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    cobblers got a reaction from barefoot in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from tobyd in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from Talbot in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from mat_the_cat in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers reacted to dollywobbler in Coasting vs engine braking   
    Engine braking is actually helpful if running an engine in. I like to be in the right gear at all times. Coasting isn't something I feel comfortable with, but maybe today's kids do with all this 'gears to go, brakes to slow' nonsense. 
    My main objection is what if I need to accelerate to avoid a tricky scenario? If I'm in gear, I just floor it. If I'm coasting, I need to re-engage a gear, release the clutch and then floor the throttle. You know, scenarios like you're passing a truck and it needs to move into your lane. 
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    cobblers got a reaction from Stevebrookman in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from Mr_Bo11ox in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from cort1977 in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from PhilA in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from dave j in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from danthecapriman in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from Tickman in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from Vantman in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from Twiggy in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from Stanky in Coasting vs engine braking   
    as sgtbebrvagatrottov says, Every single fuel injected or diesel car completely shuts off the fuel when you are coasting, but if you know it into neutral then it'll start using fuel again.
    There's no advantage to coasting unless you're driving something with a carb, and even then the benefits are quite minimal.
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    cobblers got a reaction from Dan302 in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from Dirk Diggler in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    This is up for an MOT soon. I reckon it would scrape through, but it could really do with a passenger sill, and the drivers side rear arch repairing properly - Spartacus riveted a repair panel on which looked presentable, but I decided to pull it all off to "repair it myself" but never got round to it, so just covered the sharp edges with duct tape. I
    Now, I'm not doing the welding myself - I really don't have time or space. I'm going to get the guy to tidy the front arches up too, They're not that bad but will need a 6" section on each to be right. Then I can just paint it up to the bottom swage line and it'll look much tidier and last a good few years yet.
     
    I thought I'd make the guys job as easy as possible and removed the fridge and wardrobe bottom and back to get access - a load of pipes and stuff sit just where he'd be welding, plus there's insulation and stuff in there.

    Saves him burning the van down
    The sill has a few random "fat" spots and has about 9 coats of various underseals just hanging on it:

    No point messing about patching it, take the lot off!
    Next I put the standard wheels back on, it'll make things easier for the guy to get wheels on and off (the knobbly ones use wobble bolts so are a pig to fit) and really it could do with them on for the MOT as the offroad tyres tread protrudes a little bit too far on the front.
     

    While the wheels were off, I decided to pop the rear drums off and change the handbrake cable which was looking a bit crusty.
    The first drum was a bugger to get off and I managed to split the retainer and pop a piston out of the wheel cylinder like an ABSOLUTE CLUMSY TWAT

    Luckily it all went back together fine and all the bleed nipples moved easy. For once, everything bled up fine!.
     
    The old handbrake cable was a bit overdue!

     
     
    Back on the little wheels now! It looks rubbish, I'm so used to it with big ones on, these look wrong.

    I'm thinking of selling this eventually -  A while ago I told myself I would absolutely never sell it.
    Without being able to just dip out camping, I genuinely don't know how I would have made it through the last couple of years. Ideally I was going to push it into a corner of the unit and bit by bit do a mega restoration on it over a number of years. But I need to be realistic - I don't have a unit yet, and now running a business, won't ever have the time to do that. The van deserves more than just driving it into the ground and MOT bodging - it's pretty good underneath as far as these go. 
    I'm doing the next best thing - I'll get it welded and painted up to a good standard, lash it full of dinitrol etc so it'll last and someone else can take it on.
     
    I really could do with something a little bit bigger with a rear or fixed bed. I usually wake up about 3 hours before my wife, so when the bed takes up the entire usable space in the van it's a bit of a nuisance in a morning, I can't get up and ready without waking her up.
    All the ready made vans in the layout I want are well into 5 figures, so I reckon I'm going to get the modern equivalent of the Talbot - Citroen Relay/Peugeot Boxer/ Fiat Ducato and build my own camper into it, bit by bit. They can take a traditional double mattress horizontally across the back, which is perfect, and the sides are pretty vertical which lends itself to roomier feeling bathroom/showers. 
    A full camper conversion will take a good few weeks work, but just getting a bed into one could be realistically achieved in a weekend, so that's what I'm going to do.
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    cobblers got a reaction from 320touring in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from chodweaver in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    Dropped the Talbot off with the welder this afternoon and just said "get it tip top" with more of less blank cheque.

    He's sorting all the arches, the passenger sill and a few other bits and bobs. It might look shite with the little wheels, but it is nicer to drive. I will deffo be putting the big ones back on, after possibly painting them silver.
    I rang up about a couple of Ducatos today, both had sold to people making campers out of them - It seems like a lot of people are having the same idea.
    Today I was talking to a friend across the road from work about my camper conversion, and he specialises in machining and making patterns for castings. A really nice bloke with a fantastic workshop, I could just wander round it for hours. He very kindly offered me the use of this massively expensive bastard:

     
     
    A whacking great CNC machine that will take a 10x4 sheet of lightweight caravan laminate and cut it with incredible accuracy. Instead of cutting all the units out by hand with a jigsaw and router like I'm used to, I can draw it all out on the PC, drop a board in the machine and come back an hour later. No fuckups, and I can automatically lay everything out on the PC so it will save so much wasted wood and a huge amount of time, too. I can also be a lot more adventurous with the design, too.
    Really looking forward to getting cracking. but it'll be a shame to sell the Talbot.
     
     
     
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    cobblers got a reaction from chodweaver in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
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    cobblers got a reaction from Stanky in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    He's done a nice job of that!
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    cobblers got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Cobbler's's Talbot Express - Welding starts   
    The welder has started chopping bits off. I've gotta say it looks better underneath the crusty arches that I was expecting:
     

     

     

     


     
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