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  1. Two stainless rods mounted in a piece of wood, spaced about 1/8 inch. Connect a two core flex, live to one rod, neutral to the other. Fix plug on to other end of flex. Lower rods into tea and plug in. Hot tea in a matter of seconds. Just don’t use a metal spoon to stir it with. Hot tea not safe tea.
  2. Basil passed away last night at 22:40. Apparently he had another stroke on the right side of his brain before I found him on the floor. He had already had a stroke on the left side many years ago so by the time he was found, he was basically running on auto with little or no cognitive function. Two days ago, the hospital moved him from ICU after determining what had happened and removed assistance to his breathing. At that point he was only alive by the basic functionality of his brain stem; by last night it called enough and shut down for one final time. Needless to say, it’s hittin
  3. Waiting for ‘that’ phone call from the hospital about brother in law. He lives downstairs in the house after having a stroke a number of years ago. Early last week on a mission to the kitchen, I found him collapsed and barely breathing with foamy blood coming from his mouth. Rushed to hospital and in ICU on a ventilator ever since. The dynamics of our family is, shall we say, strained - he used to call the police on us every time he never got his own way is amongst the many other ‘fun’ things but still, he is a member of the family and a close one at that. The next few day
  4. Yorkshire Rider 1671 (A671KUM), a 1984 Duple Dominant bus bodied Leyland Tiger.
  5. Buses of Edinburgh, 2016.
  6. A photo session in and around Blackpool, 2006.
  7. A Volvo B10M/East Lancs open top from the Paris sightseeing fleet. In Blackburn, 2006.
  8. I’ll have a guess at around 370 at the wheels.
  9. I don't know, someone might find it interesting. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000rtf3/our-world-new-orleans-the-year-the-music-stopped
  10. I’m sure it’s safe to post here as nobody from my extended family would ever frequent such a forum focused on vehicular nonsense. I watched a programme on BBC iplayer yesterday. Nothing unusual with that, I know, but it was narrated from start to finish by my niece. I know I have played no part in the tireless effort and tenacity on her part in achieving what she has achieved so far and I know that she will grow much, much further. Still, makes me feel a bit proud of her.
  11. US Escorts were the base of two electric cars. Firstly I bring you the Jet Electrica The Jet Electrica was originally manufactured by Jet Industries of Austin, TX, which produced about 3,000 EV conversions while they were in business. Most Jets were based on Ford Escort and Mercury Lynx chassis purchased new as from FoMoCo as "gliders" (body and chassis without engines). To convert the Escort to electric, Jet mated a Prestolite 96v traction motor to the original Ford transaxle, fabricated battery boxes front and rear, and added a speed controller and an on-board battery charger.
  12. This monster? The DKW engine that the Saab units were derived from was in fact the two cylinder (according to Saab who insist that the three cylinder was wholly their own design) but when they stretched to three, the resemblance is remarkably striking!
  13. Right, I’ll bite. 1cyl. Actually, can’t think of anything at the moment but I’m sure one will come to me eventually 2cyl horizontal flat twin - 2cv Horizontal transverse twin - 1904 Wolseley Transverse twin - Various Trabants, Goliath, IFA F8 In line twin - Fiat 126 3cyl Various Wartburgs, Saab saloon and estate. Daewoo Matiz Corsa 1.0 4cyl Yes, transverse, in line, boxer and horizontal in line (Albion Claymore) 5cyl 1983 Audi Quattro rally car 6cyl In line, horizontal in line, horizontal boxer, front mounted, rear mounted
  14. Just going through my photos of the past year. We never got this cab/chassis combo in the UK, did we?
  15. My first bus. You know when you are young and there comes a time when the cash in your pocket from your job starts burning a hole? Yes, that time before the responsibilities of mortgage payments, rent, food, electricity and gas bills and all of that stuff that grown-ups have to contend with but not you? See those pictures? well, that was that sort of moment for me. We had gone to photograph the buses around Nottingham that day and we called into the operator Lamcote Motors, not only an operator but a Ford car dealer too. We knew that there would be something int
  16. Yeah, Aachen 22 (the big ‘un) is my all time favourite trolleybus of all time. Built for an autobahn express route but never really used as such. The rear is split with a lower deck containing some seating but primarily a standee area with four abreast seating accessed by a side gangway above it. Those upper deck seats were bloody great for overnights and gathering weekends (plus other activities best not mentioned here). 22 also has the honour of managing to stall the diesel generator that used to power the overhead. The contactor drum on this is motor driven with a 24v motor and if the ba
  17. Started scanning stuff again out of sheer boredom. Morose - The Sandtoft years part 1.
  18. Hmm, time for another delve into the rather tedious world of bus shite. Tonight's example is a one off that sort of isn't a one off but it is. This is the one time RTO1R of Derby City Transport. It is a Ailsa B55 with an Alexander body. So far so relatively common for the time? Well this was designated a B55-20, the lowheight version of the Ailsa, the others having the designation B55-10. So what changed? Well very little actually. The chassis was pretty standard and the rear axle was already a drop centre type so in reality there was very little difference at all. Now the body
  19. Okay, it’s time for the Morose “Let’s crowbar a bus into this thread” moment. Crossley Motors started around 1904 and produced higher end motor cars until moving into bus, goods and millitary vehicle production in the 1920s with the last cars being produced in 1937. Sadly by 1948 its independent existence came to an end with its purchase by the AEC concern. The end of the line for Crossley chassis production came in 1952 with its bodybuilding activities being fi ally wound down in 1958. This was not the end of Crossley. It survived as a dormant company within AEC AND THEN Leyland w
  20. Oh yes, I had to have a crack at a Matador so I bought this. ex-Chesterfield Transport and fitted with a Leyland 0680 engine and Atlantean brake components (air side). Bought for the princely sum of £600 for a specific recovery job then sold on to a chap who repaired and maintained buses and coaches used for humanitarian missions around the world.
  21. Cheap war surplus Matadors were bought by just about every operator, it seemed. After a while the simple timber bodies rotted away and were rebuilt using the ingenuity of the bodyshop to fit various bus bits from the stores onto the chassis to create bespoke recovery vehicles, many of which survived safely tucked away and infrequently used (hopefully) until contract recovery swept them all away.
  22. Aye, it happens. The ‘mix and match’ approach to bus identities has always been a thing with operators of identical vehicles. Even the big boys have been caught out once in a while with a bus ‘pretending’ to be another. Can’t say that it might have happened at my certain pet green independent of many years ago. Nevr on the two Seddons, nor the Bedfords, no, nothing to see here, carry on...
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