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    Parkside Li-on Battery Tools

    But surely you're proving the point by having some for home use yourself? They're meant for DIY type work, and seem to be fine for that. (or at least mine do) I like them alright, but I wouldn't expect them to stand up to daily heavy use on site. I wouldn't buy them for that sort of use any more...
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    Your First Car?

    I think it was the the other way around. The Bantam engine is a copy of an earlier DKW unit. DKW became MZ. There was a nice Vincent twin in a shop just down from my school in the late 60s. It was about £100 then. I was offered a more or less immaculate Comet (500 Vincent) in the very early 70s...
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    Your First Car?

    The "Quartic" steering wheel I believe it was called. A mate had an Allegro new as his works car, and the first thing he did was take that off, and fit an after market round wheel. he said the original wheel made it horrible to drive. Another mate had a new Marina 1300 in the early 80s. I drove...
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    Your First Car?

    Nice! A mate's brother used to have a "Lotus Anglia" he had built. Basically a Lotus Cortina in an Anglia shell. I can just remember going to the "opening" of the 105E Anglia at the local dealer with my dad. They were giving away promotional flat card models of the car that had to be cut out and...
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    Your First Car?

    You hooligan you! :D
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    Your First Car?

    Dammit I'm old! Up until about 5 years ago I was still OK though. I'd never paid more than about £3K for a car. There was a thing on a program about parking last night. The one guy made a comment about an "elderly person" born in Nov. '54. :eek:
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    Your First Car?

    Always fancied an Isetta, school friend bought one, but I don't think he ever really used it. Another mate had a Messerschmitt, and yet another a Trojan. They all dated from a time when as a country we were getting better off and going from two wheels to cars of some sort. By the early 1960s, it...
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    Your First Car?

    Those handbrake cable quadrants! Had a Mini Clubman Estate. FIL had it new in '76, had it Ziebarted, and had been garaged from new until we had it in '83 IIRC. When we sold it in '86 it was beginning to show the signs of tinworm. Certainly it was getting towards being due for a rear subframe...
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    Your First Car?

    Starter button on the floor John? Mini wasn't the first car I had. I came to cars late on having had bikes. I like Minis though for all their faults. Last one we had was an 80s BL one in the early 90s. OK as long as you don't thrash them,(I mean who would? :D) and you grease everywhere about 3...
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    Can I Give Calcs to Builders without PI?

    You are the one who needs to be covered if something goes wrong. With all due respect to the builder, him being OK with it verbally is worth very little I'd have thought. I'd want a letter from his insurer saying you are covered. Is the consultancy you work for OK with you doing outside work?
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    Good prices for starter motors

    I agree John. The one in question(and it says actual unit) does look like a new solenoid I thought. Maybe I'm imagining things, but I seem to remember an article in a long ago car mag about "recon" starters and alternators. The results were IIRC that an awful lot of recons were little more than...
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    Door Frame Rebate Size?

    On the other hand we have all surely seen work arounds by DIYers which are less than ideal, and leave the job to be redone after a relatively short time. Any glue line in timber exposed to weather is going to be less ideal than solid wood. Even assuming everything is done perfectly. If people...
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    Good prices for starter motors

    I think I'd chance it if they say that it's been stripeed etc. The solenoid looks like new connections? They give you a test certificate with it as well to say it's within spec. Last time I had a starter refurbed was for my old Passat about 10 years back. An excellent local factor refurbed it in...
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    Door mechanism removal Renault Clio Mark 3 2010

    You have to guess that it's for ease of manufacture, and possibly a cost saving. When they're making millions of something any pence saved add up. No thought at all of course about mending it later.
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    Mcculloch ProMac 3600 Brush Cutter Problem

    Cheers John. I never take stuff out of the packet until I need it, at least not if I can see it's the right thing, so that was the reason. I'd looked at the Honda. Looks a good machine for the price. Honda generally seem to make good gear as well. Hopefully though this one will last another...
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    Mcculloch ProMac 3600 Brush Cutter Problem

    I've put the carb back together with the new diaphragms, and a new fuel filter in the tank. Found the little filter in the carb. Looking in the wrong place. Anyway a squirt of cleaner and it's clear. Put everything back together as cleanly as possible. Fuel in, pumped the bulb. Seemed to "pump...
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    Mcculloch ProMac 3600 Brush Cutter Problem

    Good grief John! :eek: You can't expect me to pay £15 for a complete carb when I've just spent nearly a fiver on a gasket set!:D Seriously though. Thanks. (y) I might well go down that route if I can't get the thing working.
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    Mcculloch ProMac 3600 Brush Cutter Problem

    Thanks. No I haven't pressure tested it. The pressure testing kits look a bit expensive for a one off to be honest.
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    Mcculloch ProMac 3600 Brush Cutter Problem

    Thanks John. It's a pattern gasket set of "Far Eastern" origin, so I was wondering about the "soft" replacement diaphragm. The original seems OK, so I may well keep that. As you say it's (the original) made out of something like camera film. Ah! That's where that filter is! I'll have a proper...
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    Mcculloch ProMac 3600 Brush Cutter Problem

    Back to the brush cutter. :mad: A couple of uses, and it started doing it again. I've got a repair kit for the carb, new fuel pipes and filter, and a new fuel bulb on order. The fuel bulb seemed to be pumping up very frothily. Couple of questions. One is the old pump diaphragm was stuff that...
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