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  1. Next week marks the 10th anniversary of my 3A’s restoration finish! I’ve kept a logbook since day #1 and that’s how I found out. Coffee and cake, I tell you. 10 yrs of virtually trouble-free motoring (knock on wood). Only hiccup was a leaky radiator two winters back. I planning to treat myself / my car: a present. Currently, the car is on w/wheels. Great look perhaps, I am always under the impression that it’s not ideal. That’s why I’m drawn to Minilites (or replicas). Having said that, I’m also drawn to the idea of ditching the windscreen and go ‘hardcore’ with only a set of Br
  2. A dentist or not, he's not a nice chap, to begin with. Menno
  3. My neighbour who lives in the lane parallel to mine is a Dentist. Used to buy a new R/Rover every year and has a Porsche in the garage. About 5 yrs ago, he was no longer 'able' to buy a new car, due to the fact that dentists were 'wrung' by the insurance companies. Sadly for him, his lamentation didn't land here... Medical care is still extremely expensive - but not on doctor's wages. Nurses' wages, high end machinery cost a lot of money. A friend of mine is a self-employed financial controller for hospitals and medical care in general. His idea of cutting costs are pretty down-to-earth:
  4. In the Netherlands, everybody is insured. It is mandatory, but you can choose your own insurance company. Something car insurance. Sort of semi-privatised. Costs are about 90 euros/month, but you can choose more expensive insurance. Children under 18 are FoC. All are covered with that. Free GP, free hospital etc. There's an annual 350 euro threshold (pay it yourself before insurance pics up the remaining bill) for special things like teeth-whitening etc. Seeing a doctor is no problem: the same day. Hospital is mostly within a week (when it's not something 'bad'). Waiting times in the hosp
  5. Not my experience: 80K kms trouble-free motoring with the oil feed. That included various trips to the Alps and North Spain in the summer (that was before I had kids). My biggest concern was sun block... After I'd sold the car in 2003, it kept on performing - but now I have lost track of the car. It still exists and runs (MoT'ed - Dutch version)
  6. Put the cardboards between the engine and the wheels back, including the ones in front of the radiator. Those boards 'guide' the airstream from the fan all to the back of the engine. Especially the last cylinder (the one close to the bulkhead) is the one that needs attention (cooling). Currently, with modern-day fuels, which generate more heat than the ones in the past, I would consider the installation of an oil feed line into the cylinder head.
  7. Are you sure it's only plastic? Here it is called Uponor, however...other brands are available. We use that stuff here since the mid-90s and it is actually metal pipe with a plastic cover. So-called 'more layers piping'. Proper brands have special fittings / connectors to connect the Uponor to copper or the faucets. A proper supplier will rent out or even lend you a professional cutter and press for all the connectors you need to attach. Menno
  8. I had a pageant blue '78 Spitfire for years. The only downfall were the waxstat carbs. The guy who'd previously owned my Spit was a really skilled mechanic and he'd overhauled the carbs and had come up with his own solution for that: leaving the outside untouched, but he'd totally revised the inside. An oil cooler is a good idea. I would recommend a fine metal mesh in front of the cooler: somehow these low-positioned coolers attract stones! One tiny pebble ruins your trip! (Don't ask how I know...) Cooling is always somewhat of a problem. A proper wide radiator and an elec fan (salvage ya
  9. Over on the other forum where I found the 'Joe Lucas' postings, there was another interesting posting. Someone stated that he was glad to see that the pilot and co-pilot had parachutes and ejection seats to get out (contrair to the Lancaster bombers before the Vulcan). Then some replied...
  10. Mine is still for sale. I'm contemplating about another elderly person car/toy: a camper... but that's still in the back of my mind. Have a great weekend! Menno
  11. Over on another forum, a guy posted some pics of a Vulcan bomber. He also added some pics of the 'intestines' of that plane. The colour coding looks remarkable familiar... so does the routing of the cables. The absence of grommets where the wiring goes through the metal housing, worries me... I'm proud to say that my TR's wiring loom looks a lot tidier than this!
  12. Powder blue is always great!! Best colour in fact. Menno
  13. No, I didn't and you're right! Best to do that next year then!
  14. Yes. Have a look at the pic. The guy is sitting on what we call a 'wheel-scooter' or 'auto-scooter'. Somehow, I was under the impression that it is a universal name for that contraption.
  15. I thought about that too. I will have the wheels balanced locally. Luckily for me, that shop is regarded to be the best in the country. There's always a bunch of exotica there for alignment and balancing. Since my car is on w/wheels I'm going to discuss the possibility of balancing them on the car, with a 'scooter'. Menno
  16. The weather today was perfect. Hitting the 20C today. The highest February temp ever recorded here in the Netherlands. (The old record was yesterday's temp...). Since I have a few days to spare, this was the perfect day to get the TR on the road. I hadn't driven the car (according to its logbook that I've started since the car got back on the road) since August 24. 2017. Too many cars and too little time alway came between me and the TR. But not today! After a check of all fluids, I crossed my fingers and pushed the starter button. Mmmmm, not much. The battery was more or less empty.
  17. ... or getting an alarming message that your need to check your tyres (deflated) after changing the wheels from 'winter' to 'summer'. There's also the use of bizarrely slotted/profiled bolt-heads! Menno
  18. As a former Spit owner, I can say that I applaud that! One of the best ideas. (Perhaps next to the two triangled canvas bags I once saw above the wheel arches/in the cavity between wheel arch and bonnet. There's enough place to store much-needed car parts to overcome a break-down of the car).
  19. Friend of mine used to be a director at Renault Holland. He told me that the factory in France is pretty 'lose' when it comes to setting prices for parts in various countries. E.g.: those plastic hub caps costed next to nothing here in Holland. In France however, they cost an arm and a leg. Reason: most Dutch cars are on alloys... and in France, most cars were (are?) on steel rims, needing those caps! Talking about Porsche prices... a colleague has two older Porsches. Both bought at an indy about 10 yrs ago. The hassle and the money it took to get them 'on board' at the main dealer again!
  20. Beautiful pic. Nice car. But this car with this set-up screams 'Brooklands'! Menno
  21. Not where I live. I live a whopping 12 mtrs above sea level! When the polar ice melts and the sea level rises, my house will transform from a house at the edge of a park to a house on the beach! I just have to change to a beach bum... Back on topic: I've decided to sell the Porsche so that I can use my spare time to drive the TR. Menno
  22. TBH... my TR drove only 26kms last year... Combine that with the splendid summer we had and you don't have to be a wizz-kid to figure out that it was 100% dry motoring!
  23. Uhhh... is this the correct place and time to write that I don't drive in the rain?
  24. Interesting additional info. Thanks for that. I remember that he told me that energy prices are high in Germany. However... Dutch prices are on the rise as well... 46% of what a household pays, is tax! Menno
  25. ... that coal burning in Germany is an odd thing. I am a certified sailing instructor and a few years back I had a nice German gentleman on my boat for 5 days. He wanted to learn to sail. He told me that he was a Board member of RWE (RWE website) and one of the things he told me that on certain days, Germany is capable of producing >100% of its energy needs from solar power and wind. On a sunny but windy day, the windmills in the north and on hills and solar panel parks on the south-facing banks in the south produce more power than Germany needs! Coal power is cheap but Germany's last coal
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