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@vulgalour have you been offered the job yet?

If so, it's worth accepting it currently, and seeing how it goes on the 16th with the other interview.

It's a bit of a quandary, but one where regardless you come out with a potential job and can then consider options like transfers/applying for other posts etc.

Just getting the job and getting into the routine should hopefully make the process a little less stressful and give you a bit of security to set your base up on.

Glad to hear that the art is picking up well!

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The other thing I forgot to mention about this job is it's evenings and weekends.  Store opens 6am to 11pm, and while the interviewer suggested they'd want me more for weekends and evenings, I might be needed mornings.  That makes the public transport option even more difficult even in an area that has good options.  This is Lincolnshire, public transport isn't great at all out here, especially outside of office hours.

I've not been offered the job yet, I'll find out at the end of the week, but the interview had that feel that it was likely I'd get the position.  Honestly, it'll be a relief if it turns out I was unsuccessful.  I'll go to the interview on the 16th anyway and see what happens with that, though I'm much less confident of my chances there.  I'm probably overthinking things again, it's been so long since I've been part of the job hunt circus and I've never really been in a position where I don't immediately need the work while looking that there's a lot of possibilities rattling around in my head.

Getting a two wheeled conveyance could be an option too of course, that just comes with its own plethora of expenses since I've never had a motorbike of any variety and I doubt very much that I'd want to do a long commute in the winter in Lincolnshire on two wheels, that just feels like a fast route to becoming an organ donor tbqh.

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1 hour ago, vulgalour said:

(even with the price rise to industry standard, weirdly that hasn't put people off so I definitely should have done that sooner!),

People are always willing to pay for quality, so there was no point underselling yourself.

Also, as an experienced window cleaner once told me "better 3 customers at £4 than 4 at £3. 

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2 hours ago, barrett said:

They were all coming back from the Vintage Revival event at Montlhéry (where I have also been) and funnily enough I do know all those cars and their owners. The first one is a French Derby, which was imported and sold in the UK by the well-known Amilcar racer Vernon Balls, and marketed as a Vernon-Derby. That's owned by my friend Gilly and I'm hoping to write a story on the car later this year. The GN has the super-duper OHC engine, but it's a built-up car. The Straker-Squire is a recently completed restoration using components found all over the world, and the body is a loose replica of the 1914 TT cars. It's owned by a very nice chap in London. Quite a heroic drive down to Montlhéry in that one, I imagine.

They looked fantastic - they really bought the town I was in to an astonished standstill.

The cars all looked properly well used and the owners  throughly enjoying themselves. Crossing France in a car with little wind and weather protection required dedication!

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Just back from my Speed Awareness Course. Two guys, seen one of them before a few years back.

Told him "I'm deaf, don't ask me any questions".

Did that  because last time he asked me a question and I couldn't answer. Because (1)  I hadn't a clue what he had been on about, and (2) didn't hear the question.

He said I should have made him aware at the start

So made him aware.  He said I could sit at the front.  I said I'll sit anywhere you like, but it won't make me less deaf,     So stayed in my seat.

His mate came over, "err be a bit difficult with you being deaf, can you lip read?"  He had a bushy beard and 'tash.

I felt like saying "Yes if I could see your lips". But stuck with Yes.

All went swimmingly  after that, my new table mates filled all my answers in, and the result is Nil points.

Tbf some of the videos do have subtitles.

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On 13/05/2024 at 15:25, stuboy said:

Yesterday myself, missus, the boy, the oldest stepdaughter and my niece popped up too the 'the stag pub' on the roundabout of charing Kent, these are the older motors there.. very nice too, there was some exotica like aston martin , mclaren etc if u like I can put them up too.

 

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Now that's really funny  timing. I only googled TAG59R a few days ago to see if it was around. When I was about 15 or 16 I used to help out the service crew for my friends dad who rallied a mk2 Escort up in Yorkshire region and I googled the two reg numbers I could remember which were his and TAG59R which used to win the 1300 class pretty much every rally.  How bizarre it should pop up on AS a few days later 

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On 12/05/2024 at 13:09, Lankytim said:

The 2cv was in desperate need of a battery and my pile of used batteries were all knackered (which is why they were in the pile, but it doesn’t stop you trying a couple). The Citroen branded battery that came with the 2cv was absolutely cream crackered and dated 1997. I did try to charge it, but of course it’s karked it.

Batteries are quite expensive aren’t they? A chance browse around Halfords while the wife was in Morrisons led me to then battery isle. The absolute cheapest batteries in their range are a sort of “Asda smart price” of batteries. With my trade card in hand an appropriate battery was scanned out at £38 odd. 3 year warranty so I took the chance.
 

Nothing says  cheapskate owner like a Halfords Essentials battery but there we are. I might peel off the shite Halfords sticker but then that might affect the warranty. Just a couple more things and it’s MOT time! 

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That strap is mighty close to the posi  terminal ....

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5 hours ago, barrett said:

They were all coming back from the Vintage Revival event at Montlhéry (where I have also been) and funnily enough I do know all those cars and their owners. The first one is a French Derby, which was imported and sold in the UK by the well-known Amilcar racer Vernon Balls, and marketed as a Vernon-Derby. That's owned by my friend Gilly and I'm hoping to write a story on the car later this year. The GN has the super-duper OHC engine, but it's a built-up car. The Straker-Squire is a recently completed restoration using components found all over the world, and the body is a loose replica of the 1914 TT cars. It's owned by a very nice chap in London. Quite a heroic drive down to Montlhéry in that one, I imagine.

What's the copper flexi pipe coming out the back of the cylinder head on the GN?  Some kind of primitive VTEC YO?

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2 hours ago, Christine said:

That strap is mighty close to the posi  terminal ....

Yes it is, I’ve noted it but it seems that’s how they’re designed. I’ll just have to make sure I’m careful, although if the clamp rattles loose somehow and drops down on one side it might create a short. Perhaps a rubber “collar” under the terminal would help.

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7 minutes ago, Lankytim said:

Yes it is, I’ve noted it but it seems that’s how they’re designed. I’ll just have to make sure I’m careful, although if the clamp rattles loose somehow and drops down on one side it might create a short. Perhaps a rubber “collar” under the terminal would help.

I'd chop the  top diagonally left to right.

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1 hour ago, Lankytim said:

Yes it is, I’ve noted it but it seems that’s how they’re designed. I’ll just have to make sure I’m careful, although if the clamp rattles loose somehow and drops down on one side it might create a short. Perhaps a rubber “collar” under the terminal would help.

On mine the nut and bolt are on the inside of the battery terminal so no chance of connecting with a spanner to the bracket. See if you can flip it upside down. May need to free off the starter end to help.

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In todays absolutely pain in the neck motoring news this little bugger has upset me  today by collapsing its water pump bearing and dumping all its coolant, luckily at the very end of my 160 mile trip (commute) rather than in the middle, it being in totally the wrong place and me needing it again Thursday to do the return commute home, means I had to throw it at the local garage (great bunch of lads) to get it fixed quick smart (I’m also lucky the aforementioned great bunch of lads  had time and inclination to do it) 

I should get it back tomorrow in exchange for about 600 quid 

Still, could be worse, it could have snapped the cambelt when the pump bearing disintegrated. 

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Spent Saturday and Sunday afternoons fitting a towbar to the Doblo. The worst parts being rear bumper removal without destroying the various screws holding it to the van, and wiring up the bypass relay, as it's a few years since I last fitted one.

Just as I was about to put the back wheel on I noticed a screw stuck in a back tyre which hissed all the air out after removal. The spare wheel crane was working fine, but Fiat have seen fit to hold the wheel on with a shoe that has a stud sticking through a wheel bolt hole with a nut encapsulated in a plastic thumbscrew to hold it together. The steel nut inside the plastic was totally seized so the plastic had to be broken away and the nut carefully unseized before the spare could be liberated and the job finished.IMG_20240512_210540.thumb.jpg.45c72b3a5e8bb5efbb3cdfad0b3fd17f.jpg

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Some parts showed up for the 2cv today! Side repeater indicators, apparently for a classic Fiat 500 but fit the 2cv perfectly and a used hazard warning switch. 
 

The indicators took a few minutes to fit, including adding an earth wire. I put bulbs in the bulb holders and put them down somewhere. Can I find them now? No. Hopefully they’ll show up at some point.

The “new” hazard switch didn’t work.. however I found that if I bridge out a couple of terminals with a piece of twisted wire everything works perfectly, hazards, indicators etc. This is true of the old switch too which I thought was faulty. 
 

No idea what’s going on there, but I might have to make a semi-permanent repair out of twisted wire, seeing as there doesn’t seem to be any negative side effects. 
 

I also moved the batteries live terminal to see it makes it safer. I’m not sure it does as now the live can wear against the battery clamp. 

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Nice to see that the side repeaters are a good fit, have no clue what’s going on with your hazard switch though. 

Why is your voltage regulator just sitting on top of the battery? 

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32 minutes ago, Stinkwheel said:

Nice to see that the side repeaters are a good fit, have no clue what’s going on with your hazard switch though. 

Why is your voltage regulator just sitting on top of the battery? 

It was cable tied to the battery clamp when I got the the 2cv and I didn’t know what to do with it so stuck it under the batter handle.

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2 hours ago, Lankytim said:

The “new” hazard switch didn’t work.. however I found that if I bridge out a couple of terminals with a piece of twisted wire everything works perfectly, hazards, indicators etc. This is true of the old switch too which I thought was faulty. 
 

No idea what’s going on there, but I might have to make a semi-permanent repair out of twisted wire, seeing as there doesn’t seem to be any negative side effects. 

No live feed to the switch?

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8 minutes ago, GMcD said:

A collection of sorts.

Brought baby gmcd home from the hospital this afternoon.  To say I'm buzzing is an understatement.  Mrs gmcd is a superstar. 

Not sure I can justify having a brace of two-seaters now 😆

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Huge congratulations. As a father of two under 3, your life is going to upended. It is worth it.

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1 minute ago, Mr Pastry said:

It needs a constant live feed and an ignition switched feed. 

It doesn’t work with the ignition off so I’m guessing there’s no permanent live.

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5 minutes ago, Lankytim said:

It doesn’t work with the ignition off so I’m guessing there’s no permanent live.

should have one obviously.

2cvs after 1985 originally had a bracket on the side of the battery for the regulator. Before that there’s a metal bracket on the bulkhead. It’s easy to wedge it to the side of the battery between the battery and holding rod thing.

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