Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

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Michel wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 20:19
CitroJim wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 13:04
daviemck2006 wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 12:44

Your very large in respect of personality and helpfulness and just being a thourghly good person.


:D Davie, you are too kind by far...

You sure you're not confusing me with someone else?


He's clearly confusing you with me. I heard you were an obnoxious old tw@t...

Oh, wait, I think I'm confusing mysellf with myself there...

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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

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Michel wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 20:19
CitroJim wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 13:04
daviemck2006 wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 12:44

Your very large in respect of personality and helpfulness and just being a thourghly good person.


:D Davie, you are too kind by far...

You sure you're not confusing me with someone else?


He's clearly confusing you with me. I heard you were an obnoxious old tw@t...

Oh, wait, I think I'm confusing mysellf with myself there...


Your not old Mike 😁😂🤣😂🤣
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daviemck2006 wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 20:30
Michel wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 20:19
CitroJim wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 13:04


:D Davie, you are too kind by far...

You sure you're not confusing me with someone else?


He's clearly confusing you with me. I heard you were an obnoxious old tw@t...

Oh, wait, I think I'm confusing mysellf with myself there...


Your not old Mike 😁😂🤣😂🤣

:rofl2: again!
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OK guys you've had your fun (& kept me mildly amused) - but can I have my blog back?

Now, where did I leave off? oh, yes, refitting the Cherokee handbrake. Having reconnected the cables & wound the adjuster back (by hand: loooxury!) to a thread or two from the original position (no direct line of sight on that section of the thread) thought I ought to tinker with the self adjusters. Rolled out from underneath (you can do a lot under one of these in standard trim, but with a 2" lift & 32" tyres you only have to use a jack to remove (or turn) a wheel) leant inside, pulled on the lever, which didn't come up anything like 45* (unlike the C15, which I said came up vertically, in jest - but it was only a slight exageration!) - or lock the wheels. Tackling the n/s 1st, I poked about through the hole in the backplate - nothing. The absence of the rubber plug & the fact that the drum came off easier than the wheel was a bit of a clue. The adjuster was seized but not so bad that a good dousing with some industrial strength maintenance spray & judicious application of waterpump pliers to the starwheel would fix (or, rather, unfix) it. A little working back'n'forth & it would turn easily, over a considerable range, with a suitably profiled screwdriver. Wound it out 'til could just get the drum back on with a couple of thumps with the heel of my hand. A bit more faffing about & with the lever pulled up 3 notches I could retighten the wheel nuts but release it & it turned freely. Popped a spare rubber plug in the adjuster hole & turned my attention to the other side. This time the pawl wasn't engaging in the starwheel, but otherwise more of the same, so, if anything, it was easier. All done so now have handbrake that not only works but must be better than it's been for some time. Bit disappointed that it's not improved the brakes overall though so, subject to it passing muster on the brake dyno, come the Spring I'll tackle swapping the wheel cylinders from the donor (about the only thing left behind the backwheels, having fitted nearly everything else to the green one over Christmas week 2016) - & I'll get some rubbers when I'm next in USA, so I can overhaul the old ones, for cheap spares. Perhaps when I've done that I might have the courage to do the back brakes on the C15 - although the set-up seems so needlessly complex, I'm not sure it wouldn't be easier to do a disc conversion.
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

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Michel wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 20:19
CitroJim wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 13:04
daviemck2006 wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 12:44

Your very large in respect of personality and helpfulness and just being a thourghly good person.


:D Davie, you are too kind by far...

You sure you're not confusing me with someone else?


He's clearly confusing you with me. I heard you were an obnoxious old tw@t...

Oh, wait, I think I'm confusing mysellf with myself there...


:rofl2:

I nearly suffered yet another coffee-soaked keyboard there :twisted:

I will say that you are far from what you think you are Mike :wink:
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So after all those months of inactivity down Deb'n, a quick run up to London & a w/e in Maastricht the C15 is back to languishing in a suburban street, with only a weekly trip to Lidl's to break the monotony. However, this evening was slightly different as I desperately needed some cable (so I can jury rig the horn before taking the Cherokee in for it's MoT on Saturday) & I can't get home in time to catch my local car shop so I was reduced to visiting Halfords, just beyond my regular Lidl's, before they built 2 nearer. Got what I wanted (more or less) but, ouch, the price! Cable's typically 26p a metre, + VAT, + p&p but, unless there's a minimum charge, still a lot shy of nearly £4 for 4m! AND Lidl's was disappointment, hardly anything at all, at least at prices I was prepared to pay. I think supermarket carparks are the C15's' natural habitat - it was looks so right, as though that's where it belongs!
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van ordinaire wrote:
18 Jan 2018, 23:56
AND Lidl's was disappointment, hardly anything at all, at least at prices I was prepared to pay.


Our local Lidl was equally disappointing, both in 'specials' and the quality/availability of decent foodstuffs :(
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CitroJim wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 06:36
van ordinaire wrote:
18 Jan 2018, 23:56
AND Lidl's was disappointment, hardly anything at all, at least at prices I was prepared to pay.


Our local Lidl was equally disappointing, both in 'specials' and the quality/availability of decent foodstuffs :(


Ours always is when I go in too, but Mr. H. Razor always seems to find stuff there. I think he camps outside overnight on Wednesdays..
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Michel wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 06:49
CitroJim wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 06:36
van ordinaire wrote:
18 Jan 2018, 23:56
AND Lidl's was disappointment, hardly anything at all, at least at prices I was prepared to pay.


Our local Lidl was equally disappointing, both in 'specials' and the quality/availability of decent foodstuffs :(


Ours always is when I go in too, but Mr. H. Razor always seems to find stuff there. I think he camps outside overnight on Wednesdays..


I reckon he must... Or else he has access to a Lidl warehouse...
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Nope, I just know where there are three branches within easy reach. I called into one last Thursday, got 4 pairs of H7 lightbulbs and an ice scraper straight away. I go elsewhere for my food shopping.
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Hell Razor5543 wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 08:53
I go elsewhere for my food shopping.


From my experience yesterday, that's very wise James ;)
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My Mum does some of her food shopping in Lidl, as she highly rates their £1.72 Cashew Nuts.
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Hell Razor5543 wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 09:20
My Mum does some of her food shopping in Lidl, as she highly rates their £1.72 Cashew Nuts.



Their nuts are second to none James... The best source for variety and quality I know.. It's the main reason I go to Lidl ;)

I eat a lot of nuts - I eat them like sweets...
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It is entirely random. I did really well there last week BUT because I didn't have a trolley I wasn't allowed to use the only open checkout & was directed to the self checkout tills. I asked if I'd get staff discount for doing their work for them, a point they totally failed to grasp, so I left them to put all my stuff back.

As for quality of fresh produce, I once stopped at the Farnham (Hants) branch to find a van from the local country house restaurant in the car park, the driver was buying veg by the box, given they must have a reputation to maintain, I thought that was quite a recommendation.
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van ordinaire wrote:
19 Jan 2018, 22:39
As for quality of fresh produce, I once stopped at the Farnham (Hants) branch to find a van from the local country house restaurant in the car park, the driver was buying veg by the box, given they must have a reputation to maintain, I thought that was quite a recommendation.


That's a double-edged sword. A good recommendation perhaps but... Those people buying stuff in industrial quantities often cause shortages fro us ordinary shoppers.. Seen it happen very often where those commercial people clear shelves...

I really do not condone it...