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  1. What is also ironic is Belgian press reported we too had a shortage, so had to get electricity from Germany and France... No doubt there's a lot more playing than just supply and demand.
  2. Turn a rear wheel while counting the revolutions of the propshaft. 😉 Don't forget the diff will halve the ratio if one wheel is stationary. Filip
  3. Congratulations!
  4. For those wondering how spareribs can make it into an engine compartment: we have a good population of critters, even close to the cities. Probably because there is so little countryside left, they have adapted to living close to humans with the inevitable interactions. We regularly see foxes in the streets, nice to watch but no fun if you have chickens. Cars are typically targeted by marten. If you're unlucky, they'll chew through some wires (like the cable from the coil to the distributor on a Rover V8. Seriously, he could have chosen any of the other 8 cables on the distributor and the car would have started, just not that one!). I've been lucky so far, I've only found presents, usually eggs hidden in the engine compartment. In this case spareribs, probably left overs from a neighbor's BBQ. Tucked away in a very unfortunate spot! I threw the offending piece of meat to the end of my yard, for my own critters. 🙂
  5. Preferably while standing on one leg and reciting the sacred chant to make it fit. 😉
  6. Hang in there mate! And for the record, I find the grumpy look muffin is sporting rather cute. I'd adopt her in a heartbeat! 😉
  7. Close, 2 pieces of spareribs. 😲 Firmly wedged between the translator and a gearbox bracket, preventing the lever from going to 5th or 6th. They were well done obviously, but still looked rather tasty. 🙂
  8. A friend called me because she was no longer able to select 5th or 6th in her Renault Scenic. 1 to 4 and R seemed fine, and after some follow-up questions it sounded like the clutch was OK as well. So likely a problem with one of the selector cables, and I saw no real issue with letting her continue 'till I had time and space in the Workshop. Yesterday she came over and sure enough I felt a hard stop when moving the gear lever to the far right trying to select 5th or 6th. So I dug in, removing the battery tray, ECU etc to get a clear view of the selector cables and translator. This is what I found: 😄 Very glad I didn't have to open the gearbox, my worst fear was a broken selector shaft or such. And frankly the car isn't worth that kind of effort, but she does need a car and would have a hard time paying for another one to replace it. Filip
  9. I certainly understand the reasoning to err on the cautious side, nothing wrong with that. Especially when documents are concerned! But as for equipment, it's far less strict/clear. Officially, you still need to carry the spare bulb set (last time I checked the French rules) , but as you say on a lot of new cars you can't just replace them and even on many older ones (like some Renaults) it's all but impossible to do outside a workshop. On the other hand, the requirement to carry breath analysers has been dropped recently because in practice it was never checked. I have to add that during all my travels (mainly to UK) I've only been stopped for checks in Russia (3 times in ca 8000km). That resulted in: - 1 fine, deserved, I had crossed a white line while trying to find my way - 1 speeding fine I managed to get out off because I wasn't willing to pay cash and the cop didn't want to put anything in writing (to keep the money himself no doubt), so he let me off the hook and concentrated his efforts on the next foreign car - 1 document check that I managed to get through by showing my friend's driver license as I was driving his car at the time and we had forgotten to swap documents...
  10. Wine is fine, but whiskey works quicker 😉 (Ozzy)
  11. I wouldn't worry too much about it, no one pays much attention to tourist cars, especially in summer. As long as you have 'UK' displayed somewhere and it looks decent (i.e. not a piece of paper tape with UK written on it) you'll be just fine. Most of people doing checks don't know the exact rules anyway, they just expect to see a sticker if there's nothing in the license plate.
  12. I find it unacceptable that 'red' is still used in the description of an extreme alert. Surely some more neutral term can be found so as not to upset the native American population?
  13. But the ladies call me Fast-Fingered Filip. 😘
  14. Good call on starting this thread! There are so many H&S rules these days that have just gone out of control, instead of relying on a bit of common sense (yes, I know that is all but common). Nothing wrong with letting darwinism run its course once in a while either, it will probably make people think more before acting. I've lost count of the number of safety features I've disabled over the years to make tools more user friendly. Lawn mowers especially spring to mind: last year I disassembled most of the engine on my dad's mower because it wouldn't start, only to find out the 'hands-on-the-bar' safety switch had failed. A tie wrap solved it, and I did learn a few things about mower engines. 😁
  15. Oops, I didn't notice you're from ID... That's a good excuse for a rental, and good for you for choosing a manual! The alleys should be just fine with an Esprit, with the mirrors included the Fiat is only a few cms less wide. It just looks narrow because it's high. 😉
  16. It's not just the UK, over here and the rest of (western) EU it's just as bad if not worse. 😞
  17. I hope you had your Esprit parked there as well. 😎
  18. Isn't the reason it's a red warning light simply because the bulb is also used for low brake fluid? In some modern Range Rovers there is no (red) warning light, just a message on the dash. I guess you'd be allowed to continue then, as it's not an (immediate) safety critical issue. So true. The brake warnings have been around a long time though, I'd say around 40 years. We've come a long way from a car manual telling you how to adjust points or (Lotus content!) a sticker with the vacuum diagram in the engine compartment, to manuals just telling you not to drink battery acid and take the car to the stealer to get a light bulb replaced... Over here, you can be asked to check oil and coolant at the start of the driving test. I had to do this when I got my truck license, as well as checking tyre pressures and cargo securing. But a lot of moderns don't even have a dipstick, and getting into the appropriate menu for the digital readout can be quite complicated. If that's progress, I'm happy to stay a grumpy old barsteward. 😉
  19. In the old days, you could just cut or pull the cable for the sensor and the warning light would go out. Now they have to be fail proof, so you'd need to short the wires to make the light go out. Still possible though.
  20. STC2878 is described as 'type 50', so likely a Girling Supervac 50. The mounting studs are M8, I can't find a reference for the connecting rod. Girling does mention that the same servo will have different connecting rods depending on manufacturer.
  21. Yes, what I can find (through Land Rover) describes STC2878 as a type 50 (without reference to Girling or Supervac).
  22. According to the manual, the 28 and 38 both have an assist ratio of 2.2:1, but the 38 has a greater range. 28 and 38 have the same square mounting pattern, 50 has a rectangular pattern, like Land Rover STC2878. I have a manual, but it's too big to post, you can download from https://www.dropbox.com/s/uiadlsthawrrre3/GirlingSupervac.pdf?dl=0
  23. I recall Tesla getting a lot of flak because some features/options are disabled when the car changes ownership. So you do a testdrive to see if the autopilot or whatever works, you actually buy the car and it stops working... Land Rover fitted a rear locking differential as standard to all Discovery 3/4 and Range Rover Sport (and probably later cars as well), but you had to pay for the full Terrain Response offroad package to have it activated. That was a single payment though, like any other option, and remained active for the life of the vehicle, regardless of ownership. And yes, it has been hacked by some. Problem is, it's no longer a simple matter of finding the right wire to power a relay or such, but there's usually a bunch of elektrickery needed to properly control the options and play nice with the rest of the car.
  24. I replaced the servo in my Eclat Excel with a Land Rover STC1816. Which corresponds to a Supervac type 28 instead of the type 38 Lotus used, so a slightly smaller diameter. The stud pattern is the same, no need to modify the bodywork. I did have to modify the connecting rod to the pedal. The Land Rover booster came with an eye instead of an adjustable fork like the Lotus. I cut the eye off and had a piece of threaded bar (M8) welded on so I could refit the fork and adjust as necessary. I've been using the Excel like that for some years, including our recent trip for Lotus in the Peak, and the brakes have been fine, certainly not too heavy. Filip
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