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Colin Lindsay

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Colin Lindsay last won the day on August 5

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About Colin Lindsay

  • Birthday 25/09/1962

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    Scarva, Northern Ireland
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    GT6 Mk1, 1967 Herald 1200 Estate, 1964 Herald 1200 Estate, 1964 Herald 1200 convertible, 1980 TR7 DHC and far too many spare parts.

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  1. MOT man already chipped the GT6 passenger door edge way back when he opened the bonnet single-handedly... so been there! I know, too... Counterbalance springs are fitted and yes they pull the bonnet forward quite a bit - there are also different sizes and profiles depending on the age of Herald! Packed the side of the bulkhead out today with a pair of old working gloves, just the edge where the cone is, and the bonnet was at a perfect profile to the door. Sadly it also jammed the bonnet catch and took me a few very worrying minutes to get it opened. At least I know the theory works.
  2. I've been off both for four weeks now, plus crisps and other like-minded snacks, and it's difficult. I just needed to cut down a bit. I still rummage round the empty cupboards late at night, but if I don't buy it I can't find it.
  3. +1. Just use a light smear of sealant to hold in place and don't squish it flat when tightening, just enough to seal.
  4. Ooooohhhhh... that's NICE.
  5. I don't think she saw the need to pack a strimmer, it was only a one-day trip.
  6. Tried it once, never again. Yuck.
  7. I haven't been on the forum much recently, haven't been in the garage much either but things are now settling down to a point where free time has reappeared and I can progress things once again. Firstly: the core plug was sorted thanks to Core Plugs International and has now been fitted, the rear plate attached, clutch and flywheel fitted and the gearbox added. If all goes well the unit will be back in the car by the weekend. In the meantime I've been working on the body yet again, and a bonnet that will not drop nicely into place. I'm very forgiving of others' door gaps when I see Heralds on runs, but for some reason not my own, so I want these as exact as possible. The bonnet was fine on the passenger side but not the drivers'. I was worried as this was the original bonnet from the car and had been restored by a local bodyworker back around 1999 and then resprayed without ever being properly fitted and fettled, so may have distorted over time. There was just no backwards movement and the gaps were not right no matter what I tried. Once again the entire front end of the car came off and at this point one problem became evident. The original bonnet brackets were at full stretch, and jammed against the chassis front tube. I had put so much force on them using the adjusting rods that the brackets and bolts had actually eaten into the paint. Thankfully I had had a few sets of longer brackets manufactured a while back, in lovely shiny stainless steel, and these were duly fitted. Not only did the bonnet drop down at the front but it also moved fractionally backwards - just not enough, despite the extra range of the new brackets. If not the front, try the back - is the wheelarch tight against the bulkhead? It was. A few whacks with a soft mallet soon put manners in it and gave me the required quarter inch of rearwards movement. I reckon I've now got the side profiles as good as they'll ever be. The larger gap at the top of the passenger side is due to damage that was not correctly repaired but it'll do. I'm not going to ruin the paintwork! Now that that's done, another problem has appeared. The side profile is fine but the front profile has a large and very visible gap on the driver's side. I need to pull the wing out at this point, but the inwards movement of the side panel has led to the bonnet centre panel raising up; or is it the other way round? The bonnet is sitting high in the centre, almost enough to hide the screen washers when viewed from the front. I need to push this area down, which should then push the side out. Push it down and keep it down, I should say... but do I pull the driver's side out and hope this flattens the top, or flatten the top and hope this pushes the side out? I'll have to try a few solutions and see what works, all without causing creasing or paint damage. I think a lot of head scratching is required before I try anything. Measure twice, break once, repent at leisure, as they say.
  8. You were in the TSSC even then??? Member 28240...
  9. In the old days you had Coaching or Staging Houses where you stopped for a change of horse and refreshment, or an overnight stay if required. With today's infrastructure I can see people becoming accustomed to stopping for longer, having a meal or shopping until the car is charged as opposed to the five minute refuel we're used to. This does mean leaving more time per journey but also having enough charging points so that people can leave their cars for the extended period. Locally we have one per car park, and one on the roadside, so that's four in total but it's the same people - usually the local business owner - who leaves their car plugged in all day while they're working and so anyone else has to go elsewhere. They're only charged for the power it takes, not the time, so same cost. If the same three or four people are going to tie up the chargers every working day it's no incentive for others to go electric. However things are going full circle, as in this article from Wikipedia: "On 5 August 1888, 39-year-old Bertha Benz drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim with her sons Richard and Eugen, thirteen and fifteen years old respectively, in a Model III, without telling her husband and without permission of the authorities, thus becoming the first person to drive an automobile a significant distance. Before this historic trip, motorized drives were merely very short trials, returning to the point of origin, made with assistance of mechanics. Following wagon tracks, this pioneering tour covered a one-way distance of about 106 km (66 mi). Although the ostensible purpose of the trip was to visit her mother, Bertha Benz had other motives — to prove to her husband, who had failed to adequately consider marketing his invention, that the automobile in which they both had heavily invested would become a financial success once it was shown to be useful to the general public; and to give her husband the confidence that his constructions had a future. She left Mannheim around dawn, solving numerous problems along the way. Bertha demonstrated her significant technical capabilities on this journey. With no fuel tank and only a 4.5-litre supply of petrol in the carburetor, she had to find ligroin, the petroleum solvent needed for the car to run. The solvent was only available at apothecary shops, so she stopped in Wiesloch at the city pharmacy to purchase the fuel. At the time, petrol and other fuels could only be bought from chemists, and so this is how the chemist in Wiesloch became the first fuel station in the world. She cleaned a blocked fuel line with her hat pin and used her garter as insulation material. A blacksmith had to help mend a chain at one point. When the wooden brakes began to fail, Benz visited a cobbler to install leather, making the world's first pair of brake linings. An evaporative cooling system was employed to cool the engine, making water supply a big worry along the trip. The trio added water to their supply every time they stopped. The car's two gears were not enough to surmount uphill inclines and Eugen and Richard often had to push the vehicle up steep roads. Benz reached Pforzheim somewhat after dusk, notifying her husband of her successful journey by telegram. She drove back to Mannheim several days later." So: give the electric car another 130 years and see where it stands then...
  10. When my wife's Freelander developed a rumble from the rear axle the 'technician' at BLRC told me it was the differential. "I'll stake my career on it' says he. I wasn't convinced and took it to a local mechanic who agreed with me that it was a rear wheel bearing, the old one was mangled and cost me £90 to replace. Better than the £1200 - £1400 quoted for the diff replacement.
  11. This is the wallpaper on the background screens of the window display in one of our local clothing stores... E-Type Jag, Aston Martin, and Le-Mans Spitty. I've made them promise that when it comes time to remove and replace it, they'll keep it for me. It would look great in the garage...
  12. How do you get your boots under the carbs? There's a huge wheel in the way...
  13. Yet they still do it, squeezing through and creating a third lane. Turns my knuckles white on the steering wheel!
  14. I once tried to use a sponge head on an angle grinder to flatten down the doors on a Mini. Zzzziiipppppp... straight through to bare metal on first touch, right along the entire length of the door.
  15. Matt is very nice, I've a great photo of a member's engine that was painted matt a few years back and it was seriously impressive. (Anyone recognise it? I don't have his name)
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