Tell Us Something Really Trivial About Your Life (Vol 31)

Tell Us Something Really Trivial About Your Life (Vol 31)

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P5BNij

4,146 posts

52 months

Friday 18th January
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Bomma220 said:
Well, if that's not the bishop himself it's someone who looks remarkably like him. Officiated at the Lower Trivton Summer Fete a couple of years back he did.
He took custody of the 'Splat The Rat' stall whilst Mrs Wallbanger answered a call of nature. Let me have a go on account of the fact he owed me a fiver, I won a goldfish which sadly passed away before I got home
Well worth a fiver I must say. Bloody clergy grumpy

Anyhow, I've been following the mini business with interest. By, that brings back a few memories. A lass I knew in Norfolk back in the 80's had a 1275GT, managed to install a three inch pipe on a Saturday afternoon. Had to cut a hole in the skirt though as it came out straight through the middle at the back.

Happy days.
Just about every story or anecdote I've ever come across about 1275GTs involves bonkers 'upgrades', tales of multiple rollovers or certain death, it's no wonder there aren't many good original ones left! Incidentally this year is the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the Clubman and 1275GT range, so any surviving early cars will now no doubt go up in value even more. About a mile away from me there's a '74 / '75 Clubbie shell sitting on a bloke's drive awaiting a new owner, it's been there for at least a year with no glass in it but it might still make a good basis for a project of some sort. He's had it on ebay three or four times with a BIN price of £1500 but so far no takers.


Mrs.P5B has just deposited a glass of sloe gin at my elbow, how thoughtful wink

Bobberoo99

10,200 posts

44 months

Friday 18th January
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In my attempts to retain my title of "Greatest husband in the universe" since arriving home I have sorted out all the out of date paperwork from our file box and shredded it, dusted through the house, cleaned the kitchen and bathroom and hoovered (vaxed as that's what we have) throughout!!!!

Now then Dicky this Darth Vaderesque thing you have, is it heavy? Are you sure it's not made of stone or marble? It looks oriental to me!!!

ION my Lego Beetle has arrived, that now means I have the Beetle, the camper and the Mini Cooper to build!!!!

Pericoloso

40,356 posts

109 months

Friday 18th January
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My 1275 GT story......

The daft old bint who lived next door to the SAAB garage where I worked had one ,named BARKY due to the reg being BRK.

She also had a poodle.

She thought it perfectly acceptable to enter our premises via the workshop ,Health n Safety not what it is nowadays.

She was just a bit bonkers and foreign and had a weird name too ,pronounced Swarva ,correct spelling unknown.

Car was always nice condition ,a T reg .

DickyC

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34,293 posts

144 months

Friday 18th January
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My big bro had his Cooper S for a very long time. When he first bought it in 1975 there was an insurance loading because it was red. There were more accidents involving red ones, his was red, so he had to pay more. By the time he sold it in 2010, I think it was, it was a classic and cost next to nothing to insure. Somewhere in between in the history, the insurance industry had a little rethink and lumped the 1275 Cooper S in with the 1275GT. He was mortified. Insulted beyond words that people actually existed who could believe the Cooper S and 1275GT were in any way comparable.

He's okay now. He got over it.

Bomma220

6,681 posts

71 months

Friday 18th January
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P5BNij said:
Just about every story or anecdote I've ever come across about 1275GTs involves bonkers 'upgrades', tales of multiple rollovers or certain death, it's no wonder there aren't many good original ones left! Incidentally this year is the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the Clubman and 1275GT range, so any surviving early cars will now no doubt go up in value even more. About a mile away from me there's a '74 / '75 Clubbie shell sitting on a bloke's drive awaiting a new owner, it's been there for at least a year with no glass in it but it might still make a good basis for a project of some sort. He's had it on ebay three or four times with a BIN price of £1500 but so far no takers.


Mrs.P5B has just deposited a glass of sloe gin at my elbow, how thoughtful wink
I recall when I first had a look at Miss Norfolk's 1275GT it had some sort of woeful 'pancake' air filter on it, banged against the bulkhead it did. Dispensed with that, put a proper one on. Could have been a Pipercross? Can't really remember now, it certainly went a lot better afterwards.

I remember it had a set of run flat tyres on it too, Dunlop Denovos maybe? They may have had dedicated rims too. Anyhow, they came off in favour of a set of Minilite things with some proper rubber. Goodyear, I think.



Sloe Gin?

Bobberoo99

10,200 posts

44 months

Friday 18th January
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Rather partial to a nice Sloe Gin!!!!

Pericoloso

40,356 posts

109 months

Friday 18th January
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Dunlop Denovos were indeed an option on the 1275 for some of the later years of production.

Bomma220

6,681 posts

71 months

Friday 18th January
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Anyhow, 800 - odd posts in and I don't think we've seen him yet?

Here he is:



He's a good lad. Shoving bills up the HMRC's bottom for a good few years now smile

DickyC

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34,293 posts

144 months

Friday 18th January
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Bobberoo99 said:
Now then Dicky this Darth Vaderesque thing you have, is it heavy? Are you sure it's not made of stone or marble? It looks oriental to me!!!!!
Yes, oriental I reckon. It's heavy and cold to the touch so I wondered about ebony.

The chess piece idea is good. Like that.

The Lost Knight.

Bomma220

6,681 posts

71 months

Friday 18th January
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Knights in black satin. Well, sackcloth at any rate, even if it doesn't reach the necessary denier rating.

I've half a mind to have some nice fish, chips and mushy peas for dinner tonight.

I've half a mind anyway silly

Bobberoo99

10,200 posts

44 months

Friday 18th January
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Half a mind??? I think you're doing yourself an injustice there Bomma, it's at least 21/42nds!!!! yes

Mrs Bobbers was pleased with my husbandly efforts, she's said I can buy more Lego!!!

Bright Halo

809 posts

181 months

Friday 18th January
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Saw this departure gate atMunich airport.
Anybody make the connection?

nonsequitur

10,102 posts

62 months

Friday 18th January
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nonsequitur said:
Bright Halo said:
Saw this departure gate atMunich airport.
Anybody make the connection?
Off the top of my head, a Transylvania / Devil / Saw3 triumvirate. (With a touch of Borat.)?

fatboy18

16,519 posts

157 months

Friday 18th January
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DickyC said:
Any antique experts on here?

Any antique forums on PH I haven't spotted?
Not sure but there are a lot of old crustys on Pistonheads whistle

fatboy18

16,519 posts

157 months

Friday 18th January
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Bomma220 said:
Anyhow, 800 - odd posts in and I don't think we've seen him yet?

Here he is:



He's a good lad. Shoving bills up the HMRC's bottom for a good few years now smile
That's typical, we can't even get through January without seeing that F*****N Pellican

fatboy18

16,519 posts

157 months

Friday 18th January
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Bomma220 said:
Knights in black satin. Well, sackcloth at any rate, even if it doesn't reach the necessary denier rating.

I've half a mind to have some nice fish, chips and mushy peas for dinner tonight.

I've half a mind anyway silly
Fillet steak, side salad, garlic mushrooms, gratin spuds, all cooked at Fatboys Cafe tonight, washed down with a glass of Rouge lick

fatboy18

16,519 posts

157 months

Friday 18th January
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Bobberoo99 said:
Rather partial to a nice Sloe Gin!!!!
yesyes


P5BNij

4,146 posts

52 months

Friday 18th January
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Bomma220 said:
P5BNij said:
Just about every story or anecdote I've ever come across about 1275GTs involves bonkers 'upgrades', tales of multiple rollovers or certain death, it's no wonder there aren't many good original ones left! Incidentally this year is the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the Clubman and 1275GT range, so any surviving early cars will now no doubt go up in value even more. About a mile away from me there's a '74 / '75 Clubbie shell sitting on a bloke's drive awaiting a new owner, it's been there for at least a year with no glass in it but it might still make a good basis for a project of some sort. He's had it on ebay three or four times with a BIN price of £1500 but so far no takers.


Mrs.P5B has just deposited a glass of sloe gin at my elbow, how thoughtful wink
I recall when I first had a look at Miss Norfolk's 1275GT it had some sort of woeful 'pancake' air filter on it, banged against the bulkhead it did. Dispensed with that, put a proper one on. Could have been a Pipercross? Can't really remember now, it certainly went a lot better afterwards.

I remember it had a set of run flat tyres on it too, Dunlop Denovos maybe? They may have had dedicated rims too. Anyhow, they came off in favour of a set of Minilite things with some proper rubber. Goodyear, I think.



Sloe Gin?
Aye Bomma, Denovos were the thing, also available on the Rover P6. There's a concourse 1275GT doing the rounds with a set of pristine originals on, looks very unusual these days. First Mini to have 12'' wheels from new too.

Sloe gin = fast gin drunk at a more sedate pace. Goes down well with an excess of Christmas Toblerone biggrin

Bomma220

6,681 posts

71 months

Friday 18th January
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Lovely old thing the Miss Norfolk's 1275GT was though. Aside of the run flat tyres, I think it had stripey seats too? I seem to recall it had a radio / tape player fitted (?) beneath the passenger's dashboard shelf.

Pioneer thing it was. Might have been a Panasonic, thinking about it. Anyhow, it ate my 'London Calling' tape grumpy Sodding thing.

'All Mod Cons' by The Jam survived though, even after leaving skidmarks outside the Old Bell in Marham.

Yay, go the Eighties. Oh, and the handle came off the boot in Roy's Of Wroxham's car park. Premature circlip failure IIRC.

Bomma220

6,681 posts

71 months

Friday 18th January
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Talking of Toblerone, Grandbomma told me that they're triangular so they fit in the box properly?

Makes a lot of sense when you think about it.
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