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    pièce de résistance

    https://portmeirion.wales/ and of course: https://portmeirion.wales/about/the-prisoner
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    pièce de résistance

    Yes, it's still very much open. We visit fairly regularly because it''s not too far from our place in Wales and an annual pass is only £22. There's a hotel there and you can stay in some of the buildings in the village which alos means you get to wander round in the evening when it's a bit quieter (and they have a tv channel there that runs The Prisoner episodes 24/7).
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    Project Rhocaravan

    Never one to shy away from a winter project, I'm about to embark on the next one which should see me spending the dark Winter evenings in the garage. Neither myself nor Jackie are particular fans of camping, something that was reinforced by 2 nights under canvas at Hoodstock this year. I quite fancied a challenge and so I've decided to build a caravan, mainly just because I think I can but also so we can use it occasionally. Jackie is dead keen on the idea and wants to help so a few months ago we bought a trailer tent so I can use the chassis as a caravan base. I did think of building from scratch, but going the trailer tent route means I get a galvanised, braked chassis that's rated at 900KG, more that enough for what I need. A couple of weeks searching on Ebay turned this up this 1990 Conway Challenger in Rhyl which we bought for £350. It had been stood for 12 months but all the lights worked and I towed it back without any mishaps. We bought it without seeing it erected but it was all there and came with a whole host of extra goodies, some of which may be of use. A day of light cleaning brought it up a treat, so good in fact that we decided to test it out at the EOSB and save ourselves the cost of proper overnight accommodation. For those of you who weren't there, (shame on you), here it is in all it's glory
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    Project Rhocaravan

    With the basic frame assembled, we could measure the overall sizes which will give a starting point for planning out the awning. The overall height at the awning rail is 1650mm which slopes down to 1600mm at the side frame. It’s only 50mm fall on the roof but hopefully this will be enough to shed any rain. If we make the fall bigger, it will reduce the internal height too much. The floor area is 1250mm x 2450mm, so pretty well doubles the footprint of the caravan body. We did a test fit of the current awning roof part to the awning rail. It didn’t prove much other than it fits the rail and it’s far too big. The grey material that’s visible is the existing roof, more than long enough to go the entire length of the awning rail. To make it a bit more manageable, we cut it down in the length and width but made sure we left a generous allowance of material just in case we needed it. This is one of the existing end panels laid out on the floor. It zips in to the main roof part all around the outside with a single zip. And here’s one of the two front panels. To give an idea of the size of the awning we’re making, it’s front panel will be a bit smaller than this. The plan is to use what we can from the original awning. We will be using the zips, windows and some of the red fabric, together with the grey vinyl skirt at the bottom that tucks inside the awning and goes under the groundsheet. We carefully unpicked the stitching from the zips. They will be too long but look like they can be shortened fairly easily. When we reuse the white fabric, we don’t want to use areas that have previously been sewn through as this will leave holes where water may get in. Instead we will cut out the panels close to the existing stitching to keep them as big as possible. With the white fabric removed, we decided to give it a run through the washing machine. Although the awning was very clean, there were a few marks on the white and it made sense to try and remove them now, rather than later when the whole thing was sewn together. Also, while the fabric was still damp from washing, we gave it a quick iron to remove the bigger creases which will make it easier to work with later. We will use new blue fabric as well on the awning, but the old red material won’t be wasted. We will carefully cut it out to usable pieces and keep it for possible use on other projects.
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    pièce de résistance

    That's quality. Have you ever visited Portmeirion? Quick question, do fog lamps go on the RH side in the US? They go that side in the UK so I'd have thought the go on the LH side so the lamp is positioned closer to the centre of a single carriageway.
  6. It's nearly that time again, the Warks, Worcs, West Mids post Christmas meal. Same format as previous years and at our usual monthly venue The Malt Shovel Pub, Coventry Road, Nr Stonebridge, Coventry, CV7 7HL https://maps.google....=classic&dg=brw To keep the table bills simple, most people normally opt for the carvery but other options are available: http://www.tobycarve...meriden/carvery Meet up from 7PM onwards and aiming to eat around 7-30 but latecomers can still get fed if they can't get there that early. I like to give the pub a better idea of the headcount a few days before the event so if interested parties let me know, I'll start a list and I'll make a booking for 25 people to get things rolling. If we get more people we'll either squeeze up a bit or take up more of the main dining area. Everyone welcome (including ladies and kids) and new members (or those thinking of joining) are especially welcome. ATTENDING Richard and Jackie Stuart and Sarah Steve, Rosemary, Rebecca, Geoff and Pat. Dean and Nicola Steve, Dee and Paige Andi, Clare and Jasper Keith and Becky Gaz and Carol Vic and Rita, Graham and Dot. Bob and Di. Martin and Karen Dan, Becky and Lily Jeff and Lyndon
  7. Updated - we're gonna need a bigger table!
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    GBS Zero Ford Kit - For Sale

    If you're interested you need to give him a call. I asked for a price to be added 2 weeks ago but it's not been done so I'll be pulling the advert shortly. The rule for posting adverts are clear and easy to comply with and we were prepared to let the additional parts go without prices as long as the kit had one.
  9. The tables are booked but it's not too late to join. Just let me know and I can adjust the booking to suit.
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    Leicestershire Area Meeting 16/1/2019

    Me too.
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    Attack of nostalgia

    Very nice and obviously a rarity - a British bike without a puddle of oil underneath it.
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    KITFEST club stand Fri 14th to Sun 16th June 2019

    I think we'd be up for this, it looks like a good chance to have a couple of nights away.
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    Project Rhocaravan

    The front side window comes very close to the awning rail, so the support bracket needed to be positioned above the window top rail, some distance away from the curve in the awning rail. This may not be the ideal position for the awning and we may have to move it forwards and down, on to the more vertical part of the rail. The next thing is the end legs are too widely spaced relative to the side profile of the caravan and need to be more vertical in the bottom half. Luckily the end legs were just the right size for a piece of 22mm copper pipe to slide inside so we used a pipe bender to make a couple of joining pieces around 200mm long that were drilled and rivetted in to the legs. This make the basic frame look like this, a lot closer to what we wanted.
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    Project Rhocaravan

    We decided to make the awning around 1500mm wide which would make it the same width as the caravan, effectively doubling the floor space. It could have been made wider, but we didn’t want it to be disproportionately large. In order to mock up the frame, we needed to fix the end bracket against the side panel without having the awning fitted. This was achieved by bending up some strips of aluminium that slid in to the awning rail and the brackets were clamped on the opposite end. After cutting down a few poles, we started to assemble a basic frame and noticed a problem almost immediately. The joining piece at the top of the central leg is designed so there’s a peak on the roof which means the frame ends up like this. The angle helps water drain off the roof but as headroom is at a bit of a premium, we need the roof as flat as possible and we will make it angle down from the side of the caravan. This is the joining piece which is a glass filled nylon material which can’t really be heated up and tweaked. The solution was to cut off the attachments either side and drill right through the plastic from one side to the other and insert a metal tube that the side poles could be slid on to. With that done, the frame was assembled like this.
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    Project Rhocaravan

    Before the awning could be fitted, we needed to attach the awning rail to the side of the caravan. As with the corner extrusions, it was a case of carefully bending the extrusion by hand before attaching it to the side panels. At this stage we fixed it with small self-tapping screws that we will replace with rivets eventually. At the front, awning rail sits just inside the corner extrusion and then runs horizontally along the lower level of the roof and aver the door before following the corner extrusion again down the back of the side panel. The awning rail is a C channel section and the awning was a round beading sewn in to the edge of it so it can be slid into the rail from one end. The rail comes in 2.5-metre lengths so there’s a join in the horizontal area just above the outside light. We tried to butt the ends of the rail as close together as possible to minimise the chance of water leaks. This is a picture of the awning given to us by Graham and Annette. It’s big, so big in fact that the grey roof area is long enough to reach all the way around the awning rail and down to the floor each end – with some to spare so we’ve got plenty of material wo work with. The awning is supported by fibreglass poles which have interlocking ends and adjustable sections. The poles are too long, but we can cut them down to the lengths we need. For the attachment at the side of the caravan, there’s brackets that the poles hook in to. The flat area on the left has a rubber pad that sits against the side of the caravan and the channel at the top clamps around a tadpole plastic beading that is sewn in to the inside of the awning. This means that the frame is then extended in tension inside the awning and pulls it tight against the awning rail.
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    London - Brighton Run 2019

    There will be other day trips and if people want one, I'll do something with an overnight stay on a Saturday.
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    London - Brighton Run 2019

    Other options are available that weekend!!
  18. Yes, the more the merrier.
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    Stratford Festival of Motoring

    Yes, same 2 days as Stoneleigh.
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    GBS Zero Ford Kit - For Sale

    Please put a price, at least for the starter kit, just so people know what you're looking for it. We don't want classified ads turning in to an auction.
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    Midlands Area run out - Sunday 30th December

    Me and Gaz will be there at 10.
  22. As the weather is mild at the moment, I thought about having a run out this Sunday. Mostly it's a chance to catch up and have a chat so don't feel obliged to come in a kit - tin tops are fine. Thinking of meeting at the Malt Shovel (Toby Carvery Stonebridge Coventry) for a leisurely breakfast from 10AM onwards and then head off around 11AM. I'm thinking we could head up to Carsington Water near Ashbourne for a cuppa and then head back via the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas. http://www.thenma.org.uk/
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    ZERO vinyl decals

    I've got a pair of red vinyl decals saying ZERO. Overall size is 15cm high x 55 cmm wise. Would look great on the sides of a car or maybe one on the back and the other on you toolbox (as long as it isn't red). They have the carrier tape on the front so should be easy to fit. As it's Boxing Day they're in sale, so I'll post them out free to a Club Member or a fiver to non-Members. If you want them, say so on here and them pm me your address and I'll post them out to you.
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