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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

In a contrast to last Saturday...today's mission was somewhat more light hearted and less hard work.

Working on a very Famous GMC Vandura!

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It may be a toy my wife bought me about 10 years ago it's been at my dads since then pretty much unused. Now munchkin is chasing stuff round the floor I thought it was a perfect moment to bring it back to life.

Thankfully the batteries had not leaked despite being 5 years over the use by so new batteries, polished an inch of dust off and away it went..only to discover it had no steering.

Could hear a motor running but no actual turning. I built a few RC cars back in the day so thought I'd have a look took the top off expecting a servo with a screw loose. Instead greeted with a black plastic box..with a spinny thing that catches a pole on the steering rack..very made in china for pennies. Said spinny thing isn't providing enough torque to overcome a spring that centres the steering rack hence no steering. So black box to bits having dismantled the front suspension and steering rack which naturally was a blocking a few screws. Find out said black box is a gearbox which is reducing an electric motor that looks like it should be driving a scalextric car and looks massive for the job. I can only assume this set up is cheaper than steering servo despite having about 4 times as many moving parts.

Anyway discover a hairline crack in the cog that takes the power from the motor and hand craft a high friction solution to increase the diameter of the shaft and roughen the surface the gear sits on! Masking tape FTW.

Back together and we have a working A Team van, and it does donuts..sweet.

Edit: Just looked it up on Ebay...I need to keep my son away from it!

https://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hitari-The-...4-197f0a8d1a47
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Mmmm Donuts..
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Quote Originally Posted by portland_bill View Post
A very old tin of WD40 on the shelf at my Uncle's house.
Seems its rust preventative properties might be needed.

Anyone any idea why the forum has turned the pic sideways?
Its a safety thing..

Rockets have the potential to be mildly perilous..
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News of the powercut following demolition of Didcot A..

Its been offline for 5 years..
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News of the powercut following demolition of Didcot A..

Its been offline for 5 years..
Looks like debris hit a power line.

I hate quoting from the Sun - but there's a video of it here.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/972890...er-demolition/
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Quote Originally Posted by Schumi2001 View Post
Looks like debris hit a power line.

I hate quoting from the Sun - but there's a video of it here.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/972890...er-demolition/
Local source..
Said it was a drone strike
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News of the powercut following demolition of Didcot A..

Its been offline for 5 years..
Power stations tended to be built with a huge substation next door.

The "earthquake" could have tripped a high voltage breaker.

If Didcot was still running we would not have had the recent power cuts.
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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

I was within sight of the towers on Saturday, and thinking I'd miss them when they went. They were quite a feature. I did not know they were scheduled for demolition, and teh next day they were gone. At least they did not go without a fight.

Power production was not the issue. With cables damaged, power distribution was what blacked out all the homes. If it was a drone strike, if the owner is identified, they'll be facing quite a bill. Quite likely blown out of control by the force of the blasts.
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I watched Willington Power Station being demolished in the late 1990s. All that remained was the two 200MW boilers, three chimneys and five cooling towers. The boilers and chimneys raised huge palls of dust but there was no debris flying about.

The cooling towers are still there. They might come down some time next year. Then again...
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Golf PCP is now fully paid up, Saved myself a few quid by paying it off early and now I have more money in my pocket each month......

As long as I can resist buying something else
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Save up for a Tesla. Can't go wrong they way they are holding value. Main snag is they wont let anyone but them do any work on the car.
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Save up for a Tesla. Can't go wrong they way they are holding value. Main snag is they wont let anyone but them do any work on the car.
They may be very good, but they are characterless. Just very efficient, but unemotional. That'll suit many people, an ever increasing number I think, but most on here are her because of an emotional attachment ot our cars. Irrational, but it is there.

I've had the opportunity to ride in a Tesla model S, it left me puzzled, not knowing whether to like it or not. The Nissan Leaf and e-Golf were both pleasant cars to drive. I think the death of the other makes is not as soon as it might be thought. If they catch up in time.

Intriguingly a guy at the bottom of the road had a Tesla S for some time. Got the charger installed at home, used it daily for 12-18 months. Then it was replaced by a new Clio. Not even an alternative electric car.

I was recalling this morning about a journey last December. At 10:30pm I got a distress call from my brother, needed rescuing in Yeovil. So I got in the car, drove to Yeovil, delivered him to Bristol, and returned home to near Swindon. If I remember correctly, around 190 miles round trip. If I'd used an electric car all day, and was awaiting the cheap period to recharge overnight, I'd have been struggling. It would have needed a short trip to the nearest charging station, wait 40 minutes, then continue. As it was I got to bed around 2:30am.

Not the first time in my life I've done such a trip. Whilst only three times in 44 years on the road, an electric car would make that difficult. So still a little way to go.
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Personally, for the very few times I need to do an unplanned rescue journey I could accept the need for a top up charge while out. At least a night time event would be easier to find a spare fast charge point. 200 mile range is good for most of the time but 300 would be far better. A bigger battery also lasts longer as it not discharged so deeply.

Many electric cars do have a range problem, but this is where Tesla are already 5 years ahead of the competition. Dyson are going with solid state batteries (probably LiFePo4) as used on lithium engine start batteries. These can take a higher charge rate than liquid electrolyte lithiums without catching fire so less safety margin is needed.

The big issue with Tesla is their refusal to allow anyone else to service or repair them. That pushes up running costs and cuts out the local car garage industry. It will probably take legislation to stop other auto companies doing the same.

The car industry is going electric so like it or not we will all be going the same way. Medium term, the market for ICE cars will go strange. When people know affordable electric versions are on the way, they will hold on to to their ICE rather than chopping in after 3 years. For a while, supply and demand will cause a rise in used ICE car prices and a drop in new ICE prices. But when the electrics do properly arrive, the bottom will fall out of the ICE car market across the board. Anyone running a car service business should cash out while the used ICE cars are peaking. Anyone running a quality car service business should really be getting set up for electrics ASAP.

Car manufacturers who are not ready with some really good electric kit will get slaughtered, which is why I've said (elsewhere) that hopefully Fiat/Chrysler are on the case with electric versions of their models. When GM went broke during the 2008 banking crisis the issue was not their cars or the sales, it was financial. They run on borrowing. When the new debt costs more than the old debt, they rapidly hit the buffers. GM share holders got flattened.
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Save up for a Tesla. Can't go wrong they way they are holding value. Main snag is they wont let anyone but them do any work on the car.
To be honest, I wouldn’t say no to a Tesla but I’m keeping the golf and I am rarely using my car at the moment (either of them) can’t remember when I last took the punto out, maybe to the supermarket a few weeks ago, I’m not sure a £70k model s is the way to go at the moment.

If I did buy something else it would probably be a replacement for the punto, something a bit more special and maybe a bit of a project.

Watching a few YouTube channels where they are fixing up unloved Ferrari’s, would find that fun but scared by the prices. Something like an old Porsche, Bentley or even a DB7 might be fun plenty of cars about for under £20k
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They may be very good, but they are characterless. Just very efficient, but unemotional. That'll suit many people, an ever increasing number I think, but most on here are her because of an emotional attachment ot our cars. Irrational, but it is there.
They are so badly built. A complete joke.

I'd go as far as to say a top end Dacia Sandero is higher quality. As for the panel gaps... nowhere near acceptable in a modern car.

Oh, they've also sent out a software update to downgrade some of the earlier cars, too!
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