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  1. An interesting study Paul. I have often wondered about proper test of the MPG difference between regular and premium fuels. I have used our 'Norfolk Run' of 450miles with my 2004 Rover 75 diesel automatic (BMW lump) with both cheap and premium fuel several times and found essentially no difference that could not be explained by traffic density or lighter / heavier right foot. Over the past 7 years I have had two 75 diesels, the first was written of by a white van man reversing into it in a line of stationary traffic, but as they are considered as a 'modern classic' the insurance pay out was very good. The current one I have had 4 years and on the Norfolk run consistently returns between 48 - 51 Mpg and local runs of between 34 & 39 Mpg whatever fuel I have used. As far as zoom goes the isn't much even in sport mode so that is not a consideration. Regards Bob
  2. Hi Pumpmedic. Thanks for the links. That is the plastic moulding that houses the diaphragm which mates to the pump housing and switch assembly, the picture shows how little land there is on the mating surfaces. As the pump works ok and holds its pressure (the leak at the joint is very small) I'm assuming that the diaphragm and valves are OK and that there is just a small distortion of either / both of the mouldings possibly due to old age or the hot and cold of the engine bay where it is situated. In fact the combined cost of both parts comes to more than a new pump so hardly cost effective soI will try the disassembly and rebuild with some sealer but if that doesn't work I'll just replace with the 7Lpm new version and take a chance on the flow rate. Regards Bob
  3. Hi. Thanks for the reply's. We will be back to the boat after Easter for a week and since the water leak is very small and is easily collected we will live with it. When we come back I will bring the pump home and dismantle with a view to checking / lapping the surfaces on a glass plate and re assembling with a trace of sealer on the surfaces. Regards Bob
  4. Hi. We have a Shurflow 2095-423-342 water pump which was fitted 10 years ago. Last spring when dewinterizing there was a big leak at the joint at the bottom of the pressure chamber and I found that some of the screws were quite loose and when tightened the leak stopped. We have just dewinterized this year and once again there is a leak at the pump in the same place although it is only an occasional drip this time, maybe 1/4 pint per day, in all other respects the pump works perfectly. As the pump is ten years old I thought I would just replace it however it seems that the model numbers and specs have changed over there years. My pump has a rating of 20psi (1.4 bar) with a flow rate of 10.5 L/m and a power usage of 7.5 amps however from what I can see the latest version 20psi pump has a flow rate of only 7 L/m and a power usage of 4.5amps. There is a version that will deliver 10 L/m but the pressure is 30 psi and I do not want to increase the line pressure by a third in case it causes problems such a leaks that are not in obvious or accessible places. On looking at the web it seems that a leak at this joint is a common problem caused by some distortion of the flanges since there is no jointing gasket. The common fix appears to be striping and rebuilding with the application of some flexible jointing compound such a Hylomar however whilst in my experience this is great for car head gaskets etc. I'm not so sure about using it where it will be in contact with fresh water. So I am thinking about using something non toxic like aquarium sealer. Has anyone else had this problem or can offer any thoughts or fixes ? Regards Bob
  5. Both Coots and Moorhens are migratory however they both migrate from Europe for the winter months increasing the local population not the other way round. Egyptian Geese were introduced in the 17 century and have increased in both Norfolk & Suffolk over the years, they are now moving further east and south. Opps Kingfisher666 crossed can obviously type faster than me. Regards Bob
  6. I had some slides to scan and didn't want to fork out for a pro scanner so I just bought a cheapy. I wasn't expecting much but for what it was it is actually quite good although I do have to play with the settings. https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/Del-Digital-35mm-Film-Scanner-Black/11007524196?iid=323398881461 Regards Bob
  7. If you buy the impeller in a kit with the gaskets you get the proper grease included.. Regards Bob
  8. We have an 800watt microwave that is normally used when we are on shore power but we do have a 2Kw Quasi sine wave inverter that is permanently wired in via a switch and fuse to the two domestic batteries. It is not connected to the 240 volt system but on the odd occasion when we want to use it we have a cable that plugs into the socket on the front of the inverter and the other end plugs into the shore power socket, this ensures that you can't have the shore power and inverter on at the same time. Someone once told me that as a rule of thumb you can expect to draw 10amps from the battery for each 100watts pull on the inverter which means that our microwave/ inverter set up draws around 80 amps which is probably about right and does clobber the batteries. You should also remember that the amount of charge that you can take out of a battery is dependent not only on its rated capacity but the age and state of charge of it at the time. The hire boats that have no gas have a huge number of batteries and big alternators to charge them.
  9. Re my previous post this is the helm seat and how it was fitted to a standard base, not very elegant but it works well.
  10. All this talk of old engines and boats takes me back. When I was at school in the early 60's a classmate's uncle had an MTB at Newhaven. the story was that he had bought it from someone who had started to convert it into a live aboard but having 'remodelled' some of the superstructure and interior abandoned the project. My friends uncle and father changed it about again with the intention of using it for fishing trips. They fitted or more likely had fitted two huge diesel ex lorry engines which I seem to remember were 6 cylinder, I don't know about the drive train. The things that I do remember was the sudden disappearance of Newhaven in a cloud of smoke when the engines were started up and the wonderful exhaust sound that accompanied it. In fact when the engines had warmed up and stopped smoking it had a fair turn of speed but regrettably the size of the engines was not matched by their reliability, and although you went out on two engines you often came back on one. The creature comforts were primitive to say the least there were a couple of camping type cookers in a gimbal mounted box to heat water for a brew and galvanised iron bucket type Elsen type toilet with a wooden seat which was fixed to the floor with a couple of wing nuts which were undone when it requiring emptying. This was later replaced with a proper sea toilet, possibly the original which was regarded as great luxury and certainly appreciated by its users. In the days before elf and safety it was a terrific and eagerly awaited adventure to go out for a days sea fishing on it and bring back a few fish for mum. I have often wondered what those engines actually were an indeed what happened to the boat. A question for Vaughan: Did Freeman make a rear cockpit cruiser with two Cortina engines ?. I ask because in the early seventies I knew someone who having hired for many years bought a brand new boat that as I recall looked like a Freeman 26.
  11. The BMC 1800 cc diesel was a marinised Sherpa van engine many of which were built under licence in Turkey. Ours is still running well after nearly 40 years of use in France, on the Thames and now the Broads.
  12. We have car seats, very comfy. We did not fit them, they came with the boat but they are quite small and in their car incarnation have had the backs capable of tipping forward to allow back seat passengers out of a two door car. Since the boat spent much of its life on the French canals I suspect that they were fitted there and came form a small French car. Sorry the photo doesn't show them very clearly but you get the idea.
  13. Its getting to be more newsworthy when it is able to operate !
  14. We used Horning Taxis 01692 630856 on Saturday and found them very helpful.
  15. Thanks for your help. Yes the control is as you describe. We have had the boat some years and on thinking about it the lever movement both forward and reverse and the sideways disconnect have been getting tighter over the past couple of years to the point that this year you have to put some force on the lever for the forward / reverse and it is almost a two person job to pull it sideways for the disconnect. As the boat is currently in a yard for some other work (for some time) I think I will ask them to have a look at it.
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