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  • Birthday 07/16/1939

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  1. Excellent, well-reasoned presentation by David Davis, who clearly understands the arguments and wants the Government to increase the life chances for the UK population. One can only hope that the other evidence which the Minister wants to see will become available very soon. However, at least a year will have been lost and one wonders how many lives could have been saved and by how much the burden on the NHS, care homes and others could have been reduced to more manageable levels. In the meanwhile, thanks to Peter's advice, my wife and I have each been swallowing 2000 units per day
  2. With the launch last year of the TR Spares Development Fund (SDF) website, the organisation is striving to keep TR owners aware of its activities and how it can help. Alongside the work to assist with the manufacture of parts which are no longer available, two members of the team, Ian Brown & Roger Hogarth, work on the Parts Quality Initiative (PQI). For those not aware of the PQI, its aims may be summarised as follows: - To help identify major parts-related issues through the use of feedback from TR owners. - To accumulate, compile and analyse factual information in or
  3. I recollect a PC stopping me at night in my TR2 in about 1963 in a busy street in the West End of London, and telling me to switch OFF my dipped beam headlights! These were bog standard TR2 lamps, so nothing special. No point in arguing that I had the lamps ON so that the crowds wouldn't walk in front of me on the road. I turned OFF my dipped headlamps, drove about 150 yards on sidelamps, then put the dipped lamps ON again. Yes, it was legal to drive on sidelamps in built-up areas, but - in my opinion - dangerous. Of course, with a dynamo (everyone had dynamo then), at sp
  4. For some 40 years, my brother Peter has lived in a cottage (actually, originally 3 very small cottages) with solid stone walls, situated up a very narrow country lane in Gloucestershire - so narrow, the Citroen touches the bushes on both sides! In the winter, for more than 30 years, he existed (I choose that word deliberately!) in the kitchen huddled next to the oil-fired Aga. About 10 years ago, he started to do something about the situation and has managed a staggering improvement. The walls and roof now have over 6” of insulation under cladding. There are some (not a large number) o
  5. Thank you, Rob. From the data which you have posted I can see that the modern relays which I have added to 4VC over the years (mostly out of sight) are Type B. The extra relay which Pete sent me is a Type A. Whilst I agree that 85/86 is the coil and 30/87 the contact, I am at a loss to understand how anyone would devise two different pin-out systems for similar-looking relays which would guarantee a short-circuit if the wrong type is plugged in. Madness! Ian Cornish
  6. Super service from Pete - Neil, our Postie who knows what's in my garage, rang the bell this morning and remarked "must be car parts!" Thanks very much, Pete, for such rapid service as now I have an old, genuine, Lucas 6RA relay and, unexpectedly, an old Lucas SRB517 relay. The latter uses the modern pin numbering, but 86 and 30 are not in what seems to be the internationally agreed standard position, which is a curiosity. I wonder whether Lucas did their own thing as far as pin position was concerned? Looking onto the pins, the usual position is: 87
  7. I don't think that the Titan device is as good as my Stopper from Rojak (see photos on previous page). Rojak also have a couple of other very clever and simple offerings for securing the base of a ladder. Ian Cornish
  8. Mick - when I was a graduate apprentice in the Model Shop at Evershed & Vignoles in the 1950s, we wore WHITE cotton coats (no man-made materials back then). The fluid used when machining on lathe and milling machine used to cause the cotton to disintegrate. What it did to one's nether regions, I know not. My last coat and cotton overall (also 1950s) were recently consigned to the bin as SWMBO demanded what was the purpose of an overall which had split in a number of places and had to be secured using string. Fortunately, over the years, I have purchased more overalls at autojumbl
  9. Ian Gibson suggested that I consider sticking 10mm Plastazote on the outside. It comes in various thicknesses and colours. Good insulator, won't absorb water or oil. I found details on site efoam.co.uk and will purchase today. Ian Cornish
  10. The device I use to stabilise my ladder is The Stopper by Rojak Design. I have just spotted a second-hand one at about £25 on fleabay. It is piece of alloy in the shape of an inverted T, with the upstand being 7.5, the base 62 x 22 (all in mm). It is covered with rubber on both sides and weighs about 3.5kg (7 lbs) - a substantial device. It really is the piece of kit to give maximum security at the base of the ladder, even on gravel surfaces. No connection (it was Bucks CC's safety expert who gave me the info) - just a very happy user. Even Maddy is enthusiastic about it - per
  11. Some 45 years ago I bought an inexpensive scaffold tower which has given me sterling service at every one of the properties which we have owned. In addition, I bought a really big alloy ladder which has a rope to lift the second part and has a wide base. Following a safety course run by Bucks County Council some 20 years ago, I bought an alloy safety plate to sit on the ground - it has an upstand in the middle to lock the ladder. Such tools are a really worthwhile investment if you prefer to do things properly yourself. On two of our houses, I replaced the leaking cast iron guttering w
  12. Area Director in Scotland is Stephen Hall, not the Steve Hall we all knew as the boss of TR Enterprises (now retired). This had me confused for a while. Ian Cornish
  13. On Facebook, the rendition posted here is followed by another composition from the Hon. David Templeman. Ian Cornish
  14. My TR4 has a fibreglass gearbox cover without any insulation or covering on either inside or outside. In winter, it helps keep me warm, but in summer it turns the cabin into a veritable inferno. As I am in the process of removing the gearbox for surgery at Dr Cox's practice, can members please advise me (a) what thickness of insulation I could stick to the inside of the cover, and (b) how far rearwards this can be taken without stopping the cover sitting onto the floor around all its edges. I ask (b) because the cover is very tight fit where the bottom front edge of the g
  15. Smashing!!!!!!! As for many of those present in the Parliament, made me laugh. There must be someone at Westminster with a better voice (he was pretty good, but could do with some vocal tuition), who could enliven proceedings greatly. Ian Cornish
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