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Old Mar 3 2021, 05:31 PM   #5721
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Well doesn't that sound happier?

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I'd known something was way off with the carb setup from square one given that the idle speed was very high and I could tell with my nose from fifty feet away that she was running stinking rich. I decided to actually investigate that this afternoon and it didn't take long to work it out. The idle mixture screw was wound all the way in and firmly seated...So the carb idle circuit was doing precisely nothing. The only reason the car was idling at all was because the idle speed screw had been wound so far open that the throttle was held about 10% open and she was actually running from the main jet rather than the idle system.

Winding that open a couple of turns and backing off the idle speed adjustment (as that immediately shot up to about 3500rpm once I started to open the idle circuit up) soon got things much closer to where they're meant to be. I'll hook the CO meter to get it vaguely close to the book value when the rain stops. Now she's not running horrendously rich I'm glad to report that the intermittent but frequent miss at idle has vanished as well. Not expecting to get it absolutely perfect as I've no idea how stale a lot of the fuel in the tank is, but I don't reckon things are a million miles off now.

The even bigger positive of this than a smooth idle though is that apparently backing that adjustment screw out has resolved the issue I had with the accelerator pump being blocked off - that's now working properly it looks like.

Just wish the rain had held off for another hour or two.



Particularly annoying as the oil filter I'd been waiting for arrived this morning, so I really wanted to get the oil and filter changed today. Guess that's a job for later in the week now.

Nevertheless, it did give me an opportunity to get some gratuitous water beading photos on the freshly waxed paintwork...Imagine it's been a few years since this happened!

















Feels like having the carb largely co-operating is quite a big step towards the car being actually drivable now. Rear spheres will be the next big step.
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Meanwhile we haven't had the last three lots of rain that we were promised. My garden is fried.
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Package arrived this morning for TPA.



Installation was pretty straightforward...Though I still had to fabricate a cable end. I think I just need to go to Speedy Cables or similar and just order a proper cable. The issue seems to be that (unsurprisingly) the cable has a standard motorcycle type barrel connector at the handlebar end...but finding off the shelf motorbike throttle cables more than a couple of metres long is tricky - and this needs to be a touch over five metres long because of the routing. As it is having trimmed away the frayed bit of cable I'm now down to literally millimetres to spare, and it's a bit frilly at the handlebar end so will likely fail again in the not too distant future.

Nevertheless, it does mean that I've now got matching grips on the handlebars which looks SO much better.



The throttle action is also way better...It always felt very much as though it wasn't attached to anything before, so you were never quite sure how much throttle you were applying - and I'm not 100% certain that I was ever actually getting full throttle as the old twist grip was distorted and binding up at several points in its travel. New one is all metal so should hopefully fare better.

New grips are a good deal chunkier than the old ones which I think will be a good thing.



Will have to wait for a test drive to be certain, but just sitting in the garage the bars felt a lot more comfortable to hold.
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New grips are a good deal chunkier than the old ones which I think will be a good thing.



Will have to wait for a test drive to be certain, but just sitting in the garage the bars felt a lot more comfortable to hold.
Those look like what I was going to suggest; here amongst Harley riders they're known as "jackhammer" grips. On the big old V-twins they dampen some of the vibration to closer to tolerable levels. I've rode with a pair of them so much I quite literally wore grooves in them from my fingers and hands.
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Old Mar 5 2021, 11:31 PM   #5725
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Those look like what I was going to suggest; here amongst Harley riders they're known as "jackhammer" grips. On the big old V-twins they dampen some of the vibration to closer to tolerable levels. I've rode with a pair of them so much I quite literally wore grooves in them from my fingers and hands.
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.

-- -- --

Nothing much today, mainly just got an oil & filter change done on the BX. No more horrible rusty oil filter.



That wasn't the worst filter to get off I've dealt with, but it wasn't far off. I had to get the chain wrench and breaker bar involved.

Pulled out just over seven litres of oil, just under six went back in.



The discoloration on the dipstick shows where the level has been sitting for quite a while, a good inch above max.

Getting the oil filler cap off was a task in itself - get the impression it's not been off in a while, and it's just a friction fit.

Being the coolest point of the engine doesn't surprise me we've got quite a bit of condensation here.



If it's still looking like that after an hour's blat up the A5 or M1 then I'll look more closely, but there doesn't seem to be any pressurisation of the coolant, it looks spotlessly clean and she idles smoothly so reckon it is just old fashioned condensation. Remember this car was last in MOT in 2011...so she's not had a proper run in forever.

I did spot a couple of electrical things needing immediate attention while I was waiting for the oil to drain. Firstly this Scotchlok on one of the alternator lines.



Note the stub of brown wire...which sits exactly as close to this hydraulic line as it looks like.



Yeah...that's getting soldered and covered with heatshrink ASAP.

I originally thought this was a drain line for some reason...



It appears to vanish down through the bulkhead grommet towards the fuse box. I'll investigate further tomorrow... that's going to be getting removed at the first opportunity.

I can also confirm now that being in the humble RE trim level it doesn't look like this car has an oil level sensor (not sure if the wiring is there, hence if it could be retrofitted easily), unlike the higher trim levels.

On the subject of the instrumentation, the fuel gauge illumination appears to have heard me thinking about it and has resurrected itself.



Have to admit that while I was kind of scratching my head about whether taking on this car when she first arrived was a good idea, I'm really, really looking forward to driving it now.
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It was about 15C here a couple of days ago...today it barely got above freezing. It's all over the place!

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Today's unexciting update...TPA has had an engine oil & filter change.





I had another shot at a Slow-Mo video of the distributor working in daylight. Given we've got a clear cap on at the moment it seemed something worthy of playing around with the slow motion mode on my camera.

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Got another angle where you can see the points opening and closing.

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Quite interesting to actually see things working. Can see from the lack of sparking there that the replacement capacitor setup I put in place.
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Old Mar 7 2021, 08:40 PM   #5728
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Hey look what was dropped off for the BX today...



These are actually rear spheres for a non-hydractive Xantia rather than BX ones, but they're pretty close spec wise. Will be absolutely fine for the purposes of getting the car into a driveable state. Once she's got an MOT and is driving reliably I'll look at getting the exact correct ones.

So tomorrow (if time permits) the battle to change the rear spheres will begin. I've been regularly dousing them in PlusGas since the car arrived and I've been loaned the right tool for the job but I'm still expecting this to be a royal battle.
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Old Mar 8 2021, 02:22 PM   #5729
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Well I didn't see that coming!



I was expecting a battle of biblical proportions to get these off. Nope...They just unscrewed absolutely fine. No huge explosion of LHM when they came off either so the diaphragms are probably still intact.



New spheres went on without any issue, even though the nearside one is a little obscured by the rear silencer.



She has rear suspension again now! Huge step forward.

Unfortunately now being in a position where I was giving serious scrutiny to the rear end of the car I did spot an issue. We do have an LHM leak.



Initially I thought this was coming from the seal on the sphere I'd just changed - but fluid only appears here when the brake pedal is pressed, at which point it appears in quite significant quantities. Looks like we've got a failed brake line then. Not sure if the BX has the same little spiral of brake pipe behind the caliper that the Xantia has - if it does, that's got to be the prime suspect as I've seen that rust out on several Xantias where the lines were otherwise spotless.

Wonder if this might be the fault which originally took the car off the road?

Whatever took her off the road, she's got a step closer back to it today.

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



I know I probably still have a load of cable somewhere in the garage...but this was all of £0.88 a metre so I wasn't going to lose sleep over trying to find it. The important bit is the cable end being the right size to fit the twist grip.



Which is one of these. For future reference when I forget.

I fed the cable through from the cabin end as I've always found it behaves better doing it that way. Every time I've tried feeding it from the engine bay it ends up snagging on something.



Then trimmed the cable once it was attached to the cable end. This has to be done before fitting to the twist grip or it's not possible to slot the barrel in.



Then basically just put things back together before securing it and trimming the excess at the carb end.



I've left enough excess that if it snaps right at the barrel in the future that I'll have enough cable to repair it.

For the first time I have a throttle which is bodge free and has a nice smooth action through the full range. That will make driving nicer.

While I was in the garage I tackled something else I'd been meaning to do for a while - finding somewhere out of the way to stash a spare CVT belt.



That will do nicely. Despite what it looks like in the photo it's sitting clear of the brake lines to frame right, it's resting on top of the master cylinder at the rear. I'll be finding a spare 17mm spanner shortly and leaving that attached to the belt, meaning I'll have everything I need to change a belt at the side of the road if I ever have one fail out of the blue again. Not really expecting it as I'm sure that was down to me using an ancient belt that had been poorly stored, but it's an easy eventuality to prepare for so just seems smart.
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Old Mar 11 2021, 03:57 PM   #5731
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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 though was the turn of the ignition system.

The points and rotor arm were still the original ones which were on the engine from KPL when she was originally dragged out of a field. However as the ignition system just worked I'd left things alone! Now the engine is in a car in regular use though and I've tracked down a source of the right parts it's time to sort that.

New points in and the gap set to the correct 0.4mm.



New rotor arm was then fitted. This is quite a different style to the one which was on here and is a bit taller. Looking at the old distributor cap though it does look as though it was only just touching the lower edge of the contacts in the cap, so I do wonder if the fitted one was correct.



A new distributor cap then finished things off in this department, the proper one having finally escaped from its extended stay in customs limbo.



The eagle eyed among you might spot that the air filter has also been changed. It's only got 1000 miles on it, but having been present during all the painting, filling, sanding painting (repeat several times) I figured it was probably worth changing. Only the finest OEM parts used of course!



I was not really expecting there to be any obvious change to how the engine ran as she's always seemed quite happy. The idle is definitely noticeably smoother though!

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Whether there will be any difference when actually driving will need to wait until a test drive happens.

Two jobs coming up in the engine bay. First being that I really need to adjust the fan/dynastart belt tension as the rearmost one is flapping about quite a bit. Before I can do that though I need to figure out where in my disaster area of a garage the impact gun is as everything else I've thrown at the nut on the fan pulley has failed to shift it. The second job is to fabricate a proper battery stay. The bungee cord and zip-tie solution was absolutely fine when TPA was primarily held together by duct tape and hope, but those days are a fair way behind us now and it's *really* bugging me. Shouldn't be difficult to come up with something, just has taken a while for it to get to the top of the to do list.
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Kibby is no longer empoyed. One time to many of getting the schedule out late the day before it starts. Months of getting the schedule out 10-11 o'clock at night, the day before it starts.
She's already had one interview, Applebee's, as a line cook.
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Kibby is no longer empoyed. One time to many of getting the schedule out late the day before it starts. Months of getting the schedule out 10-11 o'clock at night, the day before it starts.
She's already had one interview, Applebee's, as a line cook.
It's too bad she lost her job over someone else's incompetence, but if she gets on at Applebee's, that should be a step up. Only problem is, Applebee's has been in trouble before the pandemic and has been closing down locations. Let's hope that she gets hired there, and that location stays profitable and open.
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It's too bad she lost her job over someone else's incompetence, but if she gets on at Applebee's, that should be a step up. Only problem is, Applebee's has been in trouble before the pandemic and has been closing down locations. Let's hope that she gets hired there, and that location stays profitable and open.
It's in a good location. Right next to Liberty University & church. They stay busy.
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With no new posts since the one above on the 14th, I just thought I'd say hello to make sure the board isn't locked up or something.
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One of my latest scratch art pictures, this one is gold paper instead of silver.


This is a beveled-edge mirror, the flat surface is 12 X 12 inches. Ever try to take a picture of a mirror without getting yourself or the camera in the picture? Not easy, even when outdoors, when you live in the woods like I do.

I took photos of all the newest batch, but these two are the only ones that came out without blur, since I wasn't using a flash. The rest were blurry. I'd do them over, but they're sold and gone now.
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Very nice. Kibby rolled her eyes, & gave me a disgusted look when she saw the picture of a dragon eating a fairy, that Allen did for me.
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It has been years and years since I've posted on a McCaffrey board. I moved on to a quieter place with only a couple regular members. Very quiet. But I do read here and I'm glad to see familiar names.

My husband and I are both retired. Our kids are both married with homes, jobs and happy. Neither wants kids, their choice that we support. We get our second dose of vaccine tomorrow. Thank you, SCIENCE!

Old friends from the KT. Some are still here and some are gone. Sharon and Ian have been gone for a while and my good friend Pat died of cancer last year.

We take a mile long walk every day, trying to stay well as long as possible.

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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 weatherproofing on our shed roof.



Would have liked to get it a bit flatter, but despite messing about for well over an hour this was the best I could get it. The whole structure isn't entirely square which doesn't help.

The old roofing felt had started peeling off last time we had any real wind (having been patched a couple of times already), so it needed done. Have put an EPDM membrane on there now, so it shouldn't need touching again in the remaining life of the building.

Really just hasn't been much going on in the last week to report on!

[] BX is waiting on a new brake pipe.

[] Xantia is being a working car, though it desperately needs spheres.

[] Invacar seems to be running well, just needs the brake adjustment tweaked now the shoes have bedded in again.

[] Jag is waiting on the proper arrival of spring before I start dismantling 80% of the engine bay to sort the oil leak and replace all the fuel lines.

[] Van is still in winter hibernation...Undecided when I'll get it back on the road - or to be honest if it's even worth doing this year. Though getting it out for a good run would probably be a good thing, even if it is just to the MOT station and back.

Do have a few things lined up for this week though so should hopefully have an actual update soon.
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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 bit of mechanical sympathy and common sense no problem, and I'd rather not have to deal with sticky brakes etc. These aren't cars that like to sit.

Driving along at 50 - which was the limit where I was, and a lorry decided that sitting on his 56mph limiter was a better speed limit so overtook me.

His outside rear nearside tyre blew out - right as said wheel was level with my open driver's window. Well that's what I figured out had happened a few minutes later anyway!

I honestly (and I'm not kidding) thought I'd been shot. Fight or flight reflex defaulted to "flight" and I buried the right foot, ducked as far as I could and traversed the immediately following roundabout somewhat sideways before I found somewhere that felt safe to pull over and figure out what the hell had just happened.

Thankfully no visible damage to the car, though finding bits of tyre on the passenger seat clued me into what had actually happened. The lorry pulled into the same layby about 30 seconds after I did, driver wanting to check I was okay. I definitely got hit by something, two chunks of rubber were found in the hood of my sweater, which backs up what I felt.

This was about 1900, my right ear has just about stopped ringing.

Uh...so if you got cut up by a black XJ-S earlier this evening in MK, sorry! You now know why!
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It has been years and years since I've posted on a McCaffrey board. I moved on to a quieter place with only a couple regular members. Very quiet. But I do read here and I'm glad to see familiar names.

My husband and I are both retired. Our kids are both married with homes, jobs and happy. Neither wants kids, their choice that we support. We get our second dose of vaccine tomorrow. Thank you, SCIENCE!

Old friends from the KT. Some are still here and some are gone. Sharon and Ian have been gone for a while and my good friend Pat died of cancer last year.

We take a mile long walk every day, trying to stay well as long as possible.

I guess that's about it.
Welcome back. I miss some of the long time members. Anyone here from Edith or Dragon Girl?
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Zelandeth: Some years ago I was cycling along the A45 near Stowmarket (racing bike: 25+mph) when a passing lorry shed a length of tyre tread.

It went through my front wheel ripping out three spokes and bending a number of others and pitching me over the bars.

He didn't stop and ask me if I was okay; which I wasn't.

Mawra: I haven't heard from Dragon Girl for ages. Edith I lost track of after she graduated I'm pretty sure with a Masters. I do see Sarah Jane on Facebook: she runs a writers/publishing website called Inspired Quill.
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Those accidents sound awful! I'm glad all managed to survive! I always worry when I see a cyclist ahead of me on our narrow, winding roads. Passing them can be dangerous and so many of them (joggers as well) now wear headphones so I'm sure the music they are listening to makes it impossible to hear any traffic coming up to them.

I have lost touch with Lady Maelin about 5 years ago. She dropped out of FB and emails or snail mail went unanswered. I hope she is alright. I have several lovely drawings she did for me.
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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 damage I can tell, and I'm not sure if they were there before or not anyway.

Back out and about again today.

Modern cars are just so ridiculously huge aren't they?





Stopped to grab a couple of better photos on the way home as I've been wanting to grab a couple for profile picture type applications for the web page etc.



The curse of that streetlight strikes again - got a shadow on the roof this time.

...And reflection on the lens from the back of the phone case in the other photo.



I'd honestly forgotten that I'd ordered a replacement for the horn that I fitted way back when I first resurrected her as it's proven very intermittent. Fact is the electrical system just isn't up to an air horn...It'll work fine if you're blatting along at 60, but trundling along at 30 it's 50/50 whether the compressor will run fast enough to actually sound the horn or just make pathetic croaking noises.

Arrived with a load of needless plastic tat over it to try to make it look "modern" I assume.



Thirty seconds of levering with a screwdriver later...



Far better! Will get that fitted next time I'm in the garage. Half the size and about a quarter of the weight of what's in there just now.

Yes, I could have taken the Xantia today, could have taken the Jag...Nope, I wanted to take TPA because we're honestly at a stage now where she's just a fun little car to drive.

Overtook several cars on the A5 on the way back home - much to the surprise of the drivers! I was making a deliberate point of holding her at an indicated 70 (honest...) for a good few minutes as I wanted to see what the temperature did. On a very slight uphill gradient (which let's face it is about the best we can expect her to maintain it on...The fact this car can DO 70 is enough of a surprise for most people) it peaked at 165C, which is pretty much smack on 1/2 way on the gauge - which I'm absolutely happy with. I'm measuring this from the left hand cylinder head, which being shaded by the oil cooler should always be the hot one. Given blatting down roads at motorway speeds wasn't really in this car's design brief was why I wanted to make sure the temperature wasn't slowly creeping up when travelling at higher speeds.
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Brief interlude from the mechanical to the electronic...

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



Been a long while since I last saw one, but it popped up in one of eBay's "we think you might like..." emails which have been increasingly dangerous lately since I went on a buying spree of ancient calculators a couple of months ago.

Still want to add an NC200 to the collection at some point, a friend had one while I was in secondary school and I always greatly coveted it. Just haven't seen one at a price I'm willing to pay yet. This was less than £50 including shipping though which I was quite happy with.

Hard to believe there's only four years between these two when you look at how much more of a coherent, polished looking product the NC100 is than the PPC which honestly looks like someone found a bunch of bits in a surplus warehouse and bolted them together (which *is* basically what they did!)...



Though from a purely architectural point of view, the NC100 is arguably more old fashioned, being Z80 based rather than 8086 (well, a clone thereof anyway, NEC V30) for the PPC512.

They also share one major gripe...lack of a display backlight!
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My husband and I are both retired. Our kids are both married with homes, jobs and happy. Neither wants kids, their choice that we support. We get our second dose of vaccine tomorrow. Thank you, SCIENCE!

Old friends from the KT. Some are still here and some are gone. Sharon and Ian have been gone for a while and my good friend Pat died of cancer last year.

We take a mile long walk every day, trying to stay well as long as possible.

I guess that's about it.

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I probably will occasionally. It is good to see names I recognise.

I've unplugged and emptied the "heated" bird bath (to be stored away), then uncovered the summer one. We have very spoiled birds, but they need to drink all year round!
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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.)

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Yes... finally dealt with this horrific bodgefest.



These are the original battery hold downs. Sadly as I was completely unable to find the original form factor battery (or indeed what type it even was), they're basically useless.



Oh, and here's a reminder why bungee cords and cable ties are not a permanent solution.



That had been pinched between the rear wheel tub and the chassis rail and had rubbed about 2/3rds of the way through.

My solution has been to cut a couple of bits of M8 threaded rod to roughly the right length (a little over 6") and fasten a bit of webbing between them - this is a bit of seatbelt originally from KPL I think where the buckles had completely rotted away to nothing.

I heated a metal rod up to red hot before using it as a punch to make two holes. This melts the fibres together and prevents anything from fraying.



Not too worried about that anyway. Ever tried to tear a seatbelt, even if it's already frayed halfway through?

Finished article...



It's tightened up sufficiently that the battery is completely secure. If I have issues with it ovalling the holes out I'll replace it with a strip of angled steel instead - but I'd really rather avoid the need for metal across the top of the battery if I can avoid it given the layout. I might go back and bolt a lip onto the tray though just so there's then *absolutely* no way it could conceivably slide free then. It can't go anywhere the other direction as the wheel tub is in the way. Probably overkill...but I'm a fan of doing what I can to keep Murphy's Law at bay. It's really not a heavy battery either, probably half the weight of your average car one.

I had someone ask me on another forum what the labels on the slam panel were all about - the answer is "me getting fed up of realising I need to consult the manual in the middle of a service one time too many."



Couple of photos from while she was out in the sun today just for good measure too.





Really need to remember to paint that rear wheel arch...I just can't see it from in the garage so keep forgetting there are still white filler spots visible there.

Noticed I've got a drip from the sump plug... that's what I get for being a cheapskate and not just replacing the copper washer (which I noted was well mangled originally). No idea why I didn't just change it given I have them in stock. Oh well...on the plus side at least I'm not dropping a huge amount of oil to change it!
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I was at college in Arundel, Sussex (New England College, an American school, no longer there) in 1971 - 74. I remember seeing what I considered "tiny" cars on the road, including some that had two wheels in front and one in back. Probably great for the narrow streets in some of the towns.
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Probably "bubble cars" by either Heinkel or Messerschmitt.
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The Heinkel and Messerschmitt cars were made primarily to help everyone get transportation and recover from WWII, don't forget.
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As mentioned above, TPA has been marking her territory since the last oil change.



This is because the idiot doing the service for reasons utterly unknown decided to refit the rather dog eared copper washer rather than replacing it. Which would have required him to walk all of four feet to pull one out the box.

This has now been rectified.



On the plus side, the sump only holds 1.75 litres of oil so I haven't wasted much by changing it twice in 200 miles.

On the downside, the sump only holds 1.75 litres of oil, so you *really* want it to stay inside the engine.

While I'd got the sump empty (again) I figured it wouldn't hurt to take a look at the sump strainer. I had been checking it religiously for the first few oil changes as quite a bit of sludge was initially washed out - but subsequent checks revealed nothing so I'd left it be for a while. Reckon it's probably been untouched for 650 miles or so now. Any slime present today?



Nope. Clean as a whistle (well, a very oily whistle...but you get the idea). The grainy looking bits at the far edge are attached to the gasket. No deposits in the basket at all.

I think with regular oil changes and the sort of driving I do I can probably drop pulling this out down the service interval list a bit. It's worth keeping an eye on, but definitely doesn't need to be pulled out with every oil change or anything like that from the looks of things.

Later in the afternoon I found five minutes to fit the new horn properly.



Aside from needing to fit the proper foam pads in the fuel tank frame (which I do now have in stock at long last) it's *almost* looking vaguely orderly under here now...



The spare belt got in the way of the catch for the hatch so has been relocated to in a bag under the seat for now. I'm probably going to attach a couple of the down points for said bag on the fuel tank supports when I have them out to fit the anti vibration pads so it can stay up front, but somewhere actually out of the way.

I took the Jag out for a quick run to the post office in the afternoon and it rewarded me in a typically Jaguar way by having random components decide to fall off for no readily explicable reason.



Situation normal then!
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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 passed me by, as my brain still thinks it's March 374th 2020.

Glad to report that the sump plug does indeed now appear to be oil tight.



Though we definitely do have a weep from the diff on the offside, so I'll need to look into changing the driveshaft seal at some point. It doesn't seem to be enough to show on the level, just enough to make a horrible mess.



Level has never visibly dropped between checks. But it doesn't take much to make a huge mess. Given the state of the outside of the diff casing (I chipped of congealed mud and oil the best part of an inch thick when I had it out between cars) I'm guessing it's probably been like this for decades!
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Has anyone besides me tried to get into the NKT lately? I'm getting a "404 Not Found" error message when I use the link I've used for quite a while. It's been almost a week since I was last able to get in, I think.

I know Space Cowboy is on there, and I've PMed him through here, but he hasn't replied. I know it's not connected to this site, but there were a couple of folks besides me that still kept in touch both places.
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I have been getting the same message, Allen. I have not posted there in a long time but I occasionally check how folks there are doing.
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Unfortunately I can't get on there either. While I am a moderator over there that will probably need to be fixed by an admin. And as you both know the only admin over there at this point is Simon and he hasn't been on here since 2019.


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