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jono84

Member since Mar 2010 • Last active Dec 2022

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Both excellent, any idea what canti rack that is?

  • in Current Projects
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    That's really really good. I miss my old Rockhopper and have been thinking about going down the throw loads of cash at an old MTB route but this makes way more sense.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I agree cheap pre 83 cars would not be a good choice for London. There are plenty of pre 83 cars that i would happily choose over any modern car for a daily but i could never afford them. What i should have said is for those living outside of London or for those in London that want something older/classic but don't use their car much and don't want high purchase/running costs (me) then late 80s/early 90s from the places i mentioned wouldn't be a stupid place to look.

  • in Complete bikes and frame & forks
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    Can't tell if it's a good idea or not but i think this is great, GLWS

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    ULEZ aside i do think some more modern late 80's and early 90's classics still make for very good daily drivers. Plenty from Germany, Sweden and a few from Japan that tick most boxes and don't require a lot of specialist work.

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    What are some examples of 40 year old cars that might be practical (if you replace the wiring loom, cooling system and recondition the engine, gearbox, suspension and braking system)?

    Have i ever mentioned the Saab 900...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    FWIW in 10 years of ownership my bug broke down once, didn't rust, started in any weather and could be left for 9-10 months without any issues. But i put that down to having a very good classic car mechanic (my dad) and if it were my responsibility to look after and maintain it i'm sure my story would be the same as the gen pop (old cars suck).

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Yeah basically all this but it took me too long to write it down

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    I don’t know why more people aren’t buying pre 1980 cars in London. No road tax or mot needed, cheap insurance and no ULEZ charges

    EDIT: apologies @bq this was a reply for @johnnettles2

    Environmental/safety/maintenance/driveab­ility issues aside unless you're experienced with classic cars the classic car market (IMO) has become a playground for the wealthy rather than what it once was, a cheap run-around option. I can't recall seeing anything for less than £3k recently that wasn't a project car. I'd guess you'd need to spend around £7-8k to get anything as reliable/sorted as a more modern £3k car. That said if a pre 84 900 came up for the right price i'd jump at it as it's essentially the same platform right the way through to the last models (like mine).

    I drove a 73 bug around London for over 5 years but sold it in the end as at that time i still had to pay tax, it was relatively cramped, boot space was crap, and it was too thirsty/tiring over longer runs (#csb).

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Had a long chat with my partner about moving on the 900 due to the incoming ULEZ expansion. After sitting down and doing the sums we both agreed it was probably best just to forget about changing for now and see how expensive it becomes. I estimate we use the car probably no more than once a week and that's mainly to take the dog somewhere nice for a walk. I'm going to look into a dog bike trailer for Beckenham as that's just a bit too far to walk to which should knock down usage by at least 50%. £300 a year on top of the usual costs is still a lot but isn't enough to make me think buying a newer car would make us financially better off.

    The car is a rolling project that we are both very attached to and selling now would be a mistake as it still needs work to reach it's realistic value. When we're in the position to be able to afford an electric car or even better not need a car we'll take it but for now we're going to try and forget about it.

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