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Fareastdriver 20th Mar 2021 18:43

Should've kept the Consul Capri.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Cons...UAAOSwZx9gViOb

NutLoose 20th Mar 2021 21:02

Consul Capri...sigh.. guy who I won’t name bought one off a MT driver who cherished it, we went out for a drink and on the way back someone past us, now as the driver he hadn’t been drinking but for some reason he took umbrage at being past so took off after him, despite us pleading he had it straight through the redline ( and he was an aircraft engine tradesman ) and kept it there, that poor old ford V4 screwing its nuts off.. we eventually reached the outskirts of Reading and as he slowed down you could hear the poor old girl sounding like a Chieftain tank on a cold morning as the temp gauge went through the roof, he managed to pull into a side street before it died and it could well be still sitting there. What a waste of what was a beautifully kept car.

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Kiltrash 20th Mar 2021 21:38

We used to drive from Edinburgh and to get to the North side of the Firth of Forth we used the ferry from South Queensferry to North you get the idea. This was before the Forth Road Bridge was opened in 1964 ish.
Sometimes due to engineering works there was only one ferry running and so a delay of almost 45 minutes was the norm.
So we would join the queue and Grandad would wander off for a smoke of the pipe and watch the trains on the bridge and he would return when the car was due to load.
One day he did not return and we were holding up the cars behind....
He was located in the Hawes Inn Hotel totally forgetful this was a family trip out. ...

DType 20th Mar 2021 22:30

Borrowed my father's Hillman Minx Estate for a camping trip in the NW Highlands, late 1950s. A 3/4 mattress fitted neatly between the wheel arches, very cosy. But it just could not get up the hill to Diabaig. Then I recalled that reverse was a lower ratio than first, so we charged up backwards. The cooling system was not effective at sustained high load at negative forward velocity, but we were able to continue after a breather at the top.
The speedo was very non-linear, I think the last number was 80, but you could get it beyond to H then P and eventually to M if you tried (probably where 120 mph would have been on a truly linear dial, in fact almost all the way round back to zero).
It always conked out at the same place going up Soutra Hill in winter. The magic cure was to open the bonnet, remove the distributor cap, run a greasy finger round the contacts, put all back, and continue. Yes, carburettor icing, which melted whilst we fooled around with the distributor.

Gargleblaster 20th Mar 2021 23:21

My late father's cars that I remember:

A Volga, third series (Baleen).

A Moskowich van, probably a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moskvitch_412.

Hydromet 20th Mar 2021 23:39

These International trucks were my Grandfather's, and possibly the first vehicles my father (on right) drove. They were the first trucks to be driven overland from Cooktown to Weipa in North Qld, in 1931. My father was 18 in the photo. In an article that he wrote for a magazine in the 1950s, he described the difficulties of crossing Cape York on what had previously been foot tracks. This makes the effort of Hector Macquarrie and Dick Mathews, in making the trip in an Austin 7 a couple of years earlier, pretty remarkable.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....3494993908.jpg

Pinky the pilot 21st Mar 2021 02:21

Oi Gerry111; What about the Monaro with the 327(?) V8 that he had back in the late 60's?


artee 21st Mar 2021 03:18


Originally Posted by Hydromet (Post 11012960)
These International trucks were my Grandfather's...

What a great picture! Different days.

Hydromet 21st Mar 2021 07:33

Thanks Artee, glad you like it.

gerry111 21st Mar 2021 08:06


Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot (Post 11013012)
Oi Gerry111; What about the Monaro with the 327(?) V8 that he had back in the late 60's?

Pinky, Dad's first Monaro was a silver mink 1969 HK with six cylinder 186 cid Sports engine. His second was an electra blue 1971 HG with 253cid V8. Apparently my brother got to drive the V8 (once) when he was learning to drive..

I think an original 1968 Bathurst HK 327cid V8 Holden Monaro sold a while back for around AUD $1 million!

Cheers, Mate.

Kiltrash 21st Mar 2021 09:10

Back in the day traffic, cars and filling stations were few and far between. So if you were in the Highlands you had to be aware of where fuel could be had. Obviously long before self service and to get fuel you would draw up and go to the house and knock the door, and hope they were in.
One we went to was out and a notice said to fill up and pay in the honesty box.
There was a metered dial and handwritten calculator for tbe price.
Different times

Effluent Man 21st Mar 2021 09:36


Originally Posted by NutLoose (Post 11012901)
Consul Capri...sigh.. guy who I wonít name bought one off a MT driver who cherished it, we went out for a drink and on the way back someone past us, now as the driver he hadnít been drinking but for some reason he took umbrage at being past so took off after him, despite us pleading he had it straight through the redline ( and he was an aircraft engine tradesman ) and kept it there, that poor old ford V4 screwing its nuts off.. we eventually reached the outskirts of Reading and as he slowed down you could here the poor old girl sounding like a Chieftain tank on a cold morning as the temp gauge went through the roof, he managed to pull into a side street before it died and it could well be still sitting there. What a waste of what was a beautifully kept car.

Iirc the V4 wasn't ever fitted to the earlier Capri. It was a 1340cc straight four with a three bearing crank. That set up was fine on the 105E 997cc and ok ish on the 1198, although the heavier Cortina did knock them out. The 1340 however was a lemon and wore out very quickly.

Landflap 21st Mar 2021 11:29

Must admit it wasn't my Dad's but best mate's. His Dad was a big shot in Iran and reckoned he could get us both into Iranair via , "connected" time on light twins . So, there we were and his Dad had this huge, American station wagon type of thing. No idea what it was but even the tail-gate was bigger than most barn doors. You know, the sort of fabbo American cars that seemed to wobble backwards & forwards for quite a while after stopping. Pure joy.

DType 21st Mar 2021 11:43

Those Highland petrol pumps were often hand cranked. My father once asked for 16 gallons and was refused - too much like hard work. Conversely, on a business trip to London during petrol rationing, when he asked for 18 gallons on the A1, the garage owner was so pleased with the money that he refused to take any coupons, and invited him to call in any time he wanted more (unrationed) fuel.

NutLoose 21st Mar 2021 16:31


Originally Posted by Hydromet (Post 11013055)
Thanks Artee, glad you like it.

agreed with previous comments, 400 odd miles with presumably no garages or fuel stops on route.

Kiltrash 21st Mar 2021 16:36

Fuel Rationing, During the War Grandad was in the fishing industry he got additional coupons for fuel, Uncle was in the Whisky industry and got a "Works Allowance" to stop pilfering.
Needless to say they had a ' arrangements, ' Fuel for Whisky
( long before I came along.) But I was aware similar happened into the ' 60's where Friday night a parcel of 6 fillets for a bottle of Whisky, the Ding Dong brand

NutLoose 21st Mar 2021 16:38


Originally Posted by Effluent Man (Post 11013091)
Iirc the V4 wasn't ever fitted to the earlier Capri. It was a 1340cc straight four with a three bearing crank. That set up was fine on the 105E 997cc and ok ish on the 1198, although the heavier Cortina did knock them out. The 1340 however was a lemon and wore out very quickly.

it must have been the Corsair then, both similar looking. But I’m sure it looked like the Capri.


Kiltrash 21st Mar 2021 20:05

Grandad would start at silly o' clock and not the first time he would leave a parking light on overnight and would have a flat battery the next morning. As the eldest it became my job to be trained how to start a car with the Starting Handle. ...never dislocated a finger but sometimes the kick back did cause a hand injury.
my excuse why I could not do my homework...
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ex82watcher 21st Mar 2021 20:42


Originally Posted by NutLoose (Post 11013350)
it must have been the Corsair then, both similar looking. But Iím sure it looked like the Capri.

Perhaps a Ford Classic ? rather similar to the Capri,but less sporty,and with an inward sloping rear window,like the Anglia.

hiflymk3 21st Mar 2021 21:32

I recall my father on a moped before he graduated to a jellymould Hillman, then an Austin A60,- (austintatious) and a Triumph Dolomite. He aspired to a Humber or Rover but never got there.

More interesting was a rather colourful uncle who had Vauxhall Crestas, Ford Consuls before he got the Jag bug. His last Jag was a 3.8 in which I sat on his lap and steered. After that a 2+2 and a Mach 1 Mustang. Fancy a spin he would ask us kids. :ok:


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