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Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 08:10 PM
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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, 05:56 PM
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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...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 16 2021, 10:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This evening's entertainment.

https://i.ibb.co/hY3wWpM/IMG-20210916-184216.jpg (https://ibb.co/Hh53zm2)

https://i.ibb.co/J7qmb0W/IMG-20210916-184220.jpg (https://ibb.co/T81YnpD)

I had hoped...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 16 2021, 05:39 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Frozen up brakes are always an annoying thing to have to sort. Something I've had to deal with once or twice back when I was in Scotland. Not often but on a couple of occasions when we'd had a long...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 15 2021, 07:27 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Figured I'd try to keep up the momentum on the BX progress.

Didn't have much time today so decided to concentrate on a bit more diagnosis on a minor but important item that's currently non...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 14 2021, 11:26 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Some progress at long last on the beige BX.

Made a run over to Chevronics (https://www.chevronics.co.uk/) today to pick up some parts.

https://i.ibb.co/ZzJWxXk/IMG-20210914-142836.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 11 2021, 06:56 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Wow, making a kit airplane, that sounds like quite a story in itself. Can't imagine that would be even vaguely approachable here...the rules and regs for getting a home built car are almost...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 10 2021, 04:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Just realised I made mention of the magnetic oil particle trap on the Invacar but have never shown it, and it's worthy of mention as it's quite a clever setup which I've not seen before.

It's...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 9 2021, 07:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The fact that this has fuel injection but no computers involved really confuses people these days. The idea of a mechanically controlled injection system on a gas engine just doesn't seem to make...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 8 2021, 06:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well I've got news and it ain't good.

Figured dropping the oil and putting some heavier weight in there wasn't the worst idea.

The drain pan tells us what we need to know I think. It was...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 7 2021, 09:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Apparently not!

-- -- --

Having a little bit of a moment of concern over the long term prospects for the engine in the S123. I'm pretty certain that the hot oil pressure at idle has dropped...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 6 2021, 09:29 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not been anything going on since the start of last week as entirely predictably my second COVID vaccine dose pretty much clobbered me. I'm just about feeling like a vaguely functional human being...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 3 2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,673
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

I can definitely vouch for the fact that it's the second dose of the Moderna vaccine that hits hardest. At least it has for me.

First one left me feeling run down and like I wanted to do nothing...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 31 2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 646
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Can you spot the difference?

https://i.ibb.co/JxLjXbs/IMG-20210831-140505.jpg (https://ibb.co/tZfpyNJ)

Well the obvious one is the stainless screws now holding the door handle on (rather than...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 30 2021, 02:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

They're out there, we've all been really impressed with every Volvo we've been in (and as a lifelong Saab fan I really feel I should try owning a classic one one day to sample the most obvious...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 29 2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,673
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

I should *finally* be getting my second vaccine shot at the end of this coming week. The NHS system really couldn't have made it harder to get the blasted thing if it had tried. Especially having...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 28 2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 646
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

As far as I'm aware Station wagon and estate are simply different localisations of terminology for the same body type. Albeit one that's virtually extinct due to the explosion of popularity of SUVs...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 26 2021, 08:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's one of those things which in a garage like this is just a necessary evil. This reel is more commercial than domestic so hopefully should last pretty well in a garage like mine where it will...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 25 2021, 04:08 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Managed to grab half an hour this afternoon to get the air hose reel installed in the garage. It was moderately awkward to do simply because it's heavy. Clearly designed more for a commercial...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 23 2021, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Out for a run again today, needed to make a run down to Aylesbury and it was a nice day so TPA came out for it.

https://i.ibb.co/nLBxtPZ/IMG-20210823-141406.jpg (https://ibb.co/pLQY5hG)

While I...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:09 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Saturday 21st August 2021.

Bit more progress today. First job was to reattach the air filter/muffler to the compressor as it fell off a while ago. Have gone for the epoxy putty approach...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:07 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Friday 20th August 2021.

I needed to get TPA out of the garage to allow me to put up a ladder to route the compressed air line along the side of the garage. So this was an excuse to use this...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Wednesday 18th August 2021.

Progress has continued on the garage. Yesterday I got the shelf up for the compressed air receiver tank which finally moved that from the floor sticking out about 6"...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Sunday 15th August 2021.

Nothing directly car related really done today. Instead it was the turn of the garage...the catalyst for finally getting around to this was knocking this pile of things...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 09:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Saturday 14th August 2021.

It turned out to be a really good call getting these fitted last week.

https://i.ibb.co/9bLKKq5/IMG-20210812-162241.jpg (https://ibb.co/x1099MT)

Got caught up...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:59 PM
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Views: 646
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Wednesday 11th August 2021.

I've had a bit of a dig around today for an exhaust and haven't made huge amounts of progress. I've managed to ascertain that the middle section on the car is an...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:57 PM
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Views: 646
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Tuesday 10th August 2021.

I wasn't 100% convinced I'd done a proper job of setting the valve clearances on the first pass (not least because I got interrupted halfway through the job and was dying...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:55 PM
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Views: 646
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Monday 9th August 2021.

The most obvious thing in the engine bay which was making my teeth itch (aside from the horrendous racket from the knackered camshaft anyway) was the state of the air...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Sunday 8th August 2021.

This bit of trim was really bothering me. Not just because it looks a mess but because it stuck out about an inch from the car and was just asking to stab a passer by.
...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Saturday 7th August 2021.

Zip to show for today as 75% of the day was spent gardening, then a trip to Costco - showing once again how silly big the boot on this car is. Just under £300 worth in...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Friday 6th August 2021.

Out and about today to collect a replacement for my broken pressure washer, a friend on another forum had one more or less identical one to mine with a busted hose. Hose...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:48 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Thursday 5th August 2021.

This afternoon the Merc was being used as a proper estate car.

https://i.ibb.co/z2qvH5Q/IMG-20210805-115732.jpg (https://ibb.co/WzmJp3G)

It will come as precisely...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:45 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Wednesday 4th August 2021.

Before:

https://i.ibb.co/vqYFXrZ/IMG-20210725-171153.jpg (https://ibb.co/yPS94MW)

After:

https://i.ibb.co/QPD7thr/IMG-20210804-174214.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:43 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Tuesday 3rd August 2021.

Doesn't look like it should be hard to come up with something to secure a speaker in place there.

Little DAB antenna splitter gizmo arrived today. Being me I couldn't...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Monday 2nd August 2022.

Today has been a bit of a mess really, not helped by me having a day where I spent a good half hour apparently having completely forgotten how to drive. Made myself look...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Saturday July 31st 2021:

Just to confuse things, we're actually starting off with a vintage technology rather than automotive post.

It's no secret that I've a major soft spot for the Toshiba...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

As I mentioned a little while ago, I was acutely aware that my regular posts regarding my automotive & technological hobbies tended to steamroller things in the What's Happening Thread...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 08:08 PM
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Views: 410
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: My Pern website will go offline on November 21, 2021

Sad end of an era but I can understand the reasoning behind it.

If you did want an archived version or any parts of it I'm absolutely happy to offer space on my server if you wanted to use it. ...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 30 2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,673
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Not insulting at all, and that's exactly the sort of feedback that's really useful. Pulling it into a separate thread for similar things to be discussed is a good idea I reckon and saves me...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 29 2021, 06:40 PM
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Views: 1,673
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Yeah, big long threads like that do make sense to cut up periodically to keep the manageable. Makes life easier on the server too as I understand it.

One thing I might suggest though Cheryl,...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 25 2021, 07:48 PM
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Views: 1,156,817
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Really hope you get the help you need setting the phone up Ginny. I remember we had a lot of trouble getting one for my father a few years ago. I just couldn't seem to get across to anyone that he...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 22 2021, 06:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Originally yes - sadly in these days of GDPR they won't release any data whatsoever. You used to be able to send in a form and a fee and they would send you a copy of every bit of data they held for...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 21 2021, 07:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Don't worry Ginny, you'll get the hang of it. Know we'd all happily try to lend a hand if we were closer. I for one really look forward to you getting more comfortable with the hardware and...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 20 2021, 03:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Just as a bit of background to the "thermal incident" during the trip home, this is the highest the temperature gauge ever seems to get to, in stop/start town traffic today with 30C ambient...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 19 2021, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Out briefly today...think I saw maybe two other people wearing masks. I give it a fortnight before we're back in lockdown.

-- -- --

Little very mild tinkering before I went out to run some...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 19 2021, 07:03 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

As of midnight our insane collection of idiots who claim to be a government went ahead with their decision to remove all COVID restrictions...despite us *alread* being on track to have more daily new...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 18 2021, 07:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

386 miles later she is safely home.

https://i.ibb.co/zQgZKpf/IMG-20210718-191635.jpg (https://ibb.co/DzFQ3hK)

So, so nearly made it without incident. We made really good time, after two checks...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 17 2021, 05:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Had a relatively uneventful trip up north today despite some really odd spots of heavy traffic. Managed to arrive within 30 minutes of our target time though.

To collect this.
...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 16 2021, 06:30 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Great to hear there's recognition there that she's due a raise for working a different position. Definitely sounds a world apart from where she was before!
Forum: The Library Café Jul 14 2021, 11:23 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Why yes, I did just do a Costco run by Invacar.

https://i.ibb.co/L9zB2K4/IMG-20210714-144330.jpg (https://ibb.co/NW6fHRw)

Only a small one admittedly and 95% of it for other people, but...
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