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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from Tim_E in The new news 24 thread   
    yay colourful lights ftw
    but it needs more C7/C9 christmas lights man  heres my 2 strings I finally put up again after 6 years (I last had em up in Dec 2014 when I first got them, then ran out of spare bulbs so never put em up again until recently when I finally bit the bullet and bought some more spares)

    real shame we never got these in 240V land, well we did about 60 years ago in C6 form but sadly never in any sort of bulbs in parallel form, I have such a British "C6" set very kindly given to me by @egg but im not prepared to bankrupt myself buying new bulbs for that just yet LOL, but it is fun posting pictures of it and confuse US folk because it has 12 bulbs instead of 6  

    these are only C7's, I did look at at how much it would cost to import a couple C9 sets+2 sets of spare bulbs for next year
    but its so costly (mainly due to international shipping) that It would cost the same to go the whole hog and get a proper GLS lamp, festoon set because who does not enjoy 1000W worth of christmas lighting LOL
    https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/DT643.html
    so I think if I can afford it next year thats what I think ill go for LOL
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from bobdisk in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    find another suitable 60V milk float motor, strap it to an XUD engine, install the lot in the bed of the float, connect the output of the now 60V Generator to the battery terminals in the float
    and bam your very own diesel electric locomotive!
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    LightBulbFun 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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    LightBulbFun reacted to BorniteIdentity in Bornite's Memoirs - New: Multi-plas   
    I bought a car. Rather unexpectedly to be honest. 
    With life being on semi permanent pause lately, I sold the van to Wuv and parked the Clio at my parents house. The Avensis, Sierra and Mini are all out of test so I’ve just been running around in my Mum’s Mercedes when I’ve actually had need to go out. 
    Then a decent enough opportunity presented itself, and I thought why the fuck not. There’s a reasonable amount of jeopardy here as it has 30 days MOT and is a 15 year old FIAT - but it’s from a decent chap on here who DID offer to MOT it and even gave it a little tickle to help it’s chances. I just can’t resist a (potential) bargain so took it as is. 


    First impressions? Err - well. It drives brilliantly. We picked it up in a MK2 Focus and I preferred this to drive. Nice and high up, good visibility and excellent torque. Rumour is this has been chipped and I’d say it’s running about 130bhp. It’s swift. 
    These poor things live a hard life, and get well and truly gigged. At 15 years old it’s cream crackered in places. Sticky, soft touch plastics are the bane of the bangernomicist. This has more gunge than Dick and Dom’s creamy muck muck factory. I will give them a bit of a working over, but I’m not getting involved with meths etc. The idea is it’s a temporary stop gap. 
    Here’s the weird thing. My wife really, really likes it. She’s never taken any interest in any of my old heaps. She openly admitted to liking it “far more than she thought and far more than she ought.” I guess this year has taught us all to make the best of what you have. Even if that is a high owner, dog eared, sticky old Fiat. 
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    LightBulbFun 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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    LightBulbFun 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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    LightBulbFun reacted to The Vicar in The Vicar's Shite Spotted Depository   
    I am now residing in London, so for the sake of posterity I should update this thread. All spotted in or around Kilburn(ish):











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    LightBulbFun reacted to The Vicar in The Vicar's Shite Spotted Depository   
    Visited a friend today and came across an interesting collection:







    And spotted this on the way home:

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    Negotiations for the procurement of the R reg Hiace are ongoing..
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from martc in Invacar Model 70 Acquired! & general ramble thread, index on page 1, Model 70 survivors list on page 24, pre Model 70 AC and Invacar survivors lists added on page 135 :)   
    and like that your already winning!
    (tis a Vernon invalid car for those wondering  )
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    I have been lusting after a Detroit two stroke diesel and this seems an ideal application!
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    LightBulbFun reacted to dozeydustman in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    Those tractor wiper motors are very simple things, hopefully a bit of penetrating oil, a strip down and reassembly with new brushes and a clean of the commutator should get it back into life if power is present. 
    Agriline is who I used for the tractor service & repair parts when I did the grass cutting as they're one of the few places that catered for the Ford x600 series and Kubota L245 at a decent price. They also cater for your Massey 35 as well.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    Yes a 1978 3C
    I think the plan is to wait until spring and first check it is getting power. If it is, then remove the motor and open it up to see if it can be fixed. If it can't be fixed then I will be looking for a cheap replacement, original or other wiper motor adapted.
     
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    LightBulbFun reacted to wuvvum in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    Why go for half measures?  I'm sure you could fit an 18-pot Napier onto that flatbed with only a little* bit of overhang.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to egg in The new news 24 thread   
    Makes me happy @RayMK that you decided to spend the money and give that Tipo another few years.
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    LightBulbFun 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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    LightBulbFun reacted to PhilA in 1951 Pontiac Chieftain - Troubleshooting gearbox   
    I did things with fire and hammers.
     

    Drilled holes.
     

    Realized I measured wrong and gonna have to start over again.
     
    But it's a start.
    Phil
     
     
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Mr Pastry in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever bought a car with an auto gearbox which FTP'd shortly afterwards, had a think about it, discovered that it still worked in reverse, then waited until all was quiet and dark and driven it home in reverse?   An old mate did this.  The car was a Fiat 130 saloon (Autoshite cred. in itself) and I was on my way out to tow him in,  when I saw the tail lights in the distance, gradually getting larger as this big barge of a car loomed out of the darkness and wafted on past me backwards.... 
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    LightBulbFun reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    You should have just bought a panda - that would soon have sorted it for you.
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    LightBulbFun reacted to vulgalour in 1951 Lanchester LD10   
    The door cards for the Lanchester are now, finally, finished.  These haven't been that difficult a job, just a victim of circumstance with schedule clashes, poor weather, and other things like the garage roof failing.  So, some highlights and then a video.  I'll make the written update a bit whistle-stop since the video goes into greater detail on just how this job is done.
    The main issue with the door cards was water and woodworm damage (limited to just one card and none of the surrounding wood, strangely) which had rendered the old plywood very brittle.  All of the old steel brackets and felt discs were salvaged from the original door cards, as were the rexine and and carpet covers.  Even the elastic cord could be re-used with care.  At the risk of repetition, the goal here is conservation rather than restoration.  Using the old boards as a guide, we drew around them onto the new boards - a single sheet of 8'x4' 5mm marine ply was ideal, 4.5mm would have been better as that's what the original was, but that doesn't seem to be available and 4mm was too thin - and then cut out the various holes for the rivets and door furniture with a combination of drill and jigsaw.


    After that, some of the edges - top and short side on the rear cards, top and both sides on the front cards - had a bevel sanded on to them, this was a copying of the original boards and we found that it help give a much better fit of the fabric on those areas compared to the boards before the bevel was done.  Any tear out and splinters were also sanded off.  Old on the left and new on the right in the image below.

    Then the brackets were refitted to the new boards using the copper bifurcated rivets we found on eBay that were a very close match to the originals, and finally the black felt discs added to the relevant door furniture holes, one per door card.

    The factory number and colour were scribbled back on in pencil by Pat, as well as a new date for when we did the work on them, it's part of the story after all.

    After that, the markings for the cotton wadding were transferred from the old boards to the new ones and new wadding was glued in place in the appropriate locations.

    A lot of tacks applied for the various layers, the old elastic cord rethreaded through the new board and new knots made to keep it there.



    The top edge of the cover was glued down with Bostick contact adhesive and held in place with wooden pegs while the glue cured.

    Finally, the door cards were then given a thorough press on the ironing board, using a teatowel to protect the rexine from the heat of the iron and the iron from any risk of ending up covered in melted or scorched rexine.  It would definitely have been easier to assemble with new contact adhesive, new vinyl, new elastic, and staples.  However, we opted to go for the original methods because it worked and because it was a lot cheaper to buy the materials we needed in NOS form on eBay, especially since the tacks (or staples if we'd gone that route) had to be very short and getting staples that short for a regular home staple gun isn't easy.  Here's a little overview of the tools we used.


    It took about an hour and a half to two hours to strip each door card down, and about the same to build them back up again, so definitely a labour intensive job.  However, the end result is very pleasing for what we're trying to achieve, that being keeping as much of the original look of things as we can rather than restoring to as-new.  Because we've used tacks instead of staples, when we come to remove the carpet sections to replace them with new to match the new carpet the car will be getting, the old stuff will be a lot easier to remove.  Since we're a long way off getting the carpetting and we don't want to lose parts, it makes sense to do things this way and put it all back together again rather than waiting until we can afford however much proper wool carpet we need to do the car.  We're both very happy with the end result of these, the look right and they smell right and we can't wait to get them back in the car.


    It was very satisfying to finally have a couple of weekends when we could sit down and get these sorted out and when we get another dry weekend together, we'll get them and hopefully the dashboard back in the car.  For a more detailed look at the job, and a little bit of an update on car things in general, please do check out the video over on the Youtube channel:
     
     
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    LightBulbFun reacted to dollywobbler in 1951 Lanchester LD10   
    I honestly thought for a moment there that you'd opted for Zebra skin door cards!
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    LightBulbFun reacted to Mr Pastry in Invacar Model 70 Acquired! & general ramble thread, index on page 1, Model 70 survivors list on page 24, pre Model 70 AC and Invacar survivors lists added on page 135 :)   
    Cure for insomnia looking at those wheels.  For 4 inch pcd they would have to be small BMC or Vauxhall, but nothing with that style comes to mind.  I think they are Fiat 124 or 128, which would possibly bolt on to the stock hubs.
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from juular in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    was just thinking if you replace the XUD with a Commer knocker TS3 then bam MicroDeltic! 
    (disappointed I did not think of that for my original  comment LOL)
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    LightBulbFun got a reaction from juular in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    find another suitable 60V milk float motor, strap it to an XUD engine, install the lot in the bed of the float, connect the output of the now 60V Generator to the battery terminals in the float
    and bam your very own diesel electric locomotive!
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