March 4th, 2021
Look what the parcel man delivered today! The JK Composites seats I ordered a month ago; a standard N4246 for the driver side and a modified N3946 for the passenger side to fit in the reduced space that that side has. Keith stretched the area for the hips to be as wide as possible within the dimensions I had passed to him. A perfect fit!
March 6th, 2021
February 6th, 2021
Using Cardboard Aided Design to get the size right of the side panels. Thankfully they are symmetrical so I only had to do this once.
Then transferring this to the stitched fabric.
And then the moment supreme, does it fit?
It does! After that, the tunnel top is easy peasy.
February 7th, 2021
Cleaned the car a
January 9th, 2021
Looking at the results of my spray painting and tears are welling up. It's just the wrong time of season for spray paint; unless you can do it inside in a warm room maybe. Cutting my losses and ordered some black vinyl wrap last week instead. It's too cold in the garage to do this, so am moving into the dining room this weekend
January 10th, 2021
Wrapped the panels and am now waiting for a deliv
Thea Eve Gilmore (born 25 November 1979) is an English singer-songwriter. She began her career working in a recording studio, where she met Nigel Stonier an English rock, roots and pop record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Gilmore was born in Oxford to Irish parents and lived in the village of North Aston, Oxfordshire. She became interested in music as a result of her father's record collection, which included work by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and The Beatles. Later,
December 5th, 2020
Using the cardboard templates, and having measured it over and over, I 3D printed a little template that will allow me to transfer the hole for the rear stays onto the composite aluminium panel I ordered for the boot lid.
Also threaded the brake light cable through the roll bar
December 12th, 2020
Long day in the garage cutting the boot lid. A week later than
Fiona Apple is a quirky alternative pop singer songwriter, greatly under-appreciated despite critical acclaim and Grammy nominations.
She is a brilliant lyricist and emotive performer. I first started listening to her in 2002 with 2nd album “Extraordinary Machine”.
Fiona Apple was born in 1977 Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart in New York City to singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart, who met when both were cast in the Broadway musical Applause. Her father is from Tennessee, an
November 3rd, 2020
Just doing some stock taking for winter.
The chrome has got to go. The cosmetic roll bar has got to go. The spare wheel has got to go. The chunky rear lights have got to go. The interior has got to go. The windscreen and doors... they may actually stay, although the chrome has got to go .
And then there is of course the maintenance, so will be ordering all fluids and filters to replace. Got to keep myself busy!
When it comes to music, 16 is absolutely spot on!
16 Horsepower are an American alternative country music group based in Denver, Colorado. Their music often invokes religious imagery dealing with conflict, redemption, punishment, and guilt through David Eugene Edwards's lyrics and the heavy use of traditional bluegrass, gospel, and Appalachian instrumentation cross-bred with rock.
I have been listening to them since their first album swamped my ears in 1996 with it's rural backw
Harken back to a previous blog entry on The Hu, and you'll know that this transcending genre Mongolian band were formed in 2016.
Recently I had them playing while working and a 'listening suggestion' popped into my streaming periphery 'Tengger Cavalry'
Audio impressions are of a heavier metal version of the Hu, BUT...
Tengger Cavalry was formed in March 2010 initially as one-man project by Nature Ganganbaigal. The band originate from inner Mongolia and is named after
November 3rd, 2020
Whilst on holiday in France, with very little to do, I started to reflect on life and really missed having a V8 in it. So a plan hatched; sell the Westfield, and buy a Seight!
I present to you: Barney
I'd spotted him on Ebay, but the auction disappeared before I sold my car. On the off-chance it wasn't sold, I messaged the seller. And as luck would have it, the original buyer had pulled out. So I agreed t
October 27th, 2020
I wasn't expecting it to go this quick, but after being contacted on Sunday by a Gumtree buyer, we arranged for a viewing today and he ❤️ it. Deal was done and now I'm Westfield-less!
Moulettes are an English eclectic Art Rock band that combines elements of Rock, Prog, Folk and Pop. I first came across them at Rammy Festival (Head for the Hills).
The band was formed in 2002 in Glastonbury by Hannah Miller (aka Hannah Moule) and are multi-instrumentalists who experiment with the interplay between electric and acoustic instruments through effects & distortion. Notably led by either a 4, 5 or 6 String Cello; the band use 3-part vocal harmony and often incorporate
September 5th, 2020
Bought a new Racetech rear view mirror as the one I had bought previously was a convex glass (wrongly advertised as flat glass) and it looked like every car behind me was up my *rse.
September 12th, 2020
Had the tiniest of coolant leaks on the thermostat bypass side. Emptied it of coolant and investigated, but can't see where it is coming from, other than assuming it comes from the weld on
Following on in a similar context to some of my earlier blog subjects here's a band that were one of the first in the Neo Medieval genre....
AND you've likely heard their music before!
Driving rhythms, ancient melodies and sounds of past times: With fascinating huge drums and self-made bagpipes Corvus Corax (aka The Kings of Minstrels) bring the spirit of old ages back to life.
Throughout their years of medieval music, since the late 80's, the Berlin musicians have contribu
Louis Barabbas is a writer, performer and label director, best known for caustic love songs and energetic live stage shows. Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six are one of my favourite acts seen at Ramsbottom Festival.
His performance career began in the Captive Audience Theatre Company, an influence captured in later live shows and videos. He later switched to music as harmonica player for a number of bands spread across the genre spectrum. For two years he was a fifth of rock outfit T
The general theme for my musings have some link to multi genre integration.
James Kent (born 1993) is a French musician from Paris. He became interested in music in part due to the influence of his parents, who are journalists and rock music critics. His parents were themselves musicians and had a tech trance band when they were young.
He initially concentrated on guitar and got involved as a guitarist in several black metal bands. However his early influences prompted Kent to
Now for some good'ol foot stomping, get ye up dancin' music.
Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, songwriter, and dancer. The performance as a whole is an integral part of her musical interpretation, with a dance troupe and set locations.
Growing up her parents could only afford to find a violin teacher who would give her half lessons. Although they were told by instructors that "a child isn't going to learn how to play in 15 minutes a week", her parents persisted,
June 2nd, 2020
First (official) drive! Can't believe how nice the weather has been this year whilst we were in total lockdown. Couldn't drive it yesterday as I had to be in London to renew a passport, but I had a little sneaky 40 mile detour around Northamptonshire after work today. It's good to be back!
June 13th, 2020
And then the weather turned bad . But this weekend it's been
( Edit: Warning - a lengthy prose ensues )
A bit of a deviation from my usual blogs this time: (apologies if you opened for a new musical alternative selection)
I have been into music since the mid 70's. Initially I had Cassettes and Vinyl, then just Vinyl with an eventual movement to mainly CD's with some of my favourites also purchased on Vinyl. I had several years without a working turntable, and I became purely a CD junky for a while. On replacement with my current turntable
The Skáldingly clear vocals of the ‘lockdown’ video of my last blog had a very distinct tone to them.
This brought to mind the Northumbrian folk of the Unthanks, who sing poetry and traditional lyrics.
They are very Northumbrian with clear regional dialect and accent coming through in their vocals, also demonstrating a unique timbre and tonal balance which can be both melancholic and atmospheric adding drama and feeling to performances.
They stick close to their root
May 17th, 2020
Spending a day on the garage, instead of in. Got these Mototile tiles on Ebay at a very good price and after cleaning them as good as I could, started to clear out the garage so I could fit them.
May 25th, 2020
Found a piece of old 3M carbon film in the garage which must have been at least 7 years old. It was just enough to create some rear arch protectors