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    Haven't run the VW very low or out of fuel recently have you , I had a car that needed a pump replacement if you ran the tank empty ,mukanics said not to let the tank get below 1/4 ,sold the fkr as a pump was about $700 AUD a pop back then ,and coming to a sudden stop was dangerous and unappreciated .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
    Haven't run the VW very low or out of fuel recently have you , I had a car that needed a pump replacement if you ran the tank empty ,mukanics said not to let the tank get below 1/4 ,sold the fkr as a pump was about $700 AUD a pop back then ,and coming to a sudden stop was dangerous and unappreciated .
    Nah Wazza ..... generally fill it once it gets to half a tank .... like to be able to get in it and drive all night if I have to .... you never know when you might have to ... me mate who I called has a garage and said they're known for just giving up the ghost, without warning ... annoying, but C'est la vie ..... have had it with other vehicles too ... SD1s were also prone to just dying and the classic Rangies and / or discos with the in tank pumps
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    today didn't quite go as planned ...... rang the local factors first thing, to make sure it'd arrived as promised .... Oh yeh .... and'd been put on a van for delivery to me !!! ... usually too much trouble for 'em ... despite being on a route


    "Well i was just leaving to collect it, as arranged"
    " I'll find out where it is and come back to you "


    An hour later he's ringing to say it'd be back in the unit .... in an hour's time .... driver said he'd failed to deliver it as I was closed ... muppet !!


    Anyway ... had a bit of a hit in town for various bits and bobs, top up the fridge, and a few other items ... then went and got it.


    me mate who owns the place'd taken great delight in telling yon muppet that I couldn't possibly have been closed ... 'cos i wasn't a biz address !! ...
    if yer's gonna bullshit ... at least make it plausible!!!!!!!








    box'd had a hard ride at some point, so got opened 'fore it left there .... but looked fine, so it came home.


    a very different unit, but basically the replacement ..





    it got 12v on the bench ... and ran sweet, so in it went ...





    glad I had the spanner made up .... would've taken some dogging down without it ...but all went in well ...


    on/offed it maybe 20+ times to prime the filter up .......and didn't think it was gonna start .. 'til it coughed a bit and was away ... Purring like a watch this afternoon ..... hardest part was getting the seat squab back in ... what a lil' bar steward that was !! ...
    gynecologist job getting the seat belts through it .... at the same time as getting it aligned with three other locators ... but job done

    Hoping this is the last of the three .... RR tank, washing machine rebuild and now this ..... they reckon it happens in threes ....
    'twill do me for a while ..... buggered my plans for the last two days anyway ....was gonna have a look see what i have to do to this ....


    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    well I had a quick look under yon tranny on Saturday ...


    might be busy for a few days dealing with what I found ..... "beauty is only skin deep"

    Wednesday night



    last night



    Squeak in full chill mode LOL..... had to extract him from off the keyboard earlier in the evening ... to use it better find some batteries for me wireless one



    appears me desk is now squeaks 'bed of choice' .....








    had a few visitors yesterday afternoon





    could see about a dozen all told ...... 'til I opened the door and about 30 or more took off, in formation, down across the lawn ... the shoot next door has obviously released a new hatch/batch


    been giving this a spruce up .... ready for the onslaught of the winter's weather ......





    amazing how the sunlight 'dulls'/takes the sheen off it in a few months .......
    got it finished by the afternoon ...
    well and truly 'tarred' this end, with the bottom of me 25ltr bituminous drum, which I had to cut in half to get it out of ...
    time for a new drum of paint ... for the rest of it.


    this end tends to catch the worst of it though and as it was nice and dry it had to have the treatment ..
    finished item pic to follow .. forgot to take one wednesday


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    pam was busy with the black gloss ...... first time these have been done in a loooooong time ... usually full of flowers ...











    made 'em for her years ago and have lasted very well ..


    Pam was playing macrame with 'em yesterday morning ... jury is still out ??








    then it pee-ed down


    I thought it was about time i hauled this out from under the bench








    and had another go at getting the lil' bar steward to start ...
    usually very good, but last time i tried, it would not have it ....
    so, ... knackered, I stuck it away for a n other day ...
    I would like to be able to use it .. really good little, portable set .... have had it years ...





    well I pulled my guts out on it .... to the point that me spleen was complaining - A LOT yesterday evening. ......


    plug out ...pulled and pulled 'til there was nowt emanating from yon plug hole with the fuel turned off ...
    all dry, crank cases empty ...
    plug had a cooking on a few occasions, with a mini blowtorch and it'd aaaaalmost have it. !!


    anyway ...
    went and picked up Clara from one of her full days at nursery, at 3.15, entertained her for an hour plus, 'til mum arrived and she went home.
    Wandered back up to lock up, as it was still pee-ing down and thought ... quick shufty ...
    what am i missing ???? :???:
    well i'll admit it to you lot ... but don't tell anyone else


    when I put it away last time, I'd thoughtfully put a bung in the carb's bell mouth ... keep out any unwanted visitors, etc. .........
    pity I hadn't remembered that this morning ...... but was a while ago ..
    no wonder yon plug was so wet ... every time it came out


    I was hoping for a more fruitful outcome this morning ....
    after I'd delivered Clara to nursery ...........
    assuming I was in any fit state to pull the bugger, but has pissed down here all day .....
    as in 'kin monsoon rain ... so a job for the morning




    I heard that ...... which one of you buggers laughed!! ????
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Probably all of us .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianoz View Post
    Probably all of us .
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianoz View Post
    Probably all of us .
    Yes sorry .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
    Yes sorry .....
    hmmmmm !!



    I was supposed to be out Saturday, slinging again ...
    had also planned to go to Engcon's dig day, 'til it came up ......
    and then the lift got cancelled 10 oclock Friday evening ......
    they hadn't got the roof off the building for the morning!!


    Their H&S guy didn't like the way they'd got it scaffolded and made 'em re-do it all again !!!!!!!!


    so both plans for Saturday got scuppered. Spent some time on the lil' Mosa again ....
    carb off, stripped, cleaned, fuel system drained and cleaned then all back together, fresh motion lotion, crank cases blown out whilst the carb was off with 150 PSI ....
    all dry, plug cleaned, gapped, checked for sparks .... all back together and....


    can get it to run, for 10-20 seconds, but will not rev .... weird throttle linkages on it ... controlled by engine speed AND a solenoid actuator which picks it up on demand ... plenty of fuel getting through ....
    it had me stumped .... and knackered again .....it still takes some pulling WITH the venturi open to atmosphere.


    Got pee-ed off with it eventually, after several fruitless hours ... it's rare I'm beat by a lil' petrol engine, but this one has me .... ATM!!!


    If anyone knows anything about these Del Auto carbs ... please share ?



    Spent some time over the weekend having a sort out of old files that I've had to keep ... (7 years after closure of biz) ...
    anyway ... their time was up and it was time to meet the burning bin



    tha's 12 months worth from one steel stockholder !!


    and some more



    took a while to burn this lot, plus a load of other stuff
    'Nother two years and it'll all be gone ......
    filing cabinets are emptying quietly


    Squeak has also recruited Sparty to my desk of an evening ....





    Anxious hour last night, when the old girl refused to respond to the helm!! .... eventually sussed that the mouse had sort of died ??


    cursor was fine and'd go where ever I put it ..... left click wasn't working though .... but took me a while to realise it .... thought the old girl had frozen for the last time.


    A n other mouse installed and problem solved ... in fact it's even improved things a bit ..... could have been having unseen issues for a while ... she's turbo charged today !!!!!


    this morning was at least dry .... not the clear skies forecast, but drier than last night ...
    Pam was off to a funeral for 10.45 ... and I decided it was time to have a 'discussion' with Ollie's trailer's tow bar


    jack leg off first .... as it was welded across the raiser block for the tow eye...



    followed a little while later by the block ....



    not quite what I was expecting to see .. or how I'd have done it .... and a PITA to get off



    but it's off and cleaned up ready for the next phase





    Have a suss on the next stage too
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    phase two ......


    Genny started first flick








    forgot a pic of the next bit ... but can see the result .....





    same both sides turned around in't saw ....


    genny started the second time ... first flick


    after I'd set up the plasma ready for some exercise ....





    forgotten just how nice a tool the old plasma was ... ate this





    had to use the saw for the two vertical cuts as i had no guaranteed idea of where the eye tail was -- whether it was a long un or a short un ... available in two lengths usually ..... t'was a long un .... but just cleared it . ...





    not the most impressive of installations and improved on it a bit with some extra weld, here and there ...





    re-used the tapered end inverted





    then it was time to have a suss





    looked ok, so back to the bench





    and nailed that taper on, on the bench ....... 'fore transferring it all to the back of the patch





    had intended to just stitch it on and make it mobile enough to shift about, but way too windy for yon MIG today, so got carried away with the Caddy and it ain't coming off .... still want some MIG time with it, to just tidy up some of the verticals ..... hell of a gap in them in places for a stick job , do the overhead, underneath it and attach some re-enforcing plates, either side and underneath, when I get 'em cut.





    job for another day .... BIL's dad's funeral tomorrow ..... but at least it's easily moved about now and could do with having it a bit further in the air for comfort's sake and an easier job underneath it ........ getting too old to be lying on the deck under that ... back's in half this evening, as it is, down there with it this afternoon




    now have a 52" length, to eye centre, too .... tow bars need to be half the towing vehicle width plus a couple of inches ..... 'Drema's 100" overall inc. the leg feet .. no chance of catching a corner on a severe lock !!
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    one to make you all 'smile' ....
    this makes it one all, 'tween me and the missus ...


    some may recall ... I took us to the wrong hospital last year - honest mistake .. paperwork came from me usual clinic..MRI suite was in a different place, t'other side of Cardiff


    so ..... left here in good time Wed.s for said funeral .... Pam's organised what / where / when ... times, etc.


    we get to the Crematorium half an hour before the stated time of 1.15 .... looks a tad quiet??
    I park and have a wander over to the 'You are here' board / map and buggered if I can see 'Calfaria Chapel' on it???
    walking back I notice on a lamp post, a notice stating the batting order for the day ..... our 'team' is scheduled for 2.15 ?????


    "check that text from yer sister Pam" says I, as I get back in't car ...... "there's no Calfaria chapel here and that notice over there says 2.15 "


    She hadn't noticed the "1.15 " between the words "chapel " and "crematorium 2.15" ...... fook ...
    we're in Merffa (Merthyr)... a place we do not know and only go to once in a blue moon, with no idea WTF this chapel is ?????
    Her sister and BIL will both have their phones turned off by now ... ditto Pam's neice !!


    "OK ...head back to Anne's place and we'll ask " that was the easy bit ... get back to Cefn Coed and dive in a shop .. never heard of said chapel !!
    "where did Gareth's parents live Pam ? "
    " er heel summat "
    "Heol Gerrig by any chance? "
    " that sounds familiar "


    'S maybe 15 years since I last had to navigate Merffa .. 's a big-ish place and has changed massively ... grabbed a posty for some directions ..
    he lost me after the fifth mini roundabout, but it must've sunk in, 'cos ten minutes later we're heading into what used to be Heol Gerrig village on t'other side of the valley from where we'd just come ....
    grabbed another posty for more directions ... 'nother half a mile ... straight up the significant hill we're on
    ... 's gonna be up in the clouds at this rate !!!


    Anyway .. we get there, park and leg it down to Calfaria Chapel about 30 seconds 'fore the cortege arrives and dash inside


    I never knew her BIL was a welsh speaker ..... nor did Pam !!
    90% of the service was conducted in Taff, (Welsh) all bar one hymn ... so stood/sat there like a dummy for 50 minutes, watching the clock thinking, ...


    'this is gonna be a bloody fast trip to the Crem.!!!!! '


    It was for us ... we just tagged on to the back end of a line of cars .... heading in the opposite direction we'd arrived from (and the hearse was pointing) ...
    " don't 'spose they're all going home do you ? " ....
    "not unless they all live in the same place Pam " .....


    after a ten minute, semi-guided tour of the back streets, we emerged exactly where I thought we'd end up and I was away, heading for yon Crem. .......
    Cortege was well late .. but he had a damned good send off ... must've been 250 folks there ...... bloody good job they'd not all come to the 'Chapel'


    Finding the wake venue was a.n.other story ........... but no time constraints on that one ....
    I got us there though ... all in all was a bloody loooooooong day ...
    didn't get home 'til damned near 8 in the evening
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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