- Never buy a car older than yourself (Tips for a simple life)
Seriously, just don’t. Unless you like spending money hand over fist to have a vehicle which is completely impractical and only works for a maximum of three months before it ceases to work again usually for no apparent reason.
Secondly never, ever decide its a good idea to do a modern engine conversion in an ancient VW. You might as set up a direct debit to pay your wages in to a black hole, and you’ll still end up with random wiring in the engine bay that doesn’t apparently go anywhere and an engine that just won’t have any of it.
I could have bought a decent 996 for what I’ve spent on this bloody thing and have a car that actually turns over. And has heating.
GrrrraaaagghhghhhhPosted 5 years agomcmoonterMember
I’ve had a couple of cars that were manufactured before I was born, an Amazon Estate and a Series IIA Land Rover. Both were daily drivers and very reliable if you serviced them regularly, nothing major, changing the oil, checking the points and valve clearances. Parts were cheap and plentiful and the knowledge to keep them going freely offered. I’d have either again if they were more fuel efficient, they were both very practical cars.Posted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Yep, old cars can suck the cash out your wallet faster than a dodgy hooker in prague, but an old car has charm, and class, and a certain something that just makes you smile everytime you jump in and start it up. My vw is 28yrs old, my only car and i’d never trade it in for a modern car as they are soulless identikit boxes on wheels, For what i’ve spent on my old Golf over the past few years i could’ve bought a mint MK4 R32 or a MK5 GTI but i feel myself slumping into a coma behind the wheel of modern cars, for sure they are very nice places to sit in and drive for any length of time but they are anodyne synthetic caricatures of what a car should be.
If you want a really old car how about my mates MG from the 30’s?, one of 6 pre production models made to showcase the sporting heritage of the MG factory and it quite possibly saved MG as this very car won it’s class at Le Mans and went on to be put into production.
We’ve not been out in it for a few years but hopefully we’ll manage to do a few historic rallies this coming year, then it’ll be up for sale with all it’s provenance details and trophies.Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
I had a 1953 Morris Minor split-screen, and the only reason I no longer have it, is because someone drove into the back of it one night, pushing the boot in, (and totalling his Dolomite in the process), and the insurance wouldn’t pay out because the paintwork was rough, and would have required a full-body re-spray. Great little car, all spares available, easily worked on, mine had a 1300 A-Series, Riley drum brakes and a van rear axle, now it could have fuel injection, disc brakes, catalytic converter. That car was a year older than me, btw…Posted 5 years ago
A mate’s got a little beauty, in metallic red, with an MGB engine in it, it used to have a Riley 1500, that one’s a ’54.
He used to use it every day driving to work, until salt started to cause excessive corrosion. Still drives it when the weather’s fine.one_happy_hippyMember
One happy hippy, is yours the bus with the legacy engine in it?
Yeah thats the one.
It’s ridiculously quick (and somewhat terrifying) in a straight line.
Back when it was (all) working and looking tidy.
Rather blurry photo of a subaru engine shoe-horned in the the engine bay.
And happier days – DH bike on back parked outside the pub.Posted 5 years agoVan HalenMember
tee, and indeed, hee
my mate is doing a scooby conversion in his VW at present. well i say him. i mean his rather well paid mechanic.
putting whole new gearbox,. drivetrain, coil shocks the lot on it. will be bonkers when done. pointless – but totally bonkers.
looking forward to laying under it looking at the shineyness.Posted 5 years ago
The topic ‘Never buy a car older than yourself (Tips for a simple life)’ is closed to new replies.