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  1. Again, please let me shed some light on the true situation regarding testing in hospital labs by removing any current politics. I work for one of the largest clinical diagnostics companies in the PCR section. The virus is detected (from swabs taken from the nose and throat) by PCR. Not all hospital labs are set up to do this specialist test. Let me assure you that the company I work for (and others) and NHS England have been putting additional capacity for this type of testing in place all throughout the summer as well additional biomedical scientist staff being retrained from other areas
    12 points
  2. Hi, Just thought I would post an update. DVLA have now (today) withdrawn the threat of prosecution, and say the response to the GDPR request has been despatched to us on 17th Sept - still not arrived. They are awarding £100 for the stress and anxiety all this has caused. All this in a fairly apologetic letter. We had to ask our MP to intervene in the GDPR request, and that must have caused someone sensible to finally look at it. It will be interesting to see what the GDPR dump contains when it finally arrives, as this may shed some light on DVLAs policies which will require further investigati
    10 points
  3. Thank you for the responses to my post. I'm pleased that it has given you an insight into what the media aren't interested in telling the public. I think a news special showing people what the inside of a molecular lab looks like or a day in the life of would be helpful. Good question. You are already (I hope!) doing this in a way. Firstly for those who aren't sure let's call the virus by its correct name because the media often are not: Covid-19 is the term to used for the disease state or illness not the virus. Covid-19 is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 which is severe acute re
    7 points
  4. Well engine is running great, popped the bonnet to check the hour meter & found 1000.1 hours on it. So that's 28,088 miles in 1000 running hours.
    6 points
  5. Also I should mention another thing people are rightly questioning as we are going into winter which is peak season for respiratory viruses: if you have a high temperature, cough, sore throat etc. It isn't necessarily coronavirus. True. Diagnostic companies are starting to release variants of their SARS-CoV-2 tests on the market that multiplex other targets into a single test so they can detect other common respiratory viruses like Flu A/B, RSV (common in small children), human metapneumovirus and maybe even rhinovirus (common cold). This would be helpful if you test negative for S
    6 points
  6. Yes, you are right as PCR is so sensitive it is important to establish a cut off to the test so it only flags clinically relevant infections. I'm afraid the studies are still ongoing as to where this cut off should be as the tests which usually take months or years to develop were all developed in a few weeks and given emergency FDA clearance. There have though been studies on where to take the sample for PCR. Typically in most people with the infection you can detect the virus in a nasopharyngeal swab (the one up your nose) within a few days of infection. After a few weeks post infectio
    6 points
  7. ☺️ Gotta love a Benz...Love my Wolfies more though U1000Ag Steve
    6 points
  8. I did (in a 200 TDi 110) keep up with an Elise for 15 or so miles along the A470 through mid Wales a few years ago, and we both get up with the tractor and livestock trailer in front!
    5 points
  9. Well we have them cold with a contravention of GDPR; not only on the slow response but also the content was incomplete, despite their insisting it was all they had. They made a completely false accusation of a further offence after the first letter of complaint. They had numerous opportunities to sort this out months ago. It begs the question of whether they try to just intimidate people into paying up whether they have actually committed an offence or not (incidentally if anyone has knowledge of such a thing happening to someone else I would be very interested to hear from them). We had reach
    5 points
  10. lets not allow engineering principles get in the way of shiny ****, #chromewontgetyouhome #saynotostainless
    4 points
  11. £250??? Guess I need to find some old TDi inlet manifolds kicking around and get the TIG out
    4 points
  12. I think you know me a bit too well, hows this regards Stephen
    4 points
  13. Had a potter about this morning making stuff to add on to vent panel made a bit of an oversight by not taking in differences between series 3 and 2a details but rectified by starting again one on the bottom is what it should have been Fag packet mentality but I don't smoke Now for vent flap pin hinges this gave me more trouble than the previous one Just one more of windscreen hinge and three more of vent hinges to make regards Stephen
    4 points
  14. So completed this section of the build apart from tig welding first cut out vent sections Then shaped ends Folded long sides which was more difficult than I imagined due to flex in 5"channel Cut some angle iron for my gabro folder And then folded end sections up Them mocked up with vent flaps Obviously loads more to do but feeling pretty chuffed regards Stephen
    4 points
  15. The man from the Borders he say YEEESSSSS panel formed with no rips in material well happy regards Stephen
    4 points
  16. A topic of a poster adapting his hardtop tub for overlanding led me to this write-up of the replacement windows I put in our 110. It's been over a year since I replaced the horrendous truck cab windows of our Td5 Hardtop 110 with gullwings. I liked the look of the original windows, but I finally had enough of the cheap and fragile plastic latches and sliding windows that took a fight every time we wanted to use them. A reason not to open them often prevailed... The Explore glazing windows are AFAIK the only truck cab-sized gullwing replacements. Regrettably they weren't available in
    4 points
  17. After a long term loan so a Series could be "Tdi'd" it was time to go and get him. 5.5 tonnes trainweight 600 kms without problems - just a lot (really : a lot) of rain..
    4 points
  18. Apologies for some of the photos .So had another shot with vent recesses this time mock up of full panel length with 1.6 mm mild steel plate .First two photos just showing scabby then cleaned up plate marked out So placed in press not easy on your own I might add Both sides done no splitting of material so that's good but!! Sheet now has a curve in it and some rippling at ends and in between flap recesses Also got misaligned along the way So after some persuasive hammering things are looking better although still misaligned
    4 points
  19. Some progress, most of the chassis stripped and painted with EM121 Epoxy.
    4 points
  20. 😆😆 126 pages and counting, it’d be unhealthy if the conversation didn’t wander a bit! I don’t know about you folk, but I regard discussions on a forum like friends sitting around a pub table, following wherever the discussion leads... Besides, you get a lot of interesting nuggets out of the meandering topic that you would never hear if the discussion was too constrained.
    4 points
  21. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49319450 After an accident & investigation the US Navy are ditching touch-screens for controls on ships... who'd have thunk they're not as good as actual physical controls?
    4 points
  22. Me too. I see the skills of my colleagues and my own at work being eroded through mandated use of “clever technology”, but when that stuff fails, it’s more confusing than the simpler equipment and and compounds the problem, as well as rotting the capabilities of the operator.
    4 points
  23. This saturday I managed to obtain a full day test drive with the new Defender D240. Well equipped, including ATPC and the rear locker. Some background: I've personally had a '95 RRC 300TDi and now a '99 P38a 4.6 V8. My daily driver is a '17 (MY18) Mercedes E-class Coupé. I like driving, and I like well-executed technology. Now, on to the Defender. Picked it up around 10 AM from the Land Rover dealership in Leuven. The salesman didn't say a word about not taking it off-road, and it already had some battle scars, so of course I took it off-road. First impressions were good. S
    4 points
  24. No but it's old enough for only us old farts to remember their perfect creation's not plagerised from anyone else.... Mike
    4 points
  25. Nailed it. These manifolds are a complete and utter waste of time. The only info they ever say is that 'each port gets equal flow', totally forgetting that each cylinder takes air at a different point. All these do is add volume to the intake and a sharp 90 for the air to travel round. Horrible bits of kit I'm afraid.
    3 points
  26. Bwahahahaha!!!! None of these guys do any testing. They just make parts and decide they are helpful based on the seat of the pants feel. Land Rover parts developers in general do not know what the word science means.
    3 points
  27. There are some parts with truely dreadful quality control - but others that are fantastic! In recent years they have re-sold parts from a number of SME's. I think their intention is genuine, both to make money but also to assist the SME's reach a bigger market. I've known Paul Myers, their MD for a long time - and IMHO he's a decent guy. The problem is there are a lot of LR owners who just don't have the money to pay main dealer prices for parts - and will accept a shorter life or having to fiddle with it to make it fit. I guess having more time than money. There is a market for
    3 points
  28. I thought some or all of the very first Defenders 110's were RWD/4WD like the Series hence the LT230 2WD/FWH kit, also not so very much distance between a Stage 1 V8 109 and the first 110's, given that the Stage 1 had the RR V8 and gearbox & transfer box so full-time 4WD... only a set of Range Rover suspension and a tarted about dashboard really But as I said many pages ago, the original Defender was a RRC platform with a utilitarian body, and the new one is a RR/Disco platform with a utilitarian body... it's just taken them a few generations of RR/Disco to catch up.
    3 points
  29. Best quote yet though from a reviewer “about as much flex as an ironing board” 😉😉 All the jarring, tipping and bouncing makes it look like an extremely carp experience driving it off road - comfortable everywhere else, but...
    3 points
  30. I did learn its easier to buy but no where near as much fun regards Stephen
    3 points
  31. I like it, definitely need to see more photos. At least it's not just a boggo 2.2 sheep in wolf's clothing. You'll get those that don't think a Defender is proper unless there's bailer twine holding a door closed and at least three different types of brake caliper of varying serviceability. A bit of variety doesn't hurt the forum.
    3 points
  32. all, Just wanted to let you know that thanks too your advise and help I fitted the new prop this week and the landy drives great. no more clunks or scary rattles. Many thanks!!!
    3 points
  33. A short trip to the Cederberg for 3 nights, staying at the really nice Bushman's Kloof Reserve (https://www.bushmanskloof.co.za/). On the way back, we did a little gravel travel to the best winery in the area, Cederberg Wines (https://www.cederbergwine.com/). The itinerary: https://goo.gl/maps/Gi7tqKw6Xqr5fDhi9 Some photos and a video of the trip:
    3 points
  34. @miketomcat I'm willing to bet the thing twists a lot more, Unimogs certainly do, although the radio-bodied ones are probably stiffer. Defenders are unique in not twisting (as much) although they're not as rigid as a Freelander or Ibex.
    3 points
  35. Almost 3 years on, mileage now on 509691, engine hours about 987, haven't quite cracked the 1000 hours since first start after the rebuild, engine is driving very well.
    3 points
  36. After 2 and a bit coats of etch primer and the same again of black epoxy from Bilt Hamber i think i'm finally done with chassis painting. Quite difficult to get into all the crevices with a paint brush but i don't have a compressor so couldn't spray it on. I've got some cavity wax arriving tomorrow so this weekend will be spent spraying the internals and then i hope never to see a tin of paint ever again. The axles are also making their way through the paint shop and got this pic from the blasters this morning. Looks like someone has tried to stop a weeping diff gasket in the past with some gu
    3 points
  37. It's really a load of rowlocks for the trendy urban original Defender brigade, there are allegedly forums elsewhere that full of them. What flavour clay bar and interrior shampoos are fashionable this week?
    3 points
  38. And for the money, you get a “fast” Defender that may be able to keep up with a low end Ford Focus, but lose most of its off road ability because of the silly suspension and low profile tyres. I just don’t understand the interest in hobbling off-roaders to make them into bad road cars.
    3 points
  39. If you do change to studs (my recommendation also) just make sure you will still be able to remove the heads from the engine with the engine in the vehicle - in some circumstances the heads may not fit over the studs and clear the body. Garry
    3 points
  40. Meant to add if it was too simple it wouldn't be fun regards Stephen
    3 points
  41. Except that graphite dust from a pencil in a spacecraft can get into electrics and cause short circuits and fires, and the Russians ended up moving to pens too... http://www.hoaxorfact.com/technology/nasa-spent-12-billion-for-space-pen-while-russians-used-pencil-facts.html
    3 points
  42. So curiosity got the better of me started making formers to use in the press only problem being my mill is too small for the size plate I'm using so recess will need to be made in 4 separate tries Kicked off with some 30mm plate and cleaned up and polished one side Then started milling recess Still at it a while later .5mm cuts and 18mm depth you get the picture Moved position to lengthen the recess And finally one half of the total recess done went over the line a wee bit but compensated for it at the other end will carry on tomor
    3 points
  43. A fair point. But I'm still not sure what scientific backup there is to say you should only use 70% of a vehicles official rating. As for towing on a hitch.... well I took this over the weigh bridge the other day and it said 18.8 tonnes loaded. The MB Track only weighs a little over 7 tonne. Not the same thing I know, but still.
    3 points
  44. The vehicle has the full gamut of towing safety tech as standard, same as all other Land Rovers. Further options are then available including the reversing aid auto-steering wotsit. By all accounts it tows very well, as you’d expect from the same base platform as the very well-regarded Discovery, and the increased torque from the new 6-cylinder engines will be an extra bonus I would think.
    3 points
  45. I'd say that's a cracking job. I can see why you used 3mm now. Mike
    3 points
  46. So no progress with the folder because I decided to see if I could form the vent panel flap recesses queue a lot of work today started by making the formers to mould the aluminium around ( Bowie 69 should have listened to you 2mm would have been easier ) Cut recesses out of 5" x 1/2" flat bar all I had available and made up these, wish that could happen as quick as I can write it. Next I prepared a bit of 3mm ( stupid boy ) aluminium Then clamped it all together and started to hammer form the first part of recess
    3 points
  47. I like tractors and stationary engines much more than Evoques. Perhaps the empty and unused Evoque forum could be repurposed as a tractor forum. I'm sure there'd be more interest the the current incumbent. Just a thought. Mo @Happyoldgit @Anderzander @western @Retroanaconda @landroversforever
    3 points
  48. Can't agree more, should have bought a vent panel lol regards Stephen
    2 points
  49. Harry Metcalfe had one, he sold it a while back, and it now sits ruined at the top of a mountain in Switzerland. Was definitely off road only.
    2 points


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