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End of an era...... #1652862
10/09/2021 19:10
10/09/2021 19:10
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For me, at least....

This afternoon, I watched as the Coupe that I've owned for the last eleven years burbled up the road with the new owner at the wheel. Apart from a brief period in about 2002 after I wrote off my first Coupe, this is the first time I've been without one since the turn of the century. I am already regretting the sale - I knew I would, but the car did less than 1,000 miles last year and sitting outside on the drive was doing it no favours at all, even though it was under a cover. Another couple of years and it would have needed far more work to rescue than it currently does.

The new owner has some pretty big plans for the car - a full restoration and respray, almost certainly with subframes off, so the underside will be as good as new again. Possible standalone ECU to get the absolute best from the car. I always wanted the car to go to someone that would carry on giving it the attention it needs, rather than someone that's going to thrash it and put it into the scenery. I think I've landed lucky and it looks like it's going to be in good hands.

The new owner has been lurking on this forum for a while and will hopefully make himself known at some point.

I now have a modest stash of spares that I need to sell on - just waiting for a response from one of the Mods to allow me to list everything out in a single advert rather than flooding the For Sale section with loads of ads.

I has been a great couple of decades on the forum, and like loads of ex-owners, I'll certainly pop in from time to time to see what's happening. I'm not sure what I'll get next - my Westfield is huge fun and satisfies my appetite for tinkering, but it's highly anti-social (no screen, roof or heater means crash helmets for all but the shortest trips, which makes conversation nearly impossible). I'll probably wait until the barmy secondhand prices have subsided before deciding, but I really fancy a last-hurrah in a noisy V8 before they are banned or priced off the road.


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Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1652868
11/09/2021 08:10
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Hi Nigel,
First time I have been called a lurker shocked. I guess I just didn't post much before as both my previous two Coups were unmodified and ran without problems.

The drive up to Scotland went smoothly (apart fit the 90 minute logjam on the M6 - my left leg got a good workout on the clutch frown

Once I got past Liverpool the road was a lot clearer and I struggled to resist the temptation to explore the full speed potential wink . But I got some nice mid range pulls on the twisty roads from Carlisle to Stranraer driving. I actually followed a police car all the way as he was doing 80, so he could hardly book me without condemning himself!

I will take the car to my mechanic in the next few weeks to make a full list of everything that needs done, then gather up all the parts to do it in one go.

The cold start doesn't appear to be as bad as you suggested. I may be able to live with it so will see how it goes.



Last edited by Golfpro; 11/09/2021 08:14.

Simon
Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1652872
11/09/2021 13:07
11/09/2021 13:07
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Not just a lurker but also a newbie. I'm glad to hear Nigel's Coupe has a new owner (I couldn't justify another high power Coupe, not with my recent history of not being able to keep them un-SORNed) but I was interested in the comment about following a police car at 80...I'm not sure I would be that brave!


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Re: End of an era...... [Re: DaveG] #1652876
11/09/2021 17:16
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Originally Posted by DaveG
Not just a lurker but also a newbie. I'm glad to hear Nigel's Coupe has a new owner (I couldn't justify another high power Coupe, not with my recent history of not being able to keep them un-SORNed) but I was interested in the comment about following a police car at 80...I'm not sure I would be that brave!

Being I Friday evening I guess that he was off duty heading home for the weekend so probably didn't care chinny


Simon
Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1652877
11/09/2021 17:22
11/09/2021 17:22
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Hi Simon - glad to see you've made yourself known - you'll get huge support from this forum for your gradual restoration of my your Coupe

You're right - the cold start isn't bad, but it was fairly warm this morning. As with the rest of the description of the car, I would rather be accused of a pessimistic description, than glossing over a problem. As I said while you were at my house yesterday, the cold start will be worse in cold weather and occasionally, you'll need to catch it on the throttle as the revs drop. Normally, if it runs for 30-60 seconds after starting, it will be fine for the rest of the day.

You're obviously committed to "the cause" - 30 hours round trip to collect a car shows you were serious!

As promised - if you need anything (even if it's just how to turn the radio off... wink ), just get in touch


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Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1652882
11/09/2021 22:10
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Good to see you are surviving Coupe cold turkey so far rolleyes

As you say, you have probably been over critical with the descriptions.

The suspension is fine for me. You were probably comparing the current ride with the standard Coupe suspension. But I am comparing it to my SL55 on 19 inch low profiles on KW Variant 3s , so for me it isn't an issue.

The cold start is just part of running a modified car rolleyes. I will see how I get on over the next couple of months.I will either decide to live with it or spend the extra cash to go for an aftermarket ecu plus remap.



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Simon
Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1652912
14/09/2021 14:55
14/09/2021 14:55
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Hi Nigel,

I'm happy and sad at the same time to see that it's gone smile I always had it in my head that it was there but would have needed a windfall to have pulled the trigger on actually buying it.

I have my own fun and games to deal with my car, so I know I'll be busy enough., but pleased you managed to get your sale to somebody who sounds like they will appreciate it. cool

I would say good luck Simon, but I know from years of being on the forum that anything that happens to the car, it couldn't have been cared for any better by Nigel! smile

Austin


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Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1652913
14/09/2021 15:37
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Sad day indeed to hear that you finally sold the car Nigel, it's taken a few years to say the least frown But it is also nice to see the new owner posting on here already and the car isn't going to disappear off the forum


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Re: End of an era...... [Re: aust_powers] #1652914
14/09/2021 15:52
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Originally Posted by aust_powers


I would say good luck Simon, but I know from years of being on the forum that anything that happens to the car, it couldn't have been cared for any better by Nigel! smile

Austin


Thanks.

The main reason I bought it was that Nigel hasn't skimped on the spec of the modifications. That way it has the best chance of the mechanicals lasting the course.

The underside and bodywork needs some remedial work but that is the norm for a 20+ year old car.

Hopefully nothing too serious appears when we start to strip things down confused

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Simon
Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1653021
20/09/2021 21:10
20/09/2021 21:10
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End of an era indeed , just rejoined after nearly a decade away. I give you one tenth of that laugh

In the full 20yrs I've dipped in and out of this forum you have always been a solid source of information (and parts!!) - Enjoy the V8 , not a bad last hoooorahhh.

KR

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Re: End of an era...... [Re: Nigel] #1653042
21/09/2021 18:17
21/09/2021 18:17
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Pretty sure I saw it leaving Nigel. It was heading towards the Stags leap at a leisurely pace so didn't think it was you driving laugh
What flavour V8 are you going for?

Re: End of an era...... [Re: Dazvr6] #1653072
22/09/2021 20:39
22/09/2021 20:39
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Nigel Offline OP
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Originally Posted by Dazvr6
Pretty sure I saw it leaving Nigel. It was heading towards the Stags leap at a leisurely pace so didn't think it was you driving laugh
What flavour V8 are you going for?


Hi Daz - looking for an Aston Martin V8 Vantage - not massively fast, but achingly pretty and sounds glorious. Prices have risen though, so I’m having to save hard


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