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    Help for a newbie please!

    Hi,

    I know some on here will think this is a bad idea, but I'm considering buying a Stag from Ebay..... in the advert it looks ok - but I know nothing!

    The car is in the Oxford area, whilst I'm near Bristol. I would like to get the car checked out before committing, can anyone suggest someone who can do vehicle checks in that area?

    I have to admit to being pretty confused by prices for all classic cars, particularly Stags. You see three that on the 'net all look pretty similar, one will be 8 grand, another 12 and the last 20!

    I am no mechanic, so want a fairly up together one. I can probably manage some basic projects but everything more complicated than an oil change will need a
    real mechanic!

    Any help and advice will be gratefully received.

    Woody

    #2
    Just to add to the above, are there owners near Winscombe , Somerset, who wouldn't mind if I came and had a look at they're car and asked loads of stupid questions? I haven't sat in a Stag since I was 18 and I'm now... well not 18 any more! Also want to check that at 6'5" I can fit behind the wheel!
    thanks.

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      #3
      I bought mine from an eBay advert.
      I messaged the chap as it had been on for 2 weeks. he got in touch after the auction had finished. I went and had a good look round and agreed a lower price than he was asking as I found a few mechanical bit that needed work. the body was very good and that was my main area of interest.
      have a look at them with someone who is aware of the areas of bodywork to look at and the mechanical checks to carry out.
      if not a yourself get a local club member to have a look over it for you. I am lucky in the fact I've been a mechanic for nearly 50 years, but we will all try our best to help you get a good one.

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        #4
        The red one or the white one in Faringdon Woody?
        Paul - 3 projects, 1 breaker - garage built and housing 2 white Stags. One runs, one doesn't

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          #5
          The red one, think it's in Abingdon. Judging by the sellers user name and other adverts on Ebay, he is a car man. The engine bay looks ridiculously neat, which to my completely uneducated eye means it must be good!!

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            #6
            Welcome woody, can you post a link to the car? & how would a willing stag scout be able to contact you?
            Btw, you are doing the right thing to post here beforehand to avoid getting a lemon!
            (see ‘Still no car’ by matty stag )
            Last edited by jbuckl; 10 October 2020, 13:26.
            There are 2 secrets to staying on top :- 1. Don't give everything away.
            2.

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              #7
              Drop Julian Leyton an email. He only lives about 10 miles from you. Doesn’t post on here anymore but he’d be happy to help.
              Last edited by Jeff; 11 October 2020, 07:46.
              I only do what the voices in my wife’s head tell me to do!

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                #8
                https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/133539971081

                It's this one...

                It does seem very easy to make an expensive and depressing mistake!

                Jeff, thanks For the email address, I'll drop him a line.

                Woody

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                  #9
                  Jeff,

                  I am sure Julian would be willing to help but send his email address by P.M. and delete it from your post, it is an open forum - I am sure Julian gets enough junk email as it is with out "bots" picking up his email address here and sending him even more.

                  Roger
                  White TV8 BW35 no mods and now a Dolly Sprint to keep it company
                  So many cars, so little time!

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                    #10
                    Be careful of eBay today - the usual bunch of fake ads for Stags are back up. I reported one so they should be down fairly quickly, but don’t think you are seeing a bunch of good deals!

                    Jeff

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jbuckl View Post
                      Welcome woody, can you post a link to the car? & how would a willing stag scout be able to contact you?
                      Btw, you are doing the right thing to post here beforehand to avoid getting a lemon!
                      (see ‘Still no car’ by matty stag )

                      I've tried to work out how to PM you, as I guess that's the way to do it but cannot see how to do it..... doesn't bode well for investigating the intricacies of a Stag wiring loom!!!!
                      Maybe I'm not yet allowed to as just a registered user at the moment and after the other comment about putting email addresses on the forum, probably best I dont!

                      Woody

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                        #12
                        Trial users can’t pm Woody. I’ll take a closer look at the ad
                        Paul - 3 projects, 1 breaker - garage built and housing 2 white Stags. One runs, one doesn't

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                          #13
                          Looks decent on what I can tell from the ad. Only thing I would say is that they have done a lot of work in 2 years and suddenly he can’t drive it - I would be delving a bit deeper to confirm the story to be sure it wasn’t just a doer upper to sell. By the way who rallies a Nissan Micra for goodness sake?
                          Paul - 3 projects, 1 breaker - garage built and housing 2 white Stags. One runs, one doesn't

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                            #14
                            By the way who rallies a Nissan Micra for goodness sake?[/QUOTE]


                            Maybe so you don't care when you crash it????

                            Yep the two year thing does seem to stand out a little. I sent him an email to ask a couple questions and he said he'd ask his dad, whose car it is to look thru the paperwork to see when the timing chain was last changed.

                            In many ways I would prefer to buy from a dealer, but most of them are well above my budget.

                            The yellow one on the SOC main site looks very nice and as it's a SOC members car it must be kosher!

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                              #15
                              "By the way who rallies a Nissan Micra for goodness sake?"

                              You've obviously not been following the "Bargain Racement" from the guys doing Project Binky - theirs are even smaller . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hne4XvaWDY
                              White 1976 build ("Mk2") only a few mods

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