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Highjacked Upper Middle Petrol Head:
Celebrating Penang's Classic Car Culture.


Look at this little beauty. A celebration of the Malaysian car industry from the early 90's. On 15 August 1992, the Proton Saga Iswara was launched (to the dismay of the world). It shares the older Mitsubishi platform used in the original Proton Saga, but its exterior and interior styling are unique to Proton (as it started to rust when leaving the factory). The Saga Iswara was widely used as taxicabs in Malaysia during the 1990s and 2000s, and many continue in service (doubtful). On 21 May 1993 the Proton Wira was introduced, a car which was better equipped and larger than the Saga and Saga Iswara (still rubbish). The Wira is based on the fourth-generation 1991 Mitsubishi Lancer (god help us) and was sold in a four-door saloon guise at launch. The Proton Wira Aeroback, a five-door hatchback variant featuring a Proton-designed rear-end, joined the range in 1994. The Wira saloon and hatchback shared…

Readers' Photos # 14: Mustang from Over The Ditch

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This lovely Mustang was spotted by UMPH correspondents Matt and Marita during a recent trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud.  It's a leftie, so, like so many Mustangs seen here in Oz, it's almost certainly been imported to NZ from the US.  Nice!



Do you have car photos you'd like to share with UMPH readers?  If so, please feel free to email them to alastair.watson1463@gmail.com.




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Final Touches: The Dashboard Doctor Challenge, Part II

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The Dash Board Doctor has acquitted himself very well so far ...
by doing nothing!
Well, that's not actually true ... .
He took the time to phone, explain that the dash pad that had been sent wasn't quite up to scratch (cracks aren't a problem but shrinkage and warping is) and warn that, given its sad condition (it is warped and it has shrunk), the final result may not be as good as had been expected.
It was agreed that a halt-work was in order.
The doctor clearly cares about his work!
Fortunately there was a Plan B involving a secret cache of Galant parts hidden away where only the true cognoscenti might know where to look.
However, the dash pad from that treasure trove also presented a few problems ... .
It might be fine as a boomerang but it's not quite the crowning glory of Galantdom it was intended to be!





The Dash Board Doctor suggested that the application of heat might put some float in its boat. 

The attached images show the second dash pad as it was when it was retrieve…

Random # 145: E-Type Jaguar

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Is it humanly possible to ever, ever get tired of looking at E-Type Jags?  Of course not!  Enjoy!!
















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(uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com.au.)
All iPhone images.

Random # 144: VC Valiant 'Wayfarer' Ute

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If Roy Orbison ever drove a ute, it would have been this one:  the Valiant Wayfarer.  



This particular example, photographed in North Hobart, was magnificent!


Every aspect of the vehicle - its duco, chrome, badging, interior and accessories - was first rate.


Its whole look was nicely finished of with some apparently standard wheels, shod with contemporary radials, featuring red centres and neat chrome outer rings.













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(uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com.au.)

All iPhone images.


Final Touches: The Dashboard Doctor Challenge

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The Galant resto is almost done, with only a respray for the bonnet, roof and boot, and the dash-pad refurb remaining on the to-do list.  Enter, the Dashboard Doctor (http://dashboarddoctor.com.au)!  

Above and below are the 'before' photos, showing a couple of major cracks and a few minor ones, too.  Stay tuned for the 'after' shots which will hopefully show the facia-fixing motoring medico's work at its best.  There will also be an unbiased - meaning unsolicited and unpaid - report on the quality and cost of the job.









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(uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com.au.)
All iPhone images.

Readers' Photos # 13: Another Suzuki Mighty Boy

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Who'd have thought it?  Not one but two examples of the Prince of Utes, the Suzuki Mighty Boy(please also see: https://uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com.au/search?q=mighty+boy).  Thanks to the TasranianConnection for this pic.




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(uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com.au)
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