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mikeyv last won the day on March 6

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  1. I've mentioned it before I'm sure, but I part owned a taxi firm in the 80s, and we bought loads of bluebirds and laurels at auction and ran them as cabs 24/7, with an assortment of kamikaze drivers. I serviced them once a month, oil, filters, plugs, points, condenser and brake pads, and a thorough all round check. Rarely were any other parts required, breakdowns were unheard of, and 200,000 miles was the normal lifespan, by which time the bodywork and interior was showing the usual signs of taxi abuse. I stripped down a couple of write offs, for spares, gearbox, back axles etc, and never used them. By contrast, I also looked after some of the independants cars, including Leylands, Vauxhall, Peugeot and Fords. The fords weren't too bad, but the rest weren't great and the British Leyland were, sadly, pretty appalling.
  2. That looks to be in lovely condition. Must be pretty rare too, and to think you couldn't drive 100 yds without seeing one, in their day.
  3. From October 2017 New car insurance write-off categories The current A, B, C, D classes will be replaced by the following: A: Scrap B: Break S: Structurally damaged repairable N: Non-structurally damaged repairable. So, basically, the new classes, S and N, are based on the severity of the damage, rather than the cost to repair, which SHOULD make it safer to buy a cat N, as there should be no structural damage.
  4. Not in my, admittedly limited, experience. I used to be a member on a Honda Type-r forum, and the for sale threads often mentioned tracking, in a negative way. Personally, I would look to avoid buying a car that's been ragged round a track, on a regular basis, but, as you prove, there are some who aren't bothered.
  5. Is it attached to the exhaust, or chassis? If chassis, then I'd certainly argue the point.
  6. Then add the fact that, even if you don't crash, but just mention on a forum that you have "tracked" your pride and joy, a lot of people will be put off buying it when it's time to sell.
  7. Must have done Malc, the Opel Ascona was virtually identical to the first Cavalier. They did have a few different models though, including the Manta.
  8. My brother in law served his apprenticeship at Nidd Vale motors, in Knaresborough, they were an Opel main dealer in the 80s.
  9. ^^^^^^^^^^^^Agreed.^^^^^^^^^^^^
  10. The motoring press have always been rubbish, but they are getting worse imo. Firstly, they don't care about reliability, running costs, depreciation, after all, it doesn't affect them. Secondly, they are badge obsessed, more than ever. Thirdly, they use the track too much, and test drive like it was stolen, which most people don't, particularly these days, when you are never far from a camera. As a fan of Jap metal, for many years, this has suited me down to the ground. I've bought some belting Japanese cars, particularly at auction, because the average punter knew nothing about them, having been brainwashed by the likes of Clarkson and co, in to thinking German was the only option. On topic, turkey to classic, Jag XJS, panned when they came out, unsellable not that long ago, particularly 12 cyl, now fetching decent money, apparently.
  11. Another little task for your wife's good to keep them busy, point her at the racks when leaving the supermarket, loads of free newspapers, and no need to read them. Happy to help.
  12. Firstly, glad your son is ok. It strikes me that there seems to be no damage to either front wheel/tyre, is that the case? If so, I think you'll be hard pushed to blame the pothole for such a dramatic outcome, or to be more accurate, to prove liability. We are, however, missing the most important image, which is the pothole, in the dry, with previously mentioned ruler. I can see why you'd be reluctant to take that risk though.
  13. I've bought a few brand new vehicles. My first was a 1970 Ford Escort, having part exed my first ever car, a 66 Ford Anglia. I remember being excited going to pick it up, but being disappointed within a very short distance, that it felt like just another car. The same has been true of my other two brand new vehicles, very nice, but no different to the various "nearly new" cars I've bought. As an aside, and an indication of how cars have evolved over the years, my 1966 Anglia failed it's first mot in 1969, with corroded rear spring hangers, then, not long after getting the welding done and an mot issued, the engine gave up the ghost. I have to admit I was a bit of a lunatic back then, so maybe the engine was down to me, but the corrosion was a shocker really.
  14. Hate to break it to you Steve, but you're even older than you thought. I was a computer operator, then programmer from 1969 to 1978, and even in 69, they had moved on to punch cards at ICI, where I worked.
  15. I was talking about something less than 4K, but, as you say, we can agree to disagree, it's all about choice.