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jacko
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Post Number: 3509
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

As promised on the Hendrix stamp thread, here's some photos of my MG post restoration. I've had the car since 1982 but it was in desperate need of a polish so I took it off the road in 1997 and spent far too long walking past it. I started the restoration 'for real' around 7 years ago and I've done everything myself.

first off, here's what I was left with when I'd finished stripping the rust...
rusty

There's a lot of fresh metal on there and everything has been rustproofed prior to painting. Just about every nut and bolt has been either polished or replaced with stainless...

engine

under

You've seen the interior but I'll show it again. Had to strip the seats back to the frames and re-upholster them then all the carpets an panels needed replacing. I took the time to paint the dash when I did the bodywork.

inside

The last two are just around the time I got her back on the road last July. The paintwork took forever. It's candy Apple Red so after the primer, there are 4 coats of metallic silver base, 6 coats of translucent red and 6 coats of clear which all had to be sprayed in one day (in my single garage - 10ft X 18ft). Once the clear hardened it was all rubbed flat and polished with several grades of compound (just like our beloved basses). It took forever to get it back on it's wheels and I doubt I'd ever want to do it again but I think it turned out ok.

front

side

We had our summer holiday in the borders I the car last summer and one garage attendant told me he thought the car had a very 'california' feel to it. Made me smile :-)

Looking forward to seeing Bill's TR and anything else anyone cars to show us.

Graeme
hydrargyrum
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Post Number: 1223
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Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 3:45 pm:   Edit Post

Sweet. Color me envious.
alembic76407
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Post Number: 749
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Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

Graeme, Outstanding on the MG , love the wheels, I bet she's a blast to drive.
alembic76407
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Post Number: 750
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Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:36 pm:   Edit Post

Here's my weekend toy, I bought her in 1995, it's a 1987 944 with over 200,000 miles and still looks and runs great

David T

lbpesq
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Post Number: 5700
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:43 pm:   Edit Post

David:

Sweet! My dailey driver is a '93 968 Cabriolet. The red-headed stepchild Porsches are my favorite.

Bill, tgo
peoplechipper
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Post Number: 405
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 1:19 am:   Edit Post

Yeah 914!...that MG looks too cool in candy apple...nice job to go way cooler than stock! so old British to keep the paint muted...
gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 729
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful MG! The restorers I respect the most are the ones that do the work themselves.

Looks like a lot of wood was used in the car when it was made.
keith_h
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Post Number: 1986
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 2:37 pm:   Edit Post

Graeme,
The car looks great. I really like the hot rod type of feel it gives with the candy apple red. Wish your were closer as I will definitely need some advice when it comes time for the upholstery on my project car. I'll try to get some picks of it when the weather clears up in a day or so.

Keith
rami
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Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post

Hey guys,

Those are absolutely beautiful! I have a personal weakness for a big, angry American V8.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3306
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 1:07 pm:   Edit Post

Here you go then , ___meet my new Sweetie . Her name is Galbani !
1978 Ford Ranchero GT .She has a 400 cubic inch V8 engine . That is 6.6 L ..______Galbani
hydrargyrum
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Post Number: 1224
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 3:33 pm:   Edit Post

Wolf,

That looks fun. Not to mention the cargo room in back for sunny days. That was a different time in car manufacture.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3307
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Kevin ,
Yes ,so far this vehicle has been an interesting project .It was sold to me by the owner of a tire service company that owned too many vehicles and this one needed some attention of a kind that he did not want to deal with anymore . He sold it to me for the "right price" and I dealt with the water leaks through the cargo bed behind the back window on my own quite successfully, as well as a little rust repair that now in gone and dealt with as well . Mechanically she runs swell and just needs a few minor suspension issues perfected ( rubber parts and the such ) I am currently very seriously looking for a shell for the cargo bed so that she can be a practical equipment mover.
rami
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Post Number: 1041
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Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post

That's REALLY sweet!

Thanks for sharing the pic - wish you many years of pleasure with it!

Rami
sonicus
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Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 6:16 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Rami
jzstephan
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Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 7:43 pm:   Edit Post

sonicus
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Post Number: 3309
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Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 9:34 pm:   Edit Post

John , ___ Is that your vehicle ?
jacko
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Post Number: 3510
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 12:56 am:   Edit Post

Is that a Mondial John? about the only ferrari I could have afforded at one time but the prices have shot up over here in recent years.

Speaking of 6 litre behemoths, we had this beautiful camaro a couple of years back to drive around hollywood and the PCH. Using a route recommended by JimmyJ we drove up through Laurel canyon, through some of the backroads then along Mulholland and down to ventura before heading back across Topanga canyon to malibu and santa Monica. We later drove up to the Griffith observatory then on to the Baked Potato to catch up with Jimmy. Subtle it ain't...

camaro

we really loved this car and would gladly have one but over here they cost in excess of £60,000. I'll leave you all to do the currency conversion. I do get to see a fair few American V8s though as I joined an american and custom car club here in Scotland when I decided to go 'Kandy' with the MG. They're a very helpful and friendly bunch and this year I'm aiming to get out on a few of their cruises.

Graeme
terryc
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:32 am:   Edit Post

graeme I bet Ed China from 'Wheeler Dealers' would be proud of you.
Nice work and you can see the hours you have put in but well worth it!
bassman10096
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Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:30 am:   Edit Post

Great to see an MG Midg live again. Very, very nice looking job!

My very first auto (back in '72) was an Austin Healy Sprite of the same vintage as the Midget above, so it was a twin. What a fun car! Unfortunately, it caught fire on a Friday afternoon during the rush in July on Route 17 out of Manhattan and tied up traffic for hours. The insurance settlement totalled twice what I'd spent on the car. I've come dangerously close to buying a Midget to restore several times since then.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3511
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:37 am:   Edit Post

Love the Ranchero Wolf. I've always wanted something along those lines like a late 60's El Camino to customise. Again they're not easy to find this side of the pond.

Bill - Go for it. You can buy just about every part and panel for Midgets new nowadays so you've no excuse :-)

Terry - I've never seen wheeler dealers but I know of the show - I got most of my inspiration from watching American Hot Rod and Overhaulin' on freeview.

Graeme
jzstephan
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

1983 Mondial 3.0 quatrovalve still has less than 20k miles on it. When I visited the mothership last fall, we spent some time in LA and I spent some time driving around Laurel Canyon, Mulholland Drive and must have driven this on some of Jimmy's route:

Great minds think alike!
There was also a trip to Norm's.
sonicus
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Post Number: 3310
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 7:59 am:   Edit Post

Graeme, Thanks .
Your restoration work is quite impressive . I have often entertained acquiring a nice UK sports vehicle but have missed my chance on two occasions when they were offered , both times deliberating too long and when I felt that YES was my answer they were already sold to another party. One of those chances was a Sunbeam Tiger when I was 16. and had to ask for my fathers permission as part of the delay. By the time that I had my fathers approval the seller had already sold it for a pitiful small sum . OH well ___LOL !

My Ranchero just suddenly fell into my lap , without any prior expectations just like my Series II did.
Life is like that sometimes. I call such events " The Transitive Nightfall Of Diamonds "
gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 730
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

My picks of Cars to buy before its too late:

Old Porsche 912s (that aren't rust heaps)
Ferrari 308s (if you can afford to work on them)
Porsche 911 SCs (nice ones going up in value)
Ford Pantera (may have already gotten too expensive, but still a good investment)
vintage Baracudas and Challengers

Fun drivers:
TR6 and TR4
Europa and Elan
70's Corvettes
Vintage Pontiac LeMans
Volvo 142Es
Dodge Stealth/GT3000 Twin Turbo (complicated
cars)
Chev Monza V8/Buick Skyhawk (few left)
944 Turbos/1987 924S/cabrios

Neat inexpensive old cars:
Jag XJ sedans and coupe up to 1987

I was actually looking at Ferrari 245 Dinos a few years back (when I bought my house instead) when they were around 75K. Now they go for 250K. What an investment for people who bought one!
mica
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:48 am:   Edit Post

OMG Wolf, I love your car. I'm a sucker for the El Camino SS. There's a guy at the grocery I frequent that likes to taunt me by shopping at the same time as me so I can drool over his red and chrome amazing SS!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3311
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Mica.
This car just was suddenly offered to me out of the blue so to speak around last July . Hopefully I will be able to find a shell for the back that is available somewhere around here . It would be fun to arrive at the Alembic Gathering in the Ranchero loaded with gear , protected from the elements .

Wolf
alembic76407
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:12 pm:   Edit Post

my best friends 1976 912E with 80,000 miles and air-conditioning




David T
alembic76407
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post



(Message edited by Alembic76407 on March 31, 2014)
jzstephan
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:42 pm:   Edit Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVOCMhorGag
rami
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 6:33 pm:   Edit Post



My American V8 fantasy.... USA! USA! USA!
rami
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Username: rami

Post Number: 1043
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

The other Black Byrd!



rami
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Username: rami

Post Number: 1044
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 6:42 pm:   Edit Post

The interior,



This is a factory pic, but I have the identical interior. 6 speed manual tranny as well.
sonicus
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 6:46 pm:   Edit Post

Nice car Rami !
rami
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Post Number: 1045
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 7:06 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks! :-)

It goes well with the Alembic Black Byrd. And it's just as dangerous!
slawie
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 7:33 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a picture of my Saab convertible



And another picture of my grandsons stealing it!


bigredbass
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Post Number: 2136
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 9:51 pm:   Edit Post

el caminos y rancheros, muy grande !

http://ateupwithmotor.com/model-histories/ford-ranchero-chevrolet-el-camino/

. . . . the 57 Ranchero pic in red + white just GETS me.

J o s e
jalevinemd
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 11:33 pm:   Edit Post

Okay…I'll play.

Here's my toy. 1979 Toyota FJ40.

jacko
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Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 12:56 am:   Edit Post

'Gran Articulo' Joey :-)

Graeme
jazzyvee
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 1:33 am:   Edit Post

I toyed with the idea of getting one of these last year. But once I started to check them out and realised it had a 4.0 Litre V6 petrol engine and fuel consumption about 20mpg, suddenly it became a non starter because of the high fuel prices we have here.

I'll stick with my smart car. :-)


Jazzyvee

(Message edited by jazzyvee on April 03, 2014)
dela217
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

I just love jalevinemd's FJ40!!!!!
gtrguy
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Post Number: 733
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

Looks like we need an Alembic custom build with a car theme sometime in the future!
5a_quilt_top
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 11:23 am:   Edit Post

My new ride:



Replaced my third Jeep.

I can't go off-road or haul much more than A$$ now so it's a good thing I've been able to get by with using smaller bass & guitar rigs for my current projects.
rami
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 6:35 pm:   Edit Post

That is AWESOME!!!

USA! USA! USA!
peoplechipper
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 10:26 pm:   Edit Post

I love Rancheros/El Caminos...
bigredbass
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Post Number: 2137
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 11:39 pm:   Edit Post

From one of Toyota's global websites, 'Land Cruncher' history:

http://www.toyota-global.com/showroom/vehicle_heritage/landcruiser/

. . . . and it's currently-available-elsewhere grandson:

http://www.toyota-global.com/showroom/vehicle_gallery/suvs/land_cruiser70/

. . . . but instead, we get several different Prius and Hybrid Camrys. How fortunate . . .

J o e y
bigredbass
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Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 11:52 pm:   Edit Post

Actually, too many wheels. Here are two (unfortunately I've got to pick one or the other) incoming contacts on the DEW radar:

1) The very embodiment of Billy Joel's 'Looks Old, Works New'. Fits Jay Leno's 'I like motorcycles I can see through' mindset. I'm old enough to remember this one's inspiration(s), and thrilled that there is no bank of four carburetors to synch:

http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/02/05/2014-honda-cb1100-deluxe-first-look-review-photos/

2) Soichiro Honda himself thought a Vee 4 was the perfect engine for a motorcycle. Who am I to disagree? Halfway between the CB above and a Fireblade (CB1000RR on this side of the pond), a GT instead of a personal cruise missle: I'm too old enough to scare myself.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/02/04/2014-honda-interceptor-vfr800f-first-look-review-photos-specs/

Gee . . . . big red motorcycles !

J o e y
keith_h
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Posted on Friday, April 04, 2014 - 4:39 am:   Edit Post

A good friend of mine during high school in the 70's had a Land Cruiser. It was great in the winter with it's dual heaters and while everyone else was inside we would be out in the snow storm partying. No offense to anybody that owns a current model but the just don't compare to the old real off-road version.

Keith
lbpesq
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2014 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post

We had some nice weather today, so I was able to pull the Triumph out of the garage for the first time this year.

Bill, tgo





Here's the interior. I did most of it myself - I bought the seats as the old ones were too far gone to rebuild.





(Message edited by lbpesq on April 05, 2014)
lbpesq
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Posted on Saturday, April 05, 2014 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

And here's my daily driver.

Bill, tgo
968-1_1.jpg
968-2_1.jpg
968-3_1.jpg
968-4_1.jpg
alembic76407
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Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 9:58 am:   Edit Post

great looking 968 Bill , is your triumph a TR3? WOW on both !!!!!

David T
flpete1uw
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Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 10:19 am:   Edit Post

Bill,
That Triumph is one of the most coolest cars I've seen in a long time!!
Graeme, Beautiful restoration on that MG!
Good on ya all!!
Peace,
Pete
flpete1uw
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Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

Bill,
That Triumph is one of the most coolest cars I've seen in a long time!!
Graeme, Beautiful restoration on that MG!
Good on ya all!!
Peace,
Pete
lbpesq
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Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, guys. It's a 1958 TR3A. Just three years younger than me, but, arguably, in better condition! Other than the body and paint, I'm attempting to do most of the restoration myself. When I got it a year and a half ago it was baby poop green with a "30-30" paint job - looked good from 30 feet away or at 30 miles an hour - lol. I think of it as my 4-wheel motorcycle.

Bill, tgo
sonicus
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Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2014 - 12:16 pm:   Edit Post

I have seen Bill's 1958 TR3A , and there is definitely attention to detail in Bills work on this . ___ Very nice .
jacko
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Posted on Monday, April 07, 2014 - 1:05 am:   Edit Post

Wow!. What a difference from when I saw your TR when I was over. That really does look superb Bill. Nice Job!

Graeme

p.s. love the registration on your porsche :-)
serialnumber12
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Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 - 5:52 am:   Edit Post

cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:50 pm:   Edit Post

I said it the first time you mentioned this one, Bill, and I may say it again - the TR3 & the MGA are tied for most beautiful car ever!!!
And I love how these lines evolved into the Spitfire (I guess I need to see if I have any pix of my old Spit around & load them up).

Graeme, I always toyed with repainting the Spit candy red; yours proves I should have!

Wolf, my older brother had a new '72 Ranchero (Ford's version of the El Camino) when he married the first time (at 18 - yeah, we're Appalachian-American); waxed the bed every month & hauled nothing - wouldn't even let his wife put groceries in it.

Peter
sonicus
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:14 am:   Edit Post

Peter , the 72 Ranchero is also now know as the "Fish Mouth" model and is often the most sought after body style by many Ranchero
aficionados
.fishmouth
gtrguy
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post

For the Slingerland and TR fans!r
lbpesq
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

THE GREMLINS TOOK MY PORSCHE!!!! It has disappeared from my above post of April 5th!!??? So here are the pics, re-posted:






Take that, gremlins!

Bill, tgo
xlrogue6
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 9:15 am:   Edit Post

Anybody want to see pictures of my '95 Mercury Mystique, currently pushing 225K, never garaged? I didn't think so...
serialnumber12
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post



(Message edited by serialnumber12 on April 16, 2014)
serialnumber12
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

My Oldest daughter's a Pig!169008_1751364657683_1045862441_1980437_3859796_n.jpg
lbpesq
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

Keavin:

Is the one with LEDs on top yours? lol

Bill, tgo
sonicus
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Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post

For UK Vehicles ONLY in the UK ! Have I got it right UK Chaps ?
( I have a high regard for British English ! )

"In the Land of The Queen's English, one does not 'install' an engine or transmission in a vehicle

One 'fits' it

with spanners, of course

under the bonnet

with electrical by Lucas

proper hook up of the differently-coloured wires is a must

left-over parts go in the boot

Labour charges are included

However, if not properly done, the solicitors will become involved

and one will have to appear before the bench"
gtrguy
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Post Number: 737
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 - 9:35 am:   Edit Post

And any parts that fall off the car are free game for passersby to grab!!!
jacko
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:45 am:   Edit Post

Very good Wolf.
In your language, I'll be lifting the 'hood' in the next few days to remove the engine and 'tranny' as I've broken third gear. Most likely looking at a reconditioned 'box for around £400 :-(

Graeme
sonicus
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post

Graeme, I hope that everything will work out for the better ___
I am so sorry to read of such an unfortunate circumstance.
I once broke first gear in a 1972 Harley Davidson FLH ratchet top transmission . I was in luck however because an older retired gentleman who lived down the street from me at the time had been the service manager at Dudley-Perkins Harley Davidson for many years. In his retirement to keep busy he took on little jobs to kept his mind and hands nimble. I told him about my situation and he grinned and spoke " remove that transmission and bring it to me". " Thank you Sir " , I replied. One week later he phoned and said " it's done ! " He was a man of few words, BUT, those words were written in stone ! That was in 1980 and I gave him $400 USD for his work , but that transmission was now BETTER then brand new , He even bead blasted the case and polished the aluminum to the point that it looked like chrome. It shifted like butter! Everything inside was new ___ (better). In retrospect : When I sold that vehicle in 1995, I should have swapped out the transmission that " God built " . ( some folks called him that )

Wolf

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