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scimjim 25th September 2019 16:12

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Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 101889)
Hi Scimjim

Did you get to this on Saturday? I was besieged all the day so could easily have missed you.

Regards, Mick

I didn’t go to the Gloucester show but I was competing at Shelsley last weekend :icon_smile:

Mick O'Malley 26th September 2019 08:52

Depressed? You Bet!
 
Yesterday, for the third time in as many months, the person who was coming with a trailer and the money to buy the A352 mysteriously didn't appear. They'd texted me the day before: 'See you tomorrow'. I seem to be a muppet magnet, attracting gutless dreamers who can't pick up the 'phone to say they've changed their minds.

After six months TT this latest incident drove me to drink.

Whatever happened to honesty and integrity?

Regards, Mick

froggyman 26th September 2019 09:04

Sorry to hear this. If you have given out your address I would just make sure you have good security on the car. I only tend to give out my full address at the last minute. Just a thought. Regards.

Lucky@LeMans 26th September 2019 22:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 102182)
Yesterday, for the third time in as many months, the person who was coming with a trailer and the money to buy the A352 mysteriously didn't appear. They'd texted me the day before: 'See you tomorrow'. I seem to be a muppet magnet, attracting gutless dreamers who can't pick up the 'phone to say they've changed their minds.

After six months TT this latest incident drove me to drink.

Whatever happened to honesty and integrity?

Regards, Mick

Usually best to ask for a 10% deposit up front. Set a deadline for collection and final payment and stick to it. Explain to the buyer your reasoning, if they are genuine they will go with it, if not you won't hear back from them.

Mick O'Malley 8th October 2019 07:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 102182)
Yesterday, for the third time in as many months, the person who was coming with a trailer and the money to buy the A352 mysteriously didn't appear.


Update. Yesterday was the fourth time in three months.

Despair.

Regards, Mick

Lucky@LeMans 8th October 2019 09:17

Sorry to hear they are still messing you about.

If I were you ask them for a deposit of 20% or so payable by the end of this week. If they don't pay tell them its back on the market.

Alex 9th October 2019 17:47

Sorry to hear this Mick, from what you said on Saturday it seemed like a sure deal, have to agree with other posts you need to get a deposit from them. The way its been going you would have been quids in by now

Mick O'Malley 26th October 2019 07:55

Ups and Downs
 
Yet another 'buyer' dropped out yesterday, but at least this one had the courtesy to tell me. I'm somewhat relieved as he wanted to paint it dark green and put RAF roundels on it. Sacrilege, in his words!

I'll let the advert die and maybe try again in the spring with a full MOT. Third time lucky? Who knows.

I may take her up to Bromyard for tomorrow morning's meeting. The forecast is good although my heated vest might well be needed.

Regards, Mick

Lucky@LeMans 26th October 2019 10:52

I'll be going over to Bromyard in the morning, see you there. BTW, its the out of town Leggs café, not the one in the town used during the Speed Festival !

Mick O'Malley 31st October 2019 11:19

Autumn Blat
 
Over the last week my battery died (it had lasted over five years, no complaints) so yesterday I bought and fitted a new one. I took her out for a spin to ensure that all was well and decided (between imaginings that I was Ron Flockhart or Ivor Bueb on the Mulsanne Straight in '57) that I'd be an idiot to sell such a great car. The Lotus will have to go instead.

Last year I took my daughter's boyfriend out in it over the same route: he filmed it hand held with this shaky and wind noisy result.

Regards, Mick

Alex 31st October 2019 19:32

Great news Mick, glad you are keeping it

jones 31st October 2019 22:29

Which Lotus?

Mick O'Malley 1st November 2019 07:48

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Originally Posted by jones (Post 102549)
Which Lotus?

Series 4 Seven.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...9da7c34f_b.jpg

Regards, Mick

jones 1st November 2019 18:17

Ah I can see why there has been a dilemma

Mick O'Malley 3rd December 2019 07:58

Happy New Year 2020
 
In anticipation of a crisp dry sunny new year's day, I this morning booked a place at the Classic Motor Hub for the A352. Let's hope that the weather gods smile!

Regards, Mick

Jaguartvr 3rd December 2019 09:08

For anyone down South, I can highly recommend the Brooklands New Years day meeting. Very well attended and of course you get to look around the quirky museum and planes. If you take a classic or similar you get to park on the original section of banking.

Alex 7th December 2019 22:15

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Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 102879)
In anticipation of a crisp dry sunny new year's day, I this morning booked a place at the Classic Motor Hub for the A352. Let's hope that the weather gods smile!

Regards, Mick

I am also booked in for this one Mick, see you there

Mick O'Malley 21st December 2019 10:53

Utility Vehicle
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 98237)
I'm not sure if this link will work.

I hope so!

Season's Greetings, Mick

I did it :) . Excuse wobbly photo', my hands were frozen from this morning's early drive.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...cf36a977_b.jpg

Regards, Mick

Mick O'Malley 25th December 2019 12:49

Merry Christmas
 
Today's sortie in the A352 was simply a lunchtime spin in the glorious weather. I took my usual route over Painswick Beacon, round the town (where random pedestrians waved and clapped :), and back. I stopped for a photo' call in the lay by at the top with fabulous views over the Severn; the Malvern Hills; the Forest of Dean; and (just, in the slight haze) Wales. The car performed faultlessly, even managing to spin her wheels in second on the damp surface back in Gloucester.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...47ab22dd_b.jpg

Season's Greetings to all :)

Mick

Mick O'Malley 4th February 2020 10:36

Oil Woes
 
Two weeks ago, when covering over the beast after its regular warm up run on a rare sunny day, I noticed a thin streak of oil on the ground where I'd reversed onto my parking place on my daughter's front (we live next door to each other). A quick inspection revealed the leak was from my adaptor sump plug where the sender for my capillary oil temperature gauge is fitted. The builder working on my daughter's house had a skip blocking access to the concrete area, so I've had to wait until its removal to start work.

My lovely Polish neighbour on the other side went back through force of circumstance but kindly left me some useful kit including his home made wooden ramps, which don't skid along the ground like metal ones. Excellent!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...524b96c0_b.jpg

With the great access these provide I was able to remove both the sender bulb and adaptor plug, and drain the oil. Whilst I was at it, I also removed the oil filter and ordered a new one. Examination of the plug and sender didn't give a clue as to which was faulty, but the mere three litres of drained oil told that I was very lucky to have spotted the leak in time!

Further progress will await delivery of the new filter. I'll initially fit the regular sump plug as first trial and error step in finding the guilty component.

Regards, Mick


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