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Trailer returned this morning and I had to go the the workshop to drop off and pick up some stuff.

I put the lift on some wheel skates and got it to roughly where I wanted it 


Then I had a quick look at how the uprights fit.


That was quite easy.

Next the fun* bit of getting the wiring sorted.

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5 hours ago, Supernaut said:

Begin scene:

Our intrepid duo are leaving Dundee northbound, heading up that hill.

Supernaut: "Is this full throttle?"

sdkrc: "Almost, I don't want to blow off the boost hose"

Supernaut: "I rescind my earlier suggestion that we use this to tow..."

A red Saab towing a trailer can be seen gradually getting further and further away in front of them.

I had a good laugh on that hill back 2005-ish.

I had been out helping a friend pick up a preserved coach they were doing some work on, Bristol RE based, big ass Gardner engine, semi auto box and far more poke than it had any right to have.

I encountered a Citylink coach which has pulled into the dual carriageway just in front of me...this was when they were still using some pretty clapped out old Volvo B10Ms on that run which lacked a very important detail - a working kickdown function, or indeed any apparent sort of load sensing on the gearbox.  So it changed gear at set road speeds and that was that...so he wound up crawling up there at about 15mph with his foot buried in the floorboards.

Me, having full control over what gear I was in had no such problems and came roaring past without a care in the world.  I gave a cheery wave to the driver of the other coach as I passed him.  You could have absolutely cut glass with the glare I got in reply!

Didn't have a speed limiter either...

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  • Tickman changed the title to Tickman's stuff. Attempting to get the lift working

Some more wiring happened and I got to the point of seeing did it workPXL_20211019_113434149_MP.thumb.jpg.ff703821bca31dca91f005c9fc2d1cda.jpg

Not bolted down or leveled so only went this high


But it worked.

Bolts to secure it to the floor were donated by @320touring and they were perfect for the job. Today I finally got it bolted down so time for a test run.


That appears to work. Let's try a bit of load on it.


Still working!

This is taken at my eye level when stood up.


That'll do!

Think this will be a bit of a game changer. Now I just need some time to actually do some stuff. 

Workshop needs a massive tidy first though.

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  • Tickman changed the title to Tickman's stuff. Lift working, it is quite the revelation.

Got the lift working mostly as it should now, a little more playing with the wiring is needed to get the limit switches working as they should. 

Had a look over the GSR to see what might be needed for its MOT in January and two CV boots, one each side, and a potential issue with the power steering are the only major concerns. After that the radiator looks utterly ruined but still works as it should.

General grot is starting to take hold and a house move coming up means that its time is very likely up with me.

If anyone is interested then let me know and I can give more details but it will probably get run until the MOT is up in January and that will be that.

To cheer myself up I decided to see if the 205 would get out from behind the lift by going under it.


Yep it does, so


Up it went for a look over and it looks like it should MOT ok with a clean up of the discs.

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  • Tickman changed the title to Tickman's stuff. Left turns only.

Meg's 107 hd decided it didn't want to indicate right. A quick Google shows it is a common issue with the switch dirtying up so with her back from Glasgow for a couple of days I had time for a look.

Airbag out and wheel off


Shroud off to show lots of manky stuff


Switch removed, cleaned up, refitted, tested, removed again, put back together correctly and tested and we have a fixed car for no cost.

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  • Tickman changed the title to Tickman's stuff. Annoying SLK stuff

Couple of annoying issues with the slk to look at.

First a squeak at idle and when switching off. Traced to this.



So I fixed* that


Next the driver's wiper hits the window surround at the end of its sweep. I tried to adjust it a spline but then it hit the other wiper in the park position. 

After a closer look it has the wrong length wipers on resulting in this.


And running over the window rubberPXL_20211112_112057167.thumb.jpg.158906e13eb36f4a5c0f3d86b18e7c04.jpg

Surely it isn't that difficult to pick up the correct wipers!

That shall be remedied later today.


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  • Tickman changed the title to Tickman's stuff. School night collection

I've been looking for a couple of weeks for something to take the place of the GSR.

I've looked at some scrap and been beaten to other overpriced rubbish so I 'relaxed' my criteria. I sent a message to the seller yesterday and agreed to buy it this morning.

Think this is the quickest agree to buy then actually collect I've done!

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First impressions are it is a pretty decent car.

Comfy, good driving position and Alfa steering which is ace, except when you want to park in tight and not so tight spaces. I'm looking forward to my 57 point turns already.

Issues that are a priority:

Find out how to stop the odometer flashing.

Find out what buttons do what.

Get the radio to find something other than Classic. Could have been much worse!

Less important:

Sort the lazy thermostat.

Sort the sloppy gear selector.

Sort whatever is wrong on the rear suspension.

All in all I give it a 14.7/10

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