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Old 04-20-2007, 10:48 AM   #11
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What about hot dripping plastic insulation and vapo gas for all us original Mini Cooper owners? I still have the scars on my ankles.



And for you folks out there with a pre-1957 Jag MkVII, that big plastic knob on the dash does nothing, except to maybe give you hope that it might get the heater working again, so you keep twisting it.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:05 AM   #12
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Few people are aware that the Brits nearly put a man in orbit. The astronaut and missile were ready to go. The astronaut had trained in the NASA simulators. However when he climbed into the capsule of the British launch vehicle he saw the little plaque that said,



"Electronics by Lucas

Hydraulics by Girling."



He clawed his way out of the capsule screaming in terror. No other astronaut could be enticed to enter the capsule. The entire launch vehicle was scrapped and sold to Yugoslavia to build Yugos.
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:00 PM   #13
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As the legend goes, Mr. Lucas was asked why the electrics he supplied weren't stronger his answer was "Gentlemen don't motor about after dark".



That should clear up the issue....
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:39 AM   #14
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I found it quite comforting. I thought I was thoroughly incompetent when it came to wrenching. Good to see that disaster is universal.
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:40 AM   #15
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Old 04-21-2007, 12:40 AM   #16
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And besides all that, the last three Star Wars movies totally sucked.
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Old 04-21-2007, 01:48 AM   #17
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Not too sure just what you're referring to concerning the hot insulation.



My Triumph had so many leaky seams and seals, it was a tough job to heat up any bird, let alone any insulation she might have been wearing.



Yeah, the windows got fogged. I don't recall thinking of it as vapo gas, though.



Maybe we were twisting different knobs.

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Old 04-21-2007, 06:19 AM   #18
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Oh, the memories...

Wait a minute, I ride a '77 Bonnie. Sometimes those memories are a bit too fresh.

But nothing could compare to my old '64 BSA Lightning for the uncanny ability to not just scr*w me but its ability to time the scr*wing-overs to moments when women were involved.
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Old 04-21-2007, 07:52 AM   #19
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The ol' pre-1957 Jag MkVII, Cal Model, was the heater-delete version.



In a desperate attempt to improve reliability it was reasoned that removing the unnecessary heater core and lines (on essentially the India version of one of the first "World cars") couldn't hurt. Because it never rains in Southern California little attention was paid to weather (wind) proofing during the manufacture of the "Cal version" production run. So if you happen to find yourself in an ol' pre-1957 Jag MkVII, Cal version, hard-top or soft, somewhere that it does rain, you may get wet... and cold.



That big plastic knob was merely a concession to aesthetics (as were most switches and such) In a Huge conspiracy between the U. K. auto makers of the time, cars where sold as having features whose installations were never even completed beyond those very knobs, switches and dials!



As a result, the blame for the entire U. K. Motorcycle and Automotive Industries abysmal reliabilities of the era were blamed, Unjustly!, on a single company, Lucas Electrics.
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My older brother's first car was a Hillman Minx. It didn't like the hot SoCal summer and after about 45min of driving it would vapor lock without fail. All we did was stop and open the hood and wait 15 minutes. Then we were ready for another 45min of driving.
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