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Rick
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 2:55 pm    Post subject: Crabbing Reply with quote

Some years have passed since I last followed a car with an obvious crab as it drove along. Today I followed a modern Isuzu pickup and the crabbing was very noticeable. In the old days it'd often be a badly repaired Mini, or an 1100, with a misaligned subframe, or indeed anything that had been poorly repaired, but lately "sightings" seem to be much less frequent, probably due to most Minis and 1100s having long since rotted away Smile

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget the cut and shut body shells, and the badly realigned write offs.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect that modern cars are just so complex that even an "unofficial" repair just isn't worth doing if the accident or corrosion damage is that severe.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Older Nissan Navaras have started to gain a reputation for breaking in half if rust gets into the chassis member under the rear of the cab. There have been calls for a recall, but I don't think anything has happened. Perhaps this is something that is manifesting itself on other similar vehicles?
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend of mine had a Nissan Navara with chassis rot, Nissan loaned him a new vehicle for 12 weeks while he decided what to do as to a replacement, he opted for a 3 year old Nissan approved Navara of the same spec with extended warranty in exchange for his 8 year old Navara plus 2k, a deal he felt was very fair.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I bought my Chrysler back in the eighties I stripped the body and wooden frame from the chassis to find that it had been 'boomeranged'. At some period in it's life it had been slammed in the left side and the chassis severely buckled. When I contacted the previous owner by email, he advised me that his friends had always commented on it being the only car with four wheel tracks in the sand when driving in a straight line!

Needless to say, it only has two tracks when driving straight now!

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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Austin/Morris 1100s left the factory sideways. Apparently there were twenty nine clamps holding the floor pan to the next bits up and workers used two with the result that there were gaps everywhere, water got in and they rusted terribly. Any attempt to correct matters and the unions ordered everyone out.
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