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PeterH

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  1. PeterH

    Motorrail

    With the inevitable rise in electric cars with their comparatively low distance range what is needed it to bring back the old Motorrail service. Mind I've always though it a shame it no longer operates. I would quite like to tour Scotland in the Spitfire but there's no way I would drive it from Devon.
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    Hydrogen

    Just a thought. With all the pros and cons of producing hydrogen. Imagine someone came up with the idea of refining a light liquid fuel from heavy crude oil and all the process and equipment that would involve.!! Oh ...... it's been done
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    Hydrogen

    Going back to hydrogen as a fuel. In Levenmouth Fife they are experimenting with hydrogen as a domestic fuel. Worcester Bosch have hydrogen compatible boilers.
  5. Diff mounts look OK. Yes I have wire wheels, but I thought that by jacking only 1 side up and with it in gear I could try rotating the wheel to see where the clunk came from. There is no noise from either wheel only the play in the diff as mentioned before.
  6. I'm still trying to cure a clunk from the back axle on take up and over run. Last year I did all the UJs (good quality replacements), I've got a rather unusual prop shaft (Frictionless) (subject to earlier post), there's a bit of play but I don't think that is enough for the clunk. Where there is quite a lot of play is in the diff. With one wheel blocked and turning the other there's quite a lot of movement and a distinct knock. I'm wondering if its the splines on the inner drive shaft. Any ideas on what is acceptable. Rimmers and Canley both say they are no longer available.
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    Hydrogen

    I believe like LPG a petrol engine can easily be adapted to run on hydrogen. So providing you could get a supply you'd have to fit a pressure tank in place of the fuel tank and you would have a zero emission Spitfire, Herald or what ever.
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    Hydrogen

    I remember reading, probably in The Engineer magazine at work, that when Mazda stopped commercially manufacturing the Wankel engine they retained the licence to produce it because it ran extremely well on hydrogen and they might need to reintroduce it later. And in fact a quick 'Google' show a lot of promising work is being done on this.
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    Hydrogen

    Anyone with an interest in engines and the future should find this worth watching. There's a brief mention of classic cars. May be a small glimmer at the end of a long tunnel.
  10. Don't know why both ITV and BBC need to show the final at the same time. The Beeb could be showing something more exciting like a repeat of last week's Flogit.🤣
  11. Our Freesat Program guide gives the schedule. Try getting your box to re-tune. That gave me several stations information that weren't previously on.
  12. I may have said this before, but I was an apprentice and worked for several years in Banner Lane (Massey Ferguson) in the early 1970s. Quite a lot of the office furniture was still marked 'Standard Motors'
  13. Someone in another club has recommended Captain Tolley’s Creeping Crack Cure. I thought they were joking but it's quite genuine. The name will lead to all sorts of innuendo but has anyone tried it?
  14. I've got a leak in the bottom corner of the windscreen. It got really wet in the rain yesterday. The rubber seal is in good condition but I fitted it dry with no sealer. What's the best way to seal it, preferably without removing the screen ?
  15. A useful free program to record onto PC and save as almost any file format, including MP3, is Audacity. https://www.audacityteam.org/
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    DVLA

    Ah but I do have motorbike licence and you never know........ Also I think there is something - not sure now - about towing. My Passport expired when I stopped travelling for work - not been abroad since.
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    DVLA

    I'm going to have to work out how to do this this year. I'm still on a paper licence so I've got to get a photo and get it approved - fortunately a neighbour is a retired copper. I've been told to make sure all my permitted groups are included, otherwise you only get the basic car.
  18. My local garage, that is also an MOT test centre, did a 'Visual Inspection' on the Spitfire. Gave me a comprehensive written report. I will get them to do that again for the Mini. It doesn't include irrelevant stuff like rear seat belts, rear fog lamp or emissions. But did include important things like brake test, lights, corrosion etc.
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    DVLA

    I've checked the Mini. It's shown as taxed. But not MOT'd. I'd declared it MOT exempt. It was convenient to do this just to get it taxed as it had been SORN'd. But I will get it MOT'd.
  20. Anybody had any experience of the DVLA recently? I taxed my Mini at the Post Office on 1st April and applied to change the Tax group to historic. The Post Office sent the logbook away. A month later and I've not had it back. I wondered when I should start to worry.
  21. One job I remember was making exhausts for the aircraft towing tractors used on deck when we had aircraft carriers. That was before the standard specified 316 and we were using an even lower grade of stainless: 3CR12. The Navy compained they were rusting and we had to give a 'Life Time' guarantee. The suppliers of 3CR12 (Actually made in South Africa) gave us the corrosion figure and we worked out it would take something like 100+ years before the metal acutally perforated.
  22. 409 stainless is ferritic. It will surface rust. It is magnetic and is the grade often used for exhausts. 304 is austenitic - non magnetic and generally won't rust. 316 is even better and used in marine environments.. The company I used to work for make exhaust spark arresters. They have to be made of 316 for safety reasons, but we used to make general industrial exhausts (fork lift trucks, gen sets etc.) and used 409. Incidentally I knew Ron Bell of Bell silencers quite well as a customer of some of our components. He retired before I did so that must be 10 years +
  23. PeterH

    Joke

    Lets get back to jokes:- A priest, a pastor and a rabbit entered a clinic to donate blood. The nurse asked the rabbit "What is your blood type?" The rabbit answered "I'm probably a Type O"
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    Joke

    Now people can go the their second homes we've seen more of the 'Chelsey Tractor' brigade (Grockles) down here in South Devon. Huge tanks of a vehicle, takes up must of the lane and they've no idea how to reverse. And its going to get worse with people staying in the UK for summer holidays. Son-in-law is a agricultural contractor. Meet him in a lane with a combine harvester and expect him to reverse !!. He's been known to get out and reverse the car for them.
  25. I did try lacquer on a metalic on another car several years ago. Not sure what it was now but not 2 pack. It was lifting and looked awful after a couple of years.
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