Petra has leather seats!

Finally got a decent albeit cold day to fit the leather seats in Petra!
Because of the seatbelt pre-tensioners we had to swap them over otherwise the airbag light either stays on or flashes 4 times which isan MOT fail icon sad Petra has leather seats!

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Swapping pre-tensioners

After working out what goes where etc. we managed to get the passenger seat in first and then started on the drivers seat. We remembered to disconnect the battery to stop any mishaps with the pre-tensioners first too!

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New drivers seat!

Finally after the best part of 4 hours and making it a decent job we were finished…
I’m very pleased with the seats, they seem more supportive and the interior is mych better for it icon wink Petra has leather seats!

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Leather seats!

Petra MOT and tax and insurance

Petra passed her MOT on Friday after a stay at Haywood Garage for some work to be done. She received a new front ball joint, new rear drums and shoes and one brake cylinder, and the big job – rear supsension bushes.

I was happy with the work – not too cheap at a tad under £500 but I’m pleased with how good she feels now it’s done and the brakes are much more progressive and if you press hard enough you stop very well. The insurance and tax have stung me though (don’t they always) but another years motoring awaits me…

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Front End Friday

Petra new windscreen and failed MOT :(

Had the front windscreen crack on the car last week and decided to claim for a new heated screen. It cost me £75 excess to have a new screen replacing the original one, and I thought it was pretty good.

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New Windscreen!

Today though she failed her MOT. The list is rear bearing noisy (advise) rear suspension mountings excessive worn, front ball joint worn, and rear brakes ineffective. So the garage will relieve me of £500 and they’ll do all the work. She’s booked in for Friday first thing. Good news is tester said she’s sound apart from rust on passenger side rear arch so I’m quite pleased. A new tyre will be required after the ball joint is done as it’s beginning to wear on inside so in a week or so more money needed, but she will live on for another year at least unless I prang her…

The Flapper 8th November

Once again we attended The Flapper for a gig on Saturday 8th November. 3 new bands this time around and another chance to catch Among The Echoes live again.

First up were Zero Corporation, I enjoyed their set, quirky and with lots of energy, it was a shame they played to so few people!

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Zero Corporation
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Zero Corporation

The up next were Among The Echoes, and although Ian’s throat was sore they gave one of their best sets I’ve seen. Even saw some smiling going on icon wink The Flapper 8th November

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Among The Echoes
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Among The Echoes
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Among The Echoes
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Among The Echoes

Next up were Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic – a high energy set with amazing costumes! They flew through the set and it was great to see them enjoy playing so much!

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Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Finally B-Movie took to the stage – hailing from Mansfield they have just started releasing stuff again, and it was good to hear them live for the first time. Sounding a tad like New Order in parts (a good thing!) they played a pretty long set and it was great to see them get an encore at the end too.

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As usual you can find the flickr set HERE


Cree type sidelight LED’s

I decide to order some Cree type LED sidelights for Petra recently and now I’ve fitted them I’m pretty impressed. I ordered them from Lightec and they cost the amazing sum of £5.98 for a pair inc. postage! Very impressed with the price but how do they look?

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LED sidelight

This is the old LED sidelight I used in the daylight. Compare it with the pic below to see the Cree type in the dayligh!

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Cree sidelight

So it’s much brighter and also directed forward. How do the look in the dark you ask? Well see below!!!

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Cree sidelights dark!

To be honest it’s quite a difference especially when you drive on dipped beams. Value for money is great and I’m really happy! They do do a set of High Power Cree that are equivalent to a 50w bulb for the sum of £29.99 + postage but I’m not quite sure how good they would be…

The link to the shop is below if you fancy a set – they replace any 501 style bulbs, just remember LED’s only work one way round so test them before you refit the headlights back together!

Powerline network kit and USB pass-through ;)

We went to Asda the other day and snagged a couple of bargains! First up was the Powerline network kit from TP-LINK which came in at a respectable £17.50 on offer for the AV500 Nano kit of 2 adapters. The problem is with these kits is that they use up a whole socket, so to  help that out I also got a USB through socket that has 2 USB sockets with up to 2a output icon wink Powerline network kit and USB pass through ;) Wireless charger for my Note 3 now has a nice output, so all sorted…

TP 410KIT Powerline network kit and USB pass through ;)

I get decent speed (the utility reports connection speeds of 150mbps+) and it has not impacted the network speed much, if at all…

Decree Nisi

All being well my Decree Nisi will have been granted today. 6 weeks to wait and I shall be free. Hindsight is a great thing, but I wish I’d listened to my heart and not got married back in 2008, and perhaps then little Poppy-Sue might not have been born….

Too late to dwell – I now have a girlfriend I actually feel right about being with and feel that my life is the best it has been seen 2007 and my Welsh Experience™ began

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