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How big are you? I fit in my girlfriend's one okay but I find the seat a bit too high.

 

6ft 5 in bare feet. With a 'pronounced seat' according to the tailor who fitted a dinner suit I needed adjusting. And wide shoulders.

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A good day today. Why?

A visit made to see Brodders, nice lunch and some mild hooning in a very lovely silver Vauxhall Omega 3.0 V6. Tyre squeals may have occurred. 

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Been having some bants with an eBay seller as a MG ZR handbrake/gear lever gaiter I bought off him for £15 all in had gone missing, courtesy of My Herpes. He instigated a lost parcel report and kept me informed and they were being neither use nor ornament. I'm not the sort to go 'I WANT MY MONEH BACK YOU SLAAG' if I can see genuine effort being made, as the seller clearly was.

Anyway, they finally arrived, a month later, on Monday so Iet the seller know.  A day later he forwards me My Herpes email to him:

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We have conducted a full investigation with the courier to locate your parcel, unfortunately, in this instance, the search has proved unsuccessful.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and as a result, we have now progressed your enquiry to a claim.


Regarding compensation
Our records show that you took out protection on your parcel for the declared value of its contents. That means that in the event that your claim is successful, you’ll get fully compensated for the declared value of your parcel.

Numbnuts, the lot of them.

Seller's gonna pursue the claim for a laugh. Maybe he'll split the difference with me ;)

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I dont own a TV (and if I did it would probably be from the 1950s/1960s and run on valves :) )

but It looks like its on their iPlayer equivalent so ill keep an eye there for the episode to show up?

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1 hour ago, dollywobbler said:

Yeah, annoyingly, it seems you can't scroll back on live ITV shows like you can on the Beeb. So I missed myself.

its showing on the sky catch up now & i've already watched you on the itv hub

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*grinning like a mad man*

that scene was epic :)

and not too bad on the facts for once :)  (im very glad they did not say they where banned from the roads as thats a big misnomer)

although you of all people DW should know they dont roll over as easy as people like to think! (although I will say it does seem like they specifically jumped to you saying that from you mentioning how you found her in a field)

oh and to be a bit more pedantic, you never had the "register them" as trikes per-say

back before the the historic tax class was a thing, you had to *tax* them as trikes, but the body type could remain as invalid vehicle, (it still bugs me that TWCs body type is now Tricycle when she is an invalid vehicle not a tricycle! LOL)

 

just mentioning these facts again, as theres a lot of myths and misunderstanding about invacars, and i dont want those to be perpetuated! please do try and remember them for next time you and TWC appear on TV :mrgreen:

 

(the show hosts? comment about nurturing and cherishing made me smile in a good way, if only he could see the effort and work I have put into these plucky 3 wheelers :) )

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Anecdotal evidence suggests it is still easy to tip one. A three-wheeler is always going to be relatively unstable. That evidence does stop me chucking her around too much. I reckon the biggest danger is a sharp throttle input from standstill, on full lock. Especially if you're on a slope. Physics are just going to be against you. After all, they didn't start fitting roll bars to them for no reason...

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What’s making me grin today is the sheer, simple pleasurable act of having a day off work today and it being a bank holiday weekend. Have had a shitey long week which started last Friday so I’m more than ready for a break. 

Looking forward to a nice long walk with the dog shortly 😀

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3 hours ago, dollywobbler said:

Anecdotal evidence suggests it is still easy to tip one. A three-wheeler is always going to be relatively unstable. That evidence does stop me chucking her around too much. I reckon the biggest danger is a sharp throttle input from standstill, on full lock. Especially if you're on a slope. Physics are just going to be against you. After all, they didn't start fitting roll bars to them for no reason...

I think my issue with it is, when people see 3 wheeler and hear "they tip over"

you just know they are going to picture Jeremy clarkson in his modified reliant robin which we know is not the case here

I think the Model 70 is much more stable then people give it credit for, im not saying its as planted as an F1 car, but reports from Zel, stuart, and a few videos show they wont tip over so easily :)

im always a a bit weary about Anecdotal evidence when it comes to invacars, im sure people are aware on how reliable the general public can be (especially when it comes to invacars!), for example I was reading some government reports where in one they asked someone in the 1974  how long he has had his Model 70 for, and he said 25 Years LOL

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/1974-02-05/debates/192c020e-1c9c-487f-84bd-92c4386ac471/DisabledDriversVehicles?highlight=invacar#contribution-9d6b8e69-1140-4744-a626-5126c9b08c7d

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Yes, I'm wary of following the contrived TG Agenda. I'd still like to own a Robin, just so I can see where the limits are for myself. I've seen all sorts of three wheelers get very close to tipping over though, from Robin van to Morgan. We also have an Autoshiter who rolled his Robin or Rialto. It happens. 

Mind you, how many times do you see a modern car that has fallen over? Quite often! Clip them in the right place and over they go...

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Just found out that an old chum from school has been elected as a local councillor following yesterday's elections.

Wondering if I should WhatsApp said chum my pic of him sitting atop a school gate c.1999 with a bottle of Heineken and a suspiciously loosely-rolled cigarette, along with my heartiest congratulations, or punt it over to the local rag first...

 

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1 minute ago, Datsuncog said:

Just found out that an old chum from school has been elected as a local councillor following yesterday's elections....

 

Friend of mine failed to gain election, but sez she beat the LibDem candidate by one vote!

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2 for 1;

Went out to the Vectra to sort out the window switch packs. The windows didn't always work when pressing the buttons due to a build-up of dirt on the contacts. I checked a couple of step by step videos on how to sort them out.

It was easy as; switch pack pops out, unlink connector, take backing off, clean contacts, reassemble and connect back in car. Whole job for both drivers and passengers side switch packs took no more than 10 mins. Both switch packs now work like new.

Happy with a quick and easy yet very affective job, I was about to get out when I spied the nose of a little Toyota Yaris try and squeeze in between a very badly parked VW Touareg and another vehicle;

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As I got out I told the young girl driver that I admired her determination, the car park was rammed being Saturday evening as all the revellers usually descend on the town. 

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1 hour ago, Lord Sterling said:

2 for 1;

Went out to the Vectra to sort out the window switch packs. The windows didn't always work when pressing the buttons due to a build-up of dirt on the contacts. I checked a couple of step by step videos on how to sort them out.

It was easy as; switch pack pops out, unlink connector, take backing off, clean contacts, reassemble and connect back in car. Whole job for both drivers and passengers side switch packs took no more than 10 mins. Both switch packs now work like new.

Happy with a quick and easy yet very affective job, I was about to get out when I spied the nose of a little Toyota Yaris try and squeeze in between a very badly parked VW Touareg and another vehicle;

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As I got out I told the young girl driver that I admired the determination, the car park was rammed being Saturday evening and all the revellers usually descend on the town. 

I do this in the V70 :-)

 

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Nice to see things are as civil as ever over here.

 

Rock Auto is my grin. I bought a gearbox rebuild kit for the Civic's autobox at considerable expense, get it, take the gearbox apart, and the clutches are different, wrong internal diameter. 

Try to return them and the returns system is a clusterfuck, as the kit is listed as its constituent parts: it would appear the 'kit' is actually a bundle as the breakdown for it includes the box the parts come in as a returnable item worth $4. As such to return the whole kit you have to specify a reason for each part of the kit - and I couldn't get the system to give me the same outcome for all the parts, it'd refund me for some, part refund me for others, etc... Why they didn't just class the kit as one item is a mystery. 

 

Frustrated, I emailed them and told them the problem, few hours later they reply, they'd gone away and looked into the issue themselves and found the clutches in the kit to be wrong in both quantity and part number, an error at their end. They told me not to worry about returning anything, and gave me $82.50 store credit to order and ship the right parts. 

 

Rock Auto never disappoints. 

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10 hours ago, robinmasters said:

Just had a look at that 'Dark Wob' place. 

This place has been described as 'Pistonheads for poor people'. The Dark Wob appears to be Pistonheads for bitter, twisted people, who wear tin-foil hats. 

It’s only the internet. Untwist your knickers and get on with your life. 

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About 6 months ago, whilst driving past a neighbouring farm here in France, I espied what appeared to be 2 x Acadiane vans abandoned in a corner of the yard. I thought it unusual that I had not spotted them previously, but put that down to being higher up being in the L200. They both appeared to be in rough condition, but I kept thinking how bad could they be? For the last 6 months I have been keeping an eye on them, and trying to justify going for a look see with the "another project would not hurt" and "I could do with something to play with down here" but also trying to be sensible, as that would need a duplicate tool kit, would distract me from doing the house etc.

On Thursday I gave in, (willpower was a hit in the 70s I think and does not apply to me in any way) and arranged with a friend who is bilingual (and also knows the farmer concerned, though not well) to come with me on Saturday morning. Friday night I did a drive by as I was starting to get excited - and horror of horrors, the vans have gone! Too late.

So, why is this a grin? It means I do not have the hassle of moving them, a couple of years working on them and all the hassle/expense that would surely have followed on. To console myself last night I had a look on leboncoin and locally there is a choice of about a dozen 2CV vans/Acadianes for around the 4k euro mark, all of which would be usable straight away. Decision made, fleet reduction is going to get serious when I get home, and the proceeds of one of the sales will be invested* in some prime French chod.

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