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by ianmack
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Minor with CAT fitted
Replies: 20
Views: 333

Re: Minor with CAT fitted

The domestic cat is quite likely the biggest killer of Kingfishers. Bearing in mind how many species prey on Kingfishers and what their numbers are it is only to be expected. A slightly bogus use of statistics in my view. I’m not sure if the cat control lobby have any understanding of cat behaviour....
by ianmack
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Minor with CAT fitted
Replies: 20
Views: 333

Re: Minor with CAT fitted

Yes, no one messes with Mister Pussycat! We had an old Labrador until last year but he was the boss. :D
by ianmack
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Minor with CAT fitted
Replies: 20
Views: 333

Re: Minor with CAT fitted

No moggy is complete without one.
by ianmack
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: help with my suspension please
Replies: 16
Views: 463

Re: help with my suspension please

In the normal course of events sagging springs are remedied by fitting a new pair. Unfortunately at the moment there are quality problems with new springs and a pair I fitted are unpleasantly hard. Unless this is really upsetting you personally I would live with the one inch difference.
by ianmack
Thu May 28, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Late wings, early light problem
Replies: 7
Views: 285

Re: Late wings, early light problem

The options for fitting late pattern front wings to an earlier car are either to make metal plates to bridge the different hole size, or else use the later and larger combined side/indicator lamp. I chose the latter which is much simpler and gives an amber indicator.
by ianmack
Sun May 24, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Modern car chassis rust repair
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Modern car chassis rust repair

The main difference on a modern car is all the electronic stuff which can be damaged by mig welding impulses. Some items may need to be disconnected or removed.
by ianmack
Sun May 24, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PARP - How does it happen?
Replies: 19
Views: 516

Re: PARP - How does it happen?

There can be quite a lot of variation between exhausts as different manufacturers pack their silencers differently. In addition stainless ones tend to be noisier as stainless is more brittle and resonant. As a final variant deposits in the system will muffle noise, for example if the engine runs ric...
by ianmack
Sun May 24, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: howling differential
Replies: 5
Views: 156

Re: howling differential

I believe it is sometimes possible to quieten a diff by altering shimming so the crown and pinion mesh better but this would depend on the degree of wear or damage that is causing the noise in the first place. If you are not willing to try it yourself you would also face the balance of costs between...
by ianmack
Tue May 19, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: E scooters
Replies: 22
Views: 576

Re: E scooters

Life is full of small annoyances. Roger McGough put it into perspective.

Survivor - Poem by Roger McGough




Everyday,
I think about dying.
About disease, starvation,
violence, terrorism, war,
the end of the world.

It helps
keep my mind off things.
by ianmack
Tue May 19, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: E scooters
Replies: 22
Views: 576

Re: E scooters

Cycling on the pavement is not a particular problem where I live so maybe it’s a localised issue. The cyclists here are more likely to make a nuisance of themselves in the middle of the road.

To encourage respect on the pavement perhaps carry a substantial walking stick.
by ianmack
Tue May 19, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Failing seat cushions
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Failing seat cushions

If you’ve tried new rubber and used webbing I would suggest a set of new webbing. I have had good durability from this in the past. I’ve also heard of people using lengths of old seat belt, it’s not very springy but lasts forever.
by ianmack
Wed May 13, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 803cc to 1098cc Swap
Replies: 29
Views: 1127

Re: 803cc to 1098cc Swap

I got it with some other bits and haven’t used it so I can’t vouch for it’s condition, in view of your unfortunate theft you can have it if you collect.
by ianmack
Wed May 13, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 803cc to 1098cc Swap
Replies: 29
Views: 1127

Re: 803cc to 1098cc Swap

Sorry to hear of the theft. I have a spare 948 box if it is of any use to you. I’m in Hampshire.
by ianmack
Tue May 12, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Interesting thing of purpose
Replies: 19
Views: 1096

Re: Interesting thing of purpose

Or maybe weld a nut to the jack and wind it with a socket on the drill. It would need smooth running well oiled threads. Perhaps lift each side an inch at a time to reduce stress on the drill.

Will I buy you a new drill? Haha... No!
by ianmack
Tue May 12, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Interesting thing of purpose
Replies: 19
Views: 1096

Re: Interesting thing of purpose

Myrtles Man wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:09 pm
I've got a pair of them, bought in the 1970's, but tend only to use them in the one set position as cranking them up with a car sitting on top of them is real donkey work and nearly as bad lowering the blighters when you've finished!
Can they be cranked using a power drill?
by ianmack
Sun May 10, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?
Replies: 30
Views: 660

Re: Dash ashtray - What to replace it with?

Modern radios don’t draw a lot of current. Different perhaps if you fit heated screens or if you’ve found a vintage radio with valves.
by ianmack
Sun May 10, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Latest minor matters May/June ??
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Latest minor matters May/June ??

Mine arrived yesterday.
by ianmack
Thu May 07, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bodges
Replies: 16
Views: 531

Re: Bodges

Back to the theme of brakes, this time at the rear. A Lambretta owner was off for a camping weekend and stuffed the tent between his knees. This had the effect of pressing the rear brake pedal so it was binding. His answer to this was to disconnect the brake cable and rely on the front brake only. T...
by ianmack
Wed May 06, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bodges
Replies: 16
Views: 531

Re: Bodges

How about seized and leaking front brakes sorted by crimping the front brake pipe shut? This on a Jaguar of all things!

Not by me I hasten to add!
by ianmack
Tue May 05, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Member - Non Member Field
Replies: 18
Views: 344

Re: Member - Non Member Field

If anyone seriously wanted to set up an on line fraud there are plenty of more lucrative possibilities than pretending to sell Morris Minor bits :evil: .