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Post  2wheelsagain on Fri 11 Sep 2015, 2:55 pm

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Looks like we're a bunch of oldies.
Looking at the ages of those having a birthday next week is scary Shocked
Average age of this lot is 53 lucky that's not necessarily the maturity age Laughing

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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  #Tag on Sat 12 Sep 2015, 6:04 pm

My first car was a 1968 Ford Cortina 440 GT    -     Yes, that's right Barry ..........   A GT!!!!
It had 93 hp  instead of your povo 75.

Well, it had 93hp until it blew a hole in the top of number three piston going up Mt Ousley. It cost me a holidays leave pay to have new stuff installed inside the block.
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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  Ewok1958 on Sat 12 Sep 2015, 7:06 pm

I was a late starter in terms of getting a car - I'd already had three bikes (Yamaha CT2, Honda 350F, Honda XL500).  My first car wasn't bought until I was 21 - a second hand Gemini (older style). It burnt an exhaust valve on the No3 cylinder  (many of them did) but it was pretty nippy. I sold it when we got married and went to the UK at the end of 1983.  There we bought a Rover SD1.  Unlike Oz, the pommie models had engine options, V8 (which is the one Oz got), 2.6l straight six with twin webbers (which is what ours was) and some smaller 4 or 6 (I think it was a 2.3litre). It was a great car and we took it across to Europe on the ferry and blasted our way along autobahns and autostradas at over 160kmph. Laughing
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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  paul on Sat 12 Sep 2015, 7:18 pm

My first car was a  59 Standard ten ................yep that's right , 10 HP .............2 more than the Standard 8 model. When I got used to handling all that power , I traded up to a 67 VW 1300 deluxe . cheers

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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  barry_mcki on Sun 13 Sep 2015, 12:29 am

#Tag wrote:My first car was a 1968 Ford Cortina 440 GT    -     Yes, that's right Barry ..........   A GT!!!!
It had 93 hp  instead of your povo 75.

Well, it had 93hp until it blew a hole in the top of number three piston going up Mt Ousley. It cost me a holidays leave pay to have new stuff installed inside the block.

I remember one of dad's mates having a Mk1 Cortina Lotus, beautiful looking motor.

My one, I put a rod through the side of the engine, needed a whole new short block to get it back on the road.

Sold it when I finally got home to Brisbane. Got a purple 2-door RX-4 coupe (well it was still in the 70's). I wrote her off in a roll-over down Jindabyne way one winter a couple of years later, should have gave up on 4 wheels back then.

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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  madmax on Sun 13 Sep 2015, 8:11 am

@paul wrote:My first car was a  59 Standard ten ................yep that's right , 10 HP .............2 more than the Standard 8 model. When I got used to handling all that power , I traded up to a 67 VW 1300 deluxe . cheers

Mate what an awesome machine!
from the guru (wikipedia) Laughing
A Ten saloon tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1954 had a top speed of 69.0 mph (111.0 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 38.3 seconds. A fuel consumption of 34.4 miles per imperial gallon (8.2 L/100 km; 28.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £580 including taxes.

In 1955, supported by an inscrutable handicapping régime favouring small cars, a factory-prepared Standard Ten, driven by Jimmy Ray and Brian Horrocks, won the UK's RAC Rally.

For the United States export market the car was badged as the Triumph Ten and in Scandinavia it was sold as the Standard Vanguard Junior. In Australia the Ten was known as the Cadet.

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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  madmax on Sun 13 Sep 2015, 8:19 am

@Bosco15 wrote:
@madmax wrote:
@Chook wrote:The XW is one of those "I wish I'd kept it" cars, factory 4 speed, disc brakes and bucket seats with a 221 six (3.6L)

So was the Capri mate, do you see what those bloody things go for now!

I was about to say that I bet you wished you still had the old girl. 
Iconic car that now rates big dollars even in rusty hulk form.

Yes I wish I'd kept it, but not a a daily driver. Only as a project car.

I'd buy one now as a project but they are too expensive to start with. Cheapest one on car sales is $14k and left hand drive

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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  paul on Sun 13 Sep 2015, 9:35 am

@madmax wrote:
@paul wrote:My first car was a  59 Standard ten ................yep that's right , 10 HP .............2 more than the Standard 8 model. When I got used to handling all that power , I traded up to a 67 VW 1300 deluxe . cheers

Mate what an awesome machine!
from the guru (wikipedia) Laughing
A Ten saloon tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1954 had a top speed of 69.0 mph (111.0 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 38.3 seconds. A fuel consumption of 34.4 miles per imperial gallon (8.2 L/100 km; 28.6 mpg-US) was recorded. The test car cost £580 including taxes.

In 1955, supported by an inscrutable handicapping régime favouring small cars, a factory-prepared Standard Ten, driven by Jimmy Ray and Brian Horrocks, won the UK's RAC Rally.

For the United States export market the car was badged as the Triumph Ten and in Scandinavia it was sold as the Standard Vanguard Junior. In Australia the Ten was known as the Cadet.
I sometimes wonder where it ended up , it was in mint condition at the time  Very Happy

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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  truck on Sun 13 Sep 2015, 7:20 pm

QLD TMR have a site you can go and type in a car rego and if it is still registered it will tell you the current registration details -engine number etc but no address or who the owner is.
Don't know about other states though.

Isnt it Ulysses?
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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  paul on Sun 13 Sep 2015, 7:36 pm

Thanks truck ,but I can't remember that cars rego - apart from it was an old 6 number SA plate (& I wasn't into photos at 16 unfortunately). I can remember some of the numbers , but the sequence is another matter .( I suppose it was well over 45 years ago though pale )

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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  Re-Cycled on Sun 13 Sep 2015, 11:05 pm

@truck wrote:
Isnt it Ulysses?

That can't be right, he was a Greek bloke that was adventurous and all, wouldn't make sense.


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Re: A Bunch Of Oldies

Post  truck on Mon 14 Sep 2015, 9:23 am

@Re-Cycled wrote:truck
Isnt it Ulysses?
That can't be right, he was a Greek bloke that was adventurous and all, wouldn't make sense.


My mistake - must be Uselessies or whatever it was as first stated. Cool
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