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The DeSoto made its debut in my little towns first cruise night of the summer tonight.

On the left is a 1964 Dodge
Your car looks absolutely splendid there in the sunshine.

That Dodge, would it be an early '60s Dart? - one of the few "every day" American cars I recognize!
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US PRO? I think they have incorporated the Bergen brand? I don't have any US PRO branded stuff but I have bought some Bergen branded items - my excellent XI-ON deep impact socket set is made by them - and I find them very good indeed.
Well these seem well made and will certainly be here long after me. Astonishing value too. l also bought 6,7,8 ratchet rings. Its a shame I didnt get a 9 instead if the 8 I already have that size. Will I ever use them I wonder.
I find tool buying is a rather strong addiction.
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I find tool buying is a rather strong addiction.
I suffer from that affliction too. When my daughter lived actually on the outskirts of Salisbury - they are some distance from it now - Mrs J and she would go shopping together. I would catch a lift and spend most of the time browsing around a wonderful wee used tool shop in one of the back streets. I'm particularly addicted to used tool shops as you come across tools from all trades and some home made ones too, you never know when you're going to come across something really special (which you'll likely only use once, but it's lovely to see it in your tool box!)
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Your car looks absolutely splendid there in the sunshine.

That Dodge, would it be an early '60s Dart? - one of the few "every day" American cars I recognize!
This one is a Polara with the dual quad Hemi engine, one of Chryslers' early muscle cars. Kind of plain looking on purpose. The Dart was a Dodge compact the was fitted with the 225 Slant Six and a three speed manual. Chrysler shoved a v8 in it, gave it a fast back roof line, stuck a Plymouth badge on it, and called it a Barracuda. The rest, shall we say, is history.
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Whilst on my way home from work today, a brand new Panda went past me. Such characterful little things.
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We got rain today. Yay!


Although, that means I'll probably need to mow tomorrow.
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We got rain today. Yay!


Although, that means I'll probably need to mow tomorrow.
We've had a few days of hot weather. This highlighted that the Panda aircon was only cool, not cold, so booked it in for today for aircon service. That broke the weather. It started raining with a few showers through yesterday afternoon, developed into steady rain into the evening and hasn't stopped since.

Just picked the Panda up. Only had half the standard gas qty, so is now cold, ready for the sun to come back.
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We've had a few days of hot weather. This highlighted that the Panda aircon was only cool, not cold, so booked it in for today for aircon service. That broke the weather. It started raining with a few showers through yesterday afternoon, developed into steady rain into the evening and hasn't stopped since.

Just picked the Panda up. Only had half the standard gas qty, so is now cold, ready for the sun to come back.
I'll need to do the same for the company Fusion but it will need to wait a few weeks as I dropped $500 for new front brakes on it. My hope is to make it through the worst of summer and turn it in in October with no one being the wiser.
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Who is all watching the big game tonight? Not an avid football fan myself but it would be great for a win tonight, what a party for the Scottish fans in London. You just never know..
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That broke the weather. It started raining with a few showers through yesterday afternoon, developed into steady rain into the evening and hasn't stopped since.

Just picked the Panda up. Only had half the standard gas qty, so is now cold, ready for the sun to come back.
It was you!!!

I did end summer a few years ago by doing exactly same so don't worry about it. At least it's stayed cold since I suppose.
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Fuel consumption measured in Wh/mi (watts per mile).
Charged overnight on cheap tariff electric, costs about £1.20, gives around 250 miles range. My journey there today in the Fabia, 36 miles each way, @54mpg and £1.25/lit, gives my round trip cost of £7.57.

However, cost of Fabia, 2 years ago, £8k. Cost of Tesla model 3, £48,490.

With my £40k saving, at today's fuel price and usage rate, I can travel 380,616 miles. Reduced a little by road tax at £20/yr (Tesla is zero), and servicing will be less on the Tesla as there's little to service, but at least 300,000 miles could be mine.

Plus of course there's the cost of the charging unit at home.

Difficult comparison, but I'm thinking ICE cars will appreciate in value for a while when no new ones are available.
Yes Tesla being the typical Americans and using different energy effecny figures, when itís miles per KWH typically

However your figures look way out for charging cost. Even on a 5p a kWh EV tariff youíd be looking at £2.50 for a full charge on the smallest 50kwh battery, or nearer £3.50 on the 70kwh pack. Not sure what was fitted. You can double or triple that for most UK home electric tariffs. Still a lot cheaper than an ICE however, and you canít really compare a Fabia with a M3
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My youngest boy is off up to Loch Ness with his family for a weekend away and, last Tuesday, when we were at his house childminding, I gave his venerable Astra Estate a good going over - without actually dismantling anything - and spotted quite a few items which could potentially be a problem soon.

About a year ago we renewed the cam cover gasket as oil was leaking down the plug recesses and causing an intermittent misfire. Had to buy a new coil pack too as the oil had burnt inside the connections! Now I notice there is a slight leak at the front and N/S of the cover. I was warned that these engines are prone to this large plastic cover distorting and when they do no amount of sealant and new gaskets will sort it - around £200 for bits alone I think, ouch! Although the pads have plenty of "meat" on them the discs are now looking very worn (my fault, I didn't renew them last time I put pads in it) and as I went on I noticed a plethora of other potential "money eaters", none dangerous at this time, but which will soon require to be addressed. This car is well into the hundreds of thousands of miles now and is, quite simply just wearing out. The time is rapidly approaching when, although repairable, it's just not going to be worth spending the money on it.

Consequently I've resumed investigations into the Tipo T jet estate which seems to depreciate at a precipitous rate - like falling off a cliff - so a 3, 4 or maybe 5 year old example is quite a bargain. As I've mentioned in another thread, I'm worried about the security gateway and how that might limit what I can do with MES. My understanding is that earlier versions don't use the gateway but I'm unsure as to exactly when it was introduced so I rang two Fiat dealers to try to find out - predictably that went nowhere! So, without much hope of success, I used Fiat's own website to send them a message, mentioning how I've run Fiats for many years and I'm quite a fan of their cars and asking about the gateway and which Tipo modals didn't have it installed. I got a very nice email back saying they were referring my inquiry to the technical team.

I wasn't really full of expectation so it was a nice surprise when the phone rang and it was a charming Fiat lady calling from Turin! We enthused for a short while about Fiats and then talked about the gateway - she was very knowledgeable. She made the point that a definitive answer could only be given if I quoted the VIN from a vehicle in question but went on to say that it was unlikely a pre 2018 car would have the gateway and probably any pre facelift would be worth checking out. This seems to tie in with what Grant at Gendan told me in that he's not come across a pre 2018 one yet that had it.

When they (the boy and his family) return from their weekend away I'm going to get well stuck into the Astra and asses it's overall condition in detail, not least because they are proposing to visit my wife's sister down in Devon for their summer hols so the cam cover and front brakes at the very least will require attention before that. Thinking about a serious misfire late at night on a "smart" motorway with the wee ones on board is already giving me sleepless nights! It might just be that now is the time for us to be saying goodbye to this "trusty" 14 year old workhorse. The only real worry I have is what Fiat is going to pan out to be once all the Stellantis merger upheaval sorts out - I see a considerable reduction in dedicated dealer network is likely with multi-franchise sites probably becoming the norm? There's a report in the latest edition of Car Mechanics to the effect that some dealers in all the franchises - Fiat/Chrysler, Peugeot/Citroen/DS and, of course Vauxhall - are already notified of termination in two years? Also, as it doesn't seem to be a great volume seller, I'm wondering about future spares availability for the Tipo. So, plenty for me to be thinking on.
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Add on to the above. He just rang us to say they've got there. The car ran well, seems to have used just over a quarter tank of petrol. The accommodation and facilities are excellent. Youngest child was car sick though, all over his sister's favourite soft toy - She is not amused!
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Yes Tesla being the typical Americans and using different energy effecny figures, when itís miles per KWH typically

However your figures look way out for charging cost. Even on a 5p a kWh EV tariff youíd be looking at £2.50 for a full charge on the smallest 50kwh battery, or nearer £3.50 on the 70kwh pack. Not sure what was fitted. You can double or triple that for most UK home electric tariffs. Still a lot cheaper than an ICE however, and you canít really compare a Fabia with a M3
Not my figures for the Tesla, stated by its owner. No reason to argue or discuss with him, but he was well on top of everything about the car, including its faults and foibles.
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