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  1. Any rumors about our early demise are a bit premature! Trade was a bit slow yesterday so I thought I would drum up a bit of business by shifting some of the used tackle we have here. We have never really pushed the second hand parts side of the business as most of the year we are simply to busy to go ferreting around finding that elusive widget. We inherited mountains of the stuff from JK back in the 90's. Many might not remember that JK's operation were regularly breaking Triumphs in the 80-90's, and importing containers full of stuff back from New Zealand . Going through those points made above; That's because they want you to buy new, Dave. Not at all. Nothing better than selling a used something that has been sat around for 30+ years, rather than shifting its new equivalent that you have either had to buy in new, or get made with a smaller margin. Canleys really wound down their retail side a few years ago, closed their counter and so on. In the end the counter side of the business was tiny and hardly worth employing someone to be there on the off chance of a bit of passing trade. On the other hand the mail order side had been taking off exponentially since JK started the very first classic car traders web site, and we added on-line buying early on. We are still doing the numbers but it's all on-line, or trade to trade these days. Sure he disposed of all his gearbox rebuild spares a few years ago. True we have sold a bit of our overdrive core to some of the specialists, but we did have rather a lot! The rest of the gearbox core, and differential core is still here. He also posted quite a few years that he had 1000 ( or was it 1000's) of engines, can't see him still having all those. We went through it back when the Chinese were still paying inflated price for scrap and ditched all the iffy stuff. To conclude I have no immediate desire to retire. I have far to many cars (and vans!) I still need to restore to even think about walking away from probably the best source of spares that are left that happen to be on my doorstep that makes it relatively easy to do (however if you have any spare Pony parts knocking about ping me a mail). Dave
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  2. I All As a returning member to the club I thought I'd check to see if there are any previous mentions about my Vitesse - Came across this thread. I am happy to say the car has survived, I picked it up from a seller in Potters Bar in September 2020, not sure what happened between 2017. I bought it as a complete project car so over the last 12 months took the body of for lots of chassis & body welding and a complete mechanical going over. I was hoping to bring to a meet but that looks realistically something for 2022. Its not finished yet but picture attached anyway Cheers, Tim
    11 points
  3. Iain T

    Joke

    12 of the finest (unintentional) double-entendres ever aired on British TV and radio: 1 Ted Walsh - Horse Racing Commentator - 'This is really a lovely horse. I once rode her mother.' 2. New Zealand Rugby Commentator - 'Andrew Mehrtens loves it when Daryl Gibson comes inside of him.' 3. Pat Glenn, weightlifting commentator - 'And this is Gregoriava from Bulgaria . I saw her snatch this morning and it was amazing!' 4. Harry Carpenter at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race 1977 - 'Ah, isn't that nice. The wife of the Cambridge President is kissing the Cox of the Oxford crew.' 5. US PGA Commentator - 'One of the reasons Arnie (Arnold Palmer) is playing so well is that, before each tee shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them. Oh my god !! What have I just said??' 6. Carenza Lewis about finding food in the Middle Ages on 'Time Team Live' said: 'You'd eat beaver if you could get it.' 7. A female news anchor who, the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn't, turned to the weatherman and asked, 'So Bob, where's that eight inches you promised me last night?' Not only did HE have to leave the set, but half the crew did too, because they were laughing so hard! 8. Steve Ryder covering the US Masters: 'Ballesteros felt much better today after a 69 yesterday.' 9. Clair Frisby talking about a jumbo hot dog on 'Look North' said: ‘There's nothing like a big hot sausage inside you on a cold night like this. ' 10 Mike Hallett discussing missed snooker shots on 'Sky Sports': ‘Stephen Hendry jumps on Steve Davis's misses every chance he gets.' 11. Michael Buerk on watching Philippa Forrester cuddle up to a male astronomer for warmth during BBC1's UK eclipse coverage remarked: 'They seem cold out there. They're rubbing each other and he's only come in his shorts.' 12.. Ken Brown commentating on golfer Nick Faldo and his caddie Fanny Sunneson lining-up shots at the Scottish Open: 'Some weeks Nick likes to use Fanny; other weeks he prefers to do it by himself.
    11 points
  4. Paul H

    Joke

    URGENT NEW HOME WANTED !!!!! This is bella, she’s an 8 week-old German Sheppard puppy, I bought her as a surprise for my wife for Christmas but it turns out she is allergic to dogs so I am now urgently looking to find her a new home I don't want any money just free to a good home. Her name is Angie shes 45 years old, a beautiful and caring woman who drives, she is a great cook, good with kids and always keeps a clean house. Paul
    11 points
  5. Pete Lewis

    Pete Lewis

    Thanks guys now have my old tablet and unsafe open nhs network so I will only watch Feel fine just full of holes and blood suckers Pete
    11 points
  6. poppyman

    Joke

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  7. poppyman

    Joke

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  8. poppyman

    Joke

    A vicar, a priest and a rabbit walk into a blood bank. The rabbit says “I think I might be a type O ... “
    10 points
  9. Mjit

    Joke

    Trump dies from the virus. He goes to Hell where the Devil is waiting for him. "I don't know what to do", says the Devil. "You're on my list but I have no room for you. But you definitely have to stay here, so I'll tell you what I'm going to do.". "I've got three people here who weren't quite as bad as you. I'll let one of them go, but you have to take their place. I'll even let YOU decide who leaves.". Triump thought that sounded pretty good so he agreed. The Devil opened the first room. Init was Richard Nixon and a large pool of water. He kept diving in and surfacinf empty handed over, and over, and over, such was his fate in Hell. "No", said Trump, "I don't think so. I'm not a good swimmer and I don't think I could do that all day long.". The Devil lead him to the next room. In it was Tony Blair with a sledgehammer and a room full of rocks. All he did was swing that hammer, time after time, after time. "No! I've got this problem with my shoulder. I would be in constant agony if all I could do was break rocks all day!" commented Trump. The Devil opened the third door. In it Trump saw Bill Clinton laying naked on the floor with his arms stacked over his head and his legs stacked in spread-eagle pose. Bent over him was Monika Lewinsky, doing what she does best. Trump looked at this in disbelief for a while and finally said, "Yea, I can handle this.". The Devil smiled and said... ..."Monica, you're free to go!".
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  10. Thanks Guys the cold wind ate through any double clothing , and N M just had a sports jacket , hood down must be tough not many sat out for a snack it was siberia at its best I must thank the helpers who froze collecting track and trace , collecting the No ticket money, i was given the Duxford invoice before we left ...crikey they dont hang about gime me the mooomney at 2pm Must thank all who dropped funds into the bucket will tot it all up but its realy good of you all cetainly helps take a chunk out of the extra costs I counted 57 cars , it was not the politics or covid that beat us it was the weather having a picnic in 8C is not very welcoming and at home early as the cold got me creaking and the heating now got a mind of its own and wont turn off its walk into 29C in the house Grrr another job for tomorrow I will tot up the donations as it significant THANKYOU ALL FOR COMING AND GIVING YOUR SUPPORT IT MEANS A LOT WEL DONE TEAM AS WELL Pete and team
    10 points
  11. poppyman

    Joke

    9 points
  12. At least Sputnik 5 will be easy to administer, a quick spray from a perfume bottle onto your door knob and your sorted for life.
    9 points
  13. Bfg

    Joke

    9 points
  14. poppyman

    Joke

    An elderly, white-haired man walked into a jewellery store one Friday evening with a beautiful young blonde at his side. He told the jeweller he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend. The jeweller looked through his stock and brought out a £5,000 ring. The old man said, "No, I'd like to see something more special." At that statement, the jeweller went to his special stock and brought another ring over. "Here's a stunning ring at only £40,000," he said. The young lady's eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. The old man seeing this said, "We'll take it." The jeweller asked how payment would be made and the old man stated, "By cheque. I know you need to make sure my cheque clears so I'll write it now, and you can call the bank on Monday morning to verify the funds and I'll pick the ring up on Monday afternoon," he said.. On Monday morning, the jeweller 'phoned the old man and said "Sir, there's no money in that account." "I know," said the old man, "but let me tell you about my weekend!" All Seniors Aren't Senile
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  15. Colin Lindsay

    Stay in touch

    And for those of us who are not on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, keep using THIS forum. It's a lifeline...
    9 points
  16. Qu1ckn1ck

    Joke

    8 points
  17. Unkel Kunkel

    Joke

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  18. Colin Lindsay

    Joke

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  19. Anglefire

    Joke

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  20. poppyman

    Joke

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  21. poppyman

    Joke

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  22. Mjit

    Joke

    An old lady goes to the doctor and says "Doctor, I have this problem with passing gas but it doesn't bother me too much. It's always silent and doesn't smell. In fact I've passed gas 20 times since I've been in your office but you don't know as it's silent and doesn't smell.". The doctor says "I see. Take these pills and come back to see me next week.". The following week the old lady returns and says "I don't know what those pills you gave me were but while my gas is still silent it now smells terribly!". "Good", said the doctor. "Now that we've cleared up your sinuses, let's see if we can't work on your hearing.".
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  23. poppyman

    Joke

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  24. BREAKING NEWS..........
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  25. Iain T

    Joke

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  26. clive

    Classic Life/Richard

    I spoke to Richard earlier (mainly about other stuff, he is local and a good friend) However, he asked that I should post that he is fine, but won't be returning to this forum (or probably any other that a certain person frequents) He will remain a TSSC member, and carry on, when allowed, with local meetings etc. He has always been great at organising small meet-ups for breakfast or whatever, not to mention the many large meetings for a local multi-marque club. He still loves his Vitesse (an indeed the other 2 classics in his stable) so he may be spotted by some of you. I am hoping to drag him to Malvern, and probably the spares day. He also asked that I pass on his thanks to those who have been supportive, you know who you are.
    8 points
  27. Iain T

    Joke

    Nighttime laughter *NO ONE BELIEVES SENIORS … EVERYONE THINKS THEY ARE SENILE*. An elderly couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered. They found the old desk they'd shared, where Jerry had carved "I love you, Sally". On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armoured car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money - fifty thousand dollars! Jerry said,: "We've got to give it back." Sally said: "Finders keepers." She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic. The next day, two police officers, who were canvassing the neighbourhood looking for the money, knocked on their door. "Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armoured car yesterday?" Sally said: "No." Jerry said: "She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic." Sally said: "Don't believe him, he’s getting senile." The agents turned to Jerry and began to question him. One said: "Tell us the story from the beginning." Jerry said: "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday .." The first police officer turned to his partner and said: "Let’s get out of here." *TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE* 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
    8 points
  28. wimpus

    Spitfire, snow and frost...

    As I used my Spitfire as daily and it started to snow and freeze very good this week... She did it well. Only very hard to start after standing a day in -5°c ! Mornings after standing in a non heated garage, she does it pretty good. Today took some pics in the snow (got a bit stuck.. ) as it was 'International Drive Your Triumph Day' . After that noticed the carwash was open... time to clean off the salt. Incl cleaning floor edge, rear of chassis/suspension, boot floor etc etc. (People did look a bit strange sitting on my knees washing the Spitfire :D)
    8 points
  29. poppyman

    Joke

    Everyone ready for tonight? I am......
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  30. poppyman

    Joke

    I paid a carpenter to make me a double bed and the rotten sod has done a bunk.
    8 points
  31. I've never had such a traumatic morning and am still recovering. MOT is bad enough, but the horn only worked if you turned the steering wheel at the same time and of course there was the indicator problem... which, when I was four miles from my house with 30 minutes and eleven miles to the test, decided to stop working altogether, along with the fuel and temperature gauges and the wipers. Blown fuse, and I had no spare. I drove home and replaced it, and seriously considered abandoning the test, but now had 15 minutes to cover 15 miles. Four miles on, the main road was closed for roadworks, so I diverted left. Next road along was also closed for roadworks. I ended up driving seven miles to reach a main road, which still left me eleven miles from the test centre and already one minute late, and to be honest I was on the point of going home again. I got there twenty five minutes late, legs shaking from the speed and embarrassed at being late; the tester told me not to worry, disappeared off with the car, and reappeared with the certificate about half an hour later. I still think they're playing a trick and will come to take it back shortly. They were very impressed with the GT6 so I think they went easy on me. Since then I've stripped out the indicator stalk, which was not staying on as there were no springs in the mechanism of the new stalk - I took them off the old one so that problem is cured - and found seriously chafed wiring on the overdrive, which may have been blowing the fuses; switch now replaced and all back in place. Now I just need to lie down for a bit to quell my racing heart. I'm too old for that sort of thing!
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  32. poppyman

    LIDL/ALDI TOOLS

    Lidl management today said that because of the panic buying and pandemonium in their stores that they are taking drastic action and opening another till.
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  33. rolyberkin

    TSSC Membership

    Well I now feel I am a fully paid up member of the TSSC having had my membership pack delivered!? I have been reading my fist copy of Courier which is a very professional magazine unlike other clubs I have been part of where most things are done on the back of a fag packet. I would just like to say what a jolly nice bunch you all are, I have been on the phone to Angie at The Club HQ who has been a wealth of knowledge and has helped me with a valuation, have already got a cracking potential deal on car insurance from Peter James Insurance should I buy a car I am looking at on Monday, no doubt reduced by being a member of the TSSC and everyone on this forum has been very welcoming, friendly and full of useful information. I have been a member of many car clubs and none have been this organised or friendly, I am proud to be a member thanks for having me!:-)
    8 points
  34. KevinR

    Flat EV

    Admin is watching !!!
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  35. poppyman

    Joke

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  36. SpitFire6

    Joke

    Dominic, have some dignity mate We've all been dumped.
    7 points
  37. Cheers Gents for your support and advice. This thread wasn’t intended to be a ‘woe is me’ but more of a generic question of how to deal with mindset of value and the fear of damage to an expensive or otherwise cherished car. When (perhaps 8 years ago now) I had a ’66 Jaguar saloon, I met the owner of a very similar car at one of the local classic car events. Restored to concourse and beautifully finished with a new interior, fresh chrome and in light blue metallic paint - he had just spent £42,000 on his car. In conversation he also admitted he’d lost the enjoyment of owning and driving such a car because of fear of stone chips, minor dings and scratches (which can happen even when driving down country lanes or when going to the supermarket), envy vandalism, and/or simply leaving the car out in the weather. He’d created a show car, when he actually wanted a nice driver. However, in the original post of this thread, my present frustration and emotional concern must have been apparent. Thank you one and all for your support and advice, and in particular to those (Mathew, Paul, Russell) who very promptly offered a helping hand to actually do a chassis swap. As many of you know ; my intent was to buy a project-car because I had anticipated chassis issues when buying a cheap example ..but having lost my garage and garden, and also finally accepting that I’m getting too old to take on another big project - I went for a roadworthy example that I understood just needed recommissioning. Perhaps naively, I hadn't expected to break down on the way home (dual-carriageway driving) due to overheating, nor have to the steering wheel shake out of my hands at 60mph, nor to immediately replace the clutch, nor indeed to find a broken chassis. However., I must also emphasis that Bob (the prior owner) is a very nice gentleman indeed and given his dry weather use of the car.. to attend his monthly club meetings, or to show his beautifully presented TR at a local classic car event - the car was adequately roadworthy & serviceable ..albeit possibly having slowly / imperceptibly deteriorated over the past 20 years ..and so not in as sound condition as he honestly thought. I do not believe he sought to deceive me. On the contrary, the car was inexpensive (in terms of current TR values) and he was very kind to hold it for me as I moved home and then struggled to raise the money. Perhaps significantly that “slowly / imperceptibly deteriorated over the past years” is good reason for each of us to MOT our own cars ..And for each of us to insist on a current MOT when buying any future ‘supposedly roadworthy’ car. Back to this thread’s theme.. JohnD’s expressed “the enjoyment in a car depends on your ability to afford it” struck a particular cord with me. I can envisage ; if I had a beautiful home of my own, an almost-new modern car, and half-a-million in the bank, then I would might also be laughing at painting my Aston Martin DB4 race-car with rattle cans over the weekend. It would need a new paint job after the fire damage anyway. I read on < https://www.motortrader.com/motor-trader-news/automotive-news/used-car-prices-see-exceptional-growth-in-april-07-05-2021 > the average price of a used car in April ‘21 was £14,124. My daily, a Chrysler Grand Voyager I bought in October last year cost £550 ..so yeah., I guess I am a little out of sync with today’s prices. ! Nigel’s philosophical perspective, together with each from the perspective of a primary-hobby, help me balance things a little more. My friend Chris bought a bicycle for £4000 which was more than I might possibly have comprehended, but still I accept that his social life revolves around his mates and their cycling club. And as that helps him through the everyday trudge of working life ..then good luck to him. And then Nigel, Roger & Colin remind me to amortize the cost over hoped-for years of enjoyable driving and ownership of an attractive and very capable classic Triumph. Very true.., and always difficult to balance 'good enough' with its potential to fail again ..and then still need doing properly. Thank you to each who have contributed to my working through this conundrum. - - - My friend Rich, from the local TR group, spotted a replacement chassis offered by M&T Classics in Wolverhampton. This is who I’d bought my 'spare' TR4A engine off. It was a timely spot, and so I've spoken to them / Mark about buying it and also doing the swap. As they are specialist in TR restorations (Rich tells me is company was an award winner with at least one of their restorations), Mark can not only swap the chassis but will also sort out the boot droop and why the door fits are so uneven. His company has a good stock of both second-hand and new parts to hand, so the task will not be held up or compromised by a missing part that ought to be replaced. So if I take the car across next week then things can be done n’ dusted within three to four weeks. Hopefully then, they will give me back a car that is properly hanging together, fit for an MOT, and a solid foundation for my on-going addressing other age-related problems like the car’s wiring. It’s an unpalatable additional bill, which only thanks to a recent gift, I can afford. Once my old chassis is out then I'll have that back to sell (honestly !). In doing so I hope, recoup some of these costs. High quality repairs to this chassis would be 100 times easier, when its not under a car. I have spoken to Mark again ..to discuss matter and details which may save me costs. He's easy to discuss things with and is willing to work with me on this . . For example, the cost of them painting the chassis, before fitting, was going to be a deal breaker, so I was thinking through the logistics of collecting it, painting it, and then returning it to them. However after discussion, they will hand-paint the top face of the chassis before fitting the body. That saves my transporting it to & from Wolverhampton (340 mile round trip each time). I’ll then paint from underneath the rest of the chassis when I get the car back. I've had a paint-spotted face before ! They have agreed also to do some extra reinforcements I specifically want to the chassis' rear end ..because I plan to tow a small camping trailer. And the cost of labour for doing those - they are willing to offset against my removing the car's interior, bumpers and grille, and pre-loosening the body mounting and wing bolts. And of course I'll have to also refit the interior and bumpers etc when I get the car back. I'll also have them look at the panel fit and the condition of the sills, and hopefully to address those issues as they put the car back together again. Any additional work is to be price-agreed before being undertaken. They have a good stock of new and second hand spares which include known-to-be-good standard suspension springs, so they will correct the car's tilt (she's low on the driver's side) for the cost of those good-second-hand parts. The old / cracking diff mount rubbers are to be replaced with new poly-bushes which are apparently kinder on the chassis pins. That’s now been agreed, and so next Wednesday I hope to take the car across to M&T. They’ve said they're expecting the job to take 2 weeks of labour, spanning three or four weeks. So in little more than a month the car should be good to come home again. So, decision made ! ..which is always a relief. All I need to do inbetween rain showers this week is to strip the car ready for them. Pete.
    7 points
  38. poppyman

    Joke

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  39. Paulfc

    Maxxis Tyres

    Just to round the topic off, bought four Maxxis 165/80/15 tyres. I took the wheels off the TR and took them to the fitter (just couldn’t trust them to lift it sensibly) and paid £232 fitted, balanced, disposal fee and VAT. The final job, the balancing, was done by the apprentice who, as he wheeled them out to me, said, “We don’t usually bother balancing wheels for trailers”!
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  40. poppyman

    Joke

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  41. Phil Hayden

    Joke

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  42. Bfg

    Joke

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  43. Anglefire

    Joke

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  44. I started this little mod some time ago on another forum and only just got round to fitting it back into the car this week. So my mechanical windscreen washer was buggered but I wanted to keep it original… So I cut the end off and scooped out the black gunk that 50 years ago used to be the piston… These are the components that I used to use to convert it to a powered system, the switch is push and release type, it’s only live while pressed… I needed to be careful as I don't want to see all this long spindle showing on the finished article… I wanted it to look like this with just enough forward movement to activate the switch, but also I didn’t want to be able to pull it back, I want it fixed in this position with forward movement only… OK so I have got the new switch pretty much where I wanted it, with just enough movement in the shaft to press the button on the switch… Although the switch was quite tight in the housing I just put a dab of gorilla glue to make sure it stays in place, I also used some double sided tape on the switch button so the shaft cannot be pulled out and will stay in the position as shown below. I didn't use the rubber dome that came with the switch as it was just a bit too tight in the housing. By fitting the locking ring the wrong way round and cutting the ridges off the switch body its a pretty much a perfect fit… The double sided tape on the button wasn't strong enough to stop the knob from being pulled backwards so I used a small grub screw with a dab of glue through the side of the housing to prevent the spindle from being pulled back. Total cost including Lucas pump, switch and non return valve was about £16. Fitted the pump just next to the water bottle and took power from ignition switch so washers only work while ignition on, new non-return valve in the water bottle and it works just great. IMG_2825.MOV OK so its now finished, works really well, press the knob with just the lightest touch, let go and the spring in the switch automatically returns it to the off position. Just hold it in as long as you want water jet on windscreen.
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  45. Colin Lindsay

    Joke

    Just to let you guys know that I volunteered for the Russian COVID vaccination & had it in the Mater Hospital Belfast today at 08:45. So far so good, no reaktion or sekondary riski иi meиш че сеитгюд ерпестe аьио овут Лопес Обрадор, и я коррумпирован ил
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  46. Hello All, At the risk of instructing Grandma on the complexities of sucking eggs.........I have recently made a change to my Vitesse's windscreen washer bottle, which I thought might be of interest to someone out there. My car is a '68 2 Litre Mk1, and had a puny little washer bottle branded as 'Trafalgar', although I imagine that there'll be many out there with Tudor bottles of similarly diminutive proportions. The space available for the bottle is pretty limited on the Vitesse, so your options are somewhat limited if you want to scale things up. I took some measurements, then had a search about on the Interwebby to see what I could find. Rimmers and the other usual suspects do a larger capacity bottle, but want silly money for them, so instead I found a laboratory supplies company on E-Bay that produce a 1.1L HDPE bottle with a wide neck and screw on top for 1.95 + p&p (4.60 in total). https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-X-1000ml-BOTTLE-HIGH-DENSITY-GENERAL-PURPOSE-WIDE-MOUTH-LABORATORY-BOTTLE/370878294949?epid=710056100&amp;hash=item565a11aba5:g:IgUAAOxyE3pSDTzP This bottle fits in fine, and I chose to make mine look a little bit more authentic by buying a couple of 'Tudor' labels from a Graphics company on E-Bay for the princely sum of 1.69 inclusive of p&p. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tudor-Screenwash-Stickers-Decals-100mm-Classic-Car-Restoration-Jaguar-Healey-MG/174158904245?hash=item288cadfbb5:g:4eMAAOSwZH1eIcKK I used the existing nipple and tube from the Trafalgar bottle, drilling the screw cap for the nipple and also a small vent hole, and just added on a bit of tubing to the end to get the extra depth required in the new bottle. The result works well, took minutes to adapt and fit, and has significantly increased the bottle capacity for a minimal outlay. Suck those eggs Grandma!! Ian
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  48. Anglefire

    Joke

    While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance. 'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter. 'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.' 'No problem, just let me in,' says the man. 'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.' 'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP. 'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.' replies St Peter And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he went down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him. Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it's time to go. Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises.... The elevator rises and the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him. 'Now it's time to visit heaven.' So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. 'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.' The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.' So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down down to hell. When the doors open he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above. The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder. ' I don't understand,' stammers the MP. 'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened? ' The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ' Yesterday we were campaigning.. Today you voted.
    7 points
  49. Just an update to thank the team for all the excellent suggestions; I went with threaded 5/16 rod and stainless dome nuts. I was able to cut the rod to length, insert it into the chassis nuts then slide the carpet and h-frame down over the top before adding washers and nuts. It looks better than it has in years, even if I never really noticed until recently that the bolts didn't actually grip the frame due to wear, and only one was holding it in place. A little thread-lock on the ends will keep it secure for the next few years. Just one more little job complete thanks to the forum.
    7 points
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