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  1. Blimey I didn't think anything could be that bad. I don't suppose you noticed if they were marked as type approved, although if they were was any testing actually done ? I recall a test comparing Chinese etc tyres to a premium brand. At just 30mph there was a significant shortfall in the stopping distance. Wanli was one of the worst. At the time National Tyres supplied these as their budget range.
  2. I wonder how the degradation of cheap Chinese etc ' Ditchfinders ' compares to the major brands and their second line brands often made in the same plants. Equally for the vehicles listed when in regular use even on trailers do tyres normally last 10 years ? Someone I used to work with had both tyres of their caravan blow on the motorway during the same ~ 150 mile trip. While outside this consultation for cars the issue is spacesavers spares as they can not be used like years ago when normal practice was as the first pair needed replacing just a matching tyre to the spare purchased and the best old tyre kept as the spare then the spare replaced with a newer tyre each time a pair was purchased. For vehicles discussed here if applied it will be hard given both the cost and availability of a new set of tyres.
  3. Are the terminals OK ? If so maybe better to solder new wires to the existing ones and cover with, ideally coloured, heatshrink sleeving than try and dismantle ?
  4. http://www.mapleleafup.net/forums/showthread.php?t=29650
  5. I do too along with your reports / reviews after each event.
  6. OT but I am impressed with the load pulled by the rail wheeled Land Rover. I would have expected traction / adhesion to be a limitation. While a narrow contact area I would have expected those with road wheels and tyres plus guide wheels to have better traction.
  7. Given the temperature the resistance wire will melt at I doubt a 10degC rise ambient temperature would have been significant. The combination of higher voltage plus the running time is far more likely. As to the RAC I wonder how often they deal with vehicles with traditional ignition and so don't think to check for what were once common failures.
  8. Say 'Holocaust' alone to most people and the majority response would be to link it to the Nazi concentration camps. However you proposed 'Nuclear Holocaust'. Nagasaka and Hiroshima are the only two nuclear bombs dropped in warfare hence the potential link. While clarified by ' a history of the cold war period ' some might misinterpret that or have already stopped reading. I think your choice of 'Iron Curtain Museum...A History of life during the Cold War' is good.
  9. Like others I think including ' Holocaust ' in the name will be off putting to potential visitors. Might some think of the exhibits predominantly being linked to Japan 1945 ? Something like ( British ) Museum of the Cold War would be both more appropriate and not put off the general public.
  10. DRAPER BATTERY MASTER 12V TRICKLE/MAINTENANCE CHARGER - 22685 i.e. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Draper-Automotive-Battery-Master-Charger/202180474776 Is very low output hence unlikely to to damage but will take for ever to put in enough charge for a start into a near flat battery. To bring a battery up overnight needs at least a 4Amp charger, 6Amp or 8Amp will be quicker. From time to time Aldi / Lidl have them for £15 or so. A Draper 6amp charger https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Draper-6A-Intelligent-Battery-Charger-Garage-Car-Workshop-6-12V-38254/122349508506
  11. There are very few key variants for these so not very secure. If an intruder was defeated on their first attempt as not expecting this type they could return prepared.
  12. A booster is intended for very occasional use. When actually starting it will share the load but during the time between connecting and starting it will be charging the battery very fast. Since you will be planning to go out after not using the vehicle, rather than the AA/RAC call out situation of either that battery very low because of something left on or the battery failing, put the battery on a gentle charge with good modern charger intended for regular cyclic use for a few hours before. With no drain a battery will loose little charge over a month. For modern vehicles the loss is the alarm etc permanently connected as much as the self discharge. Also while a cold battery can deliver less power also the self discharge is less.
  13. One potential issue is that typical battery chargers of years ago were not regulated nor intended as the main source for charging. This could result in the battery being overcharged. Another issue that will shorten the life is regular very fast charging from units intended simply to get the vehicle started quickly. With modern electronic chargers neither should cause a long term problem. Batteries do like to be used and will deteriorate left in a state of low charge.
  14. I have just read this post http://photobucket.com/p500/?hotlinkfix=1516928810657 $99 is of course rather more than £18, and the £-$ rate has improved, but equally rather better than £350.
  15. I'm pleased to read you have found a suitable replacement within the budget. However reading that the fact your Range Rover had a Vogue interior but that this was not allowed to be relevant is 100% wrong. They know they have you ' over a barrel ' because you need transport. You should be able to receive an interim payment and still be able to negotiate on the value of the vehicle written off.
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