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#31 OFFLINE   Jim Bell

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:42 PM

The only thing I listen to on the radio is the traffic updates of a weekend on radio Newcastle and TFM.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:05 PM

I must admit the main reason I go for Snap On stuff is that if it breaks (and it does when you use them all day every day) I never have an issue getting it replaced, the Mac wagon rarely visits, and if I have to go to Halfords, 9 times out of 10 I get some spotty twat who couldn't tell his arse from his elbow, refusing to replace my broken stuff, which is a ten mile trip in the first place.

 

My garage at home has an awful lot of mismatched chod though!


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:10 PM

Atlantic 252 was fucking shit, it only ever played Curtis Stigers and Charles & Eddy. Awful.
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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:29 PM

The only snap on tools I have are ones that have been found under bonnets etc left by other mechanics. The guarantee is a bit pointless really as you are more likely to lose tools than break them. I have got a lovely snap on breaker bar that they have repaired twice now. (didn't mention the scaffold pole I had on the end of it when it broke) I found it lying in the road a few years ago. I have never understood people paying through the nose for snap on then not looking after them. Don't get me started about there code reader whoever thought that having all those silly different keys was a good idea.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 10:43 PM

I can well see that a young apprentice wants 'the best' and enjoy a certain prestige, but I've never rushed out and bought a full tool-set. Instead, I've bought as I needed and accumulated a good tool set over time - many years, in fact. But this is coming from a weekend tinkerer/amateur, not someone who has to do it for a living and maybe has to get some spanners quickly. But there are plenty of old, quality makes out there at flea markets going for next to nothing. 

 

Panhard, you raise a point which always amuses and irks me at the same time, viz. people not looking after their tools. Hell, I see old men who should know better, having lived through shortages, throw tools on the ground.

 

Anyway, I paid £2 for this, showing no signs of giving up yet.

 

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 11:00 PM

I hate radio in the workplace.

 

Capital, Heart, Radio 1 - all shite and counter-productive. I left a job because of it (and the fact the job was awful). If you love listening to Radio all day long, you are a robot slave put amongst us by the Illuminati.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 11:20 PM

wouldn't trust that bunch of muppets with a kidde-car esp that sctoch numpty. snap-on isn't as good quality now days.


to much power is just enough & theres more to life than mpg.


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:24 AM

After PRS and PPL, there is MCPS. Lovely folk. Bane of my life when I ran a recording studio. 


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:33 AM

I used to listen to Atlantic 252 around 1990, if I was somewhere Radio1 couldn't reach.  (Yes, even I used to listen to R1, and as late as my 30s too!)  I remember when Mad Donna got to number one with Hanky Panky, R1 didn't seem keen to play it (a bit risque maybe?) but 252 played it to death.  I haven't heard another song of hers that I would listen to so readily.  It's very much her Forgotten Hit.
 
Has Atlantic gone now?


It bit the dust around the year 2000.

I remember one of the DJ 's was called Robin Banks.
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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:50 AM

Atlantic 252 was bought out by a company called TEAMtalk who closed it down and relaunched as a sports talk station, similar to talksport.

 

They absolutely bombed and were off the air and bankrupt after 6 months.

 

The transmitter then lay unused until a few years ago and now it rebroacasts RTE Radio 1.

 

Robin Banks is a bit of a legend in the industry, for being really creative but also for landing stations in the shit. He's starting a new gig soon on Jack FM in berkshire


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:26 PM

Well today I had a simple little job that turned out to be a knob. Front exhaust and cat on a mk4 golf 1.6 16 v . What a cock to wrangle into place.
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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:35 PM

I can well see that a young apprentice wants 'the best' and enjoy a certain prestige, but I've never rushed out and bought a full tool-set. Instead, I've bought as I needed and accumulated a good tool set over time - many years, in fact. But this is coming from a weekend tinkerer/amateur, not someone who has to do it for a living and maybe has to get some spanners quickly. But there are plenty of old, quality makes out there at flea markets going for next to nothing. 

 

Panhard, you raise a point which always amuses and irks me at the same time, viz. people not looking after their tools. Hell, I see old men who should know better, having lived through shortages, throw tools on the ground.

 

Anyway, I paid £2 for this, showing no signs of giving up yet.

 

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Ooooo old tools.

 

I have a considerable array of imperial chod, some extremely ancient but still brilliant. 

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 01:16 AM

Well today I had a simple little job that turned out to be a knob. Front exhaust and cat on a mk4 golf 1.6 16 v . What a cock to wrangle into place.

Yup, just did no2 daughters a few weeks back. on a jack. in the rain. nice.

 

I also got fed up with all the stupidness that goes on inside the doors on these things, and on having a non working interior light off the drivers door, I decided to overrule VW's cleverness and fitted a Fiat pin switch to the pillar, as in the olden days. Guess what...It works and took less time to do than taking off the door panel...AGAIN.

 

 

Well. The Gig.

 

Site at my garage had been checked and signed off. I have all my paperwork, computer and office all as I want it.I've familiarised myself with all the Crypton equipment and know how it all works. To book a demo test you need to have paperwork in place on the wall, which is in the post. Diary is ram packed with MOT's, which have been getting taken to our other branch. This is a major hassle, so they have booked my demo test for Friday first thing at this other branch to save time. This branch uses Tecalemit equipment which is quite a bit different, and I'll get no time to get it sussed, as I was off today, and have a Doblo timing belt and a few other things to do tomorrow. I was supposed to be off next Monday, when I had hoped to get both my bikes MOT'd. This was changed to Thursday as the MOT diary is full on Monday. Then the MOT diary filled up for Thursday so I got today off, so it's going to be another couple of weeks before I can get on my bikes.

 

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Posted 05 June 2016 - 08:30 PM

Thread resurection by demand ( garage wank thread on the open forum )

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 06:45 PM

Quick one from today -

MGTF, won't charge, flattens battery. Owner had already bought and fitted a new alt and battery which didn't fix it, taken them both back to halfords and exchanged for another pair which still didn't make it work. I went round with a multimeter, thankfully he already had the engine cover off. Batt light not illuminating at all, 11.6v at battery with engine running.

14-15v fluctuating at the large terminal on the alternator proves the alt is ok, the battery started the car easily enough so it isn't the battery lead. Continuity test between starter and alternator shows open circuit and a jump lead across the terminals (starter to alt) makes it all work properly, battery warning light as well.

This is why you should get stuff diagnosed!
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:30 PM

Quiet day here today, just two oil and filter changes. I've worked every day 6 weeks straight so a day off is welcome!

Going out to a "my mate sez..." Job tomorrow morning, 206 with a misfire and eml on. "My mates a mechanic, told me to change the plugs and coil but it's still the same so my mate sez it could be an injector.." Has your mate plugged it in to see what the fair actually is or done any tests?? "Na but he's shit hot wiv cars tho" , oh so that'll be why you called me then....
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:31 PM

Day of paperwork for me today - getting ready for my first vat return . Still did some banking and running around for parts tho
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:34 PM

Not sure if I qualify for this thread, I'm just a reputable* part time motor trader and it's more "tales from the filthy barn floor" because I don't have a lift (yet)


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:37 PM

Anyone else taking work on through clickmechanic.com? I've given it a bash but the 24% margin they take is a bit steep to say the least.

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:44 PM

Too busy to do the work I've got luckily
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:44 PM

My humble premises, built a big wooden shed on the back for parts and tools. Otherwise it's out and about in the overworked £300 Rover. For a little 1400 it can tow well, especially useful when a 300000 mile Skoda blows up on the rank.

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:53 PM

Since you're mobile, Dave, do you have a lightweight but sturdy trolley jack you use?

Had to lump my massive floor jack in and out of my car yesterday to rescue a stricken friend after the supplied widow maker failed whilst swapping the spare on and it's far too heavy to leave my workshop regularly at just over 40kg
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:59 PM

Quiet day here today, just two oil and filter changes. I've worked every day 6 weeks straight so a day off is welcome!

Going out to a "my mate sez..." Job tomorrow morning, 206 with a misfire and eml on. "My mates a mechanic, told me to change the plugs and coil but it's still the same so my mate sez it could be an injector.." Has your mate plugged it in to see what the fair actually is or done any tests?? "Na but he's shit hot wiv cars tho" , oh so that'll be why you called me then....

No 1 fuel injector. I have had 2 now and both have been no 1 injector. If I remember rightly it just puts a code in for random misfire. 

I had an Austin 8 in the other week which kept playing up after about 8 miles. It wouldn't play up all the time I had it in but broke down just as the customer came to collect it. A quick rummage through the cupboards for a new coil and it was back on the road. Not much else of interest this week just a cam belt and water pump on a C3 tomorrow.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:00 PM

Since you're mobile, Dave, do you have a lightweight but sturdy trolley jack you use?

Had to lump my massive floor jack in and out of my car yesterday to rescue a stricken friend after the supplied widow maker failed whilst swapping the spare on and it's far too heavy to leave my workshop regularly at just over 40kg

I have the costco 2 tonne Arcan one , ace and trusted jack but still no lightweight at 26kg but it is manageable to haul about and a barg at £85 ish


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:01 PM

Ha I keep looking but not buying, still lugging a big old 3 ton one about when I need a big lift , otherwise a boggo little 2 ton for run of the mill stuff like pads and basic services. Anything complex or requiring serious dismantling I'll fetch back here.
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:03 PM

SGS do lightweight aluminium jacks for similar money (I don't have a Costco card) and I really like their 3T jack which I use now but I'm not sure whether they'll be any good

Could just get a cheapy one for small mobile jobs but I don't trust them as much!
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 10:07 PM

Oh, just half a million or something.... http://www.telegraph...-royalties.html

 

I wouldn't mind, but that's half a million per year for a song that makes me want to push people's heads through shop windows.

 

I loved that song when I was kid but I can't stick it now - I did feel a bit more kindly when Noddy Holder said "that song's me pension" on TV - at least he's honest about it.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 10:17 PM

Day of paperwork for me today - getting ready for my first vat return . Still did some banking and running around for parts tho

 

That your normal hourly rate still has to cover, which seems to be easily forgotten...



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Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:12 AM

Atlantic 252 was fucking shit, it only ever played Curtis Stigers and Charles & Eddy. Awful.


No it wasn't- it played chaka demus and pliers as well.

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 11:22 AM

Not sure if I qualify for this thread, I'm just a reputable* part time motor trader and it's more "tales from the filthy barn floor" because I don't have a lift (yet)


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Looks hard work, you must be exhaused..............


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