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    9 official criteria for NPD* grandiose sense of self-importance preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love belief they’re special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions need for excessive admiration sense of entitlement interpersonally exploitative behavior lack of empathy envy of others or a belief that others are envious of them demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes *https://www.healthline.com/health/narcissistic-personality-disorder
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    Since it has been requested by a few people I thought I'll relinquish and post a build thread for the new garage. It's loosely 4x4 related since it'll be housing my two Land Rovers (the 300Tdi 110 and Sandringham 6x6), the latter has proven to be a little pain in the backside... Now there should be other higher priority projects on the go (converting what were stables into a machine shop, electronics lab and office for the business) but in order to get the 18+ tonne lorries to there for doing the slabs for the floor wasn't going to happen with a lawn in the way. I'd been using one end as a dry area for working on the 110 when I needed to and it started tearing up the grass. As I cleared it out of the way I discovered a cobbled driveway under the lawn. Anyway with part of a driveway in place a chap came in and graded another bit of the lawn so we could fill with hardcore to make a driveway for lorries to get to the workshops. Except I needed some hardcore. Then Dad (all of this is his fault I might hasten to add) had suggested a place to build a garage and I knew from planting some fruit trees that the soil wasn't particularly deep and hit shale after about 6 inches. So the plan was hatched to excavate the hole for the garage and this would provide hardcore for the driveway. Once the lorries had driven over it and compacted it further I could grade the top and add some nicer stone rather than shale. So excavations started: Which resulted in the following hole in the bank: The back of the house for reference is off to the right - the house behind the telegraph pole is a neighbour but I own the 1/4 acre or so of "vegetable" garden above the wall between me and them. After having a careful read through the planning regulations / permitted development rules for Wales provided I keep it under 2.5m eaves (4m roof line) and under 2.25 acres then I don't need planning . I'm inclined currently to keep it under that height because the above photo is actually looking south and making it much taller may impact upon sun getting to the house. I'm half considering making it underground so that there can be a grassy / sunny balcony on-top of it. And everyone wants an underground lair don't they? But then some prat decided to go and buy a Sandringham 6 139". So dutifully both vehicles were parked inside the hole to see how they fitted. Hmmm. A little tight and was going to make an interesting shape (the wall was at an angle from roughly the spade to where the camera is). So seeing as I'm unlikely to ever move again from this 7-9 bed mad house I've bought I knew I'd be kicking myself if I didn't make it a bit bigger. Did someone say bigga digga? For reference that's a 13 tonne machine and the back of the bank is above his roof-line so guessing about 3m high. For scale here the smallest bucket for the machine Ben's got (this isn't his biggest machine): And the beauty is his depot is just down the road from me (about 1/4 mile). Unfortunately that's pretty much it for now - I ran down the yard to look at some electrics for him and when I got back puppies were demanding feed and then it got dark. I'll get a comparable picture with the two Land Rovers in there but at the moment there's a 6 tonne dumper and 13 tonne excavator parked in it... As it'll fall under building regs because of the floor area (something like 24x30ft) and I don't have the time looking into getting some local well respected builders in to do the majority of the work. They've also got a friendly building regs gal and structural engineer to hand which will make things smoother. But the structure is going to be reinforced shuttered concrete as it's below ground and that will effectively tank it from the water coming through the sides. There are some old land drains that have been split since doing this work - half tempted to pipe them through the wall into a wash basin . The shuttering should also work out cheaper overall since it'll just be some ply and 2x4 structure, some rebar and then get the concrete in...
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    Don't worry - I'm not going to be tackling a project this size as my first rendering job... Conveniently I have a friend who runs a family firm specialising in restoring old buildings so if possible I want him to do the job but it might have to wait until next year for him. But yes lime render will be used. Outer walls probably average 3ft thick. The two ladies of the house: But it goes on backwards quite a long way... And for completeness here the stables are on the left with the big door way and the blacksmiths is the smaller building to the right The next bigga digga project will be resurrecting the pond in the last photo (the whole mown bit inside the bank used to be a pond before it was a carehome).
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    I TOLD you that you need an underground lair. All you need now is a tank full of sharks with lasers on their heads.
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    I consider myself so very lucky. I have a 1991 CSW that I've owned since 1995 and I'm now into a complete tarmac up rebuild. I had the 3.5 V8 swapped for a 300Tdi in 2003 and never regretted it. Now, during my rebuild, I am treating it as a hobby, not a chore. This is important, because if it becomes a chore you will come to recent it. Sometimes I'll work in my shop for six hours, and other days I'll just enjoy going fishing. I'm fortunate in that I have another vehicle as my daily driver, but I am under pressure from my wife to complete the project, since it has now been over 3 years, and she wants us to go on a road trip and camping. By the way, I'm just past 77 yrs., and I had my first Landy in the early sixties, so Landy love doesn't die with years. Mike
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    Got a tiny burr to remove on the casing on edge of the intermediate shaft rear hole on inside face, the big magnetic plug & the standard magnetic drain plug saved the day I think.
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    Here is a bracket which demonstrates the use of both processes. I designed this to incorporate "thickener" plates in the areas local to the bolt. I opted to use TIG for the thickener plates for 2 reasons: 1. due to the proximity to the edge of the main plate. Much better edge heat control means I didn't overheat the steel. 2. Because it's prettier and prettier means the racecar is faster The downside as mentioned above is it would have taken me half as long to physically weld, and the prep would have been much quicker if I had chosen MIG. The rest of the assembly was MIG welded in position on the vehicle. Time and access were a big factor here. Cleaning the steel before welding is still important for MIG though.
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    I'm sure I wrote that, I've certainly thought that.
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    God it was so cathartic to read that ... 😅
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    Some new coolant to top up any spillages?
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    Right, I know people are going to be asking these questions so I'm going to try and preempt them... And yes I fully acknowledge I'm a lucky / jammy sod to have had the opportunity to acquire this place . Firstly the hole is actually going to be a garage and used as one, the 110 has developed a number of leaks recently because I haven't had the opportunity to fix them as it's been my only vehicle for a while. The P38 was never going to pass another MOT without a lot of work and money thrown at it and I'm working on the 6x6 as quickly as I can. So it'll be nice to have somewhere where it can stay dry until I get around to sorting out the leaks and then have somewhere dry where I can leave doors and roof off for a while while I sort it (that'll require the 6x6 to be on the road). Now the reasons why it's just going to be a garage and not really a workshop (and why I don't really need a second storey) and a bit of a story for the hell of it. The first time I viewed the place - first was a tour of the house, which took about 90 minutes the first time . After that I was shown the outbuildings, the first of which was the old Edwardian / Victorian kitchens. Awesome I thought, machine shop downstairs and then reinstate the first floor and then can have electronics lab and office upstairs. Then we went down to the stable block and I thought scrap that - this can be machine shop, lab and office. Attached to the stable block is another smaller barn which houses a blacksmiths forge (not operational but probably wouldn't take much apart from reinstating the chimney through the roof). The "temporary" workshop. This has been designated the temporary workshop because it's more or less weather proof and I'm working on the jackdaw proofing. You can see the original fireplaces in the background behind the lathe, ladder and hydraulic press. The temporary workshop is the taller of the buildings you can see to the right of the garage hole (ones behind are the neighbours). It's temporary because it's a sod to get the heavy tools up and down the stairs outside. Once the other workshops are completed then I'm not quite sure what I have planned for this space (perhaps a full size snooker table?) Then onto the stables workshop. This has a doorway which the Defender just fits through but it's not quite long (or is it wide?) enough to park inside neatly. This did have a first floor which was riddled with woodworm and I brought it down. The stairs to access it were above the exposed patch of mud. Where the 110 is parked is where I think the original builder / owner of the house kept his cart (it was a doctor in Victorian times apparently). Then there were two stables to the right on the tiled floor, the slate floor was a walkway from one end to the other. Here's a slightly later photo where I've started to remove some of the floor for preservation - the blacksmiths forge barn is through the doorway in front of the Argocat. This is the one is being renovated to have machine shop downstairs (handy since I can drive in when bringing in large machine tools). Then upstairs will be reinstated with electronics labs and office. I'm also thinking of widening the window above the Defender to incorporate floor to ceiling windows because that has a rather good view out over the garden and into the mountains in the distance. So as you can see don't really need the garage to be a workshop, hence why I called it garage project not workshop like @Retroanaconda's thread title. Although in the short term I'll probably put some stuff in there because there will be space for it and then I can perhaps in the background tidy up the temporary workshop (put in the first floor for example). One point to bear in mind is that my house is the last of the big mansions in the area (everything else has been knocked down and turned into cottages) and is in pretty decent nick, so any work I do want to be in keeping with the place, particularly as it'll be becoming a B&B in the near future (bit of extra income but also tax benefits). The garage is also on the southern side of the house so I'll probably experiment with some scaffolding poles as to roof lines but currently winning out is @Cynic-al's thought which I'd also had of blending it into the hillside and having a seating area on top. Hope that helps clarify the situation?
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    Off to see my local LR parts man now to spend some dosh on new parts.
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    As long as i don't have to learn a new programming language just to retract the rear caliper pistons then i'll be happy!
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    I find it hard to believe there's nothing left to tinker with, improve, modify or otherwise fettle on any Land Rover - I can think of tonnes of things to do on mine if I had infinite time & money... part of my motivation for doing the welding course I'm currently on is I can think of a load of neat stuff that could be fabricated in ali... same story when I got my lathe, and my tiny mill, and learned to lay out PCB's, and write software, and basic CAD, and, and, and... I may never get round to most of it (and lot of it would be fairly pointless "just because" kind of projects) but I certainly don't think I'll ever look at any of my vehicles and think "yep, that's 100% perfect, nothing whatsoever left to do". I definitely feel you on "project fatigue" though - some days I go out to the garage and it's just a wall of cr*p piled up, can't get to anything, can't find tools, not enough space to work, everything in the way of everything else and even small jobs become a massive ball-ache... but it passes. Best thing you can do is do something else for a bit - or just stop and do some tidying up & sorting out, which can include putting some junk on eBay to clear space. Then, next time you go out to the workshop it's a bit tidier, more organised, you can see the wood for the trees and get on with stuff a bit easier.
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    Sounds like the handbrake cable became a earth cable, check the main battery earth cables.
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    That’s an entirely subjective opinion. I agree with the many that think it was utter sh....
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    Sun has been shining today, so I skived off work and put some more cladding on.
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    So many fallacies in this FB posts I don't know where to start.
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    Really like how they're building the suspense with the marketing campaign. Anyone else think the dig at monocoque chassis being used for SUVs rather than proper 4x4s is in reference to the latest "Defender"?
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    Excellent. Anyone else notice the four-link + panhard setup front and rear? Assuming the setup matches the pictures. Good to see Mark back in the seat of a 4x4.
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    Thank you @Cynic-al That was exactly what I wanted to write but I really couldn't be bothered, I'm sure you understand why.
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    In the hands of a good driver a manual is more economical and more environmentally friendly than an automatic. The driver is the problem, there were tests done when autos were becoming more popular in lorries. All the test drivers could better the mpg of an auto with a manual but roll them out over a fleet with average drivers and average use and the autos won hands down. Which is the operator paying the fuel bill going to go for? Most car drivers are not car enthusiasts and most car makers are making for the masses. They want easy, economical, affordable, practical. Oh and probably to connect their Twitter account. Have you ever driven the manuals with the up and down arrows on the dash suggesting when you should change. Our work vans have them and they often tell me to change up when I dont because I know in 300 yards I'm going to need to either speed up or slow down. The auto will change up then change down again in 300 yards. Also manufacturers are downsizing engines for economy and winding them up to death with turbos or superchargers. The effect seems to be no low down torque as it's a small engine and the compressors aren't giving much, then lots of power over a very narrow band. To make it drive able you need lots of gears to keep it in either the power or economy band. My car is an 8 speed auto and when I pull out my road end into a 30mph it will go through every gear to 6th or sometimes 7th. A manual driver will not do that. There are 10 speed gearboxes now, a manual driver will not use that properly. The worst one I've ever driven for this was the 2.3 navara, awful to drive as a 6 speed manual. Do I like automatic? No. Do I like small wound up engines? I would rather drive an electric, I'm just waiting for a practical energy source. The car manufacturers are trying to keep the old technology going until that comes along.
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