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David K

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Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:39

Pleased you found the link of interest, SV......certainly the Imp has a chequered passed, along with the rest of the dying British car industry at the time. Being slightly mechanically minded, I did manage to keep mine running....just as well as with a young family to support, I was broke most of the time.

For me, the Imp's major failing was its  aluminium engine, which was prone to overheating and being of aluminium construction. The cylinder-head was prone to distortion....which involved having it skimmed.

Experiencing these Imp problems in the late sixties and the fiasco of a Morris Marina in the late seventies, disillusioned, I bought my first French car (a Renault 15, I think) and to cut a long story short, I have never bought a British car since the Marina, in fact all my cars since have been French.

I've recently bought a new Peugeot 2008 SUV crossover.   

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Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:46

As above, my first house cost £1,795.....financed with a 25 year mortgage = repayments of £2 .10s per month. This was an 80% mortgage (had to sell me motorbike to raise deposit) and as FG says, interest rates were around 15%.

Not sure how much I was earning at the time, but I do recall I was giving my OH £5 per week housekeeping money.


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Posted: 29/08/2015 at 07:36

"We also bought a nice new bungalow (they don`t have bungalows in Australia)..for £4,000"

Perhaps I should start another thread...'how much did you pay for your first house?' 

Mine was £1,795 for a new, 3 bedroom semi-detached.

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:08
WonkyWomble wrote (see)

Hmmmm.....and you say you are ALL 27 years old? 


I would say there are few hereabouts with a few miles on the clock. 

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 22:06

I had an early mini with those electrical issues, Tetly....wet used to enter the engine compartment via the front grill and in turn found its way on to the distributer cap & HT leads. They fixed the problem on later models by fitting a deflector plate.  

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 21:46

Not sure how many cars I've had over the years....but probably my Ford Sierra Sapphire holds the most happy memories.......erm, huge back seat.  

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 20:16

Hi, SV....great to see you posting.

Probably if you managed to get a good one, it would obviously influence your opinion....mine was second hand and really (to put it mildly) not very good. I visited Coventry Transport Museum earlier this week, where the sad history is recorded.

I can well understand why your OH would choose the Imp for rallying, the engine had (beyond its original use as a water pump engine) had been developed as a racing engine. 

You may be interested in this if you find time to watch:


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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 19:02

The Hillman Imp was an unmitigated disaster for the Rootes Group.....unproven design  and lack  of production capacity.

The aluminium engine (Coventry Climax) was originally designed as a lightweight, water pump engine intended for fire-fighting during WW2 and was always prone to overheating and consequently distortion of the cylinder head.

I used to own one and experienced loads of trouble with it, hence familiarising myself with its history.     

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 18:46
Fairygirl wrote (see)

David - my memory of car showrooms was the salesman speaking to my boyfriend and ignoring me, until he told him 'it's not me that's buying it mate'.

Salesman was suitably embarrassed. I wasn't amused  


Serves him right.....sexist pig!

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:55

Fairygirl - (you may remember) when visiting car showrooms, a oil drip trays were always in evidence under every took the Japanese to show us how to make cars. 

My idea of a nightmare would be to take my Marina through a car wash.

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