Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 18]

Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 18]

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lemansky

1,068 posts

69 months

Wednesday 7th April
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bolidemichael said:
It'd be great if Hereward were to update his thread.
Apropos of nothing, we had a funeral gathering that we nicknamed Hereward (thanks CAPP0 for the feedline. No-one will get it, don't worry).

bolidemichael said:
...the enjoyment is the masochistic pleasure from running something that defies reason*...

  • with the exception of anyone that opts for a Lexus.
Some of us are wired different. Going to the tip in Greenock in an old Lexus defies reason, but still raises a big smile.

r129sl

8,839 posts

167 months

Thursday 8th April
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ferrisbueller said:
0a said:
plasticpig said:


Deal done on this and will be delivered on Sunday.
Congratulations!
yes

Love them.
Well done. I enjoyed a spirited drive in mine this afternoon and loved it. Now then, that plate...

legendracer

210 posts

14 months

tobinen

7,574 posts

109 months

Thursday 8th April
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lemansky said:
Apropos of nothing, we had a funeral gathering that we nicknamed Hereward (thanks CAPP0 for the feedline. No-one will get it, don't worry).
Not so. (King?) Hereward the Wake from many years ago. My school had a house for boarders so-named.

Captain_Morgan

123 posts

23 months

Thursday 8th April
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legendracer said:
Well its not the normal we see here


legendracer

210 posts

14 months

Thursday 8th April
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Captain_Morgan said:
Well its not the normal we see here

Good to have 4×4 for those few days. Has some service records. What else could go wrong

Bonefish Blues

17,599 posts

187 months

Thursday 8th April
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legendracer said:
Yes, absolutely - one of the best cars I've owned. It's a Suzuki SX4 under the skin, and has genuine 4x4 capabilities, too. Mostly fwd in auto mode, with drive to the rear when needed, or lockable in fwd. Also has a diff lock which operates up to 38mph if things get gnarly. Lovely 16V Suzuki engine.

A bit left of centre, and all the better for it. I only sold mine when I started a 130 mile-a-day commute. I should have kept it frown

Edited by Bonefish Blues on Thursday 8th April 09:06

Bonefish Blues

17,599 posts

187 months

Thursday 8th April
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legendracer said:
Captain_Morgan said:
Well its not the normal we see here

Good to have 4×4 for those few days. Has some service records. What else could go wrong
Check springs are OK - they do seem to be a (the only?) weak point. Other than that, nothing I can think of. Avoid the diesel.

Edited by Bonefish Blues on Thursday 8th April 09:07

Derventio

455 posts

62 months

Thursday 8th April
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Captain_Morgan said:
legendracer said:
Well its not the normal we see here

I can speak from personal experience on this one. I actually owned a 2006 1.6 Eleganza version. Here it is playing in the snow in the Peak District a few years ago.

Agreed not the usual fodder for this thread, as it is clearly more dinghy than barge and is lacking in the cylinder count/displacement category.

It's basically a Suzuki SX4 in a much sharper Italian suit. They make a very good case for being "The Other Car" in a bargists garage.

It was economical, totally reliable and pretty good fun to drive. It could have done with another 20hp, though.The engine needs plenty of revs to proceed with any gusto. It has the same engine as the Suzuki Swift Sport, I believe, though not 100% sure. My Suzuki beard is barely stubble. The switchable four wheel drive system works very well, especially when coupled with some proper M+S tyres. It surprised a number of "proper" 4x4 drivers as it ploughed through foot deep snow with nary a stammer in forward progress. Interior build quality is ok. On a par with any other budget car from this era. Mine was the Eleganza model so it got leccy windows all around, steering wheel controls, fuel computer and alloys. On proper summer tyres, the sharp turn in and cornering body control is surprisingly good for a car of this type.

It took my self, Mrs Derventio and Master Derventio, replete with luggage, all over the country, in relative comfort.....

As long as I took regular breaks.

There is one fly in the ointment, which was the reason I eventually sold it to my sister, who still has it: If you are over 6 foot, as I am, the drivers seat does not quite go back far enough. This results in you feet sitting at an odd, acute angle on the pedals which induced severe pain after about an hour or so.

People tend not to know exactly what it is. One fellow even asked if it was a new Fiat Panda 4x4 prototype!

Oh and by the way, DO NOT BUY A DIESEL! It's that awful 1.9 Vauxhall/Fiat lump with all of the attendant cambelt and water pump shenanigans. It is also fitted with a particularly recalcitrant 6 speed gearbox, whereas the 1.6 petrol has a 5 speeder with quite a nice light action.

Edited by Derventio on Thursday 8th April 09:10

tog

3,966 posts

192 months

Thursday 8th April
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21st Century Man said:
Many thanks for all the commiserations.

I was progressing the claim through my insurer, but the third party's insurers have contacted me and are taking responsibility, my choice of bodyshop. I've closed off the claim through my insurer.

Somebody pinch me, it's not supposed to be this straightforward right? Famous last words!
Terrible news on the Century, but it can be straightforward sometimes. I was hit from behind while waiting to turn right and his insurers were on the phone to me accepting full liability within an hour, while I was still in the recovery truck on the way home. I got a loan car for a month and my written off Saab was valued at twice what I paid for it. It probably helped that the guy who hit me was absolutely mortified that he had done it, and told me he was in fact on his way home from an advanced driving lesson!

bolidemichael

4,776 posts

165 months

Thursday 8th April
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lemansky said:
bolidemichael said:
...the enjoyment is the masochistic pleasure from running something that defies reason*...

  • with the exception of anyone that opts for a Lexus.
Some of us are wired different. Going to the tip in Greenock in an old Lexus defies reason, but still raises a big smile.
Apols, I meant with regards to borkage, specifically. I'd consider one too if my wife didn't vehemently disapprove of the image. Also, no estates.

bolidemichael

4,776 posts

165 months

Thursday 8th April
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tobinen said:
lemansky said:
Apropos of nothing, we had a funeral gathering that we nicknamed Hereward (thanks CAPP0 for the feedline. No-one will get it, don't worry).
Not so. (King?) Hereward the Wake from many years ago. My school had a house for boarders so-named.
I once encountered a con artist named Hereward. He really lived up to his name, such a large character and a charming rogue. I saw right through him, however, which made it even more of a sting-free spectacle.

tog

3,966 posts

192 months

Thursday 8th April
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bolidemichael said:
Here's a later image smile

Snap! Firstborn in my 300SE.



r129sl

8,839 posts

167 months

Thursday 8th April
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tog said:
bolidemichael said:
Here's a later image smile

Snap! Firstborn in my 300SE.

My first born's first ride was in the back of a 126, as well. Boy two had to make do with the 124. A later image taken in between those two momentous events.


tobinen

7,574 posts

109 months

Thursday 8th April
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Excellent elbow patches. The number plate font is upsetting

Bonefish Blues

17,599 posts

187 months

Thursday 8th April
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Derventio said:
Captain_Morgan said:
legendracer said:
Well its not the normal we see here

I can speak from personal experience on this one. I actually owned a 2006 1.6 Eleganza version. Here it is playing in the snow in the Peak District a few years ago.

Agreed not the usual fodder for this thread, as it is clearly more dinghy than barge and is lacking in the cylinder count/displacement category.

It's basically a Suzuki SX4 in a much sharper Italian suit. They make a very good case for being "The Other Car" in a bargists garage.

It was economical, totally reliable and pretty good fun to drive. It could have done with another 20hp, though.The engine needs plenty of revs to proceed with any gusto. It has the same engine as the Suzuki Swift Sport, I believe, though not 100% sure. My Suzuki beard is barely stubble. The switchable four wheel drive system works very well, especially when coupled with some proper M+S tyres. It surprised a number of "proper" 4x4 drivers as it ploughed through foot deep snow with nary a stammer in forward progress. Interior build quality is ok. On a par with any other budget car from this era. Mine was the Eleganza model so it got leccy windows all around, steering wheel controls, fuel computer and alloys. On proper summer tyres, the sharp turn in and cornering body control is surprisingly good for a car of this type.

It took my self, Mrs Derventio and Master Derventio, replete with luggage, all over the country, in relative comfort.....

As long as I took regular breaks.

There is one fly in the ointment, which was the reason I eventually sold it to my sister, who still has it: If you are over 6 foot, as I am, the drivers seat does not quite go back far enough. This results in you feet sitting at an odd, acute angle on the pedals which induced severe pain after about an hour or so.

People tend not to know exactly what it is. One fellow even asked if it was a new Fiat Panda 4x4 prototype!

Oh and by the way, DO NOT BUY A DIESEL! It's that awful 1.9 Vauxhall/Fiat lump with all of the attendant cambelt and water pump shenanigans. It is also fitted with a particularly recalcitrant 6 speed gearbox, whereas the 1.6 petrol has a 5 speeder with quite a nice light action.

Edited by Derventio on Thursday 8th April 09:10
Who'da thunk it, two ex Sedici owners on thread smile

...and even more, that they are in complete agreement re the car. I ran mine on Nokian Winters all year.

Here was the sad moment:
https://www.flyfishing.co.uk/threads/2006-fiat-sed...

It sold to an author from Norfolk, I recall, who was specifically seeking one.

21st Century Man

35,305 posts

212 months

Thursday 8th April
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r129sl said:
tog said:
bolidemichael said:
Here's a later image smile

Snap! Firstborn in my 300SE.

My first born's first ride was in the back of a 126, as well. Boy two had to make do with the 124. A later image taken in between those two momentous events.

Isofix? Pah!

Prinny

1,513 posts

63 months

Thursday 8th April
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21st Century Man said:
Isofix? Pah!
Battles were frequently fought between my sister & I to have the honour of sitting above the engine in dad’s VW camper van when young. The boot mat he used was a rug, and it’d slide around when accelerating (not that those air-cooled VW vans had acceleration to speak of) & around corners. It was known as the ‘skiddy mat’. Sitting in the front seat was definitely the 2nd best option.

We both distinctly remember being annoyed when he got rid of it in ‘82 and got a Cavalier instead. Wasn’t half as much fun to be forced into wearing a seatbelt, and rear seats.

Back when he had the van, he was teaching, and often used to take kids to the lake district to camp, climb & canoe, I’d go along as often as I could. I recall he had a battery powered B/W tv, and I remember being sat in the van (the daddyvan!) watching some late night movie where american teen campers were being terrorised by some sort of bigfoot monster that came out of the forest. I don’t think I slept all week! I was young enough to have a massive wobbler about it, wanting to go home, and he laughed it off. Mum didn’t think it was funny when we got back though, he was in the doghouse for a bit, thinking on it.

lemansky

1,068 posts

69 months

Thursday 8th April
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tobinen said:
Excellent elbow patches. The number plate font is upsetting
Thread T-Shirt material, if I ever saw it.

r129sl

8,839 posts

167 months

Thursday 8th April
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21st Century Man said:
Isofix? Pah!
One of the great rooks of our motoring time!