Recomend me a cheap, reliable and economical car built before 1960?

#1
I've decided I don't want to have to bother with MOT's so want a classic car. I also have heard through the pub you don't need to tax classic cars. So it's a win win.

So I'm after a cheap, reliable and economical car which is free from mot's. Preferably it will be able to get 40mpgs on a run.

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How much is an MOT these days about £40? Imagine the blood, sweat, tears and cash to keep a relic on the road.


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How much is an MOT these days about £40? Imagine the blood, sweat, tears and cash to keep a relic on the road.


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I don't want the admin though. If it goes I am happy with it. Having to scrap a very good car now cos it's got an airbag light on. It's a shame.

I also like the idea of working on a car myself. I don't mind doing little things (I've changed all breaks and have done a clutch etc...) but with modern car's it isn't so easy.
 
#6
The words classic and reliable don't useally get heard in the same sentence!


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I have the full aa cover - so can live with it breaking down now and again, as long as it's easyish and cheapish to fix.

Tbh when I have a long way to go and it's important I could rent a car or use the train.
 

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I don't want the admin though. If it goes I am happy with it. Having to scrap a very good car now cos it's got an airbag light on. It's a shame.

I also like the idea of working on a car myself. I don't mind doing little things (I've changed all breaks and have done a clutch etc...) but with modern car's it isn't so easy.
Any good at rebuilding engines, changing gearboxes and differentials, good at welding and painting?
They aren't reliable and cannot be relied on as a form of transport, you'll end up needing another car. Don't say you weren't warned.


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I don't want the admin though. If it goes I am happy with it. Having to scrap a very good car now cos it's got an airbag light on. It's a shame.

I also like the idea of working on a car myself. I don't mind doing little things (I've changed all breaks and have done a clutch etc...) but with modern car's it isn't so easy.
Scrapping a car because the airbag light is on? What planet are you on? Don't you know that most of the time that is caused by a bad connection to the seatbelt pretensioner? You know that little connector block under the seats that you never know the purpose of, that's the cabling to the pretensioner. Give the connector a wiggle and see if the light goes out.........
 

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I'd want to research price of replacement parts. The hours it takes to rebuild an engine can't be understated. Find out costs of reconditioned units.


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Any good at rebuilding engines, changing gearboxes and differentials, good at welding and painting?
They aren't reliable and cannot be relied on as a form of transport, you'll end up needing another car. Don't say you weren't warned.


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Paining - not a chance, I stuggle to make my living room look ok. But I don't care about driving around in something that looks like a shed.

Engines and Gearboxes etc - again I've not done it. I've got a few mates who are mechanics, and a few reme blokes i know. I'm told older stuff is much much easier to work on. I've taken a gearbox off a modern car to change a clutch, which was not easy.

Welding - I'm covered here. My best friends dad owns a welding company. So I don't have to worry about that.
 
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Scrapping a car because the airbag light is on? What planet are you on? Don't you know that most of the time that is caused by a bad connection to the seatbelt pretensioner? You know that little connector block under the seats that you never know the purpose of, that's the cabling to the pretensioner. Give the connector a wiggle and see if the light goes out.........
The planet where I have used a code reader, and have done what you have suggested. I paid £500 for this car. I can get £200 in scrap. If it costs me more than £300 to fix it's not worth it.
 

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Paining - not a chance, I stuggle to make my living room look ok. But I don't care about driving around in something that looks like a shed.

Engines and Gearboxes etc - again I've not done it. I've got a few mates who are mechanics, and a few reme blokes i know. I'm told older stuff is much much easier to work on. I've taken a gearbox off a modern car to change a clutch, which was not easy.

Welding - I'm covered here. My best friends dad owns a welding company. So I don't have to worry about that.
So then you'd need money to pay them or you'll find your mates running when they see you or ignoring your pleas for help.



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You are aware that it has to be pre 1960 to avoid an MOT?
As an aside, does it need to be original spec to qualify? Or could you take a 50s Ford Pop and get a rwd Escort engine & running gear to fit?

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So then you'd need money to pay them or you'll find your mates running when they see you or ignoring your pleas for help.



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Completely agree. It's not just about money.

However - I've had a few modern cars. Diesel Turbo, over a grand. Every MOT small annoying things like bushes cost a few hundred quid. Have a light on, main dealer want £70 to tell you what it is (and you can't use a normal code reader as it's a dealer only thing). Also had a dpf, and a dual mass fly wheel go.

So I'm happy to spend a few hours under a car and a few quid at a mechanics, as I'm sure it will work out cheaper.

The MOT is something I dread, and something I want to get away from. Every time: "you need new tyres and brakes mate" and me "**** off there is loads of grip on them, and the breaks have loads of meat left on them". It's just annoying.
 
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