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Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 10:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Didn't have a huge amount of energy available today as I'm still feeling like death from the booster jab on Friday, nevertheless I was determined to get a few things done.

First up was getting the...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 13 2022, 09:13 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Taking a closer look at that wiring mess reveals the tail is attached to the aftermarket alarm sounder...so that's definitely thoroughly dead then. Good thing I erred on the side of "I don't think...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 11 2022, 10:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

This afternoon I decided to have a look at the key to see if I could do anything to tidy it up. I also wanted to get into it to confirm if it had an immobiliser chip in or not so I knew which type...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 10 2022, 02:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Having run out of daylight yesterday today's quick task was oil & filter change.

Set the oil draining, then realised something...the Caddy is modern enough to have one of these strange plastic...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 9 2022, 03:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

They're pretty rare here to be honest, often the quality of the conversion means the vehicles don't live all that long anyway, with rust seeing them off after after less than ten years. This one...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2022, 01:11 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The Golf I believe was marketed as the Rabbit in the US, in the 1980s at least, not sure if that continued later than that. The Jetta was always far more popular in the US where Sedans did better,...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 5 2022, 08:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Yes, it's set up so there's a fold out ramp which gives a completely flat run all the way in. The idea of making a false floor to stash some storage under has already occurred to me, we'll see how...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 5 2022, 06:22 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

They're a bit of a squeeze for anyone!

The position is to allow room for a standard wheelchair to sit between them. I may well have a look to see if there's any scope to shift the bases out away...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 4 2022, 09:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

So, what have I found, having had a chance to look over the...car? Van? It's half of one, half of another... we're just going to say "car" for the sake of simplicity.

Overall initial assessment...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 3 2022, 05:21 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

She is a VW Caddy. So basically a small van based on VW Polo with a box plonked on the back. I think car derived vans like this are far more of a common thing over here than in the US.

Not a...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 3 2022, 03:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Full report tomorrow. Right now I've got a grade 8.2 out of 10 headache that's threatening to turn into a migraine so am going to go hide somewhere cool, dark and horizontal until it subsides.
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Forum: The Library Café Jan 2 2022, 08:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

It's always a bit of fun seeing if folks can figure out what the new arrival is.

Still a real shame that things didn't work out with the Mercedes (well, the S123...van is also obviously a...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 2 2022, 06:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

New car collection preparation checklist:

[] Money transferred, check.

[] Insurance, sorted. Bit more expensive than the Merc, but I expected that.

[] Address confirmed for collection.
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Forum: The Library Café Dec 30 2021, 10:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Been very little going on, hence little to report.

I can confirm that as of this evening a deal has been agreed and that a new vehicle will be joining the fleet shortly. We collect it from down...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 27 2021, 03:47 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Things I learned today:

This little sucker can JUMP.

https://i.ibb.co/NyvtNJ1/IMG-20211227-130845.jpg (https://ibb.co/87CNxfz)

As I discovered when he sailed some considerable distance over...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 26 2021, 01:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

SLS stands for self leveling suspension. In place of conventional dampers in the rear suspension there are a pair of hydraulic rams which are used to control the ride height. Which given the load...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 23 2021, 06:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Had an opportunity to activate test out the SLS setup on the S123 yesterday when we did a run to the recycling centre. Prior to startup she was sitting like this after loading.
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Forum: The Library Café Dec 18 2021, 08:55 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Okay, as there is a new project shortly inbound the Mercedes is officially for sale.

Photos as of a few days ago. Not prettied up, in her working clothes as she's still being used as the daily.
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Forum: The Library Café Dec 16 2021, 01:29 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

That's not mine - that's the company car of one of my housemates. Which is of limited use to be honest given only they can drive it and the list of things you're not allowed to do and the paranoia...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 12 2021, 08:52 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Having a gap out here just looks wrong!

https://i.ibb.co/CtwjYgz/IMG-20211212-144425.jpg (https://ibb.co/YWN51m3)

No...it looks right. It's a step towards actually getting everything to fit on...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 11 2021, 07:10 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

The first few web searches, including the lookup system on Tanya's website, suggested that a 096 battery is correct for the XJ-S, so is what I picked up.
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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
Replies: 516
Views: 11,846
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.
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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.
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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
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Views: 11,846
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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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
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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.
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Forum: The Library Café Oct 25 2021, 09:59 AM
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Views: 11,846
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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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