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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in The new news 24 thread   
    The kids nagged me after work, so instead of doing what I had wanted to do I ended up doing this:

    Tree and baubles and lights

    Dancing color lights and a pink floodlight (meant to be red, cheap led crap lol)

    Brightest mailbox on the street

    Front of the house with"snow" falling, lanterns, wreath and a "fire", which I need to build with some logs and things
     
     Gotta smile somehow
    Phil
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Tickman reacted to Parky in Kiwi Kar Konundrums - Parky2 adventures so far   
    Busy out.  Total gridlock.
    Right, best go get myself a shagged Corolla or Civic for general duties...

     
     

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    Tickman reacted to Parky in Kiwi Kar Konundrums - Parky2 adventures so far   
    Right then, out of quarantine for two days and bought a Suzuki Swift Sport Automatic.  Mrs P loves it, so that’s job done.
    Next up is to explore Oxford where I am currently based.  It makes Emmerdale look like the west end of London but some useful chod sitting about in fields - these are all within 200m of where I am staying
     

     
    It’s nice.  70000kms which is bugger all.  Problem with transferring the cash to the seller but he trusted us and let us take the car without paying for it!  Can you imagine that happening in Essex?


    Someone’s daily.  Their house appears to be Mr Trebus’s shed

     
    Wouldn’t mind having a go at getting this running but there is a massive sheep watching me suspiciously....

    Bye bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the Levee but the Levee was full of sheep
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    Tickman reacted to RayMK in The new news 24 thread   
    Had a pleasant local drive in the Tipo today and stopped for a walk. Walking is not something I particularly enjoy - I use two sticks - but good weather and an excuse to get out of the house for exercise* at 1mph over a few metres at least enabled me to take photos of my distinctly grubby car. 
    Although I've yet to get underneath to inspect the recent welding work out of curiosity (not nitpicking), the two areas I have seen at the rear of each sill inside the rear wheel arches look very neat and solid.



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    Tickman reacted to BorniteIdentity in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    December 1st today. Opened the door to my Advent calendar (a picture of a candle ffs) and also opened the door to the Multipla seeing as its now taxed. 
    As you’ll see from page 1 of this thread, I like Japanese cars - I like German cars and I like saloon cars. I really respect engineering integrity and most of all value longevity. This is the absolute antithesis of my usual fodder. And yet, I love it. I fucking love it. And the more you try to hate it, the more it impresses. The wife - who cares not one whit for cars - is smitten. It is completely beguiling, despite its faults. 
    Because if it’s faults, actually. 
    It has mismatched tyre sizes. It’s constantly steaming up like a Chinese takeaway. The drivers seat seems to have permanently engaged lumbar support and it spent the day trying to convince me it was -13 degrees. The radio is fucked and only plays a distorted, monophonic Radio 1. But it’s just so willing. It drives like a car, pulls like a train and looks like an emoji 🚙. 
    I’ve already found myself looking for a really good one, but it might turn out that I’ve already got one. Fingers crossed.

     
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    That's just lovely*
     

    All new.
     

    Bosh. Need to make the hard line up, then it's time to adjust brakes, bleed brakes.
     
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    I ran new hard line from the master cylinder to the front left, front to rear and rear to left.

    Bent pipes to shape and flared them.

    Cleaned up the rear tee, it was a wad of gunge.

    Rear shoes looked fairly new but were falling apart.

    Stripped it all down. The bias adjuster at the top there took an eight foot breaker bar and my foot to shift. Beaten with hammers it finally came out.

    Cleaned and greased up. That hadn't been adjusted in.. forever.
    Forgot to take a photo with it all back together, but it's now in.
     
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    Fitted the window back in, the modified runner works well enough for now; got the handles and door card back on and secure. The bottom of the door card is bad but eh. The door closes with a nice clunk now, no rattles.
     
    Some firsts today too. First time all the doors function correctly and all work as they are meant to (99%).
    Also, I have locked all the doors with the key and have secured the car for the first time since I've owned it. 
    Not too bad
     
     
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    There you go, all back together on that door, all working (winds up and down remarkably well considering the glass is broken).
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    Tonight, I decided to strike one thing off the to do list.
    The rear right glass now winds down but with the lower stop missing the mechanism would fall out the end of the upper runner and the window would jam in the fully down position. I didn't have enough metal to make a closing panel with a stop, so I decided to improvise.

    Started with a piece of flat steel bar. Marked and cut it to size, with a 9/16" hole in.
     

    You can see my line of thought here against the upper runner.
     

    Slots in and pops over the mounting point, braced with strength.
     

    Filed down a little and using a longer bolt that went further through, a washer and nut do up onto the other side and lock it in place.
    Now the window winds all the way down but doesn't get stuck at the bottom.
    Gonna put that door back together tomorrow, that leaves the driver's door to finish.
     
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    That'll work. Think it'll stay, at least for a while.

    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    Couldn't do much tonight, shoulder's giving me grief again.

    I had an idea so I pulled the LED bulbs out of the box (I'd removed them because they were a strange hue and the dimmer circuit doesn't make them dim). They were attacked with a turquoise marker pen.

    Let's try one out... Yup. 

    So now, modeled after the Chrysler Newport, we have the Pontiac Swansea dashboard (it was either that or Port Talbot)
    I'll get a better shot when it's properly dark.
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    Tonight, coat hanger. Attacked with various tools.

    Left: previous owner's idea of a good lock pin
    Right: a better lock pin

    Slotted into place in the right hand door. I'm still trying to figure why both lock pins were missing in the first place...
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    Absolutely.
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    Mm. Curves. Finished polishing the paint.

    Only took me 2 years but the whole car has a shine to it now.
    I took a step back and needed to be a little bit retrospective. So, here's a drive up the street in the car just after I bought it.
    Here it is today, on the same route.
    Yeah, I am happier with how it is now, for sure.
    Phil
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    Tickman reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    Fixed the mirror.
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    Tickman reacted to juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    You can suffer some some van holiday photos now.
    We don't stay on campsites - they're full of noisy children (and adults). There's always somewhere nice and quiet to park up.
    Speyside

     
    Attacked by Caenis flies on Orkney

     
    Some random UK chod that had been abandoned in Dunkirk, inbetweeners style paint job.

     
    Canal fishing in Aisne, France

     
    German tat

     
    French roads

     
    Lyon tunnel

     
    A surprisingly peaceful night at the docks in Hamburg.

     
    Where we stayed over so we could see the mad genius Devin Townsend!

     

     
    I wonder if the owner of this is on here?

     
    On the Austrian border

     
    Somewhere in Germany

     
    Bavarian central heating

     

    Very lost in a very large random Belgian forest.. there were boar wandering about.

     
    Austria

     
    Cairn O' Mount

     
     
     
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    Tickman reacted to Zelandeth in The new news 24 thread   
    The results of day 1 of Operation: Destroy the Bamboo.


    They reckon tomorrow will see them done with the area around the pond (which will mostly have to be done by hand due to electrical wiring nearby we can't easily isolate).  Once that's done it will be all about trenching and installing root barriers and such to make absolutely sure it never comes back.
     
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    Tickman reacted to vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    Going more for educational than entertaining with this one really, so it's got a bit of the old telly-on-a-trolley/open university/dadcam vibe about it.  And I'm okay with that.  I also understand why there's so little info out there on how to strip down and rebuild door cards, it's a right palaver doing it and the recording and then the editing.
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    Tickman reacted to vulgalour in The new news 24 thread   
    Every time I do another video (Lanchester one coming soon) I have a greater appreciation for people who do it regularly and far better than I can manage.  It's a boatload of work even for the mediocre stuff I produce.  I'm glad I'm only doing it for fun and not to earn a living with.  It's also shocking just how much material you get rid of in the editing process, latest video is only half an hour long and took four hours of footage to make and it's still only okay.
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    Tickman reacted to Saabnut in How much shite is too much shite? Awakening the Bentley   
    It is a 2011 Komatsu PC16 zero swing with all the desirable bits (expanding tracks, two speed tracking, quick hitch, full cab c/w heater etc) with 2500 hours and 4 buckets. Came fully serviced from a dealer and cost me £8400. He had diggers from £5500 but in the digger world you very much get what you pay for. Very happy with it and by spending a bit of time tidying the paint I could probably make a profit. Diggers hold their value well.
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    Tickman reacted to andy18s in OMG SNO KAOS - pics or stories?   
    Our 1st snow arrived yesterday,taking around 6 hours to drop
    Temperatures are dropping for a few nights too





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    Tickman reacted to Split_Pin in OMG SNO KAOS - pics or stories?   
    1/12/2010
    I was going nowhere that day, only because the trains were off. They actually did well that winter, all things considered. I was lucky* enough to be able to walk to the station when I lived in this house in Polmont so didn't need to use the car.
    No Corsa in the drive because my wife was stranded at her mum's in Cumbernauld which was thankfully 5 minutes walk from where she worked at the time.
    Later that week the whole street went out sequentially moved around the street and dug everybody's car out, took most of a day.
    The Vectra was a great car, sadly too much went wrong right when we were expecting my son and I needed something reliable. Had it been now I would have had it fixed in an instant.

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    Tickman reacted to vulgalour in Maestro, please.   
    So... you know that thing where you're just going on eBay to "have a look" and "get a feel for prices and spares availability" and you accidentally "buy it now"?
    The car isn't even due to arrive until the 8th but that coachbolt through the front bumper end cap was REALLY bugging me and there was one on eBay REALLY cheap.
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    Tickman reacted to junkyarddog in The new news 24 thread   
    Local motorfactors had a Mk1 Focus front spring in stock.
    Thankfully the pinch bolt came out easily from the hub.



    Retest booked.
    Fingers crossed for a pass.
    It's been fun*
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