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    Cars, boats, aeroplanes, motor cycles, model aeroplanes, playing jazz guitar, crt tv projectors, alcohol in all its wonderful variety, cruising the French waterways, a compulsive reader.

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    John Douglas
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    Lotus Esprit turbo Josette, the Peugeot 407 diesel estate
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    Upgraded front brakes
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    Always near the water....
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  1. molemot

    Cooling fan help needed!

    The otter switch doesn't "trip". When the coolant temperature exceeds it's calibrated value, it simply turns's a bi metallic strip..and when the temperature goes back below, it switches OFF. Nothing to be externally reset... They do go wrong and can fail in the OFF position. Testing it is easy...remove it from the pipe, put a test meter across it and check it is OFF...then put it in a saucepan of water and heat that to boiling point and check it switches ON just before it boils. If that works, the switch is OK...otherwise it needs replacing. Make sure the connections a clean and secure... The otter switch operates the fan relay, which in turn makes the fans work. Again, clean and secure connectionsare essential... Easy way to check the relay and fans is to remove the connections from the otter switch and connect them together. Relay should operate and the fans come on. Work your way through the system bit by bit with a's about as basic as electrics get!!
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    Engine sealant?

    Talk to Steve at S&J. He has some really great zero thickness a treat.
  3. molemot

    Who’s owned a Green Car..

    Logically, of course, you are quite correct. The whole thing has to be coincidental. I still remember my mother saying "But it's GREEN..." and explaining to her that the colour couldn't possibly have any effect, adverse or otherwise. I had bought a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new arrival..."demi sec" as Dad wasn't into really dry wine, and we were sipping this when he remarked that this car would see him out. This was on his birthday, 27th July...and exactly a month later, 27th August, on the evening of the wedding, he collapsed and died. I wasn't there but only found out on my return, hours later...and all our lives had changed totally. Completely impossible that the pigment of the paint on the car could have had any influence, of course, utterly illogical and superstitious poppycock. As I had explained to my mum. However, green cars are for other people; not for me.
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    Who’s owned a Green Car..

    My Dad bought a green Renault 16 TX as a 57th birthday present to himself. It was his ideal car...he drove it home and said to me: "This one will see me out".... Mum said..."But it's GREEN..." His heart gave out a month later. On the evening of my brother's wedding. I wouldn't touch a green car with an 11 foot bargepole.
  5. molemot

    UK (Londons) Disgrace, Knife Crime

    Lots of fuss going on about the floral tributes to the poor dead burglar. His cronies seem to be putting them up, and others tearing them down. The Police have said they should be allowed to remain???!!!!
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    Although the incident DID happen, both of the Hunter photos are faked,'s how...
  7. molemot

    Selling up is possible!!!!!!

    These gearboxes have some selectors that are not indexed to the selector shafts, iirc. If they aren't in the right places, things could grind together...I have a feeling that reverse gear may be the culprit and the teeth are grinding together. Taking the top off the box is quick and easy and you could then inspect what is going on....good luck.... I've had another listen to the video; don't think it's gears grinding together. I would suggest you try to isolate where the noise is coming from...a mechanic's stethoscope is useful, but you can also use a large screwdriver...put you thumb over the end of the handle and then into your ear!! Push the blade against the gearbox and you will hear the innards...move about until the noise is loudest...can give a useful clue.
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    Rotten Core Plugs

    When I had my head sorted back in 1988, we decided core plugs were only there to get the casting core I had then welded over, along with the damage to the mating face where the head had rotted around the manifold studs.... then remachined the stud holes. No problems since!!
  9. molemot

    Valentines day

    Someone forgot todays date....
  10. Start with the rear LH...then rear RH...then front LH and finally front RH. The underneath bloke is in control...take length of rubber hose and fit to nipple. Put end of hose in jamjar with fluid in, make sure it's submerged. Open "Brakes ON!". Inside bod pushes pedal slowly to the floor, and holds it there, calls out "Brakes ON!" Underneath bloke closes nipple and calls "Brakes OFF!" and inside man releases the pedal. Bubbles will have appeared in the fluid in the jar as the pedal is depressed. Repeat process until no further bubbles. Check as you go to ensure that the fluid reservoir doesn't run dry...refill as necessary...if it does run dry, start over...and DON'T DO IT AGAIN(!) Then proceed in sequence for the remaining calipers... As has been said, only use the top bleed nipples as air rises. On my Airtourer aeroplane, the nipples were only at the bottom, and the only way to bleed it was to pump the fluid in from the bottom nipples and fill the system that way...sometimes it even worked(!) Have fun......
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    Chain monkey on dragons den

    It's enough to make you gibber.....
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    Now due to launch at 2045 UTC, supercooled fuelling under way.....
  13. Back in 1988 I bought the Esprit Turbo...drove it home down the M1. Had to stop for petrol. Pulled up by the pumps....Key wouldn't come out of the ignition. Tried everything I could think of....apart from the silver button underneath which I didn't even notice. Ended up removing the keys from the ignition key by taking it off the key ring!! Then I was able to undo the fuel fillers and add more pushwater. The next day I found out how the keys came out of the ignition and drove it to my brother's place to let him see it....on the way back home, the fans failed and it blew the otter switch out aong with the coolant. Two weeks later it broke the cambelt...then I found the "full service history" was a forgery..... and I've never looked back....(!)
  14. molemot

    Check those fuel hoses!

    I've been bleating away about this for years...a voice crying in the wilderness. Change the fuel hoses every two years, when you change the cambelt. That way, you won't have any problem. Yes, you will probably be throwing away good hoses...but the alternative is so dire that the peace of mind you get trumps everything else. I had a hose leak once and start a small fire; fortunately there was hardly any fuel in the car, all the engine covers were off, and I rapidly turned off the ignition and put out the fire with the bucket of water I was using for the wetordri I was flatting the new primer/surfacer paintwork with, so all was well. After that, I decided that new Goodridge braided hoses every two years was the way to go.
  15. molemot

    LEF Jokes & Gags thread

    A famous art collector is walking through the city when he notices a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store and he does a double take. He recognizes that the saucer is extremely old and very valuable, so he walks casually into the store and offers to buy the cat for two dollars. The storeowner replies "I'm sorry, but the cat isn't for sale." The collector says, "Please, I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I'll pay you twenty dollars for that cat." And the owner says "Sold," and hands over the cat. The collector continues, "Hey, for the twenty bucks I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer. The cat's used to it and it'll save me from having to get a dish." And the owner says, "Sorry buddy, but that's my lucky saucer. So far this week I've sold sixty-eight cats." Brian, the world's leading expert on European wasps and the sounds that they make, is taking a stroll down his local high street. As he passes by the record shop, a sign catches his eye. "Just Released - New LP - Wasps of the World & the sounds that they make - available now" Unable to resist the temptation, Brian goes into the shop. "I am the world's leading expert on European wasps and the sounds that they make. I'd very much like to listen to the new LP you have advertised in the window." "Certainly, Sir," says the young man behind the counter. "If you'd like to step into the booth and put on the headphones, I'll put the LP on for you." Brian, the world's leading expert on European wasps, goes into the booth and puts on the earphones. Ten minutes later, he comes out of the booth and announces, "I am the world's leading expert on European wasps and the sounds that they make and yet I recognized none of those." "I'm sorry Sir," says the young assistant. "If you'd care to step into the booth, I can let you have another 10 minutes." Brian, the world's leading expert on European wasps and the sounds they make, steps back into the booth and replaces the headphones. Ten minutes later, he comes out of the booth shaking his head. "I don't understand it," he says, "I am the worlds leading expert on European wasps and the sounds that they make, and yet I still can't recognise any of those!" "I really am terribly sorry," says the young assistant, "I've just realised I was playing you the bee side!" Bloke walks up to the counter in the pet shop and quietly asks for a wasp. “Sorry sir, but we don’t sell wasps here,” says the assistant. “But you’ve got three in the window!”