Volvo 50k miles

The Volvo 340 is now a high miler. Done ticket over 50,000 miles on the 24th September. I baked some sweet chesnuts from the tree outside the front of the house, i slit them all, but still a few exploded in the oven and the photo of some bits on the ground is showing the remaining fixings from the removing the plastic under-tray from Hannah’s car. I removed it to change the oil, but sheared off or drill out the fixings as they were so badly rusted, I replaced the tray using zip ties, so it will remain to be seen if it’s still there when I change the oil next time.

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Almost done

The Land Rover has reached a state of almost completed. The brakes are being bedded in and one edge of one patch welded up. Then as soon as the brakes start to pull straight it’ll be in for an MoT.

We had a little snow this weekend, only a little. They had more than 6 inches an hour east of us. I didn’t know that until this morning when I spoke with a colleague.

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Slow progress

Made some great progress on the Land Rover with some help. Got bits shotblasted, then galvanised, other parts just painted. Dragged it all down to Cornwall in the Volvo, one wing went via Hannah in the Mazda. Also visited the Great Dorset Steam Fair on the way down on the Thursday. then spent a few days building up the Land Rover.

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Stihl Bar

I picked up a Stihl chainsaw bar for Alan the other day, something of a beast. A double ended milling bar.

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New tyres

I got two new tyres for the rear of the Volvo, also got it cleaned. This is a piece of glass pipe, a reducing fitting from 6″ to 4″ with the couplings for both ends.

But first off, the cat, he does this every once in while, no idea why. I can only imagine that he likes the feeling of the plastic stuff on his paws.

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PC up and running

My PC is now connected to the network via an internet over power adapter. The adapter is a Zyxel as is our router. I get a ping of about 4ms to the router over the power adapter, which I think is pretty impressive.

We’re getting about 37Mbps out of our new internet service provider, a small company called Zen who are based in Rochdale.

I put a second coat of paint onto the doors and bit and pieces for the land rover last weekend too. I also bought a new air filter for the Volvo the other day, finally got around to fitting it today. It should make a fair difference:

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Volvo repairs

This weekend I noticed that my indicator stalk was not as stiff as it should have been, this is the second time it’s broken away. I made up another 3mm thick aluminium bracket to support it. It’s now very well supported.

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Cold so cold

This moring it was cold outside. So very cold (All things are relative). Cold enough enough for Jack Frost decorate my car with some sweet patterns. I would like to reprouce this pattern as a vinal wrap for my car.

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Fungus

That small brown toad stool that I posted a picture of the other week. Well it grew, as did the little red and white one, though that one lost it’s colour a little.

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 There was a pretty morning sky last week at work, I took this from the landing outside the office.

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The cat pulled some funny faces and I happened to be trying to get an awesome picture of him roaring.

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A rusty grizzly, no miss spelling or bad grammar at all. A grizzly is a type of very course screen using for separating large rocks from smaller ones.

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