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    How old is your project car?

    No offence, but I spent ages thinking you had a Hummer or something from the avatar. In my defence I have the resolution up high so the image is really small...
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    why do people modify small engines?

    Are you telling me you wouldn't like to see a 23% power increase? Because that's the way to look at it rather than "just" 14bhp. The Charade GTTI had a greater specific output than contemporary BMW M3s. Just sayin'!
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    Tour of southern France, Any Ideas?

    Ferry to Spain for the win. 24 hours on a ferry is going to be a lot more relaxing than 17 hours on autoroutes. Also get to see a bit of Spain, and be refreshed for what seems like the main purpose of the journey. Done southern France from Dover-Calais crossing and the journey was not all...
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    At Last!. I have started on my car ;-) PART 2

    Has the parachute arrived, yet? I was watching top fuel dragsters on Santa Pod's YouTube channel and one of the chaps was saying that when the parachute initially opens they lose 100MPH in 1 second, which sounds a lot to me, but some of those cars are going 200MPH+ at the line so they have to...
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    At Last!. I have started on my car ;-) PART 2

    I've finally read every post in this thread. It looks like VR has been good for the car! I can still recall your photos on the wall in the office, and I have to say I'm impressed with the progress and hope to come and see it campaigned when (and that is when, not if) it is. It'll probably be...
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    Rochdale death crash youth boasted of 142mph M62 drive

    I used to do emergency out of hours stuff, and on a few incidents I had to arrange clearing up after fatals. Generally by the time I got to site it was just blood and debris that needed clearing up and I had to get a specialist contractor to deal with the blood, but I had been out to a couple...
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    Dreaded bits of your driving test

    US = curb; UK = kerb
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    Your first car

    You're like Paul Walker, although unlike the Mitsubishi Eclipse, I doubt your car fixed itself in time for a car chase!!
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    At Last!. I have started on my car ;-) PART 2

    How long until it's campaigned?
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    Your first car

    Ha ha loads of Fiats!
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    Toyota Mr2

    ^ Me too
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    Your first car

    1988 Fiat Panda Super (999cc). It cost the grand sum of £180 from eBay, and £750 to insure third party, fire and theft. I can't even remember the nature of the crash, but I recall replacing the bonnet and offside headlamp. Couldn't find the right grille so I made one from Halfords best...
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    vw sludge problems

    I saw an independent video review of Seafoam on YouTube. Young American chap with a Honda Civic Coupe. He took the spark plugs out and stuck a camera into the combustion chamber so you can see the state of the pistons before and after. There was certainly a visible difference.
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    Carbs - the good old days

    Easier to go wrong, easier to fix!
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    At Last!. I have started on my car ;-) PART 2

    Steve, I'm working my way through this thread from both ends(!), from the front I think I'm only on page 8, but I'm getting through them! I noticed you have been maching components for wheelie bars. I wondered which events you would be campaining in - this isn't going to be a straight...
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    Toyota Mr2

    That must be a ZZW30 (Mk 3) then with VVTi - I think that's 140bhp in a car weighing a whisker under 1,000kgs. I take it that's the Roadster (AKA Spyder AKA MR-S) version if the top comes down.
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    Toyota Mr2

    1587cc 4AGE and then the supercharged 4AGZE in the Mk 1; the 20v silver and black tops were popular conversions, but not standard. 3SGE and 3SGTE being the NA and turbo versions of the Mk2 MR2. Toyota made some great cars throughout the late 80s and 90s.
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    Petrol heads in your family

    My dad worked for Ford for 35 years which I think almost completely crushed his interest in cars. When I was born, he was driving an extensively modified Hillman Imp which he had bought to replace his Mk II Jag as it was a gas guzzler and insurance headache. I believe he also marshalled at...
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    Funding a car purchase

    My current car cost me a litre of whiskey, so I used my credit card to buy the whiskey. I've bought most of my cars from friends or family, so the better ones I've paid in installments. Back in the olden days (pre-2008) the bank used to tell me I needed a car or a new kitchen and then loan...
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    Toyota Mr2

    I had a Mk 1 (AW11 for the afficianados), and when I first got it, it seemed like a rocket despite only having a 1.6 NA and the vaccum tube on the TVIS was leaking so it didn't come in until about 4,000RPM. Mind you I had come from a 1.3 Mk 3 Siesta. Had one moment of the pendulum affect, but...