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Originally I intended to restore my P38 and use it at weekends as a toy.

However, after driving it around the farm and generally having fun with it, I'm leaning towards doing it up and using it daily.

I used it when I bought it for a few months as a daily and loved it, however she was a tad faulty back then lol.

Am I crazy?

I guess making a P38 reliable is the hard bit lol

H

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Mine's a daily and it does an unholy amount of miles for a 21-year-old vehicle. Not nearly as much as Gilbertd's though ;-)

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Mine's a daily - about 9000 miles p.a. on LPG
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Daily, in the region of 22,000 miles a year for the last 9 years. Get the LPG system sorted and you won't even worry about the cost of fuel.

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Daily? yes..probably. It depends on your routine. Put it this way, I think they're great for what they are but I wouldn't use one as an ambulance!
Buy two and drive them every other day :)
Then when you need to fix something you can learn it once and practice with preventative maint on the other one!

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Joined: Aug 19 2019
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Mines also a daily driver, though living across the Atlantic from the best parts sources, I need a good back up. It's probably my favorite vehicle to drive that the I've ever had (about 45 years of driving), both on and off road.

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Harv, if you spent 45 years driving an S2A then I'm not surprised you love the P38 so much :o)

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Quite true, though I've only been driving the 2A for 25 years, part of the time as my daily driver.

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Out of the six or so years I've owned it, it did a three year stint as daily. Never a problem.

Now she's back to a weekend toy/

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Mine has been pressed into daily service since I bought it two and a half years ago. Mines a diesel but I still love it.

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@Smiler Out of interest what's the story behind your mention of PPC mag? A long time ago a different mag (Iirc Car Mechanics mag) did a big feature on LPG and I gave them most of their tech info for a free plug lol.

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Have been using my P38 as a daily since September when no1 son passed his driving test and nicked the wife's car so she nicked mine. At the time I thought I was out of a job so thought I'd be fine not doing a lot of miles. Turns out I have kept working (for now) and am spending £100 week on petrol!!

I have loved using her as a daily (apart from the fuel costs - no LPG) but have now bought a cheap runabout to use as new daily. This means I can now take P38 off the road - MOT is due in December so need to get some stuff done. I was nervous of starting any pre-MOT work before having a backup - every time I've done work on her it always takes twice as long and something usually breaks ;-)

She is beginning to 'lose' coolant more markedly so think that at some point I'm going to need to invest some ££££ with Turner Engineering - as my long time 'retirement car' I will happily spend £5-7k when time and funds allow but that is some way off!