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    Best or favourite?

    There were no bests! He only had three in my lifetime (died in 1971) he first was a prewar Vauxhall which had been stored during the war and I only remember running for about two days. We borrowed my Gran's Morris 1000 Traveller. Then we didn't have a car for half a dozen years till my favourite, a green Austin A35 van, a cast off from a cousin of my mother, in which I first learned to drive aged about 12! JES 739. As a family of 5 we would drive from Edinburgh to my father's family home in Glos pre motorways, camping on the way. Loved that little van. My dad's favourite was an early 60s Hillman Minx automatic he inherited from his aged aunt in about 1965. It was a horrible car but he loved it. It broke down regularly. It had some complicated electro magnetic clutch or something, and the alternator couldn't cope with it. I will always remember the non automatic seatbelts which were a nightmare akin to trying to strap a child into a car seat

    My Dad was NOT into cars! Funny how I turned out:-)

    My Mum meanwhile bought a Morris 1100 in which I took my driving test in 1967.

    Happy days

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    Quote Originally Posted by sssdu01 View Post
    Toss up between Series 1 E type, lotus Cortina MK1 with BRM tune, or Lotus Elan. Yes my dad was a petrol head and all of these cars came to a sticky end. E type went after my mum caught my dad doing something he shouldnt with her best friend. I can remember to this day my mum smashing all the glass and body panels with a garden spade. The Lotus Cortina was stolen, and the Elan was returned to kit form after it was spun into a tree
    Your dad sounds like the model jag cad cliche....

    My dad was a professional sportsman so often it was the local sponsors garage that supplied the iron.

    The best ones were in descending order:-

    Ford Escort Mexico in Orange
    RS2000 in black
    Rover 820 Vitesse fastback (PMSL)

    However the real petrolhead in the family was my gran - raced in between the wars and delivered trucks in WW2
    Standouts:-
    Red sunbeam rapier V8
    Lotus Cortina cream and green stripe

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    My mount as a 18year old aerospace apprentice.
    Look closely and you will see a ton of machined / turned from solid upgrades. Unseen is the giant killing
    stage III tune with TZ350 parts...
    The local filth spent many hours lecturing me...
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    LCís are going to be the next Dinoís!

    My dads best car was a 1976 Chevette GLS (he isnít into cars at all). I learned to drive in it and promptly wrote it off 3 weeks after my test....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modificato View Post
    My mount as a 18year old aerospace apprentice.
    Look closely and you will see a ton of machined / turned from solid upgrades. Unseen is the giant killing
    stage III tune with TZ350 parts...
    The local filth spent many hours lecturing me...
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    Very nice.

    My dadís has black chrome microns. Will definitely be illegal here as you can here the bike from miles away

    I will be on the hunt for rh stock pipe when I get my hands on it. I broke it around one of the welds when I dropped it; the one and only time itís been dropped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A348W View Post
    Very nice.

    My dadís has black chrome microns. Will definitely be illegal here as you can here the bike from miles away

    I will be on the hunt for rh stock pipe when I get my hands on it. I broke it around one of the welds when I dropped it; the one and only time itís been dropped.
    Okay geek alert.

    I know microns very well as I used to design two stroke exhausts. Anyway you can quiet the microns AND protect your engine for a long time with no loss of power as follows.
    1) Remove The baffles with a pair of circlip pliers.
    2) The baffle pipe in all but the latest designs was exactly the same length as the last Ďsilencerí section
    3) What token silencing their was was wadding that was designed to burn out quickly to sound better !
    4) if you have short baffles
    5) simply extend them so that the pipe extends into the final convergent cone in line with its start
    See below the classic quiet / longer stinger pipe and the stock microns baffles
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    The diagram below shows the stinger pipe concept.
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    Note power cut-off at peak power will be abrupt and reduce peak revs by about 400rpm BUT the bike will still sound cool but be socially acceptable-ish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modificato View Post
    Okay geek alert.

    I know microns very well as I used to design two stroke exhausts. Anyway you can quiet the microns AND protect your engine for a long time with no loss of power as follows.
    1) Remove The baffles with a pair of circlip pliers.
    2) The baffle pipe in all but the latest designs was exactly the same length as the last Ďsilencerí section
    3) What token silencing their was was wadding that was designed to burn out quickly to sound better !
    4) if you have short baffles
    5) simply extend them so that the pipe extends into the final convergent cone in line with its start
    See below the classic quiet / longer stinger pipe and the stock microns baffles
    Name:  4216F8FA-1362-420A-8C46-F980F72672E2.jpg
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    The diagram below shows the stinger pipe concept.
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    Note power cut-off at peak power will be abrupt and reduce peak revs by about 400rpm BUT the bike will still sound cool but be socially acceptable-ish
    Interesting; didn't know that and if I ever get my hands on it will give that a go as the pipes look and sound amazing. I do seem to recall the power delivery had a a massive kick and a big drop of at the top end of the rpm band.

    Friends in Uni with LCs etc. certainly played about with the bikes a lot, but I cant recall this ever came up; but then I think at Uni "being socially acceptable" didn't feature high on the agenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by A348W View Post
    Interesting; didn't know that and if I ever get my hands on it will give that a go as the pipes look and sound amazing. I do seem to recall the power delivery had a a massive kick and a big drop of at the top end of the rpm band. :
    Thatís classic two stroke power delivery - or McLaren 540 ;-)

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