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  1. The puzzling thing is having nothing electrical work, no horns, no lights. It sounds as though the ammeter is connected OK as you have voltage getting to the regulator which is something, but that should then enable the lights and horn at least. Remember though that digital multimeters can lie to you by showing voltage where there is actually a bad connection. They don't draw enough current to properly test the circuit. A light-bulb is better for that.
  2. The Lorenz didn't use the 26 letter alphabet John - it used 35 characters in 5bit Baudet code since it was an extension of a teleprinter. It was also far more complicated than just a twelve-wheel Enigma machine for which your calculation might be valid. The Enigma relied on combination substitution of letters but the Lorenz uses 'exclusive OR" addition for each bit with a pseudo-random stream generated by the movement of the rotors, which is a rather different process. to quote from this link: http://www.quadibloc.com/crypto/te0301.htm "It had twelve pinwheels, all of which could have all their pins set by the user. Ten of these pinwheels formed two groups of five, and one wheel from each group inverted its corresponding plaintext bit when a pin was active on it. The wheels of the first group had sizes 41, 31, 29, 26, and 23. Those of the second group had sizes 43, 47, 51, 53, and 59. Two additional wheels were of size 37 and 61. The wheels of the first group, and the wheel with 61 positions, advanced one position with every letter enciphered. When the current pin on the 61-position wheel was active, the wheel with 37 positions advanced one space. When the current pin on the 37-position wheel was active, then the wheels of the second group advanced one space." Difficult to understand but you get the gist. You will note the use of prime numbers for the pins on some of the wheels.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. +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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. "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."
  9. 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].
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. RobH


    I just HAVE to share this one:
  14. 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?
  15. Highlight of the week so far! Thanks Ian.
  16. 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.
  17. RobH


    Never mind Tom - have a chuckle at this
  18. Submerge? i'm surprised the bl**dy thing isn't airborne !
  19. RobH


    Who said it was free and on the NHS Tom? Perhaps the Duchy has a good private health scheme ?
  20. How do you know that about DA for a fact then Tony - who measured his travels and how do you know no-one has gone further? Just asking because i'm interested......,.
  21. 'Bit late Keith - it seems to have stopped ! (Thanks for the link)
  22. Back to facts: The fear of match sticks is called spirtophobia
  23. Yes John. Trying to be concise and over-did it. (Congrats on your piece on dampers in TRAction received today.)
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