Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 21]

Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 21]

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QBee

19,489 posts

128 months

Thursday 24th November
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Shaken, not stirred?

QBee

19,489 posts

128 months

Thursday 24th November
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Mr-B said:
I always thought Lexus were supposed to wear their miles well? As you say it looks as though it has been used as a builders van, even the back seats look knackered unless it was used as an airport car/taxiconfused
In my 1990 LS400, all 4 seats looked new after 10 years and 183,000 miles. The Top Gear 1990 review Lexus (reviewed in 1995 in the Quentin Wilson days) also had immaculate seats at 225,000 miles, when I had it as a loan car. I would suggest that Lexus in the picture has been to the moon and back with a Sumo wrestler as front seat passnger.

21st Century Man

38,773 posts

232 months

Thursday 24th November
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QBee said:
Shaken, not stirred?
You only live twice.

B'stard Child

25,385 posts

230 months

Thursday 24th November
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21st Century Man said:
It's Friday!

My temporary barge from a rent a wreck outfit, Guts car rental. 2 months rental with all the insurance options ticked, a new set of winter tyres and a fresh Shaken. £600.

Do you actually fit in it?? hehe

21st Century Man

38,773 posts

232 months

Friday 25th November
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Been out for the day in it, it's surprisingly comfy, well padded bench seat up front with a drop down centre armrest, 4 spd auto column selector, no centre console or transmission tunnel, plenty of space and legroom, quite remarkable. It does drive a bit like a barge, I've found myself quite laid back and slouching a bit to the left on the centre armrest, palming the over assisted steering. The engine is rough and vibratory at idle, not too bad on the move, but it does shout uphill, revving itself fit to bust in a lower gear, climbing up to Togakushi in the mountains earlier. The ride ain't bad considering the modest dimensions. It's weird, our Panda isn't like a barge in any way or form, yet this thing is. I rather like it. It's been named Ugoku.

tobinen

8,648 posts

129 months

Friday 25th November
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CharlesdeGaulle said:
Friday budget, but LC500 inbound early next summer.
Fantastic

tobinen

8,648 posts

129 months

Friday 25th November
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Prinny said:
Anyway - I didn’t particularly break silence/lurking just to comment on ropy old BMW, I also got SL1 through its MOT today - clean pass (again) is always nice. But it brought home a point. 550 miles between MOT. The 7series won’t be far off that either. I really, really don’t need a car (at all) these days, I need to find a job that has some sort of commuting again, I’ve had enough of WFH.
You prompted me to look at my past MoTs

E39 bought Feb 2021 - around 1,300 miles to date
CL - around 3,000 miles since Oct 2020

Both are due in January and I don't expect passes at the first attempt.

Crook

6,016 posts

208 months

Friday 25th November
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tog said:
Crook said:
I think you're forgetting the speaker joystick in the Ford. Easily the best in-class feature.
That was a great feature of the 1982 Granada estate I had 30 years ago. You could twiddle the joystick round in circles to hear the music going round and round the car like some sort of quadrophonic experiment. It would have been more impressive if all the speakers worked of course.
I remember them from a range of parent's fords of the day and driving my mum insane in her white MK3 Escort with the daily quadrophonic drive to school.

No sunroof in the Escort though. frown

grudas

1,169 posts

152 months

Friday 25th November
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Mr-B said:
I always thought Lexus were supposed to wear their miles well? As you say it looks as though it has been used as a builders van, even the back seats look knackered unless it was used as an airport car/taxiconfused
parts of japan have intense sun, that often kills leather/dashes etc! some of the older japanese cars have got issues with cracked dashes etc due to intense sun. LA kinda thing sadly. This leather is probably dead because of that too..

d_a_n1979

5,325 posts

56 months

Friday 25th November
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21st Century Man said:
It's Friday!

My temporary barge from a rent a wreck outfit, Guts car rental. 2 months rental with all the insurance options ticked, a new set of winter tyres and a fresh Shaken. £600.

I'd be frightened of driving that & toppling it over on a fast bend biggrin

Swervin_Mervin

4,088 posts

222 months

Friday 25th November
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Prinny said:
Last year it was approx £3k for valve-stem oil seals.
Was that at Darren Woods Prinny? I've been mulling a 650 for some time now so valve stem oil seals is something I'm aware of, and I've been using DW for 10yrs now for the 330. I did find a guy in Stockport somewhere (IIRC) that can do them for under £1k now - ISTR it's literally the only thing he does!

RicksAlfas

12,487 posts

228 months

Friday 25th November
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CharlesdeGaulle said:
Friday budget, but LC500 inbound early next summer.


Bravo CdG!!

Crook

6,016 posts

208 months

Friday 25th November
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More eyebrow than Roger Moore!

& LC500 thumbup

martynr

733 posts

158 months

Friday 25th November
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21st Century Man said:
CharlesdeGaulle said:
LC500 inbound early next summer.
bounce
lickbounceclap

TommoAE86

2,501 posts

111 months

Friday 25th November
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martynr said:
Well, today we have this Japanese barge(hashike). It has only a little problem and it seems to have been imported not so long ago. The underbody is clean and straight piped? The Japanese cars are very reliable until they are not. Also the parts are more expensive as there are not many aftermarket options available.

The crown without the crown.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/125608708409
This is the top of the Crown tree as it were I wonder if it would be that expensive to repair as the 3UZ-FE are plentiful here from various Lexus', parts are cheaper than the usual suspects - my Crown certainly is. Would fix that exhaust though the V8 sounds good enough without messing with it.

SimonTheSailor

11,506 posts

212 months

Friday 25th November
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New video by JayEm on the Century.....

Prinny

1,666 posts

83 months

Friday 25th November
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Swervin_Mervin said:
Was that at Darren Woods Prinny? I've been mulling a 650 for some time now so valve stem oil seals is something I'm aware of, and I've been using DW for 10yrs now for the 330. I did find a guy in Stockport somewhere (IIRC) that can do them for under £1k now - ISTR it's literally the only thing he does!
Yes-ish…. it’s on the v12, not the v8 (it was the first 12 they’d done) and I got other bits done along the way. The job sheet has the parts at £260 & labour at £1700 (both ex. VAT). I’d imagine the v8 to be slightly cheaper (33% fewer seals to change!)

21st Century Man

38,773 posts

232 months

Friday 25th November
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SimonTheSailor said:
New video by JayEm on the Century.....
Pretty good considering the moon mileage and a well worn car.


Swervin_Mervin

4,088 posts

222 months

Friday 25th November
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Prinny said:
Swervin_Mervin said:
Was that at Darren Woods Prinny? I've been mulling a 650 for some time now so valve stem oil seals is something I'm aware of, and I've been using DW for 10yrs now for the 330. I did find a guy in Stockport somewhere (IIRC) that can do them for under £1k now - ISTR it's literally the only thing he does!
Yes-ish…. it’s on the v12, not the v8 (it was the first 12 they’d done) and I got other bits done along the way. The job sheet has the parts at £260 & labour at £1700 (both ex. VAT). I’d imagine the v8 to be slightly cheaper (33% fewer seals to change!)
Ahh yes, my bad. Had a total brain fart there thinking it was the V8.

martynr

733 posts

158 months

Friday 25th November
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d_a_n1979 said:
21st Century Man said:
It's Friday!

My temporary barge from a rent a wreck outfit, Guts car rental. 2 months rental with all the insurance options ticked, a new set of winter tyres and a fresh Shaken. £600.

I'd be frightened of driving that & toppling it over on a fast bend biggrin
This car reminds me of the movie with Jackie. We had a VHS tape and we watched it probably 100s of times.