Classic car as a daily runner?

RBMK

LE
Book Reviewer
Road featured Robert Dunlop’s sons Michael and William. William has since been killed.

Robert Dunlop was Joey’s brother. Both were killed. Their younger brother Jim survived and his son Sam races too.

Joey’s brother-in-law Mervyn Robinson also died racing.
Whilst I don't like to hear of anyone getting killed, the Dunlops are well in the running for a Darwin award.
 

CaptainRidiculous

On ROPS
On ROPs
I think that’s actually a positive, or could be spun as such. Colourful characters are usually popular.
Knowledgeable and cantankerous.
One of those restorations shows had them metal stitching an Austin cylinder head. Amazing. And the bloke doing it suffered no fools.
Amazing tv.
As mentioned before, car sos has become much more technical, less japes, blags and jokery.
 

TamH70

MIA
Imagine Truxx gobbling off about why a modern coil will not work with a 100 year old Atwater Kent "unispark" distributor.

I can hear the snoring from here.
I and many, many, many hundreds of thousands of people have spent hours watching two men in a garage make a succession of brackets out of steel and aluminium, often bolted onto other brackets then onto a FrankenMini, and been completely fascinated by the process. Usually preceded by one of the men saying "let"s get the funk out " as funky instrumental music starts playing.

Me and those people don't consider a single moment truly wasted, so you don't have any excuse not to have a go. It might not work out, but you will never know unless you start publishing videos.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
Ivan Dutton made some interesting videos, hes a very skilled engineer with a background in racing cars
he doesnt use buzz words either
not seen any videos for a while so perhaps his health is not too good

 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Ratarossa is also a good channel to watch.

Basically the trials and tribulations of a relatively normal bloke who manages to own a load of Ferraris on the cheap. He does all the maintenance himself and all of the cars he buys are generally “projects.”

Great watching.

 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
I’ve had the Golf advertised at £6995 for over 6 weeks now and haven’t had a sniff.

I thought that was a fair price, looking at other ones out there. There are currently two on eBay for over 15k.

Seems the market is a bit stagnant at the moment. I’m gonna sit on it and enjoy it a while longer.

In the meantime I’ve purchased a cheap and cheerful Skoda Yeti as a runaround which ticks the commuting box at least.

Meanwhile the Ferrari is away having a big engine out service and is racking up big bills. The mechanic keeps finding little niggles that are the result of previous bodges. 840 quid for a new oil hose, 600 quid for an under tray, 400 quid for some other little part. I’m not gonna see any change out of 5-6 grand for this service.

I’m rapidly losing interest in this car and it’s turning into a bit of a financial liability. When it’s back from the service I think I’m gonna get rid.

Should be able to get between 40 and 50 for it which is a lot more than I bought it for. That’s 20k in the bank and a nice Lancia Fulvia which I’d much prefer to be honest.
 
I’ve had the Golf advertised at £6995 for over 6 weeks now and haven’t had a sniff.

I thought that was a fair price, looking at other ones out there. There are currently two on eBay for over 15k.

Seems the market is a bit stagnant at the moment. I’m gonna sit on it and enjoy it a while longer.

In the meantime I’ve purchased a cheap and cheerful Skoda Yeti as a runaround which ticks the commuting box at least.

Meanwhile the Ferrari is away having a big engine out service and is racking up big bills. The mechanic keeps finding little niggles that are the result of previous bodges. 840 quid for a new oil hose, 600 quid for an under tray, 400 quid for some other little part. I’m not gonna see any change out of 5-6 grand for this service.

I’m rapidly losing interest in this car and it’s turning into a bit of a financial liability. When it’s back from the service I think I’m gonna get rid.

Should be able to get between 40 and 50 for it which is a lot more than I bought it for. That’s 20k in the bank and a nice Lancia Fulvia which I’d much prefer to be honest.

Keep the Ferrari, while it makes serious inroads into your wallet it’s worth keeping.
Unless you get really bored with it, wish to offload sit back watch half of arrse ask for a test drive wearing Detroit tigers cap and khaki shorts ;)


ps any chance of a off road shot of the new (ish)yeti
 

TamH70

MIA
I’ve had the Golf advertised at £6995 for over 6 weeks now and haven’t had a sniff.

I thought that was a fair price, looking at other ones out there. There are currently two on eBay for over 15k.

Seems the market is a bit stagnant at the moment. I’m gonna sit on it and enjoy it a while longer.

In the meantime I’ve purchased a cheap and cheerful Skoda Yeti as a runaround which ticks the commuting box at least.

Meanwhile the Ferrari is away having a big engine out service and is racking up big bills. The mechanic keeps finding little niggles that are the result of previous bodges. 840 quid for a new oil hose, 600 quid for an under tray, 400 quid for some other little part. I’m not gonna see any change out of 5-6 grand for this service.

I’m rapidly losing interest in this car and it’s turning into a bit of a financial liability. When it’s back from the service I think I’m gonna get rid.

Should be able to get between 40 and 50 for it which is a lot more than I bought it for. That’s 20k in the bank and a nice Lancia Fulvia which I’d much prefer to be honest.

Oh gawd man, you're thinking of buying a Lancia after your Ferrari pooed the bed?

Are you mad? Lancias are just Ferraris in prettier frocks.
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Keep the Ferrari, while it makes serious inroads into your wallet it’s worth keeping.
Unless you get really bored with it, wish to offload sit back watch half of arrse ask for a test drive wearing Detroit tigers cap and khaki shorts ;)


ps any chance of a off road shot of the new (ish)yeti
If I sell it, I’ll chuck it through a specialist auction. Collecting Cars is pretty good, a mate just sold his 550 on there with absolutely zero hassle. They also take all there commission from the buyer not the seller so you get whatever it sells for.

The Ferrari is great fun and I know I’ll regret selling it, especially given that prices are steadily rising, but it’s just a liability. I never really wanted that car in the first place, it all happened by accident and 5 years later I still have it.

Every time I drive it, I worry about what massively expensive part is gonna break next.

The cost of one service on this car is more than the total cost of the Golf and all the work I’ve done on it.
 
If I sell it, I’ll chuck it through a specialist auction. Collecting Cars is pretty good, a mate just sold his 550 on there with absolutely zero hassle. They also take all there commission from the buyer not the seller so you get whatever it sells for.

The Ferrari is great fun and I know I’ll regret selling it, especially given that prices are steadily rising, but it’s just a liability. I never really wanted that car in the first place, it all happened by accident and 5 years later I still have it.

Every time I drive it, I worry about what massively expensive part is gonna break next.

The cost of one service on this car is more than the total cost of the Golf and all the work I’ve done on it.

Some fair points, if You do decide to sell it let me know. I’ll appreciate it if you leave a full tank of gas and the key under the rear right tyre ;)
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
ps any chance of a off road shot of the new (ish)yeti
Except for towing the horse trailer, I haven’t really given it anything too strenuous yet. Just pottering round the farm.

And yeah it’s Jewish racing gold. Can’t really be picky with colour at this price.

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with parts even harder to source.
I’m rapidly finding the same with my w108 merc ( 1971)
The fact that it shares much of its suspension and steering ( and diff) with the pretty but now hidiously expensive pagoda roof sports means prices of some bits are horrendous, and the specialists who can refurb the unobtainium items ( like the steering trunnions, 3 eccentrically bored honed tubes set inside each other) set their prices to the “ investment” market .
Oh and £4K for a Boge suspension unit ( exchange) from Benz.
robbers.
and breath.
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Oh gawd man, you're thinking of buying a Lancia after your Ferrari pooed the bed?

Are you mad? Lancias are just Ferraris in prettier frocks.
Apart from horrendous rust the Fulvia is a pretty sweet little car and easy enough to work on.

4 less cylinders and 2.1 less litres than the Ferrari so a lot less to go wrong.

I’ve always wanted one. The reason I have the Ferrari is because my cousin went to Switzerland to import a Fulvia HF (the top spec 1.6 rally car one) for me.

The car turned out to be a dog and wasn’t as advertised so he bought the Ferrari instead (with my Fulvia money) as a way to get home and a fairly safe way of turning over a few quid.

I decided to keep it for a bit instead of selling it. When life presents you with a 4 seater classic Ferrari and you have 2 young kids, you just need to embrace these opportunities, but it was never part of the plan.
 
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