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Posted: 19/10/2020 17:44:29
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Jesus I feel major young I never got to witness any of these now days the old cars for me are like p rej unless you talk about Landrover’s I was born in 92 so only 28 Laugh

My own truck older than me !


Count yourself lucky, back in the days most cars were sh*t. Anything built by British Leyland tended to melt in the rain. Old cars (with the exception of Landys) are rubbish.


Come on, sixties cars were pretty good really with some very sound and reliable models

The Wolseley 6/110 was the favourite of the Met Police and a damned good car. I owned a midnight blue 3.8 Jag with chrome wires for while, and an XK 150. Wife when I met her had an A40 Farina, good little motor. Then into the 70s and you were in the golden age of junk, the big Farina's gave way to the Austin 3 litre, and then there as the Marina and Ital, less said the better.

If you wanted a reasonable car in the ordinary class, you bought Ford.
Escort Mk2 RS2000 was a lot of fun.

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Posted: 19/10/2020 17:49:02
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Well I would love a old Volvo estate ! There brilliant motors also the old Peugeot estates , they interest me robust like a Landrover but you actually get a proper seat ! My truck I am lucky my mouse has not ate all the foam out of my cushion yet so I am not on the hardboard yet that is the seatbase , have really upset him lately he can’t get any foam anymore for his bed as I have rebuilt my seat with ducktape!

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Posted: 19/10/2020 17:57:23
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royfellows wrote:

Tamarmole wrote:

Down and beyond wrote:

Jesus I feel major young I never got to witness any of these now days the old cars for me are like p rej unless you talk about Landrover’s I was born in 92 so only 28 Laugh

My own truck older than me !


Count yourself lucky, back in the days most cars were sh*t. Anything built by British Leyland tended to melt in the rain. Old cars (with the exception of Landys) are rubbish.


Come on, sixties cars were pretty good really with some very sound and reliable models

The Wolseley 6/110 was the favourite of the Met Police and a damned good car. I owned a midnight blue 3.8 Jag with chrome wires for while, and an XK 150. Wife when I met her had an A40 Farina, good little motor. Then into the 70s and you were in the golden age of junk, the big Farina's gave way to the Austin 3 litre, and then there as the Marina and Ital, less said the better.

If you wanted a reasonable car in the ordinary class, you bought Ford.
Escort Mk2 RS2000 was a lot of fun.


A fair point. When I was a student in the 1980s a mate had a Wolseley 16/60 which was great. Growing up in the 70s and 80s my vehicular landscape was populated by BL rubbish and Fords made out of really poor Spanish steel. That said my dream car is still a TR7!
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Posted: 19/10/2020 18:29:19
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Fabulous find owning an Iso and probably difficult top IP: 86.130.204.229
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Posted: 19/10/2020 19:33:09
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Fabulous find owning an Iso and probably difficult top


Good training, steering is good for boxing, karate etc, clutch for professional footballers.

Actually a funny car in a lot ways. All suspension etc was Mk 2 Jag, engine and g box Chevy, plus a lot of Fiat bits. Bumpers were stainless steel, a big plus in those days. Seats were very thick comfy leather and loads of leg room in the rear, unusual on that kind of car. Designed by Bertone.

Very similar to the Gordon Keeble.

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Posted: 19/10/2020 19:36:14
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TR7 more a nightmare than a dream speaking as somebody who owned two of the terrible beasts. Off the road more than on it, headlight actuators sending dropdown lights up and down randomly, broken halfshafts, poor front suspension due to overheavy engine. Ooooooh the memories. But still a nice motor to look at but gimme a TR6A anytime. IP: 92.251.128.94
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Posted: 19/10/2020 20:47:10
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My cousin had a TR7,like you mention more off the road than on,and a money pit,i agree with the TR6 much better car or a Triumph Stag,personally i liked my Triumph 2.5 TC. IP: 91.84.67.15
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Posted: 19/10/2020 20:58:52
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TR7 more a nightmare than a dream speaking as somebody who owned two of the terrible beasts. Off the road more than on it....



Totally agree; absolute junk out of the box.
I had two; the first, a red one, I just gave up on and sold it on....it was a bad 'un, a "Friday Afternoon Car".
The second was a lot better; royal blue with the TRIUMPH logo and laurel leaves in gold on the front panel between the lights; left hand drive 1975 on a P-reg. They exported them out to the states where they were assembled for the US market. Mine had been imported back into the UK and I bought it off a farmer in Llanbedr after seeing it parked up in the farm yard.
The build quality was superb; stainless steel fixings, anodized aluminium (or 'aloominum') bits and pieces, better quality seat coverings and headlining, Mota-lita steering wheel, stainless exhaust and powder-coated suspension parts. It was the car that it always should have been thanks to yank build quality. I believe that they had a specialist company assembling and finishing them over there to get the quality right.
I put a Dolomite Sprint 16v head on it and it was a flying machine Thumbs Up


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Posted: 19/10/2020 21:17:20
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Quite agree, but to the 10 year old me they looked like something from another planet and part of me is still that 10 year old. IP: 86.134.148.38
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Posted: 19/10/2020 21:31:21
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Quite agree, but to the 10 year old me they looked like something from another planet and part of me is still that 10 year old.


YEP I'm with you there!

And you'd have to agree that blue is the ONLY colour worth having:

https://collectableclassiccars.com.au/sold-cars/triumph-tr7



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Posted: 19/10/2020 21:54:43
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I started out with Land Rovers. It took me many years, several engines, gearboxes and half shafts etc to realise that I was onto a hiding for nothing.

Here is the first one bought in 1972 when I was 18 and a rich, single, NCB mining student. A 1960 series 2a petrol.

Note: Hair was available in those days too!



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Posted: 19/10/2020 22:07:31
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I'm on my fourth Landy. I still haven't learnt my lesson, I've just shelled out more than I care to think on a new galvanized chassis. IP: 86.134.148.38
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Posted: 19/10/2020 22:43:03
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Just finished the rebuild on a galvanised chassis on the 110 that I bought off Miles. I'd strongly recommend using electrical insulation between dissimilar metals to deal with electrolytic corrosion. I was pleasantly surprised at how cheap our local galvy was for doing the bulkhead and inner wings etc.
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Posted: 20/10/2020 08:20:21
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Tamarmole wrote:

I'm on my fourth Landy. I still haven't learnt my lesson, I've just shelled out more than I care to think on a new galvanized chassis.


It takes a while. I did several Land Rovers, two Discoveries and two Range Rovers before I finally gave up.
I still think ordinary Defenders are the best vehicle for driving underground but only if someone else is paying for maintenance!
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Posted: 20/10/2020 08:55:15
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I have had 6 discovery 1s , a original 90” 2.5na now own a ex mod 110 2.5na by far the best I have ever owned with the mk2 sankey trailer is slow but bomb proof has a heavy duty mod spec chassis never been welded just hit 100k mileage is like brand new via the paint and seats Thumbs Up

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Posted: 20/10/2020 09:41:10
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Since we're on about proper vehicles now, here is my Landie in 1989:



Not long after I became the owner.

And this summer:



And a little video of a standing start:

http://www.cowdery.org.uk/images/Landie-2020.mp4

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Posted: 20/10/2020 09:58:30
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My old Land Rover used to do 0 to 60 in 6 seconds.....60 ft that is.

Body building steering wheel, blurred vision at 50 mph (not bad eh) and for Camborne west start turning at Camborne east.

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Posted: 20/10/2020 09:59:38
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Well mine gets to 60 down hill via that it’s around 1-2 miles LaughLaugh

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Posted: 20/10/2020 11:34:29
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Chris, your pics aren't working. I'm keen to see what you done to it.

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Posted: 20/10/2020 11:41:14
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royfellows wrote:

Chris, your pics aren't working. I'm keen to see what you done to it.


Odd. The pics are hosted here:
http://www.cowdery.org.uk/images/Landie-1989-small.png
http://www.cowdery.org.uk/images/Landie-2020-small.jpg

They don't show you much other than the passage of 31 years!

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