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As a variation on a theme what little projects have we got on the go to while away the hours whilst staying in?

 

As i work from home anyway currently my day isn't much different but I have decided to try and get round to the things I've been meaning to do in the evenings/ weekends - aside from the life laundry and sorting stuff out.

 

First up is my "barn find" Tamiya F150 from when i were a lad.

 

Pulled it out of the cupboard and got it running with a new battery, slowly been cleaning and fitting the replacement parts I've collected over the last few years to fix the broken bits and its coming together nicely.

 

Its now fully ball raced and with a "sport" tuned motor on the way B)

 

Bit of cleaning and assembly tonight and it should be done but for the motor, wheels and tyres which are on order!

 

So whats everyone else been up to?

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I've been Furloughed so have a lot more time on my hands!

 

Apart from cycling and taking up running (doing the couch to 5k), I Painted the garden bench that was left by the previous owners.

 

 

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Gardening, sorting out the veg beds & greenhouse, sorting out niggly bits on both cars and trying to keep up some sort of training routine...

 

Todays job was more bastard engineering and creating a pull-up/chin-up frame in the woods at the bottom of the garden :lol: 

 

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Some spare coach bolts, wound in quite a bit, a spare crappy bar and hey presto (bar has already been bent a few times hence the slight S shape of it) ;) :mrgreen: 

 

Tested it a good few times and it's fairly solid, more than adequate for my svelte-like 136kg bodyweight currently :? :lol: 

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Well I'm working my normal four day week from home, but my wife has been stood down for a few weeks. She works part time in a small building surveyor company in town. She's loving it..!

 

Lovely weather, so lots of gardening, jetwashing and cleaning of anything we can. A few minor DIY jobs too. Our other two cars have never been so clean as I've had the time for them, all the time whilst looking on at my broken 540!

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Walking the dog and watching YouTube videos about Transporter camper vans, ready for when I pick up my T6 when/if things get back to normal.

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I'm still working, so in a routine to some extent. 

 

Otherwise it's planning routes for bike trips later on in the year (which will hopefully go ahead without incident). 

 

And bought. anew MTB to start getting fitter and healthier once we're allowed a little further out. I live near Swinley forest so fortunate to have good trails on my doorstep. 

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Yeh my boys walking trip was postponed - takes us ages to find a date we can all do, chose location, plan routes, find a cottage etc

 

Had it nailed for studland area and then this.

 

We've rescheduled for November so hoping for crisp autumn sun and then cosy pubs with fires!

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Well, other than cleaning the interior of the F10, I have done nothing car related at all, other than reading Steve Saxty’s  book ‘Cars you always promised yourself ‘. 

 

I’ve started to get back into cycling again using a hybrid Trek bike. A mountain bike should arrive in the next day or two as well / a Giant Talon 2.

 

Other than that,  I've been doing a bit of work most days, although it’s thin on the ground now. Also spent an afternoon dusting and rearranging some of my 1:43 collection.  Cleaned out the shed today too. 

 

Ill need to come up up with more ideas. The car will need a run soon too, or something will probably go wrong......

 

 

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1 hour ago, Calypso-E34 said:

Also found these when cleaning out the shed!

 

 

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Looks like the start of a project then B)

 

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These are in good nick. The wheels could do with a refurb though!  Maybe I’ll have a go at them!!

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3 hours ago, duncan-uk said:

What's broken?

Oh Duncan, it was all so dramatic two weeks ago now. Stinking electrical smoke briefly in the cabin, loss of power, stalling and at the very end (luckily I made it home) the most incredibly loud grinding sound and stalling after a few seconds. 

 

I think that the alternator has let go and having fully described events to my indie with their online chat, they seem to think that at the very least, it's involved somewhere. But of course they are currently shut, so it'll be another few weeks until I can get it trailered over to them.

 

Flippin' old BMWs...! You love and look after them, and they break your heart! :lol:

 

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The alternator on my 540I gave up around 95K miles. I remember when it did, I was just turning into my street when the engine conked out but luckily, the engine turned over and got me to my driveway. I think I paid around £300 for a Bosch unit from ECP after discount and return surcharge.

 

I fitted it myself to save a few £

 

 

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Well it could be age related, whatever the problem is, as the car has only done 41k but is 19 years old.

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Re-building a driveway interlocking block wall, having first removed three big bushes which were pushing it over.

 

A couple of bags of sharp sand, two cubic yards of 3/4 inch clean stones and about 300 blocks:

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Stay safe.

 

Best regards,

 

Mick

 

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Phill20d said:

Cleaning this till it sparkles

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And riding this till me nuts ache

 

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Now I do love a TR6 and only ever see them at shows these days.

 

What level of condition is yours in and how are values sitting for decent and above?

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27 minutes ago, Loadmaster said:

Now I do love a TR6 and only ever see them at shows these days.

 

What level of condition is yours in and how are values sitting for decent and above?

It was completely restored about 4 years ago so like a brand new car of sorts. Chassis is first class, I would say the interior needs a little finishing and I may change the MX5 seats for some Moss specials but at £1400 ouch Value £25k tops. To take it to the next level would not be to difficult.

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51 minutes ago, Phill20d said:

It was completely restored about 4 years ago so like a brand new car of sorts. Chassis is first class, I would say the interior needs a little finishing and I may change the MX5 seats for some Moss specials but at £1400 ouch Value £25k tops. To take it to the next level would not be to difficult.

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That's stunning 8) 

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5 hours ago, Ordnator said:

Re-building a driveway interlocking block wall, having first removed three big bushes which were pushing it over.

 

A couple of bags of sharp sand, two cubic yards of 3/4 inch clean stones and about 300 blocks:

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Stay safe.

 

Best regards,

 

Mick

 

 

 

 

 

 

That looks an amazing driveway; just ripe for an interesting fleet of BMW cars ;) 

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2 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

That looks an amazing driveway; just ripe for an interesting fleet of BMW cars ;) 

 

Hi Dan,

 

Strange you should mention that, it just happens to be the driveway to the the Nova Scotia Eta Sanctuary :grin:

 

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Finished tearing down the wall yesterday and starting the rebuild today.  The 300 interlocking blocks will be quite the work-out.  Snow scheduled for 18:00 :shock:

 

Stay safe.

 

Best regards,

 

Mick

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