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Old Jan 30th 2014, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by Mr Weeze
My (aftermarket) sunroof leaked and a wire clothes hanger was used to get enough tension in the release mechanism to get to te rear seats.

That car had 4 gears, no rev counter and would not do above 88 on the downhill bit of the A34 heading south past Newbury.
My 68 Bug had four gears and no tach. Same with the 1976 Honda Civic and the 1979 Rabbit [Golf to you European types]. That "Westmoreland" built Rabbit broke of VW's for the rest of my life. The 1982 Toyota Corolla also had no tach but it had five speeds. When the Corolla was "liberated" I replaced it with a 1983 Peugeot 505S -- which had five speeds and a tach. Every car since that Peugeot has had an automatic but also a tach. Go figure.

As cars have gotten smaller in the U.S., the powers that be have narrowed the lanes on the freeways. If I still had that 1968 bug, I would be worried about involuntary lane changes in sidewinds.
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Old Jan 30th 2014, 12:24 pm
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Originally Posted by S Folinsky
As cars have gotten smaller in the U.S., the powers that be have narrowed the lanes on the freeways. If I still had that 1968 bug, I would be worried about involuntary lane changes in sidewinds.
Any lane narrowing would not be on Interstates or to any real degree state freeways and narrowing in any other area would have nothing to do with the size of cars. You are in California. From the California Dept of Transportation.

Overall, the following widths are fairly standard through the state.

An eight lane freeway would consist of an outside shoulder, four travel lanes, an inside shoulder and then on the other side, lanes going in the opposite direction, would be the inside shoulder, 4 travel lanes and an outside shoulder.

Outside Shoulders are generally 10' 4 lanes of travel way are 48' (12' per lane) Inside Shoulders are 8' So overall an eight-lane freeway would be 132' wide on an average.


There have been occasional cases of some narrowing where insufficient expansion room was later available for additional 12' lanes. Nothing at all to do with the size of cars. Hell, there are still plenty of large vehicles on the road and trucks are bigger than they ever were.

As for Interstates....mandatory 12' lanes widths. Always have been. Secondary roads, like two lane roads, have normally been 10' wide due to much lower volumes of traffic and very little in the way of heavy duty use by semi trucks etc.

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Old Jan 31st 2014, 12:49 am
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My first car was a 75 Cutlass Supreme

I think I need a Mini education lol. Cooper, Austin, different trim levels?

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Old Jan 31st 2014, 1:24 am
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Originally Posted by MostlyYank
My first car was a 75 Cutlass Supreme

I think I need a Mini education lol. Cooper, Austin, different trim levels?

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Oh yeah, different engines (850, 998, and 1275 aka 1.3) the Clubman, the Mini van (my father had one, a little tin box that went like shït off a shövel ), the Mini Pick-up, the Wolsey Hornet, and the Riley Elf, to name but a few.
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Originally Posted by MostlyYank
My first car was a 75 Cutlass Supreme

I think I need a Mini education lol. Cooper, Austin, different trim levels?

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Austin is the Marque (Austin Mini, later British Leyland Mini and finally Rover Mini before it became simply 'Mini')

Cooper is a trim level.
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Originally Posted by MostlyYank
My first car was a 75 Cutlass Supreme

I think I need a Mini education lol. Cooper, Austin, different trim levels?

Pete
Hate to just link, but there are so many types / models that it would take an age to type out for you.

This is a good start...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini



and some entertaining footage in these....




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On the subject of entertaining....

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Originally Posted by Nutek
Hate to just link, but there are so many types / models that it would take an age to type out for you.

This is a good start...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini



and some entertaining footage in these....
Don't forget, arguably the weirdest "official" variant, the Mini Moke.

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Originally Posted by Pulaski
http:// http://upload.wikimedia.org/...w_'10).jpg
Don't forget, arguably the weirdest "official" variant, the Mini Moke.
That's a hateful little shitbox, isn't it
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
Don't forget, arguably the weirdest "official" variant, the Mini Moke.
http:// http://upload.wikimedia.org/...w_'10).jpg
The Corona factory down the street used to have a Moke in the parking lot.
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Originally Posted by Nutek
Fancy.

Mine had a pull-choke on the dash, with a floor mounted push start switch.

All the talk of these cars is a lot of fun. More interesting than a lot of the new stuff.
I was thinking more about this last night, and I have to admit that though I'm sure about a pull choke, I am really having a hard time remembering the actual starter (you know, it was the sixties, if you were there you don't remember a lot of it . . . ), but I can only think that if it was on the floor I would recall. That little car took me to Amsterdam on one trip, all the way down to Barcelona on another -- where it sat in a garage for two weeks while I hung out with the rest of the hippies on Formentera. By the time I headed back north the cylinder head gasket was blown and from Perpignon to Paris it used more oil than petrol. Aaah, memories!

The car after that was a Mini Moke. That was fun driving up the M1 to see the folks in winter, wrapped in every coat i possessed while the canvas sides rattled in the wind! (And I just saw the posts above got onto the topic of that very vehicle.)
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I was thinking more about this last night, and I have to admit that though I'm sure about a pull choke, I am really having a hard time remembering the actual starter (you know, it was the sixties, if you were there you don't remember a lot of it . . . ), but I can only think that if it was on the floor I would recall. That little car took me to Amsterdam on one trip, all the way down to Barcelona on another -- where it sat in a garage for two weeks while I hung out with the rest of the hippies on Formentera. By the time I headed back north the cylinder head gasket was blown and from Perpignon to Paris it used more oil than petrol. Aaah, memories!

The car after that was a Mini Moke. That was fun driving up the M1 to see the folks in winter, wrapped in every coat i possessed while the canvas sides rattled in the wind! (And I just saw the posts above got onto the topic of that very vehicle.)

I think you will fins it was a key start, below the Speedometer and above the Gear Stick. Pull choke, next to key. Floor mounted headlight Dip/Dazzle switch.
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I was thinking more about this last night, and I have to admit that though I'm sure about a pull choke, I am really having a hard time remembering the actual starter (you know, it was the sixties, if you were there you don't remember a lot of it . . . ), but I can only think that if it was on the floor I would recall. That little car took me to Amsterdam on one trip, all the way down to Barcelona on another -- where it sat in a garage for two weeks while I hung out with the rest of the hippies on Formentera. By the time I headed back north the cylinder head gasket was blown and from Perpignon to Paris it used more oil than petrol. Aaah, memories!

The car after that was a Mini Moke. That was fun driving up the M1 to see the folks in winter, wrapped in every coat i possessed while the canvas sides rattled in the wind! (And I just saw the posts above got onto the topic of that very vehicle.)
This is what it looked like, it was down between the front seats. If you had one, you may have seen it whilst fumbling around for your stash.

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Originally Posted by Scouse Express
I think you will fins it was a key start, below the Speedometer and above the Gear Stick. Pull choke, next to key. Floor mounted headlight Dip/Dazzle switch.
My Mini 1000 was a key start. Had to keep just the one key on the ring because, if you had more keys, the weight would make it fall out of the ignition.
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Originally Posted by Scouse Express
I think you will fins it was a key start, below the Speedometer and above the Gear Stick. Pull choIke, next to key. Floor mounted headlight Dip/Dazzle switch.
I think you're right -- that description rings bells, while Nutek's image doesn't.

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This is what it looked like, it was down between the front seats. If you had one, you may have seen it whilst fumbling around for your stash.
Nice one!
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