Hi From Nige.
About me. Well, now in early retirement I have settled down in a quiet little town after many years living and working overseas, many a tale to tell there but not just at the mo. Obviously interested in cars, have been most of my life, also like Electronics, Amateur Radio, Aviation, Reading, DiY, Pub Quizzes, oh, and drinking !
Although I like cars I rarely do much work on them these days, last job was changing the window winder on my GTV, a job which drove me to the bottle and no, I don’t mean the windscreen washer bottle. I hope to be able to contribute the odd erudite and/or amusing contribution to the forum, such as my home made tool to assist in changing the front pads on Alfasuds.
Have owned a lot of cars in the past which are now deemed to be classics, when I had ‘em they were just old, and sometimes not so old, bangers that this ‘ere impecunious ( tight Yorkshireman ) could either afford or was willing to pay for. In the early days the only way to keep on the road was the fix it yourself route, all on a tight budget, but you learned quickly or started walking everywhere again. Some things are not worth trying to save a penny on though, after hours of trying to punch a pad retaining pin out with a variety of screwdrivers and bent nails a quick trip to work, on foot of course, and a borrow of a punch set made me realize that sometimes even a tight a***d duck sometimes has to relax, bite the bullet and either buy, beg, borrow or steal the right tools for the job.
The cars I have owned are shown below with my brief comments on them, could spark a possible debate but hey, why not, isn’t this what forums are all about ?
Early 60’s Ford Anglia105E- Great until the first MoT.
Early 60’s Ford Consul Capri 1.3 – Had issues with doors and rot but loved it, the MoT examiner wasn’t quite as keen.
1967 Hunter style Minx 1500 – Rot box which seemed stylish and posh at the time, rear end had a fall out with a ten ton Ford truck at the traffic lights in Southall, another one bites the dust.
1966 Hillman Imp – Fun to drive but wished I’d bought shares in the Head Gasket Company.
1968 Ford Cortina Mk 2 1600 Auto – Liked this one but it did not like cold and damp mornings and as it couldn’t be push started left me frustrated and mad as a hatter once too often, swapped it for…
1969 MG Midget – Lop sided and rusty but loadsa fun and stunning wire wheels.
1976 Alfasud 1.2 ti – Bought new in Cyprus, fantastic, should have brought it home but instead did an international PX for…
1977 MG Midget 1500 – Boring and the ex wife hated it as much as she came to hate me……
1977 Alfasud 1.2 ti – Something odd with this one, never seemed right and certainly the worst ‘sud I ever owned.
1978 Alfasud 1.5 ti – Lovely little pocket rocket with lots of style, best ‘sud I ever owned but the rot got it in the end.
1981 Alfa Romeo 116 series 1.6 Guilleta – Crap brown colour ( pun intended ) dodgy electrics and a boring drive after the ‘sud.
1982 Alfasud 1.3 tix – Nice car, fun to drive, got faster every day as the auto weight reduction kicked in but had a lot of fun miles in this.
1982 Escort Diesel 1.6 – Hate, hate and more hate. If I saw it again it would receive a hefty dose of sledgehammer therapy, worst car I ever owned.
1985 Citroen BX 1.9 Diesel – Quirky but had Head Gasket, suspension and electric problems, did provide me with lot’s of miles (25K per year) but glad to see it go for a …
1984 Alfetta Gold Cloverleaf 2.0 – Unusual set up, rear brakes a nightmare, but a lovely quick big saloon, eventually killed off by an incompetent mechanic. ( No, not me ! )
1977 Dolomite 1500 – Called the yellow canary due to its colour. I did like this until after lots of miles it expired in a big way outside the Keo brewery in Limassol, left for scrap as the next day was off to a sunny Sultanate where I had….
1992 Corolla 1.6 Auto – What to say, ultra reliable but hardly engaging.
1989 Pontiac Grand Am – Had this for 6 months in the USA. What a hoot ! Straight through exhaust pipes, Hurst Changer and lots of grunt, very crude and lots of fun, not inconspicuous !
1989 Audi 90 – Stopgap after arrival back in the UK but liked it so much kept for eighteen months. Surprisingly quick with its 5 cylinder engine and few problems for a 120K plus car.
A contentious list of comments ? Well I’ll finish on one more. My current motor is a1997 Alfa GTV Twin Spark ( 916 ). Do I like it ? No, I LOVE it, Fantastic looks, quick with superb handling but not recommended if you suffer from haemorrhoids, the suspension is on the firm side of sporty. This car is cool and has loads of image, pity about the owner who’s a BUS ( Big Ugly Sod ). Is this a classic ?
( The GTV, not me, although I live in ill founded hope ). Stylish, fun motoring for not much cash.
Finally…The more women I meet the more I love my car, is this PC ?
On that I’ll finish, when you’re already in a hole stop digging, advice I am now taking.
Happy 2008 to all.
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