David K

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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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWqRzz2eNiw&list=PLH33rUi5JWMvZ_g_0IHGmF23Y2g36pELV


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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 car......it 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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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 17:40

My first new car was bought in 1978, a Morris Marina.... circa Red Robbo & tea-break strikes at British Leyland. Mine turned out to be what was referred at the time as a 'Friday Car'......absolute rubbish! 

Wasn't funny at the time, but as the years have moved on, I suppose this tale has a funny side.

The windscreen leaked from the onset, to extent that the foot wells had a couple of inches of water in them most of the time. Each week for ages, I returned it to the garage (under the terms of the so called warranty) for the leak to be fixed.....sadly it never was. During one of these many visits I confronted the mechanic, asking why don't you fix it?  He replied 'it's supposed to leak, that's why they named it Marina'. 

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 15:11
pansyface wrote (see)

I've never owned a car but my first motorbike cost £5.00 (pre MOT days) and I got a nice boyfriend to restore it for me.


Not sure what year it was, but I do remember (in my teens) having an 'NSU Quickly'...49cc & German made. Anyone remember those?

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 14:01

They should be fine, Lily....the cold won't bother them. It would be a good idea not to let them dry-out at the roots....a common problem when planted against a wall.

Good luck.

PS, the wall will retain warmth, this will be emitted during the night, so that will help.

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Posted: 28/08/2015 at 13:56
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Mine was a motercycle which I bought for £100 in about 1978 and sold five years later for.. £150!


Had lots of motor cycles, Bob....think the first one was a BSA A7 500cc twin (1959) costing around £300.

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