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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
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  2. Driven: New Defender - On & Off Road. Is it a Pretender? Where should someone start when reviewing the new Land Rover Defender? It seems to be such a contentious subject. And no matter what your views are, you will likely end up truly upsetting one camp or another. Well, let us start with something descriptive. The model under review is a ‘First Edition’ 110. Being as this is the UK it comes fairly loaded with kit and only one engine option, being the 2.0 D240 turbo diesel, along with the only gearbox choice offered on the new Defender. The 8-speed ZF unit that adorns so
    11 points
  3. 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 DVLA have now (today) withdrawn the threat of prosecution, and say the response to the GDPR request has been despatched to us on 17th Sept - still not arrived.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
  4. For anyone interested I would also like to give an insight it to the "testing fiasco" in the UK hospitals that has been reported in the news this week and give the facts. I am working for a company who directly supplies and supports hospital laboratories for virology testing. I was in an NHS lab in London this week preparing instruments to do the testing. Various ministers and the press have been comparing our testing to other countries as inadequate and why can't we ramp up the testing as others have done. Here are the reasons: The NHS Pathology laboratories have undergone a large
    10 points
  5. You're sharing a forum with Hybrid_From_Hell who can end up in A+E just making a cup of tea and you're wondering how someone could injure themselves working on their car?
    10 points
  6. Hi all, I'm currently rebuilding the LT230T 43D of our Td5 Defender after an issue in the transmission which eventually turned out to be in the front axle. Fortunately I enjoy doing this - I've always wanted to do a gearbox and I can honestly say that it is the best way to learn how it works and how to treat it. I also took the opportunity to make some photographs. Initially because the thing looks very nice - it's almost a pity to have to hide it in the casing - but I also realised that I have never seen comparable images. I intended to post these images later because some things s
    10 points
  7. I had another Covid swab at the local drive through today, standard procedure for anyone having hospital treatment - in my case chemo on Tuesday. As I kept the A&M team briefed throughout so will now let you all know that I was discharged from hospital a couple of weeks or so ago after being in for nearly a month. I self admitted suffering from severe stomach pains and unable to keep any food or drink down. The initial diagnosis was bleak, very bleak. However after more investigations, tests etc they came up with a treatment plan that if successful may, may provide a less bleak outlo
    9 points
  8. Finally back on this - Corona brought other priorities. I've been loaned a 3D printer by a friend and (after learning how to use it and tune the prints) I can make the designs I want, recognising the amazing amount of time that repeating metalwork fabrication takes up - especially if I want a decent result. I've printed the height sensor setup for the nearside rear. I really don't want to drill the chassis as it's galv, so better than being a "bolt-on" conversion, I can do custom firtree plugs for existing chassis holes so it's just a push fit. Using a clip arrangement her
    9 points
  9. I really needed to get out and have a bit of a break. So took the OneTen out for a spin. Found a place for the lunch break.. Met with a group of German / Russian occupied LR's who saw me parked in the shades and asked if they could join me for lunch.. Of course they could and this "lunch meet" ran into the afternoon as we enjoyed the P&Q, talked about life in general and had a good time. Based in Germany, they usually go into RU to visit friends & family but not now. So they made do with a "round the Alps Tour" but found the driving not as much fun as they'd
    9 points
  10. They have indeed given them out, and oh boy i wish i was allowed to take it off road and really test it. Done some road miles in one, literally a heres the keys jump in and go so haven't read the books, gone from a 2003 defender to it and there are sooooooooo many functions and options i wish i had time to test off in mud, but rules say no as somebody agreed to hand them back with all panels straight and not hammered..... dear landrover uk if you want to loan me one for a decent test i will definitely take it lol!!!!! see how it copes in a real mixed environment of work for say 6 month
    9 points
  11. I couldn't figure out what to do about a sofa! I wanted something comfortable to sit on but it had to sit above the wheel-arch. In my old van, I had a couple of custom cushions made but they were not comfortable (wrong density of foam) and were eye-wateringly expensive. I had designed a sofa in Solidworks - and got the same company to quote to make the cushions. They wanted £1500 to make them! I used the van for a month, just using folding camping chairs - which worked OK. Then I came across a company on Etsy who were offering cushion sets for Wicker Chairs, made to my dimens
    8 points
  12. So some progress with motor cover made myself some billet aluminium out of some scrap I had it's not perfect a couple of air bubbles here and there but it will do the job Getting there new and old side by side fitted just got holes to drill and paint regards Stephen
    8 points
  13. Hi Guys, a small tech thread to show you what we have been upto for those with the 6BT Cummins engines, this is meant as a non commercial technical thread to show how flexible the LT230 can be. features are : 0.900 Ratio, we have been aware for some time of demand for higher gearing for these low revving engines so after successfully making the 26 Tooth input gear for Reece to run with the 1.003 ratio gear set, we looked at how we could do this. Land Rover raised the ratios in the LT230 by reducing the diameter of the output gear but it was not possible to do this further
    8 points
  14. Just to put this into perspective if I had used all new parts, paid a paint shop and charged my hours at a modest hourly rate I would of easily topped £80k on my ibex build. Now add a top spec engine, suspension and some bespoke wheels and that's another £80k. Plus a bespoke leather interior and there's another £40k...... Oh and it's a practical 5 seater that you could drive every day, yeah it will sell. Mike
    8 points
  15. A friend picked up his new Defender yesterday. So we couldn't resist having a bit of a line up and photo shoot. We have vehicles spanning 1953 thru to 2020. I think the photos clearly show the new Defender had a lot more in common with the D4, than it does a traditional Defender or Series. However I think I can say, I do like the new vehicle, despite it being badged as Defender. Not because of it.
    8 points
  16. Just makes you want to punch Gerry, doesn't it ? Mo
    8 points
  17. Discovered play in the water pump pulley today, which is probably causing the squeak that’s been coming from the engine recently. It does give me an excuse to try out the building though, so I put the 90 in this afternoon. As you can see there is plenty of room down both sides of the car for access and with it slightly over to the right no hinderance in front of the workbench.
    8 points
  18. They are doing their best, just the same as most right minded folks. People will find fault whatever colour government are in place, it's what people do and of course it's dead easy but it's not so easy if they were the ones trying to pick a path through this or that minefield. The media has much to answer for. The worm has slowly turned recently and instead of promoting a general sense of national unity the tone is one of criticism and opportunistic point scoring which has a real effect on the sheeple of this land. This is an emergency on a global scale, yet the obsession with devolved reg
    8 points
  19. Today was a quick engine start test to check my wiring up of the ECU and immobiliser.
    8 points
  20. It's times like these that really makes you re assess your priorities. I'm now acutely aware of how I've been wasting precious resources. I'm really looking at my Landrover use, and asking myself " is this right? Should I be using my Landrover like this?" So, I've decided. Life is too short to waste in an eurobox, I'm going to make my series my daily car, unless I need to bring passengers.
    8 points
  21. Nice tidy install Ralph! Unfortunately, the 'sounds like Concorde taking off' is a 'feature'. However, once it's running, it will idle when it's close to temperature and is much less noisy. It will eventually shut down though - then re-start with a noise that will wake the dead! It sounds counter-intuitive, but the way I got around this was to open a window, just enough to keep it idling over night. Then at least you wake up to a warm truck. At idle it hardly uses any Diesel - maybe 1l over 8 hours. For EVERYTHING technical there is to know about Eberspachers, look here: https://
    7 points
  22. Some great stories, and some great cars some you have! Even if they're not running. 😉 Makes me want to chime in. My story is a bit different in 2 ways. First of, I can't imagine myself driving a normal, sensible car as a daily. Every time I do drive something modern(ish) that should be worry-free, I can't wait to get back into one of my old cars and I appreciate them all the more. So in a way that's good for motivation. I don't like the detached feeling anything remotely modern seems to offer. Even if I can't claim every journey is a nice experience, at least with my cars it's always
    7 points
  23. This is my 110 , MUD , it originally came into the workshop for a clutch change after it packed in on the way home from work so to keep me mobile I borrowed my old 200 disco back from a mate who I’d sold it to a year previous , ended up buying it back , then nicked the engine out of MUD when the 200 in the disco suffered terminal oil pressure loss (rod out ) , that disco died of terminal rot , bought a 300 auto disco , that went the same way , bought a Renault Clio diesel van , the rat van ,for £125 ( still got it and will never get rid of it )and used the wife’s Kia Sorento or the tractor
    7 points
  24. I've had an SE model for about a month now but haven't had a chance to give it a proper off-road drive. It's been A roads, muddy B-roads, tracks and fields only so far which any 4x4 could do. On the roads it drives like a 'utility' Range Rover. And it scampers across wet fields very well. Not a real test...yet. Traditional Defender/SeriesII owners (several chums of mine) pick holes of course, but they still remain friends At least I won't get a rusty chassis. Sadly, I'm haunted by similar infotainment problems that seem to curse Velar owners. So far, Pivi-Pro has been Pretty Pict
    7 points
  25. Cleaned up all connections on motor polished commy and renewed bearings Test ran it in vice and working ok both directions happy days regards Stephen
    7 points
  26. 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
    7 points
  27. 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
  28. Thanks John, my first thought was to build them myself. it took 13 1/2 months, but body finally went back on chassis...
    7 points
  29. If you're running a petrol engine to charge batteries to run a motor to move the car that just sounds like a very complicated and heavy way to burn petrol to move you along the road... "Self-charging hybrid" is one of the worst pieces of marketing bullsh!ttery I've heard in recent years
    7 points
  30. With thanks to elbekko for the new logo as it was he who won the logo competition ...a while back.
    7 points
  31. Skid plates, so they can slide over difficult obstacles like rocks, tree stumps and inconvenient promises to promote British manufacturing.... No, in all seriousness it is a very nice looking Peugeot. I could open a French vineyard with these sour grapes.
    7 points
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  33. Why not post the answer for the benefit of future folks?
    7 points
  34. This is my valentines card off my good lady So to modify a couple of Landrover statements . The best wife x far and One wife love it regards Stephen
    7 points
  35. I am furloughed on what is effectively sub minimum wage, and probably will not have a job to go back to. BUT, I like being am home. Lucky in that I have loads of space and plenty do here, vehicles, machinery, building work, animals, fencing etc, and have appreciated the gift of time. I can cope with isolation very well, and have often said that if I never had to speak to another human being, it would be fine. Interests and hobbies are the key, and it always surprises me how many people have no interests in anything "real". Watching football and buying the latest club "B" team away shirt o
    7 points
  36. As well as putting a coat of white paint on the finished walls, today I’ve finally done the cladding trims round the windows. Finishes it off quite nicely I think.
    7 points
  37. Finally got it on the road! Going to enjoy the 3,5 for now as I sort out the million issues that comes when you put one og BL's finest engineering back on the road after several years og neglect. And yes I've already had the obligatory electrical fire while driving 😂
    7 points
  38. Mods please delete if not allowed.. I have a CNC plasma, I don't charge a setup fee, and a pressbrake. I can work to cad drawings or sketches. Drop me an email mike@blackbirdindustries.co.uk Hope this helps,
    7 points
  39. Bit of an update, had the truck back for a few weeks now, everything is tip top! In the end I'm glad to have gotten it fixed instead of trying to double down losses and sell. With all the down time due to quarantines I painted the rims and front headlight shrouds (more out of boredom than anything else)
    7 points
  40. My job is a mix of going out and about to hospital labs to visit customers (always viewed that as the fun part of my job) and then working from home catching up on paperwork, filling in tender responses etc. I have to admit it has always irritated me that many of my neighbours have made sarcastic comments about me "working from home again" if I pop out to the shop at lunchtime or go to post a letter as if I'm just sat indoors watching TV or playing computer games. They don't see that I started work before many people would have got to the office and if I have a deadline to meet I can cont
    7 points
  41. made me cringe until I realised it was on your finger...
    7 points
  42. Having said all the above, I've just bought a chain saw.
    7 points
  43. Sun has been shining today, so I skived off work and put some more cladding on.
    7 points
  44. It is alive 😀 I have just done a nice and varied 30 mile trip up hill and down dale (in beautiful weather - blue skies above the mists). I chose some reasonable hills and there have been plenty of gear changes so hopefully a good bit of variable engine speed. On initial cranking with the solenoid disconnected, the oil pressure didn't rise enough to switch the warning lamp off. After four decent cranks and the lamp still on, I re-connected and cranked one more time to fill the injector pipes. I had thought that I'd see diesel spirting from the tops of the injectors but the pipes were
    7 points
  45. Yes i have considered it, and it is the right way to go but the cost of owning a Defender in Malta in prohibitive of my budget. The Series are easier to acquire here and easier to maintain in term road licence and insurance. I like hacking and making thing personal but i do not in any way want to make a defender from a series. But make a Series just more livable on modern roads . Hey Mike here the pics that broke from my original post Here is my Mini transformation she is my pride and joy but it was bitch to bring back : Now back to Land Rover
    7 points
  46. Hi I mentioned I was doing this on another post and was asked to put up a thread on my progress... I've been running a ZF 4HP22 converted 110 for a while now. The previous owner built a custom central box with a RRC auto shifter mounted on it. I've been looking to increase the storage space and do something a bit different - after looking at the price of the Ashcroft NAS console I decided to look at alternative ways of mounting the shifter, when I stumbled across a thread on a US defender forum where some people are using a Lokar floor mounted stick shifter: https://www.defender
    6 points
  47. ☺️ Gotta love a Benz...Love my Wolfies more though U1000Ag Steve
    6 points
  48. Anvil attachment nearly finished regards Stephen
    6 points


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