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I'd be worried, too. :lol: Here, learners are limited to 80km/h - barely 55MPH. Hope you are drumming in to her, to look really hard for motorcyclists.

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I'm not worried Adam :D Traffic in the UK and especially in our local big town on the wide dual carriageways runs very fast these days. Everybody tears about as if their lives depend upon it :roll: Fact of life here; it's like a perpetual scene from Need for Speed and the sooner our learners learn to drive in it and keep up with traffic the better. I don't necessarily agree that all this rushing around at top speed is a good thing but it's how it is and one has to adapt to it and run with it.

It makes driving here bloody unpleasant in my opinion. In fact I reckon driving in the UK is now absolutely horrendous due to speed, density, over-crowding, shockingly bad roads, both in their state of repair and design, and sheer bad driving ability and manners from a majority.

Most of our town roads [EDIT: Milton Keynes, not UK towns in general!] enjoy a national speed limit of 60MPH on single carriageways and 70MPH on duals.

Robyn's professional instructor pushes her to go fast and make progress; it's not my doing. It's how they're taught these days.

I know the Aussie speed limits :evil: Darwin had lovely wide open dual carriageway and one day I got "pulled" doing 105km/h in a 50km/h limit on one. The road in question was indistinguishable from a UK motorway...

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Having nothing like that here, I honestly can't imagine it - will have to wait until it's actually before my eyes.

As to the CC - my control stalk ocasionally doesn't work. I know the footswitch is OK, as I can hear the relay clicking on.

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It's been a good day today, despite the weather :D

I looked at the rattle in Robyn's 206 and had an easy win. The wheelbrace had popped out of its clips and was rattling atound in the cubbyhole in the rear crossmember where it lives :D

Went to Halfrauds for some wheel ramps. After all this time I decided to treat myself to a set. Halfrauds had ONE on display. Asking if I could have a pair, I was told that was the only ONE they had in stock? Even the assistant ventured the opinion that one was about as much use as a chocolate teapot...

How on earth do you end up with just one? Maybe they had received a visit from the Reliant Robin Owners Club... They'd only need one or three! Only at Halfrauds :roll:

Whilst there I picked up a BoL for Robyn's car and surprisingly at first glance it does not seem too bad. Time will tell. One thing it does have is some good info on the DW8 engine and as they've been popping up here a lot recently, that could be useful.

The weather allowed some progress on Project Activa today and now the rear leaks are unquestionably fixed it allowed me to replace three quarters of the interior. I have quiet hopes the windscreen leak is on the mend too. Very little came in with the scuttle panel completely off and a plastic bag stretched tightly over the air intake. I've placed some caravan bedding mastic where I think it's leaking and hopefully tonight the rains will come and prove one way or another.

It does look better with an interior in place again although the cats have the 'ump with me. They'd made the stack of carpets in the lounge their sleeping quarters... They really are cross with me!

An MOT test over Easter may just be on the cards after all...

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Post by Xaccers »

Jim you are more than welcome to have my ramps :)

Mr Clutch are doing MoT's for £21

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Xac wrote:Jim you are more than welcome to have my ramps :)
Swap 'em for a blower repair :wink:

Whereabouts in our fair city does Mr. Clutch reside Xac? Please tell me it's not in Bletchley :twisted:

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CitroJim wrote:
Xac wrote:Jim you are more than welcome to have my ramps :)
Swap 'em for a blower repair :wink:

Whereabouts in our fair city does Mr. Clutch reside Xac? Please tell me it's not in Bletchley :twisted:
It's over in that direction.... :lol:

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Xac wrote: It's over in that direction.... :lol:
:grr:

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It's just down the road from Eurocarparts.

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Xac wrote:It's just down the road from Eurocarparts.
Ahh :D That's not so bad then...

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Post by Deanxm »

arent you just a little tempted to make your own ramps Jim?

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Deanxm wrote:arent you just a little tempted to make your own ramps Jim?
I don't trust my welding enough for that Dean :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Neither did i, thats why the soon to be scrapped work van with a 1 tonne load positioned on the back axle was the first to ride them :lol:

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Post by Citroenmad »

Oh yes, i had that with my 206 :lol: Took a little while to find it mind, the little clip had fallen off. The bootlid rattling on its catch is also another 206 common thing.

Whats a BoL?

Well i think the UK roads are very sedate, compared to French roads anyway. Id not relish the thought of driving through Paris again :lol: Mind their motorway lane use is very good, pull out pass and pull in. So long as you have your foot to the floor and not park close, as they seem to use bumpers as bumpers!

I found that when taking my car test and HGV test, the instructors do try and push you along fast, especially at first when your still getting used to things.

Seems your making good progress on your project Activa, good luck with its MOT :)

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Those wheelbrace clips do not inspire confidence do they! One good pothole and I'll bet it'll jump out again...

I did adjust the tailgate Chris as it seemed a little floppy. Two T30 Torx bolts on the catch are not really up to the job in my opinion so I expect it'll be a regular job...

I collected Robyn from her boyfriend's house this evening and she drive home. On the way I asked her if there was anything different about her car, referring obliquely to the absence of rattles. She said...

"I can't see anything different dad, it's dark..."

"Can you hear anything different?"

"Oh yes! the rattle's gone..."

The BoL is the Haynes Manual. BoL = Book of Lies...