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#1 robinm

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Posted 14 March 2021 - 06:50 PM

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Posted 14 March 2021 - 06:58 PM

Many of the leading lights of the forum, [and I include you in that group Robin] have left. I pop in once in a while, but there's very little going on since the forum lost all the pictures through the Photobucket fiasco.

 

How's the 2CV going?


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Posted 14 March 2021 - 07:36 PM

forums don't have the traffic they used to unfortunately, fb & insta are busy untill the next platform gains favour :rolleyes: 

as to the photo hosting, lots of info was lost but the decline had already started....

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Posted 14 March 2021 - 10:58 PM

First Photobucket broke the internet, then the forum owners let someone who plainly didn't know what they were doing do an update and they singlehandedly erased a large number of the world's car forums, which took ages to partially rebuild from such backups as they could find, and meantime most of the younger crowd had drifted away from forums to FB etc..

 

Other than that it's been a bit quiet.  How about you?

 

Nice to see you posting again.


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Posted 14 March 2021 - 11:10 PM

Too many of the older, wiser, experienced people have dropped out. Sad days, was such a good place.

Anyone fancy a revival?
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Posted 14 March 2021 - 11:16 PM

doubt it'll happen here, some of us found something else, but honestly the beef is not this forum, it's all forms of forums. as above, insta and fb! blech.

 

insta is ok, but fb, no, no way.


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 06:57 AM

Well I never it's not dead after all, some of the 'old guard' are still here  :-)

 

Yes a revival is what's needed, true enthusiasts forum. I moved away to indulge once again in my first passion which is restoring A-series classic Citroens (2CV's/Dyanes etc). There's some proper money in them! What's happened here is the same as the 2CVGB forum (members club forum), it's died a death over the years whereas Faceache is alive and thriving.

 

All well and good you might think but it just isn't, there's no way to write guides and them stay there and be searchable etc. I like writing guides and I've written a few more for 2CV's, like how to build your own hood from scratch for a 2CV, which didn't exist before, even for a 70 year old design of car!

 

Some interesting things have happened in the time I've been away, MK1's seem to be worth about twice what they were in 2018 so that's encouraging, the MK2 chassis rail replacement part is now a mainstream sold item, things have moved on..

 

Good to be back, I'm looking to buy a MK1 1.6 import to start going again, it'll be virginous and unmolested hopefully (fat chance) or at least being able to to be put back to what appears stock. Budget isn't a worry, I'm going to pay exactly what the car is worth, project or otherwise.

 

Please keep a look-out for me, thanks again.


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 06:58 AM

Many of the leading lights of the forum, [and I include you in that group Robin] have left. I pop in once in a while, but there's very little going on since the forum lost all the pictures through the Photobucket fiasco.

 

How's the 2CV going?

The thing is I've tried to find some of my old guides etc and they're still there and the pics work as well, they have Photobucket as a huge watermark but they are there.


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 10:29 AM

I've been away for a long time too. Like 7 years or something. But this summer I will return to the UK and my 5 will get driven again properly for the first time in that 7 years, its going to need a little work to get it back on the road again of course.

 

I was also wondering what the hell had happened here, good to now know what went on, but very sad to see. This forum and my 5 helped me through some tough times.

 

I hope to be back to posting again more in future, it would be nice to see a revival, but it looks like most folk have moved on.  :cry:


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 11:02 AM

insta is ok, but fb, no, no way.

 

same company.....

headquarters nextdoor to each other (insta offices on fb's campus in MPK & on same floor in NY towerblock)

my mrs interned @ fb and is happy to not work there :yes: 

 

Faceache is alive and thriving
 
might not be as stable as they look :popcorn: 
yes they have more money than they know what to spend on (1st class transatlantic airtravel for a days meeting?) but if tastes change then they will loose their 'flock' (customer base) quickly...

forums remain the stable platform for knowledge sharing, theres even a few 'old' bulletin-boards still running in the background & they really show their age now :yes:

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 02:04 PM

There are still lots of great threads on here that haven't been revived properly after the great crash of '18.

 

The good news is that if you find one that only shows its first page, or keeps reloading, or claims to have -1 replies, you can usually revive the whole thread just by posting in it.   

 

I haven't quite perfected the technique for posting a "bump" into a thread that keeps reloading over and over.  You only have about a second to jump to the end, put a bit of text in the Reply box and then hit "Post", but persistence pays off eventually.  If anyone has a better workaround do let us know.


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 03:50 PM

Wooo.. the great crash of '18..? News to me. So perhaps a lot of my old stuff really has gone?

 

One interesting thing that's happened since I left, the total plummeting of MK3 values.. I paid £6100 for an '07 Z-Sport, had it for 9 months and couldn't wait to get rid of it so it's about right, build quality was appalling and it's being seen now with so many MOT faliures and rusty ones.. same car now would be £2500!

 

Hey ho. Hopefully I'll find a nice MK1 again that needs some welding/tlc and I'll be happy.


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 03:53 PM

 

Many of the leading lights of the forum, [and I include you in that group Robin] have left. I pop in once in a while, but there's very little going on since the forum lost all the pictures through the Photobucket fiasco.

 

How's the 2CV going?

The thing is I've tried to find some of my old guides etc and they're still there and the pics work as well, they have Photobucket as a huge watermark but they are there.

 

I've restored 5 cars since I left, sold three of them and now have a LHD '78 2CV and a daily driver RHD '74 Dyane (which I'll be keeping), 2CV is for sale or soon will be. They're great fun to own/drive/work on but I'd love a MK1 again now too.


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 04:30 PM

Have you cornered a 2CV on three wheels ???.

 

I have a few times and watched the car behinds smoke tyres as they lock up thinking the 2Cvs going to fall over.

I had a favorite corner on a downhill to uphill that I could take at an indicated 70mph.

Two of my 2Cvs would lift a front wheel and lose traction in a series of bunny hops, the other on kept both fronts on the road and lifted the inside rear.

The Eunos is Ok at 70mph on the same corner. but the driver is 30+ years older now !

The car in my Avatar gets very exciting at 50 Mph on the same corner. Its only 87 years old now.

I have had three Mk1 escorts. three 2CVs and on my third and fourth Eunos's both at the same time.( plus various other forms of ragtop wonderment )

So the Eunos wins my most owned car award.!!!

The Austin the longest in my ownership at 29 years.


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 10:19 PM

There are still lots of great threads on here that haven't been revived properly after the great crash of '18.

 

The good news is that if you find one that only shows its first page, or keeps reloading, or claims to have -1 replies, you can usually revive the whole thread just by posting in it.   

 

I haven't quite perfected the technique for posting a "bump" into a thread that keeps reloading over and over.  You only have about a second to jump to the end, put a bit of text in the Reply box and then hit "Post", but persistence pays off eventually.  If anyone has a better workaround do let us know.

Thanks for the advice on reviving threads. I managed to reclaim my build thread with your method.


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Posted 16 March 2021 - 06:49 AM

Have you cornered a 2CV on three wheels ???.

 

I have a few times and watched the car behinds smoke tyres as they lock up thinking the 2Cvs going to fall over.

I had a favorite corner on a downhill to uphill that I could take at an indicated 70mph.

Two of my 2Cvs would lift a front wheel and lose traction in a series of bunny hops, the other on kept both fronts on the road and lifted the inside rear.

The Eunos is Ok at 70mph on the same corner. but the driver is 30+ years older now !

The car in my Avatar gets very exciting at 50 Mph on the same corner. Its only 87 years old now.

I have had three Mk1 escorts. three 2CVs and on my third and fourth Eunos's both at the same time.( plus various other forms of ragtop wonderment )

So the Eunos wins my most owned car award.!!!

The Austin the longest in my ownership at 29 years.

That's quite a collection! When I was on here before I was always surprised at how many people have owned both 2CV's and MX5's. My fave thing to do with the (disc brake) Dyane is outbraking onto dual carriageway roundabouts, it only weighs 600kg and has powerful interlinked front to rear brakes, even on it's skinny tyres it can stop a lot faster than most cars as they often weigh three times as much. That always surprises a lot of people too. All a part of the fun of owning and driving them, getting 10 10ths out.


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Posted 16 March 2021 - 06:51 AM

 

There are still lots of great threads on here that haven't been revived properly after the great crash of '18.

 

The good news is that if you find one that only shows its first page, or keeps reloading, or claims to have -1 replies, you can usually revive the whole thread just by posting in it.   

 

I haven't quite perfected the technique for posting a "bump" into a thread that keeps reloading over and over.  You only have about a second to jump to the end, put a bit of text in the Reply box and then hit "Post", but persistence pays off eventually.  If anyone has a better workaround do let us know.

Thanks for the advice on reviving threads. I managed to reclaim my build thread with your method.

 

I'm going to have a go at this too, I have to use google to search for them as the search on here never did work very well.  I might be needing them again soon, I've forgotten how to do half of the jobs I wrote guides on.


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Posted 16 March 2021 - 06:59 AM

 

 

There are still lots of great threads on here that haven't been revived properly after the great crash of '18.

 

The good news is that if you find one that only shows its first page, or keeps reloading, or claims to have -1 replies, you can usually revive the whole thread just by posting in it.   

 

I haven't quite perfected the technique for posting a "bump" into a thread that keeps reloading over and over.  You only have about a second to jump to the end, put a bit of text in the Reply box and then hit "Post", but persistence pays off eventually.  If anyone has a better workaround do let us know.

Thanks for the advice on reviving threads. I managed to reclaim my build thread with your method.

 

I'm going to have a go at this too, I have to use google to search for them as the search on here never did work very well.  I might be needing them again soon, I've forgotten how to do half of the jobs I wrote guides on.

 

It worked easily for me, I was surprised I thought it would take a lot more mucking about. Pretty happy about that as photobucket seemed to have lost a lot of my old photos which I'd posted to the build thread, now I can at least see them on the thread again.


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Posted 17 March 2021 - 11:25 AM

Forums are nearly all dead nowadays, aren't they? Even the ones that used to get massive traffic (Pistonheads) are decidedly slowing down and there's a near-total lack of new people signing up. 

 

I hate FB with a rabid passion, so don't post there, I often stick interesting cars I come across (and sometimes drive) on Instagram but life's too precious to be wasting time on pixels, isn't it?

 

My Mk1 MX5 is in new (safe) hands, I'm loving my Elise, I've published a few books and continue to write for a few magazines. Life goes on. 

 

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Posted 17 March 2021 - 07:12 PM

I reckon this thread in itself shows how things have changed. Longest discussion in a long time and only the blasts from the past have contributed!

Very difficult to grab an interest anymore and the ease of the quick post / insta fame thing sweeps all before it.
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