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    Zelandeth got a reaction from bobdisk in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from LightBulbFun in The grumpy thread   
    These buggers.  Bottom is on/off and temperature, one above it is on/off control for the side jets/rainfall head - and there's a two way diverter above which picks between the two.
    All seized up.
    Temptation is to see if the guts do indeed just unscrew from the front, take it out and then find a plumbing specialist and walk in with these parts and say "I need a new one of each of these..." And see what happens.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from Mrs6C in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    The one I got was TRW GMC226.  Intended for a 1978-80 Triumph Spitfire 1500.
    Note that fitting that WILL require you to modify either the brake yoke or the pushrod as the rest position of the piston is slightly different. 

    Ideally it wants the reservoir swapping for a remote one so it's not sitting at an angle - doesn't affect functionality but looks a bit messy.
    It works well though!
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from adam1db in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    The one I got was TRW GMC226.  Intended for a 1978-80 Triumph Spitfire 1500.
    Note that fitting that WILL require you to modify either the brake yoke or the pushrod as the rest position of the piston is slightly different. 

    Ideally it wants the reservoir swapping for a remote one so it's not sitting at an angle - doesn't affect functionality but looks a bit messy.
    It works well though!
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from bobdisk in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    The one I got was TRW GMC226.  Intended for a 1978-80 Triumph Spitfire 1500.
    Note that fitting that WILL require you to modify either the brake yoke or the pushrod as the rest position of the piston is slightly different. 

    Ideally it wants the reservoir swapping for a remote one so it's not sitting at an angle - doesn't affect functionality but looks a bit messy.
    It works well though!
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from adw1977 in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from adw1977 in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    Had a few errands to run today and decided it was a good excuse to take out my nice sensible, compact city runaround.

    I never signed up for normal.
    Also picked up something for the Invacar which had been at the back of my mind for a while.  Someone mentioned it a couple of days ago elsewhere and reminded me of it.

    Not what you think.  I'm not just bolting a fog light to the bumper.  I'm going to be fitting a hidden auxiliary brake light as I've nearly been rear ended in the car twice so far and I know that the original brake lights weren't great in 1973, never mind compared to what dozy Milton Keynes drivers are used to in 2021.  This will be tucked away in the cooling intake plenum behind the grill on the engine cover so it'll be essentially totally invisible except for when it's lit.
    The thought occurred to me that while I'm there I may as well add a reversing light as well - not because I want it to provide me with light to see by - but as an indication to other drivers that I'm reversing.  Not having one means that nobody will ever let you back out of a space in a car park and things...It's just something that it's nice to have.  For the sake of £3 of light, a switch and a bit of wiring it just makes sense.  I'm using  (and enjoying using) the car a lot more these days so little creature comforts like that are the sort of things which just make day to day life more pleasant as she's obviously not going to be leaving the fleet any time soon.  Does mean I'll need to track down another period appropriate looking switch and indicator light for the dash though. 
    Seriously...Did you guys really think I was just going to tack something that ugly thing straight on the back of TPA?
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    The one I got was TRW GMC226.  Intended for a 1978-80 Triumph Spitfire 1500.
    Note that fitting that WILL require you to modify either the brake yoke or the pushrod as the rest position of the piston is slightly different. 

    Ideally it wants the reservoir swapping for a remote one so it's not sitting at an angle - doesn't affect functionality but looks a bit messy.
    It works well though!
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    Zelandeth reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    I was finding the MZ's rear tyre a little bit wobbly out on the road as it's an off road style chunky tyre designed for off road use. It looked cool but wasn't really practical so I took the bike along to my local shop and had the tyre changed for something a little lower profile. The bike seems to go a lot better with it and acceleration has improved, I can now use 5th gear and go up hills!
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from CaptainBoom in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from CaptainBoom in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    Oh, the thought has occurred to me...and you can absolutely guarantee that if the roof is removed to get some work done to it that she will absolutely go out in "convertible" mode. 
    Biggest headache is the control binnacle which is attached to the top of the door closure.  Sure we could figure out something there though. 
    If there was a way to make the roof easily removable I would absolutely use the car topless in the summer.  However it's a bit of a headache as AC used more bolts to hold the roof on than used to bolt bull sections together on your average submarine.
    Guess I should have mentioned earlier that I'm glad to report that while it's still weeping a bit, the oil pressure switch doesn't seem to be leaking any worse than it was before I had it out.  New one should be here before too much longer though.
    You can tell the trees around here have decided it's summer today.  The Jag was black this morning...Not now! 


    That's all pollen!  Thank goodness I don't get hayfever!
    Moved the cars earlier today to cut the grass - I honestly couldn't touch the steering wheel in the BX it was that hot!
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from CaptainBoom in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    Had TPA out for a run today.  Was curious to see if warmer weather affected running it all, doesn't seem to.
    Not that I really expected to see a visible difference on the temperature gauge...a swing of 20C in the ambient temperature doesn't make much odds when the normal running range is 120-175C.  Highest seen on a long uphill stretch today was 165C.
    You do notice a difference in both drag and straight line stability with both the windows open though!
     
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    Over the top of it, yes.  Though it still does make a heck of a mess if you ever go out when the roads are wet.

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    Zelandeth got a reaction from MJK 24 in Ministry of defective invacaRS   
    Over the top of it, yes.  Though it still does make a heck of a mess if you ever go out when the roads are wet.

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    Zelandeth got a reaction from Heidel_Kakao in Absolute horse shit™   
    Sure there's a solution out there somewhere.  Would definitely be a great improvement as I didn't find it drove bad on the road at all, keeping the ridiculous width in mind and I wasn't paying for the fuel...but compared to a lot of heavily off road focused vehicles not bad at all.
    Just beware the tyres you see on most of them if it's wet, they have absolutely zero by way of water clearance capacity and are as a result absolutely lethal on wet tarmac.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from Heidel_Kakao in Absolute horse shit™   
    Kind of surprising that someone hasn't come up with a solution to the drivetrain windup issue.  Given these things have quite a following I'd have thought there would be a mod out there to sort it by now.
    Or are we running into the "No it must be as it left the factory down to every nut and bolt, bugs and all..." Sort of mentality which seems to prevail in the circles around some vehicles?  So nobody wants to do it because they know they'll get crucified for daring to question the original designer.
    Thinking about it, given how sodding awkward it is to do anything to one of these things (I got conscripted to change a brake master cylinder after I discovered (via a thankfully empty) shed that there were zero brakes in Craig's one...nice of him to warn me of that...).  Changing the cylinder?  Twenty minutes. 
    Getting to the damned thing, about three or four hours.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from MorrisItalSLX in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from Mrs6C in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from Cord Forteener aka Tim_E in FOAD's fleet   
    I still have a huge want for that Merc...oh for more space!
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from Broadsword in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from timolloyd in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    That was pretty painless.
    Spot the difference?

    Cue CSI style "Zoom, enhance..." sequence.



    Yes, I fouled up the first time round and fitted it way to high up.
    Then how it looks from average sort of driver head height when lit.

    The photo doesn't do justice to how much brighter it is than the factory brake lights.
    Will need to epoxy on a couple of lugs to the underside of the engine cover to hold the wiring in place to tidy things up but that's not massively urgent.
    I don't *like* it, but just feel that it's kind of necessary with the standard of driving I see around here.  It should be a good deal more conspicuous to anyone following than the somewhat weedy original brake lights.   At least it's barely visible when it's unlit and you really wouldn't spot it unless you knew it was there.
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    Zelandeth reacted to martc in Bus Shite   
    Sochi Bus Terminal, Krasnodar Krai, USSR, 1967 with a LAZ695 'Tourist Bus' waiting for the next bunch of sightseers. Photo by I.Grigorov.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    I do where possible, there are a couple of car parks I use regularly though which have the spaces angled such and a one way system which means that that isn't an option.  Otherwise yes, reverse parking is generally my preferred option.
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    Zelandeth got a reaction from GrumpiusMaximus in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroens, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 12/06 - Brake Light Upgrade...   
    Had a few errands to run today and decided it was a good excuse to take out my nice sensible, compact city runaround.

    I never signed up for normal.
    Also picked up something for the Invacar which had been at the back of my mind for a while.  Someone mentioned it a couple of days ago elsewhere and reminded me of it.

    Not what you think.  I'm not just bolting a fog light to the bumper.  I'm going to be fitting a hidden auxiliary brake light as I've nearly been rear ended in the car twice so far and I know that the original brake lights weren't great in 1973, never mind compared to what dozy Milton Keynes drivers are used to in 2021.  This will be tucked away in the cooling intake plenum behind the grill on the engine cover so it'll be essentially totally invisible except for when it's lit.
    The thought occurred to me that while I'm there I may as well add a reversing light as well - not because I want it to provide me with light to see by - but as an indication to other drivers that I'm reversing.  Not having one means that nobody will ever let you back out of a space in a car park and things...It's just something that it's nice to have.  For the sake of £3 of light, a switch and a bit of wiring it just makes sense.  I'm using  (and enjoying using) the car a lot more these days so little creature comforts like that are the sort of things which just make day to day life more pleasant as she's obviously not going to be leaving the fleet any time soon.  Does mean I'll need to track down another period appropriate looking switch and indicator light for the dash though. 
    Seriously...Did you guys really think I was just going to tack something that ugly thing straight on the back of TPA?
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