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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Sep 07, 2019. 1 comments

Things you do

Things you do

Although not me. Sitting in a little cafe. Woman comes in, grabs a tissue, wipes some dog crap off her shoe, throws the used tissue in the bin and walks out without a word of thank you or anything else. The owner can only stare in amazement and tell each customer who comes in.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Sep 07, 2019.

Four and two stroke Friday

Four and two stroke Friday

You what?

Four and two stroke in the same engine. Why not?

Here we go.

No, that doesn’t tell us much. Have a gif instead.

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It’s obviously an opposed piston engine. The left hand piston is the two stroke one and therefore the right hand one, whose crank rotates at twice the speed, is therefore the four stroke. It’s...

Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Sep 06, 2019. 2 comments

Two stroke Thursday, off road edition

Two stroke Thursday, off road edition

Oliver Super 99 GM tractor with a 3.5 litre three cylinder two stroke GM diesel with all of 80 or so bhp. No, me neither but there you go.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Sep 03, 2019.

Day of Infamy

Day of Infamy

Otherwise known as Dagen H. Fifty two years ago, having decisively rejected the idea in a referendum, Sweden started driving on the right.

And the original of the above picture which was a rerun in 2017:

Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Sep 03, 2019. 1 comments

Deceased before their time

Deceased before their time

This lot. The Volvo nearest us is 2003, next is a 2009 Citroen C4 Picasso, a 2006 Corsa, a 2006 Astra, an unknown Fiesta, another one hidden and finally a 2007 Renault Scénic. The black UK registered Fiesta is from 2012 but its MoT expired this year and all the rest are defunct with tax and annual tests all expired.

Why a bunch of cars, only one older than mine, have had such an early demise...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 30, 2019. 7 comments

Which is cheaper?

Which is cheaper?

Two fancy cappuccini:

Or a two hour international flight with Ryanair:

Yes, you’re right. Two fancy overpriced coffees would cost you the best part of €7 if you went for the large size.

The flight I’ve just booked with Ryanair cost me £5.99 plus debit card fees, say about €6.50 all in. I’ve got to come back mind, and that’s costing much more, a shocking €12.30. That brings the cost for the...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 26, 2019. 5 comments

A thing that is 60

A thing that is 60

This small thing, launched 60 years ago today.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 23, 2019. 7 comments

Things that have changed

Things that have changed

Stolen shamelessly from social media, Toyota prices from 1987. Note how few cars were available with the two pedal option.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 23, 2019. 1 comments

Two stroke Thursday, in opposition

Two stroke Thursday, in opposition

Let’s follow on from last week’s DKW supercharged two strokes with another.

This is rather different, because it’s an opposed piston design. Have a look at this animation.

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We have two cylinders, two cranks and four pistons. The idea is that air enters at one side, gets itself combusted and then leaves from the other...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 16, 2019. 6 comments

Two stroke Thursday, strangely

Two stroke Thursday, strangely

DKW, a now extinct German maker of cars and motorcycles, was founded in 1916 by a Danish engineer called Jørgen Skafte Rasmussen with the original intention of making steam fittings and then a steam powered vehicle - Dampf Kraft Wagen, hence the company name. That didn’t go so well so they turned to small two stroke engines as a kind of educational toy for boys for which they reinvented the...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

Last week's thing now rarely seen

Last week's thing now rarely seen

Mk2 GTI.

Note the lack of things. No alloys, no tinted glass, no sunroof. If I looked inside I’m sure I’d find windy up windows too. Different times.

Bonus Kia Cee’d. Yes, Cee’d.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 11, 2019. 5 comments

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 07, 2019. 1 comments

Two pedals by Ford

Two pedals by Ford

Here we have a two pedal Ford.

But, I hear you say, if you live in the automatic world nearly all Fords have just the two pedals.

Not this model they don’t.

It’s a Model T. This one from 1909 to be precise.

As this is a place visited by the knowledgeable we all know that the T had three pedals and we all know what each did (which is nothing like what they do in any other car since). Just for...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 06, 2019. 8 comments

News from the field, strangely

News from the field, strangely

This is a Ferguson TE20 tractor, aka the Little Grey Fergie. They were very popular in the immediate post-horse era.

They had a choice of diesel or TVO engines, both four cylinder units.

You wouldn’t find one with a 5.3 litre Jaguar V12 and straight pipes instead would you?

No.

That would be silly.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Aug 05, 2019. 5 comments

Today's thing now never seen

Today's thing now never seen

This thing.

Lancia Beta Spyder. Amongst its several peculiarities is that it was designed by one Italian design studio (Pininfarina) and built by another (Zagato). Bonus Escort XR3.

This may be a clue to its survival for the past 42 years:

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 31, 2019. 1 comments

A thing well travelled

A thing well travelled

I passed by a used car dealer today and saw a Golf for sale. This one.

There’s something odd about it. It has a foreign looking square rear plate.

That would be because it’s from a place unexpected. It’s a Japanese market Golf, made in Germany (or wherever,) sent to Japan ten years ago and then taken half way back across the world to here.

Don’t believe me? Here we go. First sold by VW Fukuoka...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 30, 2019. 7 comments

Seen at yesterday's show

Seen at yesterday's show

A Ferrari.

Yes, of course it’s a Ferrari. It’s got a badge.

No, I didn’t know that Ferrari had made a model with a rear mounted and aircooled four, but you learn something new every day.

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 28, 2019. 4 comments

TIL

TIL

This is one of two Wolseley 16/60s I saw today.

It seems to have retained its original paintwork, which is quite an accomplishment for a car fifty-odd years old. Bonus Trabant in the background.

Parked nearby was an Austin Cambridge, basically the same car shorn of a few upmarket bits. Here’s its front bumper.

Notice anything? It has a slot for a starting handle. Didn’t know they were still...

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 27, 2019. 8 comments

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Cé hé sin Cé hé sin Jul 25, 2019. 6 comments

I tried to fix a thing

I tried to fix a thing

This thing.

It’s a Husqvarna (with a Q) 236 chainsaw, from Huskvarna (with a K) in Sweden. The town changed its spelling, the company didn’t. Actually, it’s probably made in China but it’s spiritually Swedish.

It’s powered, as is the nature of machines like this, by an example of the Spawn of Satan. The starting procedure is:

Push primer six timesPull chokePull starter cord three times or until...

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