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    83C got a reaction from Low Horatio gearbox in The new news 24 thread   
    Got a message at 1530 saying he was 50 miles away. 
    Unless he’s travelling aboard a heavily drugged sloth, I reckon he is lying.
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    83C reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos-Manta 400 kit has arrived 😁   
    Not much has been happening of late as mojo has been low and the fleet has mostly been behaving itself. 
    Today, A Good Thing happened. The Manta 400 kit arrived😁
    The guys who made it are rallying in Arbroath this weekend so offered to drop it off. A small gift was supplied by me to say thanks. Scottishy goodness

    As delivered

    Trial fit
    Laid out. Hopefully it won't get this close to a tree when it's fitted to the car
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    83C reacted to iainrcz in The new news 24 thread   
    Fucking GT 86, something else has broken. The second thing in 3 years!
    A door courtesy light has blown.
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    83C reacted to Spurious in The new news 24 thread   
    What a cute little friction plate. Also love the handling instructions, very Japanese 😃


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    83C got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    Got a message at 1530 saying he was 50 miles away. 
    Unless he’s travelling aboard a heavily drugged sloth, I reckon he is lying.
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    83C reacted to seacow in West coast collection thread - Freelander Van Content   
    Here she is. Really pleased. Few bits to sort and clean but really good condition and only 66k. Been decently recommissioned after long time in slumber. Will do some more bits myself. Deep clean inside first.  No idea why that’s where I start!








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    83C got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in The new news 24 thread   
    The Sharan is on facebook marketplace, so I'm dealing with the usual idiots. 
    Today's example:
    Buyer: Is this still available?
    Me: Yes.
    B: 500
    Me: No, £750 is the lowest I'll go. 
    B: 600??
    Me: See above.
    B: I come from Newport, fuel is expensive. 650?
    Me: No, I'm not subsidising your fuel costs having already dropped £200 off the price. You want it, you pay your own fuel.
    Message deleted, I can't be arsed to waste time responding any further. 
    15 minutes later he comes back with agreeing on £750, and a request for address and phone number, vague address given but no number. Apparently on his way around 1300, be here in two hours (120 miles away on not great A roads, good luck). Just had a message saying he's still 50 miles away. Will he turn up at all? Will he have £750 with him? Will he try and pull any little stunts like sticking water in the oil etc? Who knows...
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    83C reacted to martc in Truck Shite   
    Talking of bling -
     

    1964 Ford Turbine, nicknamed 'The Big Red', Ford's Gas Turbine was a towering super-transport prototype. After its debut in 1964, it made several cross-country runs at costs comparable to diesel operation. The 600 hp gas turbine engine that powered "Big Red" was developed and produced by Ford under a contract with the Department of Defence.
    Interesting that they are comparing it's size to Cortinas.
     
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    83C got a reaction from HMC in Classic cars that are depreciating   
    I spotted a red Frogeye at the local petrol station the other day, both the lads in it must have been 25 at the very oldest, and to their credit gave it a bit of stick down the road. 
    I do fancy something like an MGB, but it'd be a restomod for sure. If I really had plenty of spare cash I'd sling the B-series in the bin and shove something like a BMW 4.4 M62 in with a 6-speed and the back end from a 3 series.
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    83C reacted to omegod in It's O..mega, and it's now for sale, £4.5k   
    Edited to reflect a change of circumstance that sadly requires me to move this on to someone who will love it as much as me, I've had a very healthy dealer offer but I'm happy to offer it without the trade mark up that will then be attached to it  . Feel free to share with any enthusiasts you may know but please don't share to facearse etc.  It's the finest left in existence for sure and will go down a storm at shows etc. 
    My efforts of the last few months have come to fruition and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome  
    I'm a serial Omega botherer and some years ago I got a sniff of this 1996 Vauxhall Omega 2.5 V6 24v CDX manual that was no longer being used as it's only owner was no longer able to drive, sad circumstances meant it was stored unused for 5-6 years .  She was a non runner and in a neglected state by the time I was able to rescue it and  @worldofceriwas employed to bring her to me, excellent service and highly recommended! 
     When she arrived she was covered in the usual moss and grime and was still on the original 1996 tyres which were perished and barely held air.  Non running cause was found to be a completely ruined fuel system as the petrol in the tank had turned to a bright green mess that had dissolved all of the internal rubber pipes into a black sticky goo, I don't think I've ever smelt anything so toxic,  a thorough tank clean, new piping, sender unit refurbed , filter and new pump  and she burst back into life.   
    Further recommissioning work required was 4 x new Michelin tyres, Cambelt and waterpump kit , complete replacement exhaust system, service , wipers, alternator was refurbished with new internals, new battery and literally scores of hours of cleaning and gentle refurbishment . 
    The main dealer service history is incredible with 8 miles between services some years.  She walked her MOT and  now drives like a she has just rolled out of the showroom, unsurprisingly given she's only covered 17 k from new, the interior leather looks like it's just had the plastic removed at the dealers and the rear seats have allegedly never been sat in   












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    83C got a reaction from goosey in I bought a big.   
    The Lance did use the C as well.
    The first Darts used the B (step Dart, Dart SLF etc). Around 1999 Dennis enlarged the Dart chassis to 11.3m, shoved a Cummins C 8.3 hooked up to an Allison B300 or Voith D853/4 in the back and called it the Super Pointer Dart - almost all were bodied by Plaxton. SPDs were easy to spot because they all sagged at the back end, the chassis and body frame weren’t really up to the job of holding the extra weight. Stagecoach, Lothian and Cardiff Bus bought a number of them, the ones at Stagecoach Gloucester went ok but were very arse heavy.
    Around 2002 Dennis started fitting the updated ISB4/6 engines instead to the Dart, which changed how they drove and sounded. The 4 pot examples were quick but very laggy away from a standstill. 
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    83C got a reaction from willswitchengage in I bought a big.   
    The Lance did use the C as well.
    The first Darts used the B (step Dart, Dart SLF etc). Around 1999 Dennis enlarged the Dart chassis to 11.3m, shoved a Cummins C 8.3 hooked up to an Allison B300 or Voith D853/4 in the back and called it the Super Pointer Dart - almost all were bodied by Plaxton. SPDs were easy to spot because they all sagged at the back end, the chassis and body frame weren’t really up to the job of holding the extra weight. Stagecoach, Lothian and Cardiff Bus bought a number of them, the ones at Stagecoach Gloucester went ok but were very arse heavy.
    Around 2002 Dennis started fitting the updated ISB4/6 engines instead to the Dart, which changed how they drove and sounded. The 4 pot examples were quick but very laggy away from a standstill. 
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    83C reacted to puddlethumper in I bought a big.   
    There are two switches for the wipers so you can have one or both going.
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    83C reacted to puddlethumper in I bought a big.   
    My intention is to live in it as I'm considering retiring next year. Going to get a braked dolly and stick my 305 van on the back and wander about a bit. Sort of retro rig scene. It's the newest vehicle I've ever owned. I've advanced from the eighties to the nineties in one purchase. I think I'll have a lie down so I can take in this sudden advancement. 
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    83C got a reaction from HMC in I bought a big.   
    The Lance did use the C as well.
    The first Darts used the B (step Dart, Dart SLF etc). Around 1999 Dennis enlarged the Dart chassis to 11.3m, shoved a Cummins C 8.3 hooked up to an Allison B300 or Voith D853/4 in the back and called it the Super Pointer Dart - almost all were bodied by Plaxton. SPDs were easy to spot because they all sagged at the back end, the chassis and body frame weren’t really up to the job of holding the extra weight. Stagecoach, Lothian and Cardiff Bus bought a number of them, the ones at Stagecoach Gloucester went ok but were very arse heavy.
    Around 2002 Dennis started fitting the updated ISB4/6 engines instead to the Dart, which changed how they drove and sounded. The 4 pot examples were quick but very laggy away from a standstill. 
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    83C reacted to puddlethumper in I bought a big.   
    Some interior pics. It's not in pristine condition inside but everything works which is good enough for me. It's a front door job and in front of the passenger seat a piece of floor hinges down so it's all one level.









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    83C got a reaction from LightBulbFun in I bought a big.   
    Bus use - Dennis Dart SPD, Trident and Javelin all used the C series.
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    83C got a reaction from Saabnut in Steam powered Landy   
    There’s a phrase to strike fear into the heart of anyone involved with pressure vessels! Mind you, having seen some examples of truly appalling ‘professional’ boiler work (rivets with multiple layers to the head, barrels with gouges in them) it might not be so bad...
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    83C got a reaction from Eyersey1234 in Autoshite lexicon   
    Fail To Proceed
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    83C reacted to JimH in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    I've been trying to limit what I do on the body in an effort to force me to do the boiler cladding. It's slow going putting the decking down and most of the trouble is cutting the planks to minimise wastage. Plugging the screw holes take an age too.

    However, it isn't too bad to work with.

    A question. I've laid the planks with a 1/8th spacing to allow movement which I believe is the way you should do it. Because this is going to be inside the body and likely to be used as living space I was considering filling the joints with a sandable Sikaflex as per posh yachts with teak decks before sanding and oiling it. Is this a wise thing to do? I was quite pleased with how straight everything was.

    The edge at the back is protected by a piece of heavy angle which means checking out the planks so the angle sits flush to both the top of the planks and the face of the oak bearer. The top of that middle plank looks wavey for some reason. It isn't. Promise.

    We're about half way here. I laid the rest of the planks on loose last night because I thought we were going to need more wood. I also wanted to work out which were the best looking planks so the less then pretty ones can get hidden under the water tanks or bunker.

    What else? The other shitty job was making the boiler cladding which is just a complete and utter nightmare. True story. The only time I have ever been so frustrated with a job that I hurled a hammer at the radio in the hope that it would shut Bon Bastard Jovi up was when I was making the cladding for the last one. I missed and Bon Jovi did not shut up. The cladding was originally in blued (more later) steel whereas the later S was done in aluminium. Some of these are done in stainless which looks terrible and at least one I have seen is done in brushed stainless which is great of you want your waggon to look like a Waltham music centre but not quite correct. Anyway...
    The cladding was rolled up a while ago and then ignored because there was always something better to do. I roughly marked the centres for the fittings and then popped a 2"hole with a ring saw about where it should be. This let me slip the cladding onto the shell and pick op the centre for each mounting pad or coupling. Once marked each hole could be cut out with a nibbler and finished with an angle or die grinder. Each hole has a fininging trim around it that fits close to the boiler fitting so you don't need to be that accurate with your measurement but one of the things I hate about these jobs is it looking a complete mess before the shame plates go on so I try to work accurately for my own sanity. This wastes time but I don't care.
    This is the top cladding (upside down) getting the holes cut out.

    And this is it on. Most things line up neatly. The finishing plates are getting jet cut so they are as tidy as possible.

    And this is the bottom half. This is even lousier to work with because gravity is against you and it has to slip inside the upper one so they can be screwed together. The squae cut outs are to fit round the boiler mounting pads.

    So, how to finish it? You don't seem to be able to buy blued steel any more and last time we did it the various cold bluing products we tried were hopeless. After much head scratching we has resigned ourselves to painting it which would have brought a whole load of other problems. After watching something convincing on Youtube I bought a bottle of this as a last throw of the dice.

    And bugger me backwards if it didn't go and work. The finish it gives is a bit fragile and takes a lot of looking after because there is bugger all corrosion resistance but it gives a decently convincing finish. Ignore the slightly rusty streak on this sample piece - I have been rubbing it with a finger as hard as I could so see how durable the surface was (not very but good enough). Or the scratch because I wondered how easily it would scratch (very). It's no wonder that people have to treat guns like new born babies.

    Sadly for apprentices one through to three this means that there is a lot of polishing to get through before the cladding can be blued. 

    Here is the hole cut in the back of the cab to get through to the bunker which will be in the body rather than the cab. This is not original but it makes the cab a much nicer place to be. It also means you can get four people in the cab rather than two. There will be a steel chute bridging the gap.

    And the alternator (it is an alternator in the hope that we can get at least a bit of power out of it) needed a different mounting because someone didn't listen when I told the the clearance under the deck.. Dynamo set ups were always a bit tenuous on these things and many weren't fitted with them because they were largely useless but because we drive at night a lot you do need some decent lighting. Most of what you see here will be hidden under a slightly more period looking cover.

    And annoyingly because we needed to remount the alternator it also meant we needed to make another water pump bypass line which we could have lived without.

    Correct mirrors are very hard to find because they were a bit fragile and easily broken so we had a pattern made from the ones on the S. This will look pretty funky when they are finished but sadly they are tiny and close to useless. On the S we have a camera to see what is behind so we'll need to have something similar on this one. Using convex glass helps a bit but not very much.

    We had got a foot brake valve but it had been frost damaged and someone had brazed up. This wasn't the best way to do it but once cast iron has been brazed there isn't much else you can do so we tried to make a better job of the brazing. This happily took a x1.5 pressure test but no one was very happy about it. We pondered various ways of making it less shite but in the end just got a new casting.

    Much nicer if a little fiddly to machine in parts. This is it having the spindle and guide fitted.

    That's more like it.

    And it even got a new steam shut off valve made for it. Fiddly little bugger to make it was too.

    And as with all projects as you get closer to the end the jobs to do list keeps getting longer, not shorter.

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    83C got a reaction from Heidel_Kakao in Bus Shite   
    Dart with a Cummins C-series/ISC?
    Edit: Dart SPD, rear frame looks very similar.
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    83C reacted to garellikatia in Bought a frontera sport SWB   
    So I saw a cheaply advertised frontera sport. MOT until November,  it had recently  a new radiator head gasket,  alternator, exhaust  and cam belt
    The old boy seemed legit about servicing so thought sod it, for the price I will take a punt. It has the typical gaffer touches like matt brushed on paint , and steering wheel cover, not to mention the front wheel is the spare. The flat is mounted to the back of the boot,  and It came with a spare tyre to replace the damaged one. 
    I can hear the fan belt bearing whirling away so that will need replacing soon and the belt is old, which makes no sense as the alternator is new. I'd have done them in a pair. Overall it stinks of fags and dead pigeons but I'm going to give it a deep clean and sanitise it, then do some TLC, probably run it and see how she goes. Pics here: 
    What do you reckon guys? 🤔
     






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    83C reacted to quicksilver in Bus Shite   
    The good old Volvo B10M used to be everywhere but they're disappearing fast. This 1997 example with a Van Hool body was still going strong on school work last week though. I've actually travelled on this, on a university trip almost a decade ago, and it's still with the same operator now.
     
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    83C reacted to JimH in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    The GWR paper is one of the better explanations I have read on the subject - I've not seen that before so thanks for that.
    By "BR Black Book" I assume you mean the Handbook For Railway Steam Locomotive Enginemen. If that is the case then you are correct - a copy has been sitting on the shelf, unread, for many years and it turns out that there are some very nice colour drawings of injectors and a decent description of how they work including the function of the sliding thibble or jumper nozzles.
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    83C got a reaction from cobblers in It is just so Super (Sentinel).   
    More injector bedtime reading: http://kesr-mic.org.uk/resources/The+Steam+Injector.pdf
    Also, the BR 'Black Book' has several good diagrams on various injector types.
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