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    Cars I have known

    Way, way back in a galaxy far away...well the 60s really & armed with a shiney new driving licence & £40, I bought my first car, a Standard Vanguard PH1a in black with leather interior (note the decals in the back window!).





    Then followed a period known as the "doldrums" during which nothing much passed my way to speak of car-wise until in 1978 during what was to be my last year of working at Santa Pod, I stumbled across this unfinished project behind Streatham Ice Rink. A Rays Rods 33 Plymouth coupe with a Daimler Hemi engine, manual box, Triumph ifs & Jag live rear axle. Sadly, reality set in shortly afterwards & it was sold on, still unfinished.




    After this, I drifted into the "dark side" again, buying first this....



    ....which I transformed into this......



    .... followed by a 3 door version which I could not (at the time this was originally written) find any specific pics of but appears in the backdground of a few more further on. However, I have now found them & here it is. It was a basic 3 door shell, fitted with a 2.9 V6 4-wheel drive running gear that had been stolen & had all the body kit & interior stripped off. In the boot was part of what looked like some of the running gear transfer case, but in fact was nothing to do with this car, so I lucked in, bought it & rebuilt it.






    It was the best-handling car I've ever had & in some ways wish I'd never sold it.

    Then came a MK2 Capri, again a damaged repairable which I converted into a MK3.

    Next up was a Consul Capri with a 2.0 Pinto (fitted rather badly, so was replaced witha more period rebuilt 1500 crossflow).




    After the Capri came the Consul, the first of several feature cars I was to own. This one had a 302 SBF, C4 & Jaguar rear end & was a whole lot of fun.



    It's now enjoying a nice retirement in sunny Jersey, here it is at Southampton docks on it's way across the water..It's now nearing the end of an extensive rebuiild & will be back pounding the streets of Jersey very soon! (Just in front of it is my 3 door Sierra Cosworth look-alike mentioned earlier.)



    Around the late 80s/early 90s I was an independant insurance assessor & during a visit to a classic car dealership in Parsons Green, I happened across this....what was once the Boston Strangler, famously owned by Jeff Beck who imported it in the late 60s & that I actually worked on some time later when he had a moment in it!!! By the time I came across it, it had been changed somewhat & had a blower added, which, together with a very tight rebuilt SBC, made driving it an "experience" to say the least!





    I then lost track of it until I was in Coys of Kensington's storage garages, inspecting another classic & there it was again, looking a bit sad & unloved. After a lot of haggling, I came away the proud owner of a real-life, up & running (after a fashion!) Street Rod!



    However, my ownership was short-lived as I was made an offer I couldn't refuse & the Anhauser-Busch brewery bought it & put it in one of their themed restaurants.


    Also in the late 80s I became, first the part-owner & keeper, then owner of this 1930 Chevy 2 door sedan, with a 283 SBC, Powerglide, 57 Chevy rear axle & stock-ish chassis & suspension. This went through a few owners after this & ended up being re-painted a ghastly white & red scheme in preparation for being used as a wedding car! It never happened & I believe it's now gone abroad.





    Although I really liked this car & regret not having it now(!), it was a nightmare to maintain as most of the chassis fixings needed re-fastening every 6 months & there was more wood filler in the door frames & surrounds than in B & Q!!! The wheels here are Genuine Cragar slot mags, which I later replaced with bolt-on chrome wires.

    Then came the Ranch Wagon, the first of my large people carriers I now favour(!), which although large, comfortable & relatively economical with a 6 pot, was terminally rusty!





    As I am a life-long fan of Model Ts, when the opportunity to buy one I had seen several times before & admired came along, I wasted no time. This is how it came to me, no screen to speak of, crossplies & pretty basic.



    I pretty soon began making my own mark on it, adding radials (for driveability), full height screen (ditto) & full folding top with side screens (ditto again).









    That's pretty much up to date, just a few more "improvements" over the winter & it's out & on with the FUN!!!!
    As you may know, I do like to drive this car.....

    Unless, of course, something else comes along!!!!!

    NB. I make no apologies for not actually building any of my cars (apart from the late-model salvage ones that is), but I know my limitations &, being an impatient fella, prefer to buy them ready built & modify them to suit my style & then get out there & drive the wheels off them!!!

    UPDATE.

    Something else did come along, something I'd been after for 9 years, built right here in the good old UK & not Nick Butler's Vitamin T but does closely resemble that car in it's original guise when Nick first built it. This one was built from an original steel body imported over 17 years ago & transformed into the car you see now by Phil May from Scarborough. Once finished, it saw very little use & only ventured down to Billing once & to Belgium for a Euronats trip one year.







    XX Update XX I'm now into a 2 year full mechanical rebuild, hopefully to be finished in 2012 & am aiming to live up to the logo on the number plates that Phil had made when he had a blower fitted, although I'm going stroker motor & carb!!



    Well, it'll be something for me to enjoy when I retire (supposedly this year!!).

    Last edited by MisteR Tee; 12-02-12 at 03:34 PM. Reason: Added new pics from Photobucket
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    I feel inadequate now!

    The Consul is really subtle and I think I remember that from an old Street Machine feature.
    Boston Strangler is one of the influential T's from my school days. Didn't it resurface recently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WagonMan View Post
    I feel inadequate now!

    The Consul is really subtle and I think I remember that from an old Street Machine feature.
    Boston Strangler is one of the influential T's from my school days. Didn't it resurface recently?
    Please don't, this is over a very long period of time.
    The Consul was indeed on the cover of Street Machine & featured inside when owned by the guy that bought it off the builder.
    The Boston Strangler did surface again when Lord Purple did a feature on it, now owned by an ex-employee of the brewery. He was thinking of selling it, but was asking a lot for a car that basically wants a complete ground-up rebuild, which is very dated in style & would probably have to lose its identity completely in order to be used again. Otherwise, it would be a very expensive piece of memorabilia, languishing in a garage somewhere. Somewhere, I have pics of it & Pinball Wizard together at the first Supernats at Knebworth, where we did a parade of honour & where I was first approached by the Rutherford brothers about selling it to the brewery.
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    Nice one Maurice. Us SAGA rodders have been through some Rides in our time.
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    Hey buddy, how are you? Oh, Martin says can you pop round & do few jobs for him on his car, as you're not doing much!!!!

    I hope you're taking it very easy & Lins is waiting on you hand & foot!!!!
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    She sure is. Thanks.

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    maurice i used to love that chevy sedan i remember it at chelsea one nite and all you could hear was the tyre noise as it went passed ,it was so quiet

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    Quote Originally Posted by hershambob View Post
    maurice i used to love that chevy sedan i remember it at chelsea one nite and all you could hear was the tyre noise as it went passed ,it was so quiet
    That was probably after I did one of the first jobs on it when I got it & had a new exhaust system made by Dave Boxall at Specialised Exhausts in Mitcham.
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    Smile 1930 chevy

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    Yes it did before I had it, they had a garage somewhere near Eardley Road didn't they?
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    maurice i remember that chevy going over the albert bridge and you could hear the tyres and not the motor,,wasnt it featured with a yellow 40/41 chevy coupe in one of the mags??

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    Quote Originally Posted by hershambob View Post
    maurice i remember that chevy going over the albert bridge and you could hear the tyres and not the motor,,wasnt it featured with a yellow 40/41 chevy coupe in one of the mags??
    Bob, yes that was when it was imported into this country by the English builder, Karl, along with the yellow 39 coupe he had. He had built the 30 coupe from various bits he found whilst he was in the States, then he drove it all over the place before finally returning, bringing it with him. I used to bump into him every now & then, but haven't seen him for a while now.

    UPDATE: now added my latest ride.
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    what a beautiful looking T Maurice. I remember Vitamin T always liked that car a piece of drivable art.
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    Lovely looking T Maurice, you must be over the moon after waiting all this time for it.
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    Very nice Mo, well done.
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    You jammy b+*%rd that is one nice Tall T,
    Well done Maurice,

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33HEMI View Post
    You jammy b+*%rd that is one nice Tall T,
    Well done Maurice,
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