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5 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Don't get me wrong. I'm mid 40s and my MR2 sits on Tein <35mm springs. My previous plaything was my mk2 Golf running a VR6 lump and which sat on coilovers and banded steels. 

I just can't stand stupid camber. Not only does it look dogshite, I can only imagine the driving experience would be on a par with trying to ask Shane MacGowan to walk in a straight line after a fun night out getting smashed on class As and liqour.

Fair dos! As you've seen I lower everything to death and although they drive horrible in the fact they scrape on everything at low speed, they don't actually handle any worse than standard when they've got camber, this is my old z4 which had adjustable rear camber arms, it didn't drive any worse after I fitted the arms, it actually felt a bit more planted on the motorway! Although I never had it aligned after so if I did it probably would have been worse 🤣

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1 hour ago, Dick Longbridge said:

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I don't understand this either,

Why fit wider wheels,then have them positioned (Camber YO) in such a way that they probably have less contact on the road than the original skinny wheels from the factory had?

The mind boggles,I'm not against mods,but this is just downright stupidity,and will do nothing for the drive-ability of the car.

There is a few good threads over on RR though,the guy in his 70's building a 60's style Gt for one.

https://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/218220/reliant-kitten-rebodied-formed-aluminium

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11 hours ago, junkyarddog said:

I don't understand this either,

Why fit wider wheels,then have them positioned (Camber YO) in such a way that they probably have less contact on the road than the original skinny wheels from the factory had?

The mind boggles,I'm not against mods,but this is just downright stupidity,and will do nothing for the drive-ability of the car.

There is a few good threads over on RR though,the guy in his 70's building a 60's style Gt for one.

https://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/218220/reliant-kitten-rebodied-formed-aluminium

Will have a look at that one.

During my revisiting of the place recently, I discovered the XK120 resto thread. Absolutely mind-blowing. 

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46 minutes ago, Dick Longbridge said:

Will have a look at that one.

During my revisiting of the place recently, I discovered the XK120 resto thread. Absolutely mind-blowing. 

Welcome back, you've been missed.

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8 hours ago, vulgalour said:

£1.63 per litre for E5.  Would not be surprised if £1.50 of that is tax.

Is that super unleaded ( v power etc)? I noticed Shell are selling Regular E5 along side E10 for 1p extra. Don’t know if this is just using up stocks or if it will be a permanent thing.

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1 hour ago, New POD said:

Last of the big spenders.  I definately wouldn't put more in than I needed to get me to a reasonably* priced filling station. 

I didn't! I put enough to get me to dunkinfield (a lovely part of Manchester no less) and home again in my wife's evoque. 

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On 1/13/2022 at 4:37 PM, Crackers said:

I get those horrible-for-the-environment-plastic-single-use-tub-things they do. But then I've eaten beans once since I moved here in December 2020 so I'm not exactly murdering the environment with plastic bean tubs.

Said tubs are incredibly tough.  Worth keeping a couple for putting nuts and bolts in when working on certain V8 engines.  Or indeed certain Japanese roadsters. 

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1 hour ago, Jamie said:

I didn't! I put enough to get me to dunkinfield (a lovely part of Manchester no less) and home again in my wife's evoque. 

I guessed as much. 

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5 minutes ago, Talbot said:

Depends a lot on the amount of maintenance needed on certain vehicles....

Better get eating then, especially if a particular plan comes to fruition over the next few weeks... 

 

I'd recommend not getting in a car with me for a while. Could be a bit... Beany...

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3 minutes ago, Crackers said:

You're saying I need to eat more beans? 

Also depends on you keeping a safe distance from anyone else. 

As for re-using containers: I use douwe egberts coffee jars for all store cupboard stuff like flour, sugar, pasta and herbs. The best shed I’ve seen was a few years ago and owned by a retired  Heathrow engineer. He successfully drilled out a snapped head stud on my 2cv cyclinder head.  His shed had row on row of shelving  full of coffee jars with the lids screwed to the shelf above. Screws, nuts, bolts, nails whatever, all on hand to select.

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Nowt wrong with a fray bentos pie. When I was at uni I'd have them "for a special treat".

Got absolutely wankered and emotional one night and bought a load of them and posted them each with 5 first class stamps on to my mates and family back home. No packaging, just wrote the address on some paper and taped it on the pies the put them in the post box.

they all arrived unharmed.

In fact, I really do need to stick a few of them in the camper van to go with my emergency all day breakfast in a can etc. 

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16 minutes ago, cobblers said:

Nowt wrong with a fray bentos pie. 

Last Fray Bentos pie I had I couldn't get the lid off! Had a right battle with all the tin openers I could find. Haven't braved one since. Mind you, I should get a decent Tin opener too!

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14 minutes ago, dave j said:

Last Fray Bentos pie I had I couldn't get the lid off! Had a right battle with all the tin openers I could find. Haven't braved one since. Mind you, I should get a decent Tin opener too!

Top tip from Mrs Agila.

Hold the tin opener only, do not hold the tin, just let it hang horizontally.

My Mrs opens them effortlessly in 10 seconds after I struggle like a prick for 10 minutes and only open an eighth of it.

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3 hours ago, reb said:

My unit is full of fray bentos pie tins full of nuts and bolts. It's been long enough I don't remember what any of them are!

When I met my wife (+ siblings + cousins) in the '80's these were referred to as 'dog pies'. We now eat fresh meat.

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