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  1. ......in reverse order from 20th....20) Fred Transit, 27 posts19) Albert Ross, 28 posts18) Cavette, 29 posts16=) Milford Cubicle, 31 posts16=) Trigger, 31 posts15) Watanbe, 34 posts14) Sir Tainly-Barkin, 35 posts13) Pompeii, 37 posts11=) M'Coli, 38 posts11=) Outlaw118, 38 posts9=) Mr H Sceptre, 39 posts9=) Mash, 39 posts8) Richard, 42 posts7) Pete-M, 47 posts6) Mr Lobster, 53 posts5) Pillock, 60 posts4) Father Ted, 64 posts3) Dollywobbler, 82 posts2) Hirst, 85 postsso the winner is.......POGWEASEL with 105 posts!!!Yes, I've had a lot of time on my hands....no the result does not carry any prizes.....(I've just noticed it's put "cool" emoticons on some...never mind eh?)

    Only one year to go before it's time to do the sums again...

  2. I'm out of touch with motorcycles since selling my T140 in 2001.

    I have great memories of doing stuff like the National and other rallies all over Europe. A friend left me several Russian 650s last year and I wondered if it would spur me into putting one on the road, but owning examples of most Soviet bikes in the 70's has kept that itch well and truly scratched.

    I would have been more tempted by an MZ - I never had an etz... I did, however sample a German friend's IFA 350 from the same factory. A bit of a disappointment, it was quite lumpy with both cylinders firing simultaneously, defeating the object of having flat twin.


    If anyone is interested in acquiring Ural I might be able to help...

  3. That shit one with the entertainment. I forget its name and I can't be arsed googling it, sorry. Might have been the marquess of exeter in lyddington.If it wasn't you I can only apologise. Someone on here did, I went and it was dire.

    I've only ever recommended one pub and that's my local in Lincs. I think the Lyddington boozer is one of those over extended eateries which I'd be unlikely to enter even if dying of thirst, but no apology needed; it would be nice to hear just how shit the entertainment was though.

  4. I've noticed a curious hearing disability that afflicts landlords these days. After giving you a cheery 'what can I get you?' they respond to the first part of your reply of 'half a...' by filling a pint glass. Tonight I was in a boozer called the Goshawk, just outside Chester, and fancied trying a couple of brews I'd not seen before. Erring on the cautious side I asked for half of each for me and the Mrs.

    One was called something like 'black busy bee' the other 'plum pig' and both were fucking vile. Worse still, I had a pint of the pig one because I foolishly couldn't bear to see half of it tipped away.

    My biggest grump is that when I informed the landlord that they were the worst beers I'd ever had he told me that ale with plum in is an acquired taste. I no more expected it to actually contain plums than Bishops Finger to actually have a clergyman's digit in it. As for the other one, it was shit, probably the dead bees. I bought a half of their other draught to try to flush away the taste. As we left he told us that they'd probably have some different guest beers when we come next time. What an optimistic barsteward, imagining theres going to be a next time.



  5. I got it back on it's feet and tried out tonight. With a new VCU and bearings the nasty noises have gone away.


    I think I could have got away with refitting the original VCU as when subjected to scientific test it registered 'not completely buggered', but I couldn't face clawing it back out in a year's time.

    post-7547-0-28598800-1549150593_thumb.jpg. Old one.


    New one.


    Last job was to fit a warning system for when the coolant dribbles down the cylinder block. I understand this is an event not to be overlooked, so here's my solution.



    It's another fish tank float switch in the expansion bottle wired to a warning lamp. Why Landrover didn't see fit to include such a device until several years later is just perverted.


    (Note, I must stop leaving my nightshirt on the stepladder)

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    What a twat to just replace the disc shields. Nothing else actually needed touching, but I still had to re-new the wheel bearings due to them coming apart when the hubs were pressed out. Its been a chilly job too cos I can't get the workshop door shut with two vehicles in. The Bedford is nicer to work on and was much easier to pull apart even though it was a little bit rusty. I want to get back on it, I'm sure the Freelander won't need anything else doing for ages...



  7. A friend's step dad has one for his wheelchair.  Very utilitarian but he loves it as it's designed for wheelchairs from the ground up.  They're thinking of getting rid as 'it's getting a bit old'.  Five years and 70000 miles is a worry apparently.


    National Heath glasses probably worked just as well as any but I remember them stigmatising school kids who had to wear them. Car manufacturers should have progressed beyond offering a similar experience for wheelchair users.

  8. I shit on all that safety bollox.

    When your number is up, you go. When it's not, you stay.


    Besides, we're all getting nuked anyway, so unbuckle and enjoy life until then.

    I think you mean we're fucked.

  9. I'm not well up on this sort of thing, but wouldn't pin too much hope to avoiding the steering wheel by diving into the passenger footwell when that brick wall leaps out at me. I don't find all old cars equal, some had the steering box behind the front axle and that would seem to be a worthwhile feature. The Morris Minor owners club did a bit of homespun research on the fate of their cars in accidents years ago; they fared rather better than such an old design might be expected to, not least because the steering rack is located very far back. This may have been because the car was originally laid out to take a flat 4 engine.

    On the seatbelt front, if the 'b' pillar is too far forward, the effectivness of front belts is very poor; the A30/35 owners club advise putting the top attachment right at the back of the car on 4 door models which might make it even more difficult to get grandad onto the back seat.

    I'm happy to acknowledge that the latest cars are safer than anything that has gone before but I'm still not having one.

  10. This is the horn/indicator switch assembly with the tube that enables it to remain stationary when the wheel turns. It belonged to my Sunbeam 90, and was one of the reasons I sold the car.

    The tube is so long that it cannot be fitted or removed from inside the cramped 4 door cabin, and even though the wheel is close to the dashboard the steering box is 6 feet ahead, just behind the front bumper.

    Though these cars are robust with a strong chassis it was not the lack of seatbelts that bothered me, but the prospect of having the entire column and gear lever rammed into my chest .



    A Polish lady told me that one car produced in her country was infamous for it's robust bonnet, which had the distressing habit of remaining intact during frontal impacts, and slicing the front occupants in half.

    Fortunately there are plenty of old cars that,by these standards, are adequate for daily use. They should be seen in a more positive light given that the latest technology seems to be heading towards enabling drivers to operate their vehicles in a virtually comatose state.

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