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    meshking reacted to Pillock in Truck Shite   
    This seemed to be more stuff that was being broken for spares. It was parked outside the workshop which made sense, maybe if you've got some sort of urgent requirement for a bit from a military truck they'll just whip it off.

     
    Here you see a pair of TK's going for it whilst another looks on, the dirty buggers.

     
    This had "Starts and drives" on the windscreen. I rather think not.

     
    Leyland DAFAid was a short lived flavour of fizzy pop, notable for an aftertaste of rust and hydraulic fluid.

     
    I believe this one is called "Reverse Cowgirl"

     
    This sort of summed up the day well.

     
    Whereas this summed up Crouch Snr's approach to just hoarding shit. I mean, who on earth is still running one of these and will phone up in a panic for spares?

     
    Royal Navy seemed to be operating on a different scale again to the Army

     

     
    Back to cranes means we must be near the start/finish line

     
    FIN

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    meshking got a reaction from Bfg in The grumpy thread   
    Doctormop, condolences. I can only imagine what an awful time that you and your family are going through. I had never been through that, but did sit through a mental health awareness talk earlier this week at work. I'm not a therapist or medical professional and would suggest you contact someone for help, even the samaritans will be good.
    You say that you cant relate or help, but what your dad and others are probably looking for is someone to listen. Don't try to fix their issues. There were a few slides from the training that might help, some of them are cheesy, but I've tried this on my children to get them to tall more and it does work.
    Don't use the W words: who, what, why, when, where, how. These out people on the spot.
    Do use Ted: Tell me... Explain to me... Describe...

    And just listen, don't try to fix. ( this advice I gained from a great friend of mine who had a nervous breakdown because she was always taking on other people's problems, and trying to fix everything).



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    meshking got a reaction from Doctormop in The grumpy thread   
    Doctormop, condolences. I can only imagine what an awful time that you and your family are going through. I had never been through that, but did sit through a mental health awareness talk earlier this week at work. I'm not a therapist or medical professional and would suggest you contact someone for help, even the samaritans will be good.
    You say that you cant relate or help, but what your dad and others are probably looking for is someone to listen. Don't try to fix their issues. There were a few slides from the training that might help, some of them are cheesy, but I've tried this on my children to get them to tall more and it does work.
    Don't use the W words: who, what, why, when, where, how. These out people on the spot.
    Do use Ted: Tell me... Explain to me... Describe...

    And just listen, don't try to fix. ( this advice I gained from a great friend of mine who had a nervous breakdown because she was always taking on other people's problems, and trying to fix everything).



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    meshking reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    New ticket for the Metro today.

    I noticed this morning my exhaust bodge from two years ago was leaking, so a quick bit of paste got it through the test.  That'll explain why I stank of fumes on Sunday after the drive back from the microcars.
    Then a switchover occurred at my other lockup, as someone else is due some attention now.

    The bearing I'll farm out, but the lower ball joints I'll do on Saturday as I think atleast one is grumbling.
    Also, I've given up wiping down the fine mist of 33 year old French seat foam that seems to cover everything...

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    meshking reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    The view from my kitchen window this evening.

    The Impreza is normally parked on the road, but as it looks like I may have sold it I thought I'd bag a space for one more night.
    Buick saga is ongoing.  Hopefully new rear hubs will see it fit at last.  Poor old Sealtainn.  This is turning into the longest collection caper in history.
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    meshking reacted to Zelandeth in Zel's Motoring Adventures...Jag, Citroen, Mercedes & AC Model 70 - 24/01 - Self Repairing Faults.   
    Having had a think about it further this morning I went to confirm the identification of my brake master cylinder so I could get either a service kit or new cylinder ordered.
    Nice to see that the fluid level hasn't moved in the slightest since I've started driving it, I know there's no reason it should have, but it's still nice to see the fluid staying where it should be.

    Yep, there's the number which I couldn't remember or find written down anywhere.

    Doing a bit of digging around on the internet to see what I could find.  When did the search function on everything become so utterly useless?  Why when I type in "Girling 625 master cylinder service kit" are the first five items for Lockheed cylinders or totally different complete cylinders before anything starts to turn up that's useful?
    Anyhow...eventually managed to track down some rebuild kits.  They're a good bit more expensive than I'd expected...not far off the same price that genuine Girling cylinders seem to go for (£60 or thereabouts).  Though there are a plethora of off brand ones for £20-30 out there.  Though quite what sort of quality to expect at that point I'm not sure.  
    I did however decide to grab one.  Basically because A: I've had gift money sitting in my Amazon account for about two years now so it's essentially free.  B: Because it will at least let me prove the rest of the system behaves or not.  If it does behave perfectly then I at least know that the MC is the issue...if I can't then make one good cylinder out of the two or am actually satisfied with the one from Amazon that turns up, I'll get a proper new Girling one ordered up.  As the one I've ordered is essentially free it seemed worth a shot though.
    Bodywork wise I've given things over the back a sand down (man I'd forgotten how much dust that creates!) and blew a quick bit of paint over it.

    Definitely heading in the right direction... here's the same panel when the car arrived on my driveway.

    Will want another coat or three of filler, but we're definitely making progress.  I'll make sure I actually have enough on hand next time!

    She's never going to be a concourse show winner, but hoping that a finish that's presentable from ten or twenty paces should be doable.
    What I was really interested in seeing though was whether my messing about with the CVT secondary pulley yesterday had actually done anything useful.
    The answer is a definite yes.  While I've only been able to do testing up to 30mph today courtesy of rush hour, things have obviously improved.  The pickup from a standing start is smoother and changes to throttle setting are far more quickly responded to now.  It's also way quieter.
    Have a *really* shaky video showing how things are behaving now.  I'll hopefully make a run out onto a faster road tomorrow to see how it behaves.
    While I was on Amazon earlier this afternoon a better phone mount was also ordered...so hopefully any future footage recorded on that will be something resembling stable.  I can only apologise for how awful the footage  here is.
    DW, I've deliberately done the best I can to go up and down hills here to give some comparison for you - however it's the biggest hill in this corner of town so it's the best I can do!
    Feels like we're getting quite close to a car which is actually usable now
     
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    meshking reacted to barrett in 27th time lucky: ongoing rammle musings   
    Well, against all odds its made it to France. Goes like a fuggin' rocket! 

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    meshking got a reaction from bangernomics in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    These are my current two. Need to dig out photos of my old ones.
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    meshking reacted to myglaren in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Nacho Soup
     
     
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    meshking reacted to richardmorris in The new news 24 thread   
    They seem to have changed the design of the piece of paper again.

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    meshking reacted to MarvinsMom in Old Stye Number Plates   
    i had to change the numberplates on the black mini when i got it.
    it had these on when i got it, some horrid, modern plastic things that did nothing for the car.

    so i got some proper period ones from Tippers, the correct raised digit version on a metal backing, which is how i remember  numberplates been like in the olden times.
    they suit that car far better than them crap plastic things.

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    meshking got a reaction from 500tops in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    Edited... Sold my 2cv last weekend. 
     
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    meshking got a reaction from brownnova in Show me your 2CV and other A Series Citroens please   
    Edited... Sold my 2cv last weekend. 
     
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    meshking reacted to SiC in The Austin 2dr 1100 story - Part IV - Now in sharleys hands   
    I had a spare two hours today to finish off the passenger side mount. Took a bit of fettling to get the floor high enough to meet the mount area. It had bowed a bit after welding it together. Cut a couple slits in which allowed me to bend/bash the necessary bits back up.
     
    Loads of clamps as that's all that is holding it together.

     
    Then welded and grinded.


     
    Just needs some paint to finish up now. Also a quick plate on the top bit as it's all a bit thin there now.
     
    Hopefully the subframe will fit back in the right place again when coming to fit. I did try measuring it and attempt to get things in the correct place. However it's not an easy thing to do on your back and by light. Proof of the pudding will be the remounting.
     
    Before I can do that, I need to get the rear mounts on the boot floor done.
     
    Driver's side looks like this

     
    While the passenger side looks like this

     
    Passenger side mount is not the correct shape or size at all. Causing the passenger side to sit too low. Driver's side mount is very crusty indeed.
     
    Plan is to cut the drivers side off and use that as a reference template. Then make two replacement ones of them on the bench and then weld them back on. While trying to get them back in exactly the correct location.
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    meshking reacted to dozeydustman in The new news 24 thread   
    All categories reinstated after 18 months of DVLA fuck ups....
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Banger Kenny in Bedford CF, now with Huggy on offer, see p4   
    Did the brakes fail? It looks like it rammed through the wall.
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    meshking got a reaction from vulgalour in Bedford CF, now with Huggy on offer, see p4   
    Did the brakes fail? It looks like it rammed through the wall.
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    meshking got a reaction from danthecapriman in Bedford CF, now with Huggy on offer, see p4   
    Did the brakes fail? It looks like it rammed through the wall.
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    meshking reacted to New POD in The new news 24 thread   
    I'm as generous and politically correct as the next social worker with a day old guardian lining my cat litter tray, so I do wonder how these stereotypes come to exist.
    Nobody ever says "Watch out for the travelling folk, they'll have repaired the church roof, helped us win village of the year by vigorous planting of summer bedding plants, and helped the school to get extra funding for the arts department, before they just pack up and leave, without a trace."
     
    Why is that?
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    meshking reacted to inconsistant in Volvo V70 D5: Dark Beast gone Scotch   
    A little update on the DB. Trying to get some of the issues sorted asap so we don’t get used to them and end up living with them. Here’s a brief list:
     
    Jobbies done:
    1. service and check over
    2. fix handbrake. Hardly works at all
    3. fill coolant and monitor for leaks
    4. dry out & monitor coolant levels in passenger footwell
    5. 2 tyres close to wear limit. (more news in a bit)
     
    1. Car has been serviced. I managed to get Mann oil, air, fuel and pollen filters for cheap pounds from EPC. What are the chances... they only had a sale on the day I ordered them! Result! I let our friendly ace mechanic do the service coz I wanted him to have a look over the car to check for any issues, as my wife will be using this to get to her work placement/dodge transits 5 days a week so we really need this to be as reliable and problem free as an £800 car can possibly be. Things he noticed were all on the MOT advisory sheet: slight play in front suspension, reg plate light not working, steering rack boot needs replacing, rear discs and shoes deteriorated.
     
    2. He checked over the handbrake, re-fitted a retaining spring but will need more work to get it working properly. It does work if you yank it fully up to the last ratchet but I don’t trust it enough to go up any steep hills.
     

     
    3&4 Oil change done too, and he’s changed the coolant and topped it up to the top of the X of max so I can keep an eye on whether it’s leaking into the passenger footwell, PO thought it was leaking through a not properly fitting seal from a matrix replacement a couple of years ago. I’ve had some newspaper down and a Poundland moisture trap in the footwell and it’s definitely dryer than when I picked up the car, just a slightly oily feel to the carpet. I replaced the pollen filter myself so I could a have a look behind the glove box but I can’t see any leaks or drips but will keep an eye on it. 
     
    5. I used man maths on the tyre issue and it’s worked out really well. Not financially though. Two new tyres was going to be about £200. Shedenvy let me have his spare set of alloys & tyres for £100 and they had 2 tyres that still have few mms of life left in them. So I could just put two of the new ones on and be quids in. But no, the new alloys are much better condition than the ones on the car, which are also a slightly different tone of silver. They’ve got some kerbing scuffs too, but again not as bad.
     


     
    So I thought I might get these new ones refurbed so they look nice too. And then the car will look nicer. So I was recommended a great bloke called Bruce who does alloys. He said he could refurb them for a bit under £50 a wheel, and spray them too. Ooh, I thought! so we looked at colours, and I thought a nice dark silver/ anthracite would be nice with the black. I’m not a fan of black wheels, especially not matt black but I thought going a bit darker would make the Dark Beast look a bit more mean and moody. So I got them back from Bruce and popped down to the tyre place to get the best four tyres swapped onto the moody alloys and balanced, which was £50.
     

     

     
    I also decided to buy a new jack, because my old Clarke one is rubbish and I hate it and it doesn't make me confident about jacking cars. I got a nice aluminium racing SGS jack, and I have to say it's brilliant. I managed to find the jacking points on the V70 and it works a treat.
     

     

     

     

     
    So sorting out the two tyres wasn’t really that cheap, but I reckon it does look well awesome. When I’d fitted them I decided to give it a wash and wanged a bit of tyreshite on it too so I could get some nice photos.
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    It definitely hides it's mileage and cheapness even better now. I just hope it does so mechanically too, at least for the next 3 months while we need to depend on a car.
     
    Jobbies still to do:
    6. blower fan doesn’t work for first 10-15 mins 
    7. aircon sometimes turns on but can’t be turned off again.(these possibly connected?)
    8. leccy passenger seat won’t go forwards or back
    9. front fog lamp damage repair
    10. rear parking sensor needs fixing. maybe not bother though.
    11. maybe sell the tatty set of wheels/tyres
     

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    meshking reacted to Supernaut in The grumpy thread   
    My direct superiors aren't. However people above them are.
     
    The fuck do I care though? I handed in my notice on Wednesday because I don't particularly like working for a company that normalises the act of defrauding their customers. My direct superiors are making moves to change this, but then it's a shit job anyway and I have other options on the table.
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    meshking got a reaction from GoGently in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes   
    For the 2cv, two things that have worked for me:
     
    1) pull the pump to carb pipe at the carb end and trickle some petrol down to the pump
    2) blow as hard as you can into the fuel filler
     
    These pumps are so weak it's frustrating
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    meshking reacted to Supernaut in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I was on the verge of handing in my notice.
     
    Then I got a phonecall offering me a job I interviewed for back in March.
     
    So I did hand in my notice.
     
    Yeah, I still have to work my notice period's worth of stupid shifts (2x night shifts in a row tomorrow and Friday) but then I'll probably get a couple of months off until I start the new job, and I have a hell of a lot of savings to get by on.
    The new job involves actually installing fibre networks. Tangible things. Not sitting in an office for 12 hours trying to make 2+2=5. My boss even tried guilt-tripping me saying shit like "Oh, that's a shame considering how much we invested in you..." Yeah, I'm sure the company can afford to 'invest' in somebody else seeing as you charge customers 5 figures per month per site for internet bandwidth you don't even have the capacity to properly provide (hence the 2+2=5 comment from earlier).
     
    I'll grit my teeth and get through the next few shifts, then freedom from corporate stupidity! Then probably straight into a different flavour of corporate stupidity, but hey-ho.
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    meshking reacted to cms206 in Bus Shite (I'VE BEEN PAPPED, NOOOOOO LOL)   
    I'll take that for a first ever respray.
     
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    meshking reacted to garbaldy in Time to spring clean the wallet again. Parts gathering.   
    Mrs W has volunteered to taxi.
     

     
    And we is here.
     

     
    Hope this is my train.
     

     
    Some history.
     
     

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