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Took twice as long as usual for some reason but after about 4 months got her tidied up.

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My assistant has apparently not heard of the two bucket method and believes that if you drop the cloth then the abrasive qualities of the grit get it extra clean.

May have had to correct him on that point..so he decided he was better used playing hide and seek.

We've had lovely day in general to be honest just been nice me and him, went orienteering, he had a nap so I managed to squeeze in a 6 mile run, then he played out the back while I washed the car and finally we went clothes shopping for him.
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Got home to mine the other evening after spending some time at parents.

Smoke alarm chirping away. Been in my place since I moved in 5 years ago. Presumed it was a ten year sealed battery jobbie as itís a fireangel unit.

Ripped it down as wasnít going to put up with that all night. Turned out it was a normal 9v PP3 battery job, so not bad having lasted 5+ years without a battery replacement. Then noticed unit said replace by 2019

Bought a replacement fireangel from screwfix for £10. Was a 10 year sealed unit this time. Pleasantly surprised to find no change to the base mounting unit, so didnít even have to remove the old one and mount the new one, and the new alarm just clipped into place in seconds
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I'd imagine you're now looking at that thinking "And?"

Well the dash in that is one I know well given its a Mazda 3 dash...to Americanise the image they've mirrored it and blurred the digits. But my initial thoughts on looking it were "Damn apparently to hear the rumble of your car requires revving it to 10k rpm!"

The big dial is the rev counter and in common with most cars rev counter goes clock wise so he's clearly got it pinned

Ad people, not car people clearly.
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My Dad, who is 86, has a pacemaker. As such, he has to be careful around electro-magnetic stuff. Such as electric welders. So, he gave me this little Lincoln this morning.


I used it yesterday and I have to say that it was impressive. My cheap ass wire wilder has just been relegated, to 'Emergency Back Up If I Really Have To' status.
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My Father.in.law
Was 'the welder' back in the day

Hes been Custodian of my familys oil filled Oxford MMA plant..
Ive got a job on the horizon for the Oxford.. good prompt there for me to NOT ask
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Busy boy today, front single story extension had loads of moss on the roof. Iíve already sprayed moss killer some time ago, it did kill the moss somewhat but was still stuck on the tiles. Spent the afternoon up on the roof with a scraper metal wire brush doing the business, dodgy to say the least. Went for a bike run to clear my head. In the last hour up on the roof again with my power washer. The roof is looking moss less now. Had to tap on the window for the Mrs to come out and hold the ladder until I could come down.

Iím sitting here thinking how did I manage that, shuffling along the ridge
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Actually got around to giving the Panda a service yesterday. The sun gets around to the front of the house quite quickly in the summer, then it gets unbearably hot, so got out of bed nice and early and was out there by 7:30am.
As usual, the plug leads fought, but not getting them off this time, but trying to get them on again. They are not the best NGK ones, but some Magneti Marelli ones from Shop4Parts, quite disappointing. The plug caps slide on the cable, so when tryin gto push teh thing back on, the cover slides down the plug, leaving the connector sitting on top of the plug, not engaged on the terminal. Pushing the cable mostly just gets it to bend, rather than pop on, and sliding the cover back is not possible as the leads have to curve too soon. Lots of pushing and cussing.

Once done, resolved to order some NGK ones. So later yesterday, found some and ordered.

Today, popped to the garage for something, and when closing the door, noticed an NGK box staring at me, very clean and shiny. Obviously not the box the Magneti ones came in, so contents should not be the old ones. No, a set of shiny new NGK plug leads.
So last time, I must have had the struggle with the Magneti ones, ordered some NGK, and they've been sitting there waiting to be fitted. Silly ass. I've been laughing at myself all evening.

Sometime soon they'll get fitted, and I'll have another set arriving soon. With their propensity to break when removing, not a bad idea to have a set in stiock.
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Kids bodyboarding at Teignmouth with the East wind running against the gentle beach creating a nice gentle surf. I might have to get a wet suit so I can join them. Maybe not I'm really not built for that get-up.

While we were there, the inshore rescue boat went out at full chat thumping over the waves. It was back again 1/2 hour later with a small boat in tow.
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I saw a Red FIAT coming the other way at 16:40

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Early morning haar cleared up quite quickly. Although I have to admit that I didn't creep out of my "pit" until 08.30 following yesterdays exertions - Mrs J and I up at 06.30 and drive out to No2 son's abode in time to walk granddaughter to school then look after "junior" for the rest of the day. Then cut his grass too! put the wee one in the stroller and we went down to the playpark for a while before collecting the wee princes up from school. Mrs J makes the meal whilst I "entertain" the kids before Mum comes home at around 17.45 releasing us to travel home for around 19.00. This time though there is a "noise" in the jazz which, she tells me she's been hearing for a week or more WHY NOT TELL ME ABOUT IT SOONER? and now has got worse over the last few days. A quick drive round the block and some wheel kicking quickly allows me to diagnose a loose disc shield on the O/S/F hub, not dangerous but quite "rattly" and annoying. I think they are coming to us for a meal next weekend so I'll sort it then - so, returning home yesterday evening at around 19.30. Decided today would be a "car" day as the weather is good and I need something "relaxing" after yesterday

I've already got engine oil for both cars (Panda and Ibiza) but other than that only an oil filter for the Panda. Started off with the Ibiza, pulling air filter and pollen filter for checking and took a look at the wiper blades. Although both filters looked only lightly soiled I decided to renew both. The pollen filter in particular I renew every year because Mrs J has asthma (thankfully not too badly) but also we tend to run the fan at slow speed most of the time because, even at speed, there is almost no ram effect through the heater. This, of course, is not good for the resistor pack so I like to think that having a new element every year, apart from making Mrs J's life more pleasant, ensures a good flow of cooling air over the resistor pack. Next a quick scout round the brake pads, all looking good with no pads needed. So just air, oil and pollen filters needed.

Now for the Panda. Basically the same checks and similar outcome except the O/S rear cylinder is now definitely very gently leaking with a small trace of fluid dripped onto the self adjuster bar but no further. Ah well, I've been going on about doing those rear brakes for ages haven't I. Now I'm jolly well just going to have to get on with it. Air filter can go another year though as It's only done a few thousand miles since fitting. So pollen filter and a litre of brake fluid will do it - I've had the rear cylinders in my spares box for probably over 18 months and I've got one and a half rolls of copper and about three quarters of a roll of kunifer pipe, tube nuts etc in my cupboard. Think this is going to be a good excuse to buy a proper DIN forming tool, This is the one I fancy: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183109692...AAAOSw~gRV3Cdn It's very similar to my favourite SAE tool which I've had for years and looks identical to the one being sold by FROST (a supplier I hold in high regard). The "bumph" says it can do flares in copper, kunifer AND "soft mild steel" whatever that means? but I take it it'll deal with occasional use on steel pipes. I find I don't often need to flare an original pipe on the car, mostly doing copper or Kunifer replacements, but very infrequently it can be useful to cut an end off the likes of a front to rear pipe and insert a joining block, useful to be able to flare the car's original steel pipe then.

Interestingly perhaps, I was talking to one of Kenny's men at the garage a wee while ago about how difficult it's going to be to get that back set screw out of the wheel cylinder because of the way the end of the axle obstructs it. "Take a look at the lugs on the cylinder where those wee bolts screw in" he said "If all else fails, and before you round the hex off, just take a chisel to it and split the lug around the screwthread. It's pretty weak and brittle, you'll find it splits off right through the thread then you can easily unscrew the bolt because it's only in 'half a hole' and probably the bolt, although it's head may be rusty, will be reusable" A few days later I was talking to Keith, who owns the wee garage out where No2 son lives and mentioned this to him. "Och aye" said he, "we do that quite often when all else fails, the cylinder material, especially if it's cast iron, is pretty brittle. You probably don't need to use the chisel, just slam it with a big hammer - after all, it's not as if you're going to reuse the cylinder". In all my days of working on cars I've never come across this solution before but I've got a powerful air chisel so I think, unless the bolts are very compliant, I'm going to give this a go.

Now armed with my list of "stuff" needed I added a 5 litre of screen wash concentrate and headed off to my factor. They had everything in stock and can get me a couple of Panda rear flex hoses for "next day" if I decide to do them too. I've run up a wee bit of a bill here so I'll pay with my card. Sorry Jock, card reader is busted! probably getting a new one for the morn' though. In the past I would have been allowed to take the stuff and then pay later when passing in the next few days. Not now they are part of this new "Mega Group" though. So all the bits get put in a box and held for me, I've to ring in the morning to see if the machine is fixed. I know a couple of the chaps really well and asked if I could be trusted with just the oil filter for the Ibiza? But no! He told me not even staff can take a nut out of the place without proof of payment! Fair enough, I'll do the Panda oil and filter change and fettle the front brakes etc, probably enough for the rest of today anyway?

Went the "long way round" to get the oil nice and hot going home but then dropped the oil plug into the drain tub! Damn, wish I hadn't got the oil so hot! Funny but I realize it's been years since I did that. Mind you I've not done much to the cars for the last year or there abouts, must be getting out of practice! Now it's looking as if tomorrow is going to be playing with grandchildren again so I think it'll be the weekend before I'm back under the cars again - and my back is hurting after extracting that pollen filter!
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Out on the bike every day since last Friday,fairly racking up the miles. Today was no exception, twenty miles, stoped four miles from home at a village square and treat myself to a whippy ice cream cone I donít carry anything like my wallet on my person due to tight fitting clothing and the fear of falling out on the go. I have a wee bag on the the rear carrier.

Iím off the bike all hot and bothered rummaging for my wallet, panic sets in, no damn wallet Bugger I was looking forward to that ice cream. All this time Iím mumbling away to myself, I think Iíve lost it on route. Phones wife, is my wallet at home? Whew it is. This is where the sun dulled down for a second, there in front of me was an old man parked up inches from me and my bike with the window open smiling, obviously entertained by my antics. He was licking an ice cream as well.......
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Another busy day. Mrs J delivered to and collected from the opticians (pupil dilating eye drops so not allowed to drive herself).
Having dropped her at the opticians, and knowing she's likely to be an hour to hour and a half I called at the Factors to see if their card machine was repaired. It was, so paid for the parts ordered yesterday and collected them from the stores door. When I got home I did a detailed check and found the wrong air filter supplied for the Ibiza. I've noticed sometimes this very filter comes up against my reg no when searching on line. Rang the factor's and explained the problem. No probs Jock, it must be the "other one"? just bring it straight back and we'll swap them over - which I did on the way home from picking Mrs J up from her appointment. That's what I like about buying local, could have been days wasted for an online purchase.

I don't think I've mentioned before but most of the big factors around here seem to distribute copies of the Professional Motor Mechanic magazine free of charge - It's a very interesting read. You just lift one as you stand at the counter. This edition (May) has a fascinating 3 page article by a Steve Smith "a Pico Technician" detailing diagnostic techniques to find a cold start/running fault on the Twin Air engine family (specifically a 500) with no less than 5 separate detailed screen shots. It's stretching me to the limit and I've not yet finished the first paragraph! There's over 60 pages in this edition so that should see me through quite a few nights of Eastenders!

By the way I also noticed a wee chart on P28 - bottom left - by NGK which details shear torques not to be exceeded WHEN REMOVING GLOW PLUGS. I've sheared of a number of these wee sods when trying to undo them and I love this idea of a max value which, if you exceed it, may well result in it shearing. Of course you need a suitable range torque wrench - figures around 20Nm to 50Nm are quoted - and it has to be able to work anticlockwise. But most torque wrenches have a push through square drive intended for use on left hand threads, so that should do it?

Anyway, if you see this mag lying about then snatch yourself a copy, it makes a good read.

Also, after a lot of soul searching (because for years I've been making flares for use with metric fittings using my SAE tool and it's worked out just fine) I've bought the DIN flaring tool. Specifically this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/183109692...AAAOSw~gRV3Cdn It's not quite the cheapest price but I've bought stuff from this chap before and he's "the real deal". Might get it by the weekend, but I'm thinking more likely Monday. Which will be fine as we've a busy weekend ahead with a family barbi tomorrow and youngest granddaughter's birthday on Saturday. If the weather holds on Sunday I'll be doing an oil and filter change and some "fettling" on Twink (the Ibiza) - Busy, Busy, Busy!
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Wife is a little late for work...I heard the sound of a committed exit.

Didn't quite realise how committed until I looked out of the window.

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May be the only known case of a C3 tearing tarmac..
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Wife is a little late for work...I heard the sound of a committed exit.

Didn't quite realise how committed until I looked out of the window.

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May be the only known case of a C3 tearing tarmac..
If she'd reversed in, she'd have been able to make a far quicker exit. And used less fuel reversing with a warm engine.
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If she'd reversed in, she'd have been able to make a far quicker exit. And used less fuel reversing with a warm engine.
It was warm...she'd already commuted once got to work and realised she'd left her stuff at home for a 12 hour shift.

So came down the hill I lobbed it in the passenger door when she pulled up, went back in and next time I looked after she'd gone she's managed to dig a few holes pulling away.

It's only about a 10 minute run with a bit of commitment, nevermind warm I'd not be surprised if the nose wasn't glowing like the space shuttle on re-entry by the time she arrived at work.
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