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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 DVLA have now (today) withdrawn the threat of prosecution, and say the response to the GDPR request has been despatched to us on 17th Sept - still not arrived.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. 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
    6 points
  4. 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
    5 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
    5 points
  6. ☺️ Gotta love a Benz...Love my Wolfies more though U1000Ag Steve
    5 points
  7. 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
    4 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Meant to add if it was too simple it wouldn't be fun regards Stephen
    3 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
    3 points
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Sorry for the delay in response, i finally had a chance today to have a look. You were right, the thermostat had dropped down slightly as i'd bolted up the housing, i've now replaced the gasket and used a dab of silicone to hold the thermostat in place and seems to be all good. Thanks for your help
    2 points
  20. Ran another test piece this this morning except with a slot in the middle all be it done very roughly what I found is that the longer sides had less wrinkles in however one of the ends split and the other didnt the one that didn't split had a slightly longer length from folds So everything you guys are saying is right my material needs to be new and soft not age or work hardened so will definitely look at annealing I also need to extend the edges of my top former use 3mm as that is what I built it for the other thing is I reckon I'm getting a bit of flex in the top former even though it
    2 points
  21. Just having a clear through some boxes of junk treasure in the attic and came across this - quite a nice little thing, very nicely made - shame I pulled the mirrors off 😆 My grandad was a big fleet buyer back in the day and was at the Eastnor launch event for the 90 where he picked up the usual bumf and freebies including this. Wonder what they gave out at the latest Defender launch?
    2 points
  22. This thread has solved the mystery of why my Mini doesn't stay in sport mode then!
    2 points
  23. I'm the same. I've got a dodgy back after I drunkenly folded myself in half backwards on a bouncy assault course. For me the standard Defender seats are one of the most comfy for me.
    2 points
  24. When you screw in a bolt the tension is applied as the bolt screws in. There may be friction on the bolt from what it passed through. In an Ali block, you may chew the top of the thread, which to grip Ali has to be reasonably coarse. With a stud, the stud can be screwed right in with no tension, and helps locate the head. The top end that applies the tension can have a finer thread, and the nut can be longer than normal if need be, and made of strong stuff. Why not always do this then? Slower production, and can make removing parts difficult as sufficient clearance has to exist to get the part
    2 points
  25. That's it for today shoulder milled all the way around just got corners to form some sort of dowels to keep in position and hopefully I'll get a test press tomorrow regards Stephen
    2 points
  26. Its the old... ‘NASA developed a biro that would work in space, the Russians used a pencil’ thing to me.
    2 points
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. I'd say that's a cracking job. I can see why you used 3mm now. Mike
    2 points
  31. 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
  32. It is not larger. It is positioned wrong. The wings are too short.
    2 points
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. ... and we all know that God made Land Rovers, Spitfires, tractors and terriers on the same day 🙂😉 Mo
    2 points
  37. Like a terrier with a bone lol regards Stephen
    2 points
  38. Is Scrapiron Racing now so old it can be considered a 'classic' look?
    2 points
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. I enjoyed reading your rebuild thread and the updates on it how it is doing. Where did you get your lucas engine hours meter from?
    1 point
  42. So failed but not miserably believe it or not I couldn't find another bit of 3mm so tried a test piece with 2mm The good I got the shape I wanted and my press did it comfortably enough ( thanks for the offer Ed ) although on one end I did give it a wee shock with a big hammer The bad The end sections split and my top former is not wide enough so I had to hammer some dimples out Conclusion I think it can be done and will try again with some 3mm I used cutting oil as the lubricant but I think something PTFE based might give more slip, 3mm plate might stretch thinne
    1 point
  43. I swear there must be some unnatural gravitational pull experienced by the locals round your area, Ed. Are they all, on average, a couple of inches shorter than the rest of the country?
    1 point
  44. My mum did a caravan course when she decided to go solo caravanning, despite having been caravanning for decades, and was shocked that there were folks there who owned a huge 4x4 and 30k+ van and had never even realised there was a way to load a caravan to prevent snaking, who'd never heard of nose-weight and one chap who didn't know what a jockey wheel was yet all of them could legally buy & tow a gert big caravan down the motorway with zero extra training... Also the weight ratios on modern cars/vans seem to have moved a fair way, see a hell of a lot of small flimsy (and often over
    1 point
  45. The first time I did the job, I borrowed one from Rogers of Bedford (kind of them to lend it for free). It was a simple box made of two parallel thick square section bars (2” or there about) and two parallel thick threaded rods with nots on each end to draw the bars together, squeezing the top and bottom of the diff case to force the side outwards (like Sigi said). The second time they said I could borrow it, it was missing. One of their new fitters had weighed in a lot of old parts, drifts and big bits of metal for scrap, and the spreader was probably amongst it... It shouldn’t b
    1 point
  46. Would you rather no changes in direction, based on the path the disease is taking?
    1 point
  47. Nice to hear a report from someone that has actually driven one. What a shame it didn't sell itself to you. Maybe the squeaks and rattles are an attempt to make it appeal to the Defender purists 🤣 Was all that mud underneath of your doing, or the work of previous test drivers?
    1 point
  48. There's a big difference between having a proper grounded argument, and just spouting the same useless tripe in every barely related thread.
    1 point
  49. I think Ashcroft and Syncro Gearboxes Boston sell the kick down system parts.
    1 point


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