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  1. CNH

    CNH

  2. Try Welch at www.wcengineering.com or he can tell you where.
  3. I think the UK system of unemployment compensation is outragous. In the USA the time limit resets at 12 months employment. We are also taxed on uneployment pay as it is considered income. 1st they give only a percentage of normal pay one used to earn and then tax it on top of the reduced amount. Although we get a bit more it does not come close enough to pay monthly bills. UK needs to pay out 4-5 times as much to help the middle class to avoid losing what was aquired through years of hard work. Unemployment payments should be based totally on what a person earned while employed regardless of household status, etc. I can understand that while my wife still has income and we do not qualify for additional help because of it such as food and housing assistance. It is almost an insult that they give only 60 pounds a week. The UK has much work to do in reform of the system. We have had some reform but still have a ways to go also. Well I have a job interview I have to get ready for. Good luck to everyone who is caught up in the economic mess
  4. I just don't understand that the UK ISA can give a displaced worker so little. When Howard wrote about
  5. The car shown on his profile shows a 90 SE. In the USA those cars have a mechanical speedo with a cable from the transmission
  6. On the link there was a schedule of maximum weekly payments that seemed really low. Is it really the maximum weekly pay out? Who can live on that? Is there also other payments that the UK unemployed get in addition to these weekly payments? I thought ours was really low. My benefits are based on 2/3 income of the past 4 quarters and came out to somewhere around $500 a week. Unfortunately although it comes from the goverment they also consider it income and they tax it. Sort of give with one hand and take back with the other.
  7. So what is unemployment like in the UK? Do they give you enough money on assistance or unemployment compensation or whatever they call it there to live on?
  8. It is sucking even more as conditions worsen in upper midwest USA. Unemployment has gone up to 7.6 and Monday was my lasr day at work so I am now in the 7.6%.
  9. CNH

    Deliberation

    Try Kojinsha http://www.kohjinsha.com.sg/
  10. CNH

    I am Cold

    Todays high here is -5F with last nights low of -20F with windchill much colder.
  11. CNH

    I am Cold

    John, What you describe is sort of what we do when we go up to the north woods cabin to rough it for a while hunting and to use snowmoniles. From what I gather I am about 10 years younger than you. As a youth I also lived in an unisulated house without a heat sources but I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii so never had use for even winter clothes till the 1980's. In Minnesota we store our hobby cars from the first heavy snowfall usually in late November when they drop potassium choride, salt and sand on the roads till the first heavy rain and after the sweepers clear sand, rocks and what remains after the heavy spring rain. I got caught in a late season snow with the Esprit a few years ago and it was not pleasant and the car was really loose on the road. Had to concentrate to keep the car on the road. It would not be a good idea to use the Esprit during our winters. SUV or 4X4 and front wheels drives are what we use in winter. We have interior cut offs and drain valves on all exterior taps that water in pipes in un insulated spaces is drained off as the temps drops also sometime in November. At the same time I use an air compressor to blow all water out of my underground garden and yard irrigation system (multizone pop up water sprinklers). We do much during our winterization process to button up the house for our winters. In the spring it is the reverse as we prep the central A/C unit and activate the irrigation. I live in a community that was built in 1980's but even the older areas have all been renovated to modern standards. Most of the time much has to done to a home to update it before it is sold usually as a requirement by the lender. Sometimes a home is sold as is if it passes a home inspection and the lender deems it as acceptable security for the loan. My neighborhood has homes with very little brickwork and is considered stick construction (2X6 wood construction). In between floors is the 2 foot truss and silent floor joist system so the floors do not creek when one walks on the floor and to hold the air ducts, water pipes, electricals, and natural gas. The walls and roof are insulated tight for zone 5 winter standards. My home is considered on the small side (under 2000sq ft finished) so only has one foced air furnace/AC unit and no fireplace. The wall insulation is fiberglass 6" thick, an interior vapor barrier (polyethyene) overlayed with 5/8" interior walls. Interior wall do not feel cold to the touch and feel like room temps. The exterior of the wall is sheathed in fiberboard covered in Tyvek house wrap overlayed with 1" Celotex foil faced foam boards and then covered with siding. The attic space has 2 feet of blown in loose fiberglass insulation over vapor barrier sheeting. All exterior utility suppy and sewer lines are buried below the frost line below 6' but typically more at the 8' level du to landscaping work that was added on top of construction grade. I think maybe that UK homes are built more solidly but with less technology and features. I have had UK guests comment on the size of our refrigerator and deep freeze units, kitchen, appliances, laundry machine/dryers, garages, and home theater room. One good thing about a cold winter is that you will notice an absense or reduction of insects and vermin next spring if it is anything close to our winters.
  12. CNH

    I am Cold

    Our current temp at 12 noon on a sunny day is what you would call -10c and we routinely dip to below-20c at night. It is not unusal for the great lakes of NA or large rivers and lakes to freeze over by several feet to the point that we can drive cars on them. Our homes do not have pipes in attics, lofts spaces and are usually run vertically in interior walls or vertical plenums. The pipes are fully wrapped with 3/4 to 1" split foam wrap. How do you store cars in the UK in the winter? In our area when the weather is warmer we get snow as cold as it is now we hardly get any snow as the air is too dry when the temps fall so low. Are a lot of the homes of vintage construction and are homes built following modern building codes able to handle the cold much better?
  13. CNH

    I am Cold

    Just what are average temps during winter in the UK? I am suprised at the postings of water pipes bursting at those temps. What is the type and condition of the insulation used in UK homes? Those of us that live near the Canadian border have had sub zero temps for the last 30 days and that would be sub zero in F. It is correct that after a certain temp -2F does not feel too differently from -15F. I have not heard of burst water pipes in our town although our homes are rated for zone 5 winter insulation rating usually with multizone central forced air natural gas powered furnaces I have mine set at an interior temp of 71F. We have very little homes in my area that still uses fuel oil to heat homes. Is hotwater radiators used to heat homes common in the UK? I don't recall anyone in town using that method anymore. I suppose the closest thing we have is the passive heat device installed in the subfloor to heat the entire wood, ceramic, or natural stone floors that acts like huge passive radiator to heat the entire home. Even these systems that use tubes under the floor spaced every 12" use natural gas to fire up the heat tanks. Even these passive systems are used in conjunction with forced air as in the summer one needs forced air systems for A/C purposes. Many of our attached garages are insulated and heated with forced air. Do people in the UK use forced central air heating and A/C a lot?
  14. go to the esprit fact file for all model changes. I think they might even have numbers when the changes occured.
  15. There is a very easy way to remove the speedo. Using a small screwdriver (mini or jewelers) use it between the speedo case and pry the rubber ring to lift it up a bit. Take a small cocktail straw and dip the end into liquid soap or dish detergent and hold your finger over the top end of the straw while the tip in in the soap. place the straw tip between speedo case and the rubber ring and release the soap. Place in 3 spots around the ring then give the speedo case a 1/4 to 1/2 turn to spread the soap and then pull it out. Some people use spray lube with a straw but soap is easier to clean up. Wipe or rinse off the soap before reassembly.
  16. The Bad: In Minnesota the unemployment rate is somewhere around 6.5, the highest in 25 years. Home prices have fallen to 2004 levels which is about 20% or a tad more. My house is about even with mortgage or just a tad upside down. Second property is a 2 bedroom flat which is paid off in 4 years. Sold the hobby cars off a few years ago so only have daily drivers. Worked 2-3 days in the last 3 weeks and have been using vacation time during the normally slow seasonal period so don't know what it will be like after I run out of vaction time. The Good: Gas prices are $1.65/gal. Was 10 cents less before the Hamas/Israel conflict. 1 child in university under 90% academic/athletic scholarship. Otherwise just getting by trying to weather the storm.
  17. CNH

    Bakers

    For 2 loaves try this as a starter and modify as ypu see fit as you appear like better than average baker. Ingredients: 8 cups whole wheat flour 2 packages Active Dry Yeast or Rapid Rise Yeast 2 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cup milk 1 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup vegetable oil Directions: In large bowl, combine 3 1/2 cups flour, undissolved yeast and salt. Heat milk, water, honey and oil until very warm (120 to 130:F). Gradually add to dry ingredients; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. With spoon, stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes. (With Rapid Rise Yeast, cover kneaded dough and let rest on floured surface 10 minutes. Proceed with recipe.) Punch dough down. Remove dough to lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Roll each to 12- W 7-inch rectangle. Beginning at short end of each rectangle, roll up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam sides down, in two greased 8 1/2- W 4 1/2-inch loaf pans. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 to 60 minutes. Bake at 375:F for 35 to 45 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks. Per serving: 4260 Calories (kcal); 85g Total Fat; (16% calories from fat); 149g Protein; 789g Carbohydrate; 50mg Cholesterol; 5578mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 46 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 17 Fat; 4 1/2 Other Carbohydrates
  18. CNH

    Bakers

    Roger, We use different terms in the USA. I will assume that whole meal is what we in the USA call whole wheat. My wife is a pastry chef and although she does not use a lot of whole wheat did give me some info on whole wheat flour. A good portion of whole wheat flour contains fillers or what many refer to as fiber. Bread flour is processed and contains a high portion of gluten. I will assume that you are using some form of yeast. The yeast will act on the flour portion and not on the fillers so it has less to work with. A lot of recipes will call for sugars or honey added to fuel the yeast to give a better rise to the dough before baking. Many whole wheat breads indicate additions as in honey and oats loaf etc. The reason why some of the others have posted to mix 50/50 bread flour and whole wheat flour is to give the yeast more conventional flour to react to and to turn out a lighter loaf. If you stick to 100% whole wheat flour try to add or increase the amount of sugar so the yeast has something more to react to. You can increase the 2nd or final rise time with the combination of the added sugars, maybe slightly increase the temp of where the dough is rising. Increase of yeast is an option but it may give the bread a yeasty or beer type flavor. To get a softer loaf instead of water use milk that is room temp or slighty warmer. I stick it in the microwave for 30 sec or so before mixing the dough. I use milk instead of water in regular bread with an egg it it turns out better. Another alternative is to add in a small amout of double acting baking powder as unlike yeast it relies on chemical action to produce CO2 bubbles. Think of it as a turbo or NOS to help out the yeast. Double acting is a 2 stage first activated by water and 2nd by heat. Not sure how your bread is turning out as you did not give use any clues or hints other than it is not turning out right. Also what type of whole wheat flour you are using. I seem to recall seeing whole wheat bread flour somewhere. Just experiment is the advice. Good luck, Calvin
  19. If you use the OEM rubber gaiter the hole that the gear shift level goes through will have to be enlarged. The gaiter has 2 uses in a Esprit. the 1st for the shifter and the 2nd as a back seal or cover for the side marker lights on the inside face of the body. The hole is small so the power wire for the lights pass through the opening, when used for the shifter one usually enlarges the hole.
  20. CNH

    Woolworths

    I didn't think there were any left as the USA stores closed years ago. Walmart took over a lot of stores. We hardly go to Walmart and we prefer Target. Looks cleaner and has a different feel to it.
  21. That is rather gloomy news from all those in the UK. The term Redundant that you people use makes it sound less terrible although it is devestating when it happens. We use the terms like fired, let go, canned, hosed, etc. Redundant seems so polite in the Uk tradition we in the USA have come to believe. I was feeling pretty bad for myself as after 30 years I was reduced to hourly pay at 32 hours a week. Didn't even know how to fill out a time card as I was always on salary. On the upbeat gas prices have fallen below the $1.50/gal barrier so the pay decrease has been a little better to take. Must have taken a huge tumble there as the UK is always double or triple our prices. Good luck to all and hope for a speedy turn around in the economy but it looks bad in all sectors. The shopping mall crowds are thin this year at the Mall of America the largest shopping mall in the USA. Chrysler is shutting down all 30 plants for a month as a production slow down method. Best Buy the USA largest retailer of electronics if offering buyouts of 6 months pay to corporate staff to trim staff. Not good at all. Many announcements of layoffs in all sectors in the USA as the goverment tries to pump money into to the system to keep it alive. Good luck to all in the UK and other countries. Regards from the USA, Calvin
  22. Douglas, Does your speedo ever make a chirpping like sound? Mine did right before it went out. Check the cable first maybe luck will be on your side. If not at least you have a 90 as that was the year that just the binnacle coverneeds to be removed to access the speedo instead of taking the whole instrument pod out as in the earlier cars. The speedo is held in place with a press fit rubber ring and a few drops of liquid soap makes it come out easy. Sanj used to have the removal instructions on his website. It is difficult to reseal the speedo after opening it up as the bezel is crimp rolled with some sort of tool. The crimped edge looks something like how a food tin is sealed. The speedo shop I used had the tool. Do you have a local speedo shop in your area that can service it after you remove it? Many people in USA post it to a shop for repairs if they do not have one nearby. Calvin
  23. I seem to recall Keen from the turbo list did something with a rubber spacer on the perches and lowered the car. I think it was reversable unlike cutting the oem springs. Normally when one lowers a car stiffer springs are called for, maybe shocks with a different bound and rebound settings to make it work right.
  24. "The speedo on my 90 SE is wildly erratic - especially when accelerating. Any tips?" There are two situtations that I know of that would cause the symptoms you describe in an 90 Esprit. 1) Is that the speedo cable itself is binding. The cable is similar to a spring insdie of flexible jacket. When it binds in the jacket and attains a certain tension it releases and binds in a jerky fashion. Some cars have a single while others I have seen have a 2 piece connection at or near the center tunnel/firewall for the speedo cable. The lube is probably caked or non-existent inside of jacket and will need to cleaned or re-lubed. If this is the problem and nothing is done the cable will one day break when the binding and tension exceeds the threshold. 2) The mechanical speedo used in this model year has a cable driven worm drive connected to a jewel movement that moves the speed indicator. A few years back my speedo started doing similar things. The grease they used on the worm drive looked pretty much like powder or had a crusty look. I suppose the worm drive heated and seized up then a pop sound occured while driving. While only going 50mph the speedo pegged to the max and went down to 0 even though still moving down the road. After taking the speedo apart the worm dive had sheared in 2 requiring it to be sent in to the speedo repair shop. The speedo requires a crimper tool similar to how a tin can edge is rolled to properly seal it so it is best left to the speedo shop to rebuild it. I seem to recall it cost me about $150 USD to have it rebuilt and calibrated once I removed it from the car whcih is a 15-20 min job. Most speedo shops I know of prefer that one just send in the speedo and not have to remove and replace the unit. After the rebuild the indicator was rock solid at any speed. Good luck. Calvin
  25. The spring loading is so light it can be held in compression by three 1" nylon straps. We do it routinely as a lot of spring compressors do not fit the Esprit springs as they are fairly small. We strap down the springs while still on the car and then remove them. You don't have to compress them too much to get the collar off. I suppose you could remove the strut assembly and take it to a shop to mount the new spring.
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