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  1. Ooh that sounds contentious. When did height of buildings have to take into account distance above sea level? That would make everything in Tibet the tallest as they start 16000 feet up before you put one brick upon another.
  2. Could well be a battery terminal. They may be tight but that doesn't necessarily mean they're making good contact. First thing is to slacken both and wiggle them before re-tightening. Also check the battery earth connection to chassis. If that doesn't do it , it's not unknown for new batteries to die.
  3. +1. You have to undo the bullet connectors in the loom that comes through the stator tube at the front of the steering box. Then pull the wiring loom up through the tube as you withdraw the head. The connectors are a good fit in the stator tube and have to be staggered. It's possible the wires might stick in the tube if they have been there a long time. In that case you have to undo the gland nut on the steering box and withdraw the whole stator tube upwards too (which lets all the oil out of the box of course).
  4. RobH


    The Moss book says it is part number TE505111 which are 5/16 unc-unf so the same diameter each end but different thread.
  5. Not sure whether a '4 has a starter solenoid you can operate manually - but if it has and the starter turns that would show the battery and battery connection are OK. If the horn works, that would show the same I guess. Try turning on the headlights. If they come on and a drain shows on the ammeter then current is getting through and it is looking like the ignition switch or connections to it may be at fault.
  6. "Route 9W is a north–south U.S. Highway in the states of New Jersey and New York. It begins in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as Fletcher Avenue crosses the US 1–9, US 46, and the Interstate 95 approaches to the George Washington Bridge, and heads north up the west side of the Hudson River to US 9 in Albany, New York."
  7. No, unfortunately not John. The Etymology dictionary says: posh (adj.) by 1914 (1903 as push), of uncertain origin; no evidence for the common derivation from an acronym of port outward, starboard home, supposedly the shipboard accommodations of wealthy British traveling to India on the P & O Lines (to keep their cabins out of the sun); as per OED, see objections outlined in G. Chowdharay-Best, "Mariner's Mirror," Jan. 1971. The acronym story dates from 1955. More likely from slang posh "a dandy" (1890), from thieves' slang meaning "money" (1830), originally "coin of small value, halfpenny," possibly from Romany posh "half" [Barnhart].
  8. I understand it's really of unknown origin but it isn't the port-out-starboard-home thing. Possibly a slang word for 'dandy' according to one source.
  9. I expect many will know this. A flintlock pistol needs to have a position where the flint striker or 'cock' is moved away from the priming-pan, to allow the frisson to be opened and the pan to be filled with powder during the loading process. That position is called 'half cock' (as opposed to the firing position which is 'full cock'). It shouldn''t be possible for the gun to be fired from that position but if it does , it goes off at half cock. Hence the expression for a premature event.
  10. Thinking about it, I haven't seen a milk bottle for well over ten years now - maybe quite a bit more. Deliveries ceased round here years ago.
  11. RobH


    I just HAVE to share this one:
  12. From the name of language they speak. Quote: "Owing to commercial and colonial rivalry in the 16th and 17th centuries between England and the Low Countries, a cognate of theodisk (most likely Middle Dutch Duutsc) was borrowed into English and developed into the exonym Dutch, which came to refer exclusively to the people of the Netherlands" Is that what they told you in the den of iniquity you mentioned above?
  13. Highlight of the week so far! Thanks Ian.
  14. Probably not a good idea to swim near Hippos anyway. They kill around 2900 Africans annually and are rated by some as the most dangerous animal on that continent.
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