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by Blaketon
Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Coronavirus Update:
Replies: 7
Views: 909

Re: Coronavirus Update:

I've just had an email from FBHVC, with the following attachment. Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs statement on Drive it Day 2020 The FBHVC is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings pertinent to our member clubs and as such, the following s...
by Blaketon
Sat Mar 07, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Driving a Morris Minor in the Targa Rally 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: Driving a Morris Minor in the Targa Rally 2019

I'd sooner drive your Minor!! It reminded me of this film - https://www.dukevideo.com/prd3287DA/Mon ... rchive-DVD - as there was a Morris Minor in that and as the commentator remarked "Morris Minors cope manfully", the 1991 event being very snowy.
by Blaketon
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 'Smart' motorways
Replies: 25
Views: 1510

Re: 'Smart' motorways

I recently had cause to go to a funeral in Normandy (The one near Guildford in Surrey!!). I've not been that way for some time and I see that the M4 is to be " Smartened " as far as junction 12, by the Spring of 2022. From what I could see, returning home during the rush hour, if you were to break d...
by Blaketon
Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mild road rage
Replies: 31
Views: 723

Re: mild road rage

Maybe not with shot batteries and I suspect that battery replacement cost will curtail the lives of most ageing and depreciating electric vehicles. I have said, for a long time, that modern cars increasingly don't lend themselves to so called bangernomics and as a spin off, to DIY maintenance and re...
by Blaketon
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mild road rage
Replies: 31
Views: 723

Re: mild road rage

Is that you, as a Minor fan or have you heard other lorry drivers say the same? My father, who has had some very fast cars and driven them so (He dates from before the national speed limit, which was 70 when it came in....and once covered 88 miles in one hour) doesn't drive at the moment (Not sure w...
by Blaketon
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mild road rage
Replies: 31
Views: 723

Re: mild road rage

The pity of it is that none of this came out whilst he was alive. The law presumes people innocent, until proven guilty. There is also the issue of "Small fry" V the big fish and this might explain why nothing ever came out but we'll never know for sure. I seem to recall Jimmy Saville fronting "Clun...
by Blaketon
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mild road rage
Replies: 31
Views: 723

Re: mild road rage

Issigonis pointed out that the Mini's remarkable road holding was motivated by safety. Perhaps, if you are in a bus, you are less likely to get hurt if it hits anything or is hit by anything. However, the Mini is less likely to go off the road in the first place, than something with a high centre of...
by Blaketon
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mild road rage
Replies: 31
Views: 723

Re: mild road rage

What the hell are Jaguar doing making a 4x4 SUV anyway?) Vanity is the world's most popular hobby and right now, four wheeled handbags are the thing to be seen in. I often wonder whether, if Reliant still made Robins, would they have done an SUV version? Would it have been 3WD? People may laugh but...
by Blaketon
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mild road rage
Replies: 31
Views: 723

Re: mild road rage

People make assumptions based on their own experiences. Most people have only ever experienced old cars as old bangers and so, based on the fact that their clapped out, fifteen year old whatever was on it's last legs, your sixty odd year old car must be four times as bad (Based on the assumption, th...
by Blaketon
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Siemens Gigaset C430A Quad Long Range
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: Siemens Gigaset C430A Quad Long Range

Thanks for that. In the end we went for a Panasonic KX-TGJ324. It is fine with Callsign and although it came with a repeater, the most distant phone operated to within about then feet of where needed, so with the repeater set up, it's works well. The old BT2600 system was never much cop, being a goo...
by Blaketon
Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Siemens Gigaset C430A Quad Long Range
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Siemens Gigaset C430A Quad Long Range

A long shot but does anyone have a Gigaset C430A cordless phone and if so, does it work with Callsign numbers (ie One line that can be called with different numbers, which result in different ring tones)? Trying to get any sense, out of any large organisation, seems to be impossible. Most can only a...
by Blaketon
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Currently drinking.....
Replies: 116
Views: 6678

Re: Currently drinking.....

My father's MG Midget started on the second turn of the key (Fired once on the first turn) yesterday, after more years than I can remember. It's another of his car projects that has faltered and with him not being so well now, I have taken it on. There wasn't so much left to do but there was a Peter...
by Blaketon
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 66
Views: 2320

Re: Euphemisms

Not sure when :-? . They seem bulbous, relative to interior space and have the disadvantages of a high ground clearance, without the advantages (Such as those possessed by the Land Rover Series/Defender). To my mind neither sporting nor utility. In their day, I think the Reliant Scimitar GTE hit the...
by Blaketon
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 66
Views: 2320

Re: Euphemisms

Another euphemism has occurred to me; Silly Useless Vehicle.
by Blaketon
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Sidelight / RH indicators confused.
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: Sidelight / RH indicators confused.

Sorted it. I only get time to look at it on Sundays (Late start today on account of power cuts), so I began at the front right corner, checked the earths of both sidelight and indicators. Both were OK, so I traced the wires back inside the car and bingo. It seems my father used one double connection...
by Blaketon
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 'Smart' motorways
Replies: 25
Views: 1510

Re: 'Smart' motorways

I remember well the day the last bit of the M25 opened. I had been to Brands Hatch (Seen Nigel Mansell take his first GP win) and after the race, the weather turned bad. On the way to Brands, the M25 had a gap near Leatherhead, with no signage to tell people how to get to the next bit :roll: . I did...
by Blaketon
Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A nice story
Replies: 1
Views: 167

A nice story

Whilst checking my Yahoo email account, I saw an item on an Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV. I always liked that style of Alfa, whether it be the GT Junior or the GTV. My father once looked at a 2 litre version and whilst it was beige (Not my first choice), I was dead keen (As I was growing a tad tall to get in...
by Blaketon
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Euphemisms
Replies: 66
Views: 2320

Re: Euphemisms

Apparently there is a petition to scrap these (In my opinion) dumb motorways - http://chng.it/86gcnb6JpC .
by Blaketon
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Sidelight / RH indicators confused.
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: Sidelight / RH indicators confused.

The MG Midgets had the same kind of rear light as the MGB, see https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/photos-audlem-06/71.jpg . The indicator is on it's own, whilst the brake and side light share separate filaments in the same bulb. I've established that it's only the rear light bit that's coming on with t...
by Blaketon
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Sidelight / RH indicators confused.
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Sidelight / RH indicators confused.

Last weekend, I put the battery back into my father’s MG Midget, which I hope to turn over and fire up soon. It has a battery cut out, that is bypassed by a fuse and to start with, I am relying on that, to check the smaller items. The fuse hasn’t blown, so there are no short circuits so far and all ...