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nikkiwade

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« Reply #15 on: Aug 26, 2011, 04:28:09 AM »
wow this is an awesome thread. I'm only a teenager and I love vintage cars. I was touched by your passion on cars, 36 years? some are 40 years with their cars. you guys treat your car as a person.  :-[  :'(

glad I found this..


Rita Postlethwaite

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« Reply #16 on: Aug 27, 2011, 12:38:04 PM »
Welcome to the site Nikkiwade, how good to have you join us and hope you will stick with us as you will find a wealth of knowledge on the various items. It is good to know that younger people are keen on some of the things that have inspired our lives and will help to keep them going. When we were married thirty seven years ago, we were the proud owners of a lovely Humber Septre and it was the love of our lives. Every Sunday we would be out polishing the chrome, and there was lots of it! I must seek out a photo of it and get the Fiesty Fox to put it on.
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Maywalk

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« Reply #17 on: Aug 27, 2011, 01:16:43 PM »
Hello and Welcome Nikki.
Its lovely to know that younger folk are interested in that sort of thing and its not just something to do with age.  ;)
Sorry I am late in welcoming you but your message has been stuck in my spam box and I have only just found it with getting an answer to the thread that Rita has written.
Yes we DID treat our cars with reverence in years gone by because we did not have the money to throw about buying new ones every two years so what we had we looked after.


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« Reply #18 on: Aug 27, 2011, 10:45:32 PM »
Cars were much more fun in past times, many seemed to have personality, certainly they had moods.
One of my early cars, it came after the aforementioned Ford and before the A40 somerset, was a Standard 8, This was a very basic car, and I do mean basic, rubber mats, No boot, or should I say no boot lid, access was from inside after folding down the rear seats. The spare wheel was below the boot area covered by a cover that was removed using a "T"  key which, if you had a puncture was always under all the stuff in the boot which you had to take out from inside the car having first had the passengers stand out in the rain. It was always raining, dark and cold when you had a puncture.
I digress.
This particular car was moody, It would start every time first time Just turn on the ignition, no key, just a switch, pull the knob and away it went. Except when for no apparent reason it wouldn't. You had to then get the starting handle from under all the stuff in the boot, having stood the passengers out in the rain. Put the handle in give it a couple of turns, swear at the car go back and pull the starter and away it would go. If it was feeling really moody as soon as you put back the starting handle and the passengers, it would stop and the whole process was repeated. Here I tell no lie, as sure as I am sitting here on one occasion having gone through the performance a couple of times I shouted some obscenities at the car which included a threat to drive it into the nearest scrapyard. I got out to get the starting handle and was so annoyed I slammed the door very hard. To my, and my passengers, amazement  :o the engine coughed and purred into life. It didn't misbehave for several weeks after that.
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Thesheriff

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« Reply #19 on: Aug 28, 2011, 04:59:00 AM »
I never really had any vintage cars - the first one we ever bought in 1963 was a  1961 Morris Traveller - I did though many years later buy a big Yankee Motor a Ford Galaxy Daytona Special - it was 16 years old when I bought it in 1965 - a large Shiny Bright Red similar to Dukes of Hazard motor  7.2 Lt engine.

It had Automatic Brake adjustment - which involved driving it in reverse and putting the foot brake on while moving - this adjusted them.  It also had automatic Tappets adjustment ? this was still an engine cover off in new English and many other Cars - It also had a sticker on the drivers side ' Do NOT Exceed 70 MPH in 1st Gear '

Back to the Morris though - although the car was not vintage we lived in a little village where the only Petrol Station had Hand Operated Pumps ie a Handle on the side which turn through a circle and pumped the fuel into your car - The good old days.

One day when I pulled up there was a large Roller being filled - the garage owner and ' Pumper ' was asking the owner where he was from and going - Sheffield was the reply and I'm off to Liverpool - I work for Cunard.

To which the owner replied '  I work forcunard - but I still can't afford a car like this ??? '
If I wake up in the morning - I know it's going to be a Good Day - just consider the alternative !!!!!

Maywalk

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« Reply #20 on: Aug 28, 2011, 06:54:20 AM »
Loved the stories Wrinkles and Sheriff and I rolled up at the last line in yours Sheriff.

I am sitting here waiting for a tablet to dissolve which after swallowing needs at least 30 minutes to digest. I am NOT supposed to bend over while it is taking effect but having read that last line its taking me all my time to keep sitting upright with rolling up with laughter.  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Having a good belly laugh is better than all the ruddy tablets I have to take.  ;)

Rita Postlethwaite

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« Reply #21 on: Aug 28, 2011, 10:41:23 AM »
Sheriff, you are sooo naughty but you remind me of my dear late uncle who would always have us rolling with similar jokes and asides!  ;D   Wrinkles I love your avatar.  8)
  Maywalk, you must be taking the same tablets as my mum because she has to go through the same rigmarole! You are right, you can1t beat a good laugh to lift your spirits so keep smiling. :-*
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Maywalk

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« Reply #22 on: Aug 28, 2011, 11:28:21 AM »
Is it Alendronic Acid your Mum is taking Rita for Osteoporosis? Or better known as Fosamax.
I have been on it for some years now and when it first started I had to take it every day but things improved with someone inventing a tablet to take once a week. 

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« Reply #23 on: Aug 28, 2011, 09:16:03 PM »
Sheriff!  ;D you naughty boy very good like Maywalk laughed myself silly!

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Rita Postlethwaite

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« Reply #24 on: Aug 29, 2011, 05:14:26 PM »
Hi Maywalk, I will ask my Mum when I visit later in the week but it probably is as she broke her hip. I wonder why they have not given her the once a week variety instead of daily though!  ::)
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« Reply #25 on: Sep 15, 2011, 04:29:44 PM »
Hi folks
We have a 21 year old Toyota Corola,we brought it when we came land side in Portugal,we had been sailing for 10 years. She has just got through her 5th mot with us with no probs.She is a bit "used" for want of a better word,we skidded on a wet and lethal bend last winter,the garage did a great job getting her back on the road again,thank goodness it was only the car that was bent !! then about a month ago a Spanish lorry reversed into me whilst I was stationary.My husband did the majority of the repairs himself having found a local scrappy. So we have another happy motering year.Cheers Toyota. :)

Dottie1943

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« Reply #26 on: Sep 15, 2011, 08:16:56 PM »
Jackiephill

Your Toyota sounds a bit like that broom on only fools and horses that was still brand new after ten years, it had only had six new brushes and ten new handles ;D

Dottie
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« Reply #27 on: Sep 15, 2011, 08:33:56 PM »
WELL DONE that car of yours Jackie.
Lovely to read about the old cars that are still on the road.
Enjoy the next year of motoring in it and I hope its still going strong for another 20 years.

Rita Postlethwaite

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« Reply #28 on: Sep 16, 2011, 04:48:10 PM »
Long may she last Jackiephil.  :)
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