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Winter Preparations?
« on: September 26, 2017, 12:15:54 pm »

Yep I'm bored...you get cabin fever when you are stuck indoors 24/7.

I'm thinking about October 29th...DST...the end! lights go out, well, they do here in our village often %)
 I've got new batteries for my torch, candles - matches - etc  etc...thermals ready, stocking up on food that keeps for a while, you get the Idea.

What do you do to prepare/nothing just hope for the best it will be good weather...maybe you live in spain...or Banff? ...or MacDuff.

I would be interested in your preparations, especially if they are unusual :-))

Jaguar Drivers... do you mothball your pride and joy? O0 ok2

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Just had six ginger nuts and three digestives with my Kenco...
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 12:58:35 pm »

Hi JB
Move to Australia, it's spring heading to summer.
Start looking for new shorts and T Shirts !!!
It's model boat time.

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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 01:38:55 pm »

Bought a Model Slipway Our Lass II. So when the wind gets up to gale force, I still have a boat to play with!
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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2017, 01:58:13 pm »

Canabus has the best comment.  Not very practical for us Northern Hemisphere types, but a lovely thought nevertheless.  Enjoy your summer chaps !

We don't close shop in the winter, unless it rains, snows, or the lake is completely frozen over (rare).
Boats & batteries need exercise too  {-)

A model icebreaker should handle 5mm of ice perhaps?  Here the profusion of swans geese and ducks usually keep a reasonable patch of seaway ice free.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2017, 02:02:40 pm »

What do you do with the boats when you work in a shed. Do you mothball them in plastic bags, take them into the house, or.................................. {:-{
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 07:29:41 pm »

Yes it is the season to avoid, I am off to Oz again to avoid February and half of March.  I shall be expecting to see the 'out like a lamb' bit of March when I return.  God willing of course.  Interesting to see the 'Secrets of long haul flight' TV programme recently as this is the flight I travel on.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2017, 07:34:05 pm »

Carrying on regardless then going to work in the same airfield that I end at every six months in the Med! Then returning some time in March 2018.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2017, 07:44:38 pm »

Jaguar Drivers... do you mothball your pride and joy? O0 ok2

JB.

She will be laid up of course, but maintenance and upgrades will be carried out. Now the workshop is almost cleared the building slip will also be brought back into operation as well.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2017, 11:38:45 pm »

Spending the night in chorley hospital ...! Ecg..blood test...etc
Been seen by 2 docs..heart specialist tomorrow..i'll be ok.. %%
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2017, 12:14:23 am »

good luck.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2017, 09:50:40 am »

good luck.
  ta jim.  Still stuck in chorley hosp. Not a lot of battery power on my phone..not rung the wife yet...! 42%...batt...! Hope surgeon comes soon.. need to reveiw my meds...pump em up a bit so i dont crash with light activity..wish cud post in build and similar threads instead..must go..spread the word JB out of action...back later.. >>:-( >>:-( %)
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2017, 10:21:55 am »


Hi JB,  All the best with your tests. We do like your blogs so keep your phone charged up   :-))

My father was Jag man all through my youth-ness and I borrowed the mark 5 once to take my girlfriend out for the evening with other friends in the back.

The new M4 had just opened by Bristol and off we went for a silly drive.  How fast will she go, was general question  ( the car, not the future wife !) so I tried the foot to the floor test.  It was terrifying, as my future wife had an eye on the speedo and another was watching the rev counter  (proper test flight stuff with details being screamed out aloud).

We reached 119 miles per hour when the corner came up at the end of the motorway where it ran into an ordinary dual carriageway with restrictions..  The most terrifying moment of my whole life as we slowed as quick as we dare to get back to normal speed.

I vowed never to go as fast again especially when I proudly told Dad, where he informed me the car was on remoulded tyres and what on earth had possessed me.

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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2017, 04:29:14 am »


What do you do to prepare/nothing just hope for the best it will be good weather...maybe you live in spain...or Banff? ...or MacDuff.


Pretty soon time to put winter tires on the car so we can make it to Banff :), have to dig out the snow brushes and ice scrapers.
Make sure the engine block heater is okay and ready to be plugged in when it hits -20C, just put RV antifreeze in the motorhome. Our power is pretty dependable but we have a small generator that could be used for backup.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2017, 04:37:02 pm »


Start looking for new shorts and T Shirts !!!


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Already got 2 T-Shirts which suit...photo's to follow...later  :} 
Thanks for the suggestion Canabus  :-))
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2017, 06:42:50 pm »



The new M4 had just opened by Bristol and off we went for a silly drive.  How fast will she go, was general question  ( the car, not the future wife !)


We reached 119 miles per hour when the corner came up at the end of the motorway where it ran into an ordinary dual carriageway with restrictions..  The most terrifying moment of my whole life as we slowed as quick as we dare to get back to normal speed.


Cheers

ken


Phew..having trouble keeping up with all these posts.  :-))


Ha ha Ken...man after my own...etc ... O0


Oh yes..the 'corner' there's always one. ! Mine was a 90 degree left
 turn...car was an Austin 1100  %%
We survived...4 in the.car. :embarrassed: {-)


Cheers.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2017, 10:51:20 pm »

Hi JB
Move to Australia, it's spring heading to summer.
Start looking for new shorts and T Shirts !!!
It's model boat time.

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Turn south from Australia.

Yep Gotta agree. O0 O0 O0

It is even better further North, ie Queensland. :-)) :-)) :-))
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2017, 11:46:18 pm »

I don't do anything in particular. It's not like we live in Sweden, especially here in the sunny South West. I'll take the car out as little as possible due to the salt on the roads but otherwise same as usual, although the water gets a little colder for diving!

With regards to the ol' top speed test... I did it once in the Volvo. I knew it was going to be serious speeds, so I did several recce runs of the section of motorway beforehand, as well as a tyre+nut/bolt check. In the wee quiet hours one morning, I buried the throttle.... And not long after went off the speedometer. All I know is that she'll do more than 160mph, I don't see any need to know what exact number she hit, nor do I have any inclination to try again and find out.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2017, 05:07:47 am »


With regards to the ol' top speed test...I buried the throttle.... And not long after went off the speedometer. All I know is that she'll do more than 160mph,



Really.? In a Volvo...160 have I read that right...All the roads around here are  a maximum 50mph except for the M55 of course, my XJ6 has a top speed of 145 or so I understand, there is no chance I'll be flooring the throttle! Too old for any of that...or anything else which involves any risk or even a suggestion  {-)


Go on then...which Volvo goes over 160mph... 8)
Jb.
ps. Up early again...hospitals are not the ideal places for a good nights rest, Enjoyed my Horliks at 9pm..settled down...10 minutes later a new admission to the ward, it finally quietened down about 2pm until an hour later!!! I gave up trying and been on the net since.
Another night without a proper sleep..must be 7 weeks now... <:(

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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2017, 06:15:54 am »


Pretty soon time to put winter tires on the car so we can make it to Banff :),


Are you sure?  Will you not be fitting those studded ones so you have plenty of grip on the ice coming over the 'pond'... :P :D
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2017, 08:46:23 am »

JB its not any better in our village in Spain - I could say its marginally worse! We get power cuts in the summer for no apparent reason, with no way of knowing when its going to come back on!

In the summer they tend to cut power when there are wildfires in the countryside, they turn off the grid so they can use aircraft to drop water on the fields, hills, mountains, so you never know when the power will return. In winter the power goes off and can be off for 10 hours or more,  due to the drain on the grid from the cities, apparently its more important to keep the cities lit then it is the little villages! The reason why most houses in the countryside stick with log burners instead of going upmarket with central heating of some sort. Our weather here is every bit as cold as good old blighty, in fact we had 2 feet of snow last year which is more than the UK got, funny how the government doesn't pay the winter fuel allowance because we live in a warm climate %% These are from january this year.

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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2017, 12:33:38 pm »


Really.? In a Volvo...160 have I read that right...All the roads around here are  a maximum 50mph except for the M55 of course, my XJ6 has a top speed of 145 or so I understand, there is no chance I'll be flooring the throttle! Too old for any of that...or anything else which involves any risk or even a suggestion  {-)


Go on then...which Volvo goes over 160mph... 8)
Jb.
ps. Up early again...hospitals are not the ideal places for a good nights rest, Enjoyed my Horliks at 9pm..settled down...10 minutes later a new admission to the ward, it finally quietened down about 2pm until an hour later!!! I gave up trying and been on the net since.
Another night without a proper sleep..must be 7 weeks now... <:(

Jb.


I have a C30 T5, but it's not standard. She only has 316bhp, but she puts out 384lbft of torque! Not bad for a little hatchback.
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Re: Winter Preperations?
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2017, 06:10:36 pm »


I have a C30 T5, but it's not standard. She only has 316bhp, but she puts out 384lbft of torque! Not bad for a little hatchback.

Well..I ani't going for a spin with you :o

Seriously, I like it, nice one..that's some grunt in a small car...it would scare me to death, literally at the minute %)

well done Sir O0 :-))

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« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2017, 10:40:00 pm »

Thanks  :-))  Scaring to death duties are usually performed in my MX-5 track car, which I've been hammering around Castle Combe all day today!

The Volvo just makes a nice comfy daily, mostly.
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« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2017, 10:54:06 pm »

My wife likes watching the car racing on telly...really... she'll be an expert if she goes on  %% Castle Coombe...is that with the older sports cars as well? sound like it might be, I miss most of all that, wife is a footy fan too...no don't ask please, not my scene football, TVR's... E-Types that sort of stuff yes.

Son did a bit on track, one of those pay to drive a lambo...ferrari..can't even spell that one or is that right? I dunno, lucky guy... 4 different top sports cars.

lets see some photo's if you can :-))

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« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2017, 01:31:54 pm »


I'm on my phone here, so I can't rescale images down to the size Mayhem likes, so you'll have to excuse the links!

Here's the Volvo;
https://www.dropbox.com/s/yursztnq8cmv0w1/DSC_0004%20%28Large%29.JPG?raw=1

And the Mazda;
https://www.dropbox.com/s/uq5fc795git33fd/22179915_10155716597689120_6279905978025857870_o.jpg?raw=1

And here's a lap from Combe yesterday in the Mazda;
https://youtu.be/EKhXYw0iBkQ

This was a just a track day, non competitive, but they do have their Autumn Classic on next weekend, a mini Goodwood Revival kind of affair.
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