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    Bren got a reaction from twosmoke300 in The grumpy thread   
    We had a severe weather warning here yesterday - flash floods. It dribbled for about half an hour.
    I wonder how much the met office costs? Reading tea leaves would be cheaper.
  2. Haha
    Bren reacted to Datsuncog in The grumpy thread   
    He's doing alright for himself these days though, eh?

    Well, sort of alright.
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    Bren got a reaction from Remspoor in The grumpy thread   
    I fancied a pie for my dinner.
    Until I saw my reflection in the TV.
    I am beginning to look like I have been rogered by an omnibus.
    Must get back in the gym.
  4. Haha
    Bren got a reaction from auntiemaryscanary in The grumpy thread   
    I fancied a pie for my dinner.
    Until I saw my reflection in the TV.
    I am beginning to look like I have been rogered by an omnibus.
    Must get back in the gym.
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    Bren got a reaction from puddlethumper in The grumpy thread   
    I fancied a pie for my dinner.
    Until I saw my reflection in the TV.
    I am beginning to look like I have been rogered by an omnibus.
    Must get back in the gym.
  6. Haha
    Bren got a reaction from Jazoli in The grumpy thread   
    I fancied a pie for my dinner.
    Until I saw my reflection in the TV.
    I am beginning to look like I have been rogered by an omnibus.
    Must get back in the gym.
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    Bren got a reaction from AnnoyingPentium in The grumpy thread   
    We had a severe weather warning here yesterday - flash floods. It dribbled for about half an hour.
    I wonder how much the met office costs? Reading tea leaves would be cheaper.
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    Bren reacted to Pieman in The grumpy thread   
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    Bren got a reaction from wuvvum in The grumpy thread   
    We had a severe weather warning here yesterday - flash floods. It dribbled for about half an hour.
    I wonder how much the met office costs? Reading tea leaves would be cheaper.
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    Bren got a reaction from andyberg in The grumpy thread   
    We had a severe weather warning here yesterday - flash floods. It dribbled for about half an hour.
    I wonder how much the met office costs? Reading tea leaves would be cheaper.
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    Bren got a reaction from horriblemercedes in The new news 24 thread   
    I used the vectra for my visit to Wythenshawe hospital. The computer showed a disappointing 36.8 mpg prior to my journey. My wife does a lot of short trips.
    I reset the computer and kept the speed to 55 - 60. Managed 56 going and this dropped to just over 50 on the return journey.
    The car could do with a new air filter.
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    Bren reacted to 320touring in International collection thread - SHTE van   
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    Bren reacted to 320touring in International collection thread - SHTE van   
    Scotch corner achieved and black helpful fluid consumed.

    This thing is an epic distance cruiser.

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    Bren got a reaction from myglaren in The grumpy thread   
    Saw a car for sale on tinterweb. I had the temerity to ask the seller some questions to which he never replied.
    Am I supposed to just turn up and hand over a large amount of money?
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    Bren got a reaction from Remspoor in The grumpy thread   
    Saw a car for sale on tinterweb. I had the temerity to ask the seller some questions to which he never replied.
    Am I supposed to just turn up and hand over a large amount of money?
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    Bren reacted to 155V6 in Shite in Miniature II   
    A small package from Steve Flowers was waiting when I got home.Half an hour later,& my Dinky Foden has got a new front bumper & tailgate

    Corgi Pontiac Firebird has a new dash & screen

    And my Corgi Rockets Mercury Cougar has a new set of ridiculously oversized skis 😂
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    Bren got a reaction from 108 in The grumpy thread   
    Fecking asthma. Wheezing like Darth Vader. Took 50mg of prednisilone - still waiting for them to kick in.
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    Bren got a reaction from Sunny Jim in The new news 24 thread   
    Did a couple of jobs on the vectra today despite sounding like a sith lord.
    The passenger side window switch was inoperative - it is always dirty contacts. You can't strip this one like the drivers side so I removed it and soaked it in switch cleaner. It cured the problem.

    The check arms on both front doors were very noisy - the rollers in the mechanism were worn. They are reversable - you simply unscrew the arm from the post and rotate it 180. Then undo the two nuts from the door and push the assembly into the door - you rotate the whole lot so the bracket for the door post now fits against the a post. Button it up and see if it is quiet. What you are doing is adjusting the arm so that it works against the unworn roller.

    Fortunately a previous owner hadn't tried this and the other roller was unworn. I did have a bit of a disaster with the drivers side when I let it fall into the door. I had to remove the door card and speaker to get it out. I seized the opportunity to lube the regulator for the window.
    I know vauxhalls dont have much love on here but their plastics are excellent - no broken tabs or clips unlike previous german cars we have owned.
    We have started to look at possible replacements. It is 15 years old and covered 154k. It runs well however it is not great on diesel and the road tax is a salty £340 a year. The lacquer is starting to peel on the roof and bonnet and too many fat arses have squashed the seat bolsters into submission. The aircon and electric sunroof still work perfectly.

    These arrived this morning for the 'busa. I will fit them tomorrow before I attend hospital for my two weekly injections - I call it a stab and a brew.
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    Bren got a reaction from Popsicle in The new news 24 thread   
    Did a couple of jobs on the vectra today despite sounding like a sith lord.
    The passenger side window switch was inoperative - it is always dirty contacts. You can't strip this one like the drivers side so I removed it and soaked it in switch cleaner. It cured the problem.

    The check arms on both front doors were very noisy - the rollers in the mechanism were worn. They are reversable - you simply unscrew the arm from the post and rotate it 180. Then undo the two nuts from the door and push the assembly into the door - you rotate the whole lot so the bracket for the door post now fits against the a post. Button it up and see if it is quiet. What you are doing is adjusting the arm so that it works against the unworn roller.

    Fortunately a previous owner hadn't tried this and the other roller was unworn. I did have a bit of a disaster with the drivers side when I let it fall into the door. I had to remove the door card and speaker to get it out. I seized the opportunity to lube the regulator for the window.
    I know vauxhalls dont have much love on here but their plastics are excellent - no broken tabs or clips unlike previous german cars we have owned.
    We have started to look at possible replacements. It is 15 years old and covered 154k. It runs well however it is not great on diesel and the road tax is a salty £340 a year. The lacquer is starting to peel on the roof and bonnet and too many fat arses have squashed the seat bolsters into submission. The aircon and electric sunroof still work perfectly.

    These arrived this morning for the 'busa. I will fit them tomorrow before I attend hospital for my two weekly injections - I call it a stab and a brew.
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    Bren got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in The grumpy thread   
    Fecking asthma. Wheezing like Darth Vader. Took 50mg of prednisilone - still waiting for them to kick in.
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    Bren got a reaction from Rust Collector in The new news 24 thread   
    Did a couple of jobs on the vectra today despite sounding like a sith lord.
    The passenger side window switch was inoperative - it is always dirty contacts. You can't strip this one like the drivers side so I removed it and soaked it in switch cleaner. It cured the problem.

    The check arms on both front doors were very noisy - the rollers in the mechanism were worn. They are reversable - you simply unscrew the arm from the post and rotate it 180. Then undo the two nuts from the door and push the assembly into the door - you rotate the whole lot so the bracket for the door post now fits against the a post. Button it up and see if it is quiet. What you are doing is adjusting the arm so that it works against the unworn roller.

    Fortunately a previous owner hadn't tried this and the other roller was unworn. I did have a bit of a disaster with the drivers side when I let it fall into the door. I had to remove the door card and speaker to get it out. I seized the opportunity to lube the regulator for the window.
    I know vauxhalls dont have much love on here but their plastics are excellent - no broken tabs or clips unlike previous german cars we have owned.
    We have started to look at possible replacements. It is 15 years old and covered 154k. It runs well however it is not great on diesel and the road tax is a salty £340 a year. The lacquer is starting to peel on the roof and bonnet and too many fat arses have squashed the seat bolsters into submission. The aircon and electric sunroof still work perfectly.

    These arrived this morning for the 'busa. I will fit them tomorrow before I attend hospital for my two weekly injections - I call it a stab and a brew.
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    Bren got a reaction from rob88h in Harrison's Garage - Sierra DieseL   
    I feel lousy today. But this has cheered me up. 
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    Bren reacted to rob88h in Harrison's Garage - Sierra DieseL   
    The Bell Tolls for this Focus around its emissions I recon. The last MOT was passed, but it was towards the upper end of the Hydrocarbon limits. On the same MOT I also had the fortune of the advisory [6.1.2(a)] Exhaust has minor leak of exhaust gases – which I’m sure helped reduce the tailpipe emissions. That was at 160k miles. We’re getting close to 170k now, the oil consumption has increased, and the exhaust is repaired. We’ll see how it fairs on its next test in January… For now, I’m just giving it weekly checks and ensuring it stays above minimum fill level with whatever motor oil I’ve got handy.
     
    The Granada, the Granada. It has been sat for about a year now, poor thing. It’s become a victim of short-term distractions in the project queue, always with the well-meaning intentions of a quick turnaround so that I can then return to the Granada. That’s not really happened in practise though, what with the 480 then becoming the Fiesta, the Taxi, the Audi, the Rover, the Sierra etc… That and I’m still regularly working on the Mini and the 440 and Focus on the side.
    My intentions are: 1), Buy less distractions (hopeful). 2), Finish off the Sierra to a level I’m happy with. 3), Get stuck back in on the Granada! In that order


    The only car worse off is the rotten MX-5 that doesn’t even get a look-in these days.
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    Bren got a reaction from crad in The grumpy thread   
    I have had eosiniphilic asthma since 2015. It doesn't respond to normal meds - steroids, and if severe enough, biologics are required.
    Mine has never been so bad - even a flight of stairs becomes a major obstacle. I am finding that now, even after steroids, I am wheezing and rattling. I used to hide it but I can't anymore.
    Staff at the hospital think the high pollen count will have something to do with this ( I agree - to a point) - my concern is that the covid I had in January has affected me, or in particular, my lungs.
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    Bren got a reaction from myglaren in The grumpy thread   
    An empty package. It was already opened - cheeky barsteward just put an empty envelope through the door.
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