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by dp
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fancy something a bit different?
Replies: 25
Views: 571

Re: Fancy something a bit different?

I'm not going to go over the pros and cons already mentioned - one thing I would point out, if anyone is thinking of buying a s/h Nissan Leaf (perhaps others). Most were sold with a battery on lease and if you buy the car,you also become responsible for the battery lease which I think costs £40 or£5...
by dp
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: lost my motivation
Replies: 13
Views: 504

Re: lost my motivation

As above - just leave it for a few weeks or until you feel enthusiastic about going back. I've been welding on and off for years on my project but broke it up with some more interesting things like re-covering and re-fitting my dashboard (not a Minor) . In theory I've just got two bits of metal to w...
by dp
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: dvla visit
Replies: 15
Views: 724

Re: dvla visit

It looks like the dealer has taken shortcuts and that's coming back to bite him as it should. Unless Jeff made a formal agreement to accept a car with an unknown or ambiguous number-plate it's on the dealer to put right - if the DVLA says there's something amiss. Ie if the DVLA says they can't tell ...
by dp
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old school Ford V4s
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Old school Ford V4s

Thanks guys
by dp
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old school Ford V4s
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Old school Ford V4s

That would have been the heavy Essex V4. I remember someone having a V4 capri when they were worthless and they would pull one plug lead off and the whole car would shake. I think that drove/was pushed into the scrapyard for £20 (1980s) Anyone ever fit the Cologne /Taunus V4? Perhaps that wasn't in ...
by dp
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old school Ford V4s
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Old school Ford V4s

Is anyone still driving around in a V4 converted Minor? I believe they were popular back in the day before Fiat T/Cs and front member notching? As I understand it the Essex V4 were extremely heavy and the Taunus ones 100 lb less so. But did they shake themselves apart or are they reliable? Saab seem...
by dp
Sat Jun 20, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: SU H1F 44 dash pot oil
Replies: 11
Views: 289

Re: SU H1F 44 dash pot oil

fwiw back in the '80s I tried 20W50 in the dashpot and it killed acceleration so changed back to 3 in 1 and it went back to normal.
by dp
Tue May 26, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: MGB EGNINE IN MORRIS
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: MGB EGNINE IN MORRIS

it would be no more work to fit a lighter, newer, better engine, probably cheaper too. Certainly be better for handling.
by dp
Tue May 26, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fitting hazard lights kit
Replies: 14
Views: 446

Re: Fitting hazard lights kit

The older, better quality hazard kits had a multi-pole switch that disconnected the indicator feed when the hazards were on. This ensured that power could not flow back into the other circuits. Looking at the current offerings, I have not been able to find any detailed specification to confirm how ...
by dp
Thu May 21, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: GPO Van Re made.
Replies: 30
Views: 1145

Re: GPO Van Re made.

MattsGPOVan: do you do this for a living looks professional quality? Jagnut, what is the difference between a retained pensioner and a pensioner? Did the GPO make them turn up every so often to do something? A few of my friends put up with a lot at BT because they were on the final salary pension bu...
by dp
Thu May 21, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: E scooters
Replies: 43
Views: 1075

Re: E scooters

It's not e-scooters it's the idiots and inconsiderate people that ride them. Ditto pushbikes, BMWs, careless dog owners... If people are thoughtful and considerate none of these things cause problems in use, it's the people that are the problem. Banning e-scooters will just mean they find another wa...
by dp
Wed May 13, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Too good to use on the road...
Replies: 15
Views: 500

Re: Too good to use on the road...

Completely agree with Jagnut66.
by dp
Wed May 13, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Quarter light vent
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Quarter light vent

I've been looking for pictures for when I did the same. Good glass fitted to stainless surround. Rather than forcing solid rubber anywhere, I used tiger-seal/sikaflex/mirrormate type stuff. Much easier. If I can get the pictures across, you'll see them below. If doing the same again, I'd use a black...
by dp
Sun May 10, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The truth will out
Replies: 12
Views: 1378

Re: The truth will out

I have a theory that the amount of lecturing others about environment is directly proportional to the amount of air travel one takes. Woke Hollywood A listers & Princes Harry & Charles taking private jets to environmental conferences being at the top of the pile. Private jets make a significant cont...
by dp
Sun May 10, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: EBAY SCAMMER AT IT AGAIN
Replies: 27
Views: 5112

Re: EBAY SCAMMER AT IT AGAIN

The scam problem is like ‘trying to rub out all the rude words on all the toilet doors in the world’ Its not possible. Awareness is the only way to tackle the problem. That's like saying hospitals are trying to get rid of all the sickness in the world, it's not possible so why bother. Every scammer...
by dp
Sun May 10, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Problems getting firm brake pedal with silicone fluid
Replies: 28
Views: 1161

Re: Problems getting firm brake pedal with silicone fluid

From whereabouts on the caliper? Could just need the hose union or bleed nipple need tightening. If it's leaking from the pistons send it back for a replacement. If you get a brake hose clamp you can remove the caliper without having to re-bleed the whole system. I'd be inclined to pull out the pist...
by dp
Sun May 10, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Bare Metal Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 4560

Re: Bare Metal Restoration

As TrickyDicky above states, epoxy primer from Rust.co.uk. Most primers are porous, epoxy isn't. It goes off by chemical reaction rather than evaporation (well a bit of both technically) so even thick coats in cold weather will go hard properly. It's expensive but good. And it's a bit of an art work...
by dp
Sun May 10, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Buddy Needed
Replies: 34
Views: 2655

Re: Buddy Needed

The only 'MOT information' wanted here would be from the reasons for failure part - not personal details. It might say something like, "Excessive play in front suspension", or "corrosion around rear suspension mounting" or "Jedward CD found in radio" or "Exhaust pipe leaking" Different people have d...
by dp
Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pins in tyres
Replies: 20
Views: 1019

Re: Pins in tyres

I suspect I know why nobody's mentioned this but DO report it to the police. Tampering with tyres could cause a dangerous accident. It migh not be just your car they are targeting. I'll pass on what the police said to me when I had a bicycle vandalised at the station. and they saw me walking it home...