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Or stick a rotor on the roof and claim it is a helicopter :)
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:twisted: Steve I am not really sure your helping :D
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John, that's terrible :(

How on earth can it possibly be objected to. You can't see it until you're practically on top of it..

These council people must have very sad existences. I mean, your place is not exactly accessible and visible is it? If you'd have built your garage on the steps of Nelson's column in Trafalgar Square then I could see where they were coming from but where it is, the only living things that are ever going to see it anre a few birds.. Maybe a gang of ducks on the lake complained?

Take a tip from the newspaper article and strap an outboard on it and claim it's a houseboat...

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:D

the (very distant) neighbour(s) probably started things rolling :twisted: maybe they can't have garages, so how could I? .... the original enforcement officer came in July and mentioned that he thought I was running a business , then he thought that I had built in front of the 'building line' .. nothing more was heard until a couple of weeks ago, when a new EO was despatched and decided to poke about.. she has told me now (in writing) that I have built outside of the curtelidge of my (rented) property.. and that is in breach of planning laws..

so 3 different issues really, a complex situation.. but I really have a problem going down the planning permission route, as I thin kthey will ask me to take it down anyway and built it with more sympathy.. never mind the costs..

so adding some wheels may just be a great way out of this..

If I could just get spheres on each corner it would really help things along :twisted: :lol:
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hi all, happy new year etc :D

been off the forum for a few weeks !

I stopped spannering for some reason about the time the mundano I was working on wouldn't heal itself.. despite a head rebuild, cambelt kit and many many hours of my time.. really got to me :evil:

anyway, a nice christmas ended with a week in Malta :D interesting place..

I have the usual suspects of jobs waiting, car wise : xant needs hydroflush, possibly 2 spheres, 4 tyres, the new discs fitted in Autumn seem to be causing a grabbing sensation.. clutch cable, still need a wing and could do with a bonnet..
used the xant in the snowfalls, was great not getting grounded like every one else was :twisted:

coupe, still not finished LPG'ing it :evil: also needs tyres and tracking and the ever present steering fluid leak..

the shed is now officially attempting to get itself permission to remain where it is.. wont know much more for a week or two.

also, the doc has finally told me to take Blood pressure tablets .. still dont want to... and i now have an irregular heart :evil: I was already becoming a hypercondriact before all of this :lol:
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Great to see you back John :D

Hope the shed obtains its permission. I don't know why but only the otehr day I was wondering how things were on the shed front...

May all your jobs get sorted in the coming week. What we need is a bit of spring-like weather...

Keep an eye on the old blood pressure!
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Post by MikeT »

Welcome back and HNY to you too. Wondered where you'd been. Thought we might have had to send the St Bernards out but their barrel o' Brandy is now needed at MK, I believe.

Good luck with the garage and your BP. The doc's my Mum sees appear to be very good when it comes to matters of the heart.
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thanks both :D

an ECG tomorrow.. doc said I may need a pacemaker :evil: or a jump start.. both sound annoying :twisted:
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well the nurse said my trace looked normal :? :twisted:

anyway, finally got around to changing the xant TD clutch cable today.. a pig job really.. clutch clip took about an hour, more than usual and this is with me removing the pedal ... it was a long time since I last did one..

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I can say that a manual cable fits an S2 xant.. the old cable wasn't that bad, just a bit gratey on disengage.. the new one is perfectly smooth :) but... the clutch is now heavier! :evil: it has to be a routing problem but I can't really see what I have done wrong. the cable does seem to hit the gearbox at a slight angle, it runs down between the selector rods, and traverses the front of the sub frame cross member, before turning up past the turbo and into the bulkhead..
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Pleased you don't have to have a pacemaker fitted John.

If you should need one, there is one here :twisted:
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:twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :D
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Yes, that's excellent news John :D

Mind you, old Gerry there does keep a up a good beat...

Strange your clutch is now heavier John :? The cable does take a bit of a route though, as I recall, along the front subframe. So long as all bends are easy ones it should be fine...
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yes it's a strange one Jim.. :shock: .. I think it's too close to the selectors etc. but I ran out of time tonight. Friend has a 2.0 16v, so I ma have a butchers at that in case I have made an error..
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well. this time a year ago, I had the good fortune to spend a month wondering around Queensland and a bit of New South Wales.. I love extreme weather but i am very glad i went last year not this year :shock:

never mind the January floods, I was trying to imagine a 280kph gust of wind, but failed...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011 ... 125663.htm
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good news.. after probably some considerable cost to my Landlords.. it looks like my barn can remain where it is for ever :D I have to change all the roofing, and finish the doors, electrics off.. but hopefully now i can get back on with that and get some use from it! I ahve plenty of work to do in it ;)



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