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Re: Worst buy ?

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I'll add a worst buy that happened to a bloke I used to work for. He specialised in buying American cars of the 50's, shipping them to UK in containers and selling them on. He was making a mint doing that at the time and decided to indulge himself with something special. He had always fancied a Maserati and when one turned up in Exchange & Mart he bought it sight unseen. Just a couple of grand with free delivery C.O.D.
I was there when it arrived. A fairly scruffy convertible but the engine sounded fine. The guy did a Flash Harry and jumped out without opening the door, grabbed the waiting envelope of cash and departed. My boss opened the door to pop the bonnet only to discover.........................
the only way to shut the door again was to lift the car with a trolley jack placed under the middle! How it made it from Bristol to Lewisham was some sort of miracle.
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Worst buy? A wedding licence! Exit stage left very quickly!
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rabbit wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:56 pm
Alfa Guilietta. It rusted in the middle of several body panels , doors, bonnet and only 2 years old had to be resprayed. Alfa garage replaced the clutch and it Shook like a washing machine afterwards ( gearbox on rear axle so prop shaft spins at engine speed) Alfa experts couldn’t fix it. A real limone( lovely engine though)
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Buy Italian.
I had a Guzzi V7 Special, forerunner to the Californian. The chrome was the worst that I have ever seen.
That on the bores lead to its downfall.

560 lbs. of trouble. It was great at the time though.
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Bought a shower cabin from a brico shed, all boxed up with probably a bit two much tape on it when I think about it, got it to the house - a small terrace house in a historic port (Dinan 22), had to lug it up a narrow spiral staircase to the third floor and very cramped, started opening the boxes only to find it had already been unpacked, put it all back in the boxes and down two flights of stairs and back to brico shed, they refused to take it back as it had been opened, my receipt proved that I didn't have the time to unpack it as the person who had done it before, I showed the perished tape that had resealed the box, nothing. I said are you absolutely sure, even a credit note, nothing !

So I took my van around the back of the store and unpacked the glass shower doors and sides and threw them into the loading bay along with the contents of the other boxes and packaging. In my rear view mirror as I drove off was the store manager with his hands on his head. Childish I know but it still makes me chuckle as I remember the look on his face, it felt good. :roll:
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No not me Niemeyer, wouldn’t zap an ant never mind a gas bottle. Oh and I forgot a crap buy, a Fiat 131 Mirafiori

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Nifty wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:09 am
rabbit wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:56 pm
Alfa Guilietta. It rusted in the middle of several body panels , doors, bonnet and only 2 years old had to be resprayed. Alfa garage replaced the clutch and it Shook like a washing machine afterwards ( gearbox on rear axle so prop shaft spins at engine speed) Alfa experts couldn’t fix it. A real limone( lovely engine though)
Invest in rust.
Buy Italian.
I had a Guzzi V7 Special, forerunner to the Californian. The chrome was the worst that I have ever seen.
That on the bores lead to its downfall.

560 lbs. of trouble. It was great at the time though.
Funny you didn't mention the famous Italian electrics. :roll:
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I had forgotten. Minarelli dynamo I think. Would have been more suited to a Graf Zeppelin.

Thanks for reminding me. Oh! What fun we had. The Ducati was even scarier.
But, with M&M Enterprises in mind, excluding what I spent upon in over the years, I still made a profit, of, rather an uncle who sold it for me did due to my incapacitation at the time. A week later the guy who brought it wanted his money back due to a pregnant wife giving birth. Uncle did not fall for it. Whatever, I never had a bike that drew so much attention. At the time I had it there were only seven in the country..
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Nifty wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:26 pm
A week later the guy who brought it wanted his money back due to a pregnant wife giving birth.
You mean he didn't see that as a probable outcome of pregnancy? :o
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I think that he was probably playing the sympathy card. It did not work.
What he, and I thought that it was just a matter of fitting a new cylinder and piston. It turned out that a new camshaft was also required.

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That's the deal with Italian. In for a penny. In for a pound. Whether its cars, bikes, or food. :lol:
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