Famine's Fleet



  • **Since I added to the fleet again today, I should really start a project thread (especially as two of them are actually ongoing projects. And MX-3s).

    First up we have Blue.

    Blue is a 1999 Honda Accord Type-R, bought last October with 63k on it for just over £4k. Blue is wholly standard except a pattern-replacement stainless exhaust as the stock one rotted like a dead whore's snatch.

    Second up is Marvin.

    I don't have all that many images of Marvin, though there will be many, many more. Marvin is a 1993 Mazda MX-3 V6 SE, bought last May with 85k on him for £250. Marvin had failed an MoT and was looking at some costly work to bring him back to the road. I found him on eBay and explained my intentions to the owners - a lovely couple from Suffolk - and they took him off eBay at £400 breaking because I would get him going again. Once cars have names, it's a wrench to kill them…

    As you can see from the image, Marvin is being stripped of that lovely interior (and wheels) and will be given a new lease of life on both road and track. However, the interior (and wheels) will find a new home on Marvin's younger sister:

    Meet Red. Red is a 1998 Mazda MX-3 V6. I bought her in September 2003 for £3,250 from my dad, who'd owned her for about 18 months - he decided to slow life down a bit after a heart attack and bought a diesel Focus. Estate.

    Red is an ongoing project in the sense of replacing bits with upgrades when she needs them. The exhaust went and was replaced with a pattern stainless version. The discs needed replacing, so were upgraded to Black Diamond grooved with Mintex 1144 pads (I'm about to replace the pads again after 3 years, so I'll go Mintex again but I'm changing the brake lines to HEL braided and the fluid to DOT4). The front mani/downpipe is showing signs of age, so a stainless one has been procured. However, she will also shortly be home to an SE interior and probably the wheels too, along with J-spec foldy mirrors to make a red SE…

    Last but not least, today's purchase:

    This is Windy. Windy is a 1998 Mazda Xedos 9 2.3 Miller bought from eBay yesterday for £770. Windy is insane, in that he's as quick to 60mph as a V6 MX-3 (despite weighing almost 2 tonnes) but pulls from 80 upwards (private road) harder than from rest. 80-110 (private road) is quicker than 0-40 - just about 5 seconds.

    So, that's the gang :D**



  • Nice collection of cars i too am getting my self a Mazda Xedos 9 2.3 Miller, it shall be delivered tomorrow very excited.

    Full service history etc etc, should be a hoot. :D



  • Nice collection.. Which one will be coming to Sunderland though?



  • Blue or Red. Windy needs some mechanical adjustment - I suspect a bent steering arm - and Marvin is in no way road legal or functioning.



  • Nice! The black SE wheels should look well on Red. 8) Don't seem many of them Xedos 9 yokes around either.



  • **I'm working on owning one of every rare-engined Japanese cars ever. I have two 1.8 V6s, a 5-stroke and a 2.2 VTEC never sold outside Europe.

    Next up a rotary, a Boxer 6 diesel and the Lexus LF-A V10 :lol:**



  • The Xedos does look a minter fella nice find…



  • Lol I know it isn't but that looks exactly like turn 2 on the Top Gear track :lol:
    Also nice looking fleet you've got there, not sure how many of those Xedos' I've seen around.



  • **:lol:

    It's the entrance to the Bus Stop at Llandow - the "Oh Shit Lane" spears off left of frame.**

    @65d7a721d2=Rainmaker:

    The Xedos does look a minter fella nice find…

    **It came with a replacement bumper and two foglights in the car. It's had a rear-end at some point and, quite clearly from the parts, a front-end recently which has damaged the inside of the front-left wheel well and, I think, a steering arm.

    There's a reason it was £770 :lol: I'm also a good photographer - the subject looks a lot better than it is :D

    But I don't mind. It's not a car until you've aimed a spanner at it.**



  • **Oh for God's sakes…

    Someone needs to hide my wallet.**



  • very nice german taxi you have there :D

    oh if your looking to own rare cars and a rotary, try a mazda cosmo! think theres only about 5 in the uk or something silly!!



    1. Looks smart, much nicer looking car than the later ones! What lurks under the bonnet?


  • **Err… that one's a 1998/R 523i SE Touring which, confusingly, has a 2.5 litre straight six. Manual gearbox too :D

    Tinted windows and dog guard makes it an ideal doggy car, plus it has the towbar for Marvin when he's ready.**



  • Should be enough power anyway. :)

    And yeah, the modern BMW numbering scheme has gone a bit haywire. The e46's got especially confusing, the 316i was a 1.9, as was the 318i, 320i was a 2.2, etc. Bloody Germans! :lol:



  • How are you getting on with Xedos, i find the charger wine very addictive.

    Looking into getting rid of the 3 cats that will give a 100 quid towards a nice set of pipes. Free it up a little. :D



  • @0d0c401d81=Mechanic:

    How are you getting on with Xedos, i find the charger wine very addictive.

    Very. I'm tempted to remove all the soundproofing to make it more obvious :D



  • @7596a5617a=Garfy1981:

    very nice german taxi you have there :D

    oh if your looking to own rare cars and a rotary, try a mazda cosmo! think theres only about 5 in the uk or something silly!!

    Mazda eunos cosmo aka mx-03 concept car 1985, 2l 300hp triple rotary engine

    and you can drive the cosmo on segaGT for the dreamcast or the 1st gran tourismo



  • @68d15b4adc=djmarcopolo:

    and you can drive the cosmo on segaGT for the dreamcast or the 1st gran tourismo

    **Indeed - GT has both the 13B twin rotor and the 20B triple rotor versions of the the Eunos Cosmo JC.

    I'd have an L10 Cosmo though :D (which you can drive in GT4, if you're so inclined).**



  • @525ce460d0=djmarcopolo:

    @525ce460d0=Garfy1981:

    very nice german taxi you have there :D

    oh if your looking to own rare cars and a rotary, try a mazda cosmo! think theres only about 5 in the uk or something silly!!

    Mazda eunos cosmo aka mx-03 concept car 1985, 2l 300hp triple rotary engine

    and you can drive the cosmo on segaGT for the dreamcast or the 1st gran tourismo

    Shit the bed! :shock: I want one!



  • **Minor fleet updates.

    Red - Received new Mintex pads all round and finally has a pair of Black Diamond grooves on the back to match those on the front. Not currently MoTed. Impending updates are a new bonnet (Marvin's white one is being temporarily relocated to Red, once resprayed) the SE interior from Marvin and some folding mirrors (once resprayed).

    Marvin - Wheels are off and ready for a home refurb. Not much happening on him at the moment.

    The Baron - Given that it cost £1k off eBay and had nothing notably wrong while driving or on first impressions besides a gammy handbrake, chucked in for an early MoT. Failed on handbrake and rear hardlines. One £180 set of all the braking components later - Mintex pads, discs, handbrake shoes - and he's due a partial retest next week. Not bad for a 160k BMW.

    Windy - Not a lot. Donated sill inserts to Red. They're shiny and say "Mazda".

    Blue - Almost sold last week. Buyer wanted A/C model and it was the very last question he asked :roll:**


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