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Offline Brass_Machine

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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2009, 09:47:16 PM »
Ohhh Escort Turbo!!!!

For those of us on this side of the pond.. Escort=Mercury Capri..... with a real engine.

Would love to see pics of the Renault and Escort.

Are you sure? I thought the 79 to 86 versions were essentially the same as the Ford Mustang. And the later versions were based off a car from Australia.

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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2009, 10:34:30 PM »
Here is a goodle of the 74 Capri. For those of us in the US :)

Now the Mark II version of it... Oh that one I dont know.
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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2009, 06:55:34 AM »
Didn't realise you had those over there?

I had a MK2 Capri, mid green it was with a 1.6ltr engine. Found it in a field, been there for two yrs or more. Put a battery on it, drained the petrol etc and it fired first time.
It was old, it was neglected (abandoned in said field) BUT there was no rust and it was sound as a pound !!

Kept it for two yrs, drove it all over the country till some joker wrote it off for me.....then I bought a Cortina with a wopping 2ltr engine, loved it.
Mind you, at 25ish to the gallon it would be a bit expensive to run today !!!
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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2009, 03:59:36 AM »
Don't want to hijack the mini thread any more so see new thread RS Turbo & R5 Turbo!  :thumbup:
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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #29 on: February 03, 2009, 12:24:31 PM »

Told you I'd find a pic....

The reg' on the drawing is correct... I wonder if it is traceable? ... It would be one car I would buy back.... I had so much fun in that car  :D


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Vehicle Registration Mark    SMK867Y
Make                              LEYLAND CARS
Model                             MINI 1000
Transmission & fuel type    MANUAL PETROL
Body Type                      CONVERTIBLE
Colour                            RED

Check it out on here.......

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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #30 on: February 03, 2009, 12:36:20 PM »
Now you see why you should always blank out Reg. numbers.
There are a lot of cloned cars out there, just by having a pic of the car and a Reg.

You never know who is watching you.

They even go around car parks and scrapyards, taking pics of cars that they have already stolen, and giving them another cars identity, especially if they can get Vin numbers as well. Very easy now that the Government has forced the Vin to be displayed thru the windscreen.


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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #31 on: February 03, 2009, 07:43:35 PM »
Fair do's.... That's pretty cool!  :bugeye:

It was originally gold, so someone has changed the reg' details since I sold it!! (that was quite a while ago!!)

Your right about the cloning too John. When I worked at one garage we made number plates, we used to make loads for people who woke up one morning to find their plates has been stolen!!

The goverment tried to stop the sale of reg' plates without photo ID and proof of ownership.... Still doesn't work, you can buy them off the interweb with no ID at all!!!

Still a good site David. When I'm a bit flush I might try the search option :)

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Re: 1989 Austin Mini (Gavin)
« Reply #32 on: February 03, 2009, 10:52:56 PM »
THe funny thing about the VIN number, or Reg plate.. I think...

I had a 1974 Mazda RX-3 I purchased.. I may have mentioned it in my Grage thread. It was a old race car, that was taken off the street in 1975. And about 65K of the 70K miles it had were track miles. After competing for a season or two in the sparkplug challenge series, the owners... I met most of them.. RENTED IT for Driving schools between thier own races.
There was much arguing about it being a RX-3SP, that had larger brakes and things.. but it wasnt.

In the end when I bought it, the owner never gave me a title.. just a bill of sale.

When the city came after me to license it.. I went to the guy I got it from, and then back through 5 Owners to a guy who lived about 20 minutes away!! He proceeded to tell me of taking it, and its sister car to Texas for around 5 years where he raced them. The sister car was crashed, and he took it to a salvage yard, and they scrapped it... but he didnt have the title with him, so never gave it to them.

Turns out.. he handed me the title to the car I had, and sent me on my way.

Fast forward 5 YEARS.

I had been pulled over 10 or 20 times for having a race car.. no hood, too loud, what is it.. you name it. Never a ticket or anything, just harassed.

I was researching some things, and decided to look up the info on the car.
I looked up the VIN number from the registration sticker, and insurance.. and it was a 1974 RX3. I remembered the numbers from entering them a lot of times.

The next day Im out washing it, and looked at the VIN in the window while washing it and noticed something odd. The numbers were different than I remembered.
Looking at the VIN on the car... and the registration.. I realised it WAS a DIFFERENT CAR!

I called the guy who I got it from.. he didnt have any other titles!

After spending a week contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles.. I finally got a woman who off the record gave me the last registered owner of the car... who lived in Key West.

On calling him he regailed me with a Hour or stories about the car.. and then said we could go to the DMV whenever I am in the keys and he would sign over the documents to the car.

A Year later.. I had sold the race engine out of it.. and then sold the rolling chassis to a guy who had a job with Boeing? in Scotland? I think?  Anyhow.. he boxed it in a crate and shipped it over the pond. To be stripped completely and rebuilt from the ground up.

But yeah

Drove that thing.. doing silly things.. and never got pulled over. And they never verified the VIN number.  And if they HAD.. JAIL. Immediately. They assume its stolen, and wait for the judge to sort it out. I dodged a huge bullet from that. I drove it as little as possible after I discovered the VIN number was wrong.
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