Why so high?

Why so high?

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mercedeslimos

1,044 posts

133 months

Saturday 20th February
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newsatten said:
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Yeah, mines the same, family-owned and been running since 1970................ my boss is the third-gen, He's ok, young so likes the Tech, we've more cameras the You've Been Framed! Youtube ads are shot with drones, he even filmed me Refinishing a Resto I'd done,
They have 4 E's 2 MGA's one a Twin Cam, A Stag, couple of old Series Land Rovers Bah Bah .............................

Our main Fleet is Wright Bus, which is a bummer as they are crap and defunct laugh still gots some Darts which are almost bomb-proof .........
Loads Of mini Buses, VW's Merc's and Big Coaches Volvo's and some Chinese Crap things??? with a long unpronounceable name laugh

We've also got a Retail unit doing all sorts of MOT's on Campers, Vans etc and Cars ....................

The Pay is pants, but its 5 mins from my home and most of the time I don't have a monkey on my back, and maybe I'll get my new booth ??
Sounds very similar. Founded in the late fifties and now run by the kids and grandkids of the founder. Have a body shop that can do work for the public, a test centre for light commercials and a coach company. Oh, and a Van Hool dealer biggrin

We get a lot of trade-ins, the Setra are usually kept, everything else goes to other companies. Run a few open-top buses too, I do the Cork City Open Top Tour often during the summer, with some ex-London Scanias and an awful Enviro400!

Still no sign of going back, and schools here now opening until after Easter, part of me wonders if there's any point going back for a few weeks until the end of term...

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Saturday 20th February
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Sunny here again today , so got the Dodge out , Done the Coastal tour laugh Kept to the speed limits to the letter, the Feds around here while not running road blocks , but loads more than normal speed checks, Bout the only real use that Facebook has is the local Jungle Drums, letting people know if the cops are active!

So many bodys about you'd think it was summer and no lockdown laugh
One of our relations runs a Beach side coffee shop, they reopened today, so the Wife and I called in for a drink, after about 20 minutes the place was busy, People looking at the car and buying Coffee laugh Ive been asked to park the Dodge down there more often !
Amazing what a draw yank tanks seem to be, people love them whether muscle or land yachts.

Unless you go to the car shows and apart from seeing them on films or on these new American hot rod shows you just don't ever see

them.in the flesh., Always a happy smiling faces with not a sign of jealousy at all which more than can be said for a lot of European

super cars .

I lent a 59 Coronet Royal coupe to a mate who wanted to park it outside his pitch at the Rivival for promotion purposes , The car drew

so many more customers including 2 really wealthy buyers for the car itself and it wasn't even up for sale. one owning vintage Bentley 's,

Bugatti's and Rollers ,not really his cup of tea but he was only interested because his daughter fell in love with it and the other guy who ended

up actually buying it also had a huge collection of classic's including a D Type and GT40 so Mars bar money to him,he only bought it because

his much younger girl friend loved it.

Lovely guy a proper gent , Unfortunately lost his wife from cancer , gave us a conducted tour of his 3 units full of classics when i delivered



the Dodge , Sadly soon after he had a fire in one of the units which destroyed a third of his collection then a year or so later he also died of cancer.

Found out some time later he had spent time in prison for manslaughter after killing his passenger in bad crash in a vintage Lagonda

so just goes to show money doesn't always give you quite the happiness you think it might. Did bump into his girlfriend a couple of years

later at Goodwood so she's not lost any interest having been looked after in the will, Missed out again, should have got her phone number .
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Sorry gone off on one again, what i was trying to say was these old cars whether British or Yank would be a great draw to any business.

Was going to ask my mate for my commission but baring in mind i sold by accident my Dodge and he gave me complementary

tickets for a whole 3 days thought it might be a little cheeky. nono















Edited by rat rod on Sunday 21st February 04:17

newsatten

711 posts

78 months

Sunday 21st February
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The old finger of fate , one just never knows, sounds like he knew how enjoy himself , ironically thats how i come to get my Vinyl Roof and Carpet , they were purchased for a RT that was destroyed in a Garage Fire ...............................................

Thought about going out again , but decided i'd may have pushed my luck ! so left it in the garage .........................................

Like the 4th of July down here today !

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Sunday 21st February
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newsatten said:
The old finger of fate , one just never knows, sounds like he knew how enjoy himself , ironically thats how i come to get my Vinyl Roof and Carpet , they were purchased for a RT that was destroyed in a Garage Fire ...............................................

Thought about going out again , but decided i'd may have pushed my luck ! so left it in the garage .........................................

Like the 4th of July down here today !
Weather man predicting 18 " by Wednesday , shorts and sandals out just in case he's right,

Just got to get to the beach without being arrested. I'll tell them i am a illegal immigrant and i've just swam ashore, i'll get away

with it then and they might even give me some money.

Ye that's a sad story really, He inherited a large trading estate ,become alcoholic , crashed one of his vintage Lagonda's while giving

the local pubs chef a lift home while pissed and unfortunately the chef died,went to prison , lost his wife then the fire and then he died ,

As i said total eccentric gentleman ,his only daughter inherited everything, kept the good stuff, 20's Bentleys, Delage, Lagonda's ,20's/30's Alfa's and

not forgetting the D Type and GT40 and sold all the bric-a-brac like the Dodge and the girlfriend got left a mill house .

Looking forward to getting down the beach with the dogs, if it's as nice as they say will take the roadster in memory of my boy.



Edited by rat rod on Sunday 21st February 22:21

roscobbc

1,281 posts

206 months

Sunday 21st February
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rat rod said:
Looking forward to getting down the beach with the dogs
Beach sounds good - closest we've got is the Thames at Grays or travel a bit further (with the hoardes) to Southend on Mud

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Monday 22nd February
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roscobbc said:
rat rod said:
Looking forward to getting down the beach with the dogs
Beach sounds good - closest we've got is the Thames at Grays or travel a bit further (with the hoardes) to Southend on Mud
Ye lucky living on the coast, haven't got far to go for any beach but does get silly with traffic at weekends and holiday season.

Couldn't live in and around London, well not in the summer.

With so many on furlough last year once lock down was over it was holiday season all summer, got a feeling it's going to

be the same this summer with no one going abroad, My mates got a surf shop and he had the best summer he's ever had

Bought himself a woody wagon on the proceeds ,looks really cool with his period surf boards .

WTFWT

774 posts

187 months

Monday 22nd February
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rat rod said:
.I parted with my 70 matching numbers Sublime green Challenger 383 R/T to buy my next dream car on my wish list, a 69 Charger 440 which i was so disappointed with compared to the Challenger

Edited by rat rod on Sunday 16th August 23:02
Why were you disappointed in the Charger? It is my dream American car, bar none. Too much Dukes of Hazzard as a kid...

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Monday 22nd February
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WTFWT said:
rat rod said:
.I parted with my 70 matching numbers Sublime green Challenger 383 R/T to buy my next dream car on my wish list, a 69 Charger 440 which i was so disappointed with compared to the Challenger

Edited by rat rod on Sunday 16th August 23:02
Why were you disappointed in the Charger? It is my dream American car, bar none. Too much Dukes of Hazzard as a kid...
Could have been me not the model, Found it unnecessarily big for a muscle car, The Challenger is not a small car but as big as it needs to be.

Don't get me wrong i love big chrome and fin's yanks,bigger the better . After a succession of Camaro's,Mustangs, Cuda /Challengers ,

Trans Am's and Road Runner i was disappointed , yanks are not known for their handling , steering and brakes but found the Charger felt

vague and ponderous ,more cruiser than bruiser , can live with that on the land yachts as that's part and parcel of living with them but not on a Muscle car.

Could have uprated the suspension, brakes, steering which may of helped it handle better and probably make it feel smaller but decided

to move on to a Cuda .Previous to the 69 RT i had a 1970 Charger 500 model the one with the chrome front surround and that drove really

well but felt soft more like a sedan.

If a Charger is your dream muscle car don't let me put you off, there is so many mods that will transform the drive,

Still get excited when i see a resto-mod Chargers on You Tube so may revisit it one day but would need deep pockets for

my ideal car.



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newsatten

711 posts

78 months

Monday 22nd February
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You'd have dead not to be blown away with the shape of this almost perfect car,Even Mr Foose cound'nt improve the design , Stunning looking car,
Needs a 440 or a Wedge, as do all B Bodys,

Buy your dream car if you can, but joining the club comes at a cost, buy a good one, look after it , you wont stop grinning laugh

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Monday 22nd February
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newsatten said:


You'd have dead not to be blown away with the shape of this almost perfect car,Even Mr Foose cound'nt improve the design , Stunning looking car,
Needs a 440 or a Wedge, as do all B Bodys,

Buy your dream car if you can, but joining the club comes at a cost, buy a good one, look after it , you wont stop grinning laugh
Maybe i'm back in love, fantastic period colour.

newsatten

711 posts

78 months

Monday 22nd February
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laugh
Just perfect aint it .................................................. clap

WTFWT

774 posts

187 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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rat rod said:
Could have been me not the model, Found it unnecessarily big for a muscle car, The Challenger is not a small car but as big as it needs to be.

Don't get me wrong i love big chrome and fin's yanks,bigger the better . After a succession of Camaro's,Mustangs, Cuda /Challengers ,

Trans Am's and Road Runner i was disappointed , yanks are not known for their handling , steering and brakes but found the Charger felt

vague and ponderous ,more cruiser than bruiser , can live with that on the land yachts as that's part and parcel of living with them but not on a Muscle car.

Could have uprated the suspension, brakes, steering which may of helped it handle better and probably make it feel smaller but decided

to move on to a Cuda .Previous to the 69 RT i had a 1970 Charger 500 model the one with the chrome front surround and that drove really

well but felt soft more like a sedan.

If a Charger is your dream muscle car don't let me put you off, there is so many mods that will transform the drive,

Still get excited when i see a resto-mod Chargers on You Tube so may revisit it one day but would need deep pockets for

my ideal car.
Thanks for your reply

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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WTFWT said:
Thanks for your reply
No prob, hope you get your Charger, thumbup

roscobbc

1,281 posts

206 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Some of those 'full size' cars do have better front/rear weight bias certainly compared with pony cars and sometimes intermediates - 'full size' are not always significantly heavier than 'intermediates'.

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Wednesday 24th February
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roscobbc said:
Some of those 'full size' cars do have better front/rear weight bias certainly compared with pony cars and sometimes intermediates - 'full size' are not always significantly heavier than 'intermediates'.
My Galaxie handled like a go kart ,mind you it had a lot of money throw at it to get there,not by me but the previous owner.

Still having it's bench seat and only lap belts which were rarely worn ,on tight right hand corners your passenger could end up on your lap,

handy if on a date.

Now a full blown racer they were surprised how little they had to do to the suspension for the track .



Edited by rat rod on Wednesday 24th February 01:29

roscobbc

1,281 posts

206 months

Wednesday 24th February
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I think I saw that for sale at the London Classic Car show - the first time it was at Olympia - it had a 351W engine? - a '64? - do you remember the blue and white '63 that was up for sale a few years ago by a Land Rover dealer - stripped-out with roll cage - non FIA someone had installed a SOHC 427 engine.
Amazingly advert is still on-line......

https://car-from-uk.com/sale.php?id=67057

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Wednesday 24th February
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roscobbc said:
I think I saw that for sale at the London Classic Car show - the first time it was at Olympia - it had a 351W engine? - a '64? - do you remember the blue and white '63 that was up for sale a few years ago by a Land Rover dealer - stripped-out with roll cage - non FIA someone had installed a SOHC 427 engine.
Amazingly advert is still on-line......

https://car-from-uk.com/sale.php?id=67057
Probably the same car, mine had a 351, You couldn't miss it in bright orange with just a single black stripe on the left side of the car

with a thinner one running along side it .

Also had number 44 in black on it's rear wings, Got a lot of Ye Ha's from none American car people thinking it was a General Lee rolleyes

Had a good look round the Cammer Galaxie when it was on dispay at Goodwood, can't remember if it was at the MM meeting or the Revival.

Up till then i've never seen a Cammer engine, Sounds crazy but i remember it took a long time to sell even at that price.

Remember watching a You Tube on it at a track ,could be the one in the ad but i couldn't get it to work.

Edited by rat rod on Wednesday 24th February 03:14

roscobbc

1,281 posts

206 months

Wednesday 24th February
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Yes yours was the same car - guessing the reason why the Cammer didn't sell was that it was neither 'fish nor fowl' - it couldn't be FIA legal with a 'cammer' - it had been race prepared but couldn't really be raced (if you get what I mean) - incorrect and too rare an engine to actually race. It would have made more sense as a road car......but the interior and glass had gone - Wilwood brakes with master cylinder on the dash. Probably worthwhile for someone to have shipping complete interior and glass from the 'States and registered as a road car. Do remember seeing the video's when they worked and it didn't seem particularly quick considering......

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Wednesday 24th February
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roscobbc said:
Yes yours was the same car - guessing the reason why the Cammer didn't sell was that it was neither 'fish nor fowl' - it couldn't be FIA legal with a 'cammer' - it had been race prepared but couldn't really be raced (if you get what I mean) - incorrect and too rare an engine to actually race. It would have made more sense as a road car......but the interior and glass had gone - Wilwood brakes with master cylinder on the dash. Probably worthwhile for someone to have shipping complete interior and glass from the 'States and registered as a road car. Do remember seeing the video's when they worked and it didn't seem particularly quick considering......
Some times things get unnecessarily complicated for there own good.

I remember thinking the same as you when i was looking at it , it needs some lexan glass to keep to the racing theme

otherwise would get a lot of turbulence inside at speed. Nice thing to own but what would you do with it if you couldn't

use it as a road car as well..

Edited by rat rod on Wednesday 24th February 08:52

rat rod

1,574 posts

29 months

Wednesday 24th February
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Talking Galaxie's ,67 500 2 dr coupe 390, listed today on the NSRA site, asking £9,250 ,doesn't seem expensive for a 2 dr pillarless coupe.

Anyone . woohoo