Life at the end of the road

September 9, 2012

They only made ten!!!!

Filed under: daily doings, food, Land Rover, weather — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:29 pm

I kinda lost track of things recently, as if being ‘home alone’ wasn’t bad enough, with hens to deal with pigs to feed and a hundred other things on my plate. As if that wasn’t enough the school phoned my up on Friday lunchtime to tell me that my boy was sick Sad smile Luckily it was nothing too serious but it did put me in a bit of a dilemma to say the least. “Can you arrange to pick him up” says the lady, well no not really was my first reaction but one that I kept to myself. It was 11:45, nobody I knew was in Portree and I’m ‘all at sea’ in both meanings of the term Smile Chances are that by the time I found someone to pick up the Dude he could have come home on the bus anyway. Luckily one of the crew members suggested a phone call to a burly ex policeman who just happened to be heading that way and saved the day (bottle of 12 year old on the way Charlie Smile ). So far so good, but what was I going to do with a sick thirteen year old after work??? It hardly seemed fair to drag him home then get him up again at 6:00am whilst I went to work the day after and time off just aint an option, if the motorman isn’t there the boat doesn’t sail. Then what if he was seriously ill, he’s have to go back to Skye anyway Sad smile  Luckily he wasn’t and my good friend Jessie Nicolson tended the lad and hung on to him for the night, though I could spend precious little time with him after work as the herd and flock needed dealt with.

 

All the drama with the boy had eat into the lunch break that I’d set aside on Friday to replace my rear disc pads. The ‘Old Girl’ has seriously uprated brakes front and rear, vented and slotted discs front, slotted rear ones and all stainless steel pistons. She needs it, ‘Calum’s Road’ is unforgiving on brakes, steering and suspension. It’s fair to say that I’m a bit of an ‘anorak’ when it comes to my Land Rover but we live in the middle of nowhere, carry heavy loads down a poorly maintained road that’s often impassable even with the snow plough.  I service her  meticulously, keep records of everything and it’s paid me well, however the ‘epic tow’ last month https://lifeattheendoftheroad.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/stuck-half-way/

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seems to have taken its toll on the rear pads. Driving home on Thursday night I felt the barely imperceptible but  unmistakeable grating through the foot pedal of a worn pad. They had been fine in June when I checked and serviced the old tank prior to her MOT but were certainly needing changed now Sad smile

It’s as if the ‘Old Girl’ is trying to tell me something, like ‘I don’t want to go to South Shields’ Smile for in the last seven days the alternator front bearing has gone, the rear nearside shocker failed and now the rear pads have died Sad smile Still, better here than on the A1 is what I keep telling myself and at least I can fix it myself or call the AA Smile

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Anyway after dragging the ‘wee dug’ out of bed, I know, I know it’s disgusting but at least she’s stopped doing the washing up since the water came back on Smile My hot water bottle reluctantly left the fresh clean bedding that I’d changed the night before in an attempt to remove clues for wifey spot, like dog hairs and muddy paw prints Sad smile 

 

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We left early and headed south spotting this cruise ship just off the Camas Bahn in Portree bay. Dunno what she was, though she looked familiar, for it was quite a grey morning and I wanted to make a start on my rear pads.

 

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Sure enough they were ‘down to the metal’

 

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but had not damaged the very expensive rear EBC discs.

I thought my brakes were impressive

Saturday was pretty quiet on the traffic front and we bade farewell to the IVS http://ivsgb.org/info/ volunteers that had made such a fine job of decorating our village hall.

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sadly I only caught half of them on camera but they did a fine job and we all appreciate it Smile

Just as the intrepid team left for the far flung corners of the earth something rather unusual arrived,

 

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with more horsepower than the 207t ferry that was carrying it this Bentley Continental Supersport  Coupe burbled very gingerly onto the good ship Loch Striven.

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And I thought my brakes where impressive Smile

 

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Hand built ceramic discs these are the largest disc brakes fitted to any production car in the world

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but with a top speed of over 200mph it needs them.

Supersports

In February 2009, Bentley announced limited production of the Bentley Continental Supersports. The car was unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, announced by Jay Leno, to be available in autumn 2009, while North American cars would be available by summer 2010.

Bentley Continental Supersports coupe

The first Bentley capable of running on both petrol (gasoline) and biofuel (E85 ethanol), its 6.0 litre W12 engine was rated 630 metric horsepower (463 kW; 621 bhp) at 6,000 rpm and 800 newton metres (590 lbf·ft) at 1,700-5,600 rpm – using either fuel. The car has 0 to 100 kilometres per hour (0 to 62.1 mph) acceleration of 3.9 seconds, 0 to 160 kilometres per hour (0 to 99.4 mph) acceleration of 8.9 seconds, top speed of 329 kilometres per hour (204.4 mph), making it the fastest and the most powerful production Bentley ever. The Supersports is already known as the best handling Bentley. Bentley says the supersports can deliver 1.29 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skid pad, as compared to its sibling the Continental GT speed which can perform up to .98 g forces on a 300-foot (91 m) skidpad.[6]

Bentley Continental Supersports convertible, Australia

It includes a revised ZF 6HP26A tiptronic automatic with "Quickshift" system that reduces shift times by 50%, and enables double downshifts.[citation needed] The car uses a Torsen T-3 centre differential for the 40:60 rear-biased torque split for the four-wheel drive system. Other changes include revised Continuous Damping Control (CDC),[citation needed] 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels (with increased 25 mm (1.0 in) offset on rear wheels) with 275/35 ZR20 Pirelli Ultra High Performance tires, advanced Bosch Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with switchable Dynamic Mode, Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic disc brakes (the largest and most powerful brakes ever fitted to a production car),[citation needed] 110 kilograms (243 lb) weight saving over Continental GT Speed, automatic retractable spoiler (deploys at 80 km/h (50 mph)).

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentley_Continental_Supersports#Supersports

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Apparently they only made ten of these and a sister clocked well over 200mph on ice with nothing other than low temperature fuel and studded tyres !!!!

Bit different from the only Bentley that I’ve ever owned

  Scalextric windscreen windshield for C64 Bentley

a Scalextric copy of the supercharged 6.5 litre model that won the Le Mans 24 in 1928 or there about, YU 3250, a number forever etched into my ‘hard drive’ and still on the go today Smile It’s over forty years since that little plastic car whizzed around my track but I still remember the number Smile

 

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I don’t like to admit this

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but I think I prefer the new one Smile

 

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More ‘Britpart Shitparts’

Much as I admired this Crewe built masterpiece it would not pull a trailer full of pigs or Thomson Glenelg caravan so at lunchtime I turned my attention to something that would Smile Or at least i stuck some new pads in my old truck before going to check up on the boy who was still at Jessie’s.

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He was fine so I left early and started on the other side only to discover yet another ill on my Landy,

 

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these ‘Britpart Shitpart’ bushes only having been fitted in June, less than twelve weeks ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d already changed the other side a week ago

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but put their failure down to oil contamination. Seems like they’re just plain rubbish and live up their name of ‘Shitpart’. It’s my own  fault really, I know the stuff is carp but I keep buying it, but you’d think that you couldn’t go far wrong with a shock absorber bush really. I mean it’s only a rubber bush for heavens sake, how hard can it be to copy one of those??? every car on the planet has had them fitted for generations and this bunch of clowns can’t even get that right, I despair.

 

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Anyway it’s after 22:00 now and I’m flagging so, just like the Portree lifeboat ‘Stanley Watson Barker’ I’m going to put a spurt on Smile

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Not the 24 knots that the AIS showed but a spurt indeed Smile

 

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So that’s it, I’m off, here’s Sconser golf club

 

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Saturday’s dinner, a lovely cep or ‘penny bun’ donated by a customer

 

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Sunday morning ‘gas run’ Smile

 

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A new fire hose box

 

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progress at the waterworks

 

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just north of Holoman

 

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‘Calum’s Road’

 

And now I’m off to bed Smile

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Six am now and I’m off to work so here’s the weather before I go Smile

 

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19 Comments »

  1. Paul,
    I am sure driving the Bentley must be a great drive around Skye & the Highlands, shame those discs were made In Germany but guess they will outlive a Britpart item any day. A ferry all to itself, now that is luxury, of all the colors you can choose. Black? Needs to be British Racing Green.

    Comment by Arthur T Bomber Harris — September 9, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    • Morning ATBH, bit more than the discs I’m afraid, the engine is a W12 Volkswagen unit based on two VR6’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W12_engine Can’t say I’m a fan of black myself but I was seriously impressed with the ground clearance, a 200mph car that could actually get on and off the ferry, most Golfs need more caution 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 10, 2012 @ 5:05 am

  2. Poor Dude, he wanted some sympathy and an obliging dog to eat his school report and instead you set the coppers on him! Likely that wasn’t what he had in mind.

    Comment by drgeo — September 9, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    • Poor Dude, he wanted some sympathy and an obliging dog to eat his school report and instead you set the coppers on him!

      🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 10, 2012 @ 5:06 am

  3. Hi Paul, Love the Bentley -and the quality engineering that goes with the marque. I still prefer the old 3 and 4.5 Litre jobs though – real cars! And, yes, BRG is the colour.

    Comment by yractual — September 10, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    • Morning Iain, I just don’t get this fad with black cars these days, unless it’s the ‘black mood’ of the country 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2012 @ 5:53 am

  4. You can’t beat the older Bentleys! Like you Paul I had a model of the Le Mans 24 winner, kit model that was 1/18th scale and took many pleasurable hours to build and paint. At the age of 12 if I remember correctly, It was my pride and joy! Even managed to get the electric motor kit for it and soon had it flying across the carpet, a bit slower than the real thing but still as much of a thrill! hey don’t make them like that any more!
    Britpart problems are something we have all had, they just cannot do it right! At least when you are on the mainland you will be able to source things to restock on parts from around and about without the high postage fees! Another plus for the journey! when I used a Cortina for a Taxi the void bushes where a monthly replacement part! That is until I got a set of racing ones and they lasted 6months! Not a britpart but one used by the Rally car clubs from another British company whose name now escapes me!

    Comment by Thomson Caravans — September 10, 2012 @ 11:37 am

  5. ‘wee dug’

    Wait until the ‘wee dug’ grows to be a Red Setter in the bed.

    Comment by mi — September 10, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    • Have you tried the CTC (cyclists touring club ) website fillthathole.org.uk
      They normally get a good response from the Highwaymen at the local council

      Comment by chrisb — September 12, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

      • Cheers for that Chris, I’ll give it a try when I’m bored down in South Shields 🙂

        Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    • Morning Mi and many, many thanks for the letter.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2012 @ 5:56 am

  6. Hope the Dude is o.k. now, and the swineherd/henwife has returned to work. Hope your lady wife had a pleasant Birthday;also that the Landy is all sorted. I reported the potholes yet again last week… Seems to be a monthly or bimonthly habit I have developed. This time I could not get more than 1 tack in at a time, so I did 4 reports…..for all the good it does. Thought the Creachan road was the bumpiest…? but I did not include it in my list. Hope you are enjoying your “rest week” and the weather is kinder than it looks on your charts.x

    Comment by SOTW — September 10, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    • Hi She, thanks for bending the councils ear, they certainly need it.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2012 @ 5:57 am

  7. 1. hope your boy feels better soon.
    2. i am envisioning a little lacey night cap, tied under the chin with ribbons, size small, with carefully embroidered slits for silky black ear flaps. and a tartan flannel one for winter.
    3. what are those dungeon like buildings on the hill behind the lifeboat?

    Comment by jeannettesmyth — September 11, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    • Morning Jeannette, those will be the remnants of the old iron ore mine and the boy is much better now thanks, he arrived back yesterday with just a plain old cold 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2012 @ 5:59 am

  8. Do hope the Dude is OK and the Landy starts to behave & gets sorted – my old Honda HRV had to go to the big scrapyard in the sky the other day – everything underneath had rotted in the last year !
    The cruise ship is Le Diamont – with a rather bad paint job – on some photos you can see the blue is coming off already.
    Good Luck with the trip to England ! ! Sue

    Comment by Sue Mason — September 11, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    • Morning Sue, should have recognized her right enough, she’s been before, still busy preparing for the trip sowf 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2012 @ 6:00 am

  9. Tidy LPG conversion on the Quad 🙂 Had a spell of – buyer does the quality control – with blue box parts.Seemed to work as my local parts shop started to supply better quality parts after I kept returning stuff every few weeks.

    Comment by Andy — September 11, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    • Morning Andy, the tank needs to be so big due to the lack of filling stations 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — September 15, 2012 @ 6:01 am


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