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hugo7

Member since Mar 2009 • Last active Jan 2020

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    You guys would know better.

    Like I said it was a left field suggestion. I'm sure a guy at my uni had an MGB which he said was cheaper to run overall.

    Overall my guess is leasing a new 1.0l with 1-2yrs "free" insurance would be the best/most cost effective. But you'd have to do the sums.

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    why are you suggesting that someone who admits having "no idea about cars" to buy a car which qualifies for classic car insurance......?

    I suggested a range of options.

    But on the classic front, apparently car's from as young as 10yo can qualify depending on insurer. The mileage is limited, but he implied it wouldn't be used much. I found this definition on a comparison site:

    A ‘classic’ is any car more than 15 years old with a minimum value of £1,500, although this may differ depending on the insurer.
    To be clear I'm suggesting he buy a 15yo Mondeo/similar, not a Triumph Spitfire.

    most classic insurance requires garaging, i think

    yeah, that^ was the main reason it was left field, as on the street in S.LDN is less likely to fly.

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    On the turtle chat, has anyone tried on the baby turtle?

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    Cheers

    Is it as thick and square as it looks?

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    Yes! Had a summer job that had a driving route past there.

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    Zipcar followed by a rental for your long journeys.

    Being realistic even at 36 as a new driver your yr 1 (and probably yr2) insurance will be absolutely insane. Especially if you're parking on the street in London.

    If you're happy to lease, get whatever deal you can wrangle the 1st years insurance bundled in.

    Otherwise I'd see any car as a 2yr stop gap with the cheapest insurance possible until you can get something you like once your premiums come down.

    From this list a Polo seems a good shout.
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/motorway.co­.uk/amp/guides/cheapest-cars-to-insure

    Another left field option is to get some sort of old saloon or estate which qualifies for classic car insurance - given you expect your mileage to be low. This is on the basis that from your brief 99% will be either motorway driving or stuck on one of the London ring roads. It means you could get away with a larger engine which will make motorways more pleasant - otherwise it's hard to square the circle of a small engine which in a big car will be underpowered, or a small car that will be too small for IKEA...that's why the Jazz always gets suggested.

    Also on your OH doing her test, probably best that she does a manual test so she at least has the option of driving a manual, if say for eg you go somewhere where you can't rent an auto. Also driving a manual isn't much harder to learn. The challenge of learning is having to coordinate a whole new set of physical and mental skills all at once - moving the gear lever and clutch obviously adds to that, but it doesn't remove all the other elements.

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    styling taste would be best described as 'Robot Wars'.

    Ha! That's pretty on the money. But then the street fighter looked sick at the end... altho I guess there was still a touch of Alien about it.

    @m_v - that's the thing tho. If all your experience is mig then brazing something delicate might be a hard place to start.

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    I know! The concept and the tail were pointing it in a great direction, but now I think it's going to be a super elaborate version of his rat bikes from back in the day.

    Wasn't sure about the rectifier cover, nor why he didn't source a cooler rectifier and relocated it (a mosfet rectifier swap and relocation is common for the aircooled bonnies).

    @M_V

    No way to join steel and brass?

    I think the point wasn't well articulated, but he's talking about brass mesh. You'd know better than me, but wouldn't there be a risk of blowing through the brass mesh if brazing?

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    Buzzfeed's version is a more titillating.

    Labour leadership contender Jess Phillips has called on the Tories to withdraw the whip from Wallis.

    "Let's be clear: sugar daddy is a euphemism for something deeply ugly: exploitation of women by powerful men,” her campaign said. "The Tories should feel ashamed sitting alongside Jamie Wallis. The only way to show they don't condone this kind of behaviour is to flay the whip."

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    Cash for honours?

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