Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Exhaust on the Fairway taxi (again).

I spent a morning under the taxi putting on a new down pipe.The old one broke,I took it off and welded it back together but a few weeks later it broke again a few inches further along. I noticed the old pipe vibrated badly,it was getting thin anyway and the vibration soon finished it off.
A few days before I started I soaked the maifold and downpipe bolts in Plusgas as I tried before to undo one and it would have sheared before coming undone.After a couple of soakings all the nuts and bolts came off without much difficulty.
The taxi is showing its age and despite more repairs rust is showing in more places.
After that I messed about for an hour trying to get to grips with Facebook

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Fairway taxi exhaust.

I've repaired the down pipe on the taxi once but it sounds like its about to go again,getting noisy to drive and it was pretty hard to weld last time as parts of it are pretty thin.
I'll take the floor boards out this time,its going to be easier to get the silencer off. The front pipe to manifold bolts look as though they are going to be hard to remove without breaking off.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

News from whats left of Lowestoft fish market

The cafe in the middle of the fish dock in Lowestoft harbour is closing.The 'Europa' which has been there many years has closed and the bulding will be left empty.The fish merchants still on the dock say ABP the port owners are trying to force them out to move in more of the windfarm opertaion and the owner of the cafe has given the same reason for her business being forced to close.
The wind farms were supposed to bring in jobs,all they seem to have done is put a lot of people out of work.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Autojumbling again.

I wentto the Rednecks diner autojumble on sunday.It was a bit quieter than the last one but I sold quite a few whitworth spanners and sockets.and other stuff. I couldn't see that much to buy, I bought a few spares and then had a look at a collection of old British bikes.there were some of the old 650 twins and a couple of bantams.make a nice contrast and looked great in the sunshine.

Friday, 15 April 2011

I've gone all global.

I have now bought the domain name  baconsdozen.com I'm told that will make it easier for people outside the UK to find me. I'm not sure how any of this works so it will be a question of wait and see.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Norwich Classic Vehicle Club meeting.

I went to the meeting of the Norwich Classic Vehicle Club at Anglia Windows Social Club.Even coming from lowestoft we are allowed in to their meetings and events.
Tis mustang was just one of the american cars present.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Giving the car a lift.

I'm making some car ramps using some heavy timber and angle iron.The timber which is 8 x 2 inches approx will be placed one plank on top of another and the angle will form the stop..This will be much stronger than the thin angle iron ramps although much,much heavier.I don't trust them anyway and I think axle stands are a bit unstable when the car is over a foot off the ground.
With just the finishing off to do I tried my ex-london taxi on them.The weight is handy is one way,it means the ramps don't try and slide out from under the wheels as the car drives up on them.These taxis are quite heavy cars with a strong seperate chassis and a bulky diesel engine and the ramps needed to be strong.
Later I spent a morning under the Rover with waxoyl and fluid film in an effort to keep the rust bug at bay for a few more years.The black waxoyl seems to dry quickly but remain relatively soft,apparently it has to be renewed or touched up on a fairly regular basis to provide protection.