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Discussion in 'Member News and Views' started by gmorse, Mar 18, 2018.
To see this, which is an unusual sight here in March:
Curse this global warming!
Supposed to visit my Mother in the nursing home this afternoon, can't drive the Smart car in this. Eeerily quiet outside, I assume not much traffic on the bypass.
But you can in one of these . . .
I learned to drive in one that is now in the Landrover museum. A series 1 station wagon.
Can't match that, this is a Series III. My daughter learnt to drive in this one, and she had a fit when she first sat in it, looking at its four gear levers.
We had a IIA SWB Canvas tilt too. After learning in a Landrover on Brownsea Island (where as a provisional licence holder I was one of the most qualified drivers) I took lessons in a triumph herald on the mainland. The first time I went to change gear I made contact with the ash tray where I expected to find the top of the gear lever.
I had a series 1 short wheelbase Landrover Station Wagon when I was on a property in Tangambalanga. I also had a long Wheelbase utility Series 1 in Darwin that I was doing up; it was stolen and I have never seen it again. Regards Ray
I didn't realise there was a SWB station wagon.
Hi Nick, I used the term rather loosely it only had 2 seats in the front and a utility back; it had an aluminum roof with windows on the side. The Series 1 was originally offered in 80-inch short wheelbase form. Mine was just like the one in the photo. Regards Ray
It was called a 'County' model; mine has aftermarket side windows so it was originally a solid body, but it does have cloth seats, very luxurious!
As I recall, and it was 45 years ago, the seats on the Series I were simply two flat padded rectangles, one to sit on and one as a back, covered in some sort of leatherette. I think they must have been stuffed with horse hair. We did have the handbook which talked about a bag used to do the laundry. You put your clothing and washing soap in with water, seal it up and leave it in the back for a couple of hundred miles then change the water for the rinse.
Novice, you really date yourself with the comment about the Triumph Herald.
Just to get back to the subject "Woke up this morning" Everyday I wake up is a good one.
However love hearing about the old vehicles...Haven't heard about SU carbs yet or Lucas electrics.
I think the lights went out and someone forgot to check the oil for the piston.
I moved on from that instructor to an ex police instructor with a Triumph dolomite sprint. On my way back from passing the test he said he would drive, it was quite an experience.
My first car was a Riley 1500, basically the Series A engine that was in the Morris Minor I believe, but fitted with twin 1.5 inch SU carbs. The fastest mass production saloon of its day in 1958, 0-60 in 19 seconds. It also had features as standard that were like a Rolls Royce, leather upholstery, plush carpet, fitted radio, walnut dash and trim, reversing light, indicators, windscreen washers. (The latter run of the vacuum from the engine, I think that was a lucas part, big glass jar under the bonnet.)
Hi Nick, just a personal update. At one time you mentioned that your partner had AS, as I do. Just wondering if the biologic is helping.
More like curse these anthropological causations?
The Humira? Yes, we think so, though he is still in a lot of pain and takes a lot of codeine. Still gets iritis a fair bit too, which we had hoped it would stop, but now he has to know when he has it because the humira stops him having the usual symptoms.
I used to have a Triumph dolomite sprint I think it was an ex-Bathurst race car It was a real beast and went like the wind. Suffered from overheat problems. Regards Ray
Triumph is three only marque I have ever bought two of!
My first was a Triumph Herald, a really fun car.
Myb second was a Triumph 2000 Estate, the only car I could afford at the time I had to be able to carry a pram in the back! Great car ...
The Triumph 2000PI was a brilliant car with a proper Triumph engine.
And time marches on. We just had the first fatality by a driver-less car. An Uber test car ran over a lady and killed her.
"First person killed by a driver-less car" .... what an epitaph!
Hi, I don't want to appear facetious but we have a lot of Driver-less Cars in Darwin even though there is someone behind the wheel; Drugs, Ice, Grog etc. Regards Ray