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Old 8th June 2021, 07:10
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Nice work refurbishing the weights, I have a set myself which I find most useful for solving all sorts of car building issues. I suppose I ought to try lifting them some day...

Nice to see you waking up your Swordfish, hopefully it won't be too long before normal service is resumed as far as motoring events is concerned. It's a shame about the black plates, I hadn't heard that they'd stopped rolling them together with the MOT exemption, it's probably because we switched to yellow/white reflective ones in about 1973 so black ones wouldn't be period correct on anything later than that. As yours is now on an earlier date letter I can't see any plod making it an issue if you use classic plates.

Hopefully see you out and about soon.
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Old 24th October 2021, 14:04
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Mr T – A belated thanks for kind words.

At this rate, you will have finished your third car by the time I finally drive to Norfolk.

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A Very Belated Update
I've now spent over 19 months WFH in the cramped space that qualifies as my 'office' in the loft.

Whilst there is a lot to be said for removing commuting from my day.

My overall workload has gone mad through Covid, with lots of long hours and weekend working.

Still, as I’ve said before, plenty of people have had this a lot worse than me, so I try to count my blessings.

I did manage to get my V5C converted to ‘Historic tax’ class, now my spring chicken of a donor is over 40.

However, unfortunately, most of the time, the closest I get to the car is this:

Peel back the covers enough to open the bonnet, re-connect the battery and start her up.

Unfortunately, I haven’t even had the chance to do that recently.

So, yesterday, my attempt to start the car was met with a flat battery.
(Despite it not being left connected.)

I almost got away with briefly connecting it to my battery charger, but no.

So, I disconnected the battery again, removed the vent plugs and left it charging properly for a while.

Eventually, I was able to start her up and drive forward so tackle the pile of leaves underneath.
(While leaving the engine running.)

If you look closely, you will see the front indicator is still missing.

But that remains a job for another day, as I was under strict instructions to finish the cleaning up.

There was a bit of driving back and forth to free up the brakes, before putting the car back into place.
(Sorry the photo is a bit blurred.)

I know I said this months ago, but I hope to finally get some time on the car before Christmas.

If not, then I will bite the bullet and book it into my local Triumph specialist to let them sort it out.

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In other news…

Had a great view of the Red Arrows that did a fly pass over Wembley for the Euros final.

Watched the American version of football at the new Tottenham stadium.

I now have an electric chainsaw to ‘play’ with in my garden.

Which I’m using to chip away at the HUGE tree stump left by the tree surgeon last year.

Did manage a family holiday in Ireland, so my wife could see her family there for the first time since Covid.

Took this photo with my phone (and no digital tricks).

One misty morning just outside the house we were staying in.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 24th October 2021, 20:33
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Nice to see your car peeping out from under its covers again and some lovely 'other news' pics too

Electric chainsaw, eh? What will they think of next?

Mind you, I suppose that will make cutting down rainforests much more eco friendly.
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Old 26th October 2021, 12:30
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Hi Paul,
Nice to see you are trying to sort out the Swordfish. I hope you'll manage to get a few days in it before Christmas.
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