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Re: Spitfire 1500 tools

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Subject: Re: Spitfire 1500 tools
From: Michael Hargreave Mawson <OC@46thFoot.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 07:22:32 +0000
In article <>, Eric
Kieboom <ekieboom@xs4all.nl> writes
>At 08:54 25-2-2001 +0000, Michael Hargreave Mawson wrote:
>>The rest of the kit that's in there
>>at the moment is as follows:
>>Restoration Guide
>>pair of carburettor rebuild kits
>And you had something to say about me carrying a set of feeler gauges?

Though it be madness, yet there's method in't!   (I bet I've misquoted

The restoration guide is in the boot simply to have it to hand when I'm
working on her.   All those pictures can be very handy.   The carb
rebuild kits are there because I haven't got around to doing them yet -
and they *desperately* need doing.   My idle speed at the moment ranges
from 1800 rpm to a dead stall.   With the accelerator flat to the floor,
she bounces like a kangaroo with dysentery, although she goes like a
rocket with slightly-less-aggressive acceleration.
>If you think it's necessary to carry around a restoration guide and carb
>rebuild kits, perhaps you should also stuff a spare head gasket in the
>boot. A friend of mine actually did a roadside head gasket change on his
>Mk3 while on holiday in England. He's very proud of that stunt and brings
>it up whenever he can.

I'm not surprised he's proud of it.   How on earth did he manage to skim
the head before reassembly?   A Universal Mill attached to the cigar
lighter? <g>

Michael Hargreave Mawson, author of "Eyewitness in the Crimea,"
to be published by Greenhill Books on 28th March, 2001:

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