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Post by greeny » Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:16 pm

Treat the rust and drive it as is!! Can't beat a survivor car!!!! Great investment!!


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Post by DARK STAR » Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:43 pm

Having owned most of a Jaguar Mk2 in diminishing proportions as the corrosion advanced I am always wary of rust.
But at least the leaf springs on an Anglia are attached at both ends so you have twice the chance of survival 8)
I still have the Jaguar bonnet mascot, and some of the switches are in Dark Star ...


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Post by Oldconn » Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:17 pm

I didn't spot at first, it is a "deluxe" model so it has all the extra chrome trims (still present!) and should have two-speed wipers and a heater( not always standard equipment in those days!). I think the standard model only had rubber mats instead of carpet, but I'm not certain about that. There is a good Ford Owners' Club in Britain, no shortage of spares and good advice :D .


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Post by tanuki » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:06 am

Thank you guys for the encouragements :wink:

I have reserved the car for the time being, allowing me today to keep thinking about it - just by principle -
but almost all lights turned green :lol: The owner sent me a few scans of invoices and gave me the name and phone
number of his mechanics & friend who took care of putting the car back on the road in 2008 ... this guy is a specialist of Panhards
and also works on Fords occasionally, so I trust that the Anglia was not a problem for him to revive 8)

Short (non exhaustive) list of parts replaced: all the ignition system, clutch transmitor/receivor, water pump, fuel pump, calorstat, belt, hoses,
radiator, one Lucas headlight, exhaust line, fuel line, all wheel cylinders, brake shoes, pads, etc. , battery, wipers ... basically all that you need to replace after
a long sleep in a barn :roll: :D About the issue with the unleaded fuel he sent me detailed explanations - which unfortunately I'll find difficult to translate -
but to keep it simple the Panhard expert explained that the valve seat (is it the correct term ?) in the engines from 50's and early 60's were usually made in alloys
that are not too sensitive to unleaded fuel, unlike later engines from 70's to 80's of course . Actually many Panhard are running on unleaded without modification,
and according to him many Anglia drivers on their forum do not seem to worry much about this issue. This particular car has been running on unleaded 95
over the past 20,000 km and the last time the mechanic worked on it he did not notice any drop on the valve seats ... his recommendation is to keep
running as is, adding some additives if that makes me feel safe ... but probably useless :?

About the model, it is indeed a Deluxe ... it has all its chrome bits, and its lateral badges ... but the front badge has gone ... and seems
to be hard to find :cry: It's got heating alright and even a fan for defrost when the lever is on 'screen' position :D I could not check about the wipers speed
- since I could not even find the lever :lol: - but when the guy turned them on to park the car in his garage they were really going fast (!)
I started to watch the resources on the website of the Anglia club, there seems to be quite a lot of information (already found all the workshop and user manuals,
parts lists, etc. online) ... will definitely join the club if I get the car :wink:

Well, that's about all for this morning ... need to keep thinking now :mrgreen:
Thanks again for your valued comments !
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Post by tanuki » Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:05 pm

Thanks Chris for the link !
It could prove useful indeed ... not just for the badge actually :wink:
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Post by tanuki » Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:35 pm

Well ... she's not in my garage yet ... but deal is concluded with the owner :mrgreen:

Actually everything has been confirmed by phone while I was standing before an Anglia at the Vincennes meeting :shock:
A couple of emails exchanged later in the day ... and the car is now virtually mine - although I will got and pick it up in October -
I offered to send a deposit, 'no need for that mate' was the answer :lol:
PO is really nice and a fan of english cars - he had a Lotus, has recently bought another Anglia (estate) and owns a recent Morgan -
and after I sent him pics of my own fleet he's got a crush on Purple ... and started looking for Scimitars on the net :P
Chris we may have another scimitarist up north someday :wink:

Will keep you posted in a couple of weeks when I go and pick it up ... until then you guys can start thinking about a name for it :lol:
Dark Star being already used, it could be anything from Dark Vader - the gril somehow reminds me of the helmet's breathing part -
to Black Hole ... This time I don't want to choose a name by myself, ending up with two names as for Flying Sub / Custard :lol: :lol:

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Post by erikscimitardemon » Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:34 pm

Name:
As homage to the colour and rearwindow: Blackwards


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Post by DARK STAR » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:09 am

Well done Fred - and Erik, I like Blackwards.
Or Blackadder, but no-one in France would understand that perhaps (Rowan Atkinson is only known for Mr Bean ...)

If this chap is serious about buying a Scimitar, this one is basically very good ...
http://www.scimitarfrance.net/scimitarf ... ale.html#0


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Post by tanuki » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:40 am

Thanks guys ...

Erik, I must admit that Blackwards fits pretty well :wink:
Chris, very few french people indeed know the Blackadder series, although it has been on Arte I believe :?
I had seen a few episodes only ... and indeed most french people only know Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean
I loved the original sketches - still have them on ... VHS bought in the UK - they were brilliant :D
but I have never been a fan of the movies :roll:

OK ... will leave propositions open for a couple of weeks, but we've got already 2 proposals filed :lol:

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Post by tanuki » Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:19 pm

Latest update ... and guess what, the Anglia is now sleeping next to the Caterham & not far from the Scimis :mrgreen:

Yesterday was a long day of driving, about 450 miles, half in the Lexus half in the Anglia ... what a change :lol:
My friend John joined me on this trip so that he could bring back the Lexus as an assistance car ... we had actually loaded it with a good set of tools, jump leads, etc. - even a towbar :? -

Probably thanks to the fact that we had almost everything ready for a roadside repair, the car drove back the 230 miles without any problem :D
Only a couple of times she was hard to restart when we stopped on the way, but on the last stop for petrol she started immediately (twice) ... phew.
On a few occasions, when reaching a roundabout the engine would stall ... which was easy to catch back in 2nd gear - oh I much prefer a manual box when this occurs - So I played with the choke sometimes, but apart from this she behaved very well all the way back.

We even challenged the motorway for about 100 miles and she kept a steady pace of a supposed 65/70 mph (at least the speedometer showed 100/110 km/h) ... I could not check with the satnav as it was not showing the 'instant speed', but I suspect that the speedo may be pretty accurate since I was easily overtaking trucks :wink: Once, a german bus which was obviously driving with its speed regulator took about a mile to overtake me as I kept a steady 100 km/h ... the traffic was light so it did not bother slowing down as it was not annoying to other cars on the 3-lane section.

By the time we left the motorway to catch small roads, night was starting to fall and rain decided to make a come back :evil: So it was time to make sure that I remembered how to operate the lights and wipers :lol:
* wipers were easy: pull, pull again or turn (maybe for a second speed?), push back ... I did not notice any difference in speed, so I'll have to check if it has or not 2-speed wipers (fortunately I have the manual). Nevertheless the wipers were performing very well, I am really happy with them ... as long as I do not need to use them for a long period - the owner warned me that sometimes they start slowing down and eventually stop after a long period of use.
* lights were more tricky: turn the knob, push (hard) for low beams ... then use the lever to change low/high beams. It all sounded reasonable, except for the bloody lever which goes up/down, left/right, and does not make any difference to the beams. I have been trying everything while driving and could not find the trick :roll: Only once I heard a 'click' and then I was in full beam ... but I never managed to come back to low beams :oops: So I had to drive the last remaining 60 miles in full beam, which anyway was not giving too much light ... so hopefully it did not annoy other cars too much.

The 997cc engine has just gone through 51,000 km (~ 32,000 miles) yesterday and is running really fine, a bit noisy in first gear (sounds like a truck) but otherwise very smooth. The gearbox is fine, I got used to the gear locations pretty quickly - only the reverse still gives me trouble - and I almost never failed on changing gears - except for trying to start in 3rd at a traffic light :lol: -

The handling of course is totally different from all my other cars, so I had to adopt a very cool and humble driving with the old lady, in particular during the first 100 miles when we were making acquaintance 8) The sharp bends and many roundabouts were the worrying bit of the trip ... I was not sure what to expect from narrow, medium state tyres + '60s suspension - not to mention a wet road - :? After all it went pretty well, and after nearly 100 roundabouts I feel that the car handles rather well ! what it clearly does not like are speed bumps ... in particular those of 'pyramid type' :evil: I slowed down to 10mph - which should normally be slow enough - and the whole car shaked (really noisy !) So now I know that I should take those pyramids in 1st gear :roll:

The rain was a good experience, and proved that the new rubber seal fit to the windscreen does not do its job properly ... I felt water falling on my feet a few times while driving, but after all we Scimitar owners are used to it :lol: Oh, and the rear window is brilliant in the rain, it was not just a commercial slogan after all !

Well, those were the first impressions from a new happy owner, I will share more impressions and will keep you updated with the adventures of the Anglia. Now that she's officially part of the family she deserves a name: we already have Blackwards and Blackadder suggested, if you think of anything else during the week-end let me know :wink:
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Post by erikscimitardemon » Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:58 pm

If you name it Blackadder, you would be Baldrick....


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Post by peter freeman » Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:51 pm

erikscimitardemon wrote:If you name it Blackadder, you would be Baldrick....
Or the other way around call the car Baldrick.



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Post by scimjim » Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:02 pm

erikscimitardemon wrote:If you name it Blackadder, you would be Baldrick....
I think it would make Fred the Prince Regent (or Lord Melchett?) :D


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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:14 pm

Black bat, then Fred could be Dracula.

Nice one Fred, the car looks really good.
Euh, you seem to be having a lot of problems with carburettors / chokes lately 8)


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