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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 16, 2019 at 04:26. 4 comments

Two stroke Thursday, strangely

Two stroke Thursday, strangely

DKW, a now extinct German maker of cars and motorcycles, was founded in 1916 by a Danish engineer called Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen with the original intention of making steam fittings and then a steam powered vehicle - Dampf Kraft Wagen, hence the company name. That didn’t go so well so they turned to small two stroke engines as a kind of educational toy for boys for which they reinvented the...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 13, 2019 at 04:40. 5 comments

Last week's thing now rarely seen

Last week's thing now rarely seen

Mk2 GTI.

Note the lack of things. No alloys, no tinted glass, no sunroof. If I looked inside I’m sure I’d find windy up windows too. Different times.

Bonus Kia Cee’d. Yes, Cee’d.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 11, 2019. 5 comments

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 07, 2019. 1 comments

Two pedals by Ford

Two pedals by Ford

Here we have a two pedal Ford.

But, I hear you say, if you live in the automatic world nearly all Fords have just the two pedals.

Not this model they don’t.

It’s a Model T. This one from 1909 to be precise.

As this is a place visited by the knowledgeable we all know that the T had three pedals and we all know what each did (which is nothing like what they do in any other car since). Just for...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 06, 2019. 1 comments

News from the field, strangely

News from the field, strangely

This is a Ferguson TE20 tractor, aka the Little Grey Fergie. They were very popular in the immediate post-horse era.

They had a choice of diesel or TVO engines, both four cylinder units.

You wouldn’t find one with a 5.3 litre Jaguar V12 and straight pipes instead would you?

No.

That would be silly.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 05, 2019. 5 comments

Today's thing now never seen

Today's thing now never seen

This thing.

Lancia Beta Spyder. Amongst its several peculiarities is that it was designed by one Italian design studio (Pininfarina) and built by another (Zagato). Bonus Escort XR3.

This may be a clue to its survival for the past 42 years:

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 31, 2019. 1 comments

A thing well travelled

A thing well travelled

I passed by a used car dealer today and saw a Golf for sale. This one.

There’s something odd about it. It has a foreign looking square rear plate.

That would be because it’s from a place unexpected. It’s a Japanese market Golf, made in Germany (or wherever,) sent to Japan ten years ago and then taken half way back across the world to here.

Don’t believe me? Here we go. First sold by VW Fukuoka...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 30, 2019. 7 comments

Seen at yesterday's show

Seen at yesterday's show

A Ferrari.

Yes, of course it’s a Ferrari. It’s got a badge.

No, I didn’t know that Ferrari had made a model with a rear mounted and aircooled four, but you learn something new every day.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 28, 2019. 4 comments

TIL

TIL

This is one of two Wolseley 16/60s I saw today.

It seems to have retained its original paintwork, which is quite an accomplishment for a car fifty-odd years old. Bonus Trabant in the background.

Parked nearby was an Austin Cambridge, basically the same car shorn of a few upmarket bits. Here’s its front bumper.

Notice anything? It has a slot for a starting handle. Didn’t know they were still...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 27, 2019. 3 comments

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 27, 2019. 8 comments

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 25, 2019. 6 comments

I tried to fix a thing

I tried to fix a thing

This thing.

It’s a Husqvarna (with a Q) 236 chainsaw, from Huskvarna (with a K) in Sweden. The town changed its spelling, the company didn’t. Actually, it’s probably made in China but it’s spiritually Swedish.

It’s powered, as is the nature of machines like this, by an example of the Spawn of Satan. The starting procedure is:

Push primer six timesPull chokePull starter cord three times or until...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 22, 2019. 1 comments

Five by Seven

Five by Seven

Seen yesterday. Not just one but five Austin Sevens.

Also, one was being guarded.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 22, 2019. 4 comments

A tale of two snails

A tale of two snails

Yesterday I saw a snail. This one, to be precise.

Then, as you do, I found another almost literally around the corner. Sadly, it was in a rather different state. I’m guessing it may have donated parts of itself to the running one. Bonus two Renault Moduses, neither very well.

Given its state of dereliction, Snail 2 isn’t in as bad a state externally as I expected. It doesn’t seem to be rusty...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 21, 2019. 3 comments

Vintages

Vintages

Seen today.

Something out of the ordinary. Vauxhall Viceroy (aka Opel Commodore). Bonus Rover 3.5 litre.

It had one of those posh automatic gearboxes. Still windy up windows though.

No matter how often you paint and repaint your vintage, chemistry still tends to win.

It’s easier and cheaper to maintain and keep bikes than cars, so there were lots.

Like this brace of single cylinder Guzzis. No,...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 21, 2019. 1 comments

Things that are still the same

Things that are still the same

This is a new model BMW 3 series.

We see that despite all the demonisation compression ignition is still a thing*

We also see that analogue gears are also still a thing (yes, on the same car)*

*at least, there are for me. You. maybe not so much.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 17, 2019. 3 comments

DITCP

DITCP

Fancified and yellow Renault Clio. Despite the F1 connections it’s more show than go.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 16, 2019. 2 comments

A thing of a Japanese nature rarely seen

A thing of a Japanese nature rarely seen

A Honda Spada Stepwgn. Yes, Stepwgn. Honda thought they had enough vowels with Spada and weren’t going to bother with more.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 15, 2019.

Defender news

Defender news

Here we have a Defender, behind bars because closed today.

Had I so wished I could go and buy this tomorrow. You can import it to America or Canada too. Looking at the label on the windscreen we see a date of the 24th November so it was made no later than that so you can have it in November 2039 (if you're an American) or 2029 (if Canadian).

Isn't that good?

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