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  1. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    I agree that it could have been MUCH more expensive. I'm actually surprised that all those parts shown in the photo in my last post came to only $553, retail.

    I agree that "exotics" are expensive...
  2. Thread: 3000M

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    Re: 3000M

    Isn't it against the rules to modify the body by eliminating the hood (bonnet) scoop?
  3. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    OK, today I picked up the Aston Martin from the shop here in Portland. There is no Aston Martin dealer in Portland, so the shop I use is probably the best choice (and may very well be the best...
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    Re: Gold Level Concours Value

    It was a couple of years ago. No price was listed in the ad, but I asked Roger Moment - who was, at the time, trying to help the owner sell it - what kind of money they were looking for, and if I...
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    Re: Iíll take two if you have them

    I think that's known as free publicity, probably for a car that will come to auction soon.

    I'd advise a lower reserve.
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    Re: Transmission / OD dilemma

    And go into third gear, then into reverse to avoid the crunch going into reverse.
  7. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Just got a phone message this afternoon that the repair is completed and Iíll try to pick it up Monday.

    Fingers crossed that I wonít have to remortgage and that the repair corrects the root cause...
  8. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    No update yet. Iíve been away and havenít called or received a call. Should know more by the weekend.
  9. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Not sure I follow you (almost completely sure that I don’t), but in any case I drove it in the rain all day the previous day. It didn’t do this in any of the days I drove it in the rain, and it...
  10. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Thanks Mark, but we replaced the battery less than two years ago, and less than 4,000 miles ago at a cost of $560 (you have to dismantle half the interior to get to it, behind the passenger seat). I...
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    Re: Leak into boot

    Whew! For a second there I thought you were going to tell us that you took a drive in the rain with the kid in the boot. I mean, that's how I'd do it.
  12. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    If that 911 I looked at hadn't been so road-rashed, or if the Ferrari 308 I test drove had passed the pre-purchase inspection, I'd have owned my first 911 or first Ferrari. But no-oo, I had to go...
  13. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Yes, I washed it. I drove it out of the garage into the driveway, no problem. Washed and detailed it. Went to start it to put it back in the garage and ... total lockdown. Turned over but...
  14. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Here's the new formal portrait of my Aston:

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    I call it, "Aston Martin in its natural habitat."
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    Re: Times have changed - thank goodness!

    Reminds me of a guy who came into the McDonald's where I worked for a time during my high school years. This would probably have been 1968 and the guy was "a long-hair," a hippie type. He asked for...
  16. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    My local mechanic - owns an independent shop - is actually factory-trained for Aston Martin and Ferrari and probably several other exotics. He used to work for Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo, the country's...
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    Re: Most popular color for A/H 3000

    Silver paint with a red interior is always striking, although also fairly common - except not common at all in Healeys. I think it would look fab. Hope you go this route.
  18. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    I'll ask my mechanic, but how bad can it be? Losing the radio presets (which I never listen to anyway) is a small price to pay to be mobile again.




    Good suggestion, but no joy. When I'm...
  19. Re: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    That's a good thought. Maybe I'll install a battery disconnect switch so that it's easy to reset while away from home. I'll ask my mechanic.
  20. 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N420 Goes Full Lockdown

    Drove it for four days on a longish trip from Portland, Oregon, up to Whistler, British Columbia, and back. No problems. Got home and put it in the garage.

    Pulled it out to wash and detail it...
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    Re: Times have changed - thank goodness!

    My paternal grandfather operated a service station ("Trummel's Gas & Oil") in St. Maries, Idaho, for many years; '40s into the '60s. My two uncles, Boyd and Jack, also worked there. They saved the...
  22. Re: Austin Healey Sprite MK I - master cylinder cap

    Hi Fred and welcome to the AH Forum. Glad you're here. However, there is another forum here at the BCF that is specifically for Sprites and Midgets, the "Spridgets" forum. You might have better...
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    Re: What were they thinking

    Yes, and most people don't realize that Donald Healey's CBE ("Commander of the Order of the British Empire") was awarded not for his contribution to automotive design or for his achievements in...
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    Re: Most popular color for A/H 3000

    I know you didn't mean BRG and Colorado Red on the same car, but a BRG Healey with a red interior is another great option. Few people realize that red is a neutral color - "a color that goes with...
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    Re: Most popular color for A/H 3000

    I'd call that one of the lightest BRGs I've seen (maybe it's just the pic).

    Funny thing about BRG over OEW: Chuck Gowan, an active member in the SF Bay area in the latter 70s and 80s had his BJ8...
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