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Old 09-23-2010, 02:10 AM   #91
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Quote "It was getting dirty. We were hot & steamy neither willing to give an inch. I'm not sure but I think somewhere along the line I sunk my teeth in. I'm not proud but unless you were there don't judge me..." Quote

Crikey, for a second there I thought that you and Schmidts relationship had moved to a whole new level.
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:37 AM   #92
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this is turning into an Epic Padmei - love your imagination and prose - onya Craig - I'm subscribed :) S
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:52 AM   #93
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this is turning into an Epic Padmei - love your imagination and prose - onya Craig - I'm subscribed :) S
Thanks Stephen.

Man you should have been here when Mrs Padmei read 'The lion etc' to the lil ponies - tears everywhere when rinpochet or whateverhisname is went off on his boat (or wherever he went)... I had to leave it to her to sort that one out...
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:53 PM   #94
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Great writeup. I look forward to further despatches from the front lines of the Padmeu vs Schmidt battle!

I love the panzer colour scheme, that UFO headlight however is so wrong, It needs a round one. If you can't find a suitable bike one cheap, one idea might be to make a holder & bracket for a std 7" round headlight as per old Toyota Landcruiser , Suzuki SJ413 etc. These are cheap off the shelf anywhere, sealed or semi sealed. if Schimddy's charging system can handle the jandle a 90/100 H4 in one of these puts out a schmidload of light.

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Old 09-23-2010, 10:06 PM   #95
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Great writeup. I look forward to further despatches from the front lines of the Padmeu vs Schmidt battle!

I love the panzer colour scheme, that UFO headlight however is so wrong, It needs a round one. If you can't find a suitable bike one cheap, one idea might be to make a holder & bracket for a std 7" round headlight as per old Toyota Landcruiser , Suzuki SJ413 etc. These are cheap off the shelf anywhere, sealed or semi sealed. if Schimddy's charging system can handle the jandle a 90/100 H4 in one of these puts out a schmidload of light.

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I was just thinking that today looking thru the Petrol head mag. I will have a look over the weekend. Looked at some driving lites in Repco but need the dip/ high beam thing happening.

I haven't put the ufo lite on - it was sitting there & I was just deciding which way to go. I only really took of the fairing to paint it but since it was such a mission I don't know if I want to put it back on. There are a lot of connectors etc to hide so a ufo type setup would look tidier.
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:17 PM   #96
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Lets leave the scheduled programme for a mo & I wouldn't mind sharing a thought I had the other day.

As I dropped the kids off at school the other day I looked along the bank of Odysseys, Estimas, land cruisers etc that make up the usual kid carrying carriages in our middle class neighbourhood.

I thought back to my childhood in Auckland 30 something years ago in working class Mt Roskill. Then we didn't get driven we walked, however our family wagons were much more diverse - Hillman super minx stationwagons, VWs, old holden HRs, riley elfs, some newer Datsun 180Bs ("oh don't know about those new fangled Jap cars- they're not made to last "), Avengers etc etc

When we went on any type of trip over 2 hrs it was imperative that the oil & water was checked & tyres pumped up. There was always the fear in the back of our minds that the car wouldn't make the long ardous trp over the Bombays without overheating. Large water containers were always placed near the top of the the pile of foam surfboards, canvas tents, sun umbrellas & obilgatory crates of beer (from the swapacrate liquor outlets you had to drive 1/2hr to get to) in the boot.

I don't think in those days a car trip could be conceived without the allowance for a brakedown somewhere along the way. Tyre blowouts with the multibly retreaded crossplys were common, smashed windscreens with non laminated glass on graveled heavily cambered Coromandel roads...

However looking back the memories of those long trips were always spiced up with the failing of some part of the vehicles. Often adventures eventuated due to either the spare tyre being flat or the fuel line perishing as farm houses were visited in the middle of the nite or unpacking the car on a busy thoroughfare.
We spent the good part of a nite sleeping in the hold of an old boat we were towing at the side of road while another newer car could be dispatched from Auckland to tow the trailer it was sitting on as the old Fairmont wagon (later to become my first & best ever car) sat steaming on the roadside of a long rise.


Lets look at the vehicles our kids now travel in.

I don't think they'll ever be able to recall with much authenticity how their road trip went totally pearshaped because the onboard DVD player kept skipping during Shrek 3. Or they were really hard done by cos the stereo didn't have a ipod dock so they had to listen to really old CDs from the 90s!!!

What will they remember - the no of petrol stations they were able to drive straight past because of the fuel effiency the onboard computer & fuel management system gives them? The way they could see 200m ahead of them with the Led/ Halogen lighting setup on their Dads maxima?

Hell I can remember winding aover the Waiwera hills thru autrocious rain in a 6v VW with 3candle power lamps & the windscreen wipers moving in time to a country & western tune (well actually the radio didn't work & we were pretty stoned but you get the picture).

What I really like seeing nowadays is young fellas & felless's resurrecting the 'old school' Datsun 120's & toyota coronas. Man I saw an old Mitsi GTO the other day & my heart melted. These cars are lucky to still be here but with some TLC they're running aorund giving those with the inclination & motivation a buzz- & cool memories.

I got out an old Herbie movie for the kids (too much talking in those old kids movies compared to todays movies so they were turned off pretty quickly), & seeing those old cars I was in heaven. My younger years were spent watching on TV old rally cars I used to love -escorts, minis, Skodas (we had one of those- totally embarrasing then but would love to have it now) & of course the exotic Italian cars that used Benzine -not common petrol.

So where am I going with this.

What I've realised I'd love to have is either an old Bambina to play around with, or even better a old oval windowed VW set up for desert racing like in 'From Dust to Glory'. I probably won't end up getting either but searching on Trade me it is heartening to see well used examples still out there being used as daily drivers.
More & more guys & girls are appreciating these fine old machines with their quirks & idiosyncracies - their reluctance to start when desired, porous engine cases, irritating noises & occasional questionable smells. With this appreciation will come experiences only known to afficinardoes of these marvellous pieces of yesteryears engineering including the impromptu chats to those who used to own one & have fond (or otherwise) memories.

I see my BMW as my contribution to keeping the old Marque alive. Sure it's never gonna be immaculate & sit in a dry dustless garage, however I will keep it running & in years to come I'm hoping it'll be seen by my kids as 'ol schmidtty yeah dad was always working on that thing'

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Old 09-25-2010, 01:28 AM   #97
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+1 onya Padmei - many of those reminisances resonnate with me - almost 30 years older - '63 Triumph Thunderbird - Morris 8 Convertible - Honda 125 Benly Twin, Yamaha YDS 3 250 and so it goes - my ex and I had a Hillman Avenger when our kids (your contemparys) were nippers - gee I regret selling my '89 Bumble Bee GS
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Old 09-25-2010, 04:37 PM   #98
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:56 PM   #99
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Nice one padmei!

I don't have quite the same experiences - Aus seemed a bit more modern on the car front whereas NZ sounds like it was in a sixties time warp until used Jap imports arrived. As a teenager the family wagons were Commodores/Foulcans, then when we got licences we all had older Toranas, Datsuns or Escorts (had several but finally let go and sold all my rare bits 5 years ago ). The keen bushmen had kitted up old Landies or Cruisers, the odd heretic with a Patrol.

Breakdowns were rare, mostly due to overheating or more commonly roo strikes - often both when the roo pushed the radiator back in to the fan.

Roads probably have seen more change than cars for me. As a child the only motorway was the new one north of Sydney (watch "Stone"), which I only ever saw a few times. Road trips it seemed were spent mostly on the other side of the road overtaking, one lane each way. Now there is divided motorway Sydney-Canberra-Melbourne, yet the 500km trip to Sydney is hardly any faster due to speed enforcement, despite not slowing down for towns anymore. I've seen more and more double-centrelines painted and overtaking has become a lost art. These days they even remove overtaking LANES during the busiest times.

My wife and me both have fond memories of VW Kombis and family road trips, so we have thought of getting a Kombi for a round Aus trip at some stage down the track. As fond as I am of older cars, I can't see myself having the time or money to indulge; older bike/s are a definite maybe. Since I bought my first bike, cars have become just an appliance.

However I would love to have a Volvo P1800 to tool around in on a sunny day. To me they epitomise the stylish sixties sports car... very cosmopolitan. There's even one in town with The Saint badges on it.
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:25 PM   #100
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...I would love to have a Volvo P1800 to tool around in on a sunny day. To me they epitomise the stylish sixties sports car... very cosmopolitan. There's even one in town with The Saint badges on it.
Oooh, what colour is it? Don't think I knew about that one...
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Oooh, what colour is it? Don't think I knew about that one...
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Old 09-25-2010, 06:52 PM   #102
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At the risk of turning Padmei's build-up thread into an old-Volvo stalker thread, is it LHD with fat minilite-style wheels?
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At the risk of turning Padmei's build-up thread into an old-Volvo stalker thread, is it LHD with fat minilite-style wheels?
No and no. Plain wheels with hubcabs.
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No and no. Plain wheels with hubcabs.
That one's slipped past my radar then... Alright, carry on!
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Ah... & do you know which car holds the guiness book of records for the most amount of miles done?
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