What did you do today?

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Re: What did you do today?

Post by DodgeRover » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:49 pm

Sheddy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:59 am
I forgot most of you cunts aren't on the beige forum anymore; the 120Y I purchased off Sam Glover.
I haven't bothered posting much about it or my other cars as they aren't Spakworthy enough :D
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Is Sam Glover still a member? I think he took it the wrong way when I commented that him advertising his MG stating it was a ringer is probably not the most sensible thing to do.
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by mercrocker » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:07 pm

Always loved the mini-Yank looks of those mid-70s Dattys.....
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by christine » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:16 pm

And HB Vivas and coke bottle Victors . Was there ever a 2 door coke bottle Victor ?

I polished up Grandads Astra ready for re presenting for an mot this week , after spring seat weldage

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Re: What did you do today?

Post by Sheddy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:27 pm

DodgeRover wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:49 pm
Sheddy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:59 am
I forgot most of you cunts aren't on the beige forum anymore; the 120Y I purchased off Sam Glover.
I haven't bothered posting much about it or my other cars as they aren't Spakworthy enough :D
How do you download piccies from a Samsung Galaxy to here?
Is Sam Glover still a member? I think he took it the wrong way when I commented that him advertising his MG stating it was a ringer is probably not the most sensible thing to do.
I imagine so, not a great deal of interest shown in bonkers Zaporophets or Tatras on that site though so can't see he's very bothered.....
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by fried onions » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:04 pm

Nice old Datsun you have there. Although I like to see them I find the Japanese cars of that era far too strange looking. Worst of all are those wing mirrors like an unwelcome extrusion. I guess the weird styling is an attraction for many.
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by xtriple » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:27 pm

My first wife had one of those coupes as her first car I had a MK10 Jag so guess which car was driven all the time? I quite liked it apart from the utterly tragic understeer but it was always predictably awful so fun in a perverse way :) Obviously back then I was an effin' hooligan that required a binary throttle so my own fault more than likely.

Hers was that pale blue colour that so many were but it had fancy wheel trims (standard) and was in really good condition. Paid about £500, kept it a year and sold it for the same amount. Bloody good cars and started my love affairs with Japanese cars in general. We only got rid of it 'cos she had passed her test and she much preferred to drive my white V12 XJ-S than a slightly boring blue Datsun!
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by Sheddy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:04 pm

Old Jap cars are, I think an odd amalgam of British and American design with a blob of Japanese engineering and a kind of naive enthusiasm I very much like.
They're rather like a car designed by a very smart kid to a strict budget, a kid who had only ever observed his father driving a car, from the rear seat.
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by DodgeRover » Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:38 pm

Sheddy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:04 pm
Old Jap cars are, I think an odd amalgam of British and American design with a blob of Japanese engineering and a kind of naive enthusiasm I very much like.
They're rather like a car designed by a very smart kid to a strict budget, a kid who had only ever observed his father driving a car, from the rear seat.
Do rwd starlets count as old in this context? They are fun when driven with enthusiasm.
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by John F » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:00 pm

I should think so, yes.
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Re: What did you do today?

Post by mercrocker » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:08 pm

Hopefully, fixated the lights on the Minor. Unbelievable set of circumstances, well not for the Minor I suppose, but still.....The 56 year old loom has got issues and I occasionally get a bad earth or zero current. When both beams went on the nearside I suspected (rightly) a bad connection in the crossover from the feeds on the nearside of the car. I swapped over both bulbs and that proved I was on the right rack. Once I had re-made all the joints I had both lights again.....Not for long - when checking it up the barn a couple of weeks later I only had the offside headlamp again. Fucksticks.

It was a bit like being late for a curry - no main, no dip just sides. Rechecked all my re-connections (this time in the dark and dismal barn aided only by a dying Ever Ready torch) and filed it under FI for Fuck It.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I am running out of cars so dragged it back in daylight and set to this morning. Ran a test circuit to a bulb holder and spare H4 bulb - perfect. Reconnected to the car's N/S lamp - Nada. FFS.

Then I looked at the headlamp itself - like a bomb had gone off in there, shrapnel everywhere....Carefully lifted out the unit and the bulb had evidently suicide-bombed inside the reflector (I have H4s, rather than SBs on this car). Maybe I had created a short circuit in my wiring bodgery, maybe I had at some time in the past handled the bulb with sweaty paws, maybe it is just Chinese fucking Lucas junk.

Anyhoo, just did a 30 mile run on dip and full beam (yeah fuck you all coming the other way - DRLS innit) and I still have two headlamps, neither has unduly heated up. I will tick that fixed until the next time and use the car on late shit the rest of this week. Annoyingly, I had planned to attend to some bubbling on that stupid flange inboard of the headlamp on the car's offside while I had the bowl out but apathy once again set in.

Also, there is a bit of a glimmer of hope on the Cowley wipers - seems the arms are pretty fucked and I am hoping this is why they flop about - certainly cannot feel any play or knackered splines on the wheelboxes. There is a big box of arms and blades somewhere in one of my lockups but I bet I end up buying another set....
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