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  1. 4 points
    Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on toexplain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then. We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day. Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then? Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much. Just saying!
  2. 3 points
    well, finally the car is sitting outside, just sorting the tax and adjusting seating (and waiting for the sun to return) before I venture out, slowly at first! Looking forward to being able to use the roads once more, although we can of course drive to a place of exercise.
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  4. 2 points
    Nothing wrong with a cheeky stroke!
  5. 2 points
    New alternator and some adjustment to one of the wires cured the problem. The connection on the end had been changed so that it didn't fit in the plug properly and therefore wasn't even touching the tab on the alternator. Maybe fixing this first would have cured the problem but I am happier now it has the correct unit on, belt tension adjustment is much better as the old one protruded too far out. Makes it easier to get the engine side panel back on. Onwards to the next problem now.
  6. 2 points
    Most likely over the weekend of the second May bank holiday again, so looking at the calendar for next year that would be 29th-31st May
  7. 1 point
    Here's a link to the google spreadsheet, so you can muck about with any values you like : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LQSbKlyGIUP5RQsNfQq0tfoluxTSvHvBSelTBwvNDs0/edit?usp=sharing
  8. 1 point
    For anyone interested, eurodragster have done an article on the Modified 100e Challenge that I will be racing the Prefect in which includes a small write up on each of the cars http://www.eurodragster.com/news/features/modified_100e/default.asp
  9. 1 point
    A bigger turbo, no stroking required here sir
  10. 1 point
    Also booked in at the Elan Hotel
  11. 1 point
    Thx duck, was going to get a inline thermostat before fitting cooler
  12. 1 point
    Yeah, coz your engine is just sooooo small.....
  13. 1 point
    Well I mean let’s face it anything’s a vast improvement and will feel like a million pound upgrade I’m sure lol
  14. 1 point
    Hi Dave, When my son was younger I used one of these and worked well. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/323979320399
  15. 1 point
    Hi Mark, Detalis from LOCOSTBUILDERS.CO.UK These tightening values are for standard bolts in a us focus svt, the engine is identical to the st170 lump. Main bearing cap bolts Stage 1: 25 Nm Stage 2: 60 degrees Connecting rod bearing cap bolts Stage 1: 35 Nm Stage 2: 90 degrees
  16. 1 point
    I've got a surrey top from SoftBits and they very cleverly put a clear section in just for this:
  17. 1 point
    Thanks. Was hoping to use the Mazda box but might have to buy a bell housing to fit the existing box to the Duratec I think I’ll ask GBS what they say
  18. 1 point
    Most of the hardwork is done, so will definitely be re-arranged. At least by then I'll stand a chance of having the Prefect on the road...
  19. 1 point
    I had already cancelled at the Elan so I beat them to it. As you say, maybe next year!
  20. 1 point
    I’ve just finally fettled my wipers today which were held on to the arms with 2 little screws. I’ve heated and bent the arms to fit nicely to the screen and went to change the wiper rubber as mine were old but actually discovered that when getting a 18” universal wiper of the shelf in the garage I could cut this in half to create to 9” blades and the Blade arm was slotted which actually lined up to the screw Holes in the main arm perfectly. Can take a photo tomorrow if needed.
  21. 1 point
    think i would go with peter check out fuel system had a problem with my 2b it would start up from cold fine foot down pull away full throttle belted along but once it was up to temperature it would pop and bang no power but would tickover fine turned out the fuel was vapourising in the pipe so i re routed fuel pipe away from heat sources and reduced the run of pipe were i could ran fine after that
  22. 1 point
    through out my childhood i never had a new bike i had to go to the tip and make my own those were the days recycling
  23. 1 point
    My wife has to vet any new car for indicator sound - if she doesn't like it, I'm not allowed to buy it For the record, our current Lexus only just made it and our Hyundai before that was the best...
  24. 1 point
    The sounder on my Subaru is a quiet as a mouse's fart meaning I was constantly leaving them on like a muppet, so I added a buzzer. Being Japanese, the wiring is a bit of a law unto itself so I fitted 2 buzzers, one for left hand and one for right. Unfortunately the buzzers were a semi-tone apart so signalling around roundabouts became incredibly annoying when the sound shifted pitch as I was making right to left turns. I now have one buzzer wired through diodes.
  25. 1 point
    Hi good to see you still have it. we spent the day trying to get it running then you got a bit disheartened and bought the bmw. when you say the brakes are awful what do you mean. As in it takes two feet to push the pedal to stop the car
  26. 1 point
    I saw this on ebay and if memory serves me then I think its a black top Zetec with a few bells & whistles but Im sure the new owner will correct if needed
  27. 1 point
    2 inch may be better than 2.5, larger bore can some times slow the gas flow so much it removes the scavenging effect and stops efficient cylinder emptying. It has to be matched (tuned) to the CC of engine, RPM window and flow rate of the head. It will likely move the power curve closer to the red line regardless. Not all pub bragging is a good thing here. Unless the engine is force induced that is, go as big as hell then, all of the other crap is just irrelevant once you go that route. Saying that in these cars it’s often nice to rev the buts off them and low down torque isn’t high on most people’s want lists in a 500kg chassis. So as long as you know what it will do to your torque curve.... easiest thing is obviously see if anyone with the same engine has maps pre and post ‘upgrade’. A dyno tweak of the ecu’s map would also be wise for best results.
  28. 1 point
    Hi. I had to pay a lical metal worshop to drill and thread the old antiroll bar. The brackets I fashioned from box section and used rose bearings to join. Make sure you use some angle iron inside the panel to strengthen where the brackets are attached. There are some drawings in the Dave Andrews link if you look for the link to front suspension info towards the bottom of the page. Here is a pic of what i ended up with. I'm no great mechanic. All done with an angle grinder!
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