Yet another "what should I buy next?" type of thread..

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Re: Yet another "what should I buy next?" type of thread..

#691 Post by rich. » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:59 pm

get your cape!! john to the rescue.. :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Re: Yet another "what should I buy next?" type of thread..

#694 Post by JPB » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:56 pm

I like those Farina bodied jobbies, but BMC saved people the bother of converting to automatic, by making the later 1622cc models available with a (BW35) automatic option from the factory.
:) That 15/60 is a solid looking old thing though, some lucky person should find it a decent basis for a restoration project.
I was just looking at an importer's website earlier today and saw a couple of these Suzuki vans, but my viewing that site was more about a car similar to this lovely old thing, which someone (probably your good self, Rich..) has already mentioned in this thread.. https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C977220
That was a UK car, the one I had my beady eye on was a fresh import with the usual absence of rusty bits and the smaller (1980cc) engine, a lovely sweet little IL6 that has the character of a Triumph Vitesse motor, but with some modernish touches about it. I've sat in a few such cars now and the Crown is surprisingly well able to accommodate me. Who knows, if a Metrocab TTT (that looks even vaguely useable and comes somewhere near its eBay description) doesn't show up shortly, I may just have to buy another Japanese import. A Crown would make a most suitable show car too, given how good they are at long distance work and how few pre-'80s examples are in the UK already.
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Re: Yet another "what should I buy next?" type of thread..

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#696 Post by JPB » Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:40 pm

:shock:
That reminds me of one of the most beautiful cars of all time, the Ssang-Yong Rodius. :drool: The Ssang-Yong has the edge though, IMHO, because it's quite unashamedly real and I'd love one, if they come with 1) a decent automatic transmission arrangement and 2) seats that make a usable bed.

Here's one of the many good things about the Rodius:

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It's like a Previa in there, but with even more seats. The fake Royce can't do that! OK, so it might be argued that owners of Rodiuses are unlikely to have ten friends, but imagine how brilliant that would be if it had a bathroom and a kitchen.
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Re: Yet another "what should I buy next?" type of thread..

#698 Post by JPB » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:52 am

Handsome old things, these Bluebirds. That Subaru seems a little taller than they were back when I worked for the importers. Maybe I've shrunk? :|
Our man in that France, by way of demonstrating his excellent taste in 4x4s, wrote:ive always fancied the Ssang-Yong musso..
Each to their own, With Tailpipe Man it was Range Rovers and with me it's anything cheap that works well enough to get from one end of the UK to the other without ingesting the contents of its own sump along the way. Cheap, but with working air conditioning. I bet that the Ssang Yong Musso never blows hot when you want it cold..
Damn you, Toyota, how very dare you build a car that runs out of freon on the warmest day of the year! Only thirteen years old and a mere 155,000KM on the clock, mechanically otherwise perfect and the damned modern goes all warm on me. The sooner I find that elusive Fridolin, Metrocab or whatever, the better. No aircon would guarantee that nothing could ever go wrong, right?
:scared:

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Re: Yet another "what should I buy next?" type of thread..

#699 Post by rich. » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:46 am

perhaps i should rephrase that, ive always liked the Ssang-Yong musso... :lol:
meanwhile your next vw awaits

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-MANX-Beac ... rmvSB=true

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Re: Yet another "what should I buy next?" type of thread..

#700 Post by JPB » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:01 pm

:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:

Now that is a proper beach buggy! But see when I say air conditioning, the absence of any form of weather protection wasn't quite what I had in mind. That said, the modern simply needed its compressor clutch solenoid replacing (local specialist - £20 plus a pint, which included his helping me to fit the part and flush, refill, leak test and set up the system properly, though he did have a hole in his glove where he caught it on a sharp edge, that hole led to his hand being severely frostbitten during the filling process and I then had to run him down to the nearest A&E (twenty four miles away) and bring him home again afterwards.
At least my aircon was properly cold (5C at the vents on its cold setting) by that time, so every cloud, etc.
:oops:

On a serious note may I just state quite firmly that anyone who plans to do any work on their air conditioning machinery MUST wear better gloves than my chap was using, MUST wear goggles as a face full of Freon will cause blindness and should also have thick clothing on the arms and any body parts likely to be in the firing line in the event of a catastrophic containment failure of the refrigerant.

The only reason I brought in some help was that checking the condenser for leaks involved getting on the ground to see properly under the car, whose coolant radiator, aircon condenser and transmission fluid cooler form a huge mass of pipes that wouldn't look out of place in the canteen of a Borg cube. I needed to be lowered and lifted onto and up from the ground. With hindsight, maybe I should have left the whole thing to the other bloke, but then my bill would have been more than the cost of the fuel, the beer and the twenty quid.
:scared:

Damn! That is one gorgeous beach buggy. :mrgreen:
John

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