I managed to snag myself a replacement gearbox for Petra, and this week was the week it got fitted, or so I thought. When she went into the garage, it seems that the new (less than 3 months old) clutch has a worn clutch release bearing, even though it was new. So, the gearbox has NOT been fitted whilst a replacement is ordered under warranty..
Oh well…she will be purring again shortly I hope!
- Petra gerabox
Got a few updates for Petra Puma, managed to snag myself an alloy wheel with decent tyre from fleabay for £50. As a tyre is probably best part of £60 these days it will be great to stop the pesky slow puncture on the rear drivers side wheel…
Also she is booked in for a gearbox swap on Weds now… again that’s another issue that needs sorting!
Looking good as I try and get all the tiny issues sorted now the weather is beginning to pick up a slight bit!
Recently I’ve come across many times when I need to transfer data across from hard drives etc. and it can be very slow across our wireless and wired network here. I’m hoping to speed up the wired side, but in the meantime I managed to pick up a nice SATA hard drive dock. It was on offer from Maplins @ £19.99 (instead of £29.99) so I did a click and collect and off I went!
Winstar C1 @ Maplins
It installs really easily, just plug in the leads, 1 USB and 1 power, turn it on, and the drivers under Win 7 are automatically installed. Slot hard drive in through the sprung cover, and it appears straight away!
Once in Windows the drive and memory card slots appear, and off you go! I transferred quite a few files around and it’s pretty nippy, I saw about 30 – 40 meg a second, so a full dvd takes about a minute give or take a bit. That’s much faster than my network currently, so I’m pleased. The device also features a couple of USB ports on the front and a slew of card slots, all worked as expected!
So, I’d give this a solid 9 out of 10 – things I’d improve, well the mains adapter isn’t the best built item in the world, and the glossy plastic will soon get scratched, but apart from that, it does what is expected and well! Recommended if you need this kind of thing…
I was lucky enough to get a copy of Flip Martian aka Phil Marsh’s new EP (blagged it as I said it was free promotion!) so here’s the ahem Review! Sometimes you receive something and really have no idea or preconception of what it’s going to be like – this is one of those times. What I actually got is a substantial slice of off-beat synth pop. Solid beats and great production from the young but talented Sam Wale tie in with 80′s sounding analogue synths and spoken vocals that are treated to sound haunting but melodic. The mixes are fairly loud but not too loud so the dynamics are lost, I like it! It sounds 80′s but modern at the same time…
Anyway – all 4 tracks are strong, a great debut (though a long time coming!) and you can purchase them from Bandcamp HERE
Cheers Phil. Nice one! Check out Flip’s ReverbNation page HERE
And check out his Soundcloud page HERE
We’re currently down to one car, and so Petra is my daily driver and workhorse. She’s been pretty good but her whining gearbox is getting bad, so I took a trip to Manchester and picked up a gearbox for £25. Supposed to be a decent box but I’m in two minds to get it refurbed rather than mess around with swapping gearboxes twice…
Anyway – £25 and £25 fuel and I’m happy. Whatever happens the journey continues! On a different note our Renault Scenic that has been abysmal has been returned to where it came from…and good riddance it is too
On Saturday me and a mate travelled to see an Avro Shackleton MK2 get a run of her 4 engines, especially as 4 x Rolls Royce Griffon’s
This particular Shackleton is a MK2 version and was built in 1954 and is serial WR963. The intention is to get this great machine flying again, but for that to happen a serious amount of cash needs to be raised! It looks like to make this happen would require several million pounds…
Cockpit of WR963
After trying to get all four engines running and only managing 2 the heavens opened and we took shelter inside the aircraft. Was great to actually see inside, and I got some decent photo’s too!
So, all in all, a decent day out. Got a nice meal with a mate after to warm up and was late home! Really enjoyed the whole weekend, but there is a post to follow about Sunday…
Check out the website and the Facebook page for more details.
As usual my Flickr set is HERE
Just a quick heads up that WP is now up to version 3.8.1
I bought myself some T-Cut colour scratch remover, and decided to test it out on Petra recently. It was a bargain at £5 from Asda, so I thought it was worth a punt…
I put a small amount on the rear bootlid, and rubbed it in as described. It didn’t get rid of all the scratches by any means but to be fair it’s made them a lot less noticeable!
The pictures do not tell the full story – I shall be treating her again over the next few weeks and I reckon it will brighten her up no end!
We went along to the Think Tank in Birmingham on 19th January for a day visit. The kids were really looking forward to it, so we set off fairly early and arrived around 11ish. Straight away the kids were off running around all the hands on exhibits. There was loads to do, and although the entrance price is steep they seemed to enjoy themselves! I was in my element as there were Spitfires and steam engines!
We broke for some lunch at about 1.15 ish and there is a picnic area which is pretty thoughtful, so out came the sandwiches and crisps! We went off and saw a load more exhibits and then went to the planetarium for a showing at 2.30 which was cool as it’s a full 180 degree projection!
We had Marvin the Meercat with us from school so we had to get some photos of him out and about…
About 4.30 we left for the drive home – a great day out in all and something we’d be happy to visit again!
As always the Flickr set is HERE
Just a quick update really, not a great deal happening at the moment as I’ve been busy with general life and my fiancé Jo has been ill….
Petra Puma is doing fine although she need a new gearbox really as she has a nasty whine in 5th gear, but she’s reliable and all in all a really nice drive – so much so that I want another Puma to replace a very nasty and unreliable Renault Scenic!
Onwards and upwards it is then…