Getting hard to keep?

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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby Peter-S » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:01 pm

pbar wrote:
D366Y wrote:kind of takes the fun away from it a little


Yes, that's exactly it. It's worse when I see something for sale, like on here in the parts section, from a good member at a reasonable honest price, and someone snaps it up who doesn't actually need it.


Trouble is, who decides when you 'need' something. Until I took my rusty bumper off the 2.0 last week I didn't know that I needed a corner bracket. One was shagged but I've had a couple of spares in a drawer for a while for such an eventuality so problem dealt with. I see it as planning ahead. Open to interpretation I guess.
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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby Arya2.0S » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:33 pm

One of the many many reasons I'm considering selling my 2.0s for top money while prices are still crazy and getting something more modern and easier to maintain. Maybe a nice Civic type R, as few cars are rwd and all the good ones are well out of my price range even after selling the Capri. Nissan Silvia, 350z, Toyota Supra, Toyota AE86, Mazda RX7 etc are all selling for way too much because of the whole "drift" and fast and furious culture driving up the prices.

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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby Jasonmarie » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:09 pm

Can I be your best friend peter ........... no that’s so true you never know when you need something and I bet you peter has bits of wood and metal knocking around for years as you may need them one day .
I think it’s the way we have been brought up is always try and use something instead of putting in the bin .

My grandad god bless him taught me that I remeber when I changed my Mk1 escorts dynamo bushes and him saying you can’t do that now it’s throw in the bin job .

Good point peter you went in that draw what we all have stuff in .


2nd don’t sell your Capri your wish you have kept it , yes agree with using it as a daily driver but get a van to run around in ... :beer:
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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby tejb1 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:13 pm

I'm a natural hoarder and hold on to all sorts of things. If I had more than one garage I'd soon fill it... you never know when it's helpful to have some things lying around!

If you look back at the old threads on this forum, you can see what things were like 15 years ago. Madness really! On the other hand it encourages creative solutions and careful repairs where practical. Pinto engines are probably at an advantage here since the parts are common to so many other cars. But I know that even then some folk struggle to get hold of the basics, like ignition parts, and a lot of that will just be economics - the motor factors, 20 years ago, would have 25 sets of XCS123 points on the shelf - nowadays they only keep one, and many will only order specially. And that's for parts which are still manufactured and sold for many distributors.

I've read threads on the forums where people have had cars off the road for months for want of a basic part, albeit for things more obscure. But the day will come when it starts to affect us - my view is that I'm going to continue enjoying driving the car now, and we'll see what the future holds.

Really, you wonder what it'll be like when late Escorts, Focuses etc get old and become classic, with the electronics etc.

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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby Peter-S » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:25 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:no that’s so true you never know when you need something and I bet you peter has bits of wood and metal knocking around for years as you may need them one day .
I think it’s the way we have been brought up is always try and use something instead of putting in the bin .



You've been in my garage haven't you :lol: :lol:
It's a hard habit to break isn't it! Some years ago an electrical panel, possibly from a freezer but I never knew, fell off a lorry in our road whilst I was out but the Mrs fetched it in as she thought I might have a use for the sheet metal and the electrical block connectors and cable, and she was right, most of it is probably in the 2.0 somewhere or other :D
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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby pbar » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:27 am

Peter-S wrote:
Trouble is, who decides when you 'need' something. Until I took my rusty bumper off the 2.0 last week I didn't know that I needed a corner bracket. One was shagged but I've had a couple of spares in a drawer


The scenario you describe above Peter is fair enough, I tend to keep all sorts as it might come in handy one day, that old adage! But such things are usually your old spares and bits and bobs you simply come across.

But when people snap up parts they see for sale that they don't need, (especially when the seller is offering at a reasonable honest price as many do on here to help someone out), thereby stopping someone else who does need it, just doesn't seem in the spirit of it for me.

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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby D366Y » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:55 am

pbar wrote:
Peter-S wrote:
Trouble is, who decides when you 'need' something. Until I took my rusty bumper off the 2.0 last week I didn't know that I needed a corner bracket. One was shagged but I've had a couple of spares in a drawer


The scenario you describe above Peter is fair enough, I tend to keep all sorts as it might come in handy one day, that old adage! But such things are usually your old spares and bits and bobs you simply come across.

But when people snap up parts they see for sale that they don't need, (especially when the seller is offering at a reasonable honest price as many do on here to help someone out), thereby stopping someone else who does need it, just doesn't seem in the spirit of it for me.


Agree with your point Peter, I'm not trying to say that it's not fair and kick up a fuss, I still keep more or less everything I take off the car and keep that as a spare if it is still a usable part, but that means I have to be able to buy a replacement in the first place :lol:
Things like your corner bracket I have no qualms about - they reproduce them now so they're easy enough to come by and the only people who struggle to get hold of them are people who want NOS items for a car that will likely never be driven.

And as Paul G said...
Paul G wrote:Very soon it will come to the point that we will have to make do with what the after market provides and we will all have to improvise and modify with what is available to keep the cars on the road, just like the owners of several vintage and classic cars already do.

Everything that is NOS will have been used within the next 5-10years I'd imagine so the pattern parts will be all that's left anyway but that's a different debate haha

Paul's point about people hoarding for the sake of hoarding with no intention to use or help the people wo need it is what annoys me as well. See things like that on Spacebook pages all the time, people saying that they haven't had a Capri for 'X' number of years but still have parts they are keeping in their loft but wouldn't bear to part with them... but why....?

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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby pbar » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:04 am

D366Y wrote:
Paul's point about people hoarding for the sake of hoarding with no intention to use or help the people who need it is what annoys me as well.


Cheers Danny :)

Thankfully this forum is a nice place, and I know that many on here will allow someone to have a part which comes up as they need it, rather than taking it for themselves. There are things I would have liked to have, but when someone needs it at that time to keep their car going or replace something broken, it's preferable for them to take it, as I believe that's the spirit to have.

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Re: Getting hard to keep?

Postby andyd » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:14 am

If you have no intention of owning another Capri (or whatever it might be) and you have spares, then sell them on and let someone who does need the parts use them....Why keep them in the attic or shed :?

As Tejbi says enjoy them while you can, as in 10/15 years time we might not be able to keep them on the road at all :(

Hopefully the prices will come down on scrap Capri's so the likes of Martin can afford to buy them and keep the parts in stock.

My Sierra had many new parts this year, brake hoses, calipers, brake pads, front struts which luckily were all available from local motor factors. Steering rack was a little more awkward and in the end a 4x4 Cosworth reconditioned rack was used and my old one exchanged, and drive shaft seals were bought from Burton Power.
I felt a little pressured into doing some of these repairs as I didn't know when items might become obsolete :headscratch:

On a positive note, a majority of these parts should now last me as long as I want the car :cheers: