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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1539257
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Notified today of proposed redundancy.

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Bad luck Jon frown frown Anything further afield?

Did you get over the eye prob?


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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1539300
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Eye got marginally better, but no change for some time now.
A recent visit to the eye clinic was awful, having pupils dilated and then having a torch held right by the eye. High thyroxin still but all that is just tedious, not having a job is terminal.

I just looked and they need to give me 11 weeks notice. There is a tiny chance of a reprieve but I doubt it. I`m shocked but will just have to get another job!

Re: LE 30 Project Thread [Re: KBT] #1559870
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you have some patience and determination mate, over 2 years to get this far with health problems, funding problems and the condition of the car itself and still going strong.....Respect!


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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1559982
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Thank-you for the encouragement.
I`m doing a few small jobs this evening.
Project will get updated soon.
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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1560931
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Great to see some more updates, little an often so you don't over do it thumb

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1561099
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I keep getting overtaken by snails.

Re: LE 30 Project Thread [Re: KBT] #1562208
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Mate keep going and do what gives you enjoyment ....

never never give up !!!

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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1562215
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When you finish, this it's going to be Minter than Mr Mint from Mintonsville in Mintonshire!! Nice reading your thread KBT!

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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1562236
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Wait till you see the new bolts.
They came from outer space! And Truro. smile

Re: LE 30 Project Thread [Re: KBT] #1575488
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Shame not to get it rolling...

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: dante giacosa] #1575802
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Much as the ultimate solution lies just a quarter of a mile downhill from my garage, I hope it won`t come to that.
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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1575885
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Originally Posted By: KBT
Much as the ultimate solution lies just a quarter of a mile downhill from my garage, I hope it won`t come to that.
smile


Now, now Jon, you're making it sound like the English Channel....don't torment us!


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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1575916
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I apologize, it`s just that i`m suffering from an excess of glee.

My TSH is normal for the first time since testing began. This means(as I understand it)that my thyroid now tells pituitary that thryroxin is produced. If this isn`t happening it gets told to make more. In short i`m probably in remission.

About 8 weeks ago I had a letter in my hand which basically said I could lose the ability to focus if there was any significant increase in TED as caused by RI or surgery or even just extreme emotional stress.
Want to know about having the fat drained from behind your eyes?
I didn`t either.
Then I had a seizure mid blood test. It was a Thursday. After asking me what I would be doing over the nest week the witty female member of the ambulance crew said "so we`ll see you on Tuesday is it?"
After the seizure I had amnesia to a degree.
I have had 6 in 20 years that I know of but no one has been interested and I didn`t know what was happening.
I was told not to drive. After passing all the eye tests too.....

Then I regained my memory, rather more than i`ve ever known as it looks like the entire illness was psychological/neurological/chemical disorder linked to repressed memories beginning with something I witnessed at age 3!
The movie is called Shine according to my psychotherapist, except my story is the hardcore violent version.

Fast forward...

I`m driving, thinking of buying another coupe...even been bashing at the Hammond.

p.s. I first sought diagnosis in 1985.

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1575919
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In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds you seem to be a survivor Jon, and a dab hand at many skills - including acronyms whose meanings are not immediately apparent to me laugh

Feeling quite inadequately knowledgeable of your condition I find it hard to pass pertinent comment other than to rejoice at the news that things are 'looking up", if I'm getting the gist - I for one am certainly looking forward to hearing more detailed progress on the LE30 project smile


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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1576978
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Well bashing at the Hammond is not a masturbation reference.
I really have an organus maximus and gie it laldy!
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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1576992
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Ah, got you laugh



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Saw what you did there.....


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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1577089
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laugh
Distinctive le footprint.

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1577110
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Looking good!

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What on earth is that all about, is it a homemade crossover for the speakers?

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And what is that electrical gizmo box thingummy?


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Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1577131
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Modded wiring is right next to ECU plug. I think it brings both the fans on with a rocker switch under the dash.
I would have done it differently, although when something is an afterthought there is always an element of compromise.
There will be a picture of the tidied version soon as want to get seats back in!

Black box is Blitz solenoid box. I modded the tabs into a C shape. Pleased with location as aiming for factory look, but I keep finding another part to refit which fouls on my mods.

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1580345
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Re the throttle cable...
The throttle cable is truly awful. You're right about the spring, I hated replacing the cable as had to get the cable on and off the throttle 6 times at least in order to get the length correct or make sure the grub screw was tight enough! Little flesh left on the knuckles after that.

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1581630
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I felt that I was a bit harsh about the non-design, but a colleague of mine who came to visit as I was doing it just burst out laughing and said in an Italianesque accent "If you stupid English want to drive on wrong side of road, you don`t deserve good engineered throttle mechanicals" so...

The reason for the spring is because it has a dual purpose - butterfly and throttle pedal return spring. I am working on a complete replacement 2 piece assembly, return spring can then be separate and TB spring replaced with one from Lancia Thema 16VT - I have one to hand even though it doesn`t look like it will in fact fit. The original spring could tag on to the post nearer the bulkhead perhaps to ditch some tension.

My original cable also had a big problem at the bulkhead, i`m guessing caused when retained for engine swap. It has been difficult to source relevant parts in small quantities but watch this space as i`ll come back to this.
I`m wiring today!

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1581642
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Forgot to say, I used a solder nipple TB end and used a barrel type to help set the length. The new adjuster offers less travel than the original, i`ll redo the thing with fresh teflon when I get round to it. My real aim is for never fail or roadside replaceable. I did have something of a fit myself after being crunched into the footwell over time, miraculously unbending the throttle pedal in the process. wink

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1581799
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Good to read there's some progress Jon, not sure on the headlight loom but they do differ across the models so wondering if that's the issue.

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1581832
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Thanks Joe.
There is some more progress, fresh problem in that the gear cables joggle at gearbox end, nearly killed myself dropping the assembly to sort whole thing out (collapsed in pit), selector shaft is seized so I must have dreamed actually doing the job already - guide down and don`t want to cloud9 it up. Is it covered in the book? Must buy one but they don`t sell them at the local shop.
Ready to drop sub. though and can`t not get uprights/shafts refurbished, boots and stuff. Was planning to ask you but waiting till the GB of all time dies down.
Big list of your stuff to come but as you may know i`m suddenly saving not spending. wink
I assumed the headlamp loom the same across the models. I don`t know quite why FIAT did this but you wouldn`t want them to supply some unswitched gender confused sockets for your house.
I was delighted when I noticed it as if i`m equally blaze I can now make the autosport ecu loom with the cfc cover as have all the bits. Photo. was remade not new, I just forgot to bunk a couple of company shrinks on.
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I am taking a break from the project for a month or so, the rust has come back and i`m going to convert the garage before I continue with the car.

I have decided to go all out on the job and the coupe is a bit expensive once you`ve gone bonkers for it being `just so`. I have been cringing at the expense but given the cost of what I am currently doing I will find finishing the car a breeze with luck.

What I am doing involves spending lots in Malvern...Buying a Varizoom MC100, Dynamic Perception MX2 etc. I want to spend some time animating again and plan to attempt to convert the head to step control. At the end of the day though it is a pukka live head and I have RODE mic. etc., just need to sort my power supplies now and some glasses and i`d hope to do some action shots. wink

Re: LE 30 Discussion Thread [Re: KBT] #1636671
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Ignoring most of that.....
I did get made redundant, the company being insolvent. Slightly awful time.
I very nearly starting selling off coupe spares and still may as there are loads. In my mind there has been a question mark as to whether or not to just quit now, as it started to look like I couldn`t afford to get the car done 6/8k+? till I retire in 13 years time.
I`m not unskilled but there isn`t that much call in the area it seemed so I have decided to mold myself around the requirements of the day. Applied to an agency willing to just go and do the (possibly awful) placement tomorrow, hoping this will stand me in good stead.
For whatever reason the immediate start has evaporated but, unless I just got flanneled, things look brighter today in terms of being able to eat next month.

On the way home a Merc. was just washing my bumper, this is in traffic. I have just lightened the Coarser by 30kg but added a 15kg camera rig, which is very secure - multiple location/rachet strapped. (This is because of what i`ve been doing in my month or so off)
Long story short, I dropped it 2 cogs mid tight corner in the rain and suddenly........I wished I was in the Coupe.

During my break I somewhat updated my photographic portfolio/commercial presence which I abandoned 16 years ago.
I didn`t get any where near the number of shots in for the soundtrack in mind and I have to put in some effort with 4 social media accounts to feed, not that i`ve even started other than securing usernames.

I hope to get back to the coupe as there is a great potential left.

Here is a frame of my last decent shot. Apologies to the forum as it isn`t coupe related. If you come to Wally visit the valley, if you want your car photographed.
Jon

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