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  1. I am trying to find out what the size of the thread is for the screws holding the catches on the front of a Herald 13/50 roof. The part number is 509210, I think I need a parts list that shows the spec of screws and bolts.... Also anyone know what screws YZ3324 are these hold the weatherstrip one the front rails. I think they are self tappers... cheers mike
  2. The circuit in the 13A to EV cable is mostly for safety. There is a RCD to check for leakage and a relay to connect disconnect the live, neutral and earth from the car. There is also a digital cct and comms to the car, to tell the car how much current it can draw from the supply, but the 'lead' doesnt control that current just instructs the car maximum current draw. The digital comms must work otherwise the relays are not turned on. this is useful if you want to charge from solar panels when you have a max of 3kW available so you can limit the current draw to just whats available from the solar panels (assuming its sunny and you are not using much power in the rest of the house). My lead for our Golf GTE stopped working and I tried to fix it but failed but did give me a chance to see what was inside. mike
  3. Mark from Jigsaw is active on FB so you could try contacting him direct, if you use FB.... mike
  4. thanks usually run out very quickly..
  5. Its for normal blood tests, nothing specific to do with Covid but a way or reducing visits to the GP surgery and Addenbrookes.. You have to be referred by your doctor, and take the correct paperwork (details and tests that the doctor wants done). Its run by the NHS, staffed by NHS staff and very well organised. Its at the Newmarket park and ride behind the ice ring. mike
  6. here in Cambridge you can get a 'drive thru' blood test. Go to a car park drive into a tent, put arm out, they check the details and then take a blood sample and then you drive off. All very quick and well organised. Mike
  7. re tablet, thats interesting do you know which company is doing that? mike
  8. signs of overspray on the rubber cones for the bonnet and under the D plate and on the sills. Front wheel arches look a bit frilly... Nice but needs a very close inspection for rot. Nice hood fit though. mike
  9. are you still after a gearbox as Tony Lindsey Dean is selling some. See below from his FB page With the new year beconning I am increasing my efforts to clear down excess transmission units & those for which I no longer have cars for. Just wondered if there are any 1600 Vitesse./Sports 6 owners looking for something special gearbox wise. I have surplus to requirements a complete 1600 Overdrive gearbox fully restored using one of my last BRAND NEW gear sets. I fitted this to a test car to sort the engine & ancillaries (Twin down draught Solex especially) for the Works … See More
  10. cheers already put hazard lights on the Herald and improved the rear lights (cleaned and LED bulbs) and rear fog light but will probably put on front running lights. BTW everyone seems to leave the light switch on moderns in the auto position, thats fine until its foggy and then the lights down come on! mike
  11. has anyone fitted daylight running lights to there Triumphs? mike
  12. OT: you should read the article in todays Sunday Times about software updates on tesla cars with features added and deleted over night.. Copied below as its behind the fire wall.... Drivers spooked by ‘ghost in the machine’ dashboard updates Hi-tech cars can be reprogrammed by manufacturers overnight, with unsettling effects, as owners have found When you get in your car in the morning, you might expect it to be the car that you left the night before. Not any more. James May, the television presenter, and Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, have found that their cars behaved differently after software changes, some of them delivered silently through the air. For May, it was as if there was a ghost in the machine when his car — a Tesla Model S — was tugged towards the middle of a narrow road as he hugged the verge to avoid oncoming traffic. It was a feature that May, 57, did not know that his car had acquired until the drama on a Wiltshire country lane. “A message came up saying, ‘Corrective steering applied for your safety’,” said May. “I thought: it’s actually not for my safety, because there’s a bloody great tractor coming the other way.” May said he wrestled the wheel and the encounter with the tractor passed off without incident. “I had gone close to the edge of the road and the car obviously thought, ‘This bloke’s about to crash.’ If you push [the wheel] hard enough you can override it, but because it was new and I hadn’t experienced it before, it took me by surprise. I thought: the robots have taken over and we haven’t realised.” He added: “I don’t know whether it was a recent update or I just hadn’t triggered it because I hadn’t gone so close to the kerb before.” May said he did not recall being told by Tesla about his new safety feature — called Emergency Lane Departure Avoidance — in a software change that the California-based Tesla had launched after he ordered the car last year. Tesla said the steering correction, which can be switched off at the start of each journey, was designed to guide a vehicle back into the driving lane if it detected that it was veering off course or was too close to the edge of the road. The company says drivers have to acknowledge that they have read and understood instructions about the system when it is first downloaded to enable them to clear the information from a console screen. SPONSORED May admitted that he may have been sent a notification and had ignored it. “I can tell you unequivocally that I wouldn’t have read it because we’re all long past reading that bollocks. It’s only there to satisfy lawyers,” he said He said he was otherwise a fan of his £86,150 battery-powered Tesla: “It’s polite, the day-to-day costs are low and it feels progressive, even magical. But I’m not blind to its shortcomings.” Shapps, who is overseeing the government’s roll-out policy on automated cars, was also caught unawares by over-the-air changes made by Tesla to the £44,000 Model 3 that he bought last year. When the heating in the rear seats went cold, he assumed there was a malfunction until he learnt that it had been turned off. “When I first got the car, I noticed it had heated rear seats, but after three months they disappeared. Now, if I want to pay for an upgrade, I can put them back. I have not done so — much to my kids’ disappointment — because Tesla want £300,” said Shapps, 52. Describing many of the car’s features as “amazing” and its technology as “extraordinary”, he nevertheless confessed to not being sure what it might do next: “It’s actually quite hard to know which features are coming [and] which new things they’re adding,” he said. Most recently, the Spotify service in Shapps’s car went silent until he agreed to pay for a £9.99 monthly subscription. (This time the children won.) The fact that such modifications could be made “over the air” from California took some getting used to, he admitted. Tesla is leading the charge for over-the-air (OTA) updates, but the rest of the auto industry is catching up, with many companies offering to upgrade the way a car drives or to sell additional “comfort” and infotainment features. The explicit consent of the user is a precondition for updates, car companies insist. Mercedes said that more than 50 features of its new S-Class — due in UK showrooms next year — will be updatable over the air via a mobile data connection. These include Drive Pilot, an automated system that restricts the car’s maximum speed to keep within limits. Critics have taken to online forums to question whether owners are really in charge of modern cars when the vehicles can be reprogrammed from a distance by the manufacturer. Sergio Matteo Savaresi, professor of automatic control at the Politecnico di Milano, said systems that allowed over-the-air updates could in theory be used to seize control of a car. “From a purely technical standpoint, the car can be disabled by the car-maker and can be remotely operated if a fast connection like 5G is available,” he said. Earlier this year Tesla reportedly disabled software on a Model S that enabled the car to steer automatically around objects and make decisions about lane changing. A dealer had bought the car at auction and advertised it with the feature included, but the new owner was asked by Tesla to pay $8,000 to reactivate it. Tesla fans defended the company, pointing out that General Motors can already disable cars that are reported as stolen using OnStar, an over-the-air security system. One wrote: “The provider of any service can shut it down. That doesn’t stop us from using broadband, gas, water, electricity, Gmail etc. Just because it can be turned off doesn’t mean it’s a remotely likely possibility.” Tesla has used over-the-air updates to come to the aid of drivers. In 2017 it unlocked extra battery capacity in cars in Florida to help people flee Hurricane Irma. The updates gave cheaper Tesla models the range of more expensive models to help owners reach safety. Many owners eagerly await updates. When Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, turned on Full Self-Driving for some owners last month, early-adopters posted videos of themselves as their cars changed lanes and navigated around other vehicles without them touching the controls. UK law requires drivers to be in full control, although Shapps’s department is consulting on allowing drivers to surrender partial control to an Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS), which is fitted to many modern cars including models by Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes. When activated, the system adjusts the steering to keep the vehicle in its lane. Shapps said such features “redefine the way we think of a car” and made it “part machine, part subscription service”. He lightheartedly agreed Musk could theoretically appear on the control screen and demand money, threatening to take over the car “by ransomware”. “Fascinating,” said Shapps.
  13. for such expensive car you would expect the battery to be clamped properly! mike
  14. That's very neat. Good to have some adjustment of the standoff between the senor and toothed wheel. if its a passive pickup coil the standoff is critical at low speeds otherwise the signal amplitude can be very low. This leads to all sorts of difficulty starting particularly on cold days. Had all sorts of starting problems with my EFI on my herald on cold days until I released the a gap was too large and the signal amplitude was very low.... Is there room for the fan/alternator belt or is it not being used? mike
  15. are you still allowed to go Grouse shooting? it was 30 people at a shooting party.... mike
  16. I have a couple of spare cloth MX5 seats that were in my herald. Welcome to borrow one until you get the original fixed. No idea how easy/difficult there are to fit in a GT6. mike
  17. also check the rack mounting, if these are soft the rack will move in the mounting and it does make the steering interesting...` With the bonnet open wiggle the steering and check to see if the rack moves. mike
  18. I agree someone should be checking that the data has transferred... BUT Dont fall for the Tories game. Most of these services have been outsourced/given (no competitive tendering needed under the emergency legalisation) to Tories/Cummings friendly consulting firms and then the services is sold to the people as part of the NHS. Any problems and the NHS gets the blame, slowly softening people up to selling off the 'incompetent' NHS off to the USA... yes I am a cynical old git Mike
  19. took the Herald out this afternoon to get some stuff from Twenty Pence garden centre. Nice fast ride along the straight roads from Cottenham to Wilburton. Gave the car a good run. Only problem is the wiper dont turn off, I think I have messed up the wiring... something to sort out before Mondays ride out. Mike
  20. I forgot another important part of the driver training and that was to give a commentary on the situation as you drove along. Highlighting risks and what action you would take to avoid them. The trainers did this first and it was amazing what hazards they were seeing that a ordinary driver just didnt notice! Once you have identified the hazard you can then prepare an action to deal with it if needed. Actually if we ever have another TSSC summer meeting it would be great to get a professional driver trainer to come and take people out and to explain the hazard they see on the road. mike
  21. John quite agree. Actually as a driver you can see the car in front but the radar sensor doesn't, I did it to find the limits of the cruise control, I know what they are now.... I used to work for Schlumberger. There realised most accident in the oil service industry were car or van, lorry related. So they had a very strict driving controls. Everyone who did any driving for the company, including hiring a vehicle, would have a 3 day driving education every 2 years and then a 1 day driving education every year. This included theory and practical driving with an ex police driving instructor. If you drove in a different country even for a short visit you would have to do driver training in that country before getting a hire car. This was excellent training and reduced the number of transport related accidents significantly. I still use a lot of what I learnt from that training, it taught you to be very aware of your surroundings, in front and behind, short and long range. You can always tell the Schumberger drivers at a rig site as they are all reversed parked as that was the company policy. I still do it.. Mike mike
  22. Love adaptive cruise control. I have it on our Golf GTE, but I have found its limits... Coming off the A14 to the B109 turning the road is quite steep and you go over a brow of a hill at the junction. Suddenly the cruise radar cant see the car in front, its pointing to the sky and sudden accelerates it then gets over the brow suddenly sees the car in front, possibly stopped at the lights and there is lots of emergency braking. Same problem with some very sharp bends around the fens..... I know this is a limitation of the system but its good to know the limits, still great fun! Mike PS its a Hybrid and its fun watching it switch between Electric, coasting, petrol or petrol and electric. There is some very clever software, but not bug free, in the car.
  23. peter Baldwin was working in Cambridge last year. The local TSSC club took a couple of cars to his rolling road for a tune up. mike
  24. real shame always enjoy the Duxford show, cars and planes what could be better! But quite understandable decision. Interestingly The Shuttleworth collection have announced that they are reopening with an air show on 18 July but you have sit in or by your car in a designated area to watch it. Mike
  25. just done the same on my Herald. Managed to fit a diode in a Lucas black rubber round connector in the feed from the original flasher to the indicator switch. mike
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