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  1. don't know if this is even possible, but the thought struck me: 1. apply for permission for a motocross track (rejected) 2. apply for permission for an offroad play site (rejected) 3. apply for permission for a gypsy camp (rejected) 4. apply for permission for housing.... <phew!> eerm ok then Bingo - value of land increases 500 times... and that was the aim all along. Or am I being cynical? Rog
  2. Great post! I just have to do that one day...
  3. Another vote for these - nice and flexible, and spun the v8 with ease for several 10 second runs before it picked up (it's been inactive for a while...) and they didn't even get warm. Roger
  4. what ARE those aerials for? I assume some kind of ham or CB?
  5. IMHO - and sorry to be so negative, but no...
  6. Spanish Inquisition... Salem Witch Trials... McCarthy Anti-Communist Hearings... GreenPeace - we stand on the shoulders of giants!
  7. :hysterical: It's funny because it's true! :hysterical:
  8. As mentioned above - use of a torque wrench is a good idea for wheel nuts; 120-130 lb/ft does not really feel very much for such a large nut. Even my battery rattler beats 120, and the windy gun easily exceeds that on it's lowest setting Rog
  9. Working in a quiet neighbourhood I am embarrassed enough about grinding and hammering noises (which I can't do much about), but do I think that it must be possible to significantly reduce the noise from the compressor. It's a fairly small one, and very cheap, so it tends to run quite a bit while it's trying to keep up... I reckon the main sources of noise are: 1. The air intake. 2. The tank acting as a resonator. I have sat the thing in it's polystyrene packing base to have a go at the tank noise (not much difference) and I'll try lagging it a bit next, but my main concern is silencing the inlet. It needs to be free-flowing but effective, so I thought - how about an old exhaust silencer? Any comments, observations or better ideas? Have you done similar and was it effective? Thanks in advance for any input. Roger
  10. You can always rely on Si to think outside the box...
  11. <tuppence worth> IMHO whip/tails are recommended for three good reasons: 1. If you damage/sever the pipe near the tool (the most likely place?) you have a connector that you can grab and separate within reach. 2. When disconnecting a tool I think that it's less likely to get dropped it if it has a tail. 3. After disconnecting a tool, if you drop it and it (a couple of kgs of rattler gun) lands on the PCL connector, it is far more likely to damage the tool than if there is a tail on it. </tuppence worth> Rog
  12. Sorry to bring this back from the grave... But does anybody have any updates on these tyres? Pics in action would be nice too... Rog
  13. I think that the most likely time for getting water in the headlights is not plain wading, but when dropping into a hole when the combination of bow-wave, vehicle angle and suspension compression combine to have an effect somewhat similar to this: A different angle on 'dipping the lights' Rog
  14. In FOUR DAYS??? Bl@@dy Hell man that's shifting! Got any pics? Rog
  15. I am thinking of going this way... Are the bulbs H4 in these? Rog
  16. It's gone - anybody care to enlighten me as to what it said? Rog
  17. LS26


    Great letter Martyn... Well reasoned and points argued with obvious passion but in a reasonable manner - something the antis could never do. Well done! And if you ever decide to form a political party or a pressure group, put me on your mailing list Roger p.s. Love the term HPV
  18. Mine, with similar symptoms (but more extreme - would rev to 2500 rpm) was the idle air valve stepper motor. I think that when you come off throttle it opens up (to smooth the switch from on-power to off-power to reduce apparent transmission slop) and it then gets stuck resulting in the high idle. Switching the engine off would sometimes re-set it. I tried cleaning it multiple times then I got a 2nd hand unit that was the same - neither worked, then finally bit the bullet (they are over £60!) and got a new one which fixed it straight away. Best bet would be to try someone else's since they are easy to change... Rog
  19. Is that the green light on the 'unsympathetic' rebuild then? :D :D Rog
  20. In Vogue two door (1981) - 1000 built, light blue metallic. Auto In Vogue Special Edition (1982) - total built not known, Nevada Gold or Sierra Silver 1983 total built 325 (uk) Derwent Blue. Above from the (above mentioned) First Generation book mentioned above. Hope this helps... Rog
  21. I tried one 36 years ago to paint my first car - I vowed never to touch one again. The paint has to be thinned to b'ggery (with all of the problems that that entails) and comes out like... Well I can't think of a simile sufficiently tiddle-weak. There is no way that the one I had would match a spray can, but spray-cans were too expensive since we had a large area to do. Of course they may have improved by now? I remember seeing a spray gun advertised in 'Practical Motorist' that plugged into the air outlet of a cylinder vacuum cleaner - now there was an idea! Imagine trying to ensure that the outlet of the SWMBO's hoover was dust free? Rog
  22. Pertinent bit from the above document: > For example, for cars and light goods vehicles the tank must be securely mounted to withstand acceleration of 20 g in the direction of travel and 8 g horizontally and at right angles to the direction of travel. Straps, bolts and spreader plates should be designed bearing in mind the material, profile and thickness of the mounting panel to ensure an adequate contact area. Also saw this bit: "The fuel tank should be installed so that its lowest point is no lower than the original load bearing points of the vehicle which are part of the vehicle structure and so that the original approach, departure and ramp angles (typically 25o, 20o and 20o) and ground clearances are maintained." I have seen sill-tanks that are so low that they become inadvertent rock-sliders Rog
  23. Nah... Course not.. I said it was a daft idea 260 centigrade is all it'll manage apparently...
  24. Copperslip works, but only to a degree. I find that I always expect more than it gives. I would go for brass or (completely off-the-wall and never tried this so might be a pile'o'poo but...) how about ptfe tape and a shake-proof washer? Rog
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