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Old Aug 5th, 2022, 23:51   #3131
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Your young lad is getting to the age when he'll need his posessions transported regularly from thence to hither, be that university lodgings or from one overpriced bedsit to another....

...could I interest sir in a capacious shooting brake for such purposes?
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Your young lad is getting to the age when he'll need his posessions transported regularly from thence to hither, be that university lodgings or from one overpriced bedsit to another....

...could I interest sir in a capacious shooting brake for such purposes?
Wonderful BicycleBoy!

I explained that poorly: the no estates and no turbos rule only applies to hobby cars (Volvos).

I have sensible motor car for transporting Bob, shopping, collecting Volvo parts, collecting building materials, moving motorcycles, picking up the said young lad and various mates from places (cinemas, parties, sports...) and delivering them to other places (cinemas, parties, sports...), trailering Volvos to the Scottish Borders and teaching the again said young lad to drive:



... not only is it an estate (shooting brake), but it is also a turbo (diesel). It is though dead reliable, cheap to run (50 MPG and 30/year tax), reasonably fast, very comfortable, safe... and a bit dull (in a nice way).

The said young lad and I also share a sensible fun car for nice days out:



... shown here some years ago with the same young lad barely tall enough to see over the steering wheel. It is a nice motor car, and great fun, but complex so this old man has never seen any part of the engine, gearbox...

Hobby cars (Volvos) are different - they don't have to be practical, or reliable (but it would be nice if they were - that is where the challenge comes in), so they look like this:



... soon to retire to the Scottish Borders, or like this:



... the apple of my eye (apart from the above said young lad and Bob of course). The main requirements for the Volvos is that they are old, quirky, interesting and easy for an old man to try to make reliable.

I haven't even got on to the motorcycles yet:



So there we have it: a motor car (or motorcycle) for every season, but the Volvos aren't allowed to be estates or turbos.

Another lovely day in paradise.

Bobwalkin' time :-)
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The end of an era, brings a tear to my eye.

Now about that 760 turbo
I find myself being strangely attracted to this for a next project Luke:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115469723...kAAOSwy4xijHai

... if only it was 4 years older :-)
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I find myself being strangely attracted to this for a next project Luke:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/115469723...kAAOSwy4xijHai

... if only it was 4 years older :-)
... or even this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/165589809...kAAOSwO7hi2an9

... offer the seller 650 and pick it up with the car trailer on the way back from Selkirk. It might be a bit too much of a challenge converting it to a saloon though :-)
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... or even this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/165589809...kAAOSwO7hi2an9

... offer the seller 650 and pick it up with the car trailer on the way back from Selkirk. It might be a bit too much of a challenge converting it to a saloon though :-)
I thought you said no estates?!

I'd go for the 740 saloon myself as it will hold value better and be tax and MOT expect sooner. Plus that B230E will slot nicely in to that engine bay

Except it is about 2k over priced as a 2.0 na automatic is the least desirable 7/900 and will make the RB look like a rocket.
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I thought you said no estates?!

I'd go for the 740 saloon myself as it will hold value better and be tax and MOT expect sooner. Plus that B230E will slot nicely in to that engine bay

Except it is about 2k over priced as a 2.0 na automatic is the least desirable 7/900 and will make the RB look like a rocket.
Thank you Luke,

As I said above: 'It might be a bit too much of a challenge converting it to a saloon though :-)'

I agree that 740 saloon is overpriced - and it isn't old enough for me. I may look for a 740 project over the winter, but it would probably have to be a 1984 motor car (so it would qualify as an historic vehicle in 2025 - by then only 2 years hence), a saloon and perhaps something that might benefit from a good B230e motor. By the winter it will be a buyers' market for large, thirsty, unfashionable saloon cars, so I'll probably be able to find an okay one under a grand.

Watch this space...

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... or even this:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/165589809...kAAOSwO7hi2an9

... offer the seller 650 and pick it up with the car trailer on the way back from Selkirk. It might be a bit too much of a challenge converting it to a saloon though :-)
NURSE!!!.hes out of bed again!!!!😂
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NURSE!!!.hes out of bed again!!!!😂
I know Andrew: you are right, but I know myself well enough to predict what will happen next.

By the week after Xmas I'd have got a bit bored: I won't be able to find any more jobs to do on GAM and the RB will be happily re-living Dr Finlay's Casebook. I'll decide I need another project and start looking for bikes and cars. January will be an excellent time to buy a large, thirsty, un-trendy saloon car or a mid-life crisis motorcycle: many folk will be struggling to pay the gas and electricity bill whilst still keeping the Sky Sports subscription, the golf club membership and the tanning salon sessions. Someone will look out at that 1984 Volvo 740 GL saloon under the snow that seemed a good idea at 4,000 a few summers ago and decide to unload it. By then 900 in used notes from a tall a chap with a beard will seem like a really good idea.

Another lovely day in paradise...

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I know Andrew: you are right, but I know myself well enough to predict what will happen next.

By the week after Xmas I'd have got a bit bored: I won't be able to find any more jobs to do on GAM and the RB will be happily re-living Dr Finlay's Casebook. I'll decide I need another project and start looking for bikes and cars. January will be an excellent time to buy a large, thirsty, un-trendy saloon car or a mid-life crisis motorcycle: many folk will be struggling to pay the gas and electricity bill whilst still keeping the Sky Sports subscription, the golf club membership and the tanning salon sessions. Someone will look out at that 1984 Volvo 740 GL saloon under the snow that seemed a good idea at 4,000 a few summers ago and decide to unload it. By then 900 in used notes from a tall a chap with a beard will seem like a really good idea.

Another lovely day in paradise...

:-)

I concur fully, on all counts. Theres some levelling up on the way , no doubt. The sixties and seventies Ferraris wont feel it but the stuff youre talking about definitely will.

Anyone with the money and the undercover space will be able to fill their boots , waiting for the good times to return, as , sometime , they will.

Kerching!🧐
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I thought you said no estates?!

I'd go for the 740 saloon myself as it will hold value better and be tax and MOT expect sooner. Plus that B230E will slot nicely in to that engine bay

Except it is about 2k over priced as a 2.0 na automatic is the least desirable 7/900 and will make the RB look like a rocket.
How about this one Luke:

https://www.gumtree.com/p/volvo/volv...ors/1437661136

... a 6 door limousine, built that way from new!

It certainly passed the quirkiness test, but is 6 years too young for my liking :-).
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