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Car mods back in the day...


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Just thought I’d spark up a random topic... I have recently bought a (new to me) car, and I’m doing a couple of mods to it, nothing much really... (Ceramic coated, vinyl wrapped roof)

I was talking to my dad about it and we were talking about the mods he did to his cars back in the 80s/90s - I was wondering if anyone remembers these or has anything else to add!? What do you remember?

-Traffic light air fresheners (we think they were orange scented)

-Halfords would be on a high street!

-Sun visor stickers applied to the windscreen (solid black at the top, then graded down to small dots)

-Fancy tax disc holder

-Beaded car seat covers/back support

-4* Petrol

-Big rally car style fog lights

-Pepper pot alloys (Ford) / BBS Multispoke alloys.

-Go faster stripes applied to the sides of a car.

-Reflector strips which clipped onto the doors.

-Metallic colours such as beige/bronze/brown/gold.

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Where to start, over the years I’ve spent a small fortune on car stuff. Probably right from my first car a Mk2 Cortina in the 70’s a lot on wider bigger wheels and tyres.

But for it I remember buying a fancy matching steering wheel & gear lever, a radio and a stick on heated rear window.

 I don’t so much remember Halfords but locally there were loads of small motor factors selling all sorts.
 

 

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The only car I modded was my very first car, a Ford Escort 1.1 Mk1 - it was a huge waste of money because the engine was knackered, but at the time I thought it was cool :laugh:

From memory:

  • Sprayed acrylic black with fine gold stripes down the side
  • Used vinyl dye to paint the headlining black
  • Fitted an ammeter (no idea why!)
  • New carpets
  • Fluffy back seat cover :naughty:
  • Chrome tailpipe
  • Fitted a cassette tape player which had a habit of chewing up tapes
  • Rear speakers

 

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17 minutes ago, JoT said:

 

  • Fitted a cassette tape player which had a habit of chewing up tapes
  • Rear speakers

 

Ahhhhh yes! I remember my dad buying a Blaupunkt Radio Casette from a market, and I remember he put speakers in the parcel shelf of a Sierra I think.

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Exhausts

The bigger, louder and more pipes sticking out the back the better.

:laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:

I fitted side pipes to a Corvette I had, loud, it seriously annoyed my next door neighbours and my truck had a 4” diameter system on it. Numerous other big bore systems on various other cars over the years.

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After the usual stick on bits on my first couple of cars, I decided to customise a Marina van.   Fitted a 1.8 TC engine, front discs, air dam rear roof spoiler.  Frenched aerial,  tail lights and number plate.  Side windows ( mini rear sides fitted upside down! ).  Twin side pipes, stainless moon disc wheels and General Grabber tyres.          Totally retrimmed the interior ( well my dad did, he was an upholsterer ).   This included the back with wood panels and purple velour !!!     Resprayed Tara Green.            Had it for about 3 years, then being a Marina it fell to bits , happy days though.     Oh yes, yellow whiplash aerial. 

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I've never been into modding cars, but if we're talking about 1980's mods I can remember doing a few "tasteful" additions to my first car - The mighty Opel Manta (in bright orange, ha ha! ).  I fitted a lovely radio cassette with graphic equaliser... :swoon: and 6 x 9 speakers in the parcel shelf, which was covered in... er... a piece of "flokati" white fluffy rug :laughing2dw:  Didn't need any other mods after that, it was already awesome enough!

The only other car I've modified was an MX-5 which had new TSW alloy wheels, K&N Typhoon air intake, stainless exhaust, boot spoiler, clear rear lights and side repeaters, and a complete respray in the original colour but with added sparkle in the clear coat:

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Not in the same league as my current Porsche, obviously, but still great fun to drive :thumbsup:

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My Morris 1000 van got MG Midget engine and running gear, a Nikki twin choke carb,

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and a Peco silencer that exitited under the drivers door that made a twittering noise,

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A modified Hillman Hunter brake master cylinder and servo, and a set of home made wide steel wheels.

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53 Pop, the original steel body set low, chopped top, wide arches, flip front on a one off chassis with a full cage, coil over front suspension, an S-Type Jag rear end and a well built 460 ci big block Ford V8 set back almost inside the car, I had to sit in a single seat in the back.

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Ferociously fast and surprisingly handled like a go kart.

 

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20 hours ago, BondandBigM said:

53 Pop, the original steel body set low, chopped top, wide arches, flip front on a one off chassis with a full cage, coil over front suspension, an S-Type Jag rear end and a well built 460 ci big block Ford V8 set back almost inside the car, I had to sit in a single seat in the back.

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Ferociously fast and surprisingly handled like a go kart.

 

In that reflection, it looks like you're wearing a top hat!

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