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The trooper looks more raty in real life. Harley flathead project mockup. ongoing!
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Also have a 73 Pontiac Lemans ,, and 79 MG Midget...ill post some pics when i get them..MG is under construction too,
 

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I remember having a Matchbox (actually Corgy or Husky) Sunbeam Alpine. Then Maxwell Smart came on the scene with that Tiger (we had no idea until YEARS later that the Tigers had the V-8). Had a manager at work in the late '80s with a British racing green Tiger. Always liked them, although at 6"4'' I probably wouldn't fit well. Dennis
 
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Sunbeams are great cars! The eight cylinder Tigers are scary fast.
 
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I had a sunbeam in my collection at one point. Fun little car they are
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I remember having a Matchbox (actually Corgy or Husky) Sunbeam Alpine. Then Maxwell Smart came on the scene with that Tiger (we had no idea until YEARS later that the Tigers had the V-8). Had a manager at work in the late '80s with a British racing green Tiger. Always liked them, although at 6"4'' I probably wouldn't fit well. Dennis
I'm 6foot I fit in it comfortably but it seems small at times,,surprisingly always felt more roomy than the MG,, ,,that you really feel like a sardine in a can in it, but I got that for my girlfriend. She's tall and thin but feels OK in it. Indeed a fun car, not the safest ride but no one ever wrote any books about people playing it safe.
 

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Sunbeams are great cars! The eight cylinder Tigers are scary fast.
Indeed ..they don't weigh anything ,, sticking that Ford v8 in it made it the poor man's rivel to a lot of the sports cars of the day. Crystler bought them out eventually (the rootes group of England) then tried to stick its engine in it and no one properly measured the engine bay,,It did not fit. I have the 4 banger rebuilt so it's got some pep(actually have two engines one with a busted crankshaft) long painful story.. and original 6 speed transmission. (Overdrive on two gears)
I now have a w58 Toyota 5 speed in it mated to the sunbeam engine and a 65 rear,,I built and designed the retro fit kit myself, with custom made clutch and drive shaft. now I can comfortably cruse highway speeds. Yeah it's a fun ride.
 

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When I was a teenager I had a 1963-ish Triumph Herald, which I believe had the same engine as the Sunbeam Alpine.
 
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When I was a teenager I had a 1963-ish Triumph Herald, which I believe had the same engine as the Sunbeam Alpine.
Interesting.. seems the roots group of England was a very prominent company once making everything from pump engines to aircraft engines. They did very well in racing too back in their day. I'm rebuilding an MG engine for the midget. They share a lot of the same technologies. Lucas electronics etc. I have heard it called the Lucas disease. (Wiring problems) luckily I'm an electronic designer and repair guy.

I have had someone at a gas station talk about their nostalgic memory of sunbeams and triumphs and MG almost every time. "Had one in college " I hear alot. Said with mysty eyes. It kinda nice to be the reminder of their halcyon day's, but it always makes me a little sad for them too. "Or wife made me sell it"
Most people don't even know what it is and never heard of it though,, so you get the "what year is that question". I dont mind talking about it with people.
Sometimes I forget I'm driving a museum and think why is that person staring at me?.lol

Hope you get your trooper back up and running... you deserve a bit of fun in it.
I'm 64 and ain't going to stop till I drop..remember Bert Monroe won the land speed record at my age.
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I hate to think of the words "Lucas" and "technology" in the same sentence. We always used the phrase "Lucas, Prince of Darkness". I had Land Rovers. Did find out while scrounging, that many British vehicles shared a lot of components (Girling brakes, Lucas electrical). Any Triumph, M.G., Austin, Leyland that went into the boneyard got picked over whatever could be used. This was before the internet, and the two British import (Rover) dealers were pricey. Dennis
 

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Lucas, Prince of Darkness, inventor of the 3-position headlamp switch: "Dim", "Flicker", and "Off"

Lucas refrigerators; the reason Brits drink warm beer!

Lucas vacuums, the only Lucas product that didn't suck!

The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark"

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Someone, perhaps on this forum, said something along the lines of "If British cars didn't leak, how would we know they still had any fluids in them?"
 

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This just came up on my local facebook feed Log into Facebook
Wow that one is pretty sweet... mine is no where near as nice in real life..pictures look better than in person,,someday I may do a full restoration. But yeah that one looks all original too. Neat thanks for posting it,, I was kicked off Facebook for making too many valid points against their fascistic censorship. Oh well I'm better for it. My (punishment) only taught me I didn't really need them either..
 

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This Hagerty story reminded me of this topic. I love the quote in it: "What if we all went a little slower, a little smaller, a little weirder?"
That was a very interesting read. We had one of those little vans that you sat in front of the engine, I think it was a Toyota,, we fondly called it the short buss. (Driving us mentality handicapped individuals around) jokingly.
But I probably drove it way too fast.
Speaking of speed limits I always try and remind myself there is no place I'm going I deserve to die over. That said I love to drive fast especially on my motorcycle. But A man (and his machine) has got to know his limits (I actually met Clint Eastwood once in a London hotel) .
I get the gist of that article,,and yeah today these new cars flying past me usually in pairs in some race or road rage seems to happen often, I'm sure we have all seen it in city areas on freeways (highways to you east coasters). The world could use a slow down, but I think writing tickets and more overreacting government will incentives revenue corruption like the police in brookside Alabama. (Recent articles demonstrate) under the guise of "its for your own safety " that tag line thats used for all sort of nefarious goings on these days.
Talking to a car designer once at a party he lamented how his hands are tied dealing with DOT restrictions when I asked him why everything looks like a suppository now.
It might be risky but I'll stick with my sunbeam.
 
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