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Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 08:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I've been having a bit of a think about the medium to long term future for my little automotive fleet lately.

The fact is that I have too many cars. That's a simple fact and is meaning that none...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 16 2021, 08:30 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I had TPA out for a run yesterday to drop some decent but redundant clothing off at a charity shop and can confirm that the improvement to the brake light setup seems to have worked.

There's...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 12 2021, 01:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That was pretty painless.

Spot the difference?

https://i.ibb.co/412GQvT/IMG-20210612-164656.jpg (https://ibb.co/QDkR5SN)

Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 11 2021, 06:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Had a few errands to run today and decided it was a good excuse to take out my nice sensible, compact city runaround.

https://i.ibb.co/JqNjGg2/IMG-20210611-154733.jpg (https://ibb.co/jzdkQsG)

I...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 7 2021, 12:07 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Sadly leaving a gaping hole into the attic sounds like a recipe for disaster! We've enough issues with water ingress in this house as it is. It'll need to be sorted...just really could have done...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 5 2021, 05:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Was wandering around out back today just moving a couple of things around when my eye was drawn to something on the ground. Where has this come from?
...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 4 2021, 09:45 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Wow... that's getting close to our prices...$7.89/gallon as of my last fill up.

Let the Jag get below 1/4 a tank last week and filling it up cost £104! Good for about 170 miles!
Forum: The Library Café Jun 3 2021, 07:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Actually got a decent run out in the van today over to Basildon and back to collect some more air conditioning units.

https://i.ibb.co/mbs2yp8/IMG-20210603-WA0000.jpg (https://ibb.co/NthJNRS)
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Forum: The Library Café May 27 2021, 11:13 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

My bodged air conditioner control setup worked perfectly overnight and through most of the afternoon when I was back in the room. Right up to where the compressor made an unpleasant noise then...
Forum: The Library Café May 26 2021, 06:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Ever since I got it there has been something slightly funky with the control system on this one air conditioner. Never bothered too much about it at the time given the price of it and being a unit...
Forum: The Library Café May 24 2021, 09:01 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Despite the weather I managed to get TPA out for a run today.

https://i.ibb.co/5h06gbC/IMG-20210524-164022.jpg (https://ibb.co/B2pt50v)

Contrary to what it looks like in this photo there were...
Forum: The Library Café May 23 2021, 06:14 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Remembered the keyboard shortcut to get to the "fuel gauge" for the battery - function + sys req.

https://i.ibb.co/fp9WJ8x/IMG-20210522-135405.jpg (https://ibb.co/LtryKQZ)

Also figured that...
Forum: The Library Café May 19 2021, 08:01 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Last week we had the little T1200 in a more or less functional state. There was quite a bit of noise on the screen now and then which I really didn't like, but I was at least able to copy the...
Forum: The Library Café May 17 2021, 05:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Really not much to report, though despite the weather I did manage to get TPA out for a run today when I had to go out and collect a couple of things.

Once more making normal modern cars look...
Forum: The Library Café May 15 2021, 11:41 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Really glad that it sounds like things are working out better there for Kibby. Even little things like them buying pizza for folks after a busy evening really do make a huge difference to how it...
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2021, 02:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Surprising to hear that to be honest. It's not something I've been aware of being anything like an issue over here for a long time. It was more of a thing here when alloy wheels were an expensive...
Forum: The Library Café May 10 2021, 09:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Little been going on lately really as sadly boring responsible adult homeowner tasks have been keeping me very busy.

A little package arrived this morning though.
...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 26 2021, 07:00 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Later this week I've got a couple of portable split system air conditioners to collect. I reckon that I *might* just about be able to Tetris both of them into the back of the Xantia...maybe. I'm...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 25 2021, 06:47 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Nothing much to report from this weekend, though I did finally get around to giving the Jag a wash this afternoon. The amount of gunk that was accumulated around the window seals and such like was...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 21 2021, 05:38 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Task number 1 today... changing rear spheres on the Xantia. Aside from knowing having it done will make the car far, far more pleasant to drive, I really want to get the sphere removal tool back to...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 20 2021, 08:03 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's actually a restaurant we've eaten at on one of our visits to the US. Really hope it's an improvement for her over the nonsense she's had to deal with before.

-- -- --

Decided to have a...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 19 2021, 08:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

How am I ever going to tell which car is mine out here...Oh...wait...

https://i.ibb.co/pbN17V7/IMG-20210419-160804.jpg (https://ibb.co/jbq8N0N)

I get the impression that while it may have taken...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 18 2021, 08:29 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I'll need to see if I can find that later. I very rarely use Facebook to be honest, main reason is one car related group who migrated fully away from forums to the platform a few years ago. I find...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 14 2021, 12:48 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

They are basically the equivalent to the little registration stickers that (Michigan and Iowa at least...) require you to display on your license plate. It's proof that you've paid the required tax...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 14 2021, 06:56 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I'm wondering if it might just be a browser plugin they've got which is scanning for updates regularly where they've just not deleted the entry for this place from? I used to use something like that...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 8 2021, 05:41 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Nothing much to report today. Have been fighting off a headache that's been threatening to turn into a migraine so have been taking it easy.

While I haven't been able to track down my stash of...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 7 2021, 06:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Did a bit of sanding back today...and after about half an hour remembered precisely how little patience I have for that sort of thing and how much my back (which I'd already hacked off during a tip...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 6 2021, 07:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

While it was lovely, dry and sunny earlier on today I had the Jag out again. Yes...Having the silencers back on again is so, so much nicer.

Then this nonsense arrived.
...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 5 2021, 09:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yesterday I started to address some remedial bodywork on the rear of TPA. I'd had issues with a crack appearing to the left of the engine cover, which was basically because I'd done an appalling job...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 2 2021, 07:45 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Out and about today. No photos sadly as I was running late and had to just about double the route length due to me having not realised things were closed (the fact this is Good Friday had completely...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 30 2021, 02:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

As mentioned above, TPA has been marking her territory since the last oil change.

https://i.ibb.co/Kh3Qpfk/IMG-20210330-160831.jpg (https://ibb.co/QQ1q3TR)

This is because the idiot doing the...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 29 2021, 06:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally got around to sorting something today on TPA which has been making my teeth itch for over a year now.

Spot the difference.

(Aside from the distributor cap.)

Before:
...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 25 2021, 06:01 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Brief interlude from the mechanical to the electronic...

I may have had a moment of weakness on eBay a few days ago...

https://i.ibb.co/T0HSGgj/IMG-20210325-163142.jpg (https://ibb.co/3F0qbC6)...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 24 2021, 07:28 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I was very lucky to be honest. The tread by and large remained attached to the tyre carcass, it was just the sidewall that basically atomised. Aside from maybe a couple of superficial scratches no...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 22 2021, 08:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Had a little excitement this evening on the way back from collecting a grocery order.

Had taken the Jag out for a gentle amble. Taking it easy as she's got a few things needing sorted, but with a...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 21 2021, 09:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Been pretty quiet here lately for my part.

Today would have been a great day for getting work done on the cars...Instead I wound up spending the entire day faffing around replacing the...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 11 2021, 02:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Just a quick bit of work done today between the showers. With TPA having passed the 1000 mile mark a week or so back a service was on the cards, a few bits of which have already been done. Today...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 10 2021, 12:17 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Package arrived this morning to allow me to finally hopefully properly sort the throttle cable on TPA.

https://i.ibb.co/5hNWwC1/IMG-20210310-131224.jpg (https://ibb.co/tp7MFnH)

I know I...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 8 2021, 01:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well I didn't see that coming!

https://i.ibb.co/vLKwKhh/IMG-20210308-165403.jpg (https://ibb.co/p4909QQ)

I was expecting a battle of biblical proportions to get these off. Nope...They just...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 7 2021, 07:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Hey look what was dropped off for the BX today...

https://i.ibb.co/5GZqTwz/IMG-20210307-172604.jpg (https://ibb.co/VJ6XV5h)

These are actually rear spheres for a non-hydractive Xantia rather...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 6 2021, 05:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

It was about 15C here a couple of days ago...today it barely got above freezing. It's all over the place!

-- -- --

Today's unexciting update...TPA has had an engine oil & filter change.
...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 5 2021, 10:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well it is *technically* a V-Twin... Though vibration is astonishingly very little of an issue being a boxer. How smooth the car is mechanically has always been a huge surprise.

-- -- --
...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 4 2021, 05:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Package arrived this morning for TPA.

https://i.ibb.co/QkP1s0Q/IMG-20210304-154225.jpg (https://ibb.co/xY1RVZL)

Installation was pretty straightforward...Though I still had to fabricate a cable...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 3 2021, 04:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well doesn't that sound happier?

YouTube Link (0:17) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVuLVHkZKl0)

YouTube Link (0:27) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FivjyjI8lg)

I'd known something was...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 1 2021, 05:42 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Resting battery voltage looks a bit healthier when I've not been faffing about with the headlights for half an hour.

https://i.ibb.co/Y85zLhQ/IMG-20210301-155203.jpg (https://ibb.co/XpnhCtL)
...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 28 2021, 06:03 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The weather here this weekend has been the total opposite - massively warmer than it should be at this time of the year. I was outside in a T shirt today while I was working on the cars.

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Forum: The Library Café Feb 27 2021, 07:06 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Few bits and pieces done today. First up was seeing if I could figure out what was up with the dash lighting on the BX.

The only lighting inside which is tied to the headlights is in the rear...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 26 2021, 05:44 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

XAN71A is one of the better ones I've seen - though I can't claim any credit for it, the plate came with the car!

Today saw a big milestone passed by TPA.
...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 23 2021, 09:03 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Weather is all over the place here as well. Had to just defrost the door to get into the car at the end of last week - was out in a T shirt walking the dogs today.

As far as the number plate...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 20 2021, 07:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I was determined that today the BX was going to run.

Borrowed the fuel pump from the Invacar.

https://i.ibb.co/qr16Skr/IMG-20210220-151034.jpg (https://ibb.co/5RcZ0BR)

This got a decent...
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