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Old Apr 20 2021, 06:20 AM   #5801
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Very good news for Kibby. I have a friend who has been a manager at an Olive Garden near us for years and she's had a good experience with them.
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Old Apr 20 2021, 09:50 AM   #5802
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Kibby will be working, in the kitchen, at Olive Garden
They want some willing to start at the bottom & work their way up to chef. Which is exactly what she wants. She'll be making a lot more money as well. They start everyone at 11 dollars an hour. She was making 7.50.
Way to go Kibby !!!!!!
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Old Apr 20 2021, 11:00 AM   #5803
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Old Apr 20 2021, 01:02 PM   #5804
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Great news about Kibby. She's already shown her willingness to work in the past, so I hope that she moves up the ladder quickly.
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Old Apr 20 2021, 01:33 PM   #5805
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Old Apr 20 2021, 01:33 PM   #5806
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Old Apr 20 2021, 04:13 PM   #5807
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Old Apr 20 2021, 08:03 PM   #5808
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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.

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Decided to have a better shot at cleaning the Dynastart pulleys up on TPA.

There is deep enough pitting that they'll never be perfect, though I think this should be good enough for the job...given that the previous belts lasted the best part of a thousand miles and still worked once the tension was adjusted...if I go through £14 of belts once a year or so I'm really not going to lose any sleep over it.





Especially given they started out like this.



Sadly Motorserv only had one belt (Gates 6262MC for reference) so I'll need to swing by tomorrow to pick up the second one before I can fnish reassembly.
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Old Apr 21 2021, 08:55 AM   #5809
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That sounds like a good advancement. I hope she has a happy work environment in this place.
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Old Apr 21 2021, 05:38 PM   #5810
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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 its owner. I'm utterly paranoid about losing other people's tools so always try to get them back as soon as I can.

Dodged the usual game of chasing the ramps around by doing the job on the lawn. They dig in enough there to stay put.



Still hate getting the car onto the ramps.

Of course because it's the Activa there's a hydraulic line in precisely the right place to be in the way when you're trying to get the removal tool onto the sphere.



Not enough to be a problem, just enough to be moderately annoying.

Offside one first, wound off without too much of a fight



Only slight game I had there was the seal vanishing into another dimension (I did find it eventually) which had me second guessing if I'd got the old one out of the strut for a few minutes.

New one in. That's this side done.



Nearside required a little more persuasion to shift, but I was still able to do it by hand just using the sphere tool. Didn't need to get any additional breaker bar or anything involved. It's really nice working on a car where the previous owner or a garage haven't overtightened absolutely everything.



New sphere on.



Tightened the bleed screw on the regulator back up, checked for leaks then that's that job done. Maybe 20 minutes?

Well it would be if the new spheres weren't flat. Knew it was a bit of a risk being NOS ones from 1998...but was worth a shot. Offside one is passable, nearside one though is just as bad as the one that came off.

No huge inconvenience really, as mentioned above they take about 20 minutes to change and they were given to me free, so I'm really not even in the slightest irked by this development - it's just one of those things that happens when you're tinkering with old cars and old parts!

We'll be playing this game again shortly then.


Second new belt was picked up for TPA today so those have now been fitted. Adjustment seems spot on with the six spacers split evenly with three on each side.



The bit of trim that I re-stuck to the offside door appears to have remained firmly attached overnight - so if I have any more bits coming adrift I know going in what approach to use - basically loads of adhesive.

On the subject of trim, while getting the whole roof lined is definitely a job for "sometime in the future" one bit I really wanted to address was the rear C pillar on the offside, mainly because of an unsightly historic repair there.



Conveniently I had a couple of offcuts left from when I did the carpeting job which I was fed up of shuffling from place to place in the garage. They were just big enough to do this.



Far tidier!

Obviously made a matching one for the other side too.



Have left them both wedged in place while the glue sets. I'd really like to replace the windscreen demister duct, however it's still a way down the list - especially at £25+ a metre!
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Old Apr 25 2021, 06:47 PM   #5811
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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 frankly embarrassing.

It's definitely one of the most awkward cars I've ever had to clean - especially the front and rear overhangs. Doesn't scrub up too bad though from ten paces.





Hoping to get the van in for an MOT this week to find out if there's any work needed for that I'm not currently aware of (expecting a shock absorber and a couple of brake pipes as the ferrules are rustier than I'd like). Have had a couple of recommendations for a garage to use (my usual one can't deal with vehicles this large) so we'll see how that goes.
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Old Apr 26 2021, 07:00 PM   #5812
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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 quite braced for having to make two trips though. At the end of the day it's only an hour each way so if I need to make to trips it's hardly the end of the world. However if I had the van available that would make things far, far easier as I'd have bags of room to spare then.

Following a few recommendations on the MK Modern Classics group on Facebook, I've got it booked in with MOTest in Newport Pagnell on Wednesday morning for a test. My usual garage can't do me an MOT on this as it's too big and too heavy for their test bay.

I've been out and given her a quick once over. The brake hose ferrules are a bit more crusty than I'd really like. I wouldn't say they're bad, but I'd definitely expect them to at the very least to be an advisory. They'll be getting changed either way - just not before Wednesday.



Still slightly irked that the garage last year didn't even get a mention last year given the number of as far as I can tell non existent faults with the braking system that they found and charged me for sorting...Would have expected the rigid lines to have got a mention too - though those at least just need a clean up I reckon.

The front shock absorbers, particularly the offside one look quite crusty (and it has a dust cover held on with a cable tie), but they both work as far as I can tell. Like the brake flexible lines, I'm going to plan on swapping those out in the near future anyway for peace of mind.



I've sorted the spurious brake pad wear warning light issue - by disconnecting the sensor leads. I'm not proud of it, but the problem is a simple fundamental issue with the system design which results in false triggering with modern brake pads. Rather than the way for instance BMC did where they just have a light in series with a metal tab in the brake shoe, which grounds the circuit through the disc when the pad gets worn down, Mercedes have the switching done by a transistor - meaning that even the tiniest bit of leakage to ground at the brake end of things brings the light on. I don't think I've ever actually seen one of these vans where the wiring wasn't snipped off decades ago... guessing this may be why! I've not cut anything, no need to. There are two connectors that can be unplugged in the engine bay. So if somewhere down the line I feel like modifying the system to be less hyper sensitive I can easily get it going again. Though being honest on a van that's doing a couple of thousand miles a year it's really not necessary. Obviously would be far more important a feature if she was a van in heavy commercial service doing thousands of miles a month!

Discovered the nearside indicator repeater was out. This turned out to be a bit of poor design. The ground for the repeater is via the mounting screw - however that's just a self tapping screw into a plastic plug on the inside of the wing. A bit of rust on the screw where it passed through the wing = dead light. I've done away with that and replaced it with a nut and bolt with a shake proof washer, and a big blob of grease over it to keep water out.

There could be a thousand things I've missed though...it barely moved last year. Obviously being an old Merc rust is the biggest fear!

I then went and cleared what felt like about two tonnes of dead leaves and dog hair out of the interior.







I'll get back under there tomorrow and give all the rigid brake lines a rub down and see if I spot anything else needing attention. I will say it's really nice having a vehicle that you can comfortably work underneath without needing to faff about with jacks or ramps! In the interests of seeing off Murphy's Law, I do stick an axle stand under the chassis rails though just in case a spring decided to snap while I was crawling around under there. Unlikely? Yes. However I know my luck and it takes all of thirty seconds to do. So let's just play it safe.

I'd by absolutely lying through my teeth if I didn't say I that even just on the run to the testing centre that I was massively looking forward to driving the old bus again. It's been far, far too long. I do find it highly amusing the degree of decision paralysis that I sometimes suffer as to whether to go out driving in a Citroen Xantia Activa, 2.8 tonnes of camper van with 78bhp, a V12 Jag XJ-S, or an Invacar. I enjoy driving all of them...Though honestly the Invacar probably has caused the biggest grins from me lately.

They all have their moments though...

Xantia: Seeming ability to totally ignore the laws of physics where changes in direction are concerned and the addictive shove in the back when it comes on boost.

Jag: The sheer degree of torque from a standing start is absolutely ridiculous...oh, and the noise when you go anywhere north of 3000rpm. Comfort goes without saying...and the looks.

Van: She's just a lovely old thing to drive. Gearchange, steering, ride and strangely enough, the smell all say vintage bus to me.

Invacar: Hard to point at any one thing, as it's just such an utterly unique driving experience...and far, far more capable a vehicle than you'd ever think to look at.

In other fleet news, for the last month or so I've been unable to get the boot on the Xantia unlocked. Wouldn't unlock with the central locking or the key. No amount of fiddling around with either on a dozen or so occasions had any effect. Yeah...right up to this afternoon when I went outside to properly investigate and fix it.



When I unlocked the car to undertake this task the bootlid unlocked perfectly normally. The lock has then proceeded to work absolutely perfectly, and pulling the trim off didn't reveal anything amiss which would have caused any issues. Yep, that's pretty much situation normal then!
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Old Apr 27 2021, 07:40 PM   #5813
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Got a new car today. A 2021 Honda Accord Sport 2.0 (turbo) 4 door sedan. It is a metallic blue with black fabric seats. I'll have to get used to not putting a key in an ignition but heated seats sounds like a nice luxury. I have no way of putting pictures here any more, you'll just have to imagine it.
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Old Apr 28 2021, 09:19 AM   #5814
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Got a new car today. A 2021 Honda Accord, 4 door sedan. It is a metallic blue with black fabric seats. I'll have to get used to not putting a key in an ignition but heated seats sounds like a nice luxury. I have no way of putting pictures here any more, you'll just have to imagine it.

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She had orientation & worked her first shift. So far she lives it. She has several choice of food can get free. Ever year the company sends several employees to Italy to attend their colanary school. She is hoping she can go. All general manager have to go.
She will get 2 hours added pay once she has her second shot. They schedule you 2 day off after getting the shot
Which is good she selp for 2 day. Was feverish & her arm was very sore on the second day.
She likes the people sh worked with. From what she is telling me, the company is a good one to word.
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I DO hope that's a "Culinary" school in Italy!
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She had orientation & worked her first shift. So far she lives it. She has several choice of food can get free. Ever year the company sends several employees to Italy to attend their colanary school. She is hoping she can go. All general manager have to go.
She will get 2 hours added pay once she has her second shot. They schedule you 2 day off after getting the shot
Which is good she selp for 2 day. Was feverish & her arm was very sore on the second day.
She likes the people sh worked with. From what she is telling me, the company is a good one to word.

Sounds great!
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I hope Kibby does get to go to Italy! It's good to hear that she likes the work so far.
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I messaged Simon on Facebook & he said he's working on the NKT problem.
Any further word from Simon on the NKT?
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Old May 3 2021, 10:53 AM   #5820
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Thanks R'zil, I was wondering the same thing. I've been thinking there's a different link we should be trying because the one I've used for quite a while sure isn't working.
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