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19-03-2008, 10:13 PM
So then,
We have quite a few members on here now.

What do you all do for a living?
What are your jobs?
And, do you enjoy it?

19-03-2008, 11:34 PM
Ok first dibs for me
I am retired, did that at 44 over 9 years ago. Yes I do enjoy it wouldn't you.
I also run a local cub scout pack, have done that since 91.
I run a very successful BG registered gymnastics club, we started this in 2000 and have replaced most of our big equipment with 15,000 of funding in 2006.
Also Vice chair of Community Association who run a sports and community centre, this is self funding and has 320,000 of funding to build an extension.
Pay no thanks I do it all for free, my bit for society but I think I am in a minority.

P.S. bit of work on a Nova as well. :clapping:

19-03-2008, 11:49 PM
I'm 50 years old and a Novaholic :(

Like Rick, I am a signmaker and run my own business.

I really do enjoy my work. It is creative and highly satisfying. I've been doing this for 12 years now since quitting my job as a technical manager in a brewery. I got fed up with all the corporate bullshit and am much happier now running my own business.

20-03-2008, 02:13 AM
Damn Jim....I'm jealous! I'm there now, and will probably be working until I drop...*sigh* :annoyed: Oh well...I keep telling the wife that she's not keeping me in the lifestyle I wish to be accustomed to :rofl: !

20-03-2008, 08:44 AM
I'm 43 and like Phill I'm also a Novahollic (I've had two, with a 20 year break in between)

I've had a varied 'career' having been more or less in order: a woodburning stove installer/chimney liner, a foundry pattern maker, welder, lathe machinist, builder/chippy, furniture maker, foreman of a timber framed house building company (in Greece :) ) general keeping the place running person for an adventure park, IT man for an electronics company. Then took time out to do a proper Mechanical Engineering degree (which I should have done after leaving school :whistling: ) (and it gives me the letters after the name/bit of paper that back up some of the decisions that have been down to me in jobs over the years....) Since finishing that, I've married Liz :) , run a B&B with her, restore classic tractors, keep chickens and ducks AND then there's the Nova!

Sorry that went on a bit! :zipped:

20-03-2008, 10:56 AM
Almost 47 a mechanic by trade, 13 years RAAF including tour as a peace keeper in Sinia and left a SNCO, a few years with the Motor Trade Association and teaching the trade, before taking a new direction in OSH and now the Safety, Health and Environment Manager for the largest brick manufacturer on a single site in the World. (see guiness book of records) Been in a SHE role for 12 years construction, mining, oil & gas and of course now manufacturing. Google me if you like Kym Cramer.

Hate my job, but apparently reasonable at it and it pays the bills.

Other interests. Cars, cars and cars, Live steam model locomotives, Radio controlled anything and I have a helicopter, several planes including a Pits Special, a Mustang, several cars, I also enjoy tinkering with computers as in the hardware side.

20-03-2008, 02:29 PM
I am currently 34, will be 35 in April. I am a California native but did a small stint in Indiana as a kid. I have a AAS in Computer Technology, which really isn't much. I have worked for Wells Fargo as Online Banking Technical Support, IKON Office Solutions as a Help Desk and Desktop tech., I worked for Clorox for 5 years in various IT positions. Currently I work for Dreyer's/Edy's Grand Ice Cream. I've been here almost a year and love it. I get all the ice cream I can eat and all the soda, juice, coffee and tea I can drink. To help keep the weight off I train in Martial Arts. I already have a Black Belt in Kempo Karate but currently train in Wing Tsun (pronounced Chun). I have been married for almost 8 years and it is solely due to her that I own and can work on the Sterling. :thumbup:

20-03-2008, 04:59 PM
I suppose I'd better join in too!
I'm a mechanic by trade, and I do a bit of web design and computer techy stuff on the side.

Oh, and I'm the owner of the Euro-Nova domain name :)

All quite boring really, except for the part about Euro-Nova :laugh:

20-03-2008, 07:56 PM
I am 25, married and pretend to be a mechanic/car builder. I am a network admin/manager for a non-profit law firm which pays the bills. I have modified and worked on cars since I was 18 and been learning ever since. I do think this might be the biggest project I get myself into.

20-03-2008, 08:45 PM
MicksRedNova is aged :cry: and is an Engineering Manager.

I started out as a laboratory technician at Westminster Hospital in London but decided technology was my interest so became an electronics engineer specialising in airfield navigation, gradually moved into communications, IT and the like. Currently working for a large consortium delivering defence IT systems in UK and overseas. Don't get my hands dirty anymore except during my hobbies.

Always been interested in engine powered mechanical things but the Nova is by far my biggest project to date. Fortunately the Nova schedule can accomodate some slip as work keeps getting in the way.


20-03-2008, 09:23 PM
Novanigel age 45
I work in the telecoms satellite manufacturing industry and I have inspected & touched (with gloved hands) items that are now in orbit and allowing mobile phones and video links to work. My love of SCI FI has drawn me to this work and I really do enjoy it. I have owned various aircooled VW`s over the years and then I found a Nova in my neighbours back garden :groupwave: and after some negotiations it was mine. :clapping:

Big Birds Car
20-03-2008, 09:43 PM
Started out as a trained chef, got bored as was always working when my mates were enjoying themselves. Spent three years fulltime at college doing an autotechnicians and management course, eventually had my own (small) garage, got bored again as was always working on cars but not doing what I loved which was customs and hot rods so joined a building company (another 5 years day release at college) became a quantity surveyor. Eventually went selfemployed and after more years than I can remember I am now a building services surveyor and CAD draughtsman. (not happy with work and am VERY bored but need money to keep the family in cars).
Major project now is building our own house (proper selfbuild doing all the works ourselves), rebuilding the Quantum that the eldest one rolled, occassionally getting time to work on the Nova, but have a load of other car projects as well (one day they may get done).
Getting on in years but still as stupid as when I started driving. (infact this evening, just showed a saxo driver what 454ci can do when you stomp on the loud pedal :laugh: sorry officer my foot slipped again :laugh: , well the tyres are due for change soon anyway). Married for 28 years and have four kids and a bloody great dog, a ferret and a cat

20-03-2008, 10:22 PM
me? aged 32, work for virgin mobile, got dagree in electronic servicing have a garage with my friend doing engine transplants (things like putting 2.0L turbo engines in rover convertables, vauxhall novas, astras, pug 205's (mi 16v tight fit!) 306 convertable, also was importing mitsubishi evos from japan and repairing them (just finished a evo 9 that was the same shape as a 206 when we got it, but now its straight) and passed sva now is getting rally preped! but this is last one we are importing. spare time (if i have any) i do the nova :clapping: go to gym play football on tuesdays, go to gymnastics to do parkour on wednesdays (love doing this and would not give it up for the world! or when i broke my ankle).
thats me done!! :cheers:

20-03-2008, 11:19 PM
Realised i had missed off my previous work and life history, well here goes.
started out with ICI and heavy fitting.
got taken over and I moved dept to make sodium bi carbonate.
Moved dept again to the power station, this is where i became office based and was Planning Engineer over the weekly to 5 yearly engineering planning. retired due to ill health ( spine op )
28 years at same place of work.
Married 32 years, 3 kids, 2 at home with their partners.
2 cats, 2 Russian hamsters, 1 rabbit, 2 gerbils, 2 indoor aquariums and a pond with a rather wicked 24" sturgeon.

20-03-2008, 11:34 PM
Hi all
i am 31 years old and am living with my partner May been together for 16 years. no kids only pets welcome lol. :oops2: started work in a pet superstore. trained / worked as a pro falconer at landfill sites / airports in u.k now self employed as akita dog breeder and import & export exotic & wild animals in u.k.

hobbies : love harley davidsons / choppers motercycles got none at the min :cry: in to ufc fighting, tattoos, pets, fishing, birdwatching, i am 3 dan black belt in taekwondo former european champion in it. AND MY NOVA ........................................


21-03-2008, 12:33 AM
Nick's background (the NICK from the Northern State of Minnesota, where we get 50 below nights in January...not to be confused with that NIC in Southern California who is currently worrying about a "heater" for his Sterling! :rofl: :tongue: ):

32 going on 21 (well, mentally at least), been working on cars since I can remember. Dad always had a car in various stages of "work" in the garage (quite often a VW bus - he liked to put Buick V8s in them back in the 80's, so mine is quite family-fitting!), so that's where I spent my childhood. I got my first car before I could even legally drive it home and am currently somewhere around the "car number 20" mark (I'd have to write them all down to count the total number). Went to college for Manufacturing Engineering, ended up at an engineering company that designs and builds steel, timber and concrete highway and pedestrian bridges as the Drafting Manager for the Concrete Division. basically, I get to spent 2-3 hours a day researching Sterling stuff on the web! :clapping: If only my day job didn't get in the way of my fun though... After working pretty much nonstop on my car since I bought it 2 years ago this April, I've been slacking for the last year or so..."have fun" was my summer excuse and "too cold to heat the garage" was my winter excuse. Hopefully I'll get the ambition to get something accomplished this summer though! Oh yeah...I'm unmarried so I'm constantly on the prowl and that tends to inadvertently suck up time and funds. I also do woodworking, home remodeling, computer building, home theater/HD geek and recently a video gamer (stupid cold MN winters stuck indoors!).

I originally fell in love with the DeLorean after seeing "Back to the Future" (like most kids in 1985), and a few years ago decided that "now" was the time to buy one. While researching the DeLorean, I discovered the Bradley kit car with gull wing doors and eventually the Sterling - my search was over, I'd found my dream car. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I started searching Samba and Ebay until I found my car...shoulda stayed with the DeLorean idea in hindsight! :annoyed: So far I've had to rebuild or build-from-scratch most everything on my car...and the list doesn't seem to be getting any shorter. Someday though...someday... :drive:

(Oh, and I've developed an Emoticon addiction from this site!) :groupwave:

*** EDIT ***
4 wheels:
1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1967 Chevrolet Impala
1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Wagon
1986 Pontiac TransAm GTA
1968 Chrysler Newport
1988 Pontiac Grand Prix SE
1980 Buick Riviera
1992 GMC Yukon LE
1985 Chevrolet C1500 Pickup
1993 Pontiac Grand Am LE
2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS
1988 GMC K1500HD Pickup
1975 Sterling
1993 Ford Probe

2 wheels:
1974 Honda CB350
1989 Honda CBR F1
1994 Honda CBR F2
1997 Honda Magna 750
1978 Yamaha XS1100

...I know I'm missing some tho... :dunce: :confused1:

23-03-2008, 11:47 AM
My names Bren Im 22

Ive just qualified as a Honda motorcycle technician and have worked in a big honda dealership for 4 years.
Working on project cars is just a change from bikes really, something different, transferable skills.

Ive had my nova since november, but have to finish roofing the garage and putting the doors on and digging a pit.

26-03-2008, 05:11 PM
Hi everyone - well, lets see...

My name is Lauren, as you know

I work for the same company as Nova Nigel (21 years now, I started when I was 0 :D). I do microwave repeater design for space communications satellites (the bit that receives and retransmits satellite TV and mobile phone data). I enjoy the technical problem-solving part of my work, but it can be demanding and I have succumbed to the pressure on one ocassion :(

Like Nigel, I derive a lot of satisfaction from knowing that something I have helped to design and test is actually in Earth orbit - its the nearest that anyone in the UK can get to being a real astronaut.

As you would expect from someone whose first word was "car", I like cars :D

I am also interested in aircraft, aerospace vehicles, bicycles, architecture (modernist, naturally). I used electronics as a career choice to enable me to get into aerospace, despite a poor acedemic record, but I am also passionate about the arts (Renaissance, as well as modernist). I also have very diverse musical interests and was even in a band for a while...

Since I passed my test in 1982 I have only had 6 cars.

1973 Austin Maxi (great for lugging amplifiers and drumkits around)
1966 Vauxhall HA Viva (it was free, and the Maxi had failed its MoT for the last time)
1969/1978 Nova kit car (was going to replace the Viva until Incident #1)
1972 Vauxhall Firenza SL (swapped for the Viva engine after it was written off)
1975 Vauxhall Firenza HPF (the famous "droop snoot", only with 6 headlights and painted a violent yellow :D)
1971 Plymouth Barracuda

And that's it really!


26-03-2008, 06:33 PM
Now Lauren there might be an interesting post in itself.

Previous motor vehicles

1976 Leyland Mini Van
1978 GM Holden Torana 4.2 litre
1972 GM Holden Torana 3 litre
1974 Ford Falcon XA 2 Door
1976 GM Holden HX Sedan
1978 GM Holden HZ Wagon
1960 Chev Sedan x 2
1938 Morris 8
1948 Austin Devon Cabriolet Ute
1949 Austin Devon Sedan x2
1949 Austin Devon Ute
1925 Rugby Tourer
1949 Austin Devon Convertible
1972 Fiat 125
1976 GM HX Sedan
1976 Mazda 626 Sedan
1972 Mazda 808 sedan
1986 Holden Barina 5 door
1995 Ford EA Falcon Sedan
1988 Toyota Lite Ace
1996 Ford EF Falcon Wagon
1997 Hyundia Excel
1999 Ford AU Falcon Wagon
1998 Ford Fairlane
2001 Ford AU series 2 Wagon
2003 Ford AU series 2 Sedan
2005 Ford AU series 3 Sedan
1999 Holden Commodre Wagon
1981 Ford Fairlane
2001 Mazda 323 SP23 Hatch
1994 Suzuki Swift GTI
1991 Suzuki Swift Hatch
1992 Suzuki Swift Sedan
1993 Suzuki Swift Sedan
1934 Hupmobile Sedan
1991 Subaru Liberty Sedan
1975 Purvis Eureka
1934 Plymouth 5 window Coupe
2007 Mazda RX 8

I don't think I have missed any, but then again................

26-03-2008, 07:16 PM
Well if we're going to play car lists:

1982 reg Nova (in 1982) (cost 2200)
Triumph Toledo
Humber Hawk (my grandad's beloved....)
Lancia HPE
Mini 998
Lada Niva 4WD
Ford Escort Diesel Van
Vauxhall Astra Diesel Van
Fiat Tipo Diesel
1953 Ferguson T20 Diesel
Ford 550 Digger
Vauxhall Corsa Diesel
Citroen AX Diesel
1954 Ferguson T20 Diesel (well it's Liz's) :bleh:
1960 Massey Ferguson 35 Diesel
1968 reg Nova (cost 1600 despite having hydraulics and an uncraked windscreen -deflation or what?)Ford Fiesta Diesel Combi Van
Vauxhall Corsa
1968 Massey Ferguson 135 Diesel
1964 Massey Ferguson 35x Diesel

And heck, I still own 7 of them!

Don't get me started on bicycles, Lauren - Both Liz and I are addicts, and have a small barn full of exciting ones...... (I've still got my original Pro-flex....)

26-03-2008, 07:38 PM
Here's my list of cars owned in chronological order:-

First car - Mini Van - (Cost me 20!)
1967 Mini Deluxe
Ford Cortina Mk3 1600L 1972
Ford Cortina MK3 2.OGL
Triumph TR7
VW Beetle 1967
Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E
Ford Cortina Mk4 (Crusader)
Ford Capri 2.0 Laser (Sold my Nova and Cortina to buy this new in 1986)
Triumph Spitfire
Ford Sierra
Astra Van
Ford Cortina MK4 2.3
Ford Granada 2.O
VW Caddy Van
Ford Mondeo 2.0
Ford Cougar V6
Renault Trafic Van
Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDi Zetec S

I still own the 1986 Capri Laser - though it's needing to work get back on the road. Also have a Nova project car (bought last year) and a 2nd complete body kit. My Daily car is the Mondeo and I use the Traffic Van for work.

I think the worst car I ever owned was the TR7. It was forever breaking down but I loved its styling. I sold it to fund my first Nova build.

26-03-2008, 09:48 PM
Car list
1956 ford 100e prefect 1200 side valve
austin a45 van
fiat 500
triumph herald 1200
simca 1303 ( c**p ) used jubilee clips to hold the tappets on the valves
ford cortina 1600 gxl
landrover swb
ford sierra 2.3 d
peugeot 1.9 gri
ford sierra 1.8
fiat sciento
fiat punto 1.2
fiat punto 1.2
fiat punto 1.9 d *
vauxhall carlton 2.0 cdxi
citroen piccasso 2.0 d
renault scenic lwb 2.0 auto *
VW nova 1.6 *

Next car to be delivered in May Citroen Piccaso LWB 2.0 d semi auto

several honda 90s and 50s
honda 160
honda 185 benley
125 2 cz
750 honda 4

* still haves

26-03-2008, 09:52 PM
Don't get me on bikes. Alex how can you admit to having owned a Lada Niva :puking:

26-03-2008, 10:02 PM
Very capable 4wd for 250 on the road, couldn't complain at the time!!!

27-03-2008, 12:18 AM
Hi all

My car history being cars that I have payed for and put on the road.

Cortina mark 2 1600E my first car
Nova SND 444 K
Escort 1600 Ghia mark 2
vauxhall cav 1.8 injection yea right
Nova CTN 841 J
Nova LUM 543 F

Up to date


27-03-2008, 04:46 AM
right, so i am a business owner / creative director / interface designer / Concept Artist.
I have been a design professional for over 10 years. I surfed the entire .com bomb from start to finish and have created hundreds brands / websites / cdroms ect. I have designed and engineered snowboards, skate boards, motorcycles, cars, rc airplanes, traction kites, clothing and toys... all things design suck me in...

I enjoy, running my motorcycle company, Exotic Custom Choppers and building wicked high-concept motorcycles. As well as all things flight related... skydiving, paragliding, flying HUGE Traction kites, kite boarding, snowboarding, skateboarding... come to think of it, any kinda boarding... I am also a board member (creative director) for a non-profit focused on children with cancer!

Currently I am working with the biggest video game company ( EA ) in the world developing multi-billion dollar brands and franchises in the sports gaming market sector.

when I'm not doing all that silly shit, i work on my sterling...

oh and I love to drive transcontinental rallies in super cars... 8 )

30-03-2008, 09:54 PM
I'm stevie, 21 years old :D
right now I'm in the navy. I'm an Operation specialist third class.
sounds cool but all I do is get yelled at and watch a radar screen for 12 hours a day.
it pays good and I travel the world so I can't complain.
although I'm pretty sure I would like some of my shipmates more if the where animals instead of people. they would be better looking and I wouldn't be able to understand them. I have met some of my closest friends here too.

with that said
paintball, videogames and cars are my hobbies, I haven't been doing much in the way of cars though. I have no place to put them here.

well that's it