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    Donald Albert Wittridge

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  1. Yeah, and I'm 3rd party only. The garage owner (also called Carl πŸ™‚) has some cover, and apparently his insurance company is assessing all the cars that were in the yard so we shall see. Otherwise she's a breaker... Hope your wife gets better soon, glad it wasn't so much worse...
  2. Thanks for the kind words, Bill The car has already risen from the dead after I drove into an unmarked and unexpectedly deep 'puddle' a couple of years back and hydraulicked the engine, That time the water didn't get into the interior or the electrics (much), it was just the tidal wave slurping into the air intake, so we put in another engine from a breaker and she ran again. This time the car was in standing water up to the waistline. Sadly well beyond economic repair even though I'm notorious for keeping my BMWs going at all costs. At least I still have my 1995 530i touring (also a manual 'box) on the road! So I have to move on. Hope to get some money for parts from it, my insurance is 3rd party only and doesn't cover floods.
  3. My BMW 328i was parked in the yard at my friend Carl's workshop waiting for an engine management issue to be sorted. I got a call just now from him - the site was flooded out in last weeks storm Dennis and it along with sixteen other vehicles is looking like a write-off. It was a good car, had a manual gearbox and will be hard to replace for the money I can afford. His shop was flooded out too. Not sure yet how much if any will be covered by insurance.
  4. Really well done and not what I expected from the Subject - Mordor is for me where Sauron dwelt and the Ring was finally consumed in fire... From Lord of the Rings: Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. Just slightly off-topic. Mind you, it's not a bad ride for a Dark Lord... He'd not fear to put a Chevy engine in a Ford!
  5. Mine too. It seemed so easy but I am now stumped! Can't wait to see what it actually is!
  6. And it does. As you probably know, he finished in second place in that race, in a stripped down 4-seat touring car amongst a field of single-seat Grand Prix racing cars. From Wikipedia: 'The Bentley driver used his horn to warn the Bugatti to move over, surely a unique occurrence in Grand Prix racing! With seven laps to go Zanelli made another pitstop and Birkin was up into second place. ' Also from Wikipedia: The car’s outright speed was proved when Birkin set a new 135.53mph lap record at Brooklands. Thanks for re-awakening these memories. -Don.
  7. I love it when the planets align!
  8. Genius! Makes me think of this kind of taillight. Just the round bit.
  9. I'm with Ray. That is a great machine, sorry, Macchina!
  10. There's one in there that I like and it's orange. I like it a lot.
  11. Yes, this is an interesting challenge for sure!
  12. No wonder it went so well. That's a Speed Six, 6597cc / 402 cubic inches, OHC and 4 valves per cylinder. What identifies it are the parallel sides to the radiator itself and the cylindrical alloy casting in front of the radiator, between the dumb-irons, which is the dynamo. Only the Speed Six and the Big Six had this. Not to be confused with the supercharger that sat in the same place on the Blower four and a half litre cars. Thanks for posting, Phil -Don.
  13. DonW

    '69 Notchback Mustang

    I built one of those, brush painted Humbrol yellow with a matt black roof. It was very slightly chunky, thick plastic too as I recall...
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