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Andyinthegarage
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United Kingdom
357 Posts

Posted - 02 Jul 2014 :  22:44:02 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Agreed.

I put water in my whiskey....sue me!
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Dirtbiker
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United Kingdom
625 Posts

Posted - 03 Jul 2014 :  17:11:49 Show Profile Visit Dirtbiker's Homepage Reply with Quote
I'm with Melle on this one - if it's got wheels it's all good!
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 03 Jul 2014 :  21:44:55 Show Profile Reply with Quote
The attraction for me is the owners enthusiasm not always the car. As a newcomer I didn't enter the debate and didn't join the club. One point was that they are invited to attend events as a display of classic cars and those with chrome bumpers cars don't regard 1980's models of anything with plastic bumpers as a classic car attraction.

Mr MK11 Jag and Mr MGA don't want to be parked next to Mr late 1980's Toyota in front of a stately home! The joining criteria is that your car should be 'old'! What is old? Think I may join after all with an 'old' Renault Espace

1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 03 Jul 2014 21:47:09
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 03 Aug 2014 :  20:29:22 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Nearly owned 'RUF' for a year now and although she has been out a lot, it's only been for short trips taking the family out mostly on day trips so she has only covered 272 miles in my ownership but actually another 520miles on a back of a trailer to and from Graham MacDonald and picking her up in the first place!

'RUF' in camouflage today





Some noteable service items other than MOT's, general servicing and the usual brake and ignition related items which she has had a lot of. Doing few miles each year the brakes have needed freeing up etc quite a bit!

1977 1000 mile check/service
1983 30509 new door stop wedge
1984 32390 new brake switch
1985 35901 shock absorber bushes
1987 44864 carb diaphragm, nsf & osf ball joints, oil pressure switch, lubricate heater cable, new dip stick
1988 47376 radiator re-core, new clutch & master cylinder, new heater tap/valve, exhaust.
1990 50368 fit rear seat belts, new seat knob, headlamps
1993 55627 new tyres
1997 70705 water pump, new non SAAB windscreen washer motor and water bag
1999 71072 alternator specialist repair, fan belt
2004 73536 bonnet relaease cable
2014 73738 valve stem seals, cv boots, accuspark ignition, tyres, Jetex, brakes - cylinders, pipes, springs etc sorted, coolant flush, all fluids changed etc

She still has her original hoses/clips... scary apart from a recent new fuel hose and will need a new clutch soon.




1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 05 Aug 2014 21:40:49
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 03 Aug 2014 :  20:46:31 Show Profile Reply with Quote
'RUF' was delivered new to

Crawford Harkness Motors
Larne Road
Ballymena
Co Antrim
BT42 3PX

Anyone heard of them, there dealership number is 12500 and general agent number 5060. I have a dealer list for 1980 but they are not on it.

'RUF' was bought from them new and delivered to the other end of the country to Shepherds croft, Brighton which tallies with her Brighton registration for 2/77.

EDIT tracked them down, they even still have the same tel number but they now sell Citroens - nasty!!



1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 05 Aug 2014 21:39:48
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 06 Sep 2014 :  17:42:47 Show Profile Reply with Quote
'RUF' Saving the day picking up my outboard as the 9-5 needs it's EGR cleaning and 9-3 convertible boots would store the engine prop up which is a definite no no! So the oldun saved the day and behaved impeccably through 22 degree heated congestion and manic motorways!





1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 10 Sep 2014 08:04:30
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 08 Sep 2014 :  16:49:46 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Fun run in the dark with the kids and a midnight feast at 9.00pm!



Sad closure of a very old three pump station.



1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 08 Sep 2014 16:58:32
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 10 Sep 2014 :  08:00:23 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Continueing 'the day in the life of a 96 theme'....

First day at school!



First day at work!



First night out on the town!



1977 96L Opal Green
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Peter96
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United Kingdom
286 Posts

Posted - 01 Nov 2014 :  23:12:32 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Just been through your thread and must compliment you on a very nice machine. Noted the car was purchased in Northern Ireland. Was going to say it would originally would have had a Co Antrim reg which ends in IA but I see it was first registered in Brighton.
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 05 Nov 2014 :  19:52:04 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Peter, yes my ears did prick up when I read yours had a connection with Ireland - nice place for freewheeling

1977 96L Opal Green
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Zagato
V4 Mad

United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 22 Nov 2014 :  17:06:24 Show Profile Reply with Quote


With a hole in the garage roof, the door hanging off and a crack in the wall I wasn't surprised to see 'RUF' covered in condensation today The steering wheel was covered in green mould and everything was damp. Glad she is soaked in ACF-50!

A 30 minute run warmed her up nicely and I am praying we will pull off a planned house move so her new home will be a nice dry double garage (that will be a dream come true, it was my only criteria for our new home ) Just hope it all goes through...

1977 96L Opal Green
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Peter96
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United Kingdom
286 Posts

Posted - 22 Nov 2014 :  18:15:45 Show Profile Reply with Quote
I have the same problem with the lock up where I keep mine. Guy I know who has an MGB says he keeps a greenhouse heater going in the garage he stores his B in. Been thinking about getting the same for mine.
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john-saab
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United Kingdom
2669 Posts

Posted - 22 Nov 2014 :  21:43:20 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Don't try and keep the garage "air tight"..let the wind blow through. The air circulation will dry out the garage and will prevent moisture build up..car windows should be left open a small amount so that the interior can "breath". Condensation occurs when damp air meets warmth.
Covering your car can do more damage than leaving it in open air. It's the salt and dirt on the road that causes long term damage to steel...keeping it sweating will only promote rust when the corrosion could be "relaxing"

'73 96 (Vernon),'74 95 (Veronica)plus 4 other 95's and 2 96's
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Zagato
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United Kingdom
755 Posts

Posted - 25 Dec 2014 :  17:24:38 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Out and about today again, the kids take it in turns to go in the front (I may take out the rear seat belts as they are a PITA and not original equipment!).

I dropped a can of chassis paint that burst open and splattered all over the wheel and tyre - thank god it wasn't POR-15



Somebody has made the usual mistake of putting the bottle in the wrong way so unless anyone has a good one I will repair this...



Need to straighten the wheel, although I think you can never get them absolutely straight going from my last late 96 but better than this hopefully!



Question... Driving in the dark yesterday I noticed my nearside sidelights were out. Brakes, headights and offside sidelights were OK! Could this just be a fuse hopefully, strange oneside should go if it's bulbs.
1977 96L Opal Green

Edited by - Zagato on 25 Dec 2014 17:55:17
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Peter96
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United Kingdom
286 Posts

Posted - 25 Dec 2014 :  20:01:17 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Re the steering wheel mine was way off when I bought it. Even after realignment it's still slightly off. Have decided just to leave in the meantime. Will worry about it when tyres need changed.
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