Oldtimers have been a passion since I was a young man. A substantial amount of the money I earnt, was "invested" in hopeless projects that never finished.
Below a brief summary of the cars I owned and how I learned by working on them.
Triumph Herald 1969
The first serious project was a 1969 Triumph Herald 13/60 that I had bought as a restauration project. I've restored and owned that car from 1993 to 2000. Eventually the Herald looked as new and provided lots of fun on holiday trips to the UK, France, Belgium and Switzerland.
On the last pic a MGB can be seen. That was my daily driver for many years....well, almost daily that is.... :-)
Jeep Wrangler 1993
In 2006 it was time for the first real American classic.....a 1993 Jeep Wrangler. What an incredible car that was........ there really was nothing refined about it. What you see is what you get. Everything was big, chunky and heavy. The 4 litre straight-six was reliable but extremely thirsty. But the reward was the incredible sound.....you could not come home unoticed...
And ofcourse the Jeep had to be modified with bigger wheels and also a body lift kit.... :-D
Landrover 88" 1965
In 2010 the Jeep was replaced by a more modest means of transport........a 1965 Lad Rover 88" with a 2,25litre 4 cylinder diesel engine. The noise that engine made, was lethal for your eardrums. The car drove like a truck buth then slower. Topspeed was around 100km/h but to reach that, was quite a challenge. That also applied to braking. To get all 4 drums he car to stop would require standing on the pedal with your full bodyweight.....
Originally the Land Rover was a militairy vehicle but someone had put in quite a lot of time, energy and effort to rebuild the car to an extreme decent standard. Unfortunately I only had the car for just a year.
Audi 80 Convertible 1997
Spring 2011 it was time for a change to a car more appropriate for the summer. From a good friend I could buy this 1997 Audi 80 convertible.
This version had the small 2 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine. It was not the most lively version but reliable and economical. The car itself was also reliable and I liked its classic lines.
However in April 2012 it was time to say goodbye as a new hobby arrived..... !