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Jun 21, 2019, 04:44 AM
 
So, I had this old blue car that I sold many yers ago and then re found in a barn in Ireland so I bought it back.

It wasn't the happiest thing in the world:

IMG_1534 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

IMG_1544 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr



So I started taking it apart.
IMG_2686 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

Which became scary
IMG_3249 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

But I kept going
IMG_1316 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

until this
IMG_2742 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

Then it all went in a van
IMG_3498 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

And it's just come back like this
IMG_3887 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

IMG_3886 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

Which is exciting. Now I just have to remember where all the bits went.
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Jun 21, 2019, 07:00 AM
 
Did you modify it for racing originally, or did whomever bought it from you do all the racy bits?

Sweet Lotus, btw. Looks clean.
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Jun 21, 2019, 10:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Did you modify it for racing originally, or did whomever bought it from you do all the racy bits?

Sweet Lotus, btw. Looks clean.
I've quite extensively modified it. The engine, suspension brakes and interior. The suspension, brakes exhaust and carbs etc are all ex Group B rally parts form Peugeot Talbot Sport as fitted to their GrB Samba Rally cars in the mid 1980s. It was fun but falling apart. It's going to be reborn as a full on rally replica of a late 70s Peugeot works car.
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Jun 21, 2019, 11:00 AM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
And it's just come back like this
IMG_3887 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr
Umm... your tyre has fallen off.
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 11:18 AM
 
What kind of car is the formerly blue car?
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 11:40 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Umm... your tyre has fallen off.
Also a few more bits as well.
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Jun 21, 2019, 01:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
What kind of car is the formerly blue car?
It’s a 1980 Peugeot 104 ZS coupe. One of about 4 in the UK
More common (ish) in France.
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Jun 21, 2019, 01:49 PM
 
That's super cool!
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 03:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
One of about 4 in the UK. More common (ish) in France.
Those in France would be driver-on-left.

Projecting from the UK numbers, it's possible your version is getting rare worldwide.
     
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Jun 21, 2019, 04:49 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
It's going to be reborn as a full on rally replica of a late 70s Peugeot works car.
Dibs on first ride-along! Just to forewarn you, though, I’m rubbish at pacenotes.
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Jun 22, 2019, 04:41 AM
 
This is the intended end point:

IMG_2873 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

IMG_3310 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr
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Jun 23, 2019, 07:19 AM
 
That just looks like a whole lot of fun. I have a real soft spot for hot hatchbacks.
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Jun 23, 2019, 10:06 PM
 
I was pining for my old mk1 Astra GTE the other day. I read somewhere there are only 12 of them still on the road in the UK. They did rust like champions though.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/...f=23&t=1778761
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Jun 24, 2019, 08:05 AM
 
Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep View Post
I was pining for my old mk1 Astra GTE the other day. I read somewhere there are only 12 of them still on the road in the UK. They did rust like champions though.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/...f=23&t=1778761
I would take most how many figures fairly broadly but yes there can't be many mk1's left. Quite a nice sharp shape. Black suited it better than the more common white IMO.
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Jun 26, 2019, 11:06 AM
 
They don't look bad in red either. Silver is the most prized as the metallic paint helped protect the bodywork slightly. Supposedly.
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Aug 12, 2019, 02:36 PM
 
So update time

Blue car is now white, and working.

Stage 2 is the wide group 2 arches and the rally decals plus a few other bits including lowering it and adding my yellow wheels.

IMG_4309 by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr

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Aug 12, 2019, 05:42 PM
 
Nice. Definitely will look better once it’s lowered. It looks like it’s up on tip-toes right now.

My neighbor across the alley from me showed up with the carcass of a 1980 mk1 VW Cabriolet. It’s the same color as your wheels. He swears he’s going to restore it. I didn’t bother to ask him ‘why?’ He got it for $300. The engine actually runs.
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Aug 12, 2019, 08:14 PM
 
Good for you doing something you like, especially a long lost car. It is a good hobby. Personally, I find that car to be appallingly ugly. And it is just so old and in such poor condition, that your huge amounts of money that have went into restoring it could have went elsewhere. But that is just me. Happy you like. And the white looks a lot better than blue.
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Aug 12, 2019, 08:46 PM
 
You did a job well-done restoring this old car of yours. It seems like you had fun fixing it, and now it perfectly works.
     
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Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
Nice. Definitely will look better once it’s lowered. It looks like it’s up on tip-toes right now.

My neighbor across the alley from me showed up with the carcass of a 1980 mk1 VW Cabriolet. It’s the same color as your wheels. He swears he’s going to restore it. I didn’t bother to ask him ‘why?’ He got it for $300. The engine actually runs.
Thats a good price. There's a premium on these older VWs. There is no why. It's a hobby. The amount of money spent on my car so far wouldn't cover one of the eight road and trail cycles my brother has in his garage. And he's not a hard core cyclist.
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Aug 13, 2019, 05:23 AM
 
Here's the equivalent side pic from when it was on the road in 2003.
Still too high.
ZSside by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr
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Aug 14, 2019, 08:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
The amount of money spent on my car so far wouldn't cover one of the eight road and trail cycles my brother has in his garage. And he's not a hard core cyclist.

Please don’t tell my wife … so far her reaction to my hobby, cycling, was that “at least you’re staying healthy and it is cheaper than a car”. (Amongst my peers, my bike is the cheapest by far, it is cheaper than the custom pain jobs on one of my team mate’s bikes … and he has two.)

PS Your brother would refer to his two-wheeled, human-leg-powered marvels as bikes.
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Originally Posted by OreoCookie View Post

Please don’t tell my wife … so far her reaction to my hobby, cycling, was that “at least you’re staying healthy and it is cheaper than a car”. (Amongst my peers, my bike is the cheapest by far, it is cheaper than the custom pain jobs on one of my team mate’s bikes … and he has two.)

PS Your brother would refer to his two-wheeled, human-leg-powered marvels as bikes.
And don't get me started on the amount of money people spend on their golf bats either!
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Aug 15, 2019, 11:15 AM
 
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And don't get me started on the amount of money people spend on their golf bats either!
Touché.
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Aug 15, 2019, 11:28 AM
 
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Aug 15, 2019, 11:37 AM
 
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ZSside by Andrew Stephens, on Flickr
I may still have a rainbow Apple static cling decal laying around, if you need/want one.
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Aug 15, 2019, 05:16 PM
 
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And don't get me started on the amount of money people spend on their golf bats either!
Top Gear did an episode way back when where the guys were given the typical golf equipment purchase price to instead go buy a car and race it. That episode is what prompted me to go and buy a crappy car to do fun things with. No ragrets.
     
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Aug 15, 2019, 07:03 PM
 
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I do these for free.
That’s good to hear. I’ll send you the frame for my next bike then
This guy has some very creative genes: because he is a Michelin-starred chef, his bike prominently features the Michelin man in some places (although most people assume it has to do with Michelin tires …) as well as some inspirational slogans in French.
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