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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 DVLA have now (today) withdrawn the threat of prosecution, and say the response to the GDPR request has been despatched to us on 17th Sept - still not arrived.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
    9 points
  3. ☺️ Gotta love a Benz...Love my Wolfies more though U1000Ag Steve
    5 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
    4 points
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. So wee update, passed MOT with no advisories 😎 steering box was fitted today with no major woes. Was a bit tight as the first test drive was done. So gave it a bleed, after a shower of ATF scooshed out, test drive number two was good. No leaks so far 😀🙏 Fitted as a whole unit.
    3 points
  12. 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.
    2 points
  13. 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.
    2 points
  14. I used to do the fleet accounting for a large insurance broker; the discounts you could get for 5-100 of the same car and specification were eye-opening. It would start at 10% of retail and could get to 70% of retail if the manufacturer wanted rid of them or wanted them "placed" in a suitable environment. At one point all of our middle management had fast Fords like Serria Cosworth saloons as the insurance cost for most motorists were astronomical, so our discounts were huge, (dates it nicely!). We self-insured with stop-loss cover, so as long as we could keep claims within reasonable bounds o
    2 points
  15. Point is, it was just some arbitrary figure plucked out the air by the caravan club. If the manufacturer designed it to to 1400kg, there is no reason not to do it, as long as you are competent.
    2 points
  16. A spreader is easy to build and saver in my eyes. The concept can look like this, but it is not necessary massive like that. With a turnbuckle like shown above not even welding is needed
    2 points
  17. I'd say that's a cracking job. I can see why you used 3mm now. Mike
    2 points
  18. 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
    2 points
  19. It is not larger. It is positioned wrong. The wings are too short.
    2 points
  20. Have you tried rotating it 180 degrees? The quick release wheel on one of my cars only latches one way so that the wheel is always the correct orientation for straight ahead
    2 points
  21. That pretty much takes away the only redeeming feature of a Land Rover body. That it is a meccano set that can be taken apart and changed as desired and as needed.
    2 points
  22. No T-Wash as the BH etch weld is compatible with galv steel. I've been out tonight and had a good scrape about and can't get any paint to come off so i think i'm in a good position now. Still going to leave it a couple more days before i start the top coat just to be sure though. Axles are due back on Friday from the painters so i'm hoping i'll have a productive weekend.
    2 points
  23. ... and we all know that God made Land Rovers, Spitfires, tractors and terriers on the same day 🙂😉 Mo
    2 points
  24. Like a terrier with a bone lol regards Stephen
    2 points
  25. Is Scrapiron Racing now so old it can be considered a 'classic' look?
    2 points
  26. Ben was kind enough to let me join him for part of the testdrive and let me take the wheel on the way back to the Workshop. I came in from a completely different angle, knowing it was not a vehicle to my taste (way too modern with too many automatic features, like most of the cars on sale today), but I was hoping a drive would make me more positive. It didn't really... For reference, my first Land Rover was a newly bought Defender TD5 used as a daily, followed by a number of P38 Range Rovers. For the last couple of years my daily is a Lotus with the Range Rover still put to good use as a workh
    2 points
  27. I suspect the Grenadier will have similar wheel boxes, but narrower with a wider floor; the original LR floor dimensions were set by the Series axle width and could have been changed when the 110 was introduced, but they obviously decided to change the bare minimum to keep costs down, just altering the wheel arch position in the tub side and little more. Since Ineos are starting with longer axles and don’t have to worry about legacy rear door dimensions, they can set the floor width considerably wider. It’ll be interesting to see whether they have curved wheel arches and otherwise flat floor
    2 points
  28. I would say thats not bad the crux of the matter here is how flat is your floor the only way I would see you getting a totally accurate measure would be to construct a temporary frame that is flat and checked with spirit level / laser level I know my own garage floor looks flat but is far from it for example my bender is on a stand that has no wobble where its at but if I move it to a different part of the garage it wobbles therefore my floor is not flat People talk about chassis flex at the end of the day that is a long heavy piece of steel it may simply be following the contours of your flo
    2 points
  29. I expect to buy one and the price is not the most important consideration as I would expect to keep it for decades. (Although over £40k will make it too costly and I will have to go secondhand*). For a few years I have been trying to follow "reduce, reuse, recycle", so I want to buy fewer manufactured goods but of a higher quality/ease of maintanence/longevity. I bought a Durite toaster; it was 5 x the price of a usual toaster but so far it has lasted 17 years instead of 18 months to 2 years, (and I can still buy spares). It is the chrome deco classic one - the plastic ones are not so gre
    2 points
  30. Its the old... ‘NASA developed a biro that would work in space, the Russians used a pencil’ thing to me.
    1 point
  31. I adapted a new TD5 bulkhead to a Series as the original was toast. I salvaged just a single panel. It was cheap to do it then (2007) as the new bulkhead was <£200 I think. The spot welds needed to be cut out, then I used Series footwells and some custom made panels at the side of the tunnel. Fitted it to the vehicle and spot welded back together. the wiper motor panel and a few other bits had to be removed but it pretty much turned into a Series bulkhead. I knew nothing at all about Land Rovers or repairing them so my starting point was zero. Edit: The idea came from the guy at G
    1 point
  32. Managed a bit more on folder today welded feet on so I can bolt it to my bench also welded some bracing in on folding channel Lifted blade into position which is crazy heavy so I could see where centre line is Gave mag drill a bit of a workout Then trial fitted tightening / folder sliding bolt ( 36mm screwed rod ) Made a bit of an oversight here I dont have a 56mm open ended spanner guess what's on my shopping list Bottom nut will be welded in place Then put spring and slider on Last picture showing spring fully co
    1 point
  33. I am seriously impressed. I'd thought I'd doing exactly that, in steel, once upon a time, but gave up as it was too much work. Plus you can now get the right profile in steel.
    1 point
  34. Chazza, excellent advice as always. Engine is now in and fully plumbed up so afraid I'd already rushed somewhat. I was ready for start-up tomorrow but realised I need running in oil and not going to risk it without. That's a couple of days lost but better that than the cam gone.
    1 point
  35. I agree with L19MUD, if it went on either way you'd end up with it on upside down when straight ahead.
    1 point
  36. Would you rather no changes in direction, based on the path the disease is taking?
    1 point
  37. I wish I could work up enough enthusiasm to actually book a test drive but the vehicle, reviews and marketing are not proving enough to actually want to try it, let alone buy one.
    1 point
  38. Cheers Ralph - that immensely helpful - I was sure that was some separate component. I missed it completely on the diagrams. Thank you!
    1 point
  39. 90 to 130 degree gears in https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/product/14w-wiper-drive-gear/ use the drop menu to see all the variations.
    1 point
  40. To rule out that possibility, support the front dumbirons on stands and the middle of the rear cross member, and then measure the inclination of each cross member. Three points of support, symmetrically arranged, will allow the chassis to sit how is natural. I can see the twist in the photo, but it could be an illusion. Checking is essential. I have an inclinometer app on my old iPhone 3. With the casing removed, that should be a good indicator. Failing that, a long spirit level and shims under the low end of the level to get a reference at one end and then working b
    1 point
  41. Very neat. It screams build thread! Daan
    1 point
  42. May have a spare cut off shaft for LT85 gearbox clutch alignment will have a look tonight and let you know. On a side note I do have a blue point clutch alignment tool very similar to the blue one in this thread works fine on all sorts of motors regards Stephen
    1 point
  43. Hi, nice build, Cool PAS setup I'm running LT77S + LT230 with series diff. in my 109" after 300 TDI. With series 4,7 diffs. the 1.2 ratio is no good, to low. i change to 1.0 ratio from a RRC auto LT230 that made the trick. i'm cruising at 100/110 km/t and have room for more. Gives me at very low Low gear, perfect for slow off road in a nice truck. so with 1.2 ratio and 3.5 diff. you are fine. Remenber to fit Free wheel hubs or alter the LT230 to 2x4/4x4 ashcroft has the kit.
    1 point
  44. I think Ashcroft and Syncro Gearboxes Boston sell the kick down system parts.
    1 point
  45. Fair enough - there will be some smart folk there. I just can’t see how the board collectively let JLR get to a point where they have so many models that the market can’t differentiate, are competing primarily with themselves and fell so far behind on the EV shift. Not many managers or board members can individually change the course of the company, but the bulk of them must be asleep at the wheel to permit so much product confusion, parallel logistics costs and failure to read the market occur.
    1 point
  46. Hi all sorry for the long delay in posting life got in the way. Dashboard : had and old cooker hood out of stainless steel cut it down to size and punched 4 square holes for american style old ac vents to try and keep it looking as authentic as possible. Added a gauge cluster from a audi from the 80s to monitor some extra stats on 200tdi and will be building a nice enclosure for it to look authentic aswell. A Turbo : Bought a CHRA cartridge for the Garrett T2. The original one was literally jammed in sides for quite a while and was being driven as a 200di.
    1 point
  47. Ignoring your first assertion there for the moment 😊 ..... if the Ineos will do 105% of what the 4x4 pickups will do - whilst being as comfortable, as reliable, with the same towing capacity, and at a similar price with higher re-sale ..... then it will be interesting to see what that does to the current market share. And on that first point - I think the above is what they are going for in addition to the lifestyle/leisure crew. Just as it is with the old Defender now.
    1 point
  48. Safety. The average person is a complete muppet so car manufacturers have to design for people who achieve and then surpass the Darwin Awards. I've spent a fair bit of time working with automotive certification and its harder to build stuff than for space and military. Those are just expensive when things go wrong.
    1 point
  49. Hi there, I’m looking to revert my 2008 Range Rover’s wheel back to standard but fitted with general grabbers... I’ve seen a few different sizes available, 255/55, 275/55, 275/45.... it’s a 2.7 hse.. What would you suggest? Thanks, Nic
    1 point


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