About HubNut

HubNut (previously ClassicHub) is where motoring writer Ian Seabrook talks in detail about cars and motoring issues. You’ll find detailed road tests, opinion pieces and Ian’s experiences with older and newer vehicles. There are even videos on his YouTube channel. Videos often of dreadful cars.

Ian Seabrook edits Retro Japanese and Classic Jaguar magazines and his writing work has been published in Practical Classics, Classic Car Weekly, Classic Car Mart, Classic Car Buyer, MG Enthusiast, Triumph World, 4×4 Magazine, Classics Monthly, Car Mechanics and Classic and Sports Car. That somehow isn’t enough and so he occasionally feels the need to refer to himself in third person.

Checking Elly over after a very hard climb in Switzerland.

Checking Elly over after a very hard climb in Switzerland.

Ian owns a 1986 Citroën 2CV called Elly and other cars come and go on a regular basis. He has previously owned cars including a 1955 Austin A90 Westminster, a 1967 Bond Equipe GT4s with a Vitesse engine that he saved from the scrappage scheme (which cost him a lot of money), a 1970 Rover 3500 P6B in gorgeous Tobacco Leaf, a 1986 Austin Maestro 1.3L that proved utterly dull, a Citroën H van that he drove to Sweden and then sold because his hearing had been ruined, a poo brown Vanden Plas Princess of the Allegro shape that he failed to make roadworthy (more due to his life being to busy at the time rather than any failing of this clearly brilliant car) and an Alfa Romeo 164 V6 that still makes him teary when he recalls the wondrous exhaust note. Ahhhhh…

Please feel free to leave comments and if you’d like to Donate to the dreadful heap fund, that’d be grand! Happy reading!

 

10 thoughts on “About HubNut

  1. Hi Ian, Just came across your interesting blog after searching for Daihatsu Sirion info on the larger net – in particular to do with dodgy fuel filler pipes.

    To cut to the chase my parents in their late 60s early 70s have had their T reg Sirion 3 cylinder auto for over 10 years now and love it to bits. Sadly having spent a few quid on welding at the last MOT they’ve been advised the fuel filler pipe’s on its way out too.

    They’re loathed to get rid of it as it owes them nothing and suits their needs perfectly. But with Daihatsu pulling out of the UK the nearest sourceable pipe is coming in at £150 plus vat (ouch)!

    Then I read your comments re PANDA motors and it seemed interesting to say the least.

    Funny thing is, my ma and pa will be near Swansea in the near future for a weeks holiday, so I wondered if you could elaborate on what happened with you e.g. did you just ring and ask for parts or was it the service department you spoke with?
    Did they seem to know about a pre-existing issue (I can’t find a recall note on the VOSA website to this effect).
    Did you get a name for the person you dealt with etc etc?

    Any info will be greatly received before I give them a bell as who knows, they might be able to help my mom and dad too (even if it were just shaving a few quid off the part price).

    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work – I think I’ll be visiting your blog regularly as we seem to share a passion for bangers :o)

    All the best

    Geoff

    • Hi Geoff. I just spoke to the folk in the parts department, though it’s worth asking if they can replace it under Recall. I just asked for a quote for a new pipe but they found the recall notice. Sad to say that rot finally got the better of mine – rear arches, sills and chassis rails at the rear.

      • Hi Ian, thanks for the speedy reply. I’ll give them a call later then and say a friend had a similar issue and they got it fixed under recall :o)

        I bet you were sad to see her go! My mom and dad keep drip feeding money on theirs, but I think when it gets to the £500 mark, it will be farewell. Sad, as it’s only done 60k and it being a merc engine and all that, it should do double that at least.

        I’ll let you know how I get on.

        Cheers

        Geoff

  2. Hi Ian, further to our Sirion chat above, just to let you know my mom and dad got their fuel filler pipe changed for free under the recall you mentioned!
    Many thanks for your info re this as if it weren’t for you and the helpful folk at Panda motors, they’d be in the region of £300 plus vat out of pocket by now and that’s a lot of money to them (and most people I’d suspect).

    Power of the post eh?!

    One final thing, if you’re flogging the Rover and you’ve got new Uniroyal Rainsport’s on there – given the amount of cars you appear to get through, I’d think about taking them off and replacing them with some bargain basement one’s. I’m on my second set of RS2s having had my Mk 1 Leon FR tdi from new and having tried all the premium brands I can tell you they are far and away, the best combo of grip and wear when considering the predominantly damp weather we endure here in the UK. Incredible tyres.

    I could waffle on about them for half an hour but will spare you the pain!

    Many thanks again

    Geoff

    • I paid £1700 and sold it for about the same I think. That was a few years ago – values have risen a bit since then annoyingly, but they’re still great value. SE6 is a bit cheaper.

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