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Posted by =?iso-2022-jp?q?Hachiroku_=1B$ on March 3, 2010, 4:36 am

On Tue, 02 Mar 2010 15:05:28 -0800, Ed White wrote:

Holy Crap! I was doing ~500 at one point, now I'm down to 250-350.
One of the reasons I own Japanese cars! My current car, the beater Soob is
probably not going to see another year, which is upsetting (hey, it's an
'89!) because of my "fleet", it's probably the most comfortable, next to
the Supra.

I'm debating fixing it up; it needs a LOT, but it's just so darn

Posted by Clive on February 27, 2010, 2:32 pm

Anyone that buys a Jensen-Healey is a basket case.
I've only owned two Fords, the first was an Escort Mk1 brand new in
1970, the accelerator would stay put where ever you pushed it to and the
only way to stop the engine racing was to put your foot under the pedal
and pull it back with your toes.   The garage where it was bought
acknowledged the fault but couldn't rectify it.    My second Ford was a
Cortina Mk3, there was nothing that didn't go wrong in that car from
Cardan shaft to needing two clutches in 10 months, it was by far the
most unreliable car I ever owned Which was why I started to buy
Japanese, my wife had a Datsun Cherry and I got the same, just a later
model, the name changed to Nissan, but we were so impressed with the
reliability we've been through seven including one of our present cars,
and now we also own our first Toyota.

Posted by Ed White on March 2, 2010, 11:18 pm

I had three of them. I also had two Austin-Healey Sprites. I actaully
assembled one Sprite from parts. I have no defense for owning these
cars but stupidity. I purchase the first Jensen-Healey from beside a
party store where the owner parked it when it broke down. The second
was a parts car. Eventually I decided women were avoiding me becasue
they couldn't stand being forced to ride in the J-H. So I sold it. The
guy that bought it promptly burned it up becasue he used gasahol in
the tank (it rottded out the natural rubber tee between the SUs - a
common problem). I bought it back with the idea of fixing it.
Meanwhile I purchased a newer Jensen-Healey as a second car. It
suffered from a lot of rust, but I got it in decent shape, and then
sold it. For a couple of years I had the burned Jensen-Healey and the
parts car under a shed at my farm. After I had my first Son, I
realized I was never going to find time to reassemble the J-H, so I
advertised it in a magazine. Some guy showed up from Ohio and hauled
the whole sorry mess off. I occasionally wish I had one. I always
thought it could have been a decent vehcile if I would toss the Lotus
engine out and install a Ford 2.8L V6 in it's place. I can't tell you
how many hours I spent fiddling with those engines. I completely
rebuilt one and spent many hours keeping the other running. Heck, I
even made a trip to the US distributor in Glenn Burnie Maryland once
to pick up parts. I've seen Mom and Pop feed store run better than
that organiation.

For some reason I am attracted to convertibles. I am about due for
another one.....


Posted by Hachiroku on February 24, 2010, 1:54 am

On Tue, 23 Feb 2010 12:19:11 -0500, C. E. White wrote:

Um, that's pretty much what happened. I don't know how.
It was something like a very good swimmer going out to rescue someone who
was drowning, and the drowner pulls the good swimmer under. That's why
Diamler dumped Chrysler on the market for comparatively pennies. Diamler
quality suffered during the partnership.

Posted by Ashton Crusher on February 24, 2010, 6:44 am

It's nothing like that.  Or will you claim that if two people go to
dinner and one orders clams and the other gets a ham sandwich that if
the guy who ordered the clams gets sick the guy will the ham sandwich
will also have to go to the doctor???

That's why

Chrysler was abused by MB.  If problems developed they were due solely
to MB own actions.

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