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xantia_v6 wrote:
CitroJim wrote: The failing inspection lamp is mine :twisted: It's one of these rechargeable LED jobs that cost a good bit and has been a godsend as it is (was) very bright and gives (gave) a lovely working light but recently it's stopped holding its charge. It's bright for only about 10 minutes after a charge and then goes a bit dim and will stay a bit dim for ages and ages. I suspect the battery pack as the charge complete lamp comes on far too soon when charging...

I'll have to take it apart and see if the batteries can be replaced. Otherwise I'll have to bite the bullet and get another one as I'll be lost without it.
You can get most types of rechargable cells from these people I got some cells to refurb an old PC battery pack a few years ago and the quality seemed OK.
GP cells are good, but expensive.
I use vapex from http://www.component-shop.co.uk/
They'll make custom packs up normally for no extra charge (no pun intended).

Which reminds me, must buy a new charger!

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Mike, Xac, Thanks for the cell links... I'll try taking the torch apart later and see what's inside...

That's if I survive the day. I've really reacted to this 'flu jab and I'm currently dosed up on Ibruprofen :evil:

Today at work is going to be fun :roll:

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good luck Jim, its no fun when your ill :(

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Deanxm wrote:good luck Jim, its no fun when your ill :(
Thanks Dean,

Good old Ibruprofen seems to be doing the business :)

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It's been a bit of a week again on the brain-rotting IT front...

Yesterday was spent battling a deep software problem, one I wanted to crack before work on Monday. I thought it would take an hour or so and it ended up taking most of Friday evening and most of Saturday. I got there in the end though...

DickieG called in on Saturday afternoon on his way back from looking at a Xantia and was surprised to find me not in the garage and not wielding spanners around. In truth I was still locked in battle with the software but also I had to confess that all of my cars were running fine and actually needed no attention!

Richard dropped by to deliver an immaculate leather steering wheel for Old V6. As a testimony to the mileage on Old V6, the steering wheel is worn to the extent that the leather has absolutely no texture left and has been worn to a high polish; it's the shiniest thing on the car!

I did give all the cars a good once-over today and indeed found them faultless. I took my Activa out for a well-deserved spin and thoroughly enjoyed it. There really is some magic in an Activa :D

I noticed after the first run out in the Activa that a small area of the windscreen on the passenger side steamed up a little in the sunshine. Paranoid as I am about leaks, I checked for leaks and found none at all and could only conclude the air in the car was a little damp from being parked up in my drive for the past two weeks and receiving absolutely no sunshine at all.

Just in case it was damp, I checked the pollen filter in the Activa and was surprised to see the filter cover was screwed on rather than clipped as in the later cars. The pollen filter was dry but full of rubbish so out came the airline for a good blow-out. I did the same on the pollen filter in Old V6. That one had some debris on it that promptly fell out onto my newly vacuumed footwell carpet :evil:

I visited New V6 and awoke her from her hibernation for a good check-over and a quick run. She's going back on the road just as soon as finances allow...

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My wallet suffered a bit of abuse today and Admiral insurance are now a bit richer...

I got a great deal on my fleet. 2 x V6 and one Activa fully comp for an average of £240 each...

I have now insured Robyn with Admiral on her own policy so that she is independent and can start building her own NCB.

If shed have stayed on my policy, she would have been £917. Her own, £1210. Seems a lot but for an 18 year old, not long passed her test, that's not bad.

A 17 year old, who lives just up the road has a Toyota Glanza (Starlet in a pretty frock) and he shelled out £3500 :shock:

He bought the car as a wreck when he was 14 and has restored it with paper-round earnings. Good bit of enterprise there... His dad's a petrol head too. He has a concours RS Turbo Escort and an Evo...

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Jim, put yourself on Robyn's policy as a named driver, and see if that brings it down even more.

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Xac wrote:Jim, put yourself on Robyn's policy as a named driver, and see if that brings it down even more.
Both her Mum and I are... It does bring it down a good bit...

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Damm, Jim, If Id known RichardG was calling, he could have dropped the leather trim in :wink:


Never mind, Ill get the belt done on this HDi Exclusive xantia done and organise a trip to collect from him..

Ill try and do a pictorial aswell, Im not good at them, I tend to just get on and do the job and forget...

Paul

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citroenxm wrote:Damm, Jim, If Id known RichardG was calling, he could have dropped the leather trim in :wink:


Never mind, Ill get the belt done on this HDi Exclusive Xantia done and organise a trip to collect from him..

Ill try and do a pictorial aswell, Im not good at them, I tend to just get on and do the job and forget...

Paul
Paul, when are you going to Jim's?

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Anytime really Richard.... Ive not spoken to Jim, so nothings arranged, but if it was there, then it could be arranged quickly..

Paul

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citroenxm wrote:Anytime really Richard.... Ive not spoken to Jim, so nothings arranged, but if it was there, then it could be arranged quickly..

Paul
If you could give me and Jim some idea of when you're likely to go there I may be able to drop it off depending upon work commitments, the trouble with taking it there too early will be one of storage for Jim as a complete interior does take up quite a bit of room in houses the size of mine and Jim's, the front seats for instance I have stored at work ATM as I don't have the room at home.

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Yes Richard, Im completely aware of that, we have a couple of weekend commitments in the next few weeks hence my problem just at the very moment..

Thankyou for your patience.

Regards
Paul

PS: SORRY JIM :oops: We have hijack'd your Xantia Tales Blog... :? :oops:

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citroenxm wrote: PS: SORRY JIM :oops: We have hijack'd your Xantia Tales Blog... :? :oops:
No worries Paul, you and Richard carry on, I'm not using it at the moment so just pretend I'm not even here :lol: :lol: :lol:

Let me know what you arrange on my behalf between you!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm free the next few weekends after this one...

In fact, the next two days at least are given over to Robyn's birthday. Had a call from SWMBO this evening. She'd forgotten to get Robyn a birthday card for tomorrow so could I get one fir her :roll: Siany and I were going shopping anyway this evening to buy Robyn some small presents. very small ones from me after what I've shelled out recently...

Some good news for a change... Robyn finally has a part-time job. Working in our local DeVere Venue, a hotel cum conference centre cum corporate hospitality cum training centre.

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CONGRATS JIM!! Well DONE Good on her!

As for all else, cheers jim, I shall keep all involved informed!

Paul