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12 minutes ago, Garry said:

Love that Xfire.

I had one for a couple of years, very underestimated / underrated, and a totally bulletproof engine.

They're getting rare here now, so always drew admiring looks when out and about.

Thanks. Yeh there’s 48 of the SRT 6 versions in the U.K....and only 46 right hand drive versions in the world. They have their issues mainly with crank sensors but it’s a relatively easy fix. 
 

bang for buck though you get mustang performance for MX5 money....

....and if you tune them like mine it’s 911 GT3 performance for a fraction of the price (in a straight line anyway!)

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6 minutes ago, WickerBill said:

Thanks. Yeh there’s 48 of the SRT 6 versions in the U.K....and only 46 right hand drive versions in the world. They have their issues mainly with crank sensors but it’s a relatively easy fix. 
 

bang for buck though you get mustang performance for MX5 money....

....and if you tune them like mine it’s 911 GT3 performance for a fraction of the price (in a straight line anyway!)

Never had a crank sensor go, but the cam sensors were twitchy. I just kept a spare one in the car - 5 minute fix...:yes:

I loved mine and have even thought about getting one again, as I miss it.

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7 minutes ago, Garry said:

Never had a crank sensor go, but the cam sensors were twitchy. I just kept a spare one in the car - 5 minute fix...:yes:

I loved mine and have even thought about getting one again, as I miss it.

Haha yeh I’ve had both go! Only once mind you. That and the throttle position sensor....which went on me just before this lockdown...I was about to get it fixed but can’t get it to the bloody garage now! 

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2 minutes ago, WickerBill said:

Haha yeh I’ve had both go! Only once mind you. That and the throttle position sensor....which went on me just before this lockdown...I was about to get it fixed but can’t get it to the bloody garage now! 

A yeh, the good old tps - was lucky with mine.

Only other issue I had was the common sticky ignition key, but I just used an online guide, stripped it and removed the pin.

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4 minutes ago, Garry said:

A yeh, the good old tps - was lucky with mine.

Only other issue I had was the common sticky ignition key, but I just used an online guide, stripped it and removed the pin.

Yeh I’m guessing it’s the TPS anyway, I need to put on the code reader to be sure...it might just be a simple throttle reset but haven’t had the time to sort it yet...and don’t want to drive 20 miles to my preferred garage and get stopped by the coppers on the way! 

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On 04/04/2020 at 06:51, JimmyUSA said:

Of what? The car?  Here's a couple. I replaced the top, though. The one on there in the picture is the old one. Now I have the stock glass one. 

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Nice, a friend of mine has one of those that he bought brand new and had it shipped over here to the U.K. From memory I think it’s an 88/89. He hardly uses it and it has very low miles.

I had a couple of late C3’s an 80 and an 81, both four speed cars.

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Another month and the mantids have both moulted again, getting bigger in the process. This is quite a delicate time for these insects because they have to hang upside down to shed their old skin. During this time, the cage mustn't be moved or jolted, because as the insect emerges from its old skin, a process that can take several hours, its new skin is very soft and pliable and if it falls from its position, its body will be irreparably damaged. Likewise, no prey food must be introduced at this time in case it knocks the freshly emerged creature down. You can usually tell when they are going to moult, as they stop feeding for a couple of days beforehand. It takes about a day for the new skin to harden, then they start eating again, getting bigger until their skin won't stretch anymore and they have to moult again. Most males go through around 6-7 moults while females commonly go through 8. On their last moult they become adult and their wings form. My mantids are at L5 (Level 5) for the green Giant Asian mantis and L6 for the pink Orchid mantis.

Cast skins.

Giant Asian mantis.                                                                                 

Praying mantis-shed skin. L4>5 

Orchid mantis.

 Praying mantis-shed skin L5>6

When I first got the Giant Asian mantis, he was quite small...about an inch long at L3...

Praying Mantis.

He's now at L5 and a good 2" or more...

Praying mantis. L5

Praying mantis. L5

The Orchid mantis was also smaller at L5 when I got her...

Praying mantis.

She's doubled in size and turned pinker at L6.

Praying mantis. L6

Praying mantis. L6

Praying mantis. L6

They will both now grow a lot more until their next moult in around a months time.

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They're fascinating insects Rog :thumbsup:

 

I had one some years ago, I saved it in alcohol when she died in autumn, She laid an oothca which I put in a clear plastic box with .5mm holes drilled in and [ut the box on top of a small wicker cabinet that was in the conservatory..

The wife kept putting it inside the the cab and I told her that when it hatches i'll not see them inside the cab but she swore bliond they wouldn't hatch as there was only one and it needed two to breed!

I tried explaining that certain ones are parthenogenetic so don't need the male, Sure enough, I forgot about the ootheca and in the middle of summer when I went in the cab to get some feed out for the house[plants, I remembered the carton, It had around eight babies that had starved to death :(

She got a fair old gobful that day! :aggressive:

It was a few days before I got hold some alcoloh and she'd started to turn brown unfortunately!

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I used to love watching her get the unsuspecting crickets!!

 

 

John :)

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There’s probably a thread or posts somewhere that I’ve done before but I’ve never mastered the search thing here

:laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:

Anyway trainers are out thing recently. I wouldn’t say I’m a collector as such when you see some of the proper hardcore boys but I’ve always had a few pairs. Recently Adidas but Lacoste and Puma as well as some others.

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And despite a room full of them I still wear my old original Beckenbauer beaters most days

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My lad spends hours on specialist sites, gets added to ‘lotteries’ just to win the privilege of getting in an online queue for a release of some monstrosity or other that don’t look like any trainer I know, and then paying hundreds, just for him to sell them 6 months later for 25-30% more than he paid. 
 

I guess like all things, if you’ve the patience and knowledge- there’s some money to be had. 

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@DJJazzyJeff

Did your lad manage to get anything at the Adidas drop this week, the trainer twitters feeds were alight, with people sitting with multiple devices connected to try and get a hold of them. There were a couple of pairs I liked but personally I couldn’t be bothered with all the hassle. There was talk again of some being on eBay even before they were on general sale. Happened to a lad at work, he bought a pair on eBay and when they arrived the time on the receipt was before the shop even opened. 
 

These turned up
 

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I didn’t remember ordering them and when I took them out the box they looked a bit small.
 

:hmmm9uh:

 Turns out they were for Big M

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On 13/06/2020 at 10:50, BondandBigM said:

@DJJazzyJeff

Did your lad manage to get anything at the Adidas drop this week, the trainer twitters feeds were alight, with people sitting with multiple devices connected to try and get a hold of them. There were a couple of pairs I liked but personally I couldn’t be bothered with all the hassle. There was talk again of some being on eBay even before they were on general sale. Happened to a lad at work, he bought a pair on eBay and when they arrived the time on the receipt was before the shop even opened. 

No, he’s more of a Nike (Jordans) fanboy, when he does get Adidas, it’s the Yeezy line he goes for. He didn’t mention anything, which is normally a sign he’s not got anything. You can’t shut him up otherwise! 
 

I’m like you, can’t be bothered. I used to queue up for an iPhone on the release day- life’s too short for that now.

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32 minutes ago, DJJazzyJeff said:

 He didn’t mention anything, which is normally a sign he’s not got anything. You can’t shut him up otherwise! 
 

:laughing2dw: :laughing2dw:
 

I went off Nike, the quality of the newer ones are rubbish, the last pair of Airmax I bought, a hundred and odd quid, fell to bits in short order.
 

The other thing I don’t get is people buying trainers in sizes that don’t fit them just to have a pair. Again the lad at work has done this a few times. 
 

:huh:
 

 

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This arrived today, bespoke lamp made from a Noble firefighting branch from the 1970's. The branch has been polished and repainted and set on a block of pine which has been wire brushed and then burnt with a blow-torch, nice finishing touches include red felt under the base, red twin cord wire. As a bonus it has got the seal of approval from rolexgirl :laugh:

Nice practical addition to my small collection of fire service memorabilia, seen here in its temporary spot (maybe permanent) in my home office

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33 minutes ago, JoT said:

This arrived today, bespoke lamp made from a Noble firefighting branch from the 1970's. The branch has been polished and repainted and set on a block of pine which has been wire brushed and then burnt with a blow-torch, nice finishing touches include red felt under the base, red twin cord wire. As a bonus it has got the seal of approval from rolexgirl :laugh:

Nice practical addition to my small collection of fire service memorabilia, seen here in its temporary spot (maybe permanent) in my home office

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I really like that, though can’t help also seeing a lightsaber. It also reminds me that an advert for firefighter commemorative watches popped up on my insta feed yesterday, were a bit pricey though. 

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