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Bugger. I have all the bits needed to finish the brakes on my project spitfire, I have even found and bought a better radiator that fits better. I have found a front vented disk with a better offset but am unable to finish for a while. I work four on four off nights, so normally able to put one or two days work on the car per set off. It started as moving my son to Manchester the previous set off, I became ill with what I thought was flu, so I worked through work with lemsips ect. Spent the last four days in bed but a pain in my side got worse so I went to the doctors. I'm now in hospital with an infection to the bowl on iv antibiotics. The worst bit is this is a chain of events that started 30 years ago. On a spring early afternoon in 1990 I was going to parkup my bike in a lockup garage I rented in north london. Unfortunately a man in a hurry did not bother looking and plowed into me as he pulled out of a junction. Breaking both my leggs and arms plus some other bits, killed me, but luckly I was revived at the side of the road. Luckly I was only 100 yards from barnet general hospital! I spent the next seven weeks there and the next 5 and a half months off work. Cut forward 25 years and I tore the cartilage in my right knee, after the op the swelling did not go down, then it spread to my ankle and my other knee. I have arthritis and have to take a drug called methotrexate to be able to move around. Otherwise I would be in a wheelchair. Unfortunately this drug suppresses the immune system as well as other side affects. So I write this in a state of boredom stuck in a hospital bed, just looking forward to spring and a finished spitfire. Hoping I will be well enough to make the mg and triumph show on the 9th. Fingers crossed.

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Sadly, Matthew, as we get older things come back to haunt us! I have the results of years of injuries and strains coming back to haunt me, and the first thing I'm asked is: "have you ever injured yourself there?" I hit my thumb recently whilst using a spanner and weeks later the pain is still there; such a simple thing, but it reminds me of advancing years. It's Nature's way of telling us to take it easy.

Join the club of Pete and myself who have been butchered in recent months and are still recovering. From the sound of things, with your Spitfire project, you're an inspiration to the rest of us who are in a much better state of affairs, but still can't get things done...

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Good luck to you Mathew, I’ve got blood pressure and gout, nothing, in the scheme of things. It’s the worry, aggravation and disasters with our Triumphs that keep us ploughing on. Please tell us more about yours, we’re Triumph obsessed here, we hang on every detail. But, only if you have the time! 😆

Doug

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you cant see my operation but the cars fine . fired her up to warm it through ,

do keep the enthusiasm were all here to help and redirect any questions to a place of ill repute and silly places to keep the smiles going

not as good as a Triumph smile but we try 

get as  well as you can and dream of getting her going ...the car that is

Pete

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1 hour ago, dougbgt6 said:

Good luck to you Mathew, I’ve got blood pressure and gout, nothing, in the scheme of things. It’s the worry, aggravation and disasters with our Triumphs that keep us ploughing on. Please tell us more about yours, we’re Triumph obsessed here, we hang on every detail. But, only if you have the time! 😆

Doug

Thanks doug, its the puma powered spitfire restoration. In the other section. Brakes mid way, next another radiator, slightly narrower to allow the wheels full lock! Looking into heated seats (the mrs loves them on my sons car) then maybe a rear lights upgrade. Problem is laying in bed starts the mind looking for bits to do.

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Heated seats! Yes, A must have. My every day car has the wiring but not the heating element. I looked into upgrading but getting into the seat was to complicated. However, in researching I realised it would be easy to do on the Triumph, kits are available.

Doug

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13 minutes ago, poppyman said:

Methotrexate is a brilliant drug, but gave me liver problem's :(  So back to the opioids and nsaids for me. Get well soon Mathew.

Tony.

Thank you, its kept me mobile. Specialist told me the aggressive form I have would kill my joints in about six months, but as you point out it has nasty side affects and regular blood tests a must. Still if tests are ok I could be out today and move from iv antibiotics to tablets. Im only 50! So want to keep mobile for as long as possible. Use it or lose it!! Will have to take it easy for a bit but as soon as I can will be back out working on my triumphs

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2 hours ago, Ian Faulds said:

 

im 64 now but still think iam 30 . keep it up Mathew great stuff on the spitty.

That is a sign of old age, not being able to remember how old you are 😁

I remember what day of the week it is based on what my pill box lid says.85612497_pillbox.png.4fd95d25ff0e66b899e3c5572ef0549a.png

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3 minutes ago, Chris A said:

That is a sign of old age, not being able to remember how old you are 😁

I remember what day of the week it is based on what my pill box lid says.

My mother is in a Residential Home, only when I visit her do I find out what day it is, what the date is, and what's for lunch.

They have a big blackboard on the wall just above her head.

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