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Who remembers this little guy from the 60's

PostPost by: miked » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:04 pm

Did you have one when you were a young fellow back in the 60's. Brings back lots of memories, at least for me. Sat in the back of a Rover 90 with a bag of crisps with the salt in the blue wrapper. A dozen "Ton up" boys ripping past on their bikes making a noise that would wake the dead.

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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:34 pm

Was it also the Esso garages where you got the stick on bullet holes? I remember seeing lots of cars with windscreens covered with them.
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PostPost by: Craven » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:44 pm

Their giggle ? The Esso sign means happy motoring ? sung by a girl with a strong Welsh accent IIRC.
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PostPost by: Europatc » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:01 pm

and the tigers tail 'put a tiger in your tank'
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PostPost by: miked » Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:19 am

I remember the bullet holes but not where they came from. Yes, the tiger tails and signs with tiger in your tank.
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:00 am

...And Green Shield Stamps that my sister and I had to spend ages, licking and sticking :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:36 pm

The stick on bullet holes were also from Esso, a James Bond promotion. Daddy wouldn't let me stick them on the Humber Hawk, he said they "lowered the tone".

The Humber also had a tricky to find fuel filler cap. It was a removable reflector on the RH rear light cluster. The picture below shows a locking version on the Super Snipe.

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PostPost by: trw99 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:51 pm

That reminds me of the flip down rear number plate to access the fuel filler cap on the Mk II Ford Zodiac.

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PostPost by: msd1107 » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:31 pm

Also on a '72 280SEL
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:21 pm

Spyder fan wrote:The Humber also had a tricky to find fuel filler cap. It was a removable reflector on the RH rear light cluster. The picture below shows a locking version on the Super Snipe.


Alan, allow me to show you how we do it over here:

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PostPost by: pereirac » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:04 pm

My first car was a Hillman Imp, I remember the first time I tried to the car with petrol.. Couldn't find the filler cap anywhere. Nobody told me it was under the bonnet (hood)!! :D
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:38 am

My first car was an Imp, yes I remember that now!

In the seventies I worked in a petrol station serving petrol and finding the fuel filler in some cars was initially a challenge. I did have someone come in in a Humber and they were shocked that I just opened it. A couple of events: had a fully loaded hearse come in for petrol that wasn't too nice! Filled a Cortina with 2 lovely girls in, as it pulled away fluid poured from the back. I ran and stopped them, knelt down and it was petrol. Open the boot and there was 4 gallons of four star swishing around the boot floor. The rubber connector had come adrift - they just drove off not sure what else they could do! Hope there were no sparks!
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