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emmerson



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a white Austin A99 in about 1973, when they were as cheap as chips. Four speed floor change with overdrive. Rather nice. I parked it on Keele MSA one night, and when I came out it was surrounded by coppers! Frightened me to death, but it turned out that it had been on their strength as a motorway patrol car!
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Ashley



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Location: Near Stroud, Glos

PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
A friend of mine has a MGC. I think that engine was happier in the Healey, don't you?


The MGC engine was different, it had seven main bearing and wasnít as reliable or powerful and the older C Series.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Ashley. An education as usual.
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emmerson



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ashley wrote:
Ray White wrote:
A friend of mine has a MGC. I think that engine was happier in the Healey, don't you?


The MGC engine was different, it had seven main bearing and wasnít as reliable or powerful and the older C Series.

And not as pleasant to drive as the four cylinder B, imo
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a horrible drive really. Understeers when pushed even slightly and ride not as good as the B probably due to the torsion bars. Not particularly good acceleration either (no better than my Triumph GT6 was). I was disappointed with it.
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Ashley



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a couple of MGB GTs and an MGC GT. it wasnít fast and it wasnít as bad as the road testers said, though it was a good cruiser for the time.

John Chatham tried racing one after his Healey, couldnít get them to handle or go as well and the engines kept blowing.
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JohnDale



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sorry you've had no reply Norseman. My only experience of your chosen vehicles was many years ago when they were current. I have recently been looking for an A95 Westminster or A110 of any badge but not found any worth buying yet. Regards,JD.
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Norseman



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Location: Essex UK

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
Ashley. We had a 3 litre Austin Princess Vanden Plas mk2 which was manual o/d from new. Lovely car.
I believe all the 4 litre R cars were automatic.


Correct, the 4L R had the BW65 'box.
I'm interested in the air cleaners in the 'pics, modification or original on the VDP as the Austin/Wolseley version was much more cumbersome?
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Ashley



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Norseman wrote:

I'm interested in the air cleaners in the 'pics, modification or original on the VDP as the Austin/Wolseley version was much more cumbersome?


Those are Austin Healey 3000 air filters that donít filter well enough and donít silence the intake at all. The saloon filters did both, but the Healey is deafening.
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lowdrag



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Dad changed his Oxford for a Westminster, and my memories of driving (we only had it a short while) were of axle tramp and extremely soggy handling with massive understeer. Dad swapped it in for a Magnette which was a lot better.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lowdrag wrote:
My Dad changed his Oxford for a Westminster, and my memories of driving (we only had it a short while) were of axle tramp and extremely soggy handling with massive understeer. Dad swapped it in for a Magnette which was a lot better.


Sound like it needed the dampers replaced. (I.M.O.)
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Ashley



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ray White wrote:
lowdrag wrote:
My Dad changed his Oxford for a Westminster, and my memories of driving (we only had it a short while) were of axle tramp and extremely soggy handling with massive understeer. Dad swapped it in for a Magnette which was a lot better.


Sound like it needed the dampers replaced. (I.M.O.)


I remember prolific understeer and that both the Ford and the big Vauxhall handled better.

Radial tyres would help.
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