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Forum: The Library Café Sep 24 2022, 05:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This afternoon I played chicken with the weather. This was rapidly bearing down on my position.

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Forum: The Library Café Sep 22 2022, 07:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

That piston cleaned up not too bad. Some surface tarnish, but nothing too dire.

https://i.ibb.co/TgdtsxL/IMG-20220922-150434.jpg (https://ibb.co/HH3qjfd)

This piston moves easily and smoothly...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 21 2022, 06:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

After a certain amount of patience, brute force, swearing and assistance from compressed air (seriously, how did I function without having compressed air on tap in the garage?) we have had some...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 15 2022, 05:26 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Star is our second dog. Like Tesla she's a husky/German shepherd cross, and is an utter and complete goofball. She's got much more traditional husky colouration (so a largely black/dark grey top...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 26 2022, 04:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Today was the day of waiting for tradesmen who were meant to be coming to do survey/quote work. Out of the four, one turned up. So I was left with a day where I couldn't really go anywhere or do...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 26 2022, 06:51 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Apparently I missed an update...

Not been much to report lately as I've been rather busy elsewhere. Simply put, trying to unearth the room we refer to as The Purple Room. This is a room which...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 17 2022, 08:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had a spare hour this afternoon so got a bit of tinkering on the Cavalier done.

Surprisingly the heater blower motor had freed up while it was stewing in penetrant, so I quickly threw that back...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 12 2022, 06:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Quick job today was to bridge the broken bit of the vent line from the fuel tank. Oddly just one bit had gone crispy and shattered, the rest of the tube is perfectly pliable. So just stuffed a bit...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 11 2022, 07:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Certainly not a brand I'm aware of over here and definitely no relation to Sinclair Computers/Electronics.

The history of which is worth a read if you have time....
Forum: The Library Café Aug 10 2022, 07:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Moderately busy day today. It started out helping a friend carry some parts for a car they were having delivered today. The Caddy is supremely useful at times like this.
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Forum: The Library Café Aug 8 2022, 08:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Hoping to get the Trevi dropped back with its owner tomorrow. So I gave it a bit of a once over this afternoon planning to take it for a bit of a longer test run.

It still wasn't running great,...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 6 2022, 01:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

A lot of the ones I have to deal with are really filthy as they have 40 years of grime to deal with. In those cases it's a case of strip them down to their component parts for cleaning. All the...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 5 2022, 09:27 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I am slowly getting buried under computers here...another two were picked up yesterday. One of which was a surprise.

https://i.ibb.co/Yh9NR99/IMG-20220804-200612.jpg (https://ibb.co/ZxsfLss)
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Forum: The Library Café Aug 1 2022, 07:31 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Over the last couple of days I got around to photographing all of the computer hardware I picked up a couple of weeks ago.

Main reason for the trip really was the Apple ][
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Forum: The Library Café Jul 31 2022, 07:45 AM
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Views: 69,515
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

It's a tricky one. There needs to be some ability to buy second hand ones from salvage as they can and do fail, and OEM replacements often cost $2000+, which a lot of people simply can't afford. So...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 28 2022, 09:29 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I don't think there's a set fee, though most garages that do tyre fitting do list a disposal fee as part of the invoice for changing them (as they obviously have to pay for disposal from their end). ...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 28 2022, 01:06 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

While there was still no visible wear on the tyres on the van, the rear ones in particular were starting to perish quite badly.

https://i.ibb.co/zXTYtcs/IMG-20220713-192949.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 26 2022, 07:06 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

TPA has been out and about again today doing normal car things.

https://i.ibb.co/3C4qmQD/IMG-20220726-144206.jpg (https://ibb.co/FDmM4CS)

I do need to try to figure out why she occasionally has...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 21 2022, 08:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Some cars can really surprise you. For instance I fully expected my Xantia Activa to be a fantastic motorway mile muncher...it's a luxury car with big cushy seats and plenty of power.

You...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 15 2022, 09:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The Caddy continues to surprise me and make me realise what a cracking little motor it is.

Today I drove from our house in Milton Keynes up to a friend's place just outside Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 15 2022, 03:59 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Eventually got the supply restored about 1600. Just to put into perspective, that outage took out an entire city of 250,000 residents + about ten miles around it. We're not talking about a remote...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 14 2022, 08:38 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

We have had no mains water now for about six hours. Approximately every hour the estimated time of restoration according to the supplier moves back by about two hours.

Apparently this is because...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 12 2022, 10:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Oops.

https://i.ibb.co/ZBB62G4/IMG-20220712-154042.jpg (https://ibb.co/0CCjsm4)

So much for self restraint. Insomnia and eBay are a dangerous combination.

I always keep half an eye out for...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 12 2022, 06:57 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yes, they started adding 5% to most pump fuels a couple of years ago here, upped to 10% earlier this year. 5% is still available in some areas but there's no guarantee.

I've seen vehicles as...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 11 2022, 10:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had the scans for a film from a couple of months ago come back today. This was a bit of a throwaway example as it was very ordinary Velvia 100 which was several years out of date. It hadn't been...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 11 2022, 09:03 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Given the loads put on them in modern cars and the tendency to shrink the battery to save space and weight, they just don't last like they used to. I've had plenty of old cars with 10-20 year old...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 10 2022, 08:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not going to be a massive amount of progress to report over the coming week as it's forecast to be a million degrees and I simply cannot function when it's hot. So anything is getting done in about...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 10 2022, 06:16 AM
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Views: 69,515
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Just had the news that a friend has passed away from cancer. He was in his mid 30s. That's the third person I've lost to it in the last couple of years. All my age or younger.
Forum: The Library Café Jul 7 2022, 05:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

What's the verdict then?

https://i.ibb.co/ySw06DR/IMG-20220707-162933.jpg (https://ibb.co/sH0jKhP)

Well, it's back in the drive having got there under it's own power for the second time in a...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 6 2022, 04:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

A package arrived this afternoon containing these.

https://i.ibb.co/94wTmFx/IMG-20220706-162246.jpg (https://ibb.co/R6h0GxX)

Oh oh...No box, just two rotor arms in plastic bags. We've been...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 5 2022, 06:48 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It turned out that the tracking on the Caddy was a long way out. The previous garage had set it pointing off to the left and with a little over 4mm of toe in. The book value is 1mm of toe out.
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Forum: The Library Café Jul 1 2022, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Out in the van today noted that I had lost the nearside front speaker.

From prior experience I knew this was almost certainly going to be down to the spaghetti associated with the stereo getting...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 30 2022, 04:45 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Caddy is back from the garage.

They had a good dig into the front end and aside from the little bit of play in the universal joint at the bottom of the steering column I had already identified it...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 29 2022, 07:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Removing those stickers from the Caddy earlier in the week reminded me that this one on the van had been bugging me for a while. "A while" in this case meaning around three years.
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 27 2022, 05:46 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Can't really see the appeal of a modern one to be honest. If I were looking at a modern small sports car that's properly driver focused I'd probably lean more towards a Porsche Boxster. Well...I...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 23 2022, 10:39 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Depends on the era I guess. I think Lotus peaked in the 90s with the first iteration of the Elise. Their formula has always been "simplify and add lightness."

They're not bad cars, but they are...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 21 2022, 01:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Been a while since I've had to wave any tools at the van.

Starting to get back into a functional state for my part again I figured that starting to tick off a few things on the to do list on it...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 16 2022, 12:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Have had temperatures of 85F here today and it's horrible. I know that's nothing to a lot of you folks, but the UK just isn't set up to deal with heat like this. It's very unusual to find a...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 14 2022, 08:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Not doing too badly to be honest, compared to what I've seen a lot of people going through I reckon we've been quite lucky. Though generally following good practice and all of us having had all...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 9 2022, 08:56 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Continuing the "Zel has COVID and feels too awful to do anything involving more than 30 seconds of physical effort, today was the turn of the Spectrum to be tested. Though before I could do that I...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 8 2022, 07:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

A friend was kind enough to drop this box of goodies off a couple of days ago.

https://i.ibb.co/X8NjvtV/IMG-20220606-113435.jpg (https://ibb.co/8cTNS9X)

This is well timed as me (and the entire...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:20 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Finally, a handful of photos I took around the convention itself. These are probably more relevant here than on any other forums I'm on so seem worthy of inclusion.

Walking up to the main...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:02 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

...

This apparently is quite properly rapid.

https://i.ibb.co/Df0L18w/IMG-20220528-122328.jpg (https://ibb.co/5hb21ns)

One very pretty little sports car.
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:01 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

...

The Japanese were pretty well represented too.

https://i.ibb.co/92t3hLm/IMG-20220528-131909.jpg (https://ibb.co/wCsr7XZ)

https://i.ibb.co/XX0GzB5/IMG-20220528-131900.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:01 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

...

Seeing this very much reminded me of how much I still want one.

https://i.ibb.co/S35cHnB/IMG-20220528-122118.jpg (https://ibb.co/MCZfKV7)

Though admittedly the early airbag wheel is...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 2 2022, 09:00 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Okay, here's the update from Sunday - having to split this up into a couple of post due to the number of images was going to be really awkward working from my phone so I decided to wait until I was...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 1 2022, 02:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

I'll try to get Sunday's update here later on this evening - due to the number of images I'll need to split it into a couple of posts, which is a major hassle when on a mobile device as I am just...
Forum: The Library Café May 27 2022, 08:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

As usual my plans to have everything ready yesterday never worked out. So this morning TPA was treated to what absolutely definitely wasn't the first wash she's had since returning to the road two...
Forum: The Library Café May 26 2022, 08:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The oil pressure test gauge turned up this morning.

https://i.ibb.co/kyF646j/IMG-20220526-130327.jpg (https://ibb.co/vB8v3vp)

Time to (hopefully!) confirm that the oil pressure light in the...
Forum: The Library Café May 25 2022, 09:11 AM
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Views: 69,515
Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is Happening, part II

Today's going great so far.

Envelope arrived which should have the last two films I sent off for processing and two new ones in.

Envelope has clearly been opened in transit, and contained one...
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