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7 hours ago, Tadhg Tiogar said:

The environMENTALists help to push Lithium batteries because their manufacture is "out of sight, out of mind". Western society only sees the finished product, not how it is made, so we can't see the damage done elsewhere.

 

7 hours ago, Lacquer Peel said:

A fascist coup was allowed in Bolivia to extract the lithium resources.

We in the west are 100% guilty of enjoying consumer products without thinking about the consequences that face workers and the environment, only somewhere far enough away that we don't care. 

It's not like oil extraction, processing and burning it is the moral alternative either. 

Exactly. I was a chemistry student for 4 years so I know all sorts of nasties go into battery production - both the environmental impacts of extraction and the poisonous compounds they contain. This covers all batteries, not just lithium.

I’m not anti electric vehicle, anti what they’re energy storage source is. Sadly they’re a necessary evil.

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Hmm.  Something just woke me up in here by falling over.  Made a godawful crash...and it wasn't my imagination as the dog (who I was completely unaware had snuck in through the door I'd not latched properly and was curled up on the foot of the bed) just about bounced off the ceiling as well.

Can I find anything out of place or any evidence of it?  Not a chance.  Been walking around scratching my head for 15 minutes now...Giving up and going back to bed.

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On 29/09/2020 at 19:24, egg said:

How come I didn't know until today, thanks to Matthew Hayward of Octane magazine, that the Alfa 90 could be spec'd with a built in suitcase!?

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There are 9 SORN'd Alfa 90's - none on the road - ok who's got 'em all?

This is one of them

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Wow. Matt from Furious Driving has found a roadworthy one! With the suitcase....just amazing.

 

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Hold on to your Vauxhall Corsas, they're classics* now. I like the way this article describes them as having had "a rapid decline in popularity" rather than having just got rare through getting old and rusty like most types of car do.

https://www.theguardian.com/clture/2020/nov/20/vauxhall-corsa-museum-rare-cars-collection-lakedland-motor-musuem

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7 hours ago, eifion said:

Hold on to your Vauxhall Corsas, they're classics* now. I like the way this article describes them as having had "a rapid decline in popularity" rather than having just got rare through getting old and rusty like most types of car do.

https://www.theguardian.com/clture/2020/nov/20/vauxhall-corsa-museum-rare-cars-collection-lakedland-motor-musuem

What an utterly cretinous article, especially the quote from Practical Classics.

Corsa Bs will only be rare because they rot badly in places you can't see until it's too far gone. Unless you are equally idiotic like me and keep having it welded up.

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Ordered the suspension control bushes and nylok nuts needed for the fiat. It has four bushes and two nuts in total, £17 delivered next day from Eurosport. No rush to do it, but some parts have a habit of going out of stock just when you want them. 

I got the 2cv running this morning to go to work.  Three or four weeks since the last run but battery still good. The mot is scheduled for Friday and I’ve checked the basic things like tyre pressures and lights ready for my mechanic friend rick to take it away and bring it home serviced and motd. A few more miles than the x1/9 this year, but still only 700 in 18months! 

 

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I started on the service items on the little fiesta I collected a week ago, since I have been unsuccessful so far in finding anyone who is willing to admit servicing it, save for the 2 stamps in the book (one in 2009 and one in 2013), I have decided that it'll want a full service.

The air filter didn't look too bad, and was not a ford item so it has at least had some attention more recently, indeed the air box would have been off when the injector seals failed in 2018.

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Dave mentioned a hesitation issue in his advert, and the first port of call with the 1.4 and 1.6 Tdci/Hdi engine is always the fuel filter. This one has a date code of 2014, so even if we're being good and allowing it to have sat on the motor factor's shelf for 6 months into 2015, it is still way overdue. They need to be done every 3 years/30k without fail. so I'm hoping this will address the issue mentioned.

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Lastly I dug out the pollen filter (behind the passenger kick trim) and that was a Ford item, so it is at least 7 years old and was considerably heavier than the item it was replaced by.

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Lastly for today, I pulled the boot trim off as I could not get it to open other than by the key in the lock. The boot actuator attempts to open the boot, but is shagged, as this type of unit is prone to on the Fiesta mk6.

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Major metal recycling yard near me is on fire, footage shows a guy in a grab pulling burning cars out of the inferno and dangling them for the fire service to douse, he must have balls of steel as it looks like a scene from terminator 

Not sure if this will play :

 

https://www.facebook.com/dominic.dean.1232/videos/1767804056713242/

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1 hour ago, omegod said:

Major metal recycling yard near me is on fire, footage shows a guy in a grab pulling burning cars out of the inferno and dangling them for the fire service to douse, he must have balls of steel as it looks like a scene from terminator 

Not sure if this will play :

 

https://www.facebook.com/dominic.dean.1232/videos/1767804056713242/

That's just a guy saving his favourite chod.😄

 

It certainly wouldn't be me doing that, fumes/explosion/fire etc. I think I'd be at home now watching telly.

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This afternoon I discovered, much to my surprise, that my Delphi software will talk to the ABS system on the Freelander.  It won't talk to owt else mind - if it was a 1.8 Kettle it'd read engine fault codes but the L-series is too old fashioned for that.

So I cleared the ABS fault codes and so far the 3 Amigos lights are staying out.  It did say it was an intermittent fault though so they may well come back, but at least I know I can switch them off if I need to.

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