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    Back to topic.......personally I'd not have a rhd yank, but I do appreciate why some people would, having seen a few "rhd conversions" first hand, my only concern would be the conversion itself. If it left the factory that way no problem whatsoever (apart from parts available on a few steering joints?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelheadrob View Post
    Back to topic.......personally I'd not have a rhd yank, but I do appreciate why some people would, having seen a few "rhd conversions" first hand, my only concern would be the conversion itself. If it left the factory that way no problem whatsoever (apart from parts available on a few steering joints?)
    yep, it left the factory like that. Going by the dash which is a mixture of '65 and '68, that would indicate that it was an Australian one.

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    well here we go........ got a guy called Nick from London on the car.... and this is what happens....... you need to read from the bottom up if you want to see the conversations. Below is a copy of what I have now posted at th end of the ebay ad for the car.
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    Please see below, conversation between myself and ebay time waster n1ck5269. This is exactly the type of time waster I mention above. The executor of the will came 50 miles with the V5 when he was away at his caravan on holiday. The deceased guy's daughter put today (Sunday) on hold in order to be able to give this idiot the bank details and check that the money goes in so he could drive the car away. My mate spent 3 hours cleaning and polishing the car so that it was nice for him to be driving away. In addition to the messages below, I phoned him yesterday (Saturday) to see if he was coming as he hadn't replied to my last ebay message despite me taking time to find him links to local hotels. He replied that he was still at work but was coming. He said "Now that I have your number in my phone, I will call when I finish work. " What that really meant was "now that I have your number in my phone I can ignore it" As that is all he has done since. People like Nick from London should not be allowed near ebay. It's not even the fact that he didn't come, it's the fact that he lied all the time and could not even just say he had changed his mind. If you're another time waster like him, please do not message me. This guy caused grief to an already grieving family.

    New message to: n1ck5269
    Hi Nick, did you manage to get sorted with a B&B? If so which one. Will you be up early enough that you want to see the car tomorrow, or will you be later and just wanting to see it Sunday?
    All the best,
    Jim
    New message to: n1ck5269
    Hi Nick, there's a Premier Inn less than a mile from the yard, it has a Brewers Fayre attached to it and a couple of restaurants a 3 min walk away on the other side of the road. Beancross Restaurant is one of them and I've eaten there many times. Both son and daughter worked there serving tables in their youth. I think Beancross also does rooms and there is another motel, a Travelodge, next to them but not as nice as the Premier Inn. https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hot...kirk-east.html
    and here's the Travelodge https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/349/Falkirk-hotel
    There's a B&B upfield of my house in Bo'ness if you prefer an old type B&B Bo'mains Farmhouse - Accommodation nice but I expect pricey.
    Cheers,
    Jim
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    Hello Jim, the idea now is to drive up Saturday afternoon as we can't get n afternoon flight, stay overnight and drive back sunday, do you know a good BnB or hotel near you?
    My number 07969980186
    Thanks again
    Nick
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    No probs, I can collect you any time and the yard is only 6 miles from my house so it's not an issue to be there in the evening. I am collecting the V5 and banking details on Friday when the guy's daughter gets home from hols. I'm now driving a tanker Tues to Thurs as well. Let me know what you manage to arrange and I'll get things sorted this end.
    Cheers,
    Jim
    n1ck5269

    Unfortunately no time off, I'm working Saturday morning so looking for flights for Saturday afternoon/evening, I'll keep you posted
    Rgds Nick
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    'morning Nick, how did you get on with time off/flights etc?
    Cheers,
    Jim
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    I have a 64 that unfortunately is to far gone to put back on the road and i miss it lol so this will be the replacement hopefully
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    Kool, just let me know mate.
    All the best,
    Jim
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    Thanks for the reply, I'm gonna check what time i can get off from work and check flight's to Edinburgh, all going well and the impala is what I'm hoping, I'll transfer funds there n then.
    Thanks again
    Rgds Nick
    v8.jimmy:

    Hi Nick,
    sorry I was at work this afternoon then straight out for a family evening so just home and able to see and reply to your message. I'm in Grangemouth FK38XX which is about 400 miles from London, and though I can't guarantee a 50+ year old car will make it and especially as I have only known the car a short time, however, my gut feeling is that you wouldn't have any problems. The car is out of MOT but is MOT exempt anyway, but my mate being my mate, he apparently did MOT it each year, so it will only have run out a short time ago and not have done many miles since the last MOT, so all should be good as far a ball joints, suspension, brakes etc are concerned, and the way it drives, I would personally be happy to drive it anywhere. I've probably done about 90 miles with it, but the longest journey was to a show a couple of weeks ago, which I think was 35 to 40 miles each way. It drove perfectly. If I hadn't just bought my wife a '56 Thunderbird which arrives from the States in a couple of weeks, I would have been happy to buy this car from the family, use it for a year or two, then punt it on, but I don't have the spare cash right now.
    It's no problem to collect you from Edinburgh airport, or Falkirk railway station if you decided to come via public transport.
    All the best,
    Jim
    n1ck5269

    Fantastic!
    Whereabouts exactly are you and would it drive back to London?
    Rgds Nick
    v8.jimmy:

    Hi Nick, thanks for the message mate. That's not taking the ****, and in fact is exactly what the family want to get out of it. I wanted to put it on at 15k fixed price but I know from advertising my own stuff that no matter how good a deal, nobody will pay the price, and I hate hiking the prices to bring them down as 1/ it makes them look expensive and can out people off, and 2/ it makes me look like a greedy chancer trying to take the **** lol, where I prefer to just add up my costs and add my margin and ask for it at that.
    Anyway, like I said, 15K is exactly what they wanted and what I expected it to fetch, so, have a think about it and if you want to talk or come and see it, just let me know.
    All the best,
    Jim
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    Please don't think I'm taking the **** but would £15000 buy it?
    Purely as it's all i have to spend
    Rgds Nick
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    I really dont get the time wasters.

    Not only are they wasting youre time,but more importantly, their own time,.

    Dont you have a few mates who can keep ringing him all the time to ask when he,s coming.


    Everyone must get them though.i even get them here,not showing up when they say their coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody View Post
    I really dont get the time wasters.

    Not only are they wasting youre time,but more importantly, their own time,.

    Dont you have a few mates who can keep ringing him all the time to ask when he,s coming.


    Everyone must get them though.i even get them here,not showing up when they say their coming.
    yeah my son is on nights next week, he might get a call from him or his mates on shift lol. It is ****ing annoying isn't it? If they would only say they have changed their mind or something, but this particular one wasted 3 people's time at this end in addition to my own. It is quite an expensive car and for a niche market, so when somebody seems this sure they are going to buy, you really do get your hopes up, especially a family who has just lost their dad and need to get the estate tied up and try to move on.....
    For your part of course, if the guy is supposedly definitely wanting work done by you, then you need to keep him a slot and space in your 'shop, and you may well have put somebody else off or back in the queue whilst expecting somebody to turn up... then they don't.... I just don't understand why people an be so ****ish... and like you said Wayne, they are wasting their own time as well... but then again, many of these dreamers have empty lives.....

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    Had lots like this . I've given a bottom line before and had one try to bid me once here , I just took the keys out of the car and walked back in.

    I di have one where the guy bought a deceased friends car , paid cash and then disappeared .I had to hire a detective agency to track him down to ask when he was collecting it . WEIRD.

    Jim, you have my utmost respect for doing this for a friend .

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    There are people in this world you who love all the 'fun' searching for vehicles, going and seeing them, taking test drives, enjoying banter etc with the sellers and associated specialists - and...........nothing. They get their life kicks from only ever doing that.
    In much the same way as there are people doing the same thing with house purchases - they only ever go and see the new show houses or make appointments to view through estate agents. Estate agents can compound the problem by getting anyone and everyone to come and view the property without any proper checks as to whether the purchasers are actually serious and have funds in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    Had lots like this . I've given a bottom line before and had one try to bid me once here , I just took the keys out of the car and walked back in.

    I di have one where the guy bought a deceased friends car , paid cash and then disappeared .I had to hire a detective agency to track him down to ask when he was collecting it . WEIRD.

    Jim, you have my utmost respect for doing this for a friend .
    Thanks Kev, this is the third family I have done this for now. I put my hands up though, they do pay a small percentage to my business on completion, though nothing if a sale is unsuccessful. I did 4 for a guy back in 2014 and 2 for a guy I didn't actually know in 2016. I seem to be better at selling other people's cars rather than my own lol.

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    Well **** me sideways, he's just got in touch saying he had a **** up at work, an HGV driver and only just got home right now and his phone was at the depot, hence lack of contact. Well, as I've been in haulage all my life, I now how **** ups can and do happen, but as he's been working every day this week (remember he couldn't get time off) he is now illegal!! Also, when I spoke to him on Saturday, I could tell he was in fact driving from the background noise, so he DID have his phone with him at that point! Unless of course, he came back to the depot on Saturday afternoon, forgot to tell me he was going out again, left his phone..... blah blah blah....... I'll update........ it might come to a successful conclusion in the end....... wont hold my breath though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roscobbc View Post
    There are people in this world you who love all the 'fun' searching for vehicles, going and seeing them, taking test drives, enjoying banter etc with the sellers and associated specialists - and...........nothing. They get their life kicks from only ever doing that.
    In much the same way as there are people doing the same thing with house purchases - they only ever go and see the new show houses or make appointments to view through estate agents. Estate agents can compound the problem by getting anyone and everyone to come and view the property without any proper checks as to whether the purchasers are actually serious and have funds in place.
    Estate agents are absolute ****s Ross, especially commercial ones, they don't answer enquiries, don't take down properties which have been let or sold months or even years prior........ it's ****ing hard work trying to get a bit of commrecial land up here, even when it is advertised and available. Of course, what a lot of them are doing up here are advertising commerical land at 125K per acre but then not selling it and avoiding potential buyers so that they can go back to the local planning departments and say that they simply can't sell the land for commercial use and so it really needs to go for houses, and then a brown envelope (probably) seals that deal as the land has been empty for a few years, and so the land suddenly quadruples in value.....

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