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Old 15th May 2019, 02:00   #1
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Default Scrapyard Visit in today's superb sunshine.. Part 1.

Several weeks since my last visit to check for new arrivals. Very few Rovers and no MGs. Most unusual there's invariably an MG ZT or Rover 75. Not one in the several hundred cars in the yard.

There were some interesting cars there. I attach some images. That blue car... rings a bell. I sold them new in the late 1960s. Can you identify what it is from the precious little metal left as Mother nature has been hard at work reclaiming what is rightfully hers. Also a blast from the distant pass in the days of my youth.

One thing I did notice. Lots of BMWs, Mercedes and several SAABs too. At least four of the latter now extinct Swedish species. Got talking to another enthusiast who was considering buying some nice 17" Alloy Wheels from one of the BMWs there. It had some of those internal splined Locking Wheel Bolts. I tried my Rover Key in them but it did not fit although it looked very similar
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Old 15th May 2019, 02:16   #2
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Default Scrapyard visit in today's superb sunshine... Part 2

With lots of BMWs in th eyard in today's visit I noticed that some of the wheels had been removed revealing the front Brake Calipers some of which look very similar to the ZT190 ones I have on my ZTs.

With that in mind, as most of the BMW model E-Numbers are meaningless to me ( more like food additives and colourings ... ) I attach a series of images in the hope that some folks who know their bavarian product can identify those BMWs which have the same Brake Calipers as fitted to the ZT190s. Yes, some BMW Calipers are on the trailing side of the Disc-hub assembly which makes closer inspection a tad confusing. However, if they are the same items, they can switch sides and thus the orientation will be Leading edge of the Disc-Hub assembly.

If anyone can positively identify exactly which BMWs will be suitable Brake Caliper donors, that will be a bonus so I pull up images of the E-models involved for donor car identification on future visits.

The fabulous bright sunshine played havoc with some of the contrast in these images. Not much to go on but just maybe .. thanks in advance. I'll get better images next time.

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This is what the ZT 190 Calipers looked like prior to painting and fitting to my cars. :~

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Old 15th May 2019, 06:50   #3
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The blue car is (was) a Sunbeam Rapier fastback coupé produced I believe from 1967 or thereabouts.
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The blue car is (was) a Sunbeam Rapier fastback coupé produced I believe from 1967 or thereabouts.
Correct MGjim. I thought they looked oddly a completely different departure from the elegance of the previous Sunbeam Rapier. That car based on a Hillman Minx shell which was a favourite car of mine at the time. I passed my driving test in a BSM Hillman Minx and the previous Rapiers were a nice car to drive, complete with overdrive which gave you more than the usual four gear ratios.

The little Austin Saloon in my third image was dwarfed by many cars nearby. I never realised they were so very small back in the days when they were such a familiar sight on our roads.

My father first took small schoolboy me there in the early 1950s. I have since visited scrapyards many times and always enjoy every visit. Something of interest every time. Even if like yesterday, I draw a blank with the cars that are my main interest.
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Old 15th May 2019, 13:27   #5
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Did it say ‘holbay’ on the engine anywhere? 😎
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Did it say ‘holbay’ on the engine anywhere? 😎
I was thinking H120 too, when I saw the carbs
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They are not scrapyards. They are vehicle recycling centres. I know this because my refuse vehicle operative told me so.
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The last pic looks like an Austin A30?
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Old 15th May 2019, 19:38   #9
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Yes, the Sunbeam Rapier, here's my series IIIA. When a was a lot younger and single. sprayed it silver, to look like the newer metallic series IV.
Had some fun way back.



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That's lovely Kev. Perfect for our recent sunny weather. Oh if we could only go back and save them.
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