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#31 Armand

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:20 PM

I know, Peugeots are a nightmare to work on...All French cars are....with Citroën as a champion in this category....

I'm afraid thats an old tale. Modern computerised assembly lines have made car design rather equal. Even Citroen, who have been blamed for the odd (but dynamical right) positioning of the front brake discs away from the wheel have none oddities except from the unique suspension used on the top range.
Since the introduction of the Peugeot 205 have the Peugeot/Citroen corporation though used a rear suspension unit with torque bars and a seperate small schock absorber, thus avoiding the towers for the schocks protruding up in the trunk.
In the meantime have many cars shrunk causing the engine compartment rather filled and inaccessible, hence being a nightmare to work on :-o

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:30 PM

I'm afraid thats an old tale. Modern computerised assembly lines have made car design rather equal. Even Citroen, who have been blamed for the odd (but dynamical right) positioning of the front brake discs away from the wheel have none oddities except from the unique suspension used on the top range.
Since the introduction of the Peugeot 205 have the Peugeot/Citroen corporation though used a rear suspension unit with torque bars and a seperate small schock absorber, thus avoiding the towers for the schocks protruding up in the trunk.
In the meantime have many cars shrunk causing the engine compartment rather filled and inaccessible, hence being a nightmare to work on :-o


I know what I am talking about....was a profesional carmechanic for 11 years...
It is True that modern cars are rather full with engine and other systems. But a fact is, you could always tell that I worked on a French car by my hands, full of scratches....


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Posted 17 March 2017 - 08:22 PM

I know a guy who used to run engineering in the RAAF. He said the Mirage was not all that much fun to work on, being full of peculiarities. They had to work on the F-111 a lot, but the actual work was pretty straightforward.



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 06:21 AM

I've always seen cars as nothing more than mundane transport, with motorcycles providing a bit of an emotional thrill. I've owned:

1. A 1965 Triumph 5TA. It was horrible, but I didn't notice at the time.

2. A 1967 Triumph 6T which morphed into a mixture of a 1973 Bonneville and a 1971 Tiger, with some 1968 parts. It was great.

3. A 1973 Triumph Tiger 750, which a "friend" blew up for me.

4. A 1975 Norton 850 Roadster. That was a great bike, one of my favourites.

5. A 1975 Triumph Trident, which I didn't like much. It made the wrong sort of sound.

6. Two 650 Yamaha XJ650s. I can't remember the year. Their virtues were cheapness and shaft drive.

7. A 1980 BMW R80/7. Equal favourite with the Norton.

 

I'm wanting to get another bike for my looming retirement, mid life crisis or whatever. I might get a new Moto Guzzi V7 or V9. They're reasonably priced and have shaft drive. I don't really want too much power.

My car is a Mazda 3, which goes where I want it to, at the speed I want, and keeps the rain off.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 11:47 AM

I have a case of vertigo. The last two times I was on a bike (bicycle) I fell over.

I am forced to pass on all your bikes (not bicycles) and stick to four wheels. I 

must substitute your number 1. through 7. with four wheel transport I have owned.

1. Mini Cooper $, convertible; 1995 supercharged. Not much goes wrong with it, but when 

     it does it is expensive. :)  :huh: (So far I have not met anything that will corner with it).

2. Datsun 280Z 1983; Very fun car. No where near as fast as it looks. I was hit in the rear

     5 times and pulled over 5 times by the law in the 6 years I owned the vehicle. It was a

     bright come hit / arrest me red like a Ferrari. :unsure:

3. Pontiac GTO 1969, Ram Air III: Fast, Quick, Fun. 10 miles per gallon on the petrol. Any

     questions of why I still don't own it? :huh:

4. Buick GS400 1969, Ram Air; Felt fast, in reality about as quick as the Cooper S. It was

     OK, it just wasn't taken care of before I purchased it. :(

5. Corvette 327/350 hp.1968; Perhaps the most awesome looking pile of junk I ever owned.

6. Nisan 300ZX 1985; Perhaps the most awesome looking pile of junk my wife ever owned. :rolleyes:

7. Ford Aerostar 1991; The first van I ever owned. Standing on its own it wasn't really anything

     great. But when we piled 7 people comfortably in it and heading to the beach on a hot

     sunny summer day, there was nothing better. ;)  :D

 

All I have to add is, I think a Mazda 3 is a great ride. They look great, have darn good performance and

 you don't have to stop and get gas every 200 mls. ;)



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 12:34 PM

I'll try the cars, but not sure if I can remember them all, or get them in the right order:

1. Vauxhall Velox PAX. Well past it's best when I got it.

2. Rover 3500 V8. Nice car to drive.

3. Holden Belmont 253 V8. Not a strong engine.

4. Ford Cortina 1600. Reliable.

5. Datsun 120Y.  Forgettable.

6. Morris Minor.  Forgettable.

7. Honda Civic. Put me off Hondas altogether.

8. Holden Commodore with a 202 engine. Slower than it should have been, but OK for towing a boat.

9. Ford Escort 1800. The Brazilian model with electrical problems. A powerful car in Brazil.

10. Holden Commodore 3.8 V6. Terrible car.

11. Mazda 3. I got it at 6 years old with 40,000 km on the speedo. The old lady who owned it only seemed to drive it to be serviced. It's been a great car and has cost me almost nothing because it got written off by hail damage. 



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 01:20 PM

LOL, flying kiwi, I to had a Morris Minor. Didn't keep it long but in the winter had to put some kind of a heater under the engine to get it started (think eastern Front). It was my first car.

 

2. '66 Chev 4 door 283 2 speed - great car, drove it across Canada

3. '69 Triumph GT6+ - fun but tore the rear end out of it in 3 years, radius rods welded to the floor pan :rolleyes:

4. '72 Datsun (Nissan) pickup - great little truck based on the 510 car

5. '76 Chev van - 350, towed the race boat with it, 30k mile one year

6. '86 Jeep Cherokee - liked but rusted out in 4 years

7. '90 Jeep Cherokee - kept to 2004, drove it into the ground

8 and 9 were used cars. '96 Buick Skylark and '03 Pontiac Sunfire, was tired of paying full price, nothing bad to say about them

10. '15 Hyundai Elantra -  bought in '16 from dealer, 12km on the odo, so far no complaints

 

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 06:14 AM

I forgot the Chrysler Valiant VE. It had a sloper engine and when the rubber engine mounts got a bit tired, the gear linkages fell out of place and you couldn't change gear. 






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