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28 minutes ago, R1152 said:

That wallpaper was £100 a metre, I'll have you know. Wonder if it was from George Osborne's family, or doesn't Samantha Cameron do a line in interior furnishings?

They could have saved some money by going to wherever it is the owners of Indian restaurants go. 

I wouldn't have it myself, but it isn't that terrible.

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1 hour ago, R1152 said:

That wallpaper was £100 a metre, I'll have you know. Wonder if it was from George Osborne's family, or doesn't Samantha Cameron do a line in interior furnishings?

Did they go to the same wallpaper shop as Derry Irvine and Sally Berk-Cow?

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15 minutes ago, somewhatfoolish said:

Did they go to the same wallpaper shop as Derry Irvine and Sally Berk-Cow?

Must've done. Christ, I remember when a few rolls of Anaglypta was all you needed, or woodchip and emulsion if you just wanted to hide crap plaster.

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Did they bring sandwiches?
No, Subs.

Elder son works* for UberEats - When he started, they were still being used by Subway, but Subway have since brought their deliveries back 'in house'. The reason? Too many complaints from customers that only half their subs were being delivered - there were no tamper-proof stickers on the bags and some drivers had been helping themselves.

* If the shit hits the fan, I'm sure that Uber will claim that he is not employed by them, but contracts directly with the customers...
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16 hours ago, reb said:

Went to go for a drive in the Volvo to celebrate it being back on the road. Turn the key and all the dash lights come on as normal, turn it to start it and... nothing. This isn't the grump as it just does that sometimes, a prod of the starter with a pry bar generally sees it right. The grump is the fact that the left hand bonnet catch won't un-catch. It's like it's not doing anything at all when you pull the lever, even pulling it while gently* pulling up on the bonnet did nothing. Will have to investigate further in daylight but it's put somewhat of a damper on my evenings plans. Bastard thing.

Have you tried pushing the bonnet down while the release is pulled?

My 940 needed this doing as the cable had stretched enough to not release one side.

I fixed* it by having a bungee cord in the car that would hold the pull while I pushed the bonnet.

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3 hours ago, Tickman said:

Have you tried pushing the bonnet down while the release is pulled?

My 940 needed this doing as the cable had stretched enough to not release one side.

I fixed* it by having a bungee cord in the car that would hold the pull while I pushed the bonnet.

Bouncing on the bonnet while MrsREB pulled the lever got it open and closer inspection revealed the cable that goes between the two catches has stretched, so I'll rob the one off the spares car and see if that fixes it.

I can't quite figure out if the problem with the starter is a loose connection or if the connection post for the battery line to it is damaged. I do know it made lots of pretty sparks and fired when I poked it with a breaker bar while turning the key. Stupidly I closed the bonnet before checking to see if it'd start a second time, which it didn't, and it's nearly dinner time so it can wait until tomorrow to have a closer look. If it comes to it fitting a new starter doesn't look to be too awful a job, but it will lighten my wallet somewhat more than I'd like if I fit a new/remanufactured one, at least there's a few used ones on eBay at the moment.

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Shit data is my grump today! Tried to do something, got quite far too but the data iw as provided with was just shit. 

Ah, never mind, I put my other hat in, fired up oraclesql and pulled the data I needed from the source. It's even worse! 

It wasn't really a surprise, I know it's shit data but I've got to prove it. "oh yea, I know which line to use when I see the name" - this lady is knocking on 60...

My answer to 4 days of work is it can't be done, I'll just diarise an hour a week and do a fuck load of vlookups like a pleb. Plus side though, I've worked Alteryx out a fair bit more doing it all and being paid for it so meh, fuck em

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C1 has gained a dint today. Stopped at traffic lights on roundabout, and there's a muppet with a tractor on the roundabout attacking the trees with a flail attachment. That's a bit fucking dangerous I think. 2 seconds later a chunk of branch flies 50 foot and bang I've got a damaged door.

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I purchased a kit to overhaul the SD1's injectors - I have only decided to do this as the fuel rail needed to be dismantled to get the hose off the injector.

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The injectors are pushed into aluminium brackets. Will they come out? Will they fuck. This ungrateful bastard of a car does not want to return to the road.

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49 minutes ago, jakebullet said:

C1 has gained a dint today. Stopped at traffic lights on roundabout, and there's a muppet with a tractor on the roundabout attacking the trees with a flail attachment. That's a bit fucking dangerous I think. 2 seconds later a chunk of branch flies 50 foot and bang I've got a damaged door.

That's a claim, surely? Write to the council, like pothole damage

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I'll leave this here so other people can laugh at my expense...

At some point today a local scrap firm came round and leafleted the majority of my cars. I'd find it funny too if I wasn't so disheartened by the experience. They were all parked together as well! Just one leaflet through the letterbox would suffice, and leave me guessing which one you think is shit - not all of them goddamnit! 

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39 minutes ago, Bren said:

I purchased a kit to overhaul the SD1's injectors - I have only decided to do this as the fuel rail needed to be dismantled to get the hose off the injector.

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The injectors are pushed into aluminium brackets. Will they come out? Will they fuck. This ungrateful bastard of a car does not want to return to the road.

What are the injectors made of? Is it corrosion that's holding things up?

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19 minutes ago, somewhatfoolish said:

What are the injectors made of? Is it corrosion that's holding things up?

After 35 years they are comfy and dont want to move. It looks like they are pushed into the ali bracket and held in by rubbers. Even the rover tech book tells you nothing.

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3 hours ago, loserone said:

That's a claim, surely? Write to the council, like pothole damage

Would be if I had more than it was a green tractor. I've checked the dashcam, and you can't see incoming missile or the tractor reg. Just the bang and someone shouting fucking cnut.

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EDIT: added pic. I'm going to try my luck with council as obvious from pic it's a fucking stupid move.

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52 minutes ago, colc said:

🥵A lurker on here who agreed to buy my Rover has pulled out of the deal because  a ten your old HPI check says it was written off..... 

What's wrong with that ?

Better than getting it home and finding out, then feeling peeved as it may have not been mentioned on the thread. Don't forget some folk live from paycheck to paycheck, so can't always afford surprises. 

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17 hours ago, Bren said:

I purchased a kit to overhaul the SD1's injectors - I have only decided to do this as the fuel rail needed to be dismantled to get the hose off the injector.

20210305_191258.thumb.jpg.a48719412955fdb20930f21bdda4ebdc.jpg

The injectors are pushed into aluminium brackets. Will they come out? Will they fuck. This ungrateful bastard of a car does not want to return to the road.

Left them soaking in plus gas. Poured boiling water over them prior to clamping them in a vice and using a 10mm socket as a drift - they are all out.

Aluminium corrosion has clamped the rubber washers - and done a very good job of it. In fact I think this kind of corrosion should be used as a way of joining metals.

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5 hours ago, Bren said:

Left them soaking in plus gas. Poured boiling water over them prior to clamping them in a vice and using a 10mm socket as a drift - they are all out.

Aluminium corrosion has clamped the rubber washers - and done a very good job of it. In fact I think this kind of corrosion should be used as a way of joining metals.

It was; IIRC Trevithick held the wheels on his locomotive with iron filings mixed with piss. I'm sure the method was quite common in the millwright era.

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