Mat's BX Blog

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Post by Dollywobbler » Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:06 pm

Decent long range forecast? Ha ha ha ha haaaa ha ha. When Porky goes flying, perhaps we'll get a decent stretch of weather! We've already had a blue moon, but STILL no dry times!

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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:17 pm

Discovery windscreen now in:

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I suggested to Autoglass that rather me wait for a dry forecast to book them, they give me a ring when they're next in the area and it's dry. So they did, and I popped back from work. On the way it started raining :( They managed to do the job in the garage, but had to rig up a tarpaulin over the doors to create shelter to prepare the screen. Not ideal but at least it's in now.

And for something completely unrelated to vehicles, found a hedgehog in the henhouse the other night!

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We think it could be one we rescued from the road last year, but have no way of telling. Either way it's handy to have around to keep the slugs down.
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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:17 am

This evening saw me playing with torches (again), and I've created somewhat of a monster. By way of comparison, this is a standard 3 D cell Maglite.
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This is my modified 6 D cell Maglite - quite impressive I think, and those that have seen it would probably agree it kicks out a fair bit of light (slightly brighter than a car headlight).
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But this is staggering, I actually giggled when I first turned it on. It's unreal! :mrgreen:
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Post by mds141 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:41 am

You running it on warp plasma? :)
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Post by Defender110 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:48 am

Piccies then? what is the battery life on this?
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Post by Matt H » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:36 am

I want this... :lol:

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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:08 pm

Pictures when it's finished - it's just a bundle of wires and a (large!) reflector at the moment. Think it would make most sense to run it from the car battery - it draws rather a lot of current @ 12V.

Currently on the train to Bristol, then Bridgwater to collect the car. Train running late, so I had to pay for wifi so I could look at how the delay cocks up the rest of my planned journeys. The ticket I have is only valid on the listed trains, but I'm buggered if I'm paying for another one seeing as it's not my fault I'm running late!
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Post by Matt H » Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:45 pm

When I took the train to your place, my ticket was never checked... Not once :lol:

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Post by mds141 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:15 pm

Good luck with the car Mat, hope it's a good un. I used to visit my girlfriend in Haringey, in the early 90's, never paid for a ticket, just hid in the bogs when the ticket collector was doing his rounds!! [-X
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Post by citsncycles » Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:29 pm

Billy Connolly wrote a song about that!
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Post by Defender110 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:59 am

mat_fenwick wrote: The ticket I have is only valid on the listed trains, but I'm buggered if I'm paying for another one seeing as it's not my fault I'm running late!
No relation of George 1st class Osborne are you? :lol:
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Post by Caffiend » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:23 am

:shock: @ #3 and :lol:
Matt H wrote:I want this... :lol:
Me too.

Go into business making 'em Mat?
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Post by mat_fenwick » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:48 pm

The Focus is now safely back home - no problems at all and actually mechanically better than described! I picked up a pair of wheel trims from Harry Buckland's for the grand sum of £3, which at least tidy up one side of the car!

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Had a great night out in Bristol too with an old friend, although sadly Doc wasn't able to make it too :(

With hindsight, perhaps the deal of 4 Jaegarbombs for £7 was not the wisest idea to take full advantage of. Especially when following it with this gigantic cocktail!
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Fortunately I fared considerably better than my mate :lol:
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I'll give the car a good check over tomorrow, and it needs a good clean!

As for making torches, well I could I suppose, but then I wouldn't be special... :oops: Guessing that if I was to buy all the bits, rather than using stuff I had lying around that it would cost between £50 and £75.
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Post by mds141 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:55 pm

Looks like an excellent night out Mat. Getting in some practice for the Scottish Challenge? The Focus looks incredibly tidy. Good find. I'm on the lookout for an oldish car to smoke around in for a while. I'm relinquishing the DS3 which is on a PCP lease thing. Finally come to my senses and I'm going to embrace the school of bangernomics from now on. :)
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Dollywobbler » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:07 pm

Looks a decent buy Mat. Looks a bit plain though. Have you considered covering it in stripes?

How about a Mk1 Mondeo Mark? Decent old buses and worth sod all. Try finding one with uncracked bumpers!