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  1. If he can get it to me, I can fit it in!
  2. Laurencekirk has accommodation and maybe a malt or two - you are very welcome!
  3. Nothing is certain in my life at the moment, but it looks like I will be attending the FOD on the 10/11 July. Probably travelling overnight Thursday 8/9. Not huge amounts of room going down, but a mostly empty van coming back. I will not have time to divert far from my route but if anyone wants something moving to or from the FOD and can drop off or meet me on the way shout out.
  4. Got bored cutting grass and a friend was over so time to get back to the Sonett. Timing still all over according to my cheap timing light but I have been advised that cheap ones can do this with these engines. Took off the dizzy cap for a look, and it has electronic pointless ignition but the rotor arm is seized on the shaft. Rather than risk breaking it and being left stranded, I decided to order new cap/leads and rotor arm. Foolish me. Only one supplier in the UK. Cap - £56 but out of stock. Ignition leads £32 (there are only 4) and rotor arm £26.40. Have ordered the rotor arm and leads, when they arrive I will go back to it. In order to get the Sonett down to Prescott, so thought I had better get on with my c900 'vert towcar. About 7 years ago, it failed an MOT on a sticking handbrake so I ordered a new calliper but whilst waiting for it to arrive I stripped and cleaned the old one enough to pass the MOT so the new one was put on the shelf A year or two later I had to fit new flexis to the back axle. so fitted braided SS ones, and the remainder were also put on the shelf. This year, well actually last year, the handbrake again stopped working so thought I would just fit the new calliper. Of course, the callipers are handed and it was the other one this time, but it failed to respond to treatment and the handbrake cables also seemed to have seized. New calliper ordered, and I decided to sort the brakes once and for all by fitting both callipers, new handbrake cables and the other braided hoses and today was the day to start. So onto the ramp Wheels off Old calliper off Old flexis off New flexis on New callipers going on And done All going well, so over a cup of tea, a look through the HBOL to see about changing the cables. Aaah, an easy* job where most of the interior including rear seats and carpets have to come out! Decided that I would give the cables a dose of looking at now I had better access and half an hour later, plenty of WD40 and some brute force and both cables are working freely again. I now have a pair of handbrake cables on the shelf where the calliper used to live I also need a new silencer and tail pipe, but again, these are not available at the moment, so it looks like a patch will have to be welded onto the silencer until new stock comes in from Finland. New rear brake pads are also on back order so the old pads went back in, but they are less than 40% worn so that is not a problem. I was also going to replace the cross axle brake pipe, as the originals are still fitted after 31 years and 156k miles, but they are absolutely fine so no point in that. I think I will change the front flexis to braided, despite there being nothing wrong with the ones fitted. Whilst underneath, I noticed the small hole in the rear inner wing I have been ignoring for the last few years seems to have got a bit larger so whilst the welder is coming out I think I will fix that as well. Tomorrows job. I have to say that brakes have always been a job I hate, but having the 2 post lift and working on a car where every single fixing came undone as it should made it a pleasure and I really enjoyed my day in the shed. Edited to say I know the spring clip on that calliper/pads is fitted wrong, but it is how they were fitted on both sides. After fitting it I realised my error and they are now correct.
  5. I have one of those kits and use it for tractor and lawn mower repairs. They are illegal for road use in the UK. Basically a string of rubber is coated in glue and pushed 90% through the hole from the middle, then the tool is pulled back which mushrooms the string against the tyre until it pulls through the tool. You then trim the ends. I have some mower tyre repairs that are still good a couple of years on. There are videos on youtube showing how to use them (something like "string puncture repair" I think)
  6. I think I am getting the hang of clickbait titles As my third hand (still attached to my friend I hope) had something crop up, no progress on the Sonett today, so it was another day gardening. Main task was a patch of grass that I have always cut with the mower on high due to some large stones hiding at the surface awaiting the chance to attack the mower blades. Plan was strim the grass down with the wheeled strimmer to find the rocks, dig them out and then a test mow with the blades in the normal position. First get the equipment out All went to plan with three digger buckets of stones removed and the mower tested fine. Decided the next bit to do would be the area behing the wrecked caravan, which meant moving it forward a couple of feet. To do that, I needed to move the Escort van, which is slowly sinking into the ground. When it was moved to its current location about 7 or 8 years ago, every point I attached a rope to pulled out, so I ended up putting a rope around the engine which almost help, enough to move the van butthe engine remains in entirely due to driveshafts and gravity! As I only need to move it a few feet, and remembering it has a tow bar, I decided the best way was to hook the tow ball with the digger bucket and gently pull it back. This worked perfectly*, I managed to hook the towball second time (it was buried in grass and lower than I expected due to the van sinking into the ground) and with a gentle pull, the entire tow bar, rear valence and part of the floor was neatly removed! The only way this van is moving again will be to run a strap through the doors and pulling on that, but rain stopped play. Maybe tomorrow.
  7. When I had my classic car workshop, I always offered a 50-50 warranty. When asked if that meant we would pay half the repair costs, I would explain it was 50 yards or 50 seconds, whichever came first.
  8. Today after a day and a half of strimming and mowing trying to get the steadings tidied up a bit (a job I have successfully put off for 36 years) I decided it was time to have a look at the 2 stroke Saab Sonett as it has a date at Prescott at the end of next month and has been ignored for the last 2 years. The coating of dust gives the game away. Got it started fairly easily, much to the annoyance of the wasps in my shed, and I still smell of 2 stroke despite just coming out of the shower. The timing was miles out, so after i had RTFM I connected up the new strobe light (the last one was decidedly less strong than my Disco wheel) to cylinder number two. In true Saab (we can be different so we will be) mode, number 3 cylinder is at the front, number 1 at the bulkhead and the centre cylinder is used to set the timing. After much trying I had it better but not right. Setting the timing is difficult on your own, as one hand has to hold the strobe, one has to turn the distributor and, being a 2 stroke it has no vacuum advance just the mechanical in the distributer, but it has to be set at 3000 rpm so a spare hand is required to hold the revs up. After an hour of trying bodges involving brooms, screwdrivers, a passing bunny rabbit etc I gave up for the day, despite access being good. I will have to wait until a friend visits and can provide a 3rd hand. As I know* you are all* wondering, the Saab Sonett is not a miss spelling of sonnet despite many publications mistakenly correcting it, but so nett is the Swedish for "so neat", the comment of one senior manager at Saab on seeing the initial prototype which was actually a convertible. It took nearly 5 years for the production version which was pushed on to compete in an American race series. It was so successful in its first series, the Americans changed the rules to ban it in true sporting fashion After the ban, there was no need to keep the 2 stroke engine so the Sonett 2 V4 was launched after only 258 two strokes were made. Mine is number 151.
  9. I used to subscribe to your channel, but have ZERO interest in eVs so unsubscribed. Would follow a chod channel again if you do it.
  10. What do you mean? It was dinged by a supermarket trolley at Asda!
  11. Aah, a single cylinder Lister diesel for ultimate emmpeegees
  12. Had my second Vauxhall Astra jab today so a lot of messing was the order of the day as I have just returned from another long weekend away. I had to fetch my digger home, and now that is done I should be home for a few weeks. The two pallets on the trailer were a gift from my friend, made from 1-1/2" thick boards. One is going to become a height adjustable workbench in my shed (it will go on my 2 post ramp) to enable work on the Kubota, lawn mowers etc and the other is going to be the same for my friend. The Disco did the 860 mile round trip perfectly, although the fuel injection pump still needs turning up a bit as it slows on hills and would benefit from a bit more coal on the fire!
  13. I have been approached by the Dundee Transport Museum as they are thinking of putting on a Swedish Day where anything made in Sweden, car or commercial will be very welcome. Current available dates are 4/7, 25/7, 1/8, 15/8, 22/8 or 29/8. Would anybody be interested? Obviously 1/8 will clash with Saabfest and I feel July is too short notice but open to any suggestions. Being the home of the SVM can we do something?
  14. I had planned on updating this as I went along, but life got in the way! Anyway, the Fiat was delivered to its new home near Oxford and this old friend returned to the fleet What a difference! Handles better, goes MUCH better, still spits flame on over run. What more can you ask for! From Oxford it was down to Crawley where it was unloaded (and these pics taken) and on Sunday a short run out to a biker cafe to have a look at the bikes and give the Cobra a shake down. Very very happy with it now, happily sits at 1100 rpm in 5th yet 110 mph in third (on an overtake on the nearby private test track) is equally effortless. Once back, my brothers car was loaded on to the trailer and taken to his engine specialist about an hour away where it is going to get a long overdue complete engine rebuild as it has started doing Red Arrows impressions in display mode After dropping the Cerb off on Monday morning, the Cobra was returned to the trailer for the journey north There would have been a photo of it back home but it started raining so it was a rush to get it into the shed this morning!
  15. I am with Ian on this. It is not yet a classic, if it survives long enough it *might* become one but there are still plenty of better ones for not a lot. It was bought as a daily not a show car and once you start spending on it, it is easy to get sucked in. Either run it til it dies or sell it if you can. For all those saying save it, I believe that Ian has it for sale, so feel free
  16. After about 8 or 9 years ownership, one is leaving the fleet this weekend. Whilst a lot of fun when working, on the few occasions it failed to FTP, almost every journey has seen a problem. It even broke at SF18 when out and about. When the new owner visited last year, it FTPed twice on the test run! He still bought it so a true shiter at heart! As the Disco needed a proper test to make sure the Injection pump conversion had gone to plan, what better way than sticking the biggest and heaviest trailer I own on the back and travelling 460 miles in really heavy holiday traffic! Glad to say it seems to have worked, fuel consumption is up a tiny bit but it goes up hills now! Now at a luxury* travelodge for the night at Bicester ready to deliver tomorrow. Don't worry, the trailer will be filled though no new purchases have been made, before heading to Crawley tomorrow. Monday sees me having to take my brothers car in for engine surgery before heading home Tuesday. Lovely evening at Bicester (and yes, the parking is deliberate as the double spaces are still short enough for me to block the access road....)
  17. I live in the triangle of Cairn o'Mount and the Slug Road. I am away both weekends but about Tues PM to Fri AM so if you need anything I have a trailer and a workshop complete with 2 post so shout out if you need.
  18. About 5 minutes longer than it takes you to stop worrying about it and checking it every few minutes. Once you are confident, it will fall off.
  19. I am going to try to get down for this one so @davidfowler2000can be classed as a local!
  20. My Green Goddess is 1956 with 6.5k miles and my 1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon has just under 15k miles
  21. Sadly no more photos of the Disco work as I was stuck inside working and my friend doing the work is a luddite! Old injection pump removed, replacement fitted, new belt and tensioner and all back together. First test run, better pick up but still glacial My friend checked and we were not getting full movement on the throttle cable. Electronics from the pedal removed and some adjustment and test run two. Better, but still not right. My friend opened up the fuel pump (easy to do on a manual, impossible with the EDC) and ..... Third test run and it now goes like I always thought it should. It is not a racing car, nor did I expect it to be, but pulling out at junctions is now safe and possible! Down sides are it will use more fuel , I have lost the kickdown as that is cable operated from a bracket that used to fasten on the top of the pump, but the manual pump is completely different on the top so no where to fit it. Will look into that later, in the meantime I can use the selector lever as an over ride if needed. The other fault is the fuel shut off was controlled by the now disconnected ECU so turning the key off has no affect on the running condition of the engine.This means a manual shut off has been fitted (two wires you pull apart and reconnect to run) and when some toggle switches arrive a more permanent system will be installed which will double up as a good anti theft system. With the Disco sorted I am making arrangements to test it by towing cars all over the UK next weekend when one will be leaving the fleet and another returning after an 12 months away. That done, it was back to the c900 'vert Saab. What I thought was a sticking calliper now would appear to be a seized handbrake cable, but that can wait until tomorrow for confirmation.
  22. Went to chuck some diseasal in the Disco and this was about to pull out from the pumps. Nice driver moved forward for better photos but apologised for not having time to stop and chat!
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