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    Re: Adios!

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    The yellow sure gets noticed that is for sure!

    The head lights appear to use actual candles to illuminate a few feet in front of the car. I think my mountain bike has better lighting. Lol.

    Itís a different experience from motorcycling.

    Canít say itís better in anyway. Just different.

    I do think itís safer than a motorcycle generally speaking.

    However, itís still a small and low car. Caution will be taken when driven.




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    Re: Adios!

    Fun, motoring and Ontario are hard to put in the same sentence. I was at the Renforth / Rathburn M/C crash yesterday when the rider was still laying on the ground seeping blood. It leaves an uneasy feeling in the stomach.

    A convertible IMO is ahead of the trike / Spyder things but it's getting to the point that cocooning is looking like an option.

    Vulnerability is not a good feeling.

    Good luck with the "B" and let us know how it works out.

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    Adding a bit, if I gave up the bike a sporty car would be a nice replacement but...........

    My vintage choice in order of out and out appeal would be Healy 3000, then MB 280SL, TR-6, MGB

    Healy 3000 and MB price themselves out of the market for me.

    A TR-6 can be had for less than the price of a new funish Hyundai, an MGB a bit less?

    The downside is the lack of flexibility. Unlike a modern car long trips can be a challenge and coffee runs aren't my thing, only taking it out on perfect days.

    I had a Cavalier convertible a few years back and sort of enjoyed it but the windshield shape was so swept back that unless one looked up the view wasn't much different than a coupe. The convertible feature was only a real plus on early morning or evening country drives. I rarely use the sun roof on the Elantra

    I have decided I don't want to own a museum or restoration garage so I end up with the usual blah list. Giving up the bike would leave a serious void.

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    Back in the '70s I drove my buddy's MGB from Edmonton to Kingston and back again. They are not designed for long distance driving like that. I think my back still hurts from those runs.

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    Re: Adios!

    Quote Originally Posted by GreyGhost View Post
    Why specifically Truck lite? Are they better than other LED headlights?
    I have truck lite brand in my wrangler and a friend with a similar MGB saw them and bought some for his car and is still raving about them 3 years later.The styling and design of the reflector work well with the MGB lines IMHO.
    Another big plus is that the lights are street legal and not likely to piss off other drivers.
    Happy motoring.

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    Re: Adios!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Frank View Post
    I have truck lite brand in my wrangler and a friend with a similar MGB saw them and bought some for his car and is still raving about them 3 years later.The styling and design of the reflector work well with the MGB lines IMHO.
    Another big plus is that the lights are street legal and not likely to piss off other drivers.
    Happy motoring.
    Thanks. The mini still has the "candles" as nakkers so accurately described them (and they are for RHD so the pattern is backwards). I don't drive it that much at night, but headlights for the right price are always on the potential upgrade list.

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    Re: Adios!

    Beautiful car, always loved those cars but I decided to go the MX-5 route myself.

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    Adios!

    Did a run from St Kitts to London to pick up my 9 year old.

    It doesnít have the optional OD so, I kept it at 100/105 kph and it ran just fine.

    MGBs are the bargain manís Brit car with over half a million produced.

    Others in the vintage/Classics are a little more spendy and can be a little more tricky to tune and keep sorted. i e Triumph TRs and the like.

    Folks that want to put miles on the freeway, there is no substitute for the MX5/Miata unless you go MB or similar and again getting up there in $$$

    MGBs are dead simple and yes, even the electrics are easy to sort out.

    The shocks have had their day and need replacements front and rear and Iíd like to get a steering wheel thatís a little more attractive.

    Plenty of thumbs up from riders and drivers to and from London. I had to put the top up on the way back as even with sun screen, it was roasting hot.

    The car got a little warm when traffic was congested but, never went into the red zone.

    The shift from 2nd to 3rd is sweet music.

    Itís got Bluetooth connectivity and cup holders. No cruise.

    Seats are quite comfortable for a fella only 5í8Ē.

    Oil pressure and level remained very good the whole trip. I wouldnít do the trip often.

    Itís an excellent replacement for the Sporty as itís not a touring machine. They both ride/drive the back roads comfortably.

    Still getting used to folks stopping for a chat. What year? I used to have one, nice car. How much? Etc etc.

    Hope all had a fun Friday 13th. A few accidents and lots of traffic. Have a great weekend and stay safe.




    Cheers.


    Sean


    FYI. My insurance for the year with tax is $249 with full replacement value of the car. I didnít need an appraisal. Just some pics and they are good with $13,500.

    Dalton Timmis got it through Hagertyís rated pleasure use.

    Historic plate sticker is $18 for the year.

    Of course Iím a member of the British Car Club and only use the car for trips to events etc.

    The stereo isnít too powerful to rock out to Foo Fighters but the classics from Bowie and Stones sound excellent. I might have to do some upgrades to enjoy some modern mixed tunes. Lol.




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    Re: Adios!

    Oddly enough we spent the last month convertible shopping, I couldn't find a TR6 that wasn't cobbled together, The ones I saw that were very nice were not for sale. I looked at a few MGB's , there is a really nice one 3 blocks from my house, 72, genuine knockoff wire wheels, except its 'caramel' the worst color MG ever used, Healy is no longer in my price point for a decent one and older Boxsters are a money pit.

    We decided it should be something that could be a daily driver for the Missus and not pay for another car, so go modern was the new deal, looked a newer Boxsters, and MX-5, and the new Fiat 124. The MX-5 RF GT was the short list, retractable hardtop and nice styling and good price point for a sporty car. The Mazda dealers are collectively retarded, after calling 3 to get a test drive, having the Burlington dealer flat out deny there are 2018's with auto availble (stony creek and KW have one but its the wrong color) , then be told there are no 2019's in the pipeline, and find out they have them on order and will be in the showroom in two weeks, but hey look at our unsold 2017's ....... lets sell you one of those......
    Decide just for comparison lets go look at BMW, they had a 230i Xdrive convertible , M power package and HarmonKardon sound, best salesman I've talked with in a long time, so BMW convert it shall be.
    I love convertibles.

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    Re: Adios!

    Quote Originally Posted by crankcall View Post
    Oddly enough we spent the last month convertible shopping, I couldn't find a TR6 that wasn't cobbled together, The ones I saw that were very nice were not for sale. I looked at a few MGB's , there is a really nice one 3 blocks from my house, 72, genuine knockoff wire wheels, except its 'caramel' the worst color MG ever used, Healy is no longer in my price point for a decent one and older Boxsters are a money pit.

    We decided it should be something that could be a daily driver for the Missus and not pay for another car, so go modern was the new deal, looked a newer Boxsters, and MX-5, and the new Fiat 124. The MX-5 RF GT was the short list, retractable hardtop and nice styling and good price point for a sporty car. The Mazda dealers are collectively retarded, after calling 3 to get a test drive, having the Burlington dealer flat out deny there are 2018's with auto availble (stony creek and KW have one but its the wrong color) , then be told there are no 2019's in the pipeline, and find out they have them on order and will be in the showroom in two weeks, but hey look at our unsold 2017's ....... lets sell you one of those......
    Decide just for comparison lets go look at BMW, they had a 230i Xdrive convertible , M power package and HarmonKardon sound, best salesman I've talked with in a long time, so BMW convert it shall be.
    I love convertibles.
    CC,

    Post some pics when you take possession!!!!


    Just got in from a morning drive to Niagara on-the-Lake for breakfast. The missus was waving back to any and all the gave a wave or thumbs up etc. Think Iíve ďconvertedĒ the wife to the convertible life. And she thought the colour was too bright? Think itís growing on her. Lol.





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