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Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413539 Fri Jun 11 2021 04:53 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,302
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Same with my '92 Vette. And that wasn't even a full convertible, just a removeable top. You could feel the difference.

Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413541 Fri Jun 11 2021 05:07 PM
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Posts: 7,000
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'Bolter
I had a 1963 Falcon convertible from 1964-1969 and no issues. Of course, it was a FORD. yahoo Right John.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413729 Sun Jun 13 2021 02:59 PM
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Posts: 5,152
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Unrepentant VW Lover
That's it. You're banned, Ron. Starting now.

But to counter your Falcon, I had a '70 Chevelle (Malibu) convertible (from 1986 to '92) that never had any flexing issues, either. So there. Pfffffft! laalaa


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413732 Sun Jun 13 2021 03:29 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 22,994
H
'Bolter
When my first car purchase as a 14 year old kid was a 47 Mercury convertible, Dad had some words of wisdom for me- - - -"Drill a few holes in the floorboard, so the water from the leaky top doesn't have to run out of the windows!" As usual, he was right! It took car manufacturers a few decades to learn how to stamp out pieces of sheet metal big enough to cover the whole top of a car so they could get away from wood and canvas in the middle. Then some engineer figured out how to make a giant leap backwards, cut a hole in the top, and call it a "sunroof".
frown
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413740 Sun Jun 13 2021 04:37 PM
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Posts: 7,000
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'Bolter
The MGA I had from 1969 until 3 years ago and other than 2 sets of tires and a few batteries I did not spend much else on it. When I first got it I drove it 1000 miles once a month for a year to visit my wife.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413794 Mon Jun 14 2021 01:31 AM
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Posts: 5,152
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Unrepentant VW Lover
Ron -- One of my neighbors here in the new 'Hood is a retired dentist and he has a neat Austen Healey 3000 in his garage that hasn't been out of the garage in 20 years. It appears to be in pretty solid condition. I am working on getting him to start working on it ... *him* not me smile All I know about Brit cars is that they are a PITA. That's why I love my Fahrvergnügen ... smile


John

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
— C. S. Lewis


'49 Chevrolet 3804

Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413799 Mon Jun 14 2021 02:21 AM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,185
M
'Bolter
If you would John, please tell your neighbor, "I will gladly pay Tuesday for a 3000 Healey today". A Big Healey has been on my list of Walter Mitty cars for many decades.

RonR


1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413818 Mon Jun 14 2021 04:43 AM
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Posts: 2,837
C
'Bolter
My oldest niece is to put it kindly is socially awkward and married a guy more so than her. When my oldest sister died she had a car collection that along with 4 MGB Roadsters and one MGB GT Coupe there was a 1960 Austin Healey 3000. It spent it's life on Okaloosa Island next to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida so it made a rust belt salted road car look like a virgin. When I ended up in the barrel as executor of my sister's estate the husband asked about the 3000 and I told him if he didn't take it home with him right then I was sending it to the shredder. My niece is famous for her Cheyenne Indian type bead work and now her husband is famous for his ten year resto of the Austin that wins any show it enters. As far as I'm concerned ANYTHING with Lucas electronics is crusher material.


Evan
Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413820 Mon Jun 14 2021 05:18 AM
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Posts: 22,994
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'Bolter
I inspected a Jag XKE for a potential overseas buyer (Australia) that was kind of like that- - - - -the only thing keeping it in more or less one piece was the rust molecules holding hands! I think the buyer passed on that deal, as he usually takes my word for whether or not a car is worth buying. I've inspected around 40 cars for him, and he's bought around two thirds of them.
Jerry


The murder victim was drowned in a bathtub full of Rice Krispies and milk.
The coroner blamed the crime on a cereal killer!

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!
Re: Not Bolt friendly---yet
coilover #1413830 Mon Jun 14 2021 12:34 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,185
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'Bolter
I've had and enjoyed and worked (long hours) on three British cars, a TR3, TR4A and '62 XKE. All when I was much younger and all but one bought in project car status. In all honesty I don't think Lucas electrics are any worse than what you''ll find in any older used and abused light duty open top vehicle. Most buyers were not mechanically inclined. Some only knew to keep gas in the tank, oil and coolant were highly over rated in some circles.

I did have moments that shed light on why the Brits drink warm beer (old joke, Lucas refrigerators). Back in the early 70's the wife and I were cruising along a Ozark Mt. road on a fall evening, no houses for miles, only great curves and smells in the TR4. It was almost dark, hit a pot hole, the headlight switch falls apart with pieces in the floor. NO headlights. Of course we had no flashlight and it was long before cell phones. I did have a pocket knife and just enough light to cut wire out of the horn wiring and splice it into the headlight circuit and the positive post of the battery which sets just below the windshield in the center of the fire wall. We had light. Had several similar experiences now that I think about it.

RonR

Last edited by moparguy; Mon Jun 14 2021 12:37 PM.

1951 3600 with Clark flatbed, T5, 4.10 rear
1970 340 Duster
1990 5.0 V8 Miata (1990 Mustang Gt Drivetrain)
1951 Farmall Super A



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