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JohnDale



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:56 pm    Post subject: My last classic Reply with quote

Hi folks, this is a test using Flickr & a random picture,cheers,JD.



IMG_1226 by JohnDale McAllister, on Flickr
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consul 57



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

certainly not a random car, lovely mk2 Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dad had a Mk 1 Zodiac, but I think yours is the best of the range over the years. Let us forget the last one!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall a black one like this in our orchard when I was younger, my memory is mainly that the seats had leopard skin print covers!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were only only two Zephyr/Zodiacs in the village when I was at school.
The one I remember fondly was VUN 132, A Zodiac which belonged to the parents of a school friend.

It was in the Zodiac that I first visited Chester Zoo which was in June 1964.
It was replaced in February 1967 by a silver Mark 4 Zodiac, HUN 462E.

I have always liked the Mark 2 and 3 Zephyrs and Zodiacs and many have told me that the 2600cc six cylinder engine was one of the finest power plants in the Ford range.

John, excuse my curiosity, what do you mean "My last classic"?
Finding a fine example like yours must have taken some searching but does that preclude you buying something different in the future?
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JohnDale



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ellis wrote:
There were only only two Zephyr/Zodiacs in the village when I was at school.
The one I remember fondly was VUN 132, A Zodiac which belonged to the parents of a school friend.

It was in the Zodiac that I first visited Chester Zoo which was in June 1964.
It was replaced in February 1967 by a silver Mark 4 Zodiac, HUN 462E.

I have always liked the Mark 2 and 3 Zephyrs and Zodiacs and many have told me that the 2600cc six cylinder engine was one of the finest power plants in the Ford range.

John, excuse my curiosity, what do you mean "My last classic"?
Finding a fine example like yours must have taken some searching but does that preclude you buying something different in the future?


Hi Ellis, my reasons for buying this car were that I wanted something which didn't need me working on it - it didn't turn out that way. I'm now 77 & have spent three months working on it - my fault for buying it on the condition of the bodywork instead of a proper inspection. I still have stuff to do but the car is now in a usable condition & the rest can be done without breaking my back. I learned something I already knew - never trust a car salesman - if his mouths moving he's lying. The car is perfect on top but like the ladies of the night, something was missing.(that's me being polite) Cheers,JD.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

consul 57 wrote:
certainly not a random car, lovely mk2 Very Happy


RBY5 by JohnDale McAllister, on Flickr

This was my first one when I was 21. The current one was to take me back.
I'm now looking for someone to make me 21 again. Cheers,JD.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
JohnDale wrote:


This was my first one when I was 21. The current one was to take me back.
I'm now looking for someone to make me 21 again. Cheers,JD.


The nearest I can suggest is 3 x 25yr olds. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JD,

It appears we have similar thoughts regarding our cars. My first ‘runner’ was a black 1948 Jaguar 2 1/2 litre and when going through the ‘mid-life crisis’ years I decided I would like my last car to be the same as my first, so when I saw my ‘47 car advertised I just had to have it. The engine was seized and it had been lying outside for seven years uncovered, but hey, these rose tinted specs work a treat.

Art
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

47Jag wrote:
JD,

It appears we have similar thoughts regarding our cars. My first ‘runner’ was a black 1948 Jaguar 2 1/2 litre and when going through the ‘mid-life crisis’ years I decided I would like my last car to be the same as my first, so when I saw my ‘47 car advertised I just had to have it. The engine was seized and it had been lying outside for seven years uncovered, but hey, these rose tinted specs work a treat.

Art


Hi Art, I can understand your feelings for the 2 1/2. During my apprenticeship our daily fodder was 2 1/2s / 3 1/2s, Mk Vs, 120s/140s 2.4 & 3.4 Mk1 saloons which later became the Mk2 Jag everyone raved about, plus P4 Rovers & Armstrong Siddelys - happy days. Then I joined the RAF, which was also good. Cheers,JD.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

47Jag wrote:
JD,

It appears we have similar thoughts regarding our cars. My first ‘runner’ was a black 1948 Jaguar 2 1/2 litre and when going through the ‘mid-life crisis’ years I decided I would like my last car to be the same as my first, so when I saw my ‘47 car advertised I just had to have it. The engine was seized and it had been lying outside for seven years uncovered, but hey, these rose tinted specs work a treat.

Art


Hi Art, it appears my 'last classic' was a bit premature. It seems I can resist anything but temptation!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

47Jag wrote:
JD,

It appears we have similar thoughts regarding our cars. My first ‘runner’ was a black 1948 Jaguar 2 1/2 litre and when going through the ‘mid-life crisis’ years I decided I would like my last car to be the same as my first, so when I saw my ‘47 car advertised I just had to have it. The engine was seized and it had been lying outside for seven years uncovered, but hey, these rose tinted specs work a treat.

Art


Hi Art, it appears my 'last classic' was a bit premature. It seems I can resist anything but temptation!!!



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find JD, must be a scarce survivor now especially in that spec.

RJ
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a Granada Ghia in 1984 the same colour but on steel wheels with the full disc hubcaps. If I remember correctly it was KNC8P, was very fast and running lowered suspension, the rears shocks being Boge adjustable coil overs.
I sold it to a dealer, and some months later got a phone call to contact the Met Police, it had been used in an armed blag in London and when chased had left an SD1 behind........ Fortunately I had a good alibi, I was a member of a Police shield unit on standby at Orgreave at the time. It turned up late at night two weeks later in the hands of a couple of muppets trying to break into a supermarket in Nottinghamshire.
Great cars.
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JohnDale



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Rick"]Nice find JD, must be a scarce survivor now especially in that spec.

Hi Rick, yes, I have known the car for about 2.5 years - belonging to a member of our Pre67 Ford O.C. I tried to by it when I first saw it but he'd just found it & bought it - it all comes to he who waits,all the best,JD.
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