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  1. A big bag of Pete's favourite sweeties...
    3 points
  2. Following on from my previous posts when I was given the 90 day / legal minimum notice to vacate where I've lived and worked (from home). My response was to write a letter to say OK I accept that I must leave, but also how disappointed I was, how I considered it unfair to give just 90 days notice, and I tried to explain some of the ramifications of telling an old guy to go rental-house hunting and move out during a pandemic, that it’s not a good time to sell stuff or even to give it away, and that I couldn't even ask friends to help. I appealed to the family farm owners to let me wait until after the state of emergency. The appeal was received and considered with expressed empathy but the notice remains in place. However, depending on circumstance and the effort I’m seen to be making - I might expect some flexibility on the final get-out-by date. Well since then I wrote again, likewise very politely.. to express that while next door (farm worker / tied cottage situation) was installed, then this end of the house was of little use to the amputee (largely wheelchair bound and vastly overweight) brother because this staircase is too tight and its walls are not structural for a chair lift. And then on the landing there are another two steps before the bedroom and another two down to the bathroom. I also added that I now have the opportunity, through a close friend, to take a small, nice, but inexpensive apartment in town. However it will most likely not be available until next April. I thought this would be totally unacceptable timeline for the landlady's brother, but nevertheless thought it worth a shot to run it passed them. Well, it then took another two weeks of my trying not to bite nails, before the landlady came to reply in person. Bottom line is that the legal minimum notice will remain in place but, as suggested beforehand, they won't kick me out on the streets. And then., " I'm not saying this but .. I cannot see what the (brother's) haste is. And September so quickly turns to October and then November, and we couldn't ask you to leave over Christmas ! And then it's the new year and before you know it., it's coming on April". So it seems I have an unofficial (not legally binding / not even family binding) understanding, that I might not have to leave until April. Which is of course Great News. I have said that I will continue to clear and be ready to go, so should that apartment's existing tenants decide to move out before that time (there may be reasons with they being a Polish couple away from their family at this time, and also their working in a restaurant ..which is closed with the virus, and then with whatever might happen because of Brexit ). So, my plan this year was ; to concentrate on getting my boat Barbara-B back onto the water and to refit the basic systems to make her habitable. I'd then spend another winter in the house (selling up through those months) before making moves (putting other stuff into storage) to live aboard in summer 2021. But now with the way things have panned out - mean that I'll now spend this year selling up and will only work on the boat when home and personal effects are whittled down to the bare minimum. The focus then is to get on with selling as much as I can, as well as getting my motorcycles and other projects in a fit state to sell or otherwise to store. - I can live with that. Coming to terms with concluding my many past lives, career, familiar places & faces and home - to move aboard a small boat with no-fixed-abode is still a huge psychological upheaval and emotive, as well as the timescale being stressful, but looking on the bright side... perhaps it's the push I needed to make it happen rather than just 'a plan'. Stay safe and look to a better future Pete.
    2 points
  3. hardhatharry

    1976 Spitfire 1500

    Got Accuspark full electronic distributor, high output coil, high output spark plugs, carb rebuild kit, fuses, oil, filter (got the right one after 3 attempts),boot light, battery, lots of manuals and water pipe kit. Had a day off work so dropped the oil and put new in. Fitted the HT leads, sparkies, battery and water hose. Steering lock was frozen so hammer and chiseled it off. Ignition frozen too so cut that out and hot wiring for now. Put fuel in and float bowls overflowed so new needles and jets fitted. No spark, distributor cleaned up, still no spark, high output coil fitted now we have spark. Car is now spluttering trying to start but not busting into life and dark plus weak battery has stopped play.
    2 points
  4. hardhatharry

    1976 Spitfire 1500

    Picked this up back in January from deepest Southampton which living in Wigan is a 500 mile round trip. Dry stored but not run for 27 years, engine is free, managed to get a OE driver side rear wing, inner wing, new ignition barrel and lock (original one is seized), tonneau cover, a decent set of Mark 3/4 seats and new door skin in the deal.
    1 point
  5. martin hughes

    HBHVC Survey 2020

    https://www.fbhvc.co.uk/2020-enthusiast-survey
    1 point
  6. hardhatharry

    1976 Spitfire 1500

    The stripdown continues, doors off, quarter valances off and under riders off.......bonnet next
    1 point
  7. Mathew

    Yellow spitfire

    Got a bit more welding done. Needs cleaning up.
    1 point
  8. All the very best to you Pete, i wish you good health and happiness. Tony.
    1 point
  9. Pete, all the best. I hope things work out. Graham
    1 point
  10. Good luck Pete hope all goes well for you
    1 point
  11. me normal ???? happy days guys some senna tablets should relive trapped wind Ha ! 1 in a 4 pot 2 in 6 pot sounds about right Pete
    1 point
  12. Although thin and cracked it's not actually a load bearing part of the wheel or one exposed to the greatest forces (very close to centre so not moving as fast as say the rim). As such it's unlikely, as it stands, to cause the wheel to fail. It IS a risk though and if you decide to keep using them would need to be monitored. A specialist should be able to TIG weld the cracks and then refinish the wheel/centre bore though I'd have thought. ANY old aluminium wheel is a risk though, as our materials lecturer 'Dr Death' used to like to tell us. Steel has a fateague limit. Below that limit you can load/unload a piece of steel with the same weight and it just sits there doing what it's always done and staying as strong as it's always been. Aluminium doesn't have a fatigue limit so every time you load/unload it it gets a little bit weaker until eventually it no longer has the strengh to hold the weight it always has in the past and snaps. As a result at some point any and every aluminium wheel is just going to explode while you're driving along, causing a crash and killing you (he had an example involving death of serious injury for every material and mechanical property, hence why he was known as Dr Death). It's also the reason aircraft parts are 'lifed', to say 500 takeoff/landings or 3,000 flying hours - so they get replaced before they get near the risk of them failing.
    1 point
  13. It's them wot done it!
    1 point
  14. Oil changes should if possible be a straight swap - old oil out, new oil in straightaway and start the engine asap. If you leave it long enough for the last remnants of the oil to empty the pump completely, you'll run the risk of it failing to pick up the new oil when it is restarted.
    1 point
  15. same as Nick , i said earlier the filter change frequency is spelt out in the handbook service schedules its a filter change for every two oil changes for most . not liked by many but there you go make your own mind up ., guess most change with a refill but its probably overkill . Pete
    1 point
  16. Nick Jones

    Brake Cleaner

    And there is pollen..... an actual real and present problem for many people. Who is going to tell the trees and grasses they are not allowed pollen anymore...... Nick
    1 point
  17. If it could read vertical G as the backend jacks up it would be useful😉 Adrian
    1 point
  18. I'm sure that Dave, our long serving Vitesse register sec, will be pleased to publish it in the Courier. Nigel
    1 point
  19. The plug that would not come out is the same size as a sump plug?
    1 point
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  21. Great result Paul. You should be out for a run now Tony.
    1 point
  22. hardhatharry

    1976 Spitfire 1500

    Also managed to purchase some nice wheels and GT6 front end bits
    1 point
  23. hardhatharry

    1976 Spitfire 1500

    Started stripping the bodywork for preperation
    1 point
  24. hardhatharry

    1976 Spitfire 1500

    dragged the spit out and had a look of the state of the rear brakes. Lots of rust, missing drum screws and evidence of leaky pistons (plus the rear shocks are shot but that's for another day) so tackled the pistons first. Stripped the drum down, the drum itself looks like it just needs a clean up but I need new pins, springs and shoes. Luckily I did have the pistons and fitting kit, I was surprised how the pistons were fitted as I expected bolts and not the twin forks the spitfire uses. Struggled to get them out and fit the new ones but perseverance paid off. Unfortunately the brake drum (transfer pipes?) copper pipes were shot too and it seems no one seems to make these separate and only offered in a kit so I will have to make those New adjusters required too All fitted now and bled up, we have brakes
    1 point
  25. Hi, I couldn't either. I have seen a picture and it looks like aluminium!
    1 point
  26. Spin the oil pump with a drill. You will be able to rotate it faster than cranking & you will know if the pump is pumping.
    1 point
  27. Seat belt is perfect, I have some salted away for my own convertible. The retaining brackets are available new if yours are badly rusted; but mark where they go and if you can keep the old webbing intact as a reference it will be so much easier on reassembly.
    1 point
  28. Both late Vitesse 6 (1600 )and 2 Litre (Mk1) had a satin black coloured air filter box. The 2 Litre Mk2 had a silver coloured air filter box. Dave
    1 point
  29. Hi Paul, what i would do now if it was my car, i would take the filter off and pour oil down the filter housing then refit the filter and try again. Tony.
    1 point
  30. Colin Lindsay

    Yellow spitfire

    Sounds very feasible. As long as the body parts fit when being welded, then removing them afterwards shouldn't throw anything out of kilter. This is the last one I did, which, because of the sheer amount of work it took, and the delays it caused in my own Herald and GT6 jobs, was the LAST one... .. but it's a great colour for the Spitfire, probably my favourite.
    1 point
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