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Old 08-05-2015   #16
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Re: Murphio's Meanderings

I always thought you were a flexible sort of chap, Tony. You must be made of elastic.
After a long-winded, methodical re-assembly, the dynamo is back in and I swear that even the heater sounds quieter. I had always imagined the impeller to be much bigger than it is so I wonder now, what the gains are from an aluminium one. After all, the standard one is pretty lightweight.
I was able to do a perfect job on aligning that nylon pip on the dynamo with the hole in the aluminium bracket. I wasn't sure it was perfect previously. So now a slight misalignment of the belt is gone.
First salvages from Mitchio as well, I lost a serrated washer and was missing a cowling nut and bolt so just cannibalised
Also, I borrowed his dipstick. Back to that repetetive subject, the pattern one is a really loose fit and keeps getting stuck under the heatshield. The original one is rusty but clunks in just right.
Today I am prepping the car for the North Coast 500. This is an organised publicity Drive, with a capital D, around the top of Scotland over three days.
Wish us luck and expect photos.
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Have fun, it looks like a cracking trip, and I wish you well on the weather too!
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We have made it the first 110 miles to Wick. We went past the two X19s that accompanied us; both broke down, one retired. Eventually the 2CV and the Citroen Dyane had to overtake us on a long incline but we made it with only minutes' difference on these twisty roads.
We go to John o' Groats and Durness tomorrow, ;so both top corners of the UK.
I have been informed of two other unrestored 500s within the vicinity and will be bound to ask more questions tomorrow.
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Made it to John O'Groats and now to Ullapool. All the other drivers are very amused by the 500 but we really are the star of the show as is only right and fitting. Tomorrow across to Applecross which should be a relatively easy day.
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Cool picture. You do realise you need to get one at Lands End now to complete the collection.

How far is John O Groats from Nairn?

How many other cars are there?
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Keep doing our marquee proud Peter. I am very impressed by the amount of miles you do with ease. A testament to your restoration
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Land's End here we come, having returned safely from the North Coast 500.
http://www.visitwester-ross.com/north-coast-500.asp
There were 10 cars in total and although most Italian car fans would have admired all of the cars, the stars for me were a 2CV, a Dyane and a Fiat X19 with a TR4 getting the credit for being oldest by three years.
the total distance was over 500 miles and the distance from our house to JoG is 132 miles.
The car was perfect all the way and made it up The Bealach na Ba without problems..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bealach_na_B%C3%A0
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Well done Peter is that melting snow on the side of the road?

If so I can see why Sheila decided to stay inside a nice warm Murphio.

I did find this! And there was one that looked like you scratching the back of your head beside Murphio?

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I like that photo Tony; the first of me driving it that I've seen.
Today we got some very amused looks as I did the classic thing. with some two metre lengths of floor jointing strips I bought. Obviously, just whip,open the sunroof.
We were really motoring today...nudging 60mph. I have run out of lead substitute for the petrol. I wonder if that is anything to do with it?
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I think you are another one Peter trying to do my OCD no favours.

I swear Murphio's front number plate is slightly wonky?
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I think you are another one Peter trying to do my OCD no favours.

I swear Murphio's front number plate is slightly wonky?
If it is, don't blame me; it was the fitter in 1969 who drilled the holes and fitted them ORIGINAL ly.
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A photo intended mainly to mess with Tony's compulsion to level things up.
I thought I had already passed the 3500 miles barrier with the car but find that I am actually 83 miles short of that as it was MOT'd at 32404.

Not bad though, the 120 miles I did today is about my average for a week, even through the winter. But that's still only about 6000 a year so plenty of life left in the old boy yet.
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A photo intended mainly to mess with Tony's compulsion to level things up.
I thought I had already passed the 3500 miles barrier with the car but find that I am actually 83 miles short of that as it was MOT'd at 32404.

Not bad though, the 120 miles I did today is about my average for a week, even through the winter. But that's still only about 6000 a year so plenty of life left in the old boy yet.
Not have got two annoying black spots on your speedo cowling.

Get the T Cut out!!!!
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Not have got two annoying black spots on your speedo cowling.

Get the T Cut out!!!!
I hadn't even thought of that; I think they're chips out of the lacquer. They are there for good I'm afraid
I was thinking you would see the warning lamps not fitted in the 12 o'clock position.
My car would annoy you Tony.
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Murphio came out of the garage today and looked a bit miffed. His younger cousin Bluebell has come to live with us. he wouldn't look her in the eyes (one of them is a bit dodgy though).
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