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Classic Transport Show in Warrington Town Centre This Saturday


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Your corsair will be hammering on the mileage at this rate Baz :wink:

 

We went last year and it was really good like you say. 

 

There were some fantastic old cars and bikes and a couple of old fire engines too.  One was pretty much made of wood which didn't seem like a good idea but I guess the fact that it was there said differently. 

 

For me the best bit was sitting on the top deck of the old busses (at the front I hasten to add) and reminiscing about days gone by and also the horrors of how we used to get on and off the busses (even when they were still moving as being open at the bottom there wasn't really much the bus conductor could do). I wonder if that is where pole dancing originated from :lol:

 

Definitely worth a visit if it's going to be as good as last year.

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Baz, the Austin in the advert if it's the 'Somerset' model it was the same as our first car except the colour was fawn, it gave up the ghost after my lad shoved a screwdriver through the radiator and couldn't get a replacement, Bathers who were on Knutsford road at the time quoted more than the car was worth so me and my dad towed it to a scrap yard at Statham, when I was passing many years after, they had cut a hedge down and I spotted it on the bottom under a pile of cars and took a photo of it , if I find the photo I will post it.

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Algy.... Eddie Bather was a mate of my dads.... he once made him a brass radiator for dads MK3 Zodiac.... polished up like glass it did!! Just so hard to find places to get rads re-cored these days like most parts; they are just replaced if you go to garages now. I remember there used to be a place right as you go on to the Mancunian way into Manchester that sold car springs. The building is still there but it now has a fancy glass front.... and has been empty for years!!!! kids growing up these days just don't seem to learn how to anything practical and live on computers instead of wanting to get their hands dirty. Shame really

 

and the scrapyard you speak of was round the back of the flats on the left past Statham Lodge Hotel. They had many old classic cars in there right up until they shut down. I used to spend a lot of my youth trawling scrapyards for extra bits for minis and Granadas that I owned!!! I actually still have the "Flying A" off the front of an Austin Somerset somewhere in a box!

 

would love to see the photo you have of your car though!!

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Baz, I will sort it out and upload it, don't expect too much though as I took the photo many years after it had been in the yard, I remember walking through pools of sump oil in that yard, then they go on about ground contamination today, in those days no one bothered, mind you I'm not condoning what went on, its just that no one new any different!.

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I wonder how much you car would be worth now if you had kept hold of it Algy (even with the hole in the radiator).

 

Probably best for you not to think about that to be honest as it might give you nightmares tonight.  Baz told me about some of the other oldies on show last weekend and how much they were worth.   I was gobsmacked but then again the owners had probably spent an arm and a leg on them in both time and money and they were a credit to them all.

 

I wonder how much my old brown Triumph TD would be worth now as there was one quite similar at the show which reminded me about it. 

 

Mine had been my uncles car and had rarely been used and had really low mileage.  He had polished and nurtured it in his garage for many years.  I don't think he liked getting it wet in the rain either as I remember mum always joking about him never using it if a shower was predicted and as rain was always on the cards there it stayed in his garage.  

 

Uncle would have been fuming though if he had still been around to see my younger brothers handy work on the bonnet one day.  Carefully masked up with precision and polished (or maybe t-cut not sure) to perfection and very noticeable indeed ... were the words 'THE BEAST'.  I saw the funny side of it in the end as it was a bit of a beast to be honest.  

 

After a couple of years I scrapped it and got around £30  for it but the bodywork and leather interior/wood dash etc  were still like new and I can't actually remember why I got rid..... I think it was just because I'd bought  a trendier looking car (well in my eyes anyway). 

 

Ahh I'm reminiscing now... I did have some fun in that car :)

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Dizzy... the hardest thing about keeping old cars on the roads is getting body panels and trim. All the chrome trim on my car has been replaced as the original stuff was all badly pitted after being stored for over 35 years in a damp garage.... the cost just for that was in excess of £700!!

 

I was lucky with mine as it had no rot or major rust so I was spared the £2000 to replace the front end for example (£500-600 for each wing, £500 for the valance and the bonnet landing panel would set you back another couple of hundred plus the other small panels like headlamp surrounds etc.)

 

add to that paint and prep from a garage and the costs to restore these things starts to sky-rocket... but the market value of Corsairs is not that great as parts are so hard to find.

 

If you contrast that with the MK1 Cortina, they have a very active owners club and a great spares department where they sell copied manufactured panels and trim and even interior parts - in fact you could almost build a Cortina just from new copy parts!

 

One guy I know spent over £25,000 on restoring his Corsair and when finished it didn't look any better than mine but when he tried to sell it on Ebay, bidding didn't get above £5,000 so it is easy to get carried away with these things!!!

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Dizzy... the hardest thing about keeping old cars on the roads is getting body panels and trim. All the chrome trim on my car has been replaced as the original stuff was all badly pitted after being stored for over 35 years in a damp garage.... the cost just for that was in excess of £700!!

 

I was lucky with mine as it had no rot or major rust so I was spared the £2000 to replace the front end for example (£500-600 for each wing, £500 for the valance and the bonnet landing panel would set you back another couple of hundred plus the other small panels like headlamp surrounds etc.)

 

add to that paint and prep from a garage and the costs to restore these things starts to sky-rocket... but the market value of Corsairs is not that great as parts are so hard to find.

 

If you contrast that with the MK1 Cortina, they have a very active owners club and a great spares department where they sell copied manufactured panels and trim and even interior parts - in fact you could almost build a Cortina just from new copy parts!

 

One guy I know spent over £25,000 on restoring his Corsair and when finished it didn't look any better than mine but when he tried to sell it on Ebay, bidding didn't get above £5,000 so it is easy to get carried away with these things!!!

Baz, where do Capri's stand regarding value in the classic world?.

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Algy....

 

Capris are quite popular. They are not particularly rare as they were produced up until about 1986 but some were registered as late as 1989...

 

The early MK1's from the late 1960's are quite valuable but as with all classic cars; the low production special editions are the ones that attract the money. They made a 3.1 MK1 Capri which can command ten grand plus!

 

By far the most expensive old fords are the Escort Mexicos, RS1800 and RS2000 models (MK1 & MK2) with some fetching upwards of £20,000, the Cortina MK1 Lotus (a mint example sold for £31,000 a few years back.

 

For the Corsair, it is the Crayford cabriolet versions that bring the money. £7000 plus is a good start point for a good example.... at the end of the day it is worth whatever someone wants to pay though

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Baz.... is this a Capri ?  (showing my girlie stupidity now I guess)  It was at the Lymm show parked near all the more 'obvious looking' Capri's.  We got talking so didn't get closer to look what it was.

 

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Baz, heres the photo of me' owd' scrapped Somerset, a bit passed redemption I think, and this may seem strange to a lot of folk but heres a photo of my all time favourite motor my Ford Orion Ghia 1.6i, I absolutely loved that car!.

 

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Thanks Baz :)

 

Shame about your old car finishing up like that Algy all because of a radiator hole.

 

As for the Ghia 1.6i... we (well my other half) had a red one when we first got together and it was a great car. I used to borrow it a lot and it was rather nippy. Good for wheel spins but not as good as mine for doing skids and 180's on the snow and ice. Please don't tell him :wink:

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Seen em restored from a worse state than that. Used to see a few that were still being driven around in that state years ago.

 

For some body who loved that model and had the time and money to restore it it would be ideal.

 

So now we know why you have the user name dizzy :mrgreen:

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Talking of Fords, my best ever car was a MkII Ford Cortina with bench seats and column change.

 

Which reminds me, A blonde goes into a police station and says to the Desk Sergeant, "A man in a car pulled up beside me, and flashed his privates at me."(ok she didn't really say that)

 

The Sergeant say, "I hope you understand, but I have to ask this. Was he in a state of arousal?"

 

"No," she replied. "A Ford Cortina."

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