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

In my roll as head washer upper and kitchen lackie I was washing my young grandson's drinking device (you couldn't really call it a bottle, but then it's not a cup either) and as I was washing the complex individual parts of the screw on top, prior to putting them in the sterilizer, it suddenly occurred to me that the whole assembly bears a not just passing resemblance to a lawnmower pulse pump type carburetor. Here it is disassembled, so you can see the highly flexible diaphragm and passageways:

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What do you think mowermender?
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You could test it by filling it with petrol?
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you could be right. to me it looks like a old victa 2 stroke carb minus the diaphgm bulb.
i would try scotch first(a good brand) if not portland bill is correct.
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You could test it by filling it with petrol?
You might just be onto something there PB. I think the boy may turn out to be a bit of a petrol head, like his Granddad. We have to walk beside a main road for a few hundred yards on our way to the play park. He shows little interest in general traffic and shows no fear of even the biggest trucks passing within feet of us on the pavement, but if a motor cycle goes by he's right on it, sitting up straight in the pram and watching it go past until it's out of sight! Maybe when he's older the whisky will prove a greater attraction though?
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Son has finally dropped off...been attempting to put him down for a nap since 1130 as we have a place booked at 1430.

He's picked a nice spot to drop off, I've 4g and nice warm bench that's been in the sun all day beside a quiet forest road.

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You could test it by filling it with petrol?
Whatever you do don't try petrol! The kids can't stop moving until they run out.
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Could walk home given it's about 20 mins away but lovely spot to browse autotrader, sun bathe and watch butterflies.
Don't forget to take him with you when you go!
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The other week we took a walk down the River Teign (it runs off North Dartmoor). salmon or maybe sea trout were spawning, Kingfisher diving on the other side, huge dragonfly, Very friendly crow came asking (politely) for food. A duck paddled by.

The kids had a great time paddling but to them it was nothing special. To a bloke brought up in Derby where the Trent was a polluted cesspit it was stunning stuff. All about 2 miles from the river's tidal reaches and 1/2 mile from a new housing estate.

If I said all this before - tough. I was well impressed.
If I did not say it before - you heard it here first.
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The other week we took a walk down the River Teign (it runs off North Dartmoor). salmon or maybe sea trout were spawning, Kingfisher diving on the other side, huge dragonfly, Very friendly crow came asking (politely) for food. A duck paddled by.

The kids had a great time paddling but to them it was nothing special. To a bloke brought up in Derby where the Trent was a polluted cesspit it was stunning stuff. All about 2 miles from the river's tidal reaches and 1/2 mile from a new housing estate.

If I said all this before - tough. I was well impressed.
If I did not say it before - you heard it here first.
Aye itís times like this you start appreciating Mother Nature, itís been away awhile. We are out in the sticks and the wild life was down in numbers due to a few things, not least lack of hedge rows and farming techniques that interfere with nature nowadays. Itís coming back though, aye simple pleasures.
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Spent Saturday and Sunday applying protective coating to my boy's "garden room" - big shed to you and me! (Barrattine Wood Preserver - wonderful stuff if you've never used it, No namby pamby water base, no siree! full finger blistering oil and spirit base! Not great for the fingers - mine are now bright green - but absolutely wonderful at protecting bare wood.

Sunday morning, heading south approaching Dobbies Garden Centre, just as I'm approaching the wee roundabout directly outside the centre, a wee bright red and immaculate looking Sunbeam Alpine with Minilite type alloys on it approaches the roundabout on my left (I would guess he's been overnighting at the hotel and is now going to join the A7 south). By now I'm almost on the roundabout when I notice another one pulling up behind him. Both are bright red with Minilites. The first has his hood down the second has a black hard top.

What a treat I was thinking to myself when I suddenly spotted the Tiger badge on the front wing of the lead car! The Tiger, for anyone who doesn't know, was Rootes Group's attempt at making their version of a Cobra! They got Carrol Shelby to drop a small block Ford motor in it, later using the Mustang engine I think. When the Group was taken over by Chrysler the project was junked, some say because Chrysler couldn't live with one of their products being Ford powered! It's one of the top vehicles on my "wish I had one" list, a much "prettier" looking vehicle than the brutish Cobra (but I'll take a Cobra if you insist!).

They pulled out two cars behind me and we headed off down to wards the big roundabout. Both of the cars behind me went straight on leaving the Tigers - I think they were both Tigers - following me onto the A7 south. They were in no hurry and just cruised on behind me (I was in Becky, our Panda) for several miles on the A7. I had my window down, as I always do if Mrs J is not with me, and could clearly hear the lovely V8 burble whenever we pulled away from roundabouts. I took the slip road off to Newton Grange and they went right at the lights up the hill under the railway viaduct and on south on the A7. The sound of them pulling strongly away up the hill was absolutely glorious! Fair set me up for the day!
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Here you go, Sunbeam Tiger!

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If you painted it red that's what the lead car looked like!

If you listen to Jay's friend talking about his wheel alignment he's absolutely right. I actually did tracking on one of these and it was a nightmare. To get the engine in they moved the rack forward so to get the track rods to align they put a bend in them. The toe out on turns was ruined and I would think bump steer was also a problem. But for the everyday grease monkey like me the problem was you couldn't rotate the track rod - because it had a dog leg bend in it - so you could only go a full turn of the track rod end at a time. Luckily track rod ends are not all manufactured with their threads starting in the same place and often different after market manufacturers will have slightly longer or shorter castings where the thread is (take note those who think they can end up with accurate toe in/out by counting the number of turns when removing an old track rod end and replacing with a new one wound on the same number of turns!). Anyway we ended up with a satisfactory (perhaps not perfect) result after the boss called in a few favours and "borrowed" the entire stock of track rod ends from at least two of the local factors. But Oh deary deary me, how I want one!
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Aye itís times like this you start appreciating Mother Nature, itís been away awhile. We are out in the sticks and the wild life was down in numbers due to a few things, not least lack of hedge rows and farming techniques that interfere with nature nowadays. Itís coming back though, aye simple pleasures.
i get to see these every day, my unit is right next to this pond
I've known them cygnets since they were eggs.
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i get to see these every day, my unit is right next to this pond
I've known them cygnets since they were eggs.
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The swans and their signets are quite magnificent. My wife who works from home now is a lecturer at the Highlands University. The campus and grounds are quite spectacular, with lake and wildlife swans as well. Every year the swans came back to the area. I used to meet my wife for lunch or just a coffee, and we would sit and watch the swans and the ducks. Very calming and therapeutic.There was a pier/walkway out in the water, and walking out, the birds would all be attracted looking for tit bits. Happy days.
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Here you go, Sunbeam Tiger!

To get the engine in they moved the rack forward so to get the track rods to align they put a bend in them.
Regarding those "cranked" track rods. If you look at this about 3.30 minutes in you can get a good look at the weird "bent" arms.

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On most cars which have a steering rack (Ok, I know there are exceptions, the Imp being one which immediately comes to mind) you adjust the toe in/out by slackening the lock nut on the track rod end and rotate the track rod so the track rod end either moves in or out of the track rod so increasing or decreasing it's effective length. On the Tiger the Track rods have to end up with the bend pointing backwards towards the uprights, as you can see in the video, so you can only go a complete turn at a time.

I only ever did the one and my recollection of the job is a bit hazy after all these years. It's N/S track rod end had free play in it I remember - think the MOT guy had failed it? - I can still visualize how I had the car positioned in the garage and that the job was a fair bit of "agro" but I don't remember much of the detail of doing the job itself apart from at first thinking the track rod itself was the problem as I'd never before seen one like this unless it was accident damaged.
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Trundling into Kingston tonight behind a very blobby, very shiny, mega Mini with very dazzling brake lights. The driver had an aversion to anything more than 25mph and seems to like showing me his brake light but I can live with it. The AH behind me in a BMW coupe was no so chuffed. Hooting his horn speeding up jamming on his anchors (like I could do anything about it). Then he burnt past and slowed to a stop in front of Fat Mini.

What a laugh.

But at least Fat Max did improve his speed slightly and kept his foot off the brake pedal for a while.
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