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The London Cab. #5424435 05/09/20 01:30 AM
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It was a rocky road for the long lived London Taxi.



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Re: The London Cab. [Re: Silk] #5424449 05/09/20 03:57 AM
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Wow, that's a very dry documentary!

Regardless, thanks!


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Re: The London Cab. [Re: Silk] #5424477 05/09/20 06:35 AM
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Thanks for posting. I'm forwarding it to a pal in the UK. I don't know any of the circumstances but the story seems fact filled.

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tight turning circle, luggage room, comfy seats


These products are all new every year?? They are a revolution!!! Razor blades, mens shirts, TVs, wiper blades, gutter guards, hearing aids... according to the ads. But also all new last year
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I always thought the earlier cab design with the cargo space at curb side was a good idea - the cab pulls up, load your gear into the cargo space, than get in the back, no dragging your luggage inside.


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Always enjoy my rides in London Cabs and respect those who pass The Knowledge, as well as the pride most show in their profession and vehicles. The vehicles are very well optimized for their role.


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About to start watching it. When I lived in the UK, a lot of black cabs had Ford or Nissan diesel powerplants, I don't think I've ever come across a gas powered one, but much like NYC cabs, the majority of them did mostly city driving, minus a trip here and there to the airport.

While I don't exactly know the laws governing taxi cabs in Britain, a lot of them are in service for a very long time. I've seen quite a few with E (1987), F (1988) and H (1990) license plates still in service back in 2008 - that's at least 18 years of service!


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It would've been interesting to be a mechanic where they serviced these things - one car to work on all day, getting so familiar with it, how the jobs would've been refined to get them out again, parts kept in stock, or not in stock. I once worked on a large fleet of Bedford trucks, more than one model, but we got very familiar with them, knew all the tricks.

We had one London Taxi on an island where I spent 10 years, I did some work on it, and a story that would get this thread locked.


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