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Forum: The Library Café Jun 14 2020, 09:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally got the money refunded for the parts I ordered for the Xantia back in late February so a replacement replacement exhaust system has been ordered.

Of course since February I've lost the...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 13 2020, 07:44 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

A single mains socket was probably sufficient for the needs of the camper van owner in 1990 when they would have had maybe a kettle, hairdrier and possibly if they were fancy a portable telly. In...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 12 2020, 07:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's really good news to hear!

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Something very boring but very important was refitted today in the kitchen.

https://i.ibb.co/dGsXZpw/IMG-20200612-155659.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 10 2020, 08:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Now I have the air conditioning compressor clutch assembly in my hands it's time to start looking at getting the system recommissioned.

There are a couple of limitations in the system on this...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 9 2020, 09:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yesterday I had a few things turn up in the post.

https://i.ibb.co/0Zf4B88/IMG-20200608-143837.jpg (https://ibb.co/VDvnHrr)

In here we have:

[] 1/4" EPDM hose to replace the leaky brake...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 6 2020, 07:44 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally we've made it to a point where all the heavy construction in the kitchen is done.

https://i.ibb.co/vd4G2wS/IMG-20200606-172943.jpg (https://ibb.co/rp2Sn7V)

Few cosmetic things that...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 5 2020, 05:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Having discovered that the sink trap I had bought was as much use as a chocolate teapot I did what I should have done in the first place and grabbed one of these.
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 4 2020, 02:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's very much factored into my choice of materials and fittings. This pipe while notionally "rigid" is actually far from it. There is plenty of flex in it, likewise these McAlpine compression...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 3 2020, 09:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Up until today, the arrowed line in the image below was the main drainage line that the kitchen sink and draining board dumped into.

https://i.ibb.co/cws3NG7/IMG-20200601-134405.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2020, 08:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Thanks, it does feel in the last day or so that it's finally coming together and that I've not been an idiot for disturbing things.

Yes, the far rear corner is a tiny draining board. Probably...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 1 2020, 07:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Good news indeed...well... insofar as issues with wisdom teeth can ever be considered good news anyway!

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One of the gremlins I've been aware of on the Jag ever since it entered the...
Forum: The Library Café May 31 2020, 07:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I'm pretty sure the original ones here would have been 500mm deep, which is why the hob was mounted sideways originally. I'm probably not going to take much off this though now I've thought about...
Forum: The Library Café May 30 2020, 06:38 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Picking up where we left off yesterday it was time to start trial fitting things. At the very least I wanted to get the main chunk of the worktop into a position where I could have it in place as...
Forum: The Library Café May 29 2020, 06:38 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Seams around the gas locker have now been sealed and the grating has been refitted over the floor vent.

https://i.ibb.co/d5DMgPc/IMG-20200529-173806.jpg (https://ibb.co/FDz3V5W)

Obviously the...
Forum: The Library Café May 28 2020, 08:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Just a bit more progress today.

The seams around the panel above the fridge were sealed off with ally tape. There's a large vent to the outside open to the area below this panel so I wanted to...
Forum: The Library Café May 27 2020, 07:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Only had an hour after dinner today, but as per my recently set out rules, I always want to get at least one thing on the to do list ticked off. So out we went.

Today I wanted to start getting...
Forum: The Library Café May 26 2020, 08:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This is one of those days where there's depressingly little visible to show for a lot of work at a glance!

While I didn't do a direct before and after, here's the general area a couple of days ago...
Forum: The Library Café May 25 2020, 07:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Bit of work done in the van today to start putting back together what I pulled to bits yesterday.

First up was to extend the top of the countertop over the fridge so we didn't have two different...
Forum: The Library Café May 25 2020, 09:59 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The tiles are vinyl normally intended for floors. The staples are a result of them peeling off the walls during the heat of the summer. It basically wants to be redone as a result of that. The...
Forum: The Library Café May 24 2020, 06:11 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today I made a horrific mess.

My foul up with the hob positioning had prompted me to do something about the ridiculous worktops in the van kitchen.
...
Forum: The Library Café May 21 2020, 08:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's good to hear, hope things keep going as well as they can.

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Had a couple of errands to run today, about ten minutes into the day the Jag was ditched on the drive and the van taken...
Forum: The Library Café May 18 2020, 06:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Dogs need to go in for their vaccinations tomorrow so I needed to get things in the van buttoned back up and hoover out all the sawdust as it's the only vehicle which is really suitable for taking...
Forum: The Library Café May 17 2020, 06:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well having that hooked up didn't last long! Discovered when I went to actually get the pipework properly clipped in place that two of the lines (hob and oven) were several inches too short...so had...
Forum: The Library Café May 15 2020, 08:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's pretty much directly above where the hob currently is...which doesn't make sense given the location of things - though that *is* making the assumption that the hinged cover is original.

I'd...
Forum: The Library Café May 14 2020, 08:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yes, sadly it doesn't get me very far because the results are simply swamped by current AutoTrail models - and even the one I have was available in about a dozen different layouts.



Sadly...
Forum: The Library Café May 14 2020, 06:58 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The whole kitchen layout will be redone at some point when I find some slightly more appropriate worktop material. For the limited use the kitchen in a camper sees though it will work for now. I...
Forum: The Library Café May 13 2020, 07:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Pretty sure I've heard "rotor button" used over there sometimes too.

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A little package arrived for the Invacar this morning.

https://i.ibb.co/rxs1g9z/IMG-20200513-152342.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café May 12 2020, 09:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

It's interesting to see that bolts are still pretty common over here. The Citroen has bolts, as does the van (though being a commercial vehicle chassis, no idea if that changes things).

I...
Forum: The Library Café May 12 2020, 08:47 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's shocking behaviour...though sounds very familiar. I found out that my mother was in hospital with terminal cancer with probably days to live via a phone call from the hospital which must have...
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2020, 09:32 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Ah, probably wasn't clear in my original wording there. The parts catalogue entry I was quoting was from the Invacar parts list, where it lists 12 studs per vehicle, leading us to believe that they...
Forum: The Library Café May 9 2020, 07:47 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I really wouldn't worry! Especially when trying to convey things through words typed on a computer screen. My approach to a lot of things though is that there is no failure, just finding ways that...
Forum: The Library Café May 8 2020, 09:27 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Not really much to report today.

The indicators looked odd without the gasket behind them, even though they're not really needed to form a seal with how the new units are constructed. So I went...
Forum: The Library Café May 7 2020, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Hopefully the new wheel bolts for the Invacar will turn up in the next couple of days. In preparation for that I pulled the wheel and brake drum off so I could clean things up ready for the road...
Forum: The Library Café May 6 2020, 07:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Was a day or two back that these things I'd been waiting for turned up.

https://i.ibb.co/9qWcs4t/IMG-20200504-222337.jpg (https://ibb.co/FBzmgYV)

These were hopefully the last things I needed...
Forum: The Library Café May 5 2020, 07:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

A bit of administrative fun and games and bashing of my head against a brick wall today!

For the last few years I have been getting *massively* overcharged for the car insurance policy on the...
Forum: The Library Café May 2 2020, 07:36 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Thanks to his walks having been quite a bit shorter than usual lately Tesla has been bouncing off the walls a bit this last few days. Figured it made sense to get him a bit of extra exercise today...
Forum: The Library Café May 1 2020, 09:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Glad to hear it! Hope she will need the advice and rest up properly! My parents were both terrible for refusing to rest.

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A few things rolled into one again as I've done a poor job of...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 26 2020, 08:09 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Really hope everything comes back clear for you.

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Yesterday didn't go so well.

I didn't have a huge amount of time so thought I'd tackle something small. My choice was installing...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 24 2020, 09:54 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The ones they have in will probably be identical more or less to the one that's just died and is available in Toolstation etc. 95% of the cheap direct drive ones seem to be about half a dozen...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 23 2020, 08:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Couple of updates rolled into one here as I ran out of time to get a post put together last night.

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A few people have suggested that it might be possible to replace the motor on my...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 21 2020, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Having been attacked by the reel of vacuum hose I picked up for the Jag today for the umpteenth time when I opened the garage door I figured it was time that I fitted some of it.

This is the state...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 19 2020, 08:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

So the gardening has continued, pretty much all day today so nothing else was really on the cards.

A recap for those not familiar with the overgrown mess that is our garden.

80% of our...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 18 2020, 08:20 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Got a really good MPG readout in the Jag today!

https://i.ibb.co/93GWqQ0/IMG-20200418-142921.jpg (https://ibb.co/mFS4HfK)

Yeeeaaah...the poor computer is a bit confused. Some idiot (yes, that...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 17 2020, 09:01 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I've had something of a critical patience failure with the Invacar sitting immobile in the garage. It's getting sorted. Not in six months time, now. Realistically I'm not much closer to a...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 14 2020, 06:30 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The craziest part is that with the way the belts are set up, the deepest buried one is the alternator belt...so when that was changed someone had to take the one shown above first, and then made the...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 13 2020, 07:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The Jaguar XJ-S is officially absolutely the most aggressively awkward car to work on I have ever owned. Yes, even compared to the Activa.

Today I decided to tackle the rather ragged looking...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 9 2020, 06:38 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Having discovered quite such plentiful quantities of mould in the boot of the Jag I decided to go in there armed with a bleach solution before going any further. Hopefully I've now eliminated as...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 7 2020, 07:52 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Completely different sort of post from me for a change...

It's been a while since I've had a random bit of music made me grind to a halt in the middle of what I was doing and pause to actually...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 6 2020, 09:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The delivery of dog food today never materialised...so my heading out to get more suddenly became non-optional. It was meant to arrive on Friday, and I had enough to last until yesterday evening.
...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 5 2020, 09:00 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Decided it was time to stop putting it off and start getting some of the jobs on the Jag done. I'm waiting on bits for the injection system so can't move forward there but I do have a full set of...
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