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Cars have definitely come a long way. Not just the features and technology, but just the fact they start when you want them to, and they don't fall apart by the time you get to your destination!

I remember fairly regularly having to get cars welded up in various places.

We take a lot for granted these days.
 
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My first (and only) car bought new was a Peugeot 205 bought around 1992 and I was amazed that it lasted years before needing any welding. Prior to then cars seemed to rust within a couple of years. Standard Saturday for blokes was either at the football or sanding down rusty patches on their car!

Also as @DPG points out they now start reliably thanke to electronics, though my grandfather's Wolsely 16/60 started first time every time! (So long as you knew to use the choke, had electric fuel pump and SU carburettor).
 
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Cars , all change ,
Sadly , people scrap them at 10 years mechanically mostly good ,
With a small water leak , and expensive electronic issues ..eek..
 
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@Julie. A few Ford Escorts I knew liked to entertain in that way too.

Yes the same thing happened to one of my early mentors in his Mk.1 Escort van. We were driving through town, I was in the passenger seat looking out of the window when he caught my attention, handed me the detached gearstick and said 'see if you can do anything useful with this.' Those Ford 4-speed type 2 / 3 gearboxes felt nice to use (click!) but were very lightly built. I changed the box on my 1300E at about 75k and 2nd synchro had been worn out for a while by then (possibly due to the previous owner's driving style.)
 
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Many years ago when I lived in the UK I bought a second hand 2 litre Fiat Supermirafiori. If was a stunning car to drive espescially as my previous car was a Dolomite Sprint which shed body parts randomly as you went down the road in it.

The Fiat came with a very high internal spec with all the bells and whistles and it had a great engine that was fast and reliable but the problem with it was the corrosion. It had alread had a dual sill transplant and numerous chassis welding jobs done on it before I got it and there was minor rust bubbling visible all over the place. I thought it would last me a year or so and I'd sell it on before it got too bad but that plan was seriously flawed. Within a month there were several holes that got bigger by the week. I swear if you stood next to the car and kept really quiet you could actually hear it rusting.

Every month I owned it I made some bodywork repairs to it and even then it was basically scrap after a year.
 
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I like to tell people about my first car - it was an Avenger - sounds impressive unless you actually know it was a '70s sickly brown Hillman Avenger!!

Driving back from Blackpool, the gearstick came out of the gearbox as I tried to change gear!
My brother & I learnt to drive in my dads Avenger. My brother flipped it on to its roof after hitting some ice and ended up in the middle of a field, luckily unhurt. My dad came out, rolled it back over, laid on back seat and pushed the roof back up with his legs and drove it back home. 😂 That’s my Hillman Avenger story 🤪
 
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Yes the same thing happened to one of my early mentors in his Mk.1 Escort van. We were driving through town, I was in the passenger seat looking out of the window when he caught my attention, handed me the detached gearstick and said 'see if you can do anything useful with this.' Those Ford 4-speed type 2 / 3 gearboxes felt nice to use (click!) but were very lightly built. I changed the box on my 1300E at about 75k and 2nd synchro had been worn out for a while by then (possibly due to the previous owner's driving style.)
They were a great little car, great road holders , but had a few problems like the struts coming through the inner wing.
My best mate had an MOT testing station from the seventies until January this year when he sadly died.
The worst MOT failure we ever had was on a bright red respectable looking Alfa Sud. The tester was busy underneath doing his stuff and kept complaining about the assistant moving about inside the car and shaking it.. Adamantly he denied it , so the tester let the hoist down and found the whole front and rear was separated from the windscreen down. All that was holding it together was the steering assembly and the other fortuitist bits.
Coming over the rolling road to get it onto the hoist was obviously all it could bare and sent it to the chapel of rest.
It had been bought the day before at an auction and had been driven about fifteen miles to the testing station , the young lad said it drove well enough!
 
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My first car was ford escort 1100 mkl 2door 1970( H plate), neutral on the gear shift was out both windows very sloppy lol.
 
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I'm up for the day now , MOT at 730 then,2nd night with no sleep

I'm comfortable in the bed with the tramado but it keeps me awake

Fractured ribs supposed to take about 6 weeks but i think these are what they call 'displaced'
as I can feel the shape is dio on the affected side
 
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I'm up for the day now , MOT at 730 then,2nd night with no sleep

I'm comfortable in the bed with the tramado but it keeps me awake

Fractured ribs supposed to take about 6 weeks but i think these are what they call 'displaced'
as I can feel the shape is dio on the affected side
Hope you are better soon, that sounds pretty rough :(
 
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Car in for its MOT, should pass but we'll see, currently sat in a cafe waiting for them to say it's ready 🤣 bored out my mind
 
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I've got plenty of ground that needs turning over on my allotment, feel free to drop by if your bored and want something to do 😋
 
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That is a nice natural looking meadow, It would be a pity to spoil it. ;)
 
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Car in for its MOT, should pass but we'll see, currently sat in a cafe waiting for them to say it's ready 🤣 bored out my mind
Did it pass?

MOT'ing vehicles is something I don't miss. Where I am there's no annual testing of cars, motorbikes or vans/trucks. The only time you need to send them in for our equivalent of an MOT is when a vehicle is bought or sold and the ownership name changes. Even then it's only a very basic mechanical test, no emmissions tests, no ECU fault code reading, no catylitic converter check and it won't fail it for warning codes or lights such as airbag or ABS etc.
 
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Did it pass?

MOT'ing vehicles is something I don't miss. Where I am there's no annual testing of cars, motorbikes or vans/trucks. The only time you need to send them in for our equivalent of an MOT is when a vehicle is bought or sold and the ownership name changes. Even then it's only a very basic mechanical test, no emmissions tests, no ECU fault code reading, no catylitic converter check and it won't fail it for warning codes or lights such as airbag or ABS etc.

My car's just passed today, no advisories. One of my bikes is due to become exempt in a year or two, but I'll still get it tested each year. Not worth risking my safety for the sake of £30 a year.
 
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My car's just passed today, no advisories. One of my bikes is due to become exempt in a year or two, but I'll still get it tested each year. Not worth risking my safety for the sake of £30 a year.
I thought it was any motor vehicle registered on or before 1973 only exempt from mot.
 

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