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 on: Today at 09:31:32 AM 
Started by KAS2A - Last post by w3526602

OT ... maybe 50 to 60 years ago, somebody let it be known that he wanted TR2 log-books, with no questions. Apparently a car transporter carrying a load of unregistered TR, got itself into an RTA .... which (it was said) made the cars it was carrying un-registerable. I assume they had become the property of the insurers.

There was also talk of £5 notes being available at £1 each. Strange, but I don't know anybody who dug deeper. And then a famous train robbery took place. Aaaah!


 on: Today at 06:15:20 AM 
Started by w3526602 - Last post by w3526602
How am I supposed to take seriously, as a knowledgable source, someone who repeatedly asserts that the vacuum servo on a petrol engine takes pressure from the exhaust system.

Hi David,

I found this with an instant Google.

Researchers at Purdue University are working with General Motors to create thermoelectric generators (TEGs) to turn waste heat directly into electrical energy for cars. The idea is to use the heat from the car engine's exhaust to generate electricity.

I'm on your side, although I once had an argument, with me saying that a 6X4 crane lorry could use the hook to lift one of it's own wheels off the ground. I still maintain that it is THEORETICALY possible to lift any one of the four rear wheels, but not a front wheel. I proved my theory by lifting one end of a bench that I was sitting on.

But in a similar vein, does a stationary Spitfire become lighter when the pilot blips the engine, but before the plane starts moving? I'm thinking "PROP-WASH" flowing over the wings?


 on: Today at 05:36:37 AM 
Started by w3526602 - Last post by w3526602

Thanks for your thoughts, which included stuff that I knew, but had forgotten that I knew.

As said, Barbara has surrendered her licence. We do not anticipate her ever driving, or even walking, again. Social services provided a very posh (stainless?) engine crane, which being on little castors, was reluctant to roll over carpet (Not a problem, the only carpet in the bungalow is in the bedroom ... probably laid by the original occupant in mid-1980s. We are happy to replace it with laminate. She has a Social Services "hit squad" (usually 2, but sometimes 4) call four times a day ... I don't know what they do ... they order me out of the room. I bought an EXTA black wheelie bin (circa £80) to contain the "clinical waste" sacks. The following week, the LA stopped emptying black bins, said to just leave black bags by the gate. I now use the black bins just for storage, to avoid scattering the bag's contents by magpies, and presumably rats. But that means taking both bins to the front gate, and decanting the bags, EARLY on bin day morning. It has been several weeks (months?) since Barbara has left her bed.

SS provided her with a hospital bed. (Three dimensional articulation). As I now spend long periods sitting in the bedroom, Barbara OK'd buying a less clever hospital style bed (still several hundred quid).

At one time, my declared ambition was to live till I was 90, then be shot by a jealous husband. Joking aside, growing old is neither pleasant nor fun.

Back on topic. Thanks for the advice about how the Motor Trade is working nowadays. I'll get Barbara to don her old "DVLA Contracts Manager Hat"
(mandate of Biblical proportions), and phone the local main dealer that we bought her car from, to see what they have to say.

But my original question re-phrased ... "Will a named driver only, with no access to another vehicle" be regarded as "Unclean" and "Premiumed" accordingly?

At present, my Freelander is insured in my name, but I can't remember if Barbara is a named driver. Barbara's Hyundai is still insured in her name, but with me as the ONLY named driver, which is probably not the most efficient way of doing things, but I suspect that it is better than cancelling her policy, and me taking out a second policy. We have till the end of the year to sort that out.

Both cars, and the house, are currently all insured with the same company.


PS. When Barbara was Press Officer at DVLC, she used to bring home several motoring (including HGV and Police) magazines, every evening, for me to troll through, looking for anything of interest to DVL. I wonder if they routinely prowl through various internet forums?

OT. Police Review printed an officer's story ... He was admonishing the driver of car, with the Perp trying to interrupt ... to tell him that the police car, with no driver, was rolling down the hill.


 on: Yesterday at 10:12:59 PM 
Started by KAS2A - Last post by Wittsend
I'm hoping it doesn't sell as it could just be one big headache for the buyer.


 on: Yesterday at 09:53:22 PM 
Started by KAS2A - Last post by KAS2A
Thank you, all good advice.  It is a friend that is interested, he's hoping that it doesn't sell at auction whereupon he can get it properly inspected and then offer / walk away accordingly.

 on: Yesterday at 09:15:03 PM 
Started by w3526602 - Last post by Genem
John, my advice would be to reduce the fleet to 1 car, in your name, the Freelander, dull though it is.

Don't touch "We buy any car" with a barge-pole. As others have said they will turn up and haggle you down - after having offered a price that is already below the "trade" price. Prices for ALL second hand cars are currently high, take advantage of being in a sellers market.

Use the proceeds of selling Barbara's car to hire disabled friendly Taxi services as and when you need them. Say hello to her, we spoke once about your membership renewal !

With all you have on your plate I'd think that making life as simple as possible should be the underlying aim ?



 on: Yesterday at 08:52:39 PM 
Started by w3526602 - Last post by [email protected] FLUX
If you do need any help with insurance at all then please feel free to drop me a line.

 on: Yesterday at 07:35:34 PM 
Started by KAS2A - Last post by daugs
If it's in the UK then come over from Ireland, so is HMRC happy that no duty payable, yes manufactured in UK and if with MOD then in UK not exported then sold, where, in UK, but if in NI then different rules again complicated by the current arrangements.

If you buy at auction then accepting terms and warranties given and the legal terms of those, caveat emptor. Maybe hope doesn't sell and then start negotiations on basis that some of issues addressed as part of the deal.

Years ago I bought a project on ebay. No v5 but ran the risk given statements made. Absolute can of worms which I eventually sorted out but huge hassle and vehicle had to just sit in the garage until resolved.

 on: Yesterday at 07:08:45 PM 
Started by KAS2A - Last post by Genem
No V5, "owners representative" selling it and paperwork applied for, due shortly after the auction ends ?  Mahoosive alarm bells ringing !

Walk away, there will be something with proper documentation along in a minute.

 on: Yesterday at 07:00:28 PM 
Started by Wittsend - Last post by Genem
Time to fill the potholes..... 2 x 1.5 ton loads so far and I'm still 50 yards short of reaching the gate  :thud :thud

Collected from the quarry 20mm gravel is £25 a ton. A tad cheaper than B&Qs wee bags !!

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