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                             Many of you know that for the past 12 or so years I have been fighting a brain tumor, Major surgery and follow up surgery has kept me alive, but at a reduced rate. 80% deaf and failing, unable to blink or move the right hand side of my face, now scary blood pressure fluctuations. I have worked in heavy engineering for the past 45 years and that too, has taken its toll. From working among 16000 fellow ship yardies, to being self employed working alone for the past 12 years making ends meet.

                             Today, I have ran out of my welding qualifications, no more ASME9, no more BS numbers are beside my name. Plus my Gas registration is about to expire. To renew all these at my time in life with my health issues I'm looking at the wrong side of £1500-00, Cannot warrant that sot of expense anymore.

                             I already miss the banter and wind ups, the tea breaks, the arguments about who was the better welder/fitter on the day.

                             Still, chin up ole guy. Life goes on, so be warned, I'm spoiling for a fight as I have loads of pent up energy, you could run a light bulb off me. The wife is dreading having me around. May finish loads of unfinished projects. Fed up welding for 10 hours a day anyway, who needs it ? :-)))

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Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 28, 2015 at 20:28

Just been out and about in the Sierra, pleased with the way its going, I actually had to slow down coming up the hill towards home. Never, ever had to slow down on that hill :-)) maybe all the horses are now unleashed?

Comment by Adrian Southgate on February 28, 2015 at 17:28

It too will have had additives Steve, 'to make it burn more efficiently' they said ... and 30 degrees hotter too w*nk*rs   

It killed my pinto 202 block engine in 200 miles... It now carries a warning about not to be used in older cars...go figure.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 28, 2015 at 11:49

Wasn't there a scandal over these fuels a while back? I ran my camper on ASDA own diesel, had to fill up in Manchester area a while back and used (by mistake) Shell super diesel, blinking expensive, any way the old bus motored down the motorway and I'm sure it went better, but is it because you payed more so got more, plus the wind may have been behind me. YES, it makes a difference.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on February 28, 2015 at 11:34

Sorry that should read leaded 40 year old engine.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on February 28, 2015 at 11:33

Old engine out of the leggie ran fine on tesco 'normal' unleaded for 5 years, tried the shell superfuel on a trip to Derby (100 miles exactly) and back, 200 in total. Valve seats shot full of little pits, completely destroyed the valve seats and didn't do the valves much good either. Never used shell fuel since then, did some research on 'tinterweb and found out that the reason it performed so well is ethanol added in an undisclosed amount but known to exceed 10%. Probably works lovely in nice new engines but not in an unleaded 40 year old ford driven hard. It got very very hot too, so hot the bonnet distorted above the manifold. Never again, won't even use the diesel in Sues car. 

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 28, 2015 at 10:07

Some wise guy, just visiting the shed, has said " now you have a good crossflow you have at least tripled the value of the green meanie". I hope he is not expecting me to do to good a job on his exhaust manifold.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 28, 2015 at 9:55

May try to find the correct procedure and get a few rods in. Never know when I could be called upon. Ethanol proof? it was malt whisky I passed over Ade :-))

Comment by Adrian Southgate on February 28, 2015 at 9:36

@ Steve... ethanol proof head, nice idea... hmmm 

@ Paul, I understand. What about slowing the rate of extraction and ducting the fresh air past the compressor to warm it slightly?

Comment by Paul Sheridan on February 28, 2015 at 9:31

Big vents at the other end ........ Just have to use more hardener in the mix ;-)) 

Comment by Steve Kerswell on February 28, 2015 at 9:29

@Ade, how much do favours cost, so far a bottle of malt has changed hands for the machinist. He wrecked 3 cutters doing the valve seats, seems like I used to hard a rod.

@ Paul, extractors sucking? Fan blades turning back to front? 

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