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  1. Nothing wrong with Rovers if you look after them. 20 years old this year:-
  2. I'm afraid that I dodge most "Made in China" goods now. The variations in "quality" are far too broad. The "eMaGee" cars are typical of this. Owners reviews go from fantastic to absolute *****! One report of paint literally wiping off whilst washing the car, to expose the primer, which showed signs of rusting through it within a few days! Lots of other brand owners forums are also complaining of spares, not even lasting the warranty period (drop links, brake discs, track rod ends,etc.) Even the rubber dust covers are falling apart within months of fitting. I've had five different types of (made in China) exterior security light go faulty during the warranty period due to water ingress (faulty seals or housings). It's so sad that decades/centuries of research and development have been lost due to the buy cheap society. The old saying of buy cheap, buy twice, may need changing to buy cheap, buy several times. As I found with my lights, it's difficult to find a good quality item. Mike
  3. With extra long straps if I'm not mistaken? Mike
  4. I've been tackling the upper rear arms on my 1999 Rover 75. I noticed a couple of rust spots appearing on the top when I checked it for MOT last year and further investigation revealed that the spots were actually a rash!!! A trawl of the 75 forums proved to be informative that "OEM" replacements were being made, first in China (Roewe stock - now no longer available) and latterly India. The quality of the Indian parts left a lot to be desired (missing and defective welds, non-aligning pressings etc.), so I managed to find a pristine set of original stock from Portugal. I have applied Dynax S50 cavity wax (internally) and Hammerite, then cavity wax (externally) to the replacements. They will probably outlive me! The old girl is 20 years old in July so well worth the effort. My old bones are aching after all the crawling about and contortions but I'm feeling very happy to have it strong again. Mike
  5. A great shot of Roy and Mrs O.
  6. This is what's on my wrist this morning:- I'm going ................................................. naked! By the way, what time is it?
  7. No name, no pack drill, no camera!
  8. I used to use air rifles and had a blueing kit which I have used on one of my pocket watch cases to good effect. The finish is a very dark blue, almost black.
  9. I tend to wind my watches around once a month and haven't had any problems. Opinions vary but mine is a bit of movement is better than none and will save wear if wound every day.
  10. I have, for the first time in its history, had to sort a problem with the wife's VW Polo. It's a 2012 Polo 1.2 and has been faultless since new. Hardly surprising, as it spends most of its time in the garage, sleeping! First problem was a dead left speaker and tweeter, so I got the old test lamps and circuit testing equipment out. After several days of nothing showing, a fumble with the wiring at the point where the loom connects to a multiplug at the door and it springs back into life! Closer examination of these multiplugs show a tiny wire, crimped onto a tiny pin. Hardly surprising that they lose contact, with the weight of the loom swinging on them, making and breaking contact! A couple of heavy duty cable ties to support it and hopefully, it should not give further trouble. The forums are full of electrical gremlins. I wonder how many are multiplug related? Incidentally, if you disconnect the multiplug and switch on the ignition to test the plugs, it will trigger the airbag light and they stay on until switched off by a "proper" code reader. The smaller hand held devices won't connect to some of the "modern" VAG vehicles. Obviously don't mess with electrics without disconnecting the battery!
  11. Thanks for that info. I have the large chrono seconds hand moving slightly off its mark on reset (flyback), so will need to be tweaked and reset. I thought that a holder may help my shaky hands. I am not looking forward to this job!!!
  12. Has anyone used one of these:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GF81028a-Stainless-Steel-Watch-Movement-Repair-Holder-for-ETA-7750-7751-7753/132586780407?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D55149%26meid%3D03884a7844414bcd9c75b9626a30934f%26pid%3D101006%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D132586780407&_trksid=p2045573.c101006.m3226 Just wonderd about quality/practicality. Mike
  13. My mum (93 years old) occasionally asks me "If you have a spare battery, could you pop one in this/these?" and hands me her non workers. I started on the latest three (she seems to have a bigger collection than me!) and was surprised to find a 14 carat, seventeen jewel Stowa in front of me! I started to wind it and it sprung into life, keeping perfect time and after a light polish, looks gorgeous! I'm amazed that she didn't just bin it! (She has done in the past). She struggles with winders, so I guess that I shall be getting another job very soon!
  14. I prefer my watch to remain in place, rather than wobble around. I prefer the micro adjustment on most bracelets rather than the hole to hole adjustment of a strap (leading to wobble!). Mike
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