Old cars and other
things I've messed about with (and sometimes messed up) over the
I've had all sorts of cars,bikes and other things over the
years but not took many pictures of them.Here are a few I have
A Rover 14.
Found in a scrap yard in pretty awfull condition.The
interior was rotten and damp and the bodywork shot to pieces.The engine
was seized solid,the clutch was shot,the brakes seized and it had no
Apart from that it was fine.
This is it after I'd painted it
and before the headlights went back on.
Cars can be rebuilt and restored but
I used to be that slim looking hippy leaning on
the window.This was taken (I think) some time in the 70's that
Corsair 2000E was my mates and was pretty new at the time.
dog used to go everywhere with me.
This is the Rover put back together again.I found another
picture that gave the registration number.
From the DVLA site I found
that this car is still with use,but is now a hot rod.
I almost remember
selling it but I also had a similar car,I think that one was known as the
doctors or maybe sports,it had a lower roof line.I remember putting it in
a shed for storage,after that,I just can't remember.
1958 Mk2 Consul
Look at this smart looking young
lad in the buddy holly glasses posing proudly beside his 1958 ford
consul.He'd already treated it to a respray in Aquatic Jade and a fancy
grill made from alloy strips.The padded spot lamp covers and badge bar are
very 60's..Later the tops of a couple of scrap wings provided
mounts for another pair of headlights on the top of the bonnet and some
fancy stripes went on the side in olde english white to match the
Sadly none of the modifications helped avoid the rust breaking
through the 'chassis' sections underneath. Despite manfully struggling for
a few weeks to make good the damage laying on his back by the side of the
road the lad couldn't repair it to MOT standards and the poor old consul
ended up in a Norwich scrap yard.
Vanden Plas 3 litre
After a brief flirtation with a
Rover 90 I bought this Vanden Plas 3 litre.The colour was chamagne beige
over rust.Lovely inside with white leather seats,wooden dash and real
My first automatic,I forgot the dealers advice to not use my
left foot and at the first set of traffic lights stood the old girl on end
pressing down hard on an imaginary clutch pedal which was of course
the brakes.The guy behind nearly wrote off his new rover and his shopping
joined him in the front.Oh,how he laughed.
One job I used the car
for was to pick up a heavy 'Oxford' oil cooled welder.It was placed
in the back with a forklift and dropped right through the boot
Not to worry with a big bit of plywood and plenty of
underseal,it still served as a run about untill the MOT or more
importantly the tax expired.I then bought a Jaguar Mk7 but sadly I have no
pictures of it.
For some reason that now escapes me I went through a
period of buying old SWB landrovers,rebuilding them and then finding
them so uncomfortable to drive that I sold them straight away.Only to
forget and buy another to do the same thing all over again.
is one from the middle of my land rover period.
I bought another for
spares,cutting up the left over chassis and burying it in the chicken
run.Some years later a guy called round asking if I had any land rover
spares for sale.I told him all I had was a cut up chassis buried n the
garden.He got all excited offering to buy it.I told him if he wanted to
dig it up and leave it tidy he could have it.
He arrived the next
day with a pal and a couple of shovels and went away happy as
12 cylinders,250 plus horse power and 5.3
Yet,one of the worst cars I've ever owned.After finding
out that it couldn't leave my Mk1 3 litre capri that far behind and
that it rotted as fast as I could keep welding it,a thirst for fuel that
could cause global warming all on its own was the last straw.
remember taking it up to an indicated 150mph one night on a deserted road
and after that could no longer think of a good enough reason to keep
I think the XJ6 was a better car in lots of ways. (I had
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