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    Proof Photo Posted My Brooklands Green sports saloon...

    Originally posted by The Spie
    and Cap, who's constantly playing Hamlet with 70s BL shit and will one day give in and end up being stranded on the side of the road by a steaming pile of Dolomite.
    Last edited by Quiky; October 26th, 2012, 1:26 AM.

    #2
    I hope you're handy with spanners. Enjoy it! Old car ownership is a wonderful thing, so much more enjoyable than modern stuff.

    Regular updates & progress please.

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      #3
      I would suggest investing in a fire extinguisher or three - that Lucas wiring harness has to be nice and crispy by now...

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        #4
        Originally posted by captain_70s View Post
        (Hear that? That's the sound of money being invested incredibly poorly.
        All cars make that noise.
        Oh hai guys. This is a signature.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Spectre View Post
          I would suggest investing in a fire extinguisher or three - that Lucas wiring harness has to be nice and crispy by now...
          I actually asked the current owner if he had one, he didn't. It's on the "to buy before I use" list.

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            #6
            You scared me for a second, at first glance I thought you bought a Marina. Looks nice and tidy, keep the rust at bay, stock up on wiring harness smoke refills and it should be a sound investment.

            Also I didn't realise that they used the Jaeger fuel/temp gauge on anything other than old Land Rovers. Should've known I suppose being BL.


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              #7
              Oh my god. I congratulate you for pulling the trigger and getting exactly what you want. Seriously, this more than makes up for whatever personality void the Yaris might have. This is good.

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                #8
                I hate to say it, but the car looks brilliant. See if the fuel consumption is that much worse than the Yaris', and if it's not, sell the Yaris and make it your daily driver. I only got the Kadett, as well, and that works like a charm.

                EDIT: The Dolly was the Kadett/Chevette's direct competitor, so I somehow hope it should get about the same mileage as I do (see below).
                Last edited by Dr_Grip; October 25th, 2012, 1:25 PM.
                Battered and weary after the craziness of the 1960s, the self-righteousness of the 1970s and the greed of the 1980s, I want to go home again, oh, so desperately - home to that land of drive-in restaurants and Chevy Bel-Airs, making out and rock 'n' roll and drag races and Studebakers, Elvis and James Dean and black leather jackets. Not that I ever owned a black leather jacket.
                (Roger Ebert)

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Dr_Grip View Post
                  See if the fuel consumption is that much worse than the Yaris'
                  Oh it will be, this being a British engine. I swear most of the petrol going in to them comes right back out again. If he can prove me wrong I'll eat a hat.


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                    #10
                    So finally you have a car that totally suited you! It looks brilliant as well.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Matt2000 View Post
                      Oh it will be, this being a British engine. I swear most of the petrol going in to them comes right back out again. If he can prove me wrong I'll eat a hat.
                      I hope you're not speaking for all British engines here. Mine isn't that appalling*.

                      Also, I love the carpet. That's fantastic.

                      *But it is 997cc

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                        #12
                        The previous owner was getting 30-35mpg, so that sounds about right. It is running a bit rough though, I'm suspecting a carb/fuel supply problem, with a bit of work 35-40mpg shouldn't be out of the question.

                        Although his driving is involves a steady 50mph wheras the Toyota's is usually a steady 60+ and it still gives 48mpg!


                        And yup, shag carpets inside, real wood dash, chunky controls, inertia reel seatbelts, heater, radio, heated rear screen. It's pure luxury, not like some crappy Escort or Chevette...

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                          #13
                          Is the shifter boot supposed to be carpeted?
                          Now with 70% less signature.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Lupin_IV View Post
                            Is the shifter boot supposed to be carpeted?
                            Yup.

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                              #15
                              That shifter boot looks like a Snuffleupagus penis.
                              "Power corrupts. Lack of power corrupts absolutely."
                              -Redliner, ironically



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                                #16
                                Most important question: Is it faster than the Yaris?

                                Kudos for pulling the trigger, I just hope it lives up to your expectations. It certainly does in style.

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                                  #17
                                  Originally posted by thevictor390 View Post
                                  Most important question: Is it faster than the Yaris?

                                  Kudos for pulling the trigger, I just hope it lives up to your expectations. It certainly does in style.
                                  It certainly isn't, the Yaris sits at 90mph quieter, smoother and more fuel efficiently than the Dolly does at 60mph despite having one less cylinder and 300cc less engine. I do have some vague plans involving different carbs and an O/D gearbox though...

                                  Of course it does it with style, it's a Michelotti design!







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                                    #18


                                    (Most relevant at 0:30)
                                    2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer Biturbo CDTI 4x4
                                    For once I don't have the same car as everyone else.

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                                      #19
                                      Awesome
                                      The mind is like a parachute, it only works when it's open

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                                        #20
                                        Nice!

                                        Altough wenn I first read 'My Brooklands', I expected something else

                                        1990 W124 230 E - Everyday mule - better than ever!
                                        1985 W123 230 TE - Ex-280 TE - now retired to become a 300 TD
                                        1976 W115 200 D - "From zero to barely moving and back to zero again in 80 days"
                                        1980 W116 280 S - Classic Sunday car, mostly due to the horrendous fuel consumption
                                        1979 O309 508 D - 'Blume' Ex-police Bus

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