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    Old Cars, Aviation, Scandinavian Languages, Piano Music, Norse Paganism.


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  1. From an 800 to a Trabant sounds to me like going from the sublime to the ridiculous. Best of British luck with the Traby. Changed the oil in my 820 last year and added a Litre of ATF. Seems to have made a big difference to the performance, less tappet noise. So I recommed you give it a try in your 800.
  2. Richard, I watched your rant right to the end. I found it sad, funny, inspirational and disappointing, not in that order. I found myself sharing your disappointment that the car sold in the end for less than its true value but you are correct IMHO as to the reasons for that. This was something to a great extent outside of your control. You can be justly proud of the quality of the workmanship you poured into the Range Rover, the buyer has landed a real bargain. But looking on the bright side, the project has raised your profile and demonstrated what you can do. I am sure that many on this board have been inspired by your "can do" spirit, I know it has infected me .I cant see you lacking work on Land and Range Rover restorations in the future now that you are better known. I think your £4 per hour days may soon be a distant memory. It was a joy to watch you transform a complete wreck of a car into a real gem. Yes, you deserved a better end result but as a great man once said, we cant command success, we can only be deserving of it. Thank you for sharing your considerable knowledge with us, and may good fortune follow you from here on.
  3. I recognise that part as it runs from the lower part of the radiator to the engine block. If you cant repair it or get it braized, then try Rimmer Brothers, they still have lots of 800 spares for Mk1's and 2's.
  4. Further to my post about suspected stuck rings on my little Honda cb125, the problem is now solved and the bike runs well without smoke. The rings were stuck but a combination of diesel and ATF seemed to free things off. Slightly down on the right cylinder compression but once its MoT.d and in daily use, I expect that to sort itself out. The pilot jets were choked solid, took 3 days soaking in gun cleaner to get a thin piece of wire through the holes to clear the crap out. I expected to take 3 days to get this bike ready for an MoT. Instead, it took me 5 weeks.
  5. I just have to ask: What is that bike in the driveway, next to the I 30? Whatever it is, it looks very stylish and smart.
  6. Was unexpectedly sent to hospital on Friday, and kept in for 2 nights. Released on Sunday and was liable for 2 days car parking. Explained my situation to the Security on the hospital desk, as I had no money to pay for the parking. He told me to just drive up to the exit, press the call button on the machine and explain my situation So I did. The conversation went like this: " I had to park in the car park for 2 days as, they kept me in for 2 nights and would not let me go home. I have no money to pay for the car parking charges" He asked me who had told me to call him and I said I was told to do this by a guy on the security deslk. He says:" Let me get this straight. You want me to let you out for free"? I said "Yes" He says. " All right then", the barrier goes up and off I go. I was surprised. I guess those who do not ask, do not get!
  7. Looking for some advice from you experienced bike hands. My Honda 1986 125td Super Dream seems to have stuck piston rings. Its smoking a lot. For now, I have filled the bores with diesel and will leave it to soak for a few days. This bike has stood unused for 3 years so I expected a few problems, and there have been more than I counted on so far. At the rate I am going, I may get it ready to ride by the end of this Summer. Anything else I can try apart from diesel? Thanks.
  8. Could the belts be squealing because they are dry? I had this problem once on a CX2400. Solved by spraying the belts with WD40 and the belts did not slip afterwards.
  9. Reading all these grins on here reminded me of something that happened some time ago now. The company where I was working was going through much change that we were finding very stressful. So plenty of people signed off sick and soon we were down to half strength in the workshop. The company hired two medical professionals to give every employee a medical examination. So two of us get called to the sick bay, get a full physical, and then get passed on to a nurse for further tests. One of the tests was for lung function. My friend John was always a joker but this time, he went much further than I would have done. He went first on the lung test but this was not good enough for the nurse, who grabbed the tube from him and said, "NO. Not like that. You do it like this" and she demonstrated how to do it. John pipes up and says " You wouldn't be any good for a blow job" I was shocked and also the nurse, who seemed to rock back on her feet. But quick as a flash, she recovered and replied, "I haven't had any complaints" We all were laughing so hard that that part of the examination was never completed. Looking back now on my working life, I have had the privilege of working with some great people.
  10. One ticket for me please. 28 or 23, if 28 is gone.
  11. When returning the court paperwork, include a letter to The Clerk to The Justices summarizing the facts, give sufficient evidence to show you are not at fault, and say that you will be counter claiming your costs back from the DVLA. The court will notify the DVLA that the action is being defended and that you will claim your costs back. Most people will pay the small fine, that's why its a small fine. The DVLA will not expect you to show up for the hearing. Its not about law and justice. Its about money! Pound to a pinch that the DvLA will drop the matter.
  12. The way it works is as follows: The car is fitted with a coil that needs less than 12 volts to give a healthy spark. In normal running, the feed to the coil is via a resistance. During starting. the starter motor hogs everything that the battery can supply and there is not enough current fed to a normal 12 volt coil to generate a healthy spark, hence the feed is routed direct to the coil. When the start key is released, the coil feed is via the resistance in the circuit. This system was once very common on 70ies, early 80ies cars. Usually identified by two wires to one side of a coil and the other side to earth. I have no idea if this system or a variant of it is still used in modernish cars.
  13. Thanks to those who posted tips and solutions to help with my boiler problem. All very much appreciated. Fired it up first thing Saturday morning and it has worked fine just as it should ever since. I now doubt very much that the boiler itself is the source of my problem.I think it is much more likely that the pressure in the gas mains is the culprit. I believe that gas companies run with normal stocks of gas and are caught short by a sudden cold snap, which they find hard to forecast. Modern accountancy theory states that money tied up in stock is unproductive. So they are forced to get more supplies from Holland and Norway via pipelines and this takes time to restore the pressure in the mains. Being in the South West, the gas has a way to travel. This problem only affects me for two days every year. So I have decided to buy a couple of oil filled radiators for the bedrooms. About £40-50 for two. This way, I get something for my money instead of spending it with a gas engineer who will tell me again the my installation is old, inefficient and should be replaced, when it works just fine 363 days a year. The living room has a four burner gas fire and that heats up the downstairs very quickly..
  14. "Yeah, so my Buick is broken. Went to go out in it last night, it fired up straight away, ran for two seconds then cut out, and it's not shown any interest in starting since. With the help of a neighbour and a can of Easystart I've been able to ascertain that it's sparking, so the problem is evidently fuel-related. Helpfully* the OBD is showing no faults, despite the MIL being on . When I turn the ignition on, the in-tank fuel pump whirrs for a couple of seconds, as it should do. However when I use a screwdriver to press in the Schrader valve on the fuel line under the bonnet, it just sneezes out a few ml of petrol and that's it. Surely there should be more pressure than that in an EFI system?" Your Buick problem may be due to a ballast Resistor in the ignition circuit. I had this once on a Dodge Aspen in Canada. It always blows when the weather is extremely cold. Its worth checking and the Resistor is usually easy to replace.
  15. Last year, during the "Beast from the East", I suffered 2 days of my boiler not firing up due to the pilot flame refusing to stay lit. We were freezing. Since that time, the boiler has been no trouble. Thursday and Friday were very cold days here in Devon, and once again, we suffered with no central heating. The same problem again, the boiler pilot flame refused to stay lit so no central heating. I am pretty sure, as the boiler works fine the rest of the year, that the problem must be down to low gas pressure in the main gas supply line to the house. This morning when I got up, first thing I did was to start the boiler pilot flame and it lit up no problem. The boiler has run the whole day and the house is now toasty warm again. I wonder if anyone else has had a similar problem. I am pretty sure the boiler has no faults and I am reluctant to call in a gas engineer. The last one told me my boiler was old fashioned and should be replaced, even though no fault was found with its operation. Gas engineers IMHO resemble Solicitors. They find reasons to charge you for **** all! (With appologies to any Gas Engineers on the forum)
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