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34 minutes ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Structural gaffer tape repairs undertaken on the trusty Honda mower, which is doing a Honda i.e. still runs well enough, but the tinwork is becoming a concern.

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Next time buy the plastic one, I don't know what's in it but it seems indestructible.eyJidWNrZXQiOiJtZWRpYS5hZHNpbWcuY29tIiwia2V5IjoiNDcwYjZjMTIwOTYxOTgwZmJlZjgyMDgwN2JiODNmYTBkZmRkOWI5-pdHMiOnsicmVzaXplIjp7IndpZHRoIjo3MDAsImhlaWdodCI6NDY2fX19.jpeg.5abd15e76513337a5fa38a2721e5526e.jpeg

(Not mine, but I haven't got any photos of mine. It's still in perfect shape at 14 years old, just not this immaculate)

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17 hours ago, artdjones said:

Next time buy the plastic one, I don't know what's in it but it seems indestructible.eyJidWNrZXQiOiJtZWRpYS5hZHNpbWcuY29tIiwia2V5IjoiNDcwYjZjMTIwOTYxOTgwZmJlZjgyMDgwN2JiODNmYTBkZmRkOWI5-pdHMiOnsicmVzaXplIjp7IndpZHRoIjo3MDAsImhlaWdodCI6NDY2fX19.jpeg.5abd15e76513337a5fa38a2721e5526e.jpeg

(Not mine, but I haven't got any photos of mine. It's still in perfect shape at 14 years old, just not this immaculate)

Like our old one.  Engine (flat head Briggs, so obviously will run forever) was perfect, deck was perfect for the most part (if rather faded), just a shame that after 30 years that everything else started to fall to bits.  Eventually got to the point that replacing all the broken bits was going to cost a substantial chunk of what a new mower would...and I'd still be missing the grass box (it was a kerbside find - fixed by replacing the primer bulb) which I had been trying to find a replacement for ever since I got it.  I'd managed to wedge one from another machine on, but it was way too small.  When the deck started to crack around the handle I decided enough was enough and retired it.

Still in the back of the shed...throwing out a perfectly running engine just feels wrong!

Current one is Honda engined and does get the garden cut in half the time the old one did. 

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Do have to say that the old Briggs was always way easier to start from cold though!  This always takes a few pulls first start of the day.

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10 hours ago, Zelandeth said:

Like our old one.  Engine (flat head Briggs, so obviously will run forever) was perfect, deck was perfect (if rather faded), just a shame that after 30 years that everything else started to fall to bits.  Eventually got to the point that replacing all the broken bits was going to cost a substantial chunk of what a new mower would...and I'd still be missing the grass box (it was a kerbside find - fixed by replacing the primer bulb) which I had been trying to find a replacement for ever since I got it.  I'd managed to wedge one from another machine on, but it was way too small.  When the deck started to crack around the handle I decided enough was enough and retired it.

Still in the back of the shed...throwing out a perfectly running engine just feels wrong!

Current one is Honda engined and does get the garden cut in half the time the old one did. 

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Do have to say that the old Briggs was always way easier to start from cold though!  This always takes a few pulls first start of the day.

Our Honda is always a first pull starter, except after winter, and even then it's 4-5 pulls on old petrol. Our first mower was Briggs and Stratton though. When I bought it it had been sat under a hedge all winter and started first pull. It lasted another 7 years until a large part of the deck, including a wheel suddenly detached.

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I used the vectra for my visit to Wythenshawe hospital. The computer showed a disappointing 36.8 mpg prior to my journey. My wife does a lot of short trips.

I reset the computer and kept the speed to 55 - 60. Managed 56 going and this dropped to just over 50 on the return journey.

The car could do with a new air filter.

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3 hours ago, RoverFolkUs said:

The man from the ministry said NO .... 

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Could have been worse, £15 worth of parts will change that result :)

Just waiting to go in for retest now! 

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That's better :)

Was just a couple of ball joint boots. 

No advisories either!

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Pulled the BGT out of storage tonight too. Booked in for its MOT tomorrow.
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Only 100 miles to go!
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Filled up. Fuel economy (UK MPG) isn't too bad on this fill up. Actually worked out 1MPG better than the Boxster.
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Did a pre-MOT essential.
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Not because it's needed for the MOT, but because at £2p/l and parking in Bristol, I'm not risking it!
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First time I think I've ever managed to get all my cars (Civic is Mrs SiC so doesn't count...) in a photo for a very long time.
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Which brings me onto my next thought. Next month will be 5 years since I bought this. This September I've got the MGB 60th anniversary I'm going to in Gaydon (providing it gets me there!).

After that, I never thought I'd say this, perhaps I may consider selling it. Not certain yet but a combination of factors makes me think it might go. No doubt it's read this and bloody let me down at the worst possible place in Bristol! 🤣

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14 minutes ago, SiC said:

I did consider going to that tonight but decided the Boxster was too urgently needing a clean! I think the other one is on Saturday though. Going to try going to that if I can. 

Cool. I'm going to try and make it. @andyberg Will you be going? Blue Bowl meet in the valley at noon

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