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Old 13th November 2016, 11:26
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Gary - A lovely day here too.

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Remembrance Sunday:
I managed to get on the road just before 10am this morning, driving as quietly as possible to avoid disturbing the peace.
( By this time I'd already spent almost 3 hours on my work laptop! )

Decided to wear my flying jacket for the first time today.



The sheer bulk of the jacket may take a bit of getting use to, but it is very warm and looks the part too.

Decided to drive to a couple of remembrance memorials.







Via a trip to the B&Q car park in Watford.





Parked up along the way to observe the 2 minute silence at 11am.

Then stopped off at Halfords to pick up a rear wiper for my wife's car.



The BMW that pulled up behind me looks like it could swallow my little car whole!



There was just one final stop off at Sainsbury's on the way home.



It was such a lovely day, I could have carried on driving for hours.

But, unfortunately, I've got a lot more 'real work' to do today for a big deadline tomorrow.

So until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 19th November 2016, 14:42
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Cold, but Happy:
After another long week at work, I was really looking forward to my weekly blast in the car.

Stayed out for just over 2 hours and clocked up just over 40 miles.

That included a short section of the M1 before I got stuck in traffic in St.Albans taking the scenic route home.

It was only while I was inching along in traffic that I started to get cold, but once I was cold, I stayed cold.

So I think it is time to find my thermal long johns and some warmer gloves.

However, it was a real pleasure to be out in the Autumn colours.
- Spotted two other hardy souls with their roofs down.
- Lost count of the number of 911s I saw, but close to twenty.
- Saw two Bentley Continentals in close formation with a 'normal' car sandwiched in between.
- As I pulled up to some lights I spotted two bi-planes playing around in the sky above and that is a rare sight.
- But the highlight was the driver of an exotic black Ferrari going the other way doing the full jaw open double take as I approached.

Anyway, before I froze solid, I stopped in a local park for a couple of photos.





I had to park across the street to move my wife's car off the driveway when I returned.

Still really happy with the big improvement to the stance that removing the lowering made.



That's all for now, so until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 19th November 2016, 15:04
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Fantastic!
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Old 19th November 2016, 16:20
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Top man Paul
I love that you use her every chance you get.
I was worried you would fall out of love before it was finished.
Now im sure the trek to Norfolk is on the cards in 2017
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Old 19th November 2016, 17:23
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I am envious of you Paul, the roads up here are covered in salt and last night the temp fell well below zero so it looks like I won't be heading out on the roads for some time.
Great to see photos of your car on the road.
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Old 20th November 2016, 10:07
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Brilliant Paul she's looking really good. She is a she isn't she?
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Old 20th November 2016, 10:53
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Molleur - Cheers.

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Roadster - It does make a nice change to be checking the weather forecast for driving, rather than building, conditions.

Today's forecast was a wet and windy wash out, so I knew I had to make the most of yesterday.

There were times when I definitely fell out of love with the car during the Frankenstein Hill-Billy stage of the build.
( As the only light at the end of the tunnel I could see tended to be an on-coming train! )

I still cant quite believe the hugely positive reaction the car gets, despite the "lumpy" nature of the body work in places.

Which leads me to one of my favourite quotes...

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It's all looking good and solid - like a 50 year-old race car that has been into the hay bales a few times in its life - perfect.
So my current plan (and my plans have been know to change ) is to sort out the big lumps and leave the rest.

I will be happy if I can get a smooth surface to paint, rather than a smooth and flat/straight surface.

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Swifty - Funny you should mention salt on the roads, as I was thinking about that myself yesterday.
( As all the cars in my street were covered in frost first thing in the morning. )

I spent so long cutting out and repairing rust during this build that I will also be avoiding salt covered roads.

Those days would be a good excuse to spend some time building a plinth for my passenger side wing mirror.
( As it really is just marginally above completely useless. )

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Deggsy - Thanks.

She is definitely a she, but I have deliberately avoided giving her a name.

I'm sure your car will turn as many heads as mind does when you finally get on the road.

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Old 25th November 2016, 19:11
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Into The Night…
Unfortunately, I was stuck inside all day, with beautiful clear blue skies outside.

Then at around 7.15pm I thought I would head out for a quick spin anyway.



Thankfully I hadn't got far when I stopped to see if I could get a streetlight photo.

Whilst the front headlight are not great, at least they were working.



Which is more than could be said for the rear lights, as both of them have blown.



When I first turned on the lights outside my driveway obviously I could see the headlights were on.

But when I looked behind me to check if the rear lights were on I forgot my foot was on the brake.

Therefore the red reflections I could see were the brake lights, which are working fine, not the rear lights.

For the journey home I had to stick my LED fog lights on.



But at least I didn't have to drive far to get back home.

Not really the test of night time driving I was hoping for.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Welcome to kitcar electrials. Electrickery as it is known.
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Old 26th November 2016, 11:46
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Barber - Thankfully it was an easy fix.

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I Can See The Light…
By chance, I ended up buying a box of stop/tail bulbs during the build.



So it should have been a straight forward job to replace them.



Driver's side - OK.



Passenger side - Brake light filament comes on instead of tail light.



Not sure how that hadn't been picked up before now.

Still, it was easy to take the plug from the light fitting...



And swap the green and red wires over.



Which fixed the problem and the tail light filament came on.



Looking at the rear lights from the back, the passenger side is at more of an angle than the driver's side.



So I guess that is why the difference in light intensity wasn't picked up.

With the car unwrapped, it seemed rude not to take it for a quick spin.



Note:
One day I will remember to sit on the passenger side after I climb out and then take a photo.

With a stop for petrol and the photo above, I only managed 16 miles in around a hour.

Still, at least that was enough to break the 600 miles since MOT mark.



Until next time, take care, Paul.

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Old 27th November 2016, 11:17
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Paul i may be wrong but i think you can get the stop/tail light bulb in the wrong way, by that i mean the brake filament lights when the tail lights are switched on. remove the bulb and turn 180 degrees and refit, this is what happens on the old landy i have, a simple solution is to switch the lights on and replace the bulb when live so you are able to see the lower wattage filament glow. The old bulbs back in the day had offset pins to prevent this but the modern ones have the pins on the same plain or at least that's what i seem to remember.

Good to see you are still clocking the miles up, i think mine will be staying in the garage until the spring unless we get a dry clear day hopefully over the christmas hols.
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Old 27th November 2016, 14:27
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Swifty - Funnily enough, I did have the engine running while I was fitting the bulbs so I could see it they worked before I put the red lenses back on.

I think I tried turning the bulb around 180 degrees, but can't really remember.

I hope to keep clocking the miles up over the next few months, so I can start the final prep for paint as early as possible.

But as I had to do my first bit of Christmas shopping today, I think family stuff will take more of a priority over the next few weeks.

Although I will still try to sneak out any chance I get.

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 27th November 2016, 15:19
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Great stuff Paul. I am waiting for the picture of you and the car returning after a shopping trip for your Christmas tree!
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I hope to keep clocking the miles up over the next few months, so I can start the final prep for paint as early as possible.

But as I had to do my first bit of Christmas shopping today, I think family stuff will take more of a priority over the next few weeks.

Although I will still try to sneak out any chance I get.

Cheers, Paul.
I have it on good authority that Santa drives an open top sleigh.
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Old 27th November 2016, 17:07
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I am waiting for the picture of you and the car returning after a shopping trip for your Christmas tree
Now there's a sight to see, could even start a new thread with pictures of various sammio's on Christmas tree shopping trips.
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I think you can get the stop/tail light bulb in the wrong way, by that I mean the brake filament lights when the tail lights are switched on. remove the bulb and turn 180 degrees and refit.

If you look at the metal stem of a stop/tail bulb you'll see that the locating pegs are offset to prevent this. A socket that allows the functions to be reversed must be damaged, or the bulb is.

Regards, Mick
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Old 28th November 2016, 07:14
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Froggyman, Barber & Swifty - Thanks chaps.

Unfortunately, we have an artificial Christmas tree, so I will not get a chance for one of these photos.



Mind you, this photo popped up when I was searching Google Images and I don't think it is a Tribute SWB250!



So there is no excuse for people who have real trees not to use their kit cars.

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Mick - So maybe I did turn the bulb around and it made no difference, which is why I swapped the wires instead.
( I think the shock of being back outside in the cold working on the car was playing tricks on my memory. )

I hope you "Patagonian Ramblings" are going well.

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Cheers,

Paul.

PS
Keep forgetting to mention that the boot lid is not locked into position in this photo, hence the big gap on one side.
( My daughter wanted to borrow some screwdrivers for a school project that were in my tool bag in the boot. )

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Old 30th November 2016, 14:04
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Mid Week Dash
This was the scene on the roof at the front of my house after midday earlier on.



Which means the drive was close to being both metaphorically and literally freezing.



But with a busy weekend coming up and some spare time available today I headed out to do a couple of domestic chores.

At first the engine was very sluggish as it turned over and took a while to fire up.
( Once I driven around in the sunshine for a bit, it fired up first time when required. )

Got a nice photo opportunity next to a Range Rover.





Only did about 7 miles, but that is still better than nothing.

I bought a handbrake lock, but need to trim the handbrake handle back a bit before it will fit.



That's all for now, cheers, Paul.
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Old 30th November 2016, 16:35
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You have the later handbrake cover on there, shared with the Dolomite. You need a handbrake cover from a Toledo or 1300 FWD - the security lock will clear then.
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Paul
When you do get round to spraying the car make sure you keep it a nice warm garage for a few days first as primer and glass fibre will absorb moisture. What happens is you get a lovely paint job but the next winter when the car gets really cold the trapped moisture expands and you can get micro blisters ruining the paint job and all your hard work. Hope this helps

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