Saturday, February 6, 2016

Wrong Turn.

I came back to work, from lunch.on Thursday, to find this FH16 Volvo parked in our yard. We don't usually receive deliveries this big. All became clear when the driver came back. The cash and carry , next door, displays a sign on their wall facing our property. The driver, unfamiliar with the area, had inadvertently turned into the wrong driveway.
He then had the task of reversing the b-train around the end of the building on the right to be able to enter the busy street frontwards, rather having to reverse into the traffic.

Wheels With Attitude 2016 (final episode)

'59 Oldsmobile 98 with big whitewalls, lake pipes and pin striping.
1967 Singer Vogue (and the similar Hillman Hunter) were popular cars of this era.
1725ccs doesn't seem that big to pull around a car of this size, but I guess it didn't have to contend with airbags,ABS and side impact barriers etc.
1974 Alfa Romeo GTV.
Another low truck. 1958 Chev Apache.
Rear view of '57 Buick Riviera shows where PA Vauxhall Velox styling came from.
I've got a soft spot for Jaguars Mk 2, so I had to snap a Daimler V8 in silver with chrome wires which shares the same body.
New Mustang is very sexy.
Mk 3 Ford Cortina in 2 litre form was a great car in 1975.
Smiling driver gets out of his '55 Ford Zodiac.
Triumph 2.5 TC from 1978 are nice cars to drive.
This one is an auto, but I think I would prefer a manual with overdrive.
The 1963  Porsche 356 was kind of a high performance VW.
Stock Chevy is a year younger than me.
Volkswagen Variant from 1963 are actually not a bad car to drive, but some tasks, when working on them, can be fiddly.
I know, I spent some of my apprenticeship working on them
I once did a high speed trip in the back seat of a Peugeot 504 and was impressed with its ride and poise.
1498ccs driving through a 3 speed auto can't have been that exciting in this 1964 Ford Cortina Mk 1. 
The Bedford CF was a popular, roomy delivery van.
It's good to see one being looked after, even if it is in non standard 3 litre form.
There were some interesting bikes in the car park which were actually worthy of being in the display area.
Honda's 400N was popular in the late 70s.
Suzuki's 500cc two stroke twin was a very competent bike when introduced in 1967.
So competent, in fact, that Suzuki produced it, with suitable upgrades, for a further 10 years.
Very tidy BMW R60/6 in Monza Blue from 1976.
The 600cc BMWs of this model didn't come standard with a front disc, but it was a option and it appears that the BMW NZ importer of the time ordered that option on most of them. 
Kawasaki's 750 two stroke triple was an exciting ride in when launched in 1972 and I would say riding one today would still stir up plenty of thrills, if not fear.
2015 Indian Chief is........different!
And that upright windscreen at the far end of the row is my BMW.
I thought it was worth paying $2 to exhibit it, being 1 owner and 30 years old.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wheels With Attitude 2016 (episode 5)

An elderly couple displayed this very nice Model A coupe.
A cowboy about to mount his 1937 Ford pick-up
Whitewalls and an excellent choice of paint colours for this 1956 Hillman Minx.
1944 Ford was running nicely.
I think I may have snapped this '39 Chev  Coupe previously, elsewhere.
I nicely presented car.
'74 Chrysler Valiant Ranger . Wide tyres look much better than the standard 185x14.
1950 Daimler Consort it is fitted with Self Changing Gears' pre-selector gearbox.
The dashboard of the '65 Mustang shows that it wasn't really a sports car, more of a two door convertible Falcon.
A very much modified Mk 2 Zodiac.
I'm very fond of the Chrysler Valiant hardtops.
This is a 1970 VG.
This 1929 Chevrolet is fitted with...... Oldsmobile straight 8.
1968 Ford Galaxie.
Very cool Ford Fairlane Hardtop from 1963.
1964 Chev Bel Air hardtop.
Low '56 Chevy truck.
Cute little two seater Mini was well constructed.
Do you want a BIG wagon? This 1966 Ford Country Sedan was for sale.

I'm not sure why some of these pictures have come out huge and I'm not sure how to fix it without deleting the whole page and starting again. I haven't really got that much time or patience !

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wheels With Attitude 2016 (episode 4)

'66 Mercury Montclair.
'69 Ford Thunderbird was a much different car to the original T'Bird.
'68  Plymouth Barracuda is based on the Valiant floorpan and is one American I really do like.
Plenty of choice in the Ford Capri camp.
Spotless engine bay in this Morris Minor 1000.
Ford Zephyr Estates are fairly rare, but I thought Consul Estates were extinct.
This one from 1962.
Plymouth and Dodge vans were basically the same vehicle.
'79 Camaro in an unusual colour.
'53 Cadillac is fairly similar to....
....1950 Cadillac.
Buick Le Sabre from 1964.
1960 Oldsmobile 88.
The Plymouth Belvedere from 1963 was imported in reasonable numbers in RHD.
'55 Ford Crown Victoria was wearing many extras.
1947 Ford panel van.
1960 Pontiac Laurentian was another RHD 4 door.
Ford F100 line from 1966 used ....
.....Twin I Beam front suspension. Which was an independent system using two overlapping front axles. The axle for the LH front wheel passed across the vehicle and pivoted off the RH chassis rail and vice versa for the RH wheel.
1978 Fiat 126 was a replacement for the popular 500 with its 652 cc in line air-cooled twin.
Great to see one of these being preserved..
1966 Chrysler Newport waffles in to find a park.
Volvo P1800 I always thought was quite a appealing style for its era.
Production for this model began in 1963 and quickly gained a reputation for reliability, particularly on the US market.