|We knew 'Tim' was sick, but did they need to drop him |
outside the funeral parlour?
|It was a lovely (if hot) day so we decided to do a small job|
in the front drive.... this turned into a couple of hours of
|The pale blue hatching shows the bit of 'view' which was|
obscured by the blackthorn thicket.
- Drinking fair amounts of radiator water, leading us to suspect a head gasket leak but we could manage that (we thought) as 2 litres every month or so was do-able. If you read the last post you'll know we came unstuck on a mission to Roscommon and had to be recovered back to Lough Glynn.
- First turn of the key in the morning, you expect the healthy "whinny" of a starter motor spinning the engine over, followed by the 'vroom' of a successful fire-up. We had a sudden change to the 'thunk' of a servo cutting in, followed by silence. It became a lottery whether you'd get the whinny or the 'thunk'. That problem seems to have gone away by itself.
- With the possible water leak fixed by the addition of the modern version of 'Radweld' - it is called 'Blue Devil' and costs an arm and a leg per bottle, so we assume it is not just Radweld re-badged. Touch wood, it seems to be working - we were off on a test drive - an hour or two round Charlestown, Knock and Ballyhaunis. It seemed fine but then in Ballyhaunis we became aware of a worrying metal-on-metal grinding from the front left corner. This seemed to be at wheel-speed rather than anything engine related, so I guessed brake pads (worn down?), discs, wheel bearings, drive shafts etc. We stopped to inspect but then drove home carefully and every time we picked up speed it went away. I took the car down to local tyres/exhausts/brakes place, Keith Revin in Castlerea and they, today have confirmed my brakes thing, so we are into new discs and pads on both front corners.
- My 'Hot Nuts' title I will explain later.
|It was St John's Eve, so we were allowed|
to burn the blackthorn branches.
|A chamomile lawn? Well, maybe not.|
|Male turkey, 'Tom' caught NOT displaying. Liz|
jokes that it is like catching your Dad in his
|Lovely mugs from our craft-genius neighbour, Carolyn.|
|New tyres for the trailer (which has 2CV|
wheels) have to come from my old chums,
2CV specialists ECAS in the UK.