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John I

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  1. Imagine if we could achieve such figures from the good old triumph blocks
  2. Loaded the van with a bed which was going to the upholster in Higher Wrackleford near Dorchester, also loaded SM/Memsaba plus one dog. Drive should have been about 2 1/2 hours there, drop off bed have lunch walk the dog and drive home another 2 1/2. Seemed like a good plan for the day.......so you would think! Off we went filled up at local garage heading for the great car park that is the M25. Hadn’t even got up the hill to the slip road when a metallic sound striking the bottom of the van resonated into the cab. SM says shall we go and look to see what that was.......driver no just something on the road. A few minutes later SM’s acutely sense of smell kicks in....”I can smell burning rubber, can you?” Driver not at first but after a bit yes. By this time we’re on said M25, luckily Chobham services just up the road so pulled over into slow lane and eventually into services. Bonnet up, nothing untoward there but did spy piece of plastic inner wheel liner missing on passenger side. Closer inspection said this had been rubbing before missing piece separated. Me thinks that’s ok, report to SM and off we go again back onto M25. Within minutes SM’s nose was reporting burning rubber again. We pulled off at next junction and slowly made our way home only 15 mins away! After a cuppa out with the jack and front end up. Passenger side first to reveal part of front coil missing and tyre rubbing lightly on what remained. Just thought I’d check the other side....... bugger that one as well but the rubbing was far worse. We wouldn’t have got much further let alone to Dorset some 130 miles down the road. Near miss thanks to SM’s nasal prowess. Two new springs on order! The clunk was a piece of spring from the drivers side about this size parting company with us, and this bit was wedged some how on the passenger side.
  3. Don’t feel the need to hold back Paul, our lot are a complete joke on that front not even worthy of a Monty Python sketch. They at least have got the balls on this occasion to send defensive tools to the right place. Very difficult to stop land launched Missile and shell bombardment with a no fly zone. Harsh choices in that regard so more defensive tools needed and quick. So heartening to see the response that your countrymen are giving to those that are fleeing that mad man and his deprived puppets called a military.
  4. Last log book issued 7 July 2012 and taxed until 31July 2022, so still appears to be on the road
  5. I think the registration is in the heading John
  6. Living dangerously , well certainly in my house!
  7. Six days to climb as high as aeroplanes fly impressive that’s a workout . Next stop Everest.
  8. That’s about the same era as good old Henry Cooper’s splash it all over “brut” Not sure which was worse/better............come to think of it my Dad used the Spice!
  9. Thanks John, glad to hear your knee is improving. I was given some info but your links are good reading and duplicates some of what I was given. Good news to hear that OA gets better, not so sure on the also gets worse bit especially always worst in the long term. Thing is I can kneel down but can’t reverse the motion without aid/point of support and I certainly can’t bend over to pick things up off the floor without striking a pose not dissimilar to an angle poise lamp not pretty! Cheers John
  10. Just got my X-ray results.......it’s all in the title...Today I...(bollocks!) Been feeling a little stiff recently like somebody has put my middle section in a straight jacket so had telephone conversation with doc, very good sent me for X-ray and booked physio slot. Off to Perthshire to see MIL, great to see her looking so good and mobile at 93. Results in say I’ve got moderate degenerative Ostia arthritis in both hips more so on the right.........how did that happen I asked the physio. After discussion on how active/sporty I was or had been her conclusion was earlier activities had probably taken their toll. I thought this meant I could now slow down a little, oh no she said you now have to keep active so it doesn’t seize up altogether. Funny how life can be........so it’s streches of every different kind from now on, I might see if I can find some sort of Castrol for the hips?
  11. That looks just a little bit crispy! Perseverance with the other bits and sacrifice
  12. You’re expecting to replace all of them or is there going to be a run/shortage of said bulbs in scrapyards
  13. In my three years in Australia during the early 80’s the most dangerous breathing thing I came across was “refreshed” Aussie rugby players who objected to us pomes chatting up any half decent looking girl that they thought should be theirs. Thankfully we had guardians onboard in the form of six NSW waterfront police. They were about as forgiving as a pair of 4x4s, kinda of felt sorry for the rugby guys if they got too out of line.
  14. Left Perthshire this morning in lovely sunshine, however didn’t have to wait long for it to change. Thought we’d go via the A701 Moffat route to the M74 because the Memsab said it was a beautiful run. Before we got to the beautiful stretch fog/low clouds that you can’t see your hand in front of your face descended followed by more snow Not much sceneary to see and a bit seat of the pants ride even in daylight. Got home safely though in just over 9hours........phew! Large glass of wine.
  15. Glad to hear things are changing for the better for your mum Nick. Could do with slightly higher temps here in Perthshire, woke up to this this morning..........white stuff falling from the sky where did that come from.
  16. It’s inevitable that you find the missing bits after you’ve bought replacements.
  17. Oh bollocks! Not what you want to find. I have a distant memory of a discussion either on here or one of the other triumph sites about the very same problem as your gearbox has suffered Roger. IIRC the upshot was that although new had been used in rebuilding quality was not what one would hope for. Hopefully you’ve been lucky and no damage done, just the expense of your time sorting it out! Best of luck getting to the bottom of it.
  18. But was it a warm wet as oposed to the freezing wet we currently have
  19. It’s having all that hair removed that’s done it. Your mum does not look old enough to be 80!
  20. That is one shiny finish, no need for paint it only adds weight!
  21. @thebrookster hi Phil, I spent most of last year watching flea bay and others for some k1100 bodies to come up but they all seemed to be north of £100 in the uk. As you have found the cheaper ones are US or Europe, pia! In the end I opted for a couple of sets from triumph 600 speed four which worked out at a little more than half of one k1100 set. I seem to recall that Eddie Walsh who runs mega squirt uk claims to have a good stock of bike throttle bodies which he sells. john
  22. And the bloke who jumped out after you, (who’s also flying on his back) hurtling towards you. No rear view mirror
  23. Back to injectors.......what is best ; to run slightly larger injectors from the Alfa t spark range, each of 176cc/min each producing 25.8bhp @ 80% but reduce the pressure or smaller ones from a mk3 K11 Micra 159cc/min and 23.2bhp @ 80% but on full 3 bar pressure. 6 of the latter ones would total about 139bhp.......little hope of getting up to that from a lightly worked mk2 2l. There’s got to be a fair number of the rounded looking Micras around surely?
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