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Forum: The Library Café Dec 3 2021, 01:56 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not sure how we missed an update here...so here's the last two bundled together.

-- -- --

November 29th 2021:

Well...the day could have started better.

I generally try to keep the Jag...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 28 2021, 08:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Tomorrow is MOT day for the Jag. I noticed three things on a quick check over a couple of days ago that would need attention.

[] Windscreen washers were on strike. I could hear the motor running...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 26 2021, 07:20 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

By complete random chance we seem to have stumbled across someone actually interested in doing some of the landscaping and similar work we need done. Step 1 is sorting out the fences which have had...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 22 2021, 10:00 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Having unearthed TPA yesterday it was time to take her out for a run today. This was intended to be a quick half hour run, but we ended up being out all afternoon, getting home well after dark.
...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 21 2021, 04:23 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Made a point of unearthing TPA in the garage today and clearing up enough of the mess that I can actually walk through the garage again. She got somewhat buried when I was clearing out the van prior...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 20 2021, 09:09 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Been using the Jag quite a bit over the last couple of days and touch wood, the charging system has been behaving just fine. Sitting bang on 13V on the gauge (bearing in mind it reads a bit low,...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 18 2021, 02:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

New brushes and voltage regulator for the Jag's alternator arrived today.

https://i.ibb.co/tYDGBw7/IMG-20211118-115713.jpg (https://ibb.co/WBfhnNb)

Comparison of the new and old brushes shows...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 17 2021, 08:34 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I don't think the XJ-S ever did, the styling was very deliberately clean and modern compared to the more traditional models. Friend of mine had several XJ6s, one of which did though.
...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 16 2021, 07:47 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Right...time to quit putting it off, the alternator needs sorting on the Jag.

By the standards of this car it's not actually too bad to get to.

https://i.ibb.co/KzJjqyH/IMG-20211116-153711.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 15 2021, 11:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Very quick job on the van a couple of days ago. Can you spot it?

https://i.ibb.co/yPw1Y5s/IMG-20211112-114707.jpg (https://ibb.co/T2VSbRh)

New air filter.

The old one still wasn't quite due...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 10 2021, 06:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

One issue I noted while out last week with the van was that the freshwater pump had sprung a slight leak. The leak was tiny, however it meant it kept losing prime.

A bit of digging found a seal...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 10 2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 294
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Ah, welcome back to Milton Keynes. Having been away for a few days back up north to Aberdeenshire, first things which happen within minutes of me turning off the motorway are discovering kids...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 4 2021, 09:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Having barely left the concrete jungle I live in for the last two years (almost to the week actually) this is a nice change.

https://i.ibb.co/N3SSzDv/IMG-20211104-122642.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 1 2021, 08:13 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today's main mission was to get the speakers I had just fitted wired in. I was not looking forward to this job as chasing wiring through the cab of the van is a royal pain as there's not much that...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 30 2021, 07:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

To be honest the paintwork on this thing is pretty beat up anyway. To be properly tidied up would need several panels replaced and a full respray..."Presentable" is good enough for me. It's just...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 28 2021, 10:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Definitely on my list of "things you don't want to discover don't work half way through a journey" are windscreen wipers. Which I discovered today when I went to wash the windscreen on the S123 were...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 27 2021, 06:04 PM
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Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Oil dropped from the S123. Pretty much the same as previously seen as I more or less expected.

https://i.ibb.co/zWM1fVV/IMG-20211027-170010.jpg (https://ibb.co/Y4C6jBB)

Looks like the filter...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 26 2021, 08:51 PM
Replies: 131
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Huge box from Tayna Batteries arrived earlier today which weighs about the same as a small planet. Really quick service as usual for them.

https://i.ibb.co/jVNvzTf/IMG-20211026-131115.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 25 2021, 09:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I've put the HT lead cover back on for now, mainly to get it out of the way in the garage.

It's a bit of a faff to fit but does tidy things up nicely.
...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 25 2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 7,073
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Does anyone know what platform the NKT forum etc was running on?

If it's a relatively low traffic site like this if it's something based around software I've any prior experience with I *might* be...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 24 2021, 05:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Cleaned up the area immediately around the SLS hydraulic reservoir, hopefully now the hose isn't sweating it will stay dry now.

https://i.ibb.co/st944Jb/IMG-20211024-155933.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 23 2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 131
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not a huge amount to report today really but we've made some incremental steps forward since yesterday. Firstly I did some research and figured out where the idle speed adjustment screw was -...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 22 2021, 04:22 PM
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Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Can anyone see the problem here?

https://i.ibb.co/XZ2C3Pb/IMG-20211022-140354.jpg (https://ibb.co/kgHS9Tx)

How about now?

https://i.ibb.co/B2YrT9H/IMG-20211022-140424.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 21 2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 131
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

We've been out and done a bit of driving around today.

Nothing has blown up yet at least!

About 30 miles done, all keeping close enough to base to hopefully be able to limp home if something...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 20 2021, 09:40 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Found two local independent hydraulics specialists today...first one barked "we don't do car ***!" at me, second didn't even look up from their phone for more than half a second before muttering that...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 19 2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Sorry, I should have been clearer, was meaning just email in general. My address is just this username at gmail.com.



I think it's a Kia Picanto, which is about about as small as they get...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 18 2021, 03:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I've been using ImgBB (https://imgbb.com/) for my image hosting for quite a while now. They have a pretty intuitive (by modern standards!) web interface and provide a bit of code you can just copy...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 15 2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not been up to much the last couple of days as have been busy with other (boring) matters.

Thermostat housing gasket and timing chain tensioner outer oil seal have both now been ordered from the...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 13 2021, 08:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today I spent a good solid six hour stint working on this. The result?

https://i.ibb.co/QJLLzML/IMG-20211013-173537.jpg (https://ibb.co/GdyyBRy)

It almost looks like an engine bay again.
...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 12 2021, 08:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today has been at times frustrating but overall was productive.

I didn't actually have much work to do in terms of cleaning up the mating surface of the new head. This is what it looked like when...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 11 2021, 07:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yep, 2.3 litre four cylinder, the M102 engine in Mercedes model range. To be honest anything more than four cylinders is a pretty rare sight over here. ...Says the guy with a V12 engined car on the...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 10 2021, 04:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Having left the timing chain guide pins stewing in Plusgas for a few days I went back for another shot today. Armed with a few high tensile bolts and an assortment of spacers I figured this was the...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 8 2021, 06:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This afternoon has been frustrating.

On the plus side, Motorserv reckon I should have a head gasket and inlet manifold gasket ready to collect tomorrow. Hopefully they'll have more luck than...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 8 2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 7,073
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Actually had to go out yesterday on a journey which involved both public transport and walking around a busy city.

This was an interesting experiment for me as it basically was a way of...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 4 2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

That will be the EGS gearbox Ginny. They do have rather a reputation for being troublesome. It might be worth taking a look over on The French Car Forum (https://frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/) as...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 30 2021, 08:50 PM
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Views: 7,073
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Well I had really hoped to get quite a bit of work done on the car today...life had other ideas.

Our kitchen has been infested with grain mites.

See the specs of dust on this storage box?
...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 29 2021, 07:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Back at it this afternoon.

Step 1 I decided was to label the handful of wiring connectors which would need to be removed. Have to admit this is one of the reasons I love K-Jet injection...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 28 2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I just need to stop finding interesting things!

Being realistic though, at least a double garage and properly decent sized driveway (with a sensible layout!) is absolutely essential on the...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 27 2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 294
Views: 7,073
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

So there was a slight fuel shortfall here that meant a handful of stations ran out.

Cue the government shouting at the top of their lungs "THERE IS NO FUEL SHORTAGE!!! PLEASE DON'T PANIC BUY!"
...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 26 2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yes, spanner is the usual term over here for what would be called a wrench in the US.

-- -- --

Two entries in one today as I ran out of time and energy halfway through yesterday's one...

--...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well we've found why the BX speedometer doesn't work.

https://i.ibb.co/1RFqGs7/IMG-20210924-144229.jpg (https://ibb.co/kqN8235)

That little bit of plastic should be attached to the end of the...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 7,073
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

It seems that the overall majority here are totally oblivious...or simply don't care...that just because you've been vaccinated doesn't make you any less capable of spreading it, all it means is that...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 7,073
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Feeling really burned out emotionally and mentally right now.

Everyone around us it feels like has just gone back to life as normal. A week or two back was the first time I'd been out to get the...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2021, 12:48 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Somewhat frustrating day here. Well on the Merc front anyway.

I wanted to have a look at what the journals under the camshaft looked like. More for the sake of my curiousity and because...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 22 2021, 08:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Actually had a few consecutive hours available today so flipped a coin between pulling the alternator on the Jag (which has of course started working again) and delving into the diagnosis of what's...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 21 2021, 10:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Now for one of our irregularly scheduled occasional distractions.

While it's very unlikely anyone remembers, a few months ago I was able to get hold of a HP12C calculator. One of the Voyager...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 20 2021, 09:08 PM
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Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's always nice to hear folks swapping stories Ginny, you're more than welcome to pass on any details of my antics. Everything I do is a learning experience really. Some of it more so than I'd...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 20 2021, 10:34 AM
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Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yard sales are something that just doesn't exist over here...which is a shame! Seeing what a lot of people over in the US I know seem to regularly pick up for pocket change is staggering...over here...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 18 2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well today has been spent generating this mess.

https://i.ibb.co/FWHQtTb/IMG-20210918-152039.jpg (https://ibb.co/pPhHpFv)

Last couple of trees that need to come down are going to require access...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 17 2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,374
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Dealing with other people's wiring is always an interesting challenge...with that description though it definitely brings to mind my old PC...which was cludged together out of whatever spares and...
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