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#1 Post by Steve86 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:43 pm

Hi all,

Im in my early 30s and my Dad brought me up around Bikes and an interest in classic cars. Always wanted to ride motorbikes as a lad but Dad at the time wouldn't have any of it as he lost his best mate in his teens through a bike accident. He wisely said that I had to drive a car for a few years to understand how the road works and learn how stupidly people can drive. I did as he said and brought old Mini as my first car and I've had a Karmann Ghia and a Capri all as daily drives. The bike bug was always there but I never fully committed and actually brought one. Now the time has come and my old man has offered me one of his old Hondas that I have known all my life but never seen it run. I'm ok with car mechanics and feel excited about the prospect of getting this back on the road with help from my old man and hopefully using it. Sure the site is wealth of knowledge and if you lot are anything like the classic car scenes that I've been apart of a helpful butch of people with a common interest.
No pics at the moment but I'll post some up once I get the bike trailered to mine.

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Re: New Here

#2 Post by Bender » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:08 pm

Welcome

My first car was a mini and my first bike was a Honda :D
Bite my shiny, metal ass!

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#3 Post by rennie » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:12 pm

Hello and Welcome :D
Ian.

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#4 Post by Via » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:20 pm

Welcome :cheers:
Hoggs wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:21 pm
I agree totally with @Slowlycatchymonkey

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#5 Post by Bianco2564 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:30 pm

Welcome.
I'm just restoring my 1970 Honda 125, check it out on the restoration section.
Good luck with the resto on yours.

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#6 Post by mikestrivens » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:27 pm

Hello and welcome
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#7 Post by Stu » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:31 pm

Hi and welcome :)
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#8 Post by Muttly » Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:24 am

Hello and welcome :-)

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#9 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:13 am

Hi

Minis are one on my all time favourites. Had two when I was younger, great cars, like driving a dodgem on the road!

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#10 Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:21 am

You have never driven if you haven't driven a Mini.

Ah the joys of replacing the rear sub-frames on them! First one I did I didn't notice that the rings that the rubber cones mounted on weren't actually integral with the sub-frame so I forgot to take them off the old one and fit them to the replacement. We were happy little bunnies until we lowered the car off the jacks and the back of it was at ground level. :oops:

I once did part of the Lombard RAC Rally in a Capri - only for a very short time as they weren't really a brilliant rally car and at one of the early corners we kind of left the road, went airborne for what seemed rather a long time, and then landed on a tree stump. It didn't do the car much good.

Your dad is probably wise to suggest you learn roadcraft before riding a bike. But what you will find is that riding a bike will now enhance your roadcraft by tenfold. Starting with a resto is a great way to get to grips with bikes - good luck with the project.
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#11 Post by Hoggs » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:46 am

Hello and welcome :cheers:
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#12 Post by Bender » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:01 am

:offtopic:

My mini was 1964, crap starting, hydroelectric ( fecking auto correct,hydro elastic) lsuspension ie non, would cut out if so much as a hint of water was splashed at the front of it, sliding window, string for internal door release, and that was factory not a mod. Leather strap as door stop they usually just pull out the pillar though, bypass hose that was supposed to have head removed to fit, overheating came as standard.

If your going to own a mini do it right 😁
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#13 Post by Slowlycatchymonkey » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:59 am

Bender wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:01 am
:offtopic:

My mini was 1964, crap starting, hydroelectric suspension ie non, would cut out if so much as a hint of water was splashed at the front of it, sliding window, string for internal door release, and that was factory not a mod. Leather strap as door stop they usually just pull out the pillar though, bypass hose that was supposed to have head removed to fit, overheating came as standard.

If your going to own a mini do it right 😁
Yep my first mini was a 21st birthday prezzie (so some time ago) if it was raining or even damp you could start fretting that your not making it to work on time before you even got to the car. I must be getting old because I think of it’s quirks and irritations most fondly now- the door locks and windows that would freeze shut and the monumentally thick sheet of ice on the windscreen in the winter, the moths and flies that would shoot out of the air vents because there were no filters (I think that was just mine), the gear stick that was literally a stick that went through a hole in the carpet floor, the heater that took over 20 minutes to heat up while you shuddered in an icebox likely to reach your destination before a whisper of warm air touched you and the choke that had to be pulled out a very precise amount while the accelerator pedal was depressed just so and the ignition key turned with precise timing or you weren’t going anywhere! On the upside that made it very difficult to nick!
Now I read that back it was a bit of a pain in the wotnot.
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#14 Post by Bender » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:12 am

@Slowlycatchymonkey

No my heater was exactly the same, and when the bushes were worn on the gearstick it was guess where the gears were next, I had 2 coins to put behind choke, the twist lock on mine didn't work, one to start the thing then one to stick in until it was safe to presume it was something approaching warm.
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#15 Post by JRH » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:05 pm

Hi and welcome.luck with the restoration
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