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  1. It foams as well when setting, so not ideal for gluing veneer? If you got the same sort? That action is ideal for GRP repair as it penetrates the matt, and as I said before fills voids. I had one nasty crack, no significant gel coat loss, but still completely detatched, so I ground out a 'V' of gel, sprayed water, put Glue in and covered it with a strip of plastic bag, taped down with masking. The result is almost a perfect repair! It's ready for painting (if you're not fussy - this is a race car; war wounds are allowed), and the Glue has penetrated behind as it swelled, unable to get forwards, locking the sides of the crack togther. John
  2. There's tape, wood glue, epoxy, sealant, super glue etc, but this the GLUE! http://uk.gorillaglue.com/gorilla-glue A 60ml bottle for less than a fiver goes a long way! John
  3. Last race, I had a little - er - meeting, with a crash barrier. Nothing serious but it damaged my Vitesse's bonnet. Some cracks, fractures and joint disruptions, that should need mending with resin and layer(s) of random mat. Several hours with prep and letting it go off. Well, no more! Gorilla Glue! This stuff is really good! Wet the surfaces (!) Spread the Glue and clamp up. It FOAMS as it sets, penetrates voids and fibrous surfaces, grips like, well, a gorilla, and doesn't go rigid and brittle. Very useful stuff! I recommend it. John
  4. Modern cars and POs

    It's the garage gremlins, Nick, they infest mine as well! NOT the awful 1984 film version, but the 1943 Disney one that was never released, based on stories by Roald Dahl, and featuring the RAF! Please ignore the squeaky voiced commentator (surely the love child of the Mouse himself and Cinderella) and enjoy the film clips. John
  5. Modern cars and POs

    Respect! Moderns' access to the engine really is minimal, and designedly, I fear, with all the security fasteners etc. There will be no 'future classics'. John
  6. Can't remember! Not without looking. Would it help you to know? John
  7. IPhones in UK?

    In town, as in UKtown, Steve? DEpends which town but hook-up with some Sidewayers? I bought a new phone last year, staying with my provider (vodafone), went to a Vodafone shop, and it was a five minute job to transfer my chip and all my contacts to the new phone, at no cost. It may be as easy if you wnat to change provider, I don't know. BUT, I think there might be difficulties if you took the new phone home to Vegas. I bought mine specifically to go to Rio - when I got there, no Vodafone network, nada! I bought a cheap burner phone, which did me while I was there. JOhn
  8. End of season compression test

    Agree with OTC, Nick, uyou could pressurise it with a foot pump, or one of those stirrup pumps that racing cylists use. Might need an adaptor, but most bike tyres today use Schrader valves like car tyres. Gosh, OTC! Did you 'cost' the parts in an exercise to discover what a 'fair' price might be? That's a most professional method! Thanks, both, John
  9. End of season compression test

    Ah! Leakdown test. Good idea. Hmmmmmmm. Lots of kits about, some very similar (standard red box?) some very pricey, some ridiculously cheap. (£60-12!) OTC's kit at £20 is middle range, but with respect still sounds cheap to me. I've bought tools before that were too cheap (pipe expanders made of chocolate 'steel' that caught fire when I tried to weld-repair them!). There's no leakdown kit on eBay that could be said to from a "reputable manufacturer". Compare the list of compression test kits - Sykes-Pick, Sealey, Laser - at least I know those names, and some of those kits can cost hundreds. What would you buy? John
  10. It must be ten years ago that the Binman made me some new, light weight rear wishbones, to go with my new rear axle. They have given stalwart service, been repaired several times ,but just recently both broke again, in the same places, and I realised too that the stress of the dmaopers had twisted them! So I copied Jon's design, but in heavier metal. Just fitted them to the car, and it's back on its wheels - with a rear camber, even after rolling the car to and fro, of more than -3 degrees! I'll adjust them tomorrow, but very pleased with them. As well as being heavier duty, they now include a cross tube. It's difficult to see, in the pics, as it's above the main Wb, carries the damper bolt housing and the forces from that right across to the opposite side on the radius arm joint tube. I've left the damoper loose for now while I set up the suspension. NB - MGF upright and disc brake.
  11. Soot Monster

    I'm several laps behind you, Nick with another threat to life, limb, lungs and the planet, my Citroen C5 "Tourer" (estate) diesel. IMHO it's my ideal modern car, room in the back to stretch out and sleep on circuit nights, and a superb tow car with its Hydropneumatic suspension, the successor to the original Citroen DS's ahead-of-its-time everything. And that's the reason why it's a keeper; Citroen have decided that its too expensive, and no longer make it or fit it to their cars! Imagine, Citroens that don't include quirky engineering solutions so clever and original that no other manufacturer uses them. Oh for the days of single spoke steering wheels amd drum speedometers! I know when the rot set in - remember? I could not replace it, even with one that was younger, as that change happened just after I bought it. It's now six and half years old, and a month ago, a windscreen wiper motor failed. Easy peasy - three bolts to install a new one, but then sit down very carefully, as wallet pain - nearly £300 for a new one. Now the pain is excruciating, as the steering rack is leaking where the column goes in, and it's not a replaceable seal. New rack - complete bloody new rack! I'd do it myself (and I could) but it's integrated into that wonderful Hydropneumatique system! You need the dealer's pressurising equipment to stop it all collapsing on the floor, and keep it doing its endearing habit of "getting up" when you open the door, like a camel greeting its rider. And a complete new rack is a lot more - sometimes I hate moderns and their modern modular manufacture! John
  12. Too far away for me, but the estimates for the cars on sale are ridicuous! A Lancia Monta Carlo, £2500-3500? Even 'for restoration, these are rare cars! John
  13. Change, Inevitable Change...

    No, thank YOU, Craig! Without whom, etc.tec. Good on yer, mate! John
  14. Health.....

    I know a surgeon called Mr.Cutting. "Nominative Determinism" was bigged up by the less-than-scientific Feedback column in the New Scientist. They had so many examples sent in that they had to refuse to publish any more, while stoutly maintaining that it had no basis in fact. Which it doesn't of course, else the world would be full of butchers called Slaughter, lawyers called Judge, and gardeners called Flowerdew. John
  15. Health.....

    Oooooer! Anaesthesia, Nick! No doubt you will meet the anaesthetist to discuss how they will proceed, when you're admitted, although most hospitals these days have out patient "Pre-Op. Assessment Clinics". You will see a nurse who has been trained to ask all the routine Q's, ensure all the right tests have been done, and to detect any other health problems that may complicate your op. But you will (you should!) see your anaesthetist when you coe in for your op. so tell the POA nurse or the anaesthetist of any concerns you have. They will be happy to discuss everything about the op. I won't say 'Good Luck", you won't need it! But best wishes John