Finally got one
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Author:  bellett65 [ Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:05 pm ]
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Well the journey has started again. After a 2 year search I have finally got a 117 Coupe. I had been trying to buy one in Victoria, 14 kilometres from my place but never got any replies from text, voicemail or emails. I somehow stumbled on this one on Gum tree. I just kept it in the back of my mind. On going to the nationals at Mudgee I asked around about it from members that may have known it.
The feedback was quite good. Then I headed off on the rest of our journey, not forgetting it but to busy. By the time it had been on FleaBay twice, with I presume the same 28 bodies watching. I let it sit.
Then lo and behold I opened my Farcebook one day. Bingo, the owner had put a post on one of my Facebook friends. I now had a phone number. Showed Raena and was told call and make an offer. Which I duly did. It wasn't taken very well, it did at least get the conversation moving. I let it settle for an hour or so and then made another offer. After a bit of to and frowing a price was settled on. Once paid for I orginised transport, that was initially a bloody nightmare. The main players were over the top and had more rules than the ATO. I finally got a company called Car Transport Express to do a door to door job. Efficient reasonably priced and insured. Unlike the main players that didn't have insurance.
Once here and on a permit did a few test runs, cleaned it up sorted the front wheel bearing issue off for an RWC. Just before I got to the workshop it rained so I turned the wipers on. Whoops the drivers side looked like it was doing the chicken dance. Long and short of it is that it passed. even after one of the park lights blew.
So it is now on the club permit scheme and as of today I have 88 days left.
A lot has to be done to tidy up some of the "restoration" work.
I have to thank Sticky and Jim Grice for the help they have given me in getting the BIG parts down.
Just looking forward to getting out and about in it when ever I can.

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Author:  Glenn [ Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:13 am ]
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Fantastic, Peter

you can join us for the odd excursion now.

Fond of the 117's myself.
you got in before they run out of H plate digits which can't be too long now.

Author:  Farmer [ Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:03 pm ]
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Thats fantastic Peter, you need a classic in your life! I was told that Raena fell for them at the Nationals, so hoped it wouldn't be long until you found one. Looks great, and am I right that its a twin cam 5 speed?
Now I am extra keen for the next Nationals so I can check it out in the metal and drool a bit. I am quite a fan of the 117.
Thanks for showing,
Cheers, Matt.

Author:  gricey [ Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:18 pm ]
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and i got some parts. lol gricey

Author:  GerryBellettGT [ Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:33 am ]
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Think I've seen this great looking 117 in the metal,good comfortable ride in that one,no Bellett Back Pain ;) Gerry

Author:  Stickman [ Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:51 am ]
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GerryBellettGT wrote:
Think I've seen this great looking 117 in the metal,good comfortable ride in that one,no Bellett Back Pain ;) Gerry

Yeah you have....... was Ray Ferguson's

Got your "bigger parts" safely to Gricey's place but can't vouch for their safety now that they are there :lol: :lol:

Picked up a couple of cars while I was there myself :mrgreen:

Author:  Bellett_EST [ Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:13 pm ]
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This is a really good looking car.
Was LHD version also made?

This is something, I would really like to have some day.

Author:  dave [ Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:36 pm ]
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I don't think they were ever sold in LHD.

In fact, they seem to be fairly rare outside of Japan, although in Japan they are still pretty common from a collector car point of view!

Probably helps that they made heaps of them, especially once they started mass-producing them (early ones were hand-built). Strangely, they still seemed to be selling when when they were replaced by the Piazza in 1981.

I know of two in the USA, but both are right hand drive, ex-Japanese cars.

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