Ah, the good old days.

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Postby rustbucket » Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:38 am

After reading your replies to my 1303 resto thread, I chuckled to myself.
The strange things we do/did, to our cars when we are wearing roes tinted glass.
My friends think I'm mad to fill my beetle with sand too lower it, but it seems that I'm not alone, you know who you are....cement/paving slabs. :lol:
It also seems apparent how popular Capris were to DIY machanics.

Lets show all the youngens how creative we were when times were hard.
I'll start it off.

My fist car was given to me for free. It was a mot failed Datsun 120y in light metallic green. Thanks Nanna but you should of washed the salt off more often. The bottom half was rotten. An old guy along the street botched I mean welded it up for me, nice knotted rope effect, everywhere. I look back now and wish I got somebody with a steady hand or a younger pair of eyes who could have seen how bad it look. This is where my luck started to pick up, the mot tester was a friend of my old welder pal. It passed its mot so the exterior mods started.
I hand painted the lower half with white coach paint, which looked more cream than white. To add to the sporty look :? I left the pillars & roof metallic green, what an earth was I thinking of. I bolted a spolier to the back which came off a Trans-am ?, well it had a Trans-am sticker on, look like an ironing board. Final to finish to look I covered the indicaters and rear lights lens with a pair of womens tights, looked cool from about 30-40ft.
You may laugh but we were all big into recyling back then.

My only wish is to have had photos of this car, my Dad would not waste one picture of his 24 exp film. Its a shame.
If anybody spots this car still on road, stay well clear because the brakes weren't the good then. But can you take a photo for me.

I have some pictures of my other cars which I pimped. More to follow.
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Postby COVIN » Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:12 pm

Pure class :D I've a feeling this will become a very big thread :wink:

Yep, we've all been there I think. It's such a shame this was all before digital cameras etc because I've got very few photos of my past street machines... Or should that read rusty wrecks to tarted up wrecks :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ok, here's my first contribution to the "Good Old Days".

My first car was back in 1983. 1500 Hillman Avenger which I hand painted, covered, it in spotlights, made a nudge bar for the front out of scaffolding tube and filled the inside with gauges and switches.
I also welded a scaffolding bar to each inner wing/chassis to stop the wheels folding out as it was that rotten :shock:
It was the Madmax era that did it :lol:
God when I think back now I cringe :oops: :oops:

Only picture I have after it was stripped down just before it got scrapped.

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Postby ray 356 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:37 pm

8) 8) 8) as loving the thread :D just wish i took some pics of ones i done the only one i have is in some of my jobs of the Mk1 escort
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120y what a great car had a few my self and vauxhall viva god i would hate to think how many cars ive had :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Postby COVIN » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:04 pm

Me to Ray, loving the Mk1 Escort m8. What a cracking motor they were, and still are really.... Non of this FWD stuff in the good old days eh :wink:
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Postby ray 356 » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:18 pm

COVIN wrote:Me to Ray, loving the Mk1 Escort m8. What a cracking motor they were, and still are really.... Non of this FWD stuff in the good old days eh :wink:

yeah FWD is no fun :( RWD :D get the back end out :lol: :lol: did you notice it was a 4 door that had loads of clocks as well um come to think of it most of my cars did :lol:
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Postby COVIN » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:21 pm

ray 356 wrote:
COVIN wrote:Me to Ray, loving the Mk1 Escort m8. What a cracking motor they were, and still are really.... Non of this FWD stuff in the good old days eh :wink:

yeah FWD is no fun :( RWD :D get the back end out :lol: :lol: did you notice it was a 4 door that had loads of clocks as well um come to think of it most of my cars did :lol:

2 door or 4 door, still great motors :wink: Mk2's were good as well. Biggest mistake Ford ever made was going to FWD :cry:
Long live going sideways :wink:
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Postby Margaret McManus » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:28 pm

My first car was a Vauxhall Viva, it had a hole in the passenger foot well, bit like the flintstones, and the handbrake didn't work, always had to park it in gear. Then a gold mini. Then a Special Edition silver Beetle (for more details on this, see another Tatton thread!) called Bugs. Then a new Skoda Felicia called Felicity for nearly 10 years, but sold it because it was so reliable and boring! Started first time every time! Then Lulu my 1966 Bug (see resto thread). Then wished I still had Felicity when I broke down on A19, roundabout in Peterlee, indicator stalk fell off! In addition to Lulu had a boring Renault Megane (work car) which got rid of in May for my Toyota Aygo which is like a Tardis!! I've tried to pimp it up with girlie seat covers, steering wheel cover, mini beetle models on the dash, fancy mats as I don't do complicated engine stuff! :lol: :lol:
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Postby ray 356 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:25 am

had a few minis my self when i was 15-16, with the David Vizzard motor in, if i remember that would 5 car :shock: also used the sub frames with scaffy tube welded in between as a go-kart that would do 90 mph :lol: as the title says the good old days
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Postby Volksron » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:23 pm

My first car was a 1947 Lanchester Ten (Try finding a picture of one of those, if you can). It was 1967 and I was an impoverished student at Art College with No full driving Licence. It was Black (Alloy Engine Block I believe) and I painted on wide whitewall tyres with paint from a local accessory shop. Sold it to a chap with the only other Lanchester in the area a couple of weeks later.
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Postby gazmcrae » Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:35 pm

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Postby Volksron » Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:49 am

I shouldn't challenge people, should I? My Lanchester was similar to the bottom black one. I remember the No.Plate too : LHN 130 - Darlo Registration. It cost me £15 from a friend of my Father, and only had a months tax and test on it.

Around the same time, other friends used to buy '£5 Lucky Bags' from a used car dealer in Newport Road in the Boro. A fiver could buy you a big Cresta, an Auntie Rover or pre-war Ford with a months tax and ticket. They were mainly rusty death traps, but got you around. Before the tax ran out, you would take them back and get a quid scrap, then give the dealer an extra £4 and buy another 'Lucky Bag' for the next four or five weeks, and so on ! Ahhh, the good 'ol days - maybe?
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Postby maddison » Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:02 pm

mine was a datsun 120y too

bought for £50 and hand painted like an american cop car, black with white roof and doors... with a ghetto blaster bolted too the roof, back wheels on the wrong way round to give it serious DISH , the exhaust stopped at the end of the manifold (with chrome tailpipe screwed on where it ended ok...fell off) after a few weeks it only had 3rd and 4th gear, no 1st 2nd or reverse.....FULL of pizza boxes, beer cans and ciggy paxkets

once gave a fellow nightclubber a lift home from sunderland in the snow.....told him the clutch was fooked and if he wasnt going all the way to peterlee, he would have to jump......he did jump, at seaham turnoff on the A19, i`m kind tho and slowed down to about 20mph...hahahaha....true story :shock:

hahahaha, what a car, once got pulled 6 times in 1 night...TWICE off the same county car who just could not believe i was still driving it, and exhaust that ends at the manifold and sherburn hill bank at 2am makes quite an impression


next was a viva, metalic blue with slot mags cool as custard, in fact my nick name for 10 years at nissan was viva , because of that car
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Postby ray 356 » Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:19 pm

Volksron wrote:Around the same time, other friends used to buy '£5 Lucky Bags' from a used car dealer in Newport Road in the Boro. A fiver could buy you a big Cresta, an Auntie Rover or pre-war Ford with a months tax and ticket. They were mainly rusty death traps, but got you around. Before the tax ran out, you would take them back and get a quid scrap, then give the dealer an extra £4 and buy another 'Lucky Bag' for the next four or five weeks, and so on ! Ahhh, the good 'ol days - maybe?

used to do the same a tidy cars drive them till t&t ran out put them over the weight bridge a get another one :lol:
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Postby maddison » Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:22 pm

....i still do that :roll: :lol:
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Postby Lee C » Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:06 pm

my first car was a bus !!!!!!!!!
my mam n dad had a 77 westy ***793S
then i bought a 1972 vw danbury tintop UGR497K (with my car washing money) had it from 95 till 2000 not bad for a £180 van .
my dad and i welded it and resprayed it out side our house in time for my 17th :)
then a 73 devon for £50 (broke for spares)
then a 67 STN131F beetle 1997 thru till 2004/5 ?
then a westfalia split 2001 till 2006/7?
now our blue and kat,s beetle .
oh, i had a 1303 for a week or two and of course unlimited use of sarah my grandad,s 1969 devon MCU61H.
these are just a the aircooleds !!!!!!!!!!
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