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Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 04:10 PM
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This afternoon I waved goodbye to my spares Invacar.

https://i.ibb.co/6DBpppH/IMG-20181215-132951.jpg (https://ibb.co/KVwQQQ2)

The guy who has taken it on is still planning a restoration on it....
Forum: The Library Café Dec 14 2018, 09:05 PM
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Snow I can deal with so long as it's sane amounts. Unfortunately I now live in the middle of the city, so have to watch everyone around me behaving like it's the end of the world when we have a...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 11 2018, 07:05 PM
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Oof, that's enough snow to be a pain.

Definitely not cutting corners with this thing. A few reasons:

1. They were illegal to drive here for several years. It's only in the last few years that...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 11 2018, 11:47 AM
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Compressed material would have been Duroplast, a plastic resin material impregnated with fabric fibres. That was used quite extensively in the construction of the Trabant. Really durable stuff, the...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 9 2018, 09:04 PM
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Had hoped that I'd have finished the Invacar door Rebuild today and would have been able to get the latches adjusted etc...

Decided I'd "save myself five minutes" by leaving the car in the garage....
Forum: The Library Café Dec 8 2018, 01:50 PM
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I've always found American cars to be nice comfortable places to be. Okay the plastics on the top of the dash might not be quite as nice as in an Audi...but I don't find myself tapping the dash very...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 7 2018, 08:56 PM
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Every day's a school day as they say. That's not something I'd heard Allen. Both companies who at least in their history have been reputed for their engineering quality, so it's a partnership that...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 7 2018, 05:30 PM
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Today's achievement: one fully rebuilt and working door.

https://i.ibb.co/642R6Yz/IMG-20181207-163335.jpg (https://ibb.co/FB9bG62)

Refitting the glass single handedly was awkward but I...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 6 2018, 06:00 PM
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Bit more of a normal update from me...

The clutch on the van decided to stop working last week, problem quickly traced to the failure of the slave cylinder. Not entirely unexpected given the...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 10 2018, 07:41 PM
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Well life has been... interesting...of late.

We had generally been getting along fine, few health grumbles, bits of the house periodically falling apart, but we were generally doing okay.
...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2018, 08:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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You know I said a while back, no more cars?

In fact the last project was specifically chosen for being tiny and approachable and taking up no driveway space as it would fit in the garage which is...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 8 2018, 09:56 PM
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Right...finally got the Lada roadworthy again.

We had...shall I call it...fun...getting the emission test passed.

This turned out due initially to a dead ECU. This meant initially that I had...
Forum: The Library Café May 12 2018, 07:06 PM
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Still here...just been relatively uneventful lately, only things to report have really been the usual madness with my automotive fleet (which I have managed to reduce to three at long last - one and...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 30 2018, 07:49 PM
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Nice!

We've got family (folks we're visiting here actually!) in East Lansing who we visit every couple of years, who also have a trailer up by Bear Lake - so I know that area pretty well.
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Forum: The Library Café Mar 24 2018, 11:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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It's downright surreal is what it is! It feels like I'm in a movie...weather wise, today it's been 78F, and with a gentle breeze, really quite pleasant.
Forum: The Library Café Mar 24 2018, 06:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Here's the view out of my bedroom window for the next fortnight...

https://preview.ibb.co/iQ6AAS/IMG_20180324_154238.jpg (https://ibb.co/bMiCPn)
Forum: The Library Café Mar 19 2018, 09:24 PM
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Some nice examples there, the second one I'm pretty sure I've seen somewhere before. Style is quite reminiscent of the sort of thing I'm aiming for with mine, sort of realistic but not going too far...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 18 2018, 05:25 PM
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*scratches his head*

I'd absolutely swear blind that I'd replied to this post...However neither the website nor the computer agree with me, so I have to guess I dreamt it. Sounds about right for...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 2 2018, 12:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Holy smokes its been a while since I was on here...Just randomly picked up the Dragon books again after a long hiatus from reading much of interest (or anything at all to be fair!...Excess of real...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 12 2017, 06:26 PM
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Had been a while since I'd been to an IMAX, ended up there a month or so back to see Wonder Woman - had seriously forgotten how far beyond just "a big cinema screen" that it is.

Enjoyed the movie...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 22 2016, 06:06 PM
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Being honest I don't really know what else is in the Halloween box... I'm mainly on lighting duty! First year all my stuff hasn't been in boxes.

There are four dragons here though...we live here!
Forum: The Library Café Oct 22 2016, 12:40 PM
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Today started to plot how we will be lighting the approach and frontage of the house at Halloween.

So far I've roped in a 400W mercury floodlight with a blacklight lamp in, several deep red...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 21 2016, 12:28 PM
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Finally got around to testing out the dog guard rail for the car I found in a charity store here for the startlingly high price of 2 GBP a month or so back.

He's definitely more comfortable back...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 3 2016, 04:27 PM
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It is something that I think we're it launched now with how much greater cycle priority most cities over here have, modern battery technology and properly marketed it could do a lot better.

I'm...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 2 2016, 10:43 AM
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I keep forgetting that it's a relative unknown outside the UK!

It was the vision of Sir Clive Sinclair of the future for personal transportation back in the early 80s, the Sinclair C5 - and a...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 1 2016, 07:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Today has mostly been clearing up the post holiday debris. We've just about found everything again I think!

Figured I'd share a photo of my car just before we set out though.

Just going on...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 28 2016, 06:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Running off a cylinder or two can be caused by a multitude of reasons, many of which are usually easy to sort - and on a lot of vehicles made from the mid 90s onward can often be diagnosed without...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 26 2016, 07:47 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Just sorry I'm not closer, Mawra, would love to help...and only need payment in good coffee!
Forum: The Library Café Sep 23 2016, 07:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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New Kias are decent motors, Hyundai are well worth a look too, though don't seem to have quite as much flair. If I was looking for a new motor the Kia Optima would get a very long, serious look. ...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 15 2016, 05:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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To be fair, I have been looking basically for this precise one for the last thirteen years. Though the fascination goes back waaaaaaaay further than that to when I was about five. My grandparents...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 11 2016, 03:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Today I mostly got a train roughly half the length of the country and bought a car, a 1993 Lada Riva to be precise. Hotel stopover tonight before a six-ish hour drive back home tomorrow. Fingers...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 20 2016, 03:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Today was mostly spent switching a couple of doors in the house over. The inner door on our front vestibule has a lock on it that we haven't been able to use since we moved in because we never got a...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 30 2016, 07:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Yeah, the tail is going to be a bit of an engineering challenge given that it's quite long, pretty bulky and I really don't want it just trailing on the ground looking dead, that's something I see on...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 28 2016, 05:07 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Some lovely work there!

There are definitely wolf-esque elements in there, no doubt about it.

Wolf probably would have been my next choice, but for the fact that there are a *lot* of canine...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 28 2016, 12:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Well I'm definitely getting towards the stage of finding out how hard it will be now! Received the fabric samples I'd requested from over here at The Throw Company (http://www.fauxthrow.com/) -...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 21 2016, 06:43 PM
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Well we'll be finding out how hard it can be very soon given that the box of bits arrived today...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 18 2016, 01:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Given that it's 27C outside at the moment, I have decided that this afternoon is an ideal time to hide in an air conditioned room and park myself in front of the computer and expend as little energy...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 10 2016, 07:48 PM
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Yep, it's a fantastic hobby, but I don't know whether I'd want to do it for a living...especially not these days. You don't repair modern cars...you just unplug little plastic boxes, throw them away...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 10 2016, 05:53 PM
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Glad it seems like you've got things sorted out there Vyon, and congratulations on the move Ginny. Been here two and a half years or thereabouts now, and I certainly have no intention of doing it...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 4 2016, 06:55 PM
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Eigh, annoying landlords are the worst - something I mercifully managed to avoid during my rental days.

Today I mostly gave my old Saab a bit of TLC in preparation for the MOT (yearly safety...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 2 2016, 08:12 PM
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Thermal management is probably the single biggest challenge when you're in suit.

You'll usually find that folks wear specialised clothing under the suit to assist in keeping cool (whether it be...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 2 2016, 05:33 PM
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Well that was an entertaining day - in a good way for a change!

Have been aware that there's a pretty regular get together of a pretty decent number of Furries down in London, but had never...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 13 2016, 06:05 AM
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Been up all night because our phone company were apparently doing maintenance on our voice line last night.

Fine and dandy except for the fact that any time it detects the line has gone down, our...
Forum: The Library Café May 12 2016, 05:34 PM
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Well things are moving along pretty well now. Everything that can be done remotely has been, and I'm meeting with the funeral director early next week (they handled arrangements when my mother...
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2016, 07:03 PM
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Definitely a *beat head against nearest wall* moment. Only got back from the last trip up there on Monday!

...means I need to move that blasted CRT television again too...honestly hoped that was...
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2016, 01:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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So Murphy's Law has had another go at me!

We've got guests from the US staying with us for the next couple of weeks, having arrived this morning.

Then get a phone call from up north giving me...
Forum: The Library Café May 8 2016, 07:09 PM
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Okay, literally a couple of days ago I was driving back home through hail showers with the temperature barely managing to hover around 4 or 5 degrees C.

Today it hit 26C, and even now at 11 in the...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 27 2016, 09:19 PM
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Yesterday evening I demonstrated why you shouldn't mess around with bits of software that can break things at 1 in the morning.

Was re-formatting a USB stick so that the various Windows machines...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 26 2016, 10:31 PM
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Why is it that when it decides to rain when you're out walking the dog, it always arrives right as you get to the furthest possible point from home? Happened to me this evening, was just about to...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 16 2016, 04:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Congrats...You just made me exhale coffee through my nose!
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