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    barefoot reacted to Bfg in Trailer Tent for a small car - home build   
    It's been a looooong time !!
    Mostly due to getting the Triumph back from having it's chassis changed and various other things, and then finding that I had a whole lot of working to do to correct what their mechanic had fouled up !   This in turn led to despondency which took a long time to drag myself out from under, and then finally I've spent the last couple of months making a Surrey top roof for that car. 
    With that done to such a stage where i can now use the car and get on with other thing, combined with my wanting to attend various events in different parts of the country ..and then seeing how few Bed & breakfast had availability in the summer months nearby event venues, ..and the cost of those !!! not least because as I'm so big a single bed really doesn't give me a decent night's sleep, and it's time again to get on and get this trailer tent fit for use. 
    I've asked a local boat cover company to have a look at making the wrap around cover for it ..and from our initial conversation was shocked at the price estimated. Still it's something I want, and if used frequently will pay for itself in short term (compared with even basic hotel room prices). So tomorrow I'm hoping to get the trailer around to that trimmer and to get a cover made. 
    Last week I pulled the trailer out from the back garden where it's been sitting neglected for all these past months.  I gave it a scrub over and cleaned out the spiders and earwigs from within.  The shitty fibreglass that I struggled with because it wasn't curing has now cured ...but is still tacky when rubbed down !  I needed to smooth the inside face of the lid's overlap, so as to not snag and tear the fabric cover I hope to have made for it.  And in cleaning that up with a sanding disc, even though used on a slow speed - I spent more time wire brushing the sticky crud off the disc than actually sanding the surface flat.     I hate this resin. never had such issues before.  Someone has suggested that some fibreglass resin has wax in it which floats to the surface as it cures.  That may be useful for fibreglassing a roof but for what I'm using it for it's more trouble than it worth.
    Aside from that I've reshaped a bimini cover bow that I picked out of the boatyard skip. I used the smaller of the two parts but still it was far too rounded a  shape and 24" too wide.  It's an anodised aluminium tubem with I'm guessing a steel rod inside it, because it  took a lot of effort to straighten the curvature, My 100kg trying to bend it over the raised edge of a paving slab (with a piece of carpet on that to prevent scratching the metal).  I then had to rebend it to a tighter curve, trying to get things symmetrical and to roughly match the curvature of the trailer's body tub . . .

    ^ rebending that bow to fit within the trailer took a whole lot of work.  I must be getting old ! 
    I would have preferred it tighter into the corners but that would have been pushing my luck ..and my knee caps used for bending.  I have to pretend its rounded shape was deliberate ..to allow for the fabric to fold away under it
     

    ^ I'm impressed that it's size happened to work out usable  ..And almost corresponding to my drawings !     The string illustrates where the cover will hang and the additional headroom I gain by adding the single bow.  That headroom is not important over the bed but it will be over the doorway. 
    Next up., was cut down the jockey wheel's tyre . . .
      
    ^ don't try this with a pneumatic tyre !    As it was the jockey wheel was too big which becuase it needs to turn and steer under the trailers chassis meant that the trailer had to be tilted up at the front. this in turn led to the back edge of the trailer's body digging in to rough ground. As you can see I cut quite a chunk of rubber off with a saw, and then went around again to cut the hard corners off before using a sanding disc to round the tyre again.   It's amazing how much easier to man-handle the trailer is now ..chalk and cheese.!
       
    ^  I've also fitted the rear lamps I'd bought.  They're repro items for a split-screen VW combi, and are not wired in yet so I've borrowed a light board.  Why is it that when I borrow things - I have to fix them before I can use them ?  ..they just see me coming don't they !  Out of the six filaments in the four bulbs - only one illuminated - duh !  A two minute job turned into two hours.

    ^ and last but not least I added some grease to aid the telescopic action, and some marks, as well as a length of cord - to easily know when the trailer is fully extended. Beforehand., it was inch in and out until I could locate the pin / bolt in the hole to lock it in place.   At the top of this photo you can see an over centre toggle clamp ..also just added, to secure the trailer's-front-half legs, which are also the stays for the hinged lid. 
    And so there we have it. Unfinished but ready to go off for the cover to be made.   I've done series of drawings to explain what I'm hoping to achieve . . .


     
    That's all for this update, hope to see some progress in a couple more months.  The trimmer has suggested a nine week turn around to make this.  That should get the trailer back to me ready for camping in October ! ??
    Bidding you a good evening.
    Pete 
       
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    barefoot reacted to Nyphur in The new news 24 thread   
    Thank Christ for that. 

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    barefoot reacted to Timewaster in The new news 24 thread   
    I've had my new daily a couple of weeks now.
    Taking some stuff out to the bin, I look at it and wondered if the little square inserts on the front bumper were headlight washers. 
    To cure my curiosity,  I opened the door, stood outside the car, turned the lights on and washed the windscreen. 
    I can report that Yes, it  does have headlight washers, they are very powerful and the screenwash tastes fucking awful!
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    barefoot reacted to Spurious in The grumpy thread   
    Wee update. It seems the Dooovla are actually doing some work. Spoke to a chap in Swansea this morning who said it was printed this morning (as I didn't need any additional documents) and would be with me in the post Monday probably. Or Tuesday. 
    However. Some kind soul found it in the carpark in Tesco's. Result. Now have a spare driving license, so no harm. Other than paying £20. 
    Nice. Now I'm going to buy a Bluetooth tracker thingamajig for it. 

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    barefoot reacted to Schaefft in Monthly Collection Thread of Joy   
    Plane achieved.
    Also, great display of the evolution of the Transit Connect. How nice of them.


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    barefoot got a reaction from Yoss in The new news 24 thread   
    I keep meaning to mention the retired brain surgeon who lives in the next village. I suspect that he used to experiment on his first wife who was absolutely crackers.  He owns a Bentley Continental Coupé, a Maserati Quattroporte and a Piaggio Ape which he is generally seen pottering about in. I was amongst a long procession of cars following him the other day, when he pulled over to let everyone past by hiding the Ape behind a couple of cones that had been left in the road. It is incredibly slow & looks dreadfully fragile.
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    barefoot got a reaction from HillmanImp in The new news 24 thread   
    I keep meaning to mention the retired brain surgeon who lives in the next village. I suspect that he used to experiment on his first wife who was absolutely crackers.  He owns a Bentley Continental Coupé, a Maserati Quattroporte and a Piaggio Ape which he is generally seen pottering about in. I was amongst a long procession of cars following him the other day, when he pulled over to let everyone past by hiding the Ape behind a couple of cones that had been left in the road. It is incredibly slow & looks dreadfully fragile.
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    barefoot reacted to jmsguzzi in W…sorry S124 230TE   
    Didn’t do a live collection thread due to needing to preserve phone battery and also because I couldn’t be arsed.
    Always promised myself a W124/W201 so when @HMC stuck one up for a megabarg price it was a no brainer despite being at the opposite end of the country.
    First point of call, flight from Newcastle to Exeter, took no time at all:
     
    Here I am looking small on the transporter bridge circa 2005 with my Dads base spec 190E. Left a big impression.


    HMC was ace, picked me up from the airport and fitted a new aux belt as a precaution, top shiter, would deffo buy more ruinous auld mercs from him.

    Car acquired, tank brimmed, pleasantly surprised/relived that it wasn’t a complete nail. 

     
    Car decided to have a little coolant wee at my first service stop to scare me, luckily it had just been overfilled a tad.
    As lovely* as it would’ve been to drive 7 hours home, I decided to stop overnight in the midlands so I could visit the British Motor Museum.

    Museum was brilliant, managed to spend all day there, so much to see:
    SD1 Estate

    Pretty little Mini based MG sports car





    Merc was good on the motorway, better than my “modern” CLK. Bit of play in the steering which is something I’ll take a look at but other than that very solid indeed. Headrests like pillows.

    Not sure what kind of new life form is developing here, think I’ve got some cream carpet off-cuts at home if this is beyond saving.

    Reserve light came on just as I arrived in Sunderland, decided to fill it up at my local which just so happened to have this gorgeous 450SEL hogging the E5.


    All in all very happy with it, needs a good clean but think it’ll come up well, exterior and interior are both in good nick under the grime, need to source a couple of wings though. 
    Mechanically there’s a few bits and pieces that could do with a refresh, just the usual high mileage stuff though, it drives a lot better than I was expecting for the price.
    I’ll try and keep this thread updated if I remember!

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    barefoot reacted to Saabnut in The new news 24 thread   
    You now have the perfect excuse to buy another.....
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    barefoot reacted to cobblers in The grumpy thread   
    I'm sat waiting to have my second hair cut of the day. I was in a rush and took a gamble on the apprentice at the first barbers and ended up with a cut 25 years younger than I am 
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    barefoot reacted to hairnet in That France in an SLK   
    shocker as man with german car goes to germany to fix german car
    id have left it broken and spent the money on pastis and gauloises
     
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    barefoot reacted to SH1TE in That France in an SLK   
    Years ago I drove a vr6 van 500miles to toulon with remains of cooling fans in the boot, the mechanic told me this was not possible- it was but cooked the occupants in van as heater front and rear full blast in 40degree heat 🤣 
    Certified insanity +1
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    barefoot reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    The Carina went straight through its MOT this time.  Which is nice.
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    barefoot reacted to wuvvum in The new news 24 thread   
    Just watched the last ever episode of Neighbours.  I've not really watched it for over 20 years now and I didn't know who half the people were but was fun seeing all the characters I remember from when I first watched it in the late '80s.  And Kylie Minogue still looks amazing for her age.  Mind you Harold hadn't really aged at all either despite the actor now being in his mid 80s.
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    barefoot reacted to wuvvum in AS communal Rover 75 lickers thread   
    I'd have to have a check, but that rings a bell - I have a feeling mine does the same.  As you say, if you redline it it will indeed shift up.
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    barefoot got a reaction from Tenmil Socket in The grumpy thread   
    Really? 
    The only thing that can actually be claimed in favour of MacDonalds is consistency. Wherever you are in the world, no matter how bad things get, you can always rely on a big mac tasting like a big mac.
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    barefoot reacted to camryv6 in The grumpy thread   
    That is a brilliant idea
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    barefoot got a reaction from Yoss in The grumpy thread   
    Filling up a different bus this morning, same cock, same Mercedes, same tyre check. We didn't speak!
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    barefoot reacted to HillmanImp in The grumpy thread   
    Royale with cheese? 
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    barefoot got a reaction from Tickman in The grumpy thread   
    Really? 
    The only thing that can actually be claimed in favour of MacDonalds is consistency. Wherever you are in the world, no matter how bad things get, you can always rely on a big mac tasting like a big mac.
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    barefoot got a reaction from chadders in The grumpy thread   
    Really? 
    The only thing that can actually be claimed in favour of MacDonalds is consistency. Wherever you are in the world, no matter how bad things get, you can always rely on a big mac tasting like a big mac.
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    barefoot reacted to Rust Collector in The grumpy thread   
    What winds me up about McDonalds is that the food they serve in the UK is pretty wank when you look at what they have appearing on the menu in the rest of the world. This is probably a bit of a sad thing to admit to, but after I realised that the menu varies around the world I now try to sample the local McDonald's in each country I visit just for my own curiosity. Almost every country I've been to has nicer food at their branches than we get. In some countries, you even get a burger that looks like the one in the picture rather than one that's been stamped on. Some examples;
    Signature blue cheese burger in France a couple of years ago, plus you could get Heineken with your meal The McRaclette in Switzerland Some kind of enormous burger in Germany that had a giant hash brown in it and was swimming in cheese and BBQ sauce, plus they did crosscut fries. Bacon and cheese French fries in Italy with a burger that had prosciutto and some other tasty bits in. Plus you could order beach towels with your meal for a couple of euros which was handy as we needed them! Whatever the hell this was in France recently:  And in Hungary there was a burger called the 'Sea Sebastian' which had deep fried prawns in it. You could order the deep fried praws as a side also, and they did curly fries! You're completely spot on that it's a relief to know that if you're chucked in somewhere unfamiliar and you're desperate for some cheapish food quickly then at least you can buy something familiar at McDonald's without having to give it too much thought. You can use the touch screen things to order as well, so you don't have to confuse the locals 😅
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    barefoot got a reaction from myglaren in The grumpy thread   
    Grumpfest - drove into Loughborough, I seldom buy a MacDonalds, but today I ordered two cheeseburgers & went to pay, '£2.38'. 'Well you've had that', I retorted, 'I've only got two quid'. - 20% fucking inflation. Then over to Pets at Home where a bag of kitty litter, that's like a bag of gravel for my kitten to shit in, cost me £15. And when I got home, the replacement knob for my Cobb barbie finally arrived. £8.40 for a plastic knob & £4 postage which took 9 days!
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    barefoot got a reaction from Popsicle in The new news 24 thread   
    After the warm weather last week, it occurred to me that the air conditioning in the Rover although cold, wasn't icy. I took it down to the local place with the  relevant pump this morning. They removed 234g of refrigerant, it held a vacuum for 25 minutes & they replaced 450g of the stuff. It's only marginally colder, but it doesn't get warmer in slow moving traffic like it did previously. I think this is a good result.
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    barefoot got a reaction from vulgalour in Morris Minor - An Car   
    I learned to drive in my old man's 1098 on a D plate, the clutch was like an on/off switch and I discovered a whole lot about opposite lock & double de-clutching. It was a black two door (coupé) with a red interior. In hindsight, the gear-change & steering were incredibly light & direct. It wasn't fast.
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