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  1. #3291
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    The job for today was to make a 2m x 2.5m "temporary" cockpit cover, a simple process you might think? First off I required two sections of material, no worries got them cut out and hems marked. I really wanted all the hems on one side so first off I did a hem folded to the other side, bugger. Oh well it's reasonably neat I'll put up with it. Sewing both sections of material together was the next job, one row of zig zag stitch done, bugger I've stitched it on upside down...that odd hem confused me. Rip the stitching and do it again but noticed there's more than one hem wrong. Well I did say it was temporary so I decided what the hell go with it. Stitched 25mm webbing around all four sides and stitched 25mm webbing loops at 45 degrees on each corner and one in the middle of each side.
    One little job still to do on it and that is to stitch a run of 25mm webbing along the fore and aft centreline to help take the stress off the webbing loops. A photo at the moment would just be a folded chunk of material so I'll save the graphics for when I fit it tomorrow arvo.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    If only I was still a Busselton boy.
    Busso, really? That place has great cruising all along Geographe bay.

  3. #3293
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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    Busso, really? That place has great cruising all along Geographe bay.
    Lived there till 72 and then moved to Perth, from there it was Sydney, Brisbane back to Busselton and then to Uki NSW. That's the abridged readers digest version.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    In 72 Perth was still a relatively nice place... ah wouldn't it be nice to visit places the way they were... need a time machine.

    Why did you move around so much? I guess work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Small boats rock View Post
    In 72 Perth was still a relatively nice place... ah wouldn't it be nice to visit places the way they were... need a time machine.

    Why did you move around so much? I guess work?
    Work, no. It was a combination of things, looking for where I wanted to be I guess.
    In 74 I hitchhiked from Perth to Brisbane to attend a caving convention then hitchhiked back again. After that West Oz just wasn't where I wanted to be. I really enjoyed long distance driving back then as well. I'd be in Brisbane and get a bit homesick or need a job and figure WA was the place to look...hop in the Morris Minor 1000 and drive off into the sunset. I loved the space between A and B.
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    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    I've mentioned before that I was having a problem with the outboard in that I couldn't get it to idle without going PHUT and stopping. Asking questions and reading a bit indicated a mixture screw problem. Today I took the cover off and by incrementally screwing it in I managed to make it worse. So two full turns out and I have it idling albeit roughly, an extra quarter turn and I fixed it...most chuffed with myself.

    A casual glance at the recessed catches on the new hatch got me wondering if they leak and after pouring some water into the recess I discovered they certainly do. So not meant to mounted flat. After some thought the best fix is to cover the external handle recesses and make it openable only from inside. I had visions of having to either replace it or make a special cover for it but two small patches sealed down over the top will work just fine.
    The cockpit cover works quite well but I didn't allow for the tent shape in my measurement. The plan was to mount it length ways but proved too narrow.
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    So I ran it the other way and though still a bit small it gives good cover with almost standing headroom under the ridge. The modification to the sternrail will increase that.
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    It looks a bit floppy but that can be fixed with suitable tie down points.
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    Also I had been crawling in and out from under it without undoing the ties.
    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    I had an ex-General Post Office Moggy van, 1972 vintage if i recall, had a few camping road trips in that down to the West country, but thats nothing like driving from WA to SA. Those things were so simple to work on and service, something of a shock to see how much they fetch in the UK now!

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    I bought mine for $240 back then, last one I saw for sale was $4,000 I think. I drove from WA to QLD via NSW first trip, then back to WA. I replaced the engine and gearbox. Then I did another return trip to Brisbane. Then I drove it into a tree and that ended that. I named it Wilfred’s White Lightning Express.
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    The definition of stupid has got to be the belief that more guns will negate the bloodshed done with guns.

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    I had half a dozen or so Morries. Not vans though. My best one I cut the roof off and had a decent soft top made. Put a Mazda 1300 engine and gearbox in it. Probably should have upgraded the suspension and brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    I had half a dozen or so Morries. Not vans though. My best one I cut the roof off and had a decent soft top made. Put a Mazda 1300 engine and gearbox in it. Probably should have upgraded the suspension and brakes.
    The suspension and brakes were normally an easy modification, taking the disc set up from a Morris Marina. I have seen a Rover (Buick) V8 stuffed into one, but that required a lot of mods, and brakes far better than a Marina had to offer! Friend of mine is still re-building an original pick-up, which he has been chipping away at for the last 30 years......

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