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post 3 May 2012, 10:58
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Well, post number 1 - here it is!

I'm Robert, I live in New Zealand with one fully roadworthy 1958 series II Isis (aka The Guzzler), a currently being restored series II 1956 Oxford and I've also got a fully roadworthy 1954 Cowley 1200 currently down in Christchurch.
Here is the Isis with my 'helpers' just after we washed it (I asked them to smile):
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I've also got a thread about the cars on the Wolseley Forum (in related BMC models):
http://www.wolseleyforum.com/index.php?showtopic=3004

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post 3 May 2012, 12:21
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Well i'll be post number 2 then

I'm Peter, I come from the sunny Channel Island of Guernsey, I own a currently non roadworthy 1957 series II Isis (aka Issi), I am currently restoring it along with a non roadworthy 1956 Wolseley 4/44.

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I'm Standing, Far left, this is a year old, at the time I was 16, I have now changed a little.

Heres the Isis

and the Wolseley

My Thread

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post 3 May 2012, 19:25
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It would be great if you can get the Isis roadworthy for when you get your driving license, I suspect few, if any other people in the World would have ever achieved the same. Certainly a first for a Donkey or a Crapaud even. (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)
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post 3 May 2012, 20:39
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Super videos Peter and great choice of backing music.

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post 4 May 2012, 11:44
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Thank you Nishka, I wasn't sure if they were a good choice or not..

I am hoping to get provisional licence soon, but that means I have to get cracking with the Isis for when i'm on the roads with a full Guernsey Licence. Its gonna be hard as when I leave college I am out working straight away, so its back to evenings and weekends to get her done.

Webmonster, I am truely jealous of your Guzzler, she is a beaut.
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post 5 May 2012, 17:14
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My fellow Isis enthusiasts tell me I should sign up and introduce myself, so here I am!

I am Howard Dent, resident of Oxford (home of Cowley Works, birthplace of the Isis) in the UK. I have been an Isis owner for many years, my first being acquired in 1985 - and now I can count over 20 separate ones passing through my hands, sad aren't I?

Anyway, I currently have around 6 or 7 examples in various states of disrepair - and sheds of old parts, much to my wife's disgust (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/angry.gif) (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

If anyone is interested I can supply pics of quite a few, but for the moment here is the Series I I have just used to participate in a re-run of the 50's Mobilgas Economy Runs (23.7 mpg (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wub.gif) )

In the meantime, I fully applaud the Wolseley Forum (and it's members of course) for giving us poor Isis chaps a place to play!

Best regards, Howard

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post 5 May 2012, 20:36
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Welcome aboard Howard, and what a lovely Isis in a lovely setting..... 6 or 7? Would that collectively be a crisis? (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) More pictures are always welcome.

For us non Isis owners..... what is the difference between the two shapes etc?
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post 5 May 2012, 21:11
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Just played the video again, my brother has asked me if I had noticed the boat in the background. I owned one exactly the same make and colour in the 1970's, a Seaworker 22, mine was built by W L Bussell & Co of Weymouth. Happy days fishing and cruising the C I's and the adjacent French ports.
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post 5 May 2012, 21:38
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That aimed at me?
the boats would be my neighbours boat, he buys, does up and sells boats, can get rather annoying at times when your wanting a quiet evening in and then theres a noisey tractor turns up.

I love boats, but don't know much about them, all I know are the basics, ie Rib, Power, Sail, Yacht etc.

Your an old Seadog then? (fisherman)


WELCOME ABOARD HOWARD

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Great to have you aboard Howard.

Superb pictures. Did I read you have more? (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

Please post them when you can.

Thanks for your compliments. You are all more than welcome.

Nishka and Mrs Nishka
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QUOTE (Peter Torode @ 5 May 2012, 22:38 ) *
That aimed at me?
the boats would be my neighbours boat, he buys, does up and sells boats, can get rather annoying at times when your wanting a quiet evening in and then theres a noisey tractor turns up.

I love boats, but don't know much about them, all I know are the basics, ie Rib, Power, Sail, Yacht etc.

Your an old Seadog then? (fisherman)


WELCOME ABOARD HOWARD


I used to do a lot of fishing, nowadays I prefer a little more comfort. Last time I was in GY it was on what you see below, the surroundings should look familiar. It costs a lot less to refuel it from a road tanker in St Sampsons than it does in JY where that option is not available.
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post 6 May 2012, 10:15
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QUOTE (Howard Dent @ 6 May 2012, 05:14 ) *
If anyone is interested I can supply pics of quite a few, but for the moment here is the Series I I have just used to participate in a re-run of the 50's Mobilgas Economy Runs (23.7 mpg (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wub.gif) )

I would have thought that your overdrive would've made this figure better (unless you mis-typed 27.3... then I'd be most impressed (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) )
Yes, go on - post some pics of the other ones when you get a chance.
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In the meantime, I fully applaud the Wolseley Forum (and it's members of course) for giving us poor Isis chaps a place to play!

Yes, thankyou Nishka and everyone for being so accomodating (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post 6 May 2012, 10:33
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QUOTE (Peter Torode @ 4 May 2012, 23:44 ) *
I am hoping to get provisional licence soon, but that means I have to get cracking with the Isis for when i'm on the roads with a full Guernsey Licence. Its gonna be hard as when I leave college I am out working straight away, so its back to evenings and weekends to get her done.

Have you got a job lined up for when you leave? Good on you if you have (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
Bits of weekends only for me (if I am lucky), so it is only the holidays that I can really get cracking on any of my cars.
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Webmonster, I am truely jealous of your Guzzler, she is a beaut.

Thanks, Peter - I'm pretty chuffed with it.
Looking back, I have been exceptionally lucky to acquire cars with very little rust. You have some welding to rid your Isis of rust and I was thinking about this the other day.
Instead of going first for the tricky curves behind the front guards how about somewhere flat first? e.g. bottom panel of the rear wings?

I came close to buying a grey series II Isis that a lady used to drive around Christchurch, but I heard it was very rough for the money she was asking for it. Unfortunately for her she lived across the road from a wheeling & dealing Vintage car 'expert' who told her it was worth $3000, so that is what she asked for it. I never saw the car due to the price and that I heard the engine and gearbox were poorly, there were holes in the floorpan and some other rust.
I am not sure what she sold it for in the end, or to whom. Hope it didn't get scrapped.

My one came from Darfield, a farming town close to Christchurch. It had suffered some damage to two doors from some farm machinery, kids trying to break in and evidence of some fast driving over rough roads on its underside... but no rust!
There is a little bit of rust now sprouting up on the rear end of the LH sill, just in front of the wheelarch - a typical place where they rust.

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post 6 May 2012, 15:19
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QUOTE (webmonster @ 6 May 2012, 11:15 ) *
I would have thought that your overdrive would've made this figure better (unless you mis-typed 27.3... then I'd be most impressed (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) )
Yes, go on - post some pics of the other ones when you get a chance.


Ah yes, I do have overdrive - but the Cotswolds are rather hilly, and I spent much time in 2nd or 3rd gear!

Anyway - to pictures (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

The first is an old favourite - it was restored by a good friend of mine who has sadly since departed this life, then owned by another friend, then my brother, but has now come back to me. It has featured in quite a few mags over the years, plus was once owned by Morris Motors themselves - hence the Oxford registration suffix (JO). It waits in the queue for a repaint as the original Swiss Grey bottom half has been refinished in Birch Grey at some point - I have pics somewhere of it as it was, must find!

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The second is a bit of a project - I am currently engaged in converting it into a classic trials car, well not really, but I would like to complete the Lands End Trial and I have this rather scruffy specimen. It was written off in a crash on Putney High Street (London) in the 1970s having already spent some time off the road, but it has had only one driving owner and has 32,000 miles on the clock. I have a Wolseley 6/90 engine to put in, and I have rebuilt a centre floor change Austin A90 overdrive gearbox for it, so we'll see!

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That'll do for the moment, but I will address the question about variants on my next visit - promise.

Howard.

PS Yes, collective noun for Isis is indeed Crisis - that was told to me by an ex-employee of Morris Motors - although I rather like Eyesore (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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post 6 May 2012, 17:34
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FlyingW - I seem to vaguely recognise that boat, you should let me know when your next over here and we could meet up etc.

Webmonster - I do have a job lined up, I will be working for/with my dad cleaning windows. this is the family website

Howard, very interesting, please share more when you can.
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Superb pictures with some interesting history Howard. Many thanks for this. (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

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I have a Wolseley 6/90 engine to put in, and I have rebuilt a centre floor change Austin A90 overdrive gearbox for it, so we'll see!

Did the centre floor change bits come from an Austin Healey?
What sort of power output do you think the engine will make?

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Webmonster - I do have a job lined up, I will be working for/with my dad cleaning windows.

Glad to hear this - nothing worse than leaving school and having nowhere to go!
Maybe the Isis can be restored and have some company signage on it - claim some running costs as business expenses (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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QUOTE (webmonster @ 3 May 2012, 11:58 ) *
Well, post number 1 - here it is!

I'm Robert, I live in New Zealand with one fully roadworthy 1958 series II Isis (aka The Guzzler), a currently being restored series II 1956 Oxford and I've also got a fully roadworthy 1954 Cowley 1200 currently down in Christchurch.
Here is the Isis with my 'helpers' just after we washed it (I asked them to smile):
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I've also got a thread about the cars on the Wolseley Forum (in related BMC models).


Nice looking example. I rather quite like the Turqoiuse over Swiss Grey scheme.

I'm even more partial to the Birch Grey over Red examples, but I think there is only one of these left still registered and licensed in the UK.

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QUOTE (Howard Dent @ 6 May 2012, 16:19 ) *
Ah yes, I do have overdrive - but the Cotswolds are rather hilly, and I spent much time in 2nd or 3rd gear!

Anyway - to pictures (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

The first is an old favourite - it was restored by a good friend of mine who has sadly since departed this life, then owned by another friend, then my brother, but has now come back to me. It has featured in quite a few mags over the years, plus was once owned by Morris Motors themselves - hence the Oxford registration suffix (JO). It waits in the queue for a repaint as the original Swiss Grey bottom half has been refinished in Birch Grey at some point - I have pics somewhere of it as it was, must find!

Attached File  18042007777_lr.jpg ( 56.09K ) Number of downloads: 3



The second is a bit of a project - I am currently engaged in converting it into a classic trials car, well not really, but I would like to complete the Lands End Trial and I have this rather scruffy specimen. It was written off in a crash on Putney High Street (London) in the 1970s having already spent some time off the road, but it has had only one driving owner and has 32,000 miles on the clock. I have a Wolseley 6/90 engine to put in, and I have rebuilt a centre floor change Austin A90 overdrive gearbox for it, so we'll see!

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That'll do for the moment, but I will address the question about variants on my next visit - promise.

Howard.

PS Yes, collective noun for Isis is indeed Crisis - that was told to me by an ex-employee of Morris Motors - although I rather like Eyesore (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)


Hi Howard

Nice to see you on here!

How's the Ferrari?

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QUOTE (GodalmingYellow @ 11 May 2012, 04:57 ) *
Nice looking example. I rather quite like the Turqoiuse over Swiss Grey scheme.

Thanks (IMG:http://www.wolseleyforum.com/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
I'll confess to being heavily influenced by a photo of Mick Venn's Isis in a classic car mag article.
Originally the Guzzler looked like this:
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I think a duo-tone colour scheme works really well on a series II Isis (with the chrome flash).
The top colour is a Leyland P76 colour (green tinge to the blue) and the bottom is a sort of Ivory colour. I don't know exactly, and the painter is somewhere in Christchurch... I know not where...
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I'm even more partial to the Birch Grey over Red examples, but I think there is only one of these left still registered and licensed in the UK.

It would be nice to have a photo of it.
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