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39 minutes ago, Barry Cade said:

Just hired a Nissan Leaf for a couple of hours,  just out of curiosity.. well? 

Meh..

Started with 100% charge. Heater on as it was cold 142 miles.. dropped almost straight away to 124. Turned heating down but not off. Set at 21.  Did 61 miles and used exactly 50% charge. Loved the regen 1 pedal driving ,and the adaptive cruise was nice, but otherwise...not for me. I like to be warm..I spend enough of my life in the cold to worry about not being able to be comfortable,  this is a major deal breaker for me without anything else. It's actually  noisier than my Focus at 60mph too.

Jumped in my 8 year old Focus to drive home, and prefer it. I'll put off my future daily plans for a couple of years at least, especially as this is now the norm after changing the last nippy caliper.

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Maybe these electric cars could have diesel powered heaters installed? You’d only need a small fuel tank and they don’t use much fuel at all. 

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2 hours ago, Carlo_Raffo_TDS said:

Your car seems a nice example, they do seem rare. A local tourer at a delaer sold in couple of hours.

Where was the car? Saw a few and put a (refundable) deposit on a few - so might be back up again!

2 hours ago, Carlo_Raffo_TDS said:

Its frustrating that had I bought a 9th gen 18months ago I would of been content spending maybe 7k.

Yes, this did hurt. With a dead car, I just had to get over the fact that second hand cars are so much more expensive at the moment. Was hoping I'd have got another year out of the A4 and when car prices hopefully start to become a bit more sensible again. 

2 hours ago, Carlo_Raffo_TDS said:

Good point on the seating, i`m 5`10 so should be ok.

I'm 5ft10 and fit perfectly, even if a tad high with the seat on it lowest position. 

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50 minutes ago, Barry Cade said:

I spend enough of my life in the cold to worry about not being able to be comfortable

You can tell them to heat up when on charge. So when you get into it, it'll be nice toasty warm and ready to go. 

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Thinking about buying a cortina estate, I was picking up a spare wheel for my 504 from a local 504 owner and he had a bunch of other cars hanging around including a Granada estate, Amazon estate, MK2 Capri and a couple of 504 pickups.

He mentioned having a cortina he was thinking about selling and I had a quick look. I like the look of it so thinking I should sell the Estelle and buy it.

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Was overnight in a sort of boutique hotel with a guest having particular taste in motors too….

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Looked to be in daily driver sort of condition, and still with its original plates, or very good replicas….

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The eagle eyed will see I also got a parking ticket on my travels, but not at the hotel.

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A cliche beside an old ruin, but which is which?

 

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1 hour ago, SiC said:

Where was the car? Saw a few and put a (refundable) deposit on a few - so might be back up again!

Yes, this did hurt. With a dead car, I just had to get over the fact that second hand cars are so much more expensive at the moment. Was hoping I'd have got another year out of the A4 and when car prices hopefully start to become a bit more sensible again. 

I'm 5ft10 and fit perfectly, even if a tad high with the seat on it lowest position. 

It was in Henley in Arden in the midlands. Just checked and its still gone. 

I`ll have to try both generations out, if they don`t get sold before I get there that is. I reckon a fair few ex Honda accord tourer owners are snatching the civic tourers up. Nevermind eh :) 

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3 hours ago, Lankytim said:

Maybe these electric cars could have diesel powered heaters installed? You’d only need a small fuel tank and they don’t use much fuel at all. 

Peugeot did that with the electric version of the 106.  Had a petrol fired heater with a 5 litre tank.  Worked really well too, got furnace levels of hot way quicker than the standard car's one and didn't hurt the already limited range.

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50 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Peugeot did that with the electric version of the 106.  Had a petrol fired heater with a 5 litre tank.  Worked really well too, got furnace levels of hot way quicker than the standard car's one and didn't hurt the already limited range.

You could get one in a Trabant too, but I believe they could be a bit  ,erm, temperamental...

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Spent all day looking at potential cars for my parents after selling their 2008 Audi A3 last night to a dodgy trader.

Their criteria for a car was something small, basic, petrol, 5 doors and cheap to run. I went to look at a K11 Micra this morning, then a 1998 Toyota Starlet but didn't buy them.

I felt like I had seen everything gumtree and marketplace had to offer when this slightly older A3 Quattro turned up 5 minutes walk from their house. I had a go in it and it seemed to drive fine so just bought it. 

My Mrs seemed to like it so has taken ownership and lent my parents her Camry until they can find something suitable.

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Been tidying the garage the last few days. It's got to the point where there is enough clutter that it was even annoying me. Still a long way to go and I could really do with another roller cab to have more places to put stuff away.

It's also given me a chance to fix my welding cart finally. The lighter hobbyweld cylinders were fine but when I put one of the heavy BOC cylinders on the back, it broke the carts back.
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It's been like that for over two years now.

To try sorting this, I welded on some large triangle braces.

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Also gave a good chance to practice my welding again. I leave it too long and loose the knack a bit. You can probably tell which was the first one I did and the second where I cranked up the power and wire feed.
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Doesn't matter so much though after attacking it with the grinder.
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Once the lick of paint dries eventually dries in this cold weather, I'll see if it takes the weight of the cylinder this time.

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Did manage to snag my thumb on the wire wheel. Went straight through the glove without slowing down. Fuck knows how I didn't do more damage. One day there is a good chance I'll end up needing hospital treatment after being in my garage.
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2 minutes ago, SiC said:

Been tidying the garage the last few days. It's got to the point where there is enough clutter that it was even annoying me. Still a long way to go and I could really do with another roller cab to have more places to put stuff away.

It's also given me a chance to fix my welding cart finally. The lighter hobbyweld cylinders were fine but when I put one of the heavy BOC cylinders on the back, it broke the carts back.
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It's been like that for over two years now.

To try sorting this, I welded on some large triangle braces.

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Also gave a good chance to practice my welding again. I leave it too long and loose the knack a bit. You can probably tell which was the first one I did and the second where I cranked up the power and wire feed.
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Doesn't matter so much though after attacking it with the grinder.
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Once the lick of paint dries eventually dries in this cold weather, I'll see if it takes the weight of the cylinder this time.

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Did manage to snag my thumb on the wire wheel. Went straight through the glove without slowing down. Fuck knows how I didn't do more damage. One day there is a good chance I'll end up needing hospital treatment after being in my garage.
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Get some cut resistant gloves. They do work, about 10-12 years ago when I was young and stupid, I'd been using Father's rat tail grinder with a flap disc one handed and it hopped about and "brushed" off my gloves. No injuries. 

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30 minutes ago, DodgyBastard said:

Spent all day looking at potential cars for my parents after selling their 2008 Audi A3 last night to a dodgy trader.

Their criteria for a car was something small, basic, petrol, 5 doors and cheap to run. I went to look at a K11 Micra this morning, then a 1998 Toyota Starlet but didn't buy them.

I felt like I had seen everything gumtree and marketplace had to offer when this slightly older A3 Quattro turned up 5 minutes walk from their house. I had a go in it and it seemed to drive fine so just bought it. 

My Mrs seemed to like it so has taken ownership and lent my parents her Camry until they can find something suitable.

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PD130?

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47 minutes ago, Spurious said:

Get some cut resistant gloves. They do work, about 10-12 years ago when I was young and stupid, I'd been using Father's rat tail grinder with a flap disc one handed and it hopped about and "brushed" off my gloves. No injuries. 

I didn't realise such gloves existed. Usually I wear welding gauntlets and they work pretty well against rotating grinders, but are clumsy. Hence wearing these thinner PU gloves. Usually I wear vinyl, PU and then welding gauntlets. The vinyl gloves do keep moisture in though and messes up my skin. 

Looking at Screwfix, the cut resistant gloves look similar to the PU gloves I was wearing but with that cut resistant (Kevlar?) feature in. Not as cheap as the ones I wear but if it stops a serious accident, they'll pay for themselves. 

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Had the 'rona a week now. I am feeling better but still have dizyness and a cough like Val Kilmer in tombstone. Surprised how much of my spare tyre has gone in just a week.

Spent some of the week looking at used cars on tinterweb - prices truly are depressing for mainstream stuff - given that £6k+ is being asked for a ten year old mondeo £12k for a 500 hp Jag XFR seems better value for money.

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Bored today so crunching some numbers about the Leaf road test yesterday.. if I charged at home, the Leaf was doing the equivalent of 106MPG.. Double what I get out the Focus.. my electric costs me 19p per KW/h.. the nearest public charger to me is 15p per KW/h.. 

Stuff the car, I'm off to plug my house In! 😯

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7 hours ago, somewhatfoolish said:

Those gusset(ooh er missus) plates are the wrong way round, tin that thin needs to be under tension or have a fold put in to stiffen it to resist buckling.

What way should have they been? 

I did think about bending the edge to stiffen it up. 

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4 hours ago, SiC said:

What way should have they been? 

I did think about bending the edge to stiffen it up. 

My preference would be a pair of angles as shown in red, but a pair of short angles bent up and welded on to your gussets(fnarr) as shown in green would probably be perfectly adequate.

 

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