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Unkel Kunkel

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  1. Had AZ booster and flu same session last month. O.K maybe lucky( or perhaps “ Where there is no sense, there’s no feeling”) , or maybe as I was so keen to receive vaccination and was therefore somehow “psychologically primed”, I only experienced the barely noticeable discomfort that one could reasonably expect after two minuscule puncture wounds.Otherwise.. nothing. Absolutely nothing. - And that’s a ****** sight better than the alternative, that's for sure.
  2. I have also encountered a Dr Gore, and a Dr Blood and even a Dr D’eath near Elgin! A student I knew changed his surname before qualifying.He didn't like the idea of being “Dr B. Bugg”. In one A&E Dept.,(provoking predictable mirth) there was a Dr Rakshit and a Dr Kharzi. - But I suppose, as old William S. would say, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”
  3. In the early eighties, I worked in the Scottish Highlands and I came across doctor in Aviemore - Dr Duck. He was very old, so it possible that when he was christened, a young Walt Disney and his cartoon characters were yet to become famous, otherwise Mr and Mrs Duck might have chosen a name for their son other than ….. Donald.
  4. I’m sure you’re right about it needing to be dry, but with respect, please do be a bit wary here. Here are the remains of a fuel tank after cleaning out, rinsing lots and then being dried with a hot air gun ( last year by a veteran car owner) (The tank is supposed to be rectangular in shape , filler at top) It exploded, ripping the tank apart with the debris flying the length of his garden.He survived but needed hospital treatment for abrasions and burns. To make it worse, with the interior of the tank now more, shall we say, “ easily visible” It didn’t seem that bad…
  5. I think have been very lucky,Mathew. The chassis bolts all lined up and threaded OK - there was just one that needed a minute or so of “wiggling” to start the thread. The removal of the door braces doesn’t appear to have presented any problems. Re-fitting of bits is much more fun than dismantling (although reattaching the steering column and its u j took more time and expletives than I expected)
  6. Thank you! I realise now I had been been putting off “the moment” of reuniting body and chassis for a quite a long while because there was this nagging question that I could not answer: ” What the ….. …. do I do if nothing lines up, doors don’t fit, etc …?”
  7. Roast Wallaby? Businees opportunity “For Wassail, think Wallaby this Christmas” ?
  8. About thirty years ago, a colleague of mine driving to work in the early morning darkness, hit an animal. There was a surprising amount of of damage to the front of the car and the animal was killed outright, but it was the fact that the animal was not a species native to the Isle of Man that shook her. It was a Wallaby. She had an interesting time with the insurance company when she presented her claim. When my colleague had her “Wallaby encounter” it followed a”break-out “of two Wallabies from a Wild Life Park in the north of the Island a few years earlier.There hadn’t, at that point, been many sitings of them. However, the escapees had already proved fertile. The Wallabies begat more Wallabies, who in their turn.. etc. So they are no longer regarded as a surprising sight as there are thought to 120 plus roaming the countryside and they have even been seen pottering around suburban housing estates.
  9. I have used Rimmers for many years for Triumph and also Land-Rover bits. Their ( paper) catalogues with large line drawings are brilliant. Over more than two decades I have only ever had two minor problems with them: - A stainless exhaust system for a Discovery that was just quite impossible to fit, and a Spitfire rear spring which was nothing like the one it was supposed to replace. In fairness, in both these instances, rejecting the items was very straightforward.There were no quibbles regarding returning the goods and there was an immediate full refund.The process was very amicable. Paddocks and Canleys tend to be slightly cheaper and their websites I find easier to negotiate than Rimmers’ Their despatch times are both fast. Over a good few years, I have called in to Paddocks’ now and again, (when visiting relatives in Chester) These encounters have all been pleasant and the staff have been very helpful. Paddocks also seem to have a very rapid despatch and delivery system. I have found that my main reason to, “Shop-around” the well-known suppliers is often more to do with availability, ie who has the item in stock. The “main” suppliers will not disappoint you.
  10. Thanks.Being very delicate, I will heed the warning.
  11. It’s been quite a few years - delayed by all manner of things- recently global things, which we all know about only too well , and everyday things that ..well, they just happen. -Anyway …..today, The Big Event ! .. it finally came: -To try and fit the Spitfire body shell back onto the chassis where I had fitted 2 new front outriggers, de-rusted , painted etc., etc., - so long ago I my memory of the disassembly is - quite vague. A Lift off ! The “Heath Robinson” ( or maybe “Fred Flintstone”) wheeled support “ thingy “ was un-bolted and pulled free. An engine crane gives an element of fine control in a narrow garage. Won’t need the “Flintstone”any more: - With only the traditional oaths, and much sweating, fettling and heaving.. …It fitted. Such a relief!
  12. During the “Battle of the Atlantic” really massive aircraft carriers made of ice were proposed by Geoffrey Pyke ( cousin of Prof Magnus Pyke, “ TV boffin”) Using ice made with straw and wood pulp - “ Pykrete” which could be kept refrigerated. l
  13. Surprised to see so many really smart 2000s together. They were all gathering at Heysham to board the afternoon sailing on “Ben my Chree” to the Isle of Man. (“Scenic Tours” I think 7-11 Sept )
  14. I also found that engine oil ( cheapest but new oil not old engine oil ) does seem a better solvent / dispersal agent.White spirit “ dries “ the waxoyl, paraffin less so. I find “ Kent cavity wax” seems very Dinitrol-like and seems to be used in the car body repair trade. It smells similar. It comes in Shutz cans for spraying and also available in aerosols which come with a plastic extension lance - long enough for doors etc.
  15. ( from cartoon by Andre Francois)
  16. I’m not saying I’m right- it’s more than a decade since I did a gearbox “fettle”. - but “They does look like them, doesn’t they just ?”
  17. Well here goes: I think they are Triumph- and they are gearbox parts. Further, If they came from the same gearbox it was a “3 synchro” gear box. The longer one, I think is the layshaft retaining bolt which is used on the “ 3 synchro” gearbox -but not used on the later “4 synchro” box. Shown here as 106476 in Rimmer Bros. The shorter one is the reverse gear idler shaft bolt - 106477
  18. Either use your SatNav, or your wife, Never both. Complying with directions from one assertive female voice is straightforward. Trying to appease two can only lead to problems.
  19. Unkel Kunkel

    Materials.

    Three books( I doubt they appear on any dreary school curriculum) helped me understand so many fundamental aspects of science in general and materials. They helped me understand things that, for what ever reason , I didn’t readily grasp at school. Later, they helped me with what I heard at university - not only to make it more understandable- but a lot more interesting. They helped me , as back- to- basics revision / information, throughout my working years and still provide reading material to dip into, teetering near the top of what my nearest and dearest calls my “book tower” on my bedside table: 1.“ New Guide to Science” - Isaac Assimov. 2.”Metals in the Service of Man” -Alexander and Street. 3.”Structures - Why Things Don’t Fall Down “- J.E.Gordon OK .. If you want to go for a fourth: 4.”The New Science of Strong Materials - or Why You Don’t Fall Through the Floor “ - again , by J.E Gordon. You may all have them, if not, a treat awaits.
  20. Ha! - good one! - I really was taken-in there!
  21. I really can’t agree with the premise about the ease of replacing people. I tend towards the Police view regarding public safety, though I do think sometimes there can be a failure to appreciate the difference between being risk-aware and risk- averse. With the greatest of respect Colin,I am sure your family and friends would not, for an instant accept the idea of balancing the risk of losing you against the dubious gain of saving a rather battered mass- produced old garage sign.
  22. The important topic of “Sartorial Elegance in the Garage” has come up again, so I repost this from a few months ago.
  23. Citric acid in kg bags cheap via Ebay. I have used it as a solution to immerse parts rather than a paste. Works better warmed.-brewing type immersion heater. It isn’t super fast and helps to take the object out and wire- brush now and again. It is safe to use - certainly much more user- friendly than hydrochloric acid ( like brick cleaner) which can burn skin and the HCL vapour will surface rust any ferrous metal in the vicinity. or phosphoric acid works well - which is Jenolite -rather expensive ( better value for money phosphoric acid is Machine Mart’s own brand which seems very similar ) Coca Cola is disappointing.the amount of phosphoric acid in it is tiny ( which is hardly surprising, really since its drinkable !) Acetic acid - vinegar never been that impressed ;Ok for cleaning coins. Electrolysis using Washing Soda solution, sodium carbonate, and battery charger leads - Works well but it is very messy !
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