Saturday, February 22, 2014

Will the last Falcon be iconic?

Way back in February 2011, I posted a picture from Ford Forums where guys were toying with ideas about the then coming FGMKII Falcon.

This is one that I liked and posted it on 17 February 2011:

Computer Gen Ford Forums 2011

Wheels magazine, just released, show their version of the final Falcon - XR8 in this case - on the front cover as this:

Wheels Mag Feb 2014 (marketed as March 2014)

I dunno about you but the first one looks better to me.  I guess Ford wanted that 'corporate grill thingy'

Oh, and they say there will not be much change to the interior.  This will be a monumental fail.  The interior is still the same basic design from the 2002 BA Falcon - 12 bloody years and no real interior update.  this is a critical mistake given that Holden has substantially upgraded their interior.

BA Falcon 2002.....

2002 BA Falcon interior

FGMKII Falcon 2014.......

FGMKII Interior

I had a look at the Commodore the other day and I was blown away by the styling of the interior.  I asked the salesman if this was the Calais, he said no, it was the base model!

Holden VF Calais Interior

I think Ford are taking the easy way out and are not spending the required $$$$$ on the FINAL FORD FALCON.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What to do when it's hot?

There's a heatwave on at the moment - well it is summer.

Forty degrees in Tumut so we decided to go for a drive where it would be cooler - Cabramurra - Australia's highest town.  It was 110kms away.

We did a round trip Tumut - Cabramurra - Tumbarumba- Tumut

The magic 40 on the Ford
Brumbies just off the Snowy Mountains Highway

The coffee machine at the cafe was on the blink

Sat Nav 1499 metres

Looking north to Talbingo Mountain

All houses are the same!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I have a new (second hand) car. Guess which make?

It's been a while since I had a change of cars, so I bin searching the internet for a replacement for the XR6 which I sold to a young bloke.  Boy was he pleased.

I created a short list of possible replacements.....

Ford BF Fairlane (Last of the Fairlanes)

VE Statesman/Caprice

Ford Fairlane TL50

Statesman LS8

Ford BFII Fairmont Ghia

First, delete the Holdens - I'm a Ford guy after all.

Next was the TL50 Fairlane, these were produced in very few numbers and blokes that owned them wanted ridiculous prices for them.

The BF Fairlane and Fairmont Ghia are essentially the same car except the Fairlane has a longer wheelbase.  The bigger car may be difficult to park sometimes so it was deleted.

I really liked the black Ghia, but again blokes wanted ridiculous prices for the black ones.

I rang a guy who had a silver Ghia for sale with average kilometres. He was at Castle Hill in Sydney.  The day before I was due to go and see it, he sent me a text message saying that he had sold the car.  I rang him up and he said, among other things, that the other guy was to pay him the next day.  I hope the bastard didn't turn up!  But I didn't tell him that.


I then looked again on Carsales and I saw a maroon Ghia located at Murraumbateman which I initially thought was down near Batemans Bay, so I hadn't made any enquiries about it.  I then realised that Murrumbateman is near Yass, so I gave him a call and we had a great chat.  The guy had owned the car since new (2007), so Paula and I cruised on down in the ute.

Having bought and sold a lot of cars I have developed a certain ritual.  First, you need to ring the guy and suss him out.  If he sounds like a car guy then you progress to the next step of finding all about the car and then arrange a go look and see. Be wary of non car guys who are liable to tell you anything.

Never mention price during early negotiations!

You see, a car guy wants his pride and joy to go to a good home.  So you use this to your advantage.  So you must establish a rapport with the seller.

When inspecting the car, never criticise it.  There is no need to point out problems, because if you ask him if there are any issues a car guy will tell you honestly what is wrong.  

Next take the car for a test drive, and at the end of it tell him what a nice car it is and that you want to buy it.

The next step is the critical part.  Even though you know the advertised price, ask him what he wants for it.  Most times, because he realises you are a car guy and you like his car, he will drop the price because he wants it to go to a good home.  You then make an offer and settle on something in between, being careful not to insult him with a stupidly low offer. 

The deal is done and you both come away from it feeling good about it.

However I didn't follow my own advice this time.

This is the car I bought...

The guy on the right advertised the car for $12,200.

So how did the transaction go?

Well when I drove up to his place I saw that the car was in immaculate condition.   I walked up to him, shook his hand and offered him $11,000.  Within 30 seconds were had agreed on a price of $11,500.

It is immaculate.

Unfortunately the ute is being neglected.  It now stays in the carport.  The poor thing.  I'm going to have to take her for a burl soon.

The name of the colour is Seduce.

Friday, October 25, 2013

There's no need to feel guilty anymore!

SATURATED fats in foods like butter, cheese and red meat don't cause heart disease and may be good for you, a British cardiologist says.
Decades of medical advice urging people to fight heart disease by cutting out fatty foods is wrong, says British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who has set out to "bust the myth of the role of saturated fat in heart disease."
Unprocessed fatty foods like butter and eggs have been "demonised" since the 1970s, but there is no scientific link showing they cause heart disease, he writes in the British Medical Journal.
Instead, they are actually good for you, and eating a high fat, low carbohydrate died has been show as the best way to lose weight, he says.
There has been too much emphasis on fatty foods and not enough attention paid to cutting out sugar, which is the real culprit when it comes to heart disease and weight gain, writes Dr Malhotra, who is a specialist at Croydon University Hospital.
"From the analysis of the independent evidence that I have done, saturated fat from non-processed food is not harmful and probably benefitical,” Dr Malhotra told theIndependent UK.
"Butter, cheese, yoghurt and eggs are generally healthy and not detrimental.
butter and bread
Unprocessed fats like butter, eggs and cheese may actually be good for you.
"The food industry has profited from the low-fat mantra for decades because foods that are marketed as low-fat are often loaded with sugar. We are now learning that added sugar in food is driving the obesity epidemic and the rise in diabetes and cardiovascular disease."
Dr Malhotra also disputes the idea that high cholesterol is linked to heart attacks, citing a recent study that showed 75 per cent of heart attack patients have normal cholesterol levels. Millions of people around the world take statins to cut cholesterol levels.
He also points out rising levels of obesity despite decades of medical advice advising people to stick to a low-fat diet.
However, he doesn't recommend going on an all-bacon diet anytime soon. Following the Mediterranean diet, which is high in nuts, olive oils, fish, fruits and unprocessed foods, is best for heart health, he told the BBC.
"I think we have to have a balance here. The ultimate message is eat real food. Avoid processed food because processed food is potentially harmful. We know that there are products that are loaded with sugar that are promoted as low fat."
Dr Malhotra says Sweden is the first Western country to change their dietary guidelines to discard the low-fat advice.
"Just to back up the evidence base, Sweden only four days ago became the first western country to change their nutritional guidelines on the review of 16,000 studies saying that a low carbohydrate diet, one that is higher in fat, is actually healthier for weight loss and improving cholesterol profile. So this isn’t just anecdote, this isn't opinion," Dr Malhotra told the BBC.

Kae spotted it first!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

What's 48 years? Just a snap in time really.

Only one has died (Peter Rourke) and I have kept in touch with all guys except two.

Me and Them

I can't help it if my brothers are UGLY

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Impersonating a Vietnam veteran - Guilty

An elderly Queenslander who pretended to be a Vietnam veteran on Anzac Day needs psychological treatment, a magistrate says.

John Anthony Hines, 69, was found guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday of falsely representing a returned serviceman during an Anzac Day march in Brisbane last year.
The Gold Coast man, who was also found guilty of improperly wearing service decorations, was fined $500 and placed on probation.
The man told police he was part of a "deep cover" clandestine unit in Vietnam, however, records showed he only served in the Citizen Military Forces, the equivalent of the Army Reserve, and there was no record of him receiving medals.
In sentencing Hines, Chief Magistrate Brendan Butler said the maximum penalty for the offence had been increased in 2003 to a $3300 fine and/or six months imprisonment.
He said Hines' offence was serious, but his elaborate story and his lack of remorse indicated there were psychological issues that needed treatment.
He placed him on 12-months' probation and a two-year good behaviour bond.
"The sacrifices of those who have served, men and women who have given of their lives ... in the defence of our nation's values is held in the highest respect by the Australian people," Mr Butler said.
"To falsely claim that distinction is of the highest disrespect to those who have served and it strikes at what we hold dear as Australian people.”

Monday, August 5, 2013

War veteran claims duty was 'deep cover'

A MAN charged with falsely representing himself as a returned serviceman in an Anzac Day march claimed he was part of a deep cover, clandestine unit in Vietnam, a court has heard.
John Hines gave a detailed account to police over seven hours of how he undertook surveillance of Australian and American troops in Vietnam, Brisbane Magistrates Court heard.
Hines claimed to have been recruited into the clandestine unit by Victoria Cross recipient Warrant Officer Ray Simpson, who was associated with a Special Forces unit.
John Anthony Hines has pleaded not guilty to a charge of falsely representing himself as a returned serviceman on April 25, 2012 and a charge of improper use of service decorations.
The medals he allegedly wore were Vietnam Campaign medals, Australian Active Service Medal, Australian Service Medals, Individual Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Infantry Combat badge.
The charge says Hines was not the person on whom the service decorations were conferred.
Cross-examination of investigating officer Detective Sergeant Kenneth Farmer by lawyer Chris Nyst revealed Hines said he had been awarded medals in seven private ceremonies.
The court heard Hines told police he became a Commando in the early 1960s and in 1966 he was recruited into a clandestine unit and called to duty about two weeks at a time.
Det Sgt Farmer confirmed that Hines said he did seven tours of duty in the clandestine unit in Vietnam and also served in other countries, including Zimbabwe.
He agreed that Hines told police how he was parachuted into areas in Vietnam to do surveillance.
Hines claimed to have been seriously wounded several times and showed police some scars, the court heard.
He also told police he was a NSW police officer for eight years, from 1967 to 1975.
Michael Gallagher of Central Army Records in Victoria told the court that Hines' military records showed he enlisted in Citizen Military Forces in NSW in 1963.
The court was told the CMF was the equivalent of today's Army Reserve.
Mr Gallagher told the court that Hines later transferred to One Royal NSW Regiment Commando, but it was still in CMF and it was not a Special Forces unit.
He said records showed Hines qualified for a Green Beret within his commando unit, after doing courses.
Mr Gallagher said the records showed Hines was discharged from the Army at his own request, on March 14, 1967.
He said there was nothing in the records to show Hines was awarded any medals.
Mr Gallagher said in 2007 Hines requested and was sent a copy of his service record.
Mr Hines did not give evidence or call any witnesses. Chief Magistrate Brendan Butler will deliver his verdict on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

2015 Mustang to Australia!

Well the basic Mustang sells for about $US22,000.

I don't think it will be that cheap here as it sells alongside the Falcon before it ceases production.

The Mustang will come with 6 cylinder, V8, V8 supercharged; and oh a 4 cylinder engine!

Friday, July 26, 2013

The XR6 is sold!

Sold to an ugly young bloke called Gavin.

Hines Bros

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Rig Survives the Snowy Mountains

How would you like to be sleeping in this van with the snow on the outside?  It's gotta be better then a tent!

Snow on the van - the vent is for the fridge!

Jindabyne showing the rig with the lake and snow covered hills in the background.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Remember Me at the Australian War Memorial

Paula and I went to the AWM and had a look at the WWI photos of Australians taken at Vignacourt in France. I was really interested to see the guy with a bloody big smirk on his face.

Unfortunately the names were never recorded.

This is the actual trunk that contained the photographic plates

I wonder if they called the dog 'Fifi?'

The three stripes on his right arm refer to the years served and the one on his left arm refer to how many times he was wounded.

Same bloke.  This is a very popular picture.  I think he was the only one who had clean boots

His finger is actually on the trigger.  these can't be Australians, surely.

Paula is standing in front of the actual backdrop that was used in many of the portraits.

Paula is placing a poppy against Henry Waddups, her great uncle who served with the 36Bn.  He was KIA and he is buried in France.

The bloke with the smirk!