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    cort1977 got a reaction from mat_the_cat in Tyre quality   
    Tyres are like oil where everyone seems to have an opinion and there's a lot of opinion dressed up as fact.
    I would agree that the formulation of tyres changes over the years, it certainly seems like they don't last as well as they used to, but the performance of new tyres continues to improve.  Perhaps the trade off for better new tyre performance is a shorter life and we need to get used to changing them more regularly?
    This does not apply to Lada Niva tyres obviously which are made of granite.
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    cort1977 got a reaction from phil_lihp in Project Madonna. 1993 Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE.   
    A neighbour of mine had one in the late 90's.  Rode in it a few times and they are magnificent.  The way the glass comes right down to your waist, the sound, the seats - they're just great.  Proper motor. 
    Along with a P38 they're about the only LR product that I would roll the dice on owning.
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    cort1977 got a reaction from Stevebrookman in Project Madonna. 1993 Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE.   
    A neighbour of mine had one in the late 90's.  Rode in it a few times and they are magnificent.  The way the glass comes right down to your waist, the sound, the seats - they're just great.  Proper motor. 
    Along with a P38 they're about the only LR product that I would roll the dice on owning.
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    cort1977 got a reaction from MrDuke in Ghostly Goings On - lude behaviour   
    UnINTenTionAl aCCeLRatiON is a thing.  Do UR oWn rEEseARch.
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    cort1977 got a reaction from Jack D in Project Madonna. 1993 Range Rover 3.9 Vogue SE.   
    A neighbour of mine had one in the late 90's.  Rode in it a few times and they are magnificent.  The way the glass comes right down to your waist, the sound, the seats - they're just great.  Proper motor. 
    Along with a P38 they're about the only LR product that I would roll the dice on owning.
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    cort1977 reacted to Lankytim in The new news 24 thread   
    I’ve started to take the donor V70 I bought last week apart. It’s the same paint code as mine and the spoiler looked pretty nice so I looked at swapping it over. It’s straightforward enough but involves drilling the tailgate and cutting and resoldering the wiring for the brake light, it has to be fed though a small hole but won’t fit with the connector still fitted. 
     
    In the end I decided to swap the entire tailgates over. Being fibreglass they don’t weigh much so with the assistance of Mrs LT they were soon exchanged. The wiring was all the same as simply plugged in. The donor was a slightly earlier model which meant the wiper parked on the opposite side but it was a doddle to exchange the motors, although it wasn’t really necessary. The D5 badge was removed, numberplate fitted and the various functions tested. I was never a fan of spoilers but I do think it looks nice. 
     
    While working in the boot area I noticed the interior trim was much better than mine so that was exchanged too. My Volvo’s PO used it for carting rescue dogs about and although it had been shampooed multiple times it still whiffed and had some staining, I also took the opportunity to vacuum everything including the areas that were previously hidden by interior panels.
    I’m pretty pleased with the progress although it was a pretty well sorted car already, it feels weird driving around in a tidy car for a change! This thing also passed it's MOT this week with only two advisories for corroded springs and exhaust which I think is a record for me. 
     





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    cort1977 reacted to LightBulbFun in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards :) practical driving test passed finally Woo! :D   
    so for those who might not know I had my 3rd driving test today,
    and for those who do know are probably wondering just how it went! 
    well im very pleased to announced, that finally after 2 years I finally passed my car driving test and now have a full B licence woo!
    heres the obligatory picture of the pass Certificate  

    only 4 minors, Ill take that LOL

    im so please to have finally passed, Iv put so much time, effort and money into it,  and its finally paid off!, 3rd times a charm literally (although 1st time with this instructor for what thats worth )
    and there was so much riding on it (with my theory pass which was going to expire in January, but knowing there where just no practical driving test slots for the foreseeable future etc)
    its a massive weight off my shoulders now!
    speaking of instructors this is the website https://drivebetter.co.uk/ for the one which I passed my test with  I do recommend her if you have someone in East London wanting to learn how to drive, if she can get me through a test I imagine she can get anyone through!
    heres the obligatory standing by car with pass certificate photo!  

    so yeah finally passed Woo! I just need REV roadworthy and home and finally ill have some form own personal independence once more! 
    Thank you to everyone who has been with/put up with/helped me through this whole roller coaster ride! its seriously appreciated  
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    cort1977 reacted to LightBulbFun in LightBulbFun's Invacar & general ramble thread, index on page 1, survivors lists on Pages 24/134 & AdgeCutler's Invacar Mk12 Restoration from Page 186 onwards :) practical driving test passed finally Woo! :D   
    In lighting hobby news
    I took delivery of this a few days ago  my very first America streetlight! imported directly from North America  (Shown with a Philips SL lamp for size comparison)

    a fellow America friend and lighting very kindly bought it for my birthday a couple weeks ago and it arrived recently  I have wanted one of these and have tried to get one for over 10 years now so I am very pleased to finally have one!
    it was brand new in box  (and thankfully managed to survive the trip overseas as the seller only sent it in its original box with zero extra packaging or double boxing despite me asking him to!)
    its an American Electric  Lighting Roadway 115, or AEL 115 for short, its of the classic American Cobrahead design, and there are many US streetlights that follow this design style, but the AEL ones are the ones I like the most atheistically so I am very pleased to have gotten one finally  
    this particular example uses a 100W High Pressure Sodium lamp, however US 35W 50W 100W 150W and 1000W HPS lamps are not of the same electrical specifications as British/European HPS lamps of the same wattage so I had to wait for a US Spec lamp to arrive as I only had US Spec HPS lamps in 50W and 1000W
    thankfully I was able to find a UK based supplier for the lamp so I did not have to wait for the lamp to arrive from the states

    (that is what the Yellow 10 sticker is about, its called a NEMA tag and tells the crew on the ground what lamp the streetlight uses, so Yellow for HPS and 10 for 100W)
    access is gained by pushing on the latch on the front of the streetlight and swinging the door out of the way

    with the lamp installed and everything wired it up, it was time to fire it up, of course this being American it is rated for 120V 60Hz, thankfully I have equipment to deal with that, in this case my Variac, a Special transformer that lets me dial in any voltage I want between 0V and 270V  
    as this is 60Hz if I fed it 120V directly it would actually make it unhappy as the UK is 50Hz, so get around this I fed the fixture a lower voltage of about 105-108V to compensate for the frequency difference, which worked perfectly  
    the lamp fired up and ran up nicely  


    after monitoring the voltage and current and ballast temperature to make sure everything was happy (and as you can see by the label the fixture was made on the 22nd of August 2018)

    I closed the door and have had it running happily for over an hour now, enjoying its nice warm golden glow by my side  

    as you can probably imagine/tell I very pleased/happy with this, I of course have a few British streetlights in my collection but US Streetlights are not exactly common here so I am very happy to have one in the collection and of one of the exact models I had lusted after  
    the ultimate find for me now would be to find and get an AEL 327, which is the biggest Streetlight AEL made and was made for 1000W Lamps so 10x more powerful then this streetlight! as you can imagine they are massive beasts, but follow the same design as the AEL 115 so again I really like the athletic of them
    but sadly AEL stopped making 327's around 2018, and even when in production where much less common then the standard AEL 115 which was cranked out by the truckload. hopefully someday I can get my hands on an AEL 327  
    anyways I hope you enjoyed this look at an American streetlight  
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    cort1977 got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Tyre quality   
    Tyres are like oil where everyone seems to have an opinion and there's a lot of opinion dressed up as fact.
    I would agree that the formulation of tyres changes over the years, it certainly seems like they don't last as well as they used to, but the performance of new tyres continues to improve.  Perhaps the trade off for better new tyre performance is a shorter life and we need to get used to changing them more regularly?
    This does not apply to Lada Niva tyres obviously which are made of granite.
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    cort1977 got a reaction from BlankFrank in Tyre quality   
    Tyres are like oil where everyone seems to have an opinion and there's a lot of opinion dressed up as fact.
    I would agree that the formulation of tyres changes over the years, it certainly seems like they don't last as well as they used to, but the performance of new tyres continues to improve.  Perhaps the trade off for better new tyre performance is a shorter life and we need to get used to changing them more regularly?
    This does not apply to Lada Niva tyres obviously which are made of granite.
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    cort1977 got a reaction from Bamboocarman in Tyre quality   
    Tyres are like oil where everyone seems to have an opinion and there's a lot of opinion dressed up as fact.
    I would agree that the formulation of tyres changes over the years, it certainly seems like they don't last as well as they used to, but the performance of new tyres continues to improve.  Perhaps the trade off for better new tyre performance is a shorter life and we need to get used to changing them more regularly?
    This does not apply to Lada Niva tyres obviously which are made of granite.
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    cort1977 reacted to SmokinWaffle in 1987 Volvo 340 GLE - a bit of fun   
    Okay - big 'old update - so grab a bevvy and settle in.
    MOT day - got up and installed the battery, freshly charged - and I noticed that the negative terminal was.....well, not great:

    Thankfully someone had already noticed this and installed a new one - but not removed the old one. Interesting choice.
    Other one put on

    Bad one safely-ish put out of the way until I get a chance to remove it properly:

     
    Okay. Off we go. 
    Wait....it smells like it's running a little too rich. What's that I can....ah. Fuel leak - thankfully just a loose pipe / clamp, retightened and cleaned up - all good.
    Onwards!

    Pulled up at the MOT station and noticed some steam coming up from the front. Not a big deal, old cars. Wait, no that's a lot of steam....


    Bugger. Looks like that small weep turned into a larger weep on the way and it prompty emptied itself all over the floor. Boo!
    The offending hole:

    Filled back up - pisses out again. Hoorah.
    He was happy to take it and not let it idle on the ramp to save overheating - well - that's what he said - but it idled for a while on the ramp. Heaters were on max, temp didn't go over quarter way so should be all good. Fan cut in twice that I heard.

    Tense.
    After a short wait - would you believe it got a clean sheet!
    Just kidding - it failed:

    Not too awful. Inner and outer sill/jacking point on the passenger side, chassis rail rust hole, pads and rear plate. How hard can it be.
    I did also try some radweld / similar from the petrol station opposite the MOT place as a "get me home" - but it predictably did nothing. Was only a few quid. Gently drove the few miles to @Jikovron's place - pulling over 4 times to refill it with water, heater on max - just to be safe. Cap off to stop any pressure blowing the rad apart any more...
    Now - I've always wanted to learn to weld and I figure it's a good thing to know if you like driving around in old cars. The BX will need work in the next 6 months or so - and @Jikovron kindly offered to give me a hand (and using his welder/mask/gear) and work on the Volvo with me (well, lets be real, for me mostly).
    So, with me watching like a hawk taking in all the info I could about the process of cutting it out, grinding it back, fabricating the needed bits out of sheet metal, cardboard template, the lot - we got to work:

    Grim. That's not a happy patch.

    The inside was the real crusty bit - but I'm not stretch armstrong so no pics really.
    Let the cutting commence!


    mmmm. Bacon.

    Hello there Mr Jacking point.

    In the end we removed the jacking point entirely - and went as far back as we could until just good metal was left - whilst retaining as much of the original bits as we could for ease.
    Then began the templating..



    Fits like a glove.
    After tacking it on - he was kind enough to let me have a go at my very first welds!

    Considering I've never touched a welder in my life (I can solder - that's kinda the same....) - I was fairly pleased. It's certainly a skill to hone over time. Blew a few holes on the left and missed a few times - but very enjoyable and fun.
    Of course we didn't leave it like that - this is a repair not a circus.

    Done by the pro of the two of us.
    Ooh look there is another small hole/rust gob just down from that. Lets give it a poke it can't be that bad...

    Toss. Well - best to do a good job than a bodge!

    Fast forward a bit...




    aaaand finished for the MOT:

    No filler - just metal and plenty of Zinc Primer.
    What was removed:

    Took a closer look at the patch - really shows why plating and forgetting isn't a good long term plan - I was amazed at how far back the damage went once we cut it all away:


    Weld on a patch, the welds attract rust, rust attracts more, old rust is sandwiched inbetween new metal/rust, moisture, repeat.
    Now lets take a look at that chassis rail...

    Ooh-er.
    Unmounted the exhaust for better access - and much grinding and fastforwarding later:

    Again - this was zinc primered and will be rustoleum'd ASAP.
     
    Now - front pads. How hard can it be to get pads for this from a motor factor? As it turns out - bloody impossible. Closest set was an hour and 20 each way and nearly £30. Can get them online but 2 - 5 day delivery - I want it now damn it! None of the usual suspects else even stocked them.
    So I had a ring around on Sunday - finding one open on a Sunday is hard in itself - I phoned one small local, independent place - and with a heavy sigh asked if they had any pads and gave them the reg.
    There was a long pause, some rustling, and then in a thick Yorkshire accent he said:
     
    "Would you believe me if I said I do?"
    They had been there so long they didn't have a price on them. We agreed a tenner over the phone, and I popped in the BX to drive the 15 minutes over there:

    Genuinely so lucky to find these, brand new, local to me, on a Sunday - at a rock bottom price. He said they have been on the shelf since the place opened 30 years ago. Absolutely mental.  If anyone is local to Sheffield/Rotherham - Dearne Motor Spares might have what you need. Would recommend. 
    Anyhow, old pads off:

    Tasty. Not much life left on those.
    Wind back the piston:

    And new ones in. No pictures of that as you all know what brake pads look like.
    Rear plate dodgy, thankfully there was a nice metal one in the boot, drilled two holes in it and swapped it.
    Old (half dismounted):

    New (well, the clear one):

    Now - ready for a retest. The only thing left to get it safely to the MOT place was seeing if we could fix that radiator leak..

    You can see the slit in the metal that's causing the hassle. Rad has certainly seen better days.
    Popped off the bottom coolant hose, drained what was in it and dried it up. 
    Poked some of the fins from around the leak to give some room to work - this is just a temporary fix so I'm not too fussed. 
    Mixed together some two part epoxy and got to work giving it a good covering:

    Drier:

    Also cut off that bit of metal that was seemingly the cause of it as it was broken at the other end anyway.
    Filled it up cold, watched for leaks and dabbed with paper towel, seems to be holding....
    Time check, 17:04. MOT place closes at 17:30, it's a drive in place to no need to book. 8 minutes away with traffic. Insurance done. Lets go.
    Cranked it, started....as I pulled the choke, click, stuck out and pinned at 2.5k - far from ideal. A quick bit of jiggery pokery behind the dash cowell to manually pull it back and sorted. Let it warm up - no bubbles in the coolant or rising so we can assume the head gasket is okay. Rad still not leaking. Now or never. Expansion cap on loosely to stop pressure building, off we go.
    Being 5PM there was a lot of traffic, got to the place around 17:17. Enroute it was a bit nervy - where there was so much water on the rad from when it was leaking there was a lot of steam as it evaporate off. Got out a couple times to check the repair, still holding and eventually went. Temp was fine all the way.
    They were just shutting up - but the chap squeezed in a look at it just before they shut - aaaaaaaaaaaaaand:

    Really couldn't be happier. 12 months to play with, BX has been saved the winter hopefully and time bought.
    I'd also like to take a second to really thank @Jikovron for his kindness, hard work and patience with this. Even when I left to go home on the Saturday - he forged on until 9:30PM or so doing the sill - off of his own back. He had no qualms explaining everything to me, from fabrication of the sheets, why certain paint was used, technique, no question was too small. Use of his driveway, tools, facilities, power - I don't know how to say how much I appreciate it. I'd like to also restate the point that he did a good 97% of the welding and cutting involved while I watched and learnt - I really can't thank him enough and owe him a debt of gratitude for letting me shadow him. If there were more people in the world like him - the world would be a much, much kinder place.
    Welding has always been one of those secret skills that seems so out of reach - to have the whole process demystified and learn it's not actually rocket science or out of the realms of learning - was really gratifying.
    I also learnt enough to take a look on Facebook/eBay for a welder - so I can start practicing myself on good metal instead of super thing 30 year old sills to hone the skill and get welding!
    Found this beauty for £50, local, with a bottle that had some gas in it, 5KG wire and some spare tips:

    Very similar to the one @Jikovron uses - which is why I went with it. We tried it late after the MOT and it works a treat. For £50 - it's a bargain.
    Some parting pictures, they'd look nice on some sort of themed calendar... 


    Now to find a new radiator for it that isn't £250. Or a place that can repair this one and re-core it. We will see - and to get some paint, sort the garage so I can start welding myself....lots to do - but lots to be excited about.
    Onwards we forge!
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    cort1977 reacted to Zelandeth in The grumpy thread   
    Oh for fuck sake, get me the fuck out of this shithole town, now please.  In fact no, get me out of here about eight years ago.
    Apparently someone in front of me while I was out walking the dog called the police because they thought I was following them.  So they descended on me, in great numbers, in the middle of the dog walk.
    No  I was not deliberately following anyone, I have a dog who has serious anxiety issues who will turn into a 35kg ground anchor if there's anyone behind us (or she thinks there is), so overtaking people walking slower isn't something I can really do.  I hang back as far as possible and wait till I can either switch paths or there's a wide enough area I can get by without her noticing.  It's a royal pain in the ass somewhere as busy as this, but is part of living with a rescue dog.  A lot of her behaviour issues we have managed to improve on, but that one has proven impossible to sort with any reliability so far.
    Guess it's reassuring to see they'll appear rapidly for some types of reports...
    What do you want to bet I'm red flagged on every goddamn watchlist under the sun for the next six months now...
     
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    cort1977 reacted to sdkrc in A long time ago, in a Galaxie far far away   
    Hnnnnng



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    cort1977 reacted to Vantman in Scruffy Saab--Reacquired!   
    After about three and a half years and being owned by several  Autoshite members i have bought the Scruffy Saab back!
    So today my first journey since it returned was to a small local car meet at Headcorn aerodrome---with a bonus Spitfire!

     


     
     


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    cort1977 reacted to Ghosty in Ghostly Goings On - lude behaviour   
    Thought the silver Civic was running a bit flat, throttle response was poor. Occasionally it would crank but not fire when you turned the key. A suspect fuel relay is a good candidate for the latter; for the former the suspect is dizzy cap/arm/HT leads/spark plugs. Plugs were nice clean NGKs, leads were in good condition. However one of the distributor cap bolts had sheared in the body of the distributor so it wasn't held down properly, and inside the cap, the rotor arm was wobbling about on its shaft, and the plastic around it was chewed up. Turning the engine over revealed the screw that holds the arm on to the shaft had vanished. I pulled off the arm (very easily) and found the screw lodged behind it: 


    the arm was fucked - the mating surface for the screw had been worn away presumably from not being sufficiently tightened and the screw working loose, -it seems that the arm was a replacement part that had been lazily fitted as it was Bremi branded (not OEM).
    I had a spare arm in my parts stash that came off a 50k mile HRV that I'd raided for D-Series bits a while ago, so stuck that on - much better fit, and reinstated the screw. 
    Instant improvement!  
     
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    cort1977 reacted to Tamworthbay in Which is the worst Freelander?   
    To be fair, if you own a freelander then the chance of you getting an std must be massively reduced.
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    cort1977 reacted to twosmoke300 in Which is the worst Freelander?   
    Tomorrow - which is the best sexually transmitted disease?
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    cort1977 reacted to JJ0063 in The new news 24 thread   
    Passed cat c with 4 minors, thank fuck
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    cort1977 got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in Classic cars that are depreciating   
    This. It's generational. Same as Elvis memorabilia etc the market is literally dying hence prices drop.
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    cort1977 reacted to Bren in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Commiserations to those sacked from government. Must be especially painful knowing you were sacked from a cabinet that has Nadine Dorries.
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