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What was your first car?

Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by Dean Fletcher, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. McDonald

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    Mine was a 1957 Ford Anglia (100E). It was two tone, Black & Lilac, the Lilac was done with wood paint which rubbed off on your clothes. Downhill with a following wind, it could reach 55mph. Unfortunately the hydraulic windscreen wipers went slower as the mph rose. They stopped working altogether over 50mph, so a fair weather car.
     
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    I thought the wipers on those were vacuum operated? Stopped going uphill and almost took off coming down hill!
     
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    Not sure of the engineering, but absolutely certain about the way they behaved. Increased mph = decrease in number of wipes per minute. Over 50mph, no wipers.
     
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    Lotus Elans used vacuum wipers too ... they used a tube of bodywork somewhere up front as a reservoir. As the cars got older & rotted then so did the reservoir .... same result of no wipers
     
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    They were indeed vacuum operated :)
     
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    Always wanted one of those, there was just something about it that I loved.
     
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    Took my test in a Austin Champ in the T.A. in 1966. They had the same wipers but fortunately it did't rain on the test. No indicators so all hand signals..
     
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    First car a VW Beetle 1200 1960. Only one problem the king pins failed.
     
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    My first car was a heavily modified Mini (850 I think) 1959 vintage. It was a couple of months older than me at the time, I bought it off a mate at work when I lived in Ipswich and worked in Copdock. Arrr...when a was a lad, lol. :p

    It had six guages in the home made dash which was foam padded, speedo, rev counter, voltage guage, water temp guage, vacuum guage and I can't remember the last I think it may have been a clock. It was ahem...nearly 44 years ago after all, lol. :eek: :D

    It had more lights and flick switches fitted than I can remember the functions for, with the big plastic/rubber extensions on them. The thing I loved most was the indicator switch which had a little green light on the end which flashed when you were using them. Brill! :geek:

    The 10" steel wheels had been banded and were nearly twice the width they should have been, I loved them. Just as well that it had the wheel arch extensions on too, as the tyres stuck out almost three inches from the bodywork. 175/50/10's I think? God we used to think that was so wide, lol :D

    It had the old fashioned push button starter in the floor between the front seats which were sporty types but I can't remember the make, I had also fitted the sheep skin head rests to them, anyone else have a set of these on a car? Oh, and it had the sliding windows too.

    This sadly, was in the days before I owned a camera, I would have loved to have a picture (or ten) of that car. :(

    It was a never ending work in progress, hardly a day went by without something needing fettled.

    Ah, the fun, we'd never put up with it now-a-days though. :D:D:D
     
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    I remember having to show my examiner my knowledge of the range of hand signals required if the indicators didn't work or, if they broke down, when I did my driving test. Kids today wouldn't have a clue. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    The one finger seems to be popular with them but I don't think it is required within the driving test !! :rolleyes::)
     
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    It was a bit of an art doing hand signals in those days. No power steering or brakes, & a crash box. You really had to plan ahead before arriving at a junction.
    The one good point was the traffic was light.
     
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    I was talking to a friend the other day about the difference in traffic. Back in 1989 I lived in Sheffield and regularly had to drive to London the be there for midday Monday. If used to take 2 hours pretty much every time over the 2 years I had to do it. These days it's closer to 4 at that time/day of the week!
     
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    Late 60's I lived in Germany & regularly drove the Wolverhampton Dover run, always did it in 3 hours. No M6 round Birmingham so used to drive Birmingham New Road down to the A45, past what was Elmdon airport then. On to the M1 no M25 so straight through the centre of London, on to the A2 to Dover.
    Now on a very good day I can do it in 4 hours.
     
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    Sliding windows & massive door pockets for stowage!
     
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    Fixed that for you!
     
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    ...and ten inch wheels and a glorified piece of string as an interior door handle. :D

    Sadly mine came to a sticky end...

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    AWOuch!
     
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    I don't do junk in the car Alistair. My cleanliness OCD will not allow it. I do understand your point though, as many do.
     
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    Don't remember the reg or year but I bought my first car aged about 20 with my then gf. It was an Allegro Estate 1500HL that was already getting on but had only 37k on the clock. I'd been riding motorbikes up until that point and wish I'd stuck with them rather than drive that shitbox.

    What appealed to me was the large boot area and the seats folding flat into decent strong brackets so it was excellent to fit my keyboards, mixing desk, amps and speakers in for the rare occasions I got to show off for coins.

    And also totally flat boot area, 22 years old... etc... ;)

    My favourite memory of the car was there was an old bloke at work who absolutely LOVED Allegros. He tracked me down at work to confirm I was the owner (bear in mind I also had a Honda VF500 bike at the time):

    Allegro Fan: Is that your 1500 Estate?
    Me: Yeah
    AF: It's the 1500, isn't it?
    Me: Yeah
    AF: (possibly trembling now) Is it the twin SU carb engine?
    Me: Yeah
    AF: Oooh (possible fluid leak) what a car! It must go like the wind!
    Me: No, it's ****.

    He totally blanked me until I left three years later.
     
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