OT(ish): Anybody after a cheap(ish) cage?

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Timo Geusch, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Me Alfa 75 is for sale. Pretty decent condition (a certain Mr Hewitt
    can confirm this), 3l V6 so it shifts quite well. MOT'd/taxed, etc
    blah blah. It also sports the 'one true colour'.

    Looking for around GBP750, might respond to arm twisting or not.

    Incoming pinnacle of British Engineering forces sale.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 20, 2003
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  2. Timo Geusch

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Yes, it's been checked over and certified [1] by one of my technicians
    [2].

    I've also seen it, and although it has been welded here and there it was
    done very well. The car is in good nick, and sounds great - but then it
    would being a V6.
    A Land Rover?

    [1] well certifiable anyway :)
    [2] Bob, whose been working on Alfas since 1985.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Sep 20, 2003
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  3. Andy Hewitt wrote:

    The owners must be very patient - I'd have asked for the car back and
    taken it elsewhere if it's taking that long to fix.
     
    Doesnotcompute, Sep 20, 2003
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  4. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Andy Hewitt was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Worse, a lot worse. Here is his brownness, in all glory. Crap photo
    taking this morning:

    http://www.unixconsult.co.uk/pictures/rover-rhs-f-s.JPG

    2 owners from new (well, since '76 anyway) and an entirely believeable
    31k on the clock. One of the sweetest Rover V8s I've heard so
    far. Plus of course the sounds that only a 'merican V8 can make, and
    non of these sanitised exhaust notes.

    SteveH already sent a 'CIHAGM'[1] and TOG's been taking the piss...
    Ahem.

    [1] Only to be expected.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 20, 2003
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  5. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Andy Hewitt was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    .... or of course you can phone the specialist who's got them on the
    shelf and lug the parts to the dealership. *Sigh*. Some things never
    change.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 20, 2003
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  6. Timo Geusch

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Yes, it does look nice, and the engine is totally bullet proof. BTW,
    what's that blob under the front of the car, oil leak? oily rag? or dog
    poo?
    Well, I've driven a few of those in my time. Just don't expect it to
    corner or brake like the Alfa though.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Sep 20, 2003
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  7. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Andy Hewitt was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    :). Actually I've wanted one for ages - the first time I saw one was
    when we were on a family holiday in Folkestone back in '83 or
    '84. There was one parked around the corner and I simply thought it
    looked the dog's dangly bits. Plus of course, the sound...

    Fancy giving it a service ;-).
    And more importantly, it looks nearly as nice from underneath. The
    front valance has seen better days, and there's a bit of rot but the
    only areas that actually seem to need attention are a 10p sized hole
    in under the rear wing (box unit aft of the D-post above the wheel),
    plus the usual sill end plates. And believe me, I've looked pretty
    hard this time, given their reputation for rot in the base unit.
    It is a black Calvin Klein men's slip. No, I'm not kidding. No idea
    where it came from either.
    Oh, I know that. I've actually driven it - wouldn't buy one without a
    test drive. It does the 'wafting along at an unreasonable pace' rather
    well, plus the (power) steering is very sixties as well.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 20, 2003
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  8. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Andy Hewitt was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    How's that working out then?

    BTW, you didn't mention how soon you were trying to move oop North but
    when the big moment comes and you need a hand with loading the van or
    somesuch, give me a shout.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 20, 2003
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  9. Timo Geusch

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    Ok, although we are soooo under staffed at the moment. Our service
    manager decided to take two weeks hols just as the franchise started.

    So far we're getting the 'I've been to ten other dealers, and they
    haven't fixed my rattle' brigade.
    Cheers. It's likely to be around Christmas time, as we want to start
    Emily off at school in a new term.

    We won't have too much baggage to take though, as we're moving into a
    furnished house. We'll be getting rid of a lot of stuff over the next
    few months, so if anybody wants to shout for some furniture and stuff,
    Email me.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Sep 20, 2003
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  10. Paul Corfield, Sep 20, 2003
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  11. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Andy Hewitt was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    They did look pretty much alright although I'm preparing myself for
    the 'it's a woofter'[1] comments from the specialists - I want to get
    those holes welded ASAP, plus someone needs to fit the new window
    seals/weather strips and I don't think it'll be me.

    I basically took the Practical Classics buyers guide with me and went
    over the car from one end to the other. Hope I haven't overlooked too
    many things...
    It's the auto/power steering variant. Ss are mucho dinero these days
    and for some reason finding an S with power steering is nearly
    impossible. I reckon an S in this condition with this mileage would've
    cost me around 2.5k - the agreed price on this one is a grand less...

    Plus, the S gearbox isn't the most robust about...

    [1] In keeping with the tradition.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 20, 2003
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  12. Timo Geusch

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    I can't even remember how the door trims come off on those. Window
    channels weren't a common job to do.
    If it seems to look right, and it runs OK, and the price is right, then
    it'll probably be hard to go wrong.
    Indeed. Mind you, the one's without PAS weren't too heavy to drive
    anyway, they seem to have got the gearing about right.
    But they're so much more fun with a manual box :)
    Of course ;-)
     
    Andy Hewitt, Sep 20, 2003
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  13. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Andy Hewitt was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Funny, same story at my place. Not that we've got a new franchise or
    so but atm half the team are either on hols or off sick.
    Great :-(.
    Well, I'll be around for Christmas this time but Gabriele's coming
    over. If you need a hand before the actual holidays I should be
    available tho'.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 21, 2003
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  14. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Andy Hewitt was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    It's not the channels themselves, it's the rubber strip on top of the
    door. Appearantly this is a common problem these days, but to fit a
    new (four of which actually come with the car) you have to remove the
    door cards and at least loosen the window frame as they're appearantly
    clamped in between the window frame and the door.
    Well, I tried one and it was just about bearable, even with my duff
    nerves in the arm, so I think you're right. However I thought it
    probably would be too heavy for Gabriele...
    Aye. OTOH, if the slush box gives up the ghost (as they appearantly
    tend to do occasionally), converting one to the later SD1 five speeder
    seems to be a very simple exercise.
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 21, 2003
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  15. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    Oldbloke was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    Nah, no boot mounted spare. Actually I'm fairly happy it doesn't,
    because it does only have the inside rear view mirror and I would
    prefer to not drill the doors or wings for more mirrors. And with the
    boot mounted spare all I'd see would be the tyre...
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 21, 2003
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  16. Timo Geusch

    Timo Geusch Guest

    The Smiths was seen penning the following ode to ... whatever:
    That's what certain mechanics like to imply - access isn't actually
    that bad if you've got a ramp or lift. Alfa inboard rear brakes are a
    lot worse. Access is fiddly, I grant you but it doesn't look like you
    have to drop the whole rear axle like you have to on an Alfa.
    Aye, it's a V8 after all. Doesn't really bother me, as I'm currently
    doing about 3000 miles/year in a cage. Probably *would* bother me if I
    did commute in it every day.
    Thanks. It's one of the better ones I found - asking price
    corresponded to Practical Classics category two, and I think that's
    pretty much what it is. Needs a little work, but then it's a 30 year
    old car...
     
    Timo Geusch, Sep 21, 2003
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  17. Timo Geusch

    The Smiths Guest

    Buggers the boot hinges/catches eventually too.
     
    The Smiths, Sep 21, 2003
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  18. Timo Geusch

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    I see, yes they did make them more properly in those days. Most of those
    trims fall off on their own these days.

    I guess we've been rather spoilt in the last few years eh? :)
    Yes, the old BW box wasn't known for its longevity. Mind you, they are a
    piece of piss to fix. I spent my last year at college working with the
    BW type 35 box, and we could strip it and rebuild it in a couple of
    hours - mind that was 20 years ago, and I haven't worked on one since.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Sep 21, 2003
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  19. Timo Geusch

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    I never found the Rover inboard rear brakes that bad myself, they're
    much easier than the Jaguar handbrake pads!

    We had a bit of old leaf spring that had been cut down, bent over and
    ground down to fit the piston on the Rover. It was a reasonably simple
    job to wind the piston back in.
    The later E-Type Jags had an access port built in, but I wouldn't want
    to modify a car in such a way now, you have no idea how you're affecting
    the structural integrity, especially when the car is so old anyway.
    I think you'll find this will be a generally uneconomical car anyway,
    it's certainly going to need a lot of TLC.

    Be prepared to be freeing off siezed bits a lot - such as brake pads and
    such.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Sep 21, 2003
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  20. Timo Geusch

    Andy Hewitt Guest

    If you want some chrome bits for this, we have an old accessory shop
    near us that still has some of the old Trico bits on the shelf.
     
    Andy Hewitt, Sep 21, 2003
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