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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: Vintage voltage.
« on: 14 February 2021, 12:27:38 »
The chap a couple of doors down has just acquired a brand new/freshly rebuilt looking roadster type thing... Looks like a 3/4 scale Bentley/Ford Model A hybrid that sounds like a stock car... Apparently it's powered by a Fiat Twin Cam. It could use an exhaust and a decent tune though as it idles rougher than a badger and sounds like half a big block running a 4" straight pipe ;D

His daily is an Audi TTS which says alot ::)

Sounds like one of the better Fiat Twin Cams, then. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Rule of six possibly by May.
« on: 13 February 2021, 14:03:51 »
I did wonder about the possibility of being called up if the first Gulf War went sideways :-\

How old would you have been?

From memory the first Gulf war was around 1990/91.

Yep, I recall being a useless student at the time. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Vintage voltage.
« on: 13 February 2021, 13:34:08 »
Got a bit fed up with that after about episode 2, I'm afraid.

Guy seems to think he's some kind of rocket scientist for chopping up an old shed and bodging in a battery and motor. ::)

Some of the conversions have been rather cool, others sacrilegious IMHO.

Anything Italian really needs its quirky petrol engine breathing through twin DCOEs IMHO. Take that away and you're left with just a battle against rust and dodgy electrics. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 13 February 2021, 13:16:53 »
Heating the bottle isn't going to help if the pipes and (in particular) the nozzles aren't heated.  The bottle isn't subject to much windchill, which is why cars have heated nozzles.  I am of course making an assumption mine hasn't got them, but the fact they froze.  Its is of course possible it has them, but they are bust.  If I CBA, I'll go out and look for any wiring to the wiper arms :)

No idea on the lack of a passenger grab handle.  Rear passengers get them, just not the front.  Does seem a significant oversight, even if its for technical reasons (the shape there, along with the sunroof cassette, doesn't look conducive to fitting any).  No interest in retrofitting any unless it was a pure plug and play operation, mostly because its not often I'm in the passenger seat at a time when I feel I need a grab handle.  And for anyone else in the passenger seat, well, they chose to get in.

Mine hasn't got them either, and they tend to freeze. Can still hear the motor running so clearly the bottle hasn't frozen solid.

Mine has also started pestering me that the bottle is empty when it isn't.  >:(

General Discussion Area / Re: Snow
« on: 11 February 2021, 19:46:00 »
Yeah, had to be out and about for work today testing stuff, which is unusual for me.
Bloody cold, offset slightly by a bacon butty from the Hog's back cafe.  :P

General Discussion Area / Re: Bat Flu forecasts
« on: 11 February 2021, 19:43:45 »

Lockdowns suppress the virus temporarily, but cannot be part of a permanent solution, and if the virus had originated in the US, UK, Australia or anywhere else in the democratic free world, I don't believe any government would have even considered shutting down their country to the same extent as they have.

I think with the new border controls, they are trying to make the UK into a 'bubble' like New Zealand or Australia.  I really can't see foreign travel getting back to normal any time soon, but I'm hopeful that domestically we can resume life almost as normal in the next couple of months as the vaccinations are rolled out.

I must admit, I'm struggling to see why "foreign travel" is still a thing. They've told me not to leave my house except for essential journeys. What have they told these people who are apparently swanning in and out of the country with gay abandon?  ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: MacBook Air M1.
« on: 07 February 2021, 23:23:44 »
She also mentioned Share Point, whatever that is.

Run! Just run!

General Discussion Area / Re: Covid Tests
« on: 27 January 2021, 23:21:21 »
When I had my test I was told not to get out of the car, and turned up in an MX5*.
There could have been a bit of a rummage to get at the "other end" for this test. ;D

*- with a knackered battery, as it turned out. :-[

General Car Chat / Re: Nipples!!!!!
« on: 27 January 2021, 23:14:11 »
Fookin ell, Nick. :D

Sir William will be turning in his grave.

I think he wore out his bearings when they launched the S type and the diseasel, front wheel drive Mondaguar. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 25 January 2021, 20:30:17 »
Did you remember to plug it back in? :D
It's a self charging hybrid IF you drive it occasionally  ;)
It's got one of them alternaterobob things fitted
If you just use it in tool storage shed mode all the time ,the electricary leaks out the interior lights  :(

I'm not sure he can spare enough engine output to turn the alternator. :D

General Car Chat / Re: Motorbike museum in Austria destroyed...
« on: 25 January 2021, 07:12:39 »
Bikes are much more interesting than football.

So is stamp collecting, train spotting... etc. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Santander - Again
« on: 21 January 2021, 20:23:43 »
It's hard not to think that something bad may be around the corner, though. And logic says the more dosh you have saved, the more resilient you are.

It's bad enough at the moment! What did you have in mind? ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Stellantis
« on: 17 January 2021, 23:05:04 »
If people are stupid enough to buy them.  ::)
After this pandemic along with all their other sins against the rest of the world, we should be boycotting them.

Nah - people will still buy whatever cr@p has the cheapest finance deal just to have something new on the driveway to keep up with the Joneses.

Whether it's a French, Italian or Chinese shitbox will not even cross their minds. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Sounder film problem
« on: 17 January 2021, 18:54:28 »
Chopping their thieving hands off might work too
depends if that's frowned upon locally  :-\

There's a BIG lake there. Couple of concrete blocks and he could be vanished for a long time. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Mondeo Starter Motor
« on: 13 January 2021, 21:58:25 »
Also worth checking the contacts that energise the motor if you can get to them.

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