diesels gets pretty hot.

Yes, a mate's work van caught fire going round the M25. He got out. A lot of expensive laboratory equipment was in it.

2 hours ago, ccc said:

When Mercs were class. 

Yes, those were nice.

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2 hours ago, sleepwello'nights said:

Something else for DOSBODS island, an enormous barn or old stables for the cars we want.

I will bring my MK1 Cortina if there's room, I have sloe gin too if that helps

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2 hours ago, Chewing Grass said:

There was something unusual about these Volvos, if I remember rightly the transmission tunnel was huge and the gearbox was at the back around abouts the rear axle.

Sounds plausable. Rear Wheel Drive cars require a large transmission tunnel. These 300 series Volvos were actually Dutch rather than Swedish, derived from the DAF range of cars. They had some weird automatic gearbox called 'Variomatic' that run by rubber bands (my technical knowledge is a bit limited here).

Not my photo:

1972 DAF 55 Marathon

 

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18 minutes ago, UmBongo said:

Sounds plausable. Rear Wheel Drive cars require a large transmission tunnel. These 300 series Volvos were actually Dutch rather than Swedish, derived from the DAF range of cars. They had some weird automatic gearbox called 'Variomatic' that run by rubber bands (my technical knowledge is a bit limited here).

Not my photo:

 

 

Yes some of them had the Dutch rubber band gearbox.

Ford also sold something similar in a Fiesta.

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