From: Noddy on 3 Sep 2009 21:10
"Trevor Wilson" <trevor(a)SPAMBLOCKrageaudio.com.au> wrote in message
> **These words reminded me of my dad's first car - a Ford Prefect
> (apologies to Douglas Adams). He spent what seemed like every weekend in
> the garage pit, working on the thing. Gearbox? Incredibly unreliable car.
> The FJ Holden that replaced it was an absolute revelation by comparison.
> It was decently reliable. If you don't count the cooling system problems
> when towing the 'van that is.
My old man had a 100E Prefect panel van when I was a kid and I can vividly
remember the cursing whenever he'd climb a modest hill and have to hold it
in second gear to stop it jumping out.
Ford called it "auto disengagement" and made it sound like a feature :)
From: Noddy on 3 Sep 2009 21:16
"PhilD" <replytonewsgrouponly(a)aussient.com.au> wrote in message
> And the drivers of purple ones thought they were even faster, until you
> changed from 3rd to 4th alongside them when they were already flat out.
In what? :)
As someone who had an August '72 Bathurst LJ Xu1 as a daily driver for a few
years (and yes, it was even purple), there wasn't too much around that was
quicker in a "street fight".
> Was more impressed with a V6 Capri on the same night across the Hay plains
> in one October. Then there were the SLR5000's with a tank so small that
> they needed to stop at every service station when pushed.
I must be the only person around who thought the V6 Capri was an absolute
dog. Well, the car was okay, but the engine was bloody *awful*. Perhaps
that's why they never raced them here.
From: PhilD on 3 Sep 2009 23:12
"Noddy" <me(a)home.com> wrote in message
> "PhilD" <replytonewsgrouponly(a)aussient.com.au> wrote in message
>> And the drivers of purple ones thought they were even faster, until you
>> changed from 3rd to 4th alongside them when they were already flat out.
> In what? :)
XY351c, admittedly a bit modified but not by that much. Also both vehicles
had 4 on board and if like us in heading to Bathurst then he also had a few
slabs in the back. He didn't chase us so that was why I suspect he had no
more left. His attitude just earlier was that he was out to impress. Can't
remember if it was the 71 or 72 trip.
> As someone who had an August '72 Bathurst LJ Xu1 as a daily driver for a
> few years (and yes, it was even purple), there wasn't too much around that
> was quicker in a "street fight".
The one mentioned was also Victorian as was another one carrying on like the
Bathurst winner on Sunday night headed back home. Did Victorian purple XU1
owners of the time have an image issue :-P
>> Was more impressed with a V6 Capri on the same night across the Hay
>> plains in one October. Then there were the SLR5000's with a tank so small
>> that they needed to stop at every service station when pushed.
> I must be the only person around who thought the V6 Capri was an absolute
> dog. Well, the car was okay, but the engine was bloody *awful*. Perhaps
> that's why they never raced them here.
No idea what they were like generally, just that its performance when loaded
up and cruising seemed more impressive that purple Victorian XU1's.
So far no-one has mentioned Hillman Hunter's. Didn't own it but did a trip
to Bathurst in a GT one. Although they probably had general pommie problems
the durability of that one was impressive. It completed most of trip with
little or no oil in gearbox or diff due to dealer servicing (not pommie oil
seals) a week before. Cost the dealer a new pair.
From: Jason James on 4 Sep 2009 02:36
"Rheilly Phoull" <rheilly(a)bigslong.com> wrote in message
> I'm suprised no one has mentioned the mighty Austin Healy ??
Ohh yeah,..the 6 cyl 3L please. Back in the '80s I witnessed a fisherman
pulling his fairly heavy launch up the Kyeemagh boat ramp with a 3L Healy.
Had wire-wheels but was in poor condition. This guy mercilessly dumped the
clutch spinning its wheels trying to haul the boat out,...what a waste of a
From: Brad on 4 Sep 2009 02:25
TC Cordie 250 2V, triple webers, solid lifters, way wild cam, 3 speed on
the floor, minispool, 14" 235/60HR14 Generals on the DS and 205/60HR13 beats
me what on the PS, oh and a super sized wing on the roof. The number 51 on
Took a massive fuel pump to keep up with the webers but it was worth it.
Go fast, turn left.
6� 43.5816' S 146� 59.3097' E WGS84
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