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  1. I think current events will put a lot off EVs, with electricity supply in the UK getting extremely expensive and question marks hanging over its dependability, some commentators already predicting rolling blackouts like in the 70s. I certainly wouldn’t have an EV without and ICE vehicle in reserve until the UK is energy independent. I imagine a lot of drivers all over the world are starting to think that way this week, given the scale of the problem that Russia is inflicting across Europe.
  2. Yep. The UK, and probably other nations, need those mini-nuke generators like those proposed by RR, and they’re needed in a hurry. It is incredible how stupid most European politicians and bureaucrats (that includes the UK) have been in their policies over national energy resources, as well as other critical industries, with none self-reliant or having basic resilience to disruption.
  3. “Wisdom is the accumulation of experience. Experience is usually from a lack of wisdom.” (Terry Pratchett). HOG, you’re quite right that a qualification is no substitute for experience, but it does give a safe basis from where to start gaining experience, or should if the course and test are correctly constructed. As has been said a few times, a badly constructed course and test can give false confidence and be entirely counterproductive. But experience is also worthless without the correct attitude. Someone with low experience but a cautious attitude and diligent approach to a task will outperform an experienced but slack person. I see it all the time.
  4. His voice is fine, though the post-recorded bits are slightly muffled. But it’s a positive change to hear somebody with decent elocution and not shouty, overly emotional or using poor grammar and vocabulary. But his body language is quite exaggerated, which is a bit off putting, and his stoop, common in very tall people, makes him look a little peculiarly shaped. I’d rather watch him than some of the new top gear presenters, though.
  5. Zinc is sacrificial to steel, so eventually deteriorates, faster in harsh conditions. Ships and maritime structures use replaceable blocks of zinc attached to the steel structures/hulls to similar effect as galvanising, but without the dipping process and easily swapped with new on overhauls. There is nothing to prevent you bolting a few strips in areas that concern you. I used exactly the Hammerite product you’re thinking of, and it has worked extremely well. If you are getting any rust patches now, you’ll have to deal with them by removing as much rust as you can mechanically, chemically treating anything left, then using decent primer and paint to seal it. The Underbody Shield is very good as coating over the primer and paint, but I wouldn’t want to guess at what it’s like on untreated steel or rust. I have had no rust or deterioration on those spots I have had to modify with some welding on my galvanised chassis, having used red oxide or Zinc 182 primers and the Hammerite Underbody Sheild.
  6. The three door and five door chassis vary slightly in that the three door has six pairs of floor support hoops all at the same level, the front pair extending well above the swooped part of the chassis. You’ve obviously dealt with their removal, but the five door chassis has to support the cross member that supports the back end of the rear floor and front edge of the shorter tub, and if they’re too low, then the sills will be pulled down at the back and the pillars skewed. Are you confident that the measurements are right for those cross member mountings?
  7. Mine wasn’t far off that with the slightly more powerful 2.5NAD (12J). Cruise was definitely 60, dropping off a bit with strong headwinds or moderate hills, down into 4th without OD. Fuel economy was similar to you, worsened by a roof rack. Overdrive did little to improve that, as it means turning more gears and stirring/heating more metal and oil, but it does improve comfort on a long drive.
  8. The shipping industry is in a big mess globally, largely down to port closures and staff shortages from the pandemic, but also because of imbalances in cargo loads with much of China shutting down first, then Europe, then China re-opening, so ships would be sailing empty in one direction, which the companies obviously don’t want to do. What goods are shipped are now getting ludicrously expensive (it’s nothing to do with Brexit, contrary to some claims, as prices for materials have soared globally) It’ll only settle down properly after the bulk of nations stop lock downs.
  9. I think having a requirement for a suitable training course and qualification is a good thing and should be implemented. We keep coming back to most of towing being a matter of common sense, but so is most of driving, and yet we see so many stupid accidents of gross negligence every day that underline the rarity of common sense. Sadly, the public can’t be trusted, and that’s why qualification is needed. But a course and test of poor quality that don’t tech the practical aspects are worthless, perhaps counterproductive, giving the license holder false confidence where they may have had some apprehension unqualified.
  10. My car driving licence is old enough that I missed out on the training requirement for anything up 8t, including trailers. I taught myself Willy my Sankey. The hardest thing about that was it being narrower than the 109, so you don’t see it until it’s already askew when reversing. A short little practice to get the hang of it in and out of a gated driveway with steep pavement and road edge slopes to the gutter making things more challenging was enough, but it is important to practice before going out in busy areas. That common sense thing again, which is ever less common.
  11. I think so, on the big engined models, and a few more vehicles besides. I haven’t a clue what the full list is, but quite a few BL models had them. Just not a factory option for Land Rovers, even though Fairey was.
  12. Nah, don’t care about stereo and the balancing or “fade”. I just wanted a simple unit that I could listen to Radio 2 and Radio 4. Instead, in order to try to avoid garish bright colours and have something with lighting that matched the instruments, I had to buy a unit that has adjustable LED colour lighting, so is far more complex with all the other options, and goes into a bloody awful demonstration mode of changing through the full spectrum any time it loses all power from the battery. 🤬. The other radio is the CB, a cheap and second hand Midland unit, nothing interesting.
  13. I think the generalisation is accurate, but there are always many exceptions to any stereotype. My young colleagues are dependent on electronics, but some of them are very willing to learn how to do stuff the old way and do a better job for it, then being able to recognise when the electronics are stuffing it up and knowing how to intervene properly. Like you, I relish the fact that the only electronics in my 109 are the radios.
  14. That’s why the lever is cranked at one end - you rotate the lever to a comfortable position that doesn’t foul anything, then tighten the locknut. The bend should be at the bottom of the lever, but some people mistakenly put it at the top.
  15. That’s the GKN unit on the Stag, Spitfire 1500, Dolomite and Defender. The Fairey has a simple lever and connecting rod.
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