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#261 Post by woodleycortinaman » Fri May 22, 2015 6:49 am

Hi all, I'm Brian, I live in Reading and I have a 1969 Ford Cortina mk2 series 1 4 door in anchor Blue. I purchased the car from a old boy who had it since new. He put a tow bar on it and used the car twice a year for his getaway's towing a caravan with his family hence why there's only 40,000 on the clock. I got the original bill of sale and all the mot and service paperwork too.. The rear arches have gone but these will be replace and the rear of the car re-sprayed in the next few months. I've removed the tow bar and sorted out the electrics. Looking forward to using her over the summer.

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#262 Post by kevin » Fri May 22, 2015 10:12 am

Welcome to the forum Brian.
get a thread going for your motor and show us lots of lovely pics please..


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#263 Post by RussellG » Fri May 22, 2015 2:50 pm

hi people just joined name is Russell i am 34 and live in southampton i love all types of classic cars i currently own a 1977 mini 850 which i have had since i was 15 and is a ongoing restoration project and sat in my parents dad owns a few cars too he has just sold a 88 xr2 which he had for 15 years also owns a 93 rover 218sd which he has had since it was 2 years old and 1983 sierra 1.6l estate in rio brown which he has owned since brand new.i work as car mechanic in a vauxhall dealer.

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#264 Post by kingjoseph » Tue May 26, 2015 7:41 am

rich. wrote:
kingjoseph wrote:
I live up in east yorkshire
never mind,... :lol: welcome anyway mate :D
As my old corporal used to say... dont knock it till youve tried it ;)

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#265 Post by UKJeeper » Wed May 27, 2015 1:30 pm

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#266 Post by TerryG » Wed May 27, 2015 1:43 pm

Threads merged :)
Understeer: when you hit the wall with the front of the car.
Oversteer: when you hit the wall with the back of the car.
Horsepower: how fast you hit the wall.
Torque: how far you take the wall with you.

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#267 Post by eddypeck » Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:38 pm

Hi, just joined. I just posted a big long intro post before spotting this one. :oops:

I know not everyone will consider my cars classics, 1986 Mk2 Golf GTI, 1988 Mk2 Golf GTI 'Campaign' and a 1993 BMW e30 Touring.
1986 VW Golf GTi, 1988 VW Golf GTi, 1993 BMW e30 318i Touring Lux

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#268 Post by JPB » Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:16 pm

Welcome, Eddy. In my humble opinion, there's nowt wrong with the last of the traditional (BMW-shaped) 3 series, a very fine range of cars indeed and one that everybody should add to their driving bucket list if they're not there already.

JB I didn't go looking for the current fleet, they just sort of followed me home and now they won't leave without an extradition order from the Japanese government..

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#269 Post by suffolkpete » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:25 am

Don't let's start a "What is a classic?" thread. ;) All your cars are ones rapidly disappearing from the roads and as such should be preserved.
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#270 Post by eddypeck » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:15 pm

suffolkpete wrote:Don't let's start a "What is a classic?" thread. ;)
Thanks, I used to have a TR7 and always had the.... "It's not a real TR" speech, so I'm used to sitting on the outskirts. Although now I think it qualifies, so time will tell with my 80's bunch.

Anyway, they're all still made of metal and they all need love, care and attention so someone's tips on how to control rust on a 60 year old Jag will be just as valuable to anyone. I guess I can skip the posts about how to restore walnut dashes.
suffolkpete wrote:All your cars are ones rapidly disappearing from the roads and as such should be preserved.
Quite, and that's my goal.

One of my Mk2 Golfs is a limited edition "one in ten million" campaign model to celebrate the production of 10 million Golfs. It featured a unique interior, forged alloy wheels and came in a limited selection of metallic colours.

I contacted VW History dept in Germany to get a bit more info, details are a bit sketchy but they only produced 16500, 8000 remained inland (was the term they used) so I'm not sure if that means just in Germany or across the European Continent. The other 8500 went for export and no idea how many of those cam into the UK. I've contacted VW UK and am awaiting any kind of answer.

So meanwhile... there was a choice of 3dr or 5dr although not sure if it wasn't an equal split for the benefit of this I will assume near enough. So, 4250 of each, out of that either 8v or 16v engine, so 2125 and the car was only issued in 3 colours, So that's 708.333 (Ok so not totally equal split) of each variant. So even if we were to guess the UK took a third of them, that's only 236 in of this particular car in the UK and that was back in 1988.

So loose a few to accidents, mot failures and then the scrappage scheme :evil: I can imagine the numbers on that particular spec vehicle are very low. Oh and I nearly forgot... take away all the ones that have been modified to within an inch of their lives.... makes this one possibly the last remaining example in the UK.

Surprisingly also, and I know there's always debate about how accurate it is, the How Many Left website reports only 52 of the BMW for that year and engine configuration.
1986 VW Golf GTi, 1988 VW Golf GTi, 1993 BMW e30 318i Touring Lux

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