Winter driving

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Re: Winter driving

Postby SGTBILKO » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:05 pm

It was shortly after a bad winter in the early eighties that I decided to get rid of my old Ford Pop, no heater and windscreen freezing on the inside. I regretted selling it afterwards. She is still on the DVLA records. Where are you now OYM 225?

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Re: Winter driving

Postby MColes » Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:09 pm

nigelr2000 wrote:Nice one, so you are The Doctor can't fool me as you posted the picture 13 minutes before it was taken :lol: :lol:
Never noticed that before, just took a look at the settings for the camera. Turns out the time was syncing with some dodgy server, it's now set to sync with trusty Microsoft servers :roll: :lol:
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Re: Winter driving

Postby mrmorrisminor » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:39 pm

I just come back from a 70 mile snowy drive in my Eurobox....Upto now I've always driven the Mog.... What an experience! I don't need a fancy warning light and buzzer to tell me I'm losing traction! It was going sideways!

Next time I shall be returning to the trusty steed.... sac of coal in the boot for ballast and off we go! :D
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Re: Winter driving

Postby moggyminor16 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:27 pm

mines on the road each day doing aprox 50 miles on the country lanes then some times crossing the A11 or the A47 why why why would you keep a minor in the garage or off the road they are used to it you can have fun in them and most of all keep going.I went shopping yestorday to Dearham this old boy came up to me and said hell swap his euro shed for mine any day and asked if i got stuck at all i just replyed not as yet lol good old minors are ment to be on the road. Had o get to my mums the other day in teh snow so took the traveller from Watton on to the A11 on to the A14 then A12 M25 then on to the A2 no one over took stayed away from my rear end never missed a beat only problem was after about 1 hour had to lean ot and wip some snow away from the sreen,she made it down to Rochester thenall the way back leaving there at 10 pm gtting back to watton at 3 am yes was cold to start with but wth a cuppa on the go ,bobble hat and gloves was fine . Yes i will doing it again if teh weather gets bad again. :D
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Re: Winter driving

Postby markthe45king » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:35 pm

lily and i did surbiton to leeds today, M25, M1 - all pretty clear except a really rough bit around newport pagnell; and i certainly wouldn't have fancied having to pull over onto the hard shoulder though. Only issues we had were the screenwash losing pressure - resolved by moving the bottle nearer the squirters, and my not knowing the best setting for the heater toggle switch pointed to driver or passenger side?) thank god for gloves!
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Re: Winter driving

Postby rsawatson » Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:17 pm

Fair enough if you're that worried about the rust, however I'm with the others and as far as I'm concerned it's a car that's supposed to be driven and enjoyed - whatever the weather! (Not that I have a choice seeing as the Minor's my only car... :-) )
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Re: Winter driving

Postby wibble_puppy » Wed Dec 22, 2010 8:49 pm

My builder told me today about a chap round here who got fined and three points on his licence for driving with snow on the roof of his car. You can see the point, but three points seems a tad harsh :-?


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Re: Winter driving

Postby SGTBILKO » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:20 pm

Positively draconian! I tried to get the snow of the roof of mine today but it was frozen on!

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Re: Winter driving

Postby IaininTenbury » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:46 pm

I suppose snow on the roof is classed as an unstable or unsecured load, ie: it could fall off at any point and cause, er someone to loose visibility and have an accident possibly...
How a defence of it was 'securely attached by ice' would stand, i don't know!
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Re: Winter driving

Postby cmea » Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:59 pm

Don't see how rust is a problem, whenever I wash the car I make sure I spray the underside and wheel arches as well not just the bits you can see. She has been waxoiled and if she did rust the parts are available to replace the panels underneath.
The problems as I see with winter driving is that the headlights get covered in salt and become very dim at night. :( This doesn't happen to "moderns" as much because their headlights are angled and the spray washes off them. Also my roof will probably rot quicker as I dont tend to wash it when I wash the car (convertible).
They are great fun to drive, added to which if you were unfortunate enough to slide into another car (at low speed) the car would probably still drive home and not crumple so much that it becomes undriveable.
Why put high miles on the "modern" with big depreciation when so long as the moggy is in good condition the mileage is irrelevant - in fact a used moggy often holds higher value than one that only does a couple of hundred miles a year.[frame]Image[/frame]


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Re: Winter driving

Postby Matt » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:37 pm

I know where the pic of that pickup was taken CMEA - is it yours?
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Re: Winter driving

Postby cmea » Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:37 pm

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