What was your first car?

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Re: What was your first car?

Postby sussex2 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:16 pm

Mr Cholmondeley-Warner wrote:Ford Cortina Mk II 1600 Super - £375 from a work colleague in August 1980

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Nick, Dillon and car in either 1980 or 1981. That's matt black paint, not a vinyl roof! :lol:


Oh yes, the Super version, you got rubber mats with that I think :)

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Re: What was your first car?

Postby Bumblebee16 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:40 pm

sussex2 wrote:
Mr Cholmondeley-Warner wrote:Ford Cortina Mk II 1600 Super - £375 from a work colleague in August 1980

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Nick, Dillon and car in either 1980 or 1981. That's matt black paint, not a vinyl roof! :lol:


Great photo!

Oh yes, the Super version, you got rubber mats with that I think :)


:lol:

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Re: What was your first car?

Postby Mr Cholmondeley-Warner » Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:18 pm

Twas a good car, can't remember about mats. Like WG I learnt car mechanics on the hoof (although had had years of practice helping my Dad for the previous 15 years or so). First job was to replace the leaky radiator that deposited its contents all over the A31 on the way to my parents for a surprise "look we've got a car" visit on the first weekend we had it. That was soon replaced by an item from a breaker in Byfleet or somewhere. Bet Dad was thrilled when he discovered his Saturday would be spent looking for radiators instead of whatever he had planned :D Not long after it had to have a new clutch, but that was child's play compared with the Triumph 2000 which had been our previous clutch job. The very best thing I remember was adjusting the timing by hand after it started being very sluggish, and a work mate told me to try tweaking the distributor. The feeling of getting it near spot-on just by ear (no timing light in the toolbox at that stage, although Dad obliged with a birthday present soon after) was very very satisfying. Numerous (non-structural) holes had to be patched up with glassfibre, too. I swapped it for a Mark IV less than a year later, and it sat on the drive feeling sorry for itself for a while until someone came and bought it. I had to drive it over to the new owner's house and he gave me a lift back. I still remember the surprise I felt when I discovered how sprightly it was compared to my newer 2.0 GL.
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Re: What was your first car?

Postby martine » Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:35 pm

Mr Cholmondeley-Warner wrote:Ford Cortina Mk II 1600 Super - £375 from a work colleague in August 1980

Nice cat!
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Re: What was your first car?

Postby kfae8959 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:40 am

martine wrote:Nice cat!


And somewhat ahead of his time, since cats weren't compulsory then...

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Re: What was your first car?

Postby Mr Cholmondeley-Warner » Wed Aug 24, 2016 12:42 pm

martine wrote:
Mr Cholmondeley-Warner wrote:Ford Cortina Mk II 1600 Super - £375 from a work colleague in August 1980

Nice cat!

He was a very fine cat. He was bequeathed to us by a colleague and his wife who emigrated to the U.S. He was our kids' best friend when they were little. Huge, but incredibly patient and gentle.
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Re: What was your first car?

Postby WhoseGeneration » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:03 am

Can't beat a cat, although dog afficiandos will not agree.

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Re: What was your first car?

Postby titian » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:39 pm

Yes you can but you've gotta catch it first. Mine, he just flops over on his back, legs akimbo for his tummy tickle.

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Re: What was your first car?

Postby jont- » Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:10 pm

titian wrote:Yes you can but you've gotta catch it first. Mine, he just flops over on his back, legs akimbo for his tummy tickle.

or for her to try and swipe your hand off. But you'll never know until you try :lol: :swords:

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Re: What was your first car?

Postby Ren » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:50 pm

Triumph Herald 13/60 convertible, which turned out to have no reverse gear as we didn't check on the test drive, and didn't realise till I'd driven it 30 miles home and needed to reverse onto the drive. So gearbox out first job.
Always wanted a Vitesse.


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