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Forum: The Library Café Mar 29 2020, 07:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

According to the technical specifications I've saved on my PC desktop here are the engine dimensions (note this is engine only, not including the gearbox or ancillary equipment):

length: 110.8...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 28 2020, 07:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

As everything under the sun is (sensibly) closed, I should have a bit of time on my hands this week. Tasks which get me out of the house are good too as everyone is working from home, so I'm finding...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 27 2020, 05:41 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The mess over there really wouldn't even stack up as a B plot for a budget disaster movie would it...

Stay safe you guys... it's crazy enough over here where the government has at least some...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 26 2020, 05:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's madness...how many deaths do they want on their hands?!?


Decided to take advantage of the sunshine this afternoon to try to get something done without me having to leave my property. ...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 25 2020, 10:29 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yesterday I needed to pick up essential medication from our local pharmacy.

Three and a half hours standing in a queue in the car park.

...Need to go back today again as they managed to miss...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 24 2020, 08:02 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I tend to disregard the allowances there given the hassle I got on two occasions from the local police for being out of the house unnecessarily while walking the dogs even a couple of days before...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 23 2020, 06:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well that's that then...the UK is officially now in lockdown.

Oh what fun...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 21 2020, 05:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Three days into everyone working from home and I'm about ready to start punting people out of the nearest window.

Not really been much going on the last few days. Finally did get the opportunity...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 20 2020, 06:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

We're wishing the government here would do that.

They've mandated the closure of pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas etc here...but not hotels. So ConFuzzled is still stuck in limbo at the...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 18 2020, 11:55 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

A friend of mine back up in Aberdeenshire is a self employed HVAC technician. He suffers from COPD so has been advised by his doctor to immediately self isolate for at least the next 12 weeks.
...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 17 2020, 10:45 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

1981. The house was planned as an testbed for various technologies to be incorporated into eco homes of the future, and was commissioned by the BBC to investigate that. They got a lot of things...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 15 2020, 07:46 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I wanted to confirm the garage dimensions so I could start planning out how much shelving I can fit in there. However I didn't want to go out in the rain for a fifth time to measure it. So I dug...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 15 2020, 12:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yesterday evening I finally made a start on something that I've been meaning to do literally for months - trying to get the garage tidied into a vaguely user-friendly state.

Lately getting into...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 14 2020, 11:29 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Aye. Hasn't stopped folks buying every one in the country though...must be the best part of a fortnight since I've seen a pharmacy or supermarket without a sign saying "we don't have any hand...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 13 2020, 08:01 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I was out shopping yesterday.

No toilet paper. No kitchen towel. No pasta. No coffee.

A friend got mugged earlier this week...for a bottle of hand sanitizer. It's gone mad out there.

--...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 11 2020, 02:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Not content with averaging 13MPG the Jag apparently decided this morning that merely using its fuel wasn't bankrupting me quick enough!

https://i.ibb.co/NTsLYLL/IMG-20200311-124001.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 8 2020, 09:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

There has been one area that the van has struggled a bit ever since I got it: Audio.

Having upgraded the drivers in the cab they were just about passable - though the dash cutouts only allow for...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 8 2020, 09:26 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Ah, reactions like that are always good for a laugh. It's astonishing how utterly befuddled people can be when they encounter something unexpected on the road.
Forum: The Library Café Mar 7 2020, 03:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Oops. I did totally miss that didn't I...

It's a Maserati Biturbo.

Maserati are a bit of an also-ran in the luxury car market these days...but in the early days they were up there with Bugatti...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 6 2020, 05:41 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today thanks to a friend I had the opportunity and honour to have a shot of something really rather special.

Not often you come across things which make the interior of the XJ-S seem Spartan and...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 5 2020, 07:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Was tipping it down again this afternoon yet again.

Is the windscreen still leaking?

https://i.ibb.co/SPsk9b9/IMG-20200305-141424.jpg (https://ibb.co/Xb2nv1v)

That will be a yes then.
Forum: The Library Café Mar 4 2020, 05:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Still need to do something about the one sill (it's been sponged clean as far as I can manage so far) but the rest of the carpets were finally dry today and are now back in.
...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 2 2020, 02:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That was only about half of it, the other one landed squarely in the footwell.

It could have very easily been a lot worse though. Black car, pitch dark, pouring rain and utterly ignoring the...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 1 2020, 07:01 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Courtesy of an idiot in an Audi RS6 who decided that headlights are for loosers and that they're too important to give way to mere mortals on roundabouts I wound up with a bit of a cleanup operation...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 28 2020, 07:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Glad things didn't decide to be awkward for you there! Plenty of potential for simple jobs like that to be emphatically not simple!

Had a look at the temporary expansion bottle today after a...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 27 2020, 04:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Definitely need to look at tweaking the idle speed up a bit...450rpm is a little on the low side...book says 750.

https://i.ibb.co/hWNf96W/IMG-20200227-130836.jpg (https://ibb.co/NjqSCvj)

That...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 26 2020, 05:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Courtesy of a gent in an AA truck earlier today I was made aware of the fact that the reversing lights on the XJ-S had stuck on again. They did this once a couple of days into my ownership but after...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 25 2020, 06:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

As noted a few posts back a few of the coolant lines on the Jag are showing signs of failure. The left hand top radiator hose in particular was ballooning quite alarmingly. While this is probably...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 22 2020, 08:14 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Not a huge amount but I did get some time this afternoon to look at the cars at least.

Xantia battery is utterly, totally dead again so that will be needing replaced under warranty as it was only...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 21 2020, 08:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Hoping I might actually get to look at the cars this week! Have had most of my free time this week eaten up fixing things that were broken in the storms last weekend.

While we got off more...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 18 2020, 06:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Sadly not yet! Wouldn't say it's impossible that one will turn up one day though. It's worth the cost to get it done professionally though as the accuracy of the modern laser based systems these...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 14 2020, 07:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Before we even thought about looking at new tyres we needed to sort the tracking. The horrible tramlining, wandering to Lada extents under braking and steering wheel being off centre told me it...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 10 2020, 06:38 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Little care package arrived this morning.

https://i.ibb.co/GWLJqQ9/IMG-20200210-132437.jpg (https://ibb.co/x10sNqY)

Contents:

[] Air filters (X2).

[] Distributor cap.
Forum: The Library Café Feb 9 2020, 04:09 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

So despite the weather I decided to try to get to the breakfast meet up this morning.

Despite a not insignificant amount of debris on the road there I got there without incident. 1700kgs of very...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 8 2020, 01:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I believe there's a get together of car enthusiasts tomorrow morning. My intention at this point is to get along to it. In preparation for this I figured I'd at least blast the worst of the grime...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 7 2020, 02:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Have done a bit of reading and the second coil is indeed in parallel with the main one, essentially being a cheap and simple way to get a big inductor using off the shelf parts rather than needing a...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 6 2020, 06:03 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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This afternoon involved a lot of standing around and waiting.

https://i.ibb.co/s99L0d8/IMG-20200206-134521.jpg (https://ibb.co/0yyPgRH)

It takes a while to drain off this much oil. To put in...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 4 2020, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Little package arrived this morning containing the replacement switches for the Jag. Not hard to spot the difference is it?

https://i.ibb.co/4PZq5T4/IMG-20200204-162328.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 3 2020, 06:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
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The offside air vent surround and the glove box lid had their first couple of coats of lacquer earlier today.

https://i.ibb.co/hMBxF9M/IMG-20200203-134024.jpg (https://ibb.co/b3sj5m3)

Will...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 2 2020, 05:36 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

First two pieces of trim have now been reinstalled in the car. This gives us a nice "before and after" set of images I think.

https://i.ibb.co/4WVWfxL/IMG-20200202-141818.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 1 2020, 03:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

After quite a bit of experimentation I eventually came to the conclusion that the correct formula required to remove the old finish from the woodwork is a combination of carefully applied heat and...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 28 2020, 06:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Took the Xantia over to my usual, trusted garage today to get a more realistic picture of what she needs for the MOT.

First, the MOT fail list as presented by the original, supposedly Citroen...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 24 2020, 05:34 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Out running some errands earlier and we had a good result in that this started working again.

https://i.ibb.co/qB1483J/IMG-20200124-141238.jpg (https://ibb.co/31h8b9R)

That was a nice easy fix!...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 23 2020, 06:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The perpetual light drizzle this afternoon put paid to any plans of doing anything outside. Nothing to stop me doing a bit of interior work though.

It's no secret that the warning lights on the...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 21 2020, 05:47 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Welcome! Always nice to see new faces (metaphorically speaking in this case of course).

Nothing wrong with spending time in a world other than this one I say!

-- -- --

Edit: Here's my...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 19 2020, 06:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yesterday I ended the day with a car covered in smeary, hazy wax marks that refused to buff off. This was highly annoying.

https://i.ibb.co/MsQWVGq/IMG-20200118-161733.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 19 2020, 06:04 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yep, that's going to be addressed pretty soon. With the exception of two small pieces next to the trip computer it's in fine shape structurally and just needs refinishing.
...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 18 2020, 06:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally had an opportunity to give the Jag a proper wash today.

https://i.ibb.co/9TrwsGb/IMG-20200118-144721.jpg (https://ibb.co/LtZQnvx)

https://i.ibb.co/3mPcZ0j/IMG-20200118-144733.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 17 2020, 01:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's miles per Imperial gallon - so 4.55 litres.

Made a quick run out of town today, partly for a change of scenery and partly as it's an excuse to drive on (slightly) nicer roads.

This has...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 16 2020, 04:29 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

450 miles in.

MPG on the last tank? Uuuuum...10.98MPG. Yeah, economy isn't her strong suit. That warmup timer needs to get in the sea and we'll see how much that helps. The trip computer is...
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