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John A Ross wrote: Wed Sep 13, 2023 1:53 pm Roy

Save yourself the hassle of pulling plugs

Fit a VAC guage

https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/t/vacu ... ool/178537

Or just add in an wideband sensor to your exhaust and a AFR display

You can see whats happenning in real time rather than "what was" if its a real concern

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Thanks but given I have what is a new engine fitted , its done only 3000 kms or so? I know that things were good mixture wise BEFORE I put petrol with engine oil in it!

Not a lot really, I was interested to see what effect it would have, now I know!
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John A Ross wrote: Wed Sep 13, 2023 1:53 pm Roy

Save yourself the hassle of pulling plugs

Fit a VAC guage

https://www.pakwheels.com/forums/t/vacu ... ool/178537

Or just add in an wideband sensor to your exhaust and a AFR display

You can see whats happening in real time rather than "what was" if its a real concern

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I have this gauge, will it work in vacuum testing?
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They were a bit of a gimmick and you can't watch that all the time trying to keep it in the green when you supposed to be looking where you're going.
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No. Just like you cannot watch whats going on around you when you're constantly going to have to look at your speedo to keep to 20 ridiculous miles per hour ! There could well be more accidents !

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The Nun wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 6:01 pm They were a bit of a gimmick and you can't watch that all the time trying to keep it in the green when you supposed to be looking where you're going.
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Uncle Henry wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 9:07 pm No. Just like you cannot watch whats going on around you when you're constantly going to have to look at your speedo to keep to 20 ridiculous miles per hour ! There could well be more accidents !
Must admit Andy, I find it a big problem to sit at 20, the ACC on Helens ID3 handles it just fine but 20 is not a happy speed for anything I have with a manual box, not even the imp. All rev far too high in 3rd or are loaded too much in 4.

Its bonkers.

I really feel the pain of Wales now. They will grind the country to a halt and just gave our delivery and transport infrastructure a big kick in the nuts.

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And there's been no mention of the added pollution that's going to follow, with cars needing to drive in a lower gear. Such pollution, as caused, will then be used to add to the call for electric vehicles ! And all because parents can't parent these days, and keep their kids educated about road sense. Our toddlers were on reins back in the day - now seen as an assault rather than a safety measure ! Pathetic. Most young mums walk about with their heads stuck in their phones round our way, with no regard to what the sprogs are up to. And so then someone else can be blamed for their own shortcomings.

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If all those delivery companies said sorry we aren't delivering inside the limited zones you'll have to come to our warehouse on the outskirts and pick up your goods yourself then things would soon start going back to how they were, no beer deliveries to the House of Commons bar 😄
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Our supply infrastructure is almost a living thing. Even 20 years ago a tin of beans scanned at the checkout was being loaded onto a cage 300 miles away to navigate the hubs and then to store. Nowdays the information that AI can extract and predict trends makes some of the SciFi movies look like an antique documentery.

But yes time to store is calculated from loading slots in the bay, what is to be loaded, hub to hub, any delay on accident, traffic in town and now the horror of 20 will see some horrific interuptions to service and ultimately used to bump UP prices.

Courier companies ALREADY started to hit us with levies.

Not sure it will promote anything electric Andy, our grid is bother.

Anything for big haulage future as regards green lies with companies like JCB on hydrogen. One of the things that caught my eye is they developed a refueling plant as well as the engine to replace the old site diesel bowser :-)

Given the background in electric ground lifts electric would be easier but they have at least seen the folly.

Next 10-20 years will be interesting. Would be great to be around that ong to see it unfold.

Electric is no good. I charge at home for buttons, likely costs me 1p a mile to run, great for me but looking at the plan to come to the AGM, I am cheaper by a long way bringing the diesel and skipping the extra DAY almost it takes for me to stop and charge.

Day running Helen only typically uses 5% but I used it yesterday evening for "dads taxi" for my son, left with 180 miles on range, went 32 miles ( 2 trips 16 miles round) and was left with less than 75 when I parked up, that was running lights and heater.

On Electric I reckon I am actually better off on expenses at end of the month by a fair bit even paying for the electric car, but the tech and capabilities are not there to replace anything practical yet. Its one of the longer range one and it comes in at nearly 2 TONS ! and yes, I can see it killing roads faster. Smaller cars, Fiats/BMW Minis all sub 100 mile range, I would have struggled last night in either of those.

Needs beer to put the world to rights on that one.

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Aplogies Roy !

But back to imps.

Yes there are motors that will drop right in an imp. The adapted milk float one I think is still out there but modern conversions have been done to replace imp lumps.

Same issues.

What would be nice Roy is given your sunshine availability, and its something we though of when we bought our first merc with panoramic roof, is embedding PV cells to the roof for extra charge as you go.

Would not work here, PV cells rarely reach full potential here.

You are indeed in the land of plenty for that Roy.

EV conversion ?

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Might be easier to just buy an Electric Fiat 500 and stick IMP badges on it, saw one today they're quite nice and very quiet, so quiet i didnt quite hear it coming, but this one didn't have IMP badges but no reason why not 😃
There was a guy doing all these what a modern imp should look like drawings, and some didn't look too bad, and with the cars being available through Peugeot dealerships within a fortnight folk were getting excited, but then reality kicked in and it all died a dearh to be heard of no more.
But anyway until there's a charger virtually for every electric car almost everywhere small EVs are just for going to the town and back, but that would be ideal for you Roy?
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John A Ross wrote: Sun Sep 17, 2023 12:13 pm Aplogies Roy !

But back to imps.

Yes there are motors that will drop right in an imp. The adapted milk float one I think is still out there but modern conversions have been done to replace imp lumps.

Same issues.

What would be nice Roy is given your sunshine availability, and its something we though of when we bought our first merc with panoramic roof, is embedding PV cells to the roof for extra charge as you go.

Would not work here, PV cells rarely reach full potential here.

You are indeed in the land of plenty for that Roy.

EV conversion ?

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Given the failure of South Africas Eskom power utility we have just had a 5.1 Kw invertor installed, works as it should too!
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Roy

I have 9kw here of storage, topped up on an off peak tariff cheap as chips 12.30 to 4.30 am every day.

The EV costs us peanuts to use, so we use it as much as we can. Especially short trips.

The energy store at 9kw lasts no time here with 4 adults in the house :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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John A Ross wrote: Sat Sep 16, 2023 9:42 am
Uncle Henry wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 9:07 pm No. Just like you cannot watch whats going on around you when you're constantly going to have to look at your speedo to keep to 20 ridiculous miles per hour ! There could well be more accidents !
Must admit Andy, I find it a big problem to sit at 20, the ACC on Helens ID3 handles it just fine but 20 is not a happy speed for anything I have with a manual box, not even the imp. All rev far too high in 3rd or are loaded too much in 4.

Its bonkers.

I really feel the pain of Wales now. They will grind the country to a halt and just gave our delivery and transport infrastructure a big kick in the nuts.

It will be trains next, put in high speed lines and limit them to 50....
Is it all of Wales or just the one town?

Makes little sense? Imp027
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John A Ross wrote: Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:40 pm Roy

I have 9kw here of storage, topped up on an off peak tariff cheap as chips 12.30 to 4.30 am every day.

The EV costs us peanuts to use, so we use it as much as we can. Especially short trips.

The energy store at 9kw lasts no time here with 4 adults in the house :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Uncle Henry wrote: Sun Sep 17, 2023 9:12 am And there's been no mention of the added pollution that's going to follow, with cars needing to drive in a lower gear. Such pollution, as caused, will then be used to add to the call for electric vehicles ! And all because parents can't parent these days, and keep their kids educated about road sense. Our toddlers were on reins back in the day - now seen as an assault rather than a safety measure ! Pathetic. Most young mums walk about with their heads stuck in their phones round our way, with no regard to what the sprogs are up to. And so then someone else can be blamed for their own shortcomings.

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Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 11:16 pm
The Nun wrote: Fri Sep 15, 2023 6:01 pm They were a bit of a gimmick and you can't watch that all the time trying to keep it in the green when you supposed to be looking where you're going.
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John A Ross wrote: Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:40 pm Roy

I have 9kw here of storage, topped up on an off peak tariff cheap as chips 12.30 to 4.30 am every day.

The EV costs us peanuts to use, so we use it as much as we can. Especially short trips.

The energy store at 9kw lasts no time here with 4 adults in the house :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Another drive, I am now wanting to use up the petrol with oil in it, I think The Nun may be right, leave it alone as to be honest the engine starts instantly ( now with choke ) runs just fine and you would never know about the fuel / oil mix, mind you there may be a little smoke from the exhaust?

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African Imp wrote: Fri Sep 22, 2023 12:27 pm
As my dad used to say " A good soldier never looks behind himself " Imp027
Just use your mirrors before maneuvering 😃
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The local Caltex service station now stock the Halvoline Xtended Life Coolant, some years back, it was not always available, so I phoned head office and they had it in stock in a matter of days.

The price has risen four fold since I fitted the rebuilt Singer Sport ( 916 cc ) engine, its now R110 for a single pack of 1 litre, given the job it does I suppose its cheap enough? Say 4.70 pounds?

The sale was done for me by Jeremiha who was kind enough to pose with my car :)

Its a pre mix and with a ration of 33/67, is that Antifreeze to Water?
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Good old fashioned personal service like the days when knights were bold, you wouldn't get Halfords bringing it out to your car here these days🤫
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The Nun wrote: Sat Sep 23, 2023 2:04 pm Good old fashioned personal service like the days when knights were bold, you wouldn't get Halfords bringing it out to your car here these days🤫
Yes, we are sort of in a different World here, some bad and some good , such as by law we may not have a Self Service Petrol Station, this has been discussed many times over the last three decades, the decision to keep Petrol Attendants is based on the number of them who would then be unemployed ?

They work in twelve hour shifts too! Imp027
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Probably to do with theft too as the price of fuel rises folk chance driving off without paying where they cant if its not self service.

I believe here they are looking at pay before you fill here now to prevent non payers.
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The Nun wrote: Mon Sep 25, 2023 6:07 pm Probably to do with theft too as the price of fuel rises folk chance driving off without paying where they cant if its not self service.

I believe here they are looking at pay before you fill here now to prevent non payers.
You may well have a point there!

Then there is the other side of sales, it may have been last year when a lady drove into a filling station and asked for petrol, when presented with the cash sale slip she found that she was short on the required amount, the petrol attendant paid the short amount from his own pocket and told the lady to return the amount next time she was passing?

A crowdfunding campaign for petrol attendant Nkosikho Mbele whose act of kindness warmed hearts across South Africa has raised more than R282,000 to help his family in Cape Town. Mbele paid R100 out of his own pocket to top up the tank of a motorist who stopped for fuel but had forgotten her bank card...

This went onto a Face Book page and someone started a Crowd Funding for the petrol attendant, last I heard the amount was past a half million Rands and the guy was set to buy himself a small house!

It was God's doing, all of this. I feel like I'm dreaming. I'm shocked. I'm positive about us. As ordinary people, we can bring a change to life. You see, I was no one, but out of this small thing, the way that people who don't even know me can see me..." Mbele told TimesLIVE.

Apart from returning to the petrol station to repay the R100 and thank Mbele, Van Deventer started a crowdfunding initiative, hoping to raise R100,000 by the end of June.

Monet van Deventer.
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“His two children, mom and brother live with him in Khayelitsha and he will really benefit from any donations.”

Nkosikho said he would also like to help children on the streets.
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This past few days the Western Cape has been lashed with serious gales, like mega stuff, beaches have been stripped of sand, many roads are impassible, our local Chapmans Peak Drive was a river with mud slides, it may take a month to clear that mess.

My own daughter and family went away for the long weekend,, they were trapped in overnight and today will need to make a very long detour to reach their home.

Here we had some trees break and one house lost part of its roof.
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That was close Roy that could have fallen on your Imp and dented the roof 🫣
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The Nun wrote: Wed Sep 27, 2023 6:55 pm That was close Roy that could have fallen on your Imp and dented the roof 🫣
The car was close but well safe and in its garage!
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We have much warmer weather now, in fact this past few days I have not switched the heater panel in this office on, today I am wearing a tee shirt top and not a jersey and jacket, summer has arrived!

Three days back and after two weeks of moving the rubble that washed down the mountain from an awful storm we had, like twelve inches of rain in two days, the Chapmans Peak Drive was reopend, what a mess that was in.
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So today we see an air temp of 28c, yes its summer now!

The sea water will only be 13c though!
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Keep it off the beach Roy it will go rusty 🫣
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The Nun wrote: Mon Oct 16, 2023 5:04 pm Keep it off the beach Roy it will go rusty 🫣
That beach like all our local roads around the back can be covered with beach sand, that of course holds a certain amount of sea salt. However given that I would not take the car down there when the roads are wet, its safe enough to do so.

We live on the other side of that bay and to the right, the beach is just a short walk away.

That yacht sailed away some years back!
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Much to my surprise, on checking the records as of February of this year I have owned the 1967 Hillman Imp Californian some twenty eight (28) years! Imp027

Seen here we are all a lot older now, Janet in the center will be forty one (41) on Saturday!
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Your daughter looks like a 7 footer Roy she's nearly twice as tall as you there.
Ideal roof polisher 😃
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The Nun wrote: Wed Oct 18, 2023 6:13 pm Your daughter looks like a 7 footer Roy she's nearly twice as tall as you there.
Ideal roof polisher 😃
The light in the door jamb says the door was open and she was standing on the cill?

Janet was not shy to drive the car, neither was Lorna her elder sister who used the car daily for two years, I cannot remember either of them polishing the car though! Imp027
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I have long wanted a square shaped rear number plate, well close to square that is.

A size that Peter Bergman supp/lied me is 315mm x 215mm , I found a local company who can do 250mm x 205mm which was workable.

I supplied an image of the rear of the car now and asked can they copy the sizes of the numbers and letters, plus the white boarder?

Yes, was the reply so I had them make it, I paid for it too but its not acceptable and they have said they will give me a refund.

The white boarder is missing, the numbers and letters are larger and the spacing is wrong.

Can I get one made in the UK I wonder?
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A question, who in the UK can supply a number plate in pressed alloy as the one on this Sunbeam Stiletto has?
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The Nun wrote: Fri Oct 20, 2023 2:40 pm Screenshot_20231020_143740_Chrome.jpg
Thanks on that as this far I have come up with the one supplier here of none standard plates and they made it to suit themselves and not as I asked for.

Now to figure out the way to ship it?

Ok, I was routed to Framptons and filled out the enquiry form, I will post the reply and result when I have it? Imp027
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Probably still won't be the correct spacing for your digits though, as it looks like you will need the equivalent of five along the bottom (including the dash, and there will be no space between the first two either...)

Try motorcycle plate suppliers, as they are often custom (illegally) sized.
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oli wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 7:22 am Probably still won't be the correct spacing for your digits though, as it looks like you will need the equivalent of five along the bottom (including the dash, and there will be no space between the first two either...)

Try motorcycle plate suppliers, as they are often custom (illegally) sized.
That had crossed my mind, lets see what Framptons come back with? Imp027
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Your friend with his suitcase could be the way to get it delivered?

You can get over sized plates here like they fitted to the old Rover P5s and some RRs rear and today Range Rovers use larger than the standard rear plates so the material is there to cut down to a special non standard size.

Maybe the thing to do is using your standard size digits there lay out what the size of the plate you need to have to fit them on in 2 lines so they read correctly with the necessary spacing and dashes then send that to the plate maker and ask can you do this size with the digits spaced as i've shown and see what they say?

The other way would be to make your own using aluminium sheet for the required back and then cut your digits out from another sheet and stick them on?
Nice winter project for you to keep you from under your wife's feet 😃 if you take your time and do it carefully polish the letters up and leave an unpainted border that too can be polished and once the letters are applied and its all clear coated no one will know its not been professionally made.
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It will look like this Roy, but obviously a little neater after you've spent a few hours at it, good thing the amount of number 1s you have should allow a fairly shortish plate too.😃
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The Nun wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 11:19 am Your friend with his suitcase could be the way to get it delivered?

You can get over sized plates here like they fitted to the old Rover P5s and some RRs rear and today Range Rovers use larger than the standard rear plates so the material is there to cut down to a special non standard size.

Maybe the thing to do is using your standard size digits there lay out what the size of the plate you need to have to fit them on in 2 lines so they read correctly with the necessary spacing and dashes then send that to the plate maker and ask can you do this size with the digits spaced as i've shown and see what they say?

The other way would be to make your own using aluminium sheet for the required back and then cut your digits out from another sheet and stick them on?
Nice winter project for you to keep you from under your wife's feet 😃 if you take your time and do it carefully polish the letters up and leave an unpainted border that too can be polished and once the letters are applied and its all clear coated no one will know its not been professionally made.
Thanks, I may be pushing my luck asking for someone to carry items for me so often?

The local print shop can do a plate and white on black as a stick on vinyl?

I need to play with the sizing and artworks? Imp027
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The Nun wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 12:02 pm It will look like this Roy, but obviously a little neater after you've spent a few hours at it, good thing the amount of number 1s you have should allow a fairly shortish plate too.😃
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Heck, you have been busy!

That short dash between the 111 numbers does not have to be there?

The hardboard backer is 310mm x 220mm , this should be close to the required size I need?

That black card will allow me to try some setting out?
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The Nun wrote: Sat Oct 21, 2023 12:02 pm It will look like this Roy, but obviously a little neater after you've spent a few hours at it, good thing the amount of number 1s you have should allow a fairly shortish plate too.😃
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Using The Nuns setting out as a guide if I place the CA on top and 211_156 below and to include the center dash, it will set out as this block shows, the letters and numbers are 80mm high and the length of the numbers is 230mm.

The excess width is asking for the plate to be made narrower?
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I would say the dash, or dot? needs to be there Roy or at least a larger gap between the first 3 and last 3 numbers. Best make room for it then you can't be wrong?
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The Nun wrote: Sun Oct 22, 2023 11:08 am I would say the dash, or dot? needs to be there Roy or at least a larger gap between the first 3 and last 3 numbers. Best make room for it then you can't be wrong?
Advice taken, I have reverted to the pressed alloy plate that I worked on a year back, what I did was remove all the script and numbers then epoxy bond the holes left behind. it needs a little more work but its the best choice right now.

The long white block as shown will read 211-156 and at 80mm high, it needs a little adjustment to make it a little bit narrower.

The plate is 250mm x 205mm.
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Mounted on the car, I can spray the plate matt black, then have the print shop produce the CA 211-156 as a white sticker.
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And paint a white border.
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