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07-29-2006, 05:51 PM

I've had experience with these things! My first was a K-reg Capri, with an H-reg on hand for spares. Then, there was the M-reg Rover 2000. Lovely car, from when I stuck a thermostat in so it didn't run hot & up to the time the valves went bad. The Rover had sat for a time, as well, and peed oil 'til the seals got re-hydrated! Then, there was my friend's '78 MGB I borrowed at every opportunity. If the BRG "B" refused to start, I knew what to do. Yank the plungers out of those SU carbs, and top up the oil. No problems after that. BTW, during the "B" era, I had a '75 Fiat 124 of my own(am I a glutton for punishment, or what?!). Re the discussion about balky vehicles v appliances, I can attest. I currently have a 30yo Toyota truck I fuss, cuss & fret over, but I can always get it going again & can't make myself get rid of it. My other car, an '88 Mazda 323, falls under the appliance category. At 18yo it's not perfect, but starts every time with one touch of the key. It's fuel-injected, computerized & interlocked, which means I can't do much with it. Even the '99 Pontiac GrandAm, also ancient by today's standards, had inaccessible everything! I that's the appeal of cranky old cars; one feels a sense of accomplishment, even relationship, after getting them to run again. There's no sense of accomplishment, taking a computer on wheels to NASA & having a bunch of techies do to it things you don't understand!


tony barnhill
07-29-2006, 08:26 PM
Welcome - hope you become acquainted with another LBC & can take it under your wing.

07-29-2006, 10:20 PM
Welcome...I feel the same way about modern cars....No personality

07-30-2006, 05:57 AM
Old British cars are *cars*!
Modern cars are appliances.