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« Reply #240 on: August 11, 2020, 08:28:50 PM »

Very nice looking too!
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« Reply #241 on: October 27, 2020, 09:00:00 AM »

Hello all.  Does anyone know if Yaj finally died the death?   I would be sad if so.  The bloke that I sold it to for 500 quid, despite full disclosure of its seriously corroded state, got rather grumpy and even at one point asked for his money back.  I politely declined.   I gather that he gave up on the project and flipped the car on, and that it appeared on eBay in various states of chaos.  I now have a non-rusty 1600 Coupe that I am very keen on, but it lacks the crazy character that Yaj had.  My 1600 is exceptional only in that it is a car that spent 34 years on the Isle of Man but did not rust much.  Because Ziebart.
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1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina, 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800, 1974 Lancia 2000 HF Coupe, 1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project), 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport, 1983 Land Rover Series 3 88, 2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #242 on: October 27, 2020, 06:47:01 PM »

Glad you're back in the Beta fold Gerard. If you scroll back through this thread YAJ was last seen for sale painted in white emulsion! Sadly I assume it has surely now been broken? The gearbox and exhaust would have been worth 200 and the engine was ok too.....
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« Reply #243 on: October 28, 2020, 04:51:24 PM »

Hiya and cheers, I am glad that your 1300 is still going strong.  

I have gone full Lancia, as I now have a sliding-pillar and pillarless V4 Lancia as well as a pretty reasonable Beta.   I have a yen for a Fulvia Berlina or a Flavia Coupe, and would loooooove an Aurelia, but I have to be realistic!  

RIP Yaj if dead.  As well as a good engine etc, it also had barely used Pirelli tyres worth a few quid.   Plus those unforgettable seats!!!!  
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1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina, 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800, 1974 Lancia 2000 HF Coupe, 1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project), 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport, 1983 Land Rover Series 3 88, 2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #244 on: February 27, 2021, 06:33:05 PM »

I got four squares of this matting for 24, which makes up to pretty much the length of the car. I hurt my back servicing my daughters car, but once I've recovered a bit this should help with swapping out the front down pipe....


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« Reply #245 on: February 28, 2021, 02:28:23 PM »

I have a luxury roll of B&Q cushioned Vinyl which serves well for insulation and providing a surface I can slide on getting under the car. Not very Formula 1 but it works remarkably well after upgrading from cardboard boxes and old carpet.
I add some large closed cell foam matts and my old bones are much happier!

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« Reply #246 on: April 13, 2021, 08:04:38 AM »

Fixing the downpipe/gasket problem didn't go all that well in the end. A previous owner had bodged on an early 'kinked' pipe. On this type one of the fixing nuts is hidden behind one of the two first stage pipes and must have been tightened when fitted with a shortish spanner. It would not accept a socket or even the crowfoot spanner I bought.

In the end I gave up, and it was off to the garage, who changed the cambelt and tensioner for me too. Even they found the old pipe a fight with one of the studs shearing and needing to be replaced.

Anyway, the car is back now for the summer and super quiet!

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« Reply #247 on: April 14, 2021, 07:42:20 PM »

Good to hear!  My 1600 was far too noisy for a while, but after some fixes is now quieter, smoother, and generally better.
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1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina, 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800, 1974 Lancia 2000 HF Coupe, 1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project), 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport, 1983 Land Rover Series 3 88, 2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #248 on: April 26, 2021, 04:25:17 PM »

I got in a nice 120 mile drive to Castle Howard and back yesterday to mark 'Drive It Day', including finding some great driving roads (and a good pub lunch) between there and Boroughbridge.

Nice selection of other classics seen on route too.


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« Reply #249 on: April 26, 2021, 07:48:49 PM »

Great stuff Neil. 120mls is a good shake down and confidence builder for the dryer seasons, and your Coupe looks very handsome... Well worth getting a pro to fettle that manifold too!
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« Reply #250 on: April 27, 2021, 09:55:12 AM »

Great stuff Neil. 120mls is a good shake down and confidence builder for the dryer seasons, and your Coupe looks very handsome... Well worth getting a pro to fettle that manifold too!

You are right Chris, the run was a proper Italian tune up on those country roads......
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« Reply #251 on: April 27, 2021, 10:58:37 AM »

Your car is looking well, Neil.  I did about 120 miles in my 1600 on Sunday and saw some interesting cars.  The best bit of spotting was a white mid to late sixties Flavia Berlina.
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1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina, 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800, 1974 Lancia 2000 HF Coupe, 1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project), 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport, 1983 Land Rover Series 3 88, 2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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