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Forum: The Library Café Jan 14 2021, 09:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

After disappearing for a few weeks the charging issue on the Jag has reappeared.

https://i.ibb.co/SQn5df0/IMG-20210113-162544.jpg (https://ibb.co/bHBQ2bL)

The alternator is still producing...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2021, 07:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Despite successfully finishing wiring up the condenser enclosure and getting the remote start button working yesterday the day ended rather depressingly when I managed to lock the keys in the van. I...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 4 2021, 07:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally got around to building up the enclosure for the distributor condenser for the Invacar today.

The 0.22uF caps still haven't arrived, so I've just made up a dual 0.1uF cap. As it will be...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 3 2021, 10:11 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I might die of shock...Two updates on my website in three weeks.

The Kovac K-80D (http://loz.zelandeth.org/oldtech/calc-kovac-k80d/index.htm) is now live in the Vintage Technology section.
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Forum: The Library Café Jan 2 2021, 08:29 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The word I'd like to summarise 2021 with: Boring. Please...boring would be lovely.

Should hopefully have some car work this week as I've a few minor jobs lined up for this week, weather...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 29 2020, 10:00 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I might die of shock...I actually just uploaded a new page to my website. (http://loz.zelandeth.org/oldtech/calc-sharp-el-808/index.htm)

First time since 2017 I think! Hopefully the first of many...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 27 2020, 01:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The naming convention there gave me a good chuckle.

Our two have a variety of names, but Sir Grumpykins and Booplesnoot tend to be the most common two just now anyway.

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With a...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 26 2020, 11:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This afternoon I wanted to make something useful out of this box of bits.

https://i.ibb.co/Hg7Ssw1/IMG-20201226-152427.jpg (https://ibb.co/h8s6jQh)

Wasn't entirely sure what to expect here. ...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 26 2020, 09:54 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Star did get involved too, albeit less rambunctiously than Tesla. She very delecately stole two bits of paper and then proceeded to spend the next couple of hours finely atomising it.
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Forum: The Library Café Dec 25 2020, 08:14 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Someone was enjoying this afternoon...

https://i.ibb.co/jZt5wGL/IMG-20201225-145944.jpg (https://ibb.co/HpZ2PYr)

Getting to destroy the wrapping paper is pretty much his favourite thing in the...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 23 2020, 09:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Nothing to report from outside today thanks to the non-stop rain. Unless nervously watching as the run off from the driveway made it into the garage counts - thankfully only by a few inches.
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Forum: The Library Café Dec 22 2020, 06:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Nothing huge to report today, but the enclosure I'll be putting the distributor condenser on the Invacar has arrived.

https://i.ibb.co/qYcRXqS/IMG-20201222-162129.jpg (https://ibb.co/hF4KhQ6)
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Forum: The Library Café Dec 21 2020, 08:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Hope you get over it soon! We've just been put back into full lockdown here - which really should have happened ages ago...Though where would we be without the official advice changing weekly?

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Forum: The Library Café Dec 19 2020, 03:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

None actually.

They always struck me as being something as a gimmick. Far too fiddly to actually use. Plus I've always hated wearing a watch.

Oh...and within a week of wearing them they...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 17 2020, 09:01 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's a shame! It seems like a really well made bit of kit based on my first impressions. Even is the sort of semi-RPM operation confused the heck out of one of my housemates!

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Had a...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 16 2020, 07:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I went back into battle with this thing this afternoon. Started at about 14:30.

https://i.ibb.co/S72JNfV/IMG-20201216-160032.jpg (https://ibb.co/yBDV04g)

Dismantled it...Couldn't see anything...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 15 2020, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Continuing the theme of "can you daily an Invacar in 2020?" TPA was out and about again today.

https://i.ibb.co/DMgcWTT/IMG-20201215-160937-2.jpg (https://ibb.co/VCpn955)

Had a good chat with a...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 13 2020, 08:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

So, have I fixed the issue with the Jag's wipers? Nope...Worked perfectly until I turned the wipers off for the first time, then refused to start again until I thumped it again.

Fine. We'll pull...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 12 2020, 07:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The windscreen wipers on the Jag have been becoming increasingly glitchy of late. Normally a sharp thump on the scuttle would get them working again - until last time I needed to go out in a hurry...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 3 2020, 09:56 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

There are few things in the world cuter than kittens...

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It's always fun when you take a car in for its first MOT in your ownership. Doubly so when you really haven't had time to check...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 29 2020, 08:07 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Towards the end of the summer the oil pressure warning light stopped working on the Jag. Given that the oil pressure gauge doesn't work this was less than ideal and was not something I was willing...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 26 2020, 02:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Nobody spotted my deliberate mistake to see if you were paying attention then I see!

Um...yeah...of course it was deliberate. Definitely didn't happen simply because I'm a Blithering idiot.
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Forum: The Library Café Nov 24 2020, 06:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

While I used up most of my day's energy allotment trimming hedges today (the one was starting to encroach on the footway again despite having been done what felt like five minutes ago) I was...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 23 2020, 06:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Decided it had been far too long since TPA had been out. Had intended to get her out last week but torrential rain ended up putting paid to that plan, mainly on account of the windscreen demister...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 23 2020, 04:11 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I was meant to get my flu jab about a week back, until they decided not to give me it. On account on my having got I'll following getting it back in 2008 - which I'm still pretty convinced was...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 20 2020, 07:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Had the Jag out for a brief run yesterday. For the first time since I picked the car up, the heater was toasty warm the whole time...so much more pleasant.

Looks so much better with decent tyres...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 18 2020, 10:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This morning I was expecting a package to arrive. What I wasn't expecting was a PALLET to arrive. It had this cocooned on top of it (we had to de-pallet it as that was too wide to fit through the...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 14 2020, 10:56 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's the single improvement we're looking forward to getting made to this house over the next year or two. It was designed from the outset to be an example in how well houses could be insulated...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 12 2020, 07:52 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

After not getting up to much lately as I've been busy trying to improve my workstation in the house, back to our regularly scheduled automotive mayhem.

So our starting point today...
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Forum: The Library Café Nov 9 2020, 10:23 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

You and your family have my (and my family's) sympathies, Mawra.

At least the intolerable waiting is over now, there can't be anything worse than knowing someone close to you is suffering and...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 31 2020, 10:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today mostly consisted of me chasing this stuff around.

https://i.ibb.co/WWV2nJm/IMG-20201030-223034.jpg (https://ibb.co/xSF7hTx)

Then fitting loads of these.
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Forum: The Library Café Oct 31 2020, 01:52 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

We've taken a brief interlude in the automotive department over the last few days as I suffered a critical loss of patience with the state my bedroom/office was in and decided that enough was enough...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 27 2020, 09:51 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Not really been much going on here to be honest. The weather's got to that typical English not-quite-winter grey, never ending drizzle phase in the last week or so which removes any wish to be...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 16 2020, 10:11 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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It's a horrible situation to be in, just hang in there. I know it's not much but we're here to talk to (or if necessary at).

I've been in a very similar boat I think four times now between close...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 10 2020, 06:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I think I can now say that Phase 1 of the Invacar retrim project is complete.

https://i.ibb.co/3sFyj22/IMG-20201010-171220.jpg (https://ibb.co/sP1vNnn)
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Forum: The Library Café Oct 8 2020, 09:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

After attending the funeral of a friend this morning I found myself with a couple of hours free this afternoon so I decided to try to crack on with getting the offside kick plate sorted.

After a...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 7 2020, 06:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Thoughts are with you and yours, Mawra.

We've got the funeral of a good friend tomorrow who passed away last week from cancer. Essentially a victim of Covid as their treatment was stopped...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 5 2020, 03:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I think it's fair to call this is looking a bit more welcoming.

https://i.ibb.co/PQ0YsvR/IMG-20201005-185230.jpg (https://ibb.co/jRs59Pd)

https://i.ibb.co/FBKRcJH/IMG-20201005-185236.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 4 2020, 08:06 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

New offside outer "sill" made up from some ally sheet and bolted in place.

https://i.ibb.co/MGRk3Sz/IMG-20201004-174718.jpg (https://ibb.co/pR3j9wH)

I tapped the edge at the overlap flat with a...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 3 2020, 02:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This is actually starting to look like I've got any idea what I'm doing...

https://i.ibb.co/hgP1ng0/IMG-20201003-175931.jpg (https://ibb.co/S6h716S)

The joins will be far less visible once...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 2 2020, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

With everything going on just now I'm only getting the odd few minutes here and there to do anything relating to the cars. Despite that the structural improvements to the nearside of the Invacar...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 30 2020, 06:41 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I appear to have managed to fail to take a photo of my progress today...but not a huge issue given there's not much to see!

All of the rivets to the left of the seat in the floor of TPA have now...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 28 2020, 03:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Here's one of our periodic wanders off into the world of obsolete technology which happen now and then around me...

Hello there...

https://i.ibb.co/D4mWj39/IMG-20200928-165511.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 26 2020, 02:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This afternoon I made a horrendous mess in the garage while pulling out most of the old rubber floor mats from the Invacar.

https://i.ibb.co/jVpW2Ft/IMG-20200926-163305.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 25 2020, 08:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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I'm doing okay! I've been quite busy lately, having had a couple of cars from a friend visiting for some TLC, but this resulted in some pretty massive posts with a lot of images that I'd need to...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 3 2020, 08:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Definitely sounds like a good step forward for her though, being given that bit more responsibility.

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Now the Invacar is back into regular-ish use I figured it was time to start trying...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 1 2020, 07:56 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Being a keyholder...That is the ONE thing I absolutely do NOT miss about my time working for Aberdeen City Council. I was the keyholder for both of the Park & Ride sites...and as such when the...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 29 2020, 07:50 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I'm still undecided whether that sort of situation would be a blessing or a curse. My mother went from absolutely fine to barely able to recognise me to having passed away in about a week. As such...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 24 2020, 06:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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Or a scene from a 1980s football match over here apparently, where there used to regularly be a small rank of them lined up at the side of the pitch.

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So yesterday despite the car...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 23 2020, 08:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Matches her owner! I was hit badly with the acne stick when I hit puberty (at 11!) and that's something I've never really grown out of!

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Following the replacement of the belt, TPA was...
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