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Chewing Grass

Old Car Spotting

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1 minute ago, MrPin said:

Yes some of them had the Dutch rubber band gearbox.

Saw one of those earlier this year, actually heard it before I saw it and recognised the noise from my childhood as it is unmistakable.

There was a dealer on the hight st, used to pass it on the way to school, was actually two terraced shops knocked together. They usually had a couple of DAF 66s in the window, size of the 'shop' shows how 'mainstram' DAFs were, a car for the eccentric or clueless.

 

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1 minute ago, Chewing Grass said:

Saw one of those earlier this year, actually heard it before I saw it and recognised the noise from my childhood as it is unmistakable.

There was a dealer on the hight st, used to pass it on the way to school, was actually two terraced shops knocked together. They usually had a couple of DAF 66s in the window, size of the 'shop' shows how 'mainstram' DAFs were, a car for the eccentric or clueless.

 

They do sound odd, because there are no gear changes. I believe they worked well. One of my chums had one.

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2 hours ago, MrPin said:

Do you have one? Fascinating.o.O

Yes, pre airflow 1964 B plate base model only I'm afraid bought it for £300 in 89 at a car auction in Neath whish we had kept any of the other cars we had over those few years including the VW camper van we bought at the same auction about 6 months later for around the same, the Cortina was rear ended in 1990 but it's been garaged since waiting for the spare cash to do her up, we had a price last week £8000 😲to strip her completley

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DAF variomatics went as fast in reverse as they did forwards. So if going uncontrollable fast is reverse, was a design feature you needed, the DAF, or Volvo iteration were ideal.

DAF lorries have automatic gearboxes now. They are called Astronic and take so long to change into reverse it would be quicker to u-turn. Unless you reverse uncontrollable fast they overheat.

Could be worse the Maserati Duo select gearbox needs replacing completely if you  reverse up a slope.

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1 minute ago, yfwr jin said:

Yes, pre airflow 1964 B plate base model only I'm afraid bought it for £300 in 89 at a car auction in Neath whish we had kept any of the other cars we had over those few years including the VW camper van we bought at the same auction about 6 months later for around the same, the Cortina was rear ended in 1990 but it's been garaged since waiting for the spare cash to do her up, we had a price last week £8000 😲to strip her completley

Very nice. My 1990 Mustang is also awaiting restoration, when I have the time/money.

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5 minutes ago, SNACR said:

DAF variomatics went as fast in reverse as they did forwards. So if going uncontrollable fast is reverse, was a design feature you needed, the DAF, or Volvo iteration were ideal.

DAF lorries have automatic gearboxes now. They are called Astronic and take so long to change into reverse it would be quicker to u-turn. Unless you reverse uncontrollable fast they overheat.

Could be worse the Maserati Duo select gearbox needs replacing completely if you  reverse up a slope.

Don't buy joke gearboxes Snaccy! A proper manual or a proper auto box only. None of these flappy paddle things.O.o

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I came out of ASDAs car-park yesterday and gave-way to a bright-red C reg (1965) car with a white roof.

 I followed it for a mile or so.

I only saw it from the side and rear, and couldn't see a model number on the back - but it had the word Powerglide in fancy letters on the boot.

Had a look for clues on the internet when I got home, and I think it was a Vauxhall Victor.

It was as old as me...!

 

XYY

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2 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

I came out of ASDAs car-park yesterday and gave-way to a bright-red C reg (1965) car with a white roof.

 I followed it for a mile or so.

I only saw it from the side and rear, and couldn't see a model number on the back - but it had the word Powerglide in fancy letters on the boot.

Had a look for clues on the internet when I got home, and I think it was a Vauxhall Victor.

It was as old as me...!

 

XYY

Powerglide was the two speed GM auto box that replaced the Hydramatic (er, I think)

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powerglide

 

I had it on my 1968 Vauxhall Viscount

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4 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

I came out of ASDAs car-park yesterday and gave-way to a bright-red C reg (1965) car with a white roof.

 I followed it for a mile or so.

I only saw it from the side and rear, and couldn't see a model number on the back - but it had the word Powerglide in fancy letters on the boot.

Had a look for clues on the internet when I got home, and I think it was a Vauxhall Victor.

It was as old as me...!

 

XYY

Was it as well preserved?

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20 hours ago, MrPin said:

Don't buy joke gearboxes Snaccy! A proper manual or a proper auto box only. None of these flappy paddle things.O.o

Driving standards have been on the wane since the synchromesh came along. Double-declutching meant drivers had to plan well ahead if they didn't want to trash their gearbox. The average spaz driver of today wouldn't have stood a chance. 

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On 16/07/2017 at 15:16, MrPin said:

They do sound odd, because there are no gear changes. I believe they worked well. One of my chums had one.

At one point they were rallied and were faster downhill than a full house Escort.

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On 16/07/2017 at 15:16, MrPin said:

They do sound odd, because there are no gear changes. I believe they worked well. One of my chums had one.

I know it's not as old, but I'm sure there was a ford fiesta in the eighties with just sort of one gear. 

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Our local Garden Centre put a classic car show on today, and it was mint.

About 50 vehicles, and plenty of Cortinas, Escorts and Capris for children of the 70s such as myself.

The owner of a lovely red Capri left early, and I followed him out.

Wonderful to see one on the road again... :)

 

 

 

XYY

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10 minutes ago, Chewing Grass said:

Austin Allegro Vanden Plas - top of the range at the time.

Old Woman next door to me had an orange one when I was a kid.

Yep, they even upgraded the square steering wheel to a round one.

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14 hours ago, SNACR said:

Yep, they even upgraded the square steering wheel to a round one.

Brown, not metallic, just brown, with thin gold pinstripes along each side. Beige leather inside, cracked with age but fantastic quality, not the leather we mostly see now, thick pile carpets, burr walnut dash, full instruments, picnic tables for rear passengers. Looked amazing inside - outside in great condition too. Wonder what that's worth.

 

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Down here in Portugal used to be old car central in recent years - good chance of seeing such as Renault 4's and 21's, Opel Kadetts etc. still in daily use.

Now it's all Audis and BMWs, just like at home. God knows how they afford them.

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