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About mk2vitesses

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    Cars, women, sunsine but not always in that order!
  1. Good luck Steve, I am counting down the days till I move to the new location. Plenty to do B4 then though!!
  2. I know my son followed your thread on the pistonheads forum. Looking at the remains of the car, I feel I have to ask what was the state of the sills? On the Vitesse there are side rails (I've got the thicker side rails and I have boxed them), do you feel that may explain why the tree "invaded" the driver area so far? I wonder have you made any changes to the new machine in this area. I will raise a glass while I fit my new fuel pump to the car tonight. ;D Si
  3. Seeing these makes me want one!!! http://www.triumphspitfirelemans.com/
  4. Yes quite correct, "skin" effect increases with frequency, the alternating current travels on the outside of the conductor as freqency is increased. That is why at VHF and above inductors are often silver plated. In the "RF" world to increase CSA "Litz" wire is used, each strand is individually insulated, quite expensive stuff! Si
  5. Ha Ha, made me laugh. Hey don't think politicians are the only fools around, the perception that pilots are very smart has given them an air of superiority: It takes a college degree to fly a plane but only a high school diploma to fix one: a reassurance for those of us who fly routinely in their jobs. After every flight, Qantas pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet" which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humour. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by Qantas pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers. P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main tire. P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft. P: Something loose in cockpit. S: Something tightened in cockpit. P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: Live bugs on back-order. P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent. S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground. P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. S: Evidence removed. P: DME volume unbelievably loud. S: DME volume set to more believable level. P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. S: That's what they're for P: IFF inoperative. S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. P: Suspected crack in windshield. S: Suspect you're right. P: Number 3 engine missing. S: Engine found on right wing after brief search. P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!) S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious. P: Target radar hums. S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics P: Mouse in cockpit. S: Cat installed. P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer. S: Took hammer away from midget. Si
  6. Weld a pair of these on: http://www.canleyclassics.com/?xhtml=xhtml/product/rearwishbonemountingbracket.html&xsl=product.xsl. Fit CV joint conversion to rotoflex hubs, have old 3.63 : 1 crown and pinnion fitted to: http://www.quaife.co.uk/shop/search/results/taxonomy%3A824%2C621%2C410 Fit decent dampers and polybushes, possibly fit rear anti roll bar. That's one way of doing it. ;D
  7. Sorry to hear that, I have to work my notice and have been given the absolute minimum payment!! > When the original firm was bought out 14 years ago I was given 5% shares in the company, he has forgotten that fact! According to what I've read when a company "acquires" another, the shareholders automatically have shares of the same percentage in the "new” resulting company. I think I will enjoy making his life difficult! ;D
  8. Thanks for the support, a bit of work then it should be smooth running. George, I make my own Bio Diesel so that is not a issue but around 30 mins more each way will seem strange. ;D
  9. The AXE fell last week, I have three months to work and take my hols. Has given me the minimum payment / time he has too by LAW. :-/ But I have another place lined up, they have bought the workshop and want me to run it! So about another 17 ish miles each way per day, a much nicer human being to work for than the current boss. ;D
  10. I part restored a rag top Vitesse 15 years ago, the rain channels on the screen surround were rusted through. I had some sections made up to repair the frame, they were much thicker gauge steel (18g) and I extended them into the "A" post base. Later I thought it would have been better to run some steel bar from the top down to the bottom as well, I was aware the car had a bad reputation when the bonnet was struck hard from the front causing the screen to fold back! It was this that made me stay with the Saloon version instead!
  11. I have also had a couple of items that were built by GT, both items went wrong but the time scale involved from their "rebuild" to failure was a few years in both cases. Of recent times I found myself custodian of some parts (bearings) for one of the forum members, they hung about for ages then I was asked by GT to send them out. I did this at my expense, it was not a lot. The items were returned as they were not what the recipient was after. GT later collected them from me, I then drove him to Ray of TR improvments near to Dunmow Essex where he showed some new valves he had produced. I feel he needs to find a business partner that can handle getting his stuff reproduced without anybody ripping each other off, allowing GT to continue the development work which he is clearly VERY good at. Gareth, I have no issues with you but you do seem to be the person who is always wronged!
  12. I have already made enquires, seems I am of use to other firms so watch this space!! My going is easy, it is MY department that is unique at this site and has the highest cost. No more repairs or overhaul, the other guys 28 years and 35 years respectively are front line repair and checks. My going makes the site break even, it is all I can do! There are no youngsters coming in! Si
  13. OK, the cards were laid on the table today. The management put the figures in front of us, It was clear of the three of us I was the greatest cost and had the best chance of moving on. Tomorrow is crunch day! I am taking the redundancy package hoping the remaining guy's can continue to better times. A BIG unknown for me but I can/will adapt. Thank you for your support, I’m sure I won’t be the last member of this forum to face this. I hope the number is small.
  14. Thanks, meeting due in the next hour.
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