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23rd May 2012, 14:42
Something(s) nice from the past.

Chevy Billboards in Detroit, Michigan (http://www.rockinghammemories.net/chevybillboards.html)

When cars had soul..........as opposed to today :{

Loose rivets
23rd May 2012, 16:04
An early Hydromatic gearbox. Absolutely superb transmission,


Which is more than I can say for this some 40 years later. A car that was a total waste of space. Really feel shafted by Stuttgart.


Use this every day to get the kids from school. Big and comfy, and I DO NOT wait in line with the engine running just to stay cool. I park and walk, and glare at the lard-arses that keep their 6 ltrs running for one little freon pump.

A/C needs attention from time to time - after all, it does work hard.


There's bling, and then there's BLING!


24th May 2012, 08:46
Great post thanks. The last time I crossed the pond was in 1976 when the roads were still full of cars like that and your hire car was a Chevvy - not a Toyota. Get the feeling if I ever come back I'll feel something's missing. Huge SUVs and Humvees don't appeal in the same way as the chromium monsters on those billboards.

A/C needs attention from time to time - after all, it does work hard.

You still not got that aircon fixed, L-R ? ;)

Ancient Observer
24th May 2012, 10:21
Most cars are just sooooooo ugly.

When I win the lottery, I will buy the only good looking car in the world that is still made. An Aston Martin. The only downside with this ambition is that I do not enter the lottery.

(The best looking car ever was, of course, a 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint)

24th May 2012, 11:23
The best looking car ever was, of course, a 1973 Lotus Elan Sprint

No argument there, though the reason why "simple" maintenance or replacements necessitated virtually dismantling the entire car is not too hard to find ... Colin Chapman was actually a degree-qualified civil engineer - no formal automotive training whatsoever. I followed in his footsteps at UCL a few years later, where he was one of the best-known alumni.

But those luscious Chevvys in the OP, built like the proverbial brick outhouse, could probably be worked on by climbing inside, with room for a couple of mates as well to help out ... ;)

24th May 2012, 12:24

The guy downstairs from our office runs a Thai restaurant, rather good by all accounts I won't eat there though I watch his chefs walk out of the toilet cubicles without washing their hands....OK maybe that makes them more authentic...but anyways....

He has a number plate on his Aston Martin DB7...XXX1, on his Bentley xxx2, on his Maserati xxx3

The restaurant is large, probably seats close to 150.....never more than say 8 - 10 people in there, may be does better at night but it's not a part of town I'm in at night...

About $550 AUD sq metre PLUS Outgoings

Now tell me how that works???

24th May 2012, 14:40

Argh...restaurants! One of the oldest and most respectful way to launder money, mostly gained from drugs, prostitution, protection rackets, illegal gambling, fraud and extortion to name but a few.

Anyway, I will have a word with my chefs as it's completely unacceptable for them not to wash their hands. Please PM me and i'll arrange a meal on the house for you!

Ancient Observer
24th May 2012, 15:21
Maybe he gets the money from commercial Thai-ins?

(Hat, coat, brolly)