Well Peeps, that's a great collection of the good, the bad and the downright fugly.......keep'em coming.
Over the years I've driven 1600 Mk2 Escort, Nova SR & GTE, R5 Turbo, Clio 16V and R19 16V.....and enjoyed all of them.
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You won't like this then, this is a friend of mine, built himself a 1600 VTEC powered mini with a flip front (needed it, there wasn't room for the engine otherwise). Took it to the Filleigh car show and entered the "hillclimb" (it isn't really a hillclimb, more of a there and back sprint):
That poor mini, weird how he lost the back end though. Only time I managed that in mine was messing about in the snow/ice with the handbrake, mind you I didn't have a 1.6 vtec . Went to a mini show a good few years ago and some bloke had managed to squeeze in a 2 litre GTI vauxhall motor that he claimed was kicking out about 180+bhp, in a clubman. He was a fabricator and had to make alot of parts to make it fit, barely. Spent a fortune on front tyres but used to go like stuff of a shovel, a proper street sleeper as he was telling me how much fun it was against the boy racers etc.
Found a pic of my old mini wheels on google (not my pic), mine were quite rough when I got them so spent many hours paint stripping and polishing them over a few weekends. Painted mine with black hammerite in the centres and polished on outside edge, took some serious polishing I can tell you, probably not the proper paint to use but it never came off. Ahh the memories..
EDIT: Ah ha found another pic, this was more like it but with centre cap from the one above..
Now I know how you got your back problem...
If the favourit car is supposed to be owned by us, then:
Lancia made some of the most fabulous cars. If only they made this model in RHD...
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That poor mini, weird how he lost the back end though. Only time I managed that in mine was messing about in the snow/ice with the handbrake, mind you I didn't have a 1.6 vtec .
He thinks he clipped the bales on the left on the way out and they had told him it was a little slippery through there so he was probably backing off and unsettled the rear end.
Kev's a mechanic as well, did all the work himself, apart from the paint job, he's confident the roof and pillars aren't bent and it can all be put right.
I like them! Hammerite should be good, mate of mine at college painted his whole car in that!
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This car, at the time, had the most beautiful dashboard! Mine was bought in (OMG) 1991, with NO assisted steering...
I used to see a Delta intergrale driving around from time to time when I was at college, in full Martini racing trim. Used to go like the clappers and make a fantastic noise, I have always wanted one ever since.
Yep they lasted alot longer than the powder coated refurb on my Schnitzer wheels. Funnily enough I went to look at a mini that turned out to have been hammerited, looked like an oil painting as there was that much texture in the paint. Gave that a wide berth as you wonder what they are hiding under 1/4 inch of paint.
Those Mamba's were quite rare back in the day as I think they stopped producing them, abit different to the mini lights that everyone seemed to have.
Good to hear the mini can be repaired, you don't see hardly any on the roads anymore.
Without question Italy have produced some great looking/driving cars. Sadly they are hamstrung by an image ravaged by rust/reliabilty problems. Personal experience goes against that image (vintage 70s- 80s)
Or have you ever seen a Alfa on the back of a breakdown lorry? or parked alongside the road with its bonnet up? I've been driving since 1981 and I can't recall seeing any.
I do like Alfas, would love to drive an SZ. But, in responce to your request PP, I have a mate who had photos on his Facebook wall of his 159 sportwagon on the back of a flatbed on two seperate occasions. Another mate had bits of his dash fall of his brand new Giulietta. The Mito has just placed 115 out of 116 on JD power survey. Still would though
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No doubt that some Alfas do have problems, what car doesn't? My brother has a Audi 1.8 cabriolet which cost him £11000 broke down a few months ago while driving to Bournmouth. he needed a full engine strip (the oil light stayed on and engine management light advised him to stop).
I've never had any serious problems with my 156, apart from its apetite for munching light bulbs.
Oddly, before buying the Alfa I used Mrs. P's Astra 1.6 and it broke down in Croydon. When the RAC recovery turned up I asked him what he thought about Alfas reliablity issues. He said: "Don't know, I've been doing roadside recovery for nearly two years and I've not been called to single Alfa."
I do like Alfas, would love to drive an SZ.
Funnily enough I saw my first SZ a couple of weeks ago being thrashed around Palmer Sport's Autodrome near Bedford, sounded awesome.
He's not a diamond geezer, or called Joe!
They have an Italian car show in Bristol on corn street most years, They usually have an SZ and an RZ there, love em. One year they had a Lancia Stratos in Alitalia livery, I nearly had a crisis
First car: Mk1 Ford Escort 1300E (executive). Same spec as the 1300 sport but had a vinyl roof and wooden dashboard - very classy and was my pride and joy
Worst car: Difficult as I've never really had a lemon but the head gasket blew on my Ford Sierra estate so I'll go with that
Fav car: Needed a 7 seater but didn't want an Espace or that hideous Nissan thing that was out at the time so went for a Mitsubishi Space Wagon. Totally brilliant car - reliable, every extra going and fast as f***!. Still upsets me now, should never have sold it
Current car: Toyota Yaris (Mk 2) - bought as a run around as I was biking at the time. However, semi-retired from biking in the interest of maintaining matrimonial harmony and the Yaris remains!
Current car: Lexus IS250 (no Alan Partridge jokes please )
Think your safe now he's moved onto a kia!
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