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2004 Mini One

Discussion in 'off topic' started by George J, Mar 8, 2022.

  1. Enfield boy

    Enfield boy pfm Member

    I always found the girls alone always cost more than a fiver:)
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  2. Enfield boy

    Enfield boy pfm Member

  3. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    That's a very expensive alternative. For the price you can have waxotl twice a year and probably pay someone to do it for you. It's only half an hour on the ramp. In fact I DIY, I don't bothef with a ramp for a simple blow round underneath.
  4. AV8

    AV8 pfm Member

    I bought a load of waxoyl from Halfords really cheap a few weeks back, I will donate a tin to you George as it spreads easily enough even for a 250g tin.

  5. George J

    George J Herefordshire member

    Dear AV8,

    That is an idea. Quite happy to pay for it when we meet up at the end of June.

    The real point is that I have replace the other dodgy tyre, still legal just, but too close to borderline for me, so now I have four tyres with deep tread! No spare in the modern fashion ...

    Dear Steve 67,

    The reason I like cars that most would consider utter rubbish today or at the time, is because I can fix them myself. I do not have any computer abilities, but fitting a set of points, or cleaning and adjusting a carburettor is mother's milk to me. Setting the ignition timing with a Lucas set is the simplest job on the planet! To change the oil on the Mini requires it be on a ramp, and a special wrench to remove the oil filter, but at least the engine does not have a tray under it, and has a plain sump plug, but two many cars now require a huge amount of work even to get near the sump plug!

    As for performance, for me it is all a question of being an easy starter [and most engines with SU carbs are], and easy access for when a master cylinder of slave cylinder needs to be changed. Zero to sixty is of absolutely no interest to mean speedy-Gonzales cornering capacity is irrelevant when the sight lines make high speed corner dangerous in any case. That was the beauty of my two Volvo 240s. Very easy to work on, though now they worth five figures just about, so out of price range. And handling that did not justify hooning about in any case!!

    My favourite modern [ish!] car is the 3 litre straight six [engine by Porsche] Volvo 960 with the manual gearbox, in estate form form. A hearse, but at least it would save money at my funeral!

    Best wishes from George

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