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How the cookies crumble

If you have got as far as reading this then you have just been made to dismiss a “rinky dinky” little pop up layer by clicking a button marked “That’s fine”.  This is because as from today, it is now … Continue reading

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Drive It Day

The MK2 Jaguar is all ready for “Drive It Day” tomorrow having recently been serviced – an occasion which brings us to a total mileage of nearly 10,000 since we acquired the car at the beginning of February 2011.  To … Continue reading

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Engine Conversion

More work today on the Land Rover Series 1 engine conversion which was still in the ‘planning stage’ last time I wrote about it.  This particular Land Rover has already benefitted with a rebuild by its last owner who did … Continue reading

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Leaving The Premises

At the risk of using up my annual quota for cheesy lines in one go, it has been suggested that Triumph is historically the oldest marque, the earliest reference on record being the book of Exodus (Moses came down from … Continue reading

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A Return To The Blog

Shockingly it seems that my last blog dates from October last year: There have been major works in progress at home and since my evenings have largely been taken up with building work, I have to confess that enthusiasm for … Continue reading

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Work In Progress

Not only is work progressing well on the TR6 project, but it looks as though work is progressing well now that everything is looking freshly painted and shiny.  I have been in charge of the spray painting in two pack … Continue reading

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Keeping Busy

Things have been characteristically busy in the workshop since my last post (which is also, as usual, the reason why it has been so long since the last post!).  Work is progressing well on the Jaguar 3.8 and the Triumph … Continue reading

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Vintage Decades

Does anyone remember that there was once fairly widespread call to class the 1980s as the “Second Vintage Decade”? As far as I am aware that never happened, and rightly so:  The 80s were an interesting time for production car … Continue reading

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Welding and Painting

Variety has certainly been the spice of life in the workshop today with work on no less than four different vehicles. The morning has been largely taken up with painting various TR6 bits ready for re-assembly and, while the paint … Continue reading

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Clutches and costly fluids

Re – reading yesterday’s blog suggests that everything has gone according to plan today!  The XK8 has indeed left the workshop, no longer in ‘limp mode’, full of new transmission fluid, and with a centre console which illuminates properly. The … Continue reading

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Cars arriving and leaving

It is a time for change in the workshop this week: The Scimitar has now left for home and chose a sunny day on which to do it. Slight surprise there because I’d rather expected it to be raining after … Continue reading

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To Replace or Not to Replace….

It has been a while since I wrote a blog on a Sunday so here’s a post to make up for it. Actually the fact that the Sunday roast hasn’t yet quite cooked although I have finished sweeping the workshop … Continue reading

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Buying tube safely

It seems that it’s becoming a rule of thumb that the busier I am in the workshop, the more sporadic the posts become on the blog!  I have been taken up with a wide variety of jobs since my last … Continue reading

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MOT time

It has been a late night in the workshop today:  I took some time out this afternoon to take the MK2 for its MOT so I have been catching up with all the other jobs awaiting my attention. I’m glad … Continue reading

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Losing Fluid

I have spent the greater part of the Bank Holiday (albeit very contentedly) in the workshop, so it seemed like a pleasant idea to round it off with a trip to the pub in the Jag.  On the way home … Continue reading

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A Case of the DTCs

Or to give them their full name, “Diagnostic Trouble Codes”. I have a Jaguar XK8 in the workshop at the moment which drives everywhere in “limp mode” and displays “Gearbox Fault” on the dashboard.  Plugging in the laptop reveals a … Continue reading

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Stacking Dimes

I have a fair bit of sheet aluminium fabrication to look forward to soon, so with this in mind I have been taking a bit of time to practise some extra skills.  Usually my preferred choice for welding aluminium is … Continue reading

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More Scimitars and Jaguar MOT

It has been far too long since I last blogged, which is rather indicative of how busy things have been in the workshop for the past week or so.  This is not least because I seem to have been dealing … Continue reading

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Deeply Scratched and Highly Polished

Today saw the last of the machining operations for the Scimitar – to – Type 9 gearbox conversion with the manufacture of an aluminium bracket which reproduces the original speedo cable fitting on the later gearbox. I learned my first … Continue reading

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Testing cars and signing for parcels

It will most likely not come as any surprise to regular readers that much of today has been taken up with things Scimitar and the car has now had a successful first road test. A temporary cable connection has made … Continue reading

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