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My first car

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mister Paul, 10 Apr 2008.

  1. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    My dad has bought a new scanner and is working his way through his boxes of slides. He sends me the odd one that he thinks I might be interested in.

    This is my first car. Boy does it bring back memories.

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  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    That hole in the roof! Is that where the key went? :blush:
     
  3. Nope. It's where the gold standard padlock + chain passes through on it's way round a lamppost... :blush:
     
  4. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Why blank out the number plate. If it was you fisrt car it'll be ages old now, and probably long since scrapped. OR, did you have a personal number plate, like PEN 15 or something?
     
  5. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    My first car was a mini. A bright red Mini CityE, bought brand new.
     
  6. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I like the matt black. Before long all cars are going to be matt.
     
  7. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Mine was called Thomas :blush:
     
  8. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Was it a proper clubman MisterP or was that the fibreglass Clubman front end that was popular for a while.
    850 or 1000. I assume its not a 1275 , they dont look like 12 inch wheels.

    Nice cars anyways. I used to love Minis.

    My first one was a 1960 850. MKS 988 was the reg ( i can remember plenty of my old reg nos)...Black..i got it in 1976, so it was at the end of its life then.. Knackered the engine, driving it like a lunatic :blush:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It was an 1100 Clubman. S-reg. Bought it from my dad's mate's daughter for £600. She'd just had a new engine put in it. It was brown, but I sprayed it myself with tins of paint from Halfords. It was a great car. I learned all my mechanic skills on it, including replacing the rear subframe when I went round a corner too fast in the rain, spun it, and whacked the back wheel sideways against the kerb.

    About 4 years later I bought another one. It was a T-reg, but the owner had completely rebuilt it with a 1300 race-prepped engine. He was desperate for the money, so he sold it to me for a steal as long as I promised not to tell his dad how much he'd let it go for.

    Minis are great cars. Much better than those nasty, fake ones you get these days. I remember going out for the day in a friend's with him driving and 5 other passengers not including myself.
     
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    We picked up someone's Mini once and moved it round the back of the sixth form block and put it in the garden over a pond.

    Lovely cars, mum had a couple and a few friends had them too.
     
  11. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough

    This was a double edged sword with old cars. You could learn how to do your own maintenance..because you had to, the boomin things were'nt too reliable. Wouldnt know where to start nowadays if you were still 17. I got immense pleasure from learning car maintenance on mine. A neccessary evil though.

    One of my later cars had a 1300 engine in, albeit a standard version. A female friend of mine had a saloon with a souped up 1300 in it. The freekin thing was sooooo powerful, you couldnt get any traction when pulling away...all it did was wheelspin everywhere :blush:
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I also had a 1500 Spitfire later on. That was so great to work on, as the whole front end hinged forwards and you could sit on a wheel to work on the engine.
     

  13. Same here - Mine was sky blue when I got it and I resprayed it British Racing Green!
    I slid down a hill in the ice and front ended it in a bank and it just bent up the whole front was pushed half way up the windscreen. Carried on to work and bent it all back in my lunch break.

    Depressing thing is I could change a gearbox in that (and add overdrive) but I doubt if I can find the sparkplugs on my present car.

    The one I pine over is my Dolly Sprint, it had a full length webasto sunroof. Super cool car, would leave anything behind from the lights.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    The Spitfire was great. Mine was also blue, with overdrive that stopped working if the oil in the gearbox dropped too low. I changed the engine and gearbox myself, and couldn't believe when it started first time.

    Changing the engine was so easy. You just took the bonnet off, undid the engine mounts, jacked the engine up a couple of inches and pushed the car out of the way.

    The chassis was basically 2 RSJs in parallel, so it was pretty indestructible. Not sure about the safety though.

    There was a fantastic Triumph and MG spares place in Redditch that had everything, and were completely happy for you to ring them up half way through one of those jobs that was going wrong, and talk you through it over the phone.
     
  15. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    I've seen that in Weoley Castle.

    It's got big Bass Bins now.