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About Baldbloke

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday March 19

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  • Location:
    Moray, Scotland
  • Interests
    Machinery, bikes, saws and when not operating those things, drink.
  • Occupation
    Retired fishing ghillie but now a driver for out of hours NHS
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  1. Baldbloke

    Toyota Rav 4?

    If it’s ok on buying and Japanese you probably won’t go too far wrong. I’d advise against an early Freelander 2 as the back axles and Haldex are usually ignored until they become expensive repairs. Just got rid of an early F 2 for a grand and thought I’d done well. The only decent LRs are older LRs IMO. I did look at an 07 Rav 4 five years ago. Nearly bought what looked like an immaculate specimen until I looked underneath. The lady owner had boats and trailers and lived by the sea. The transverse seam under the front seats had swollen with rot. It was as good as scrap and yet at the time she was looking for 7 k.....
  2. Baldbloke

    house renovation forum

    Any good at harling/rough casting?😃
  3. Baldbloke

    Husqvarna 395xp real or fake ?

    To back up your point, a couple of parts bought from a Mercedes dealer last week were marked as being made in China. German prices however[emoji15]
  4. Baldbloke

    1 Tonne Trailers

    I always ensure I load the sand in the Ifor Williams below the sides so it doesn’t look so heavy[emoji3] Most nerve racking tow job I ever did was driving up from Poole to Elgin in a Defender towing a twin axle Ifor with an E class Mercedes on the back. To get it to tow half decently it needed moved further and further towards the tow hitch. I stopped three times and moved it before I was happy. The first time with the car too far back it got an horrific weave that actually lifted the rear wheels of the Defender off the road on the motorway. I Was convinced a tyre should have burst. Gave my wife, me, and a few following a bit of excitement. Although I believe I was within the permitted gross weight, I had to exceed the trailer nose weight for it to be safer. I got home after dark and the lights, even on dip, were bird spotting. The other excitement on that trip was being followed by a traffic car for 10 miles. He must have got a shout for something more promising as he turned off at a service station. At the time for that warm trip I was also running the truck on 70 % vegetable oil to keep costs down, so the whiff of chip oil would have been noticeable. Maybe it put the cops in mind of a McDonalds. My wife has since said she’d have never lived it down if I had to argue the weight and fuel used being legal[emoji23]
  5. Baldbloke

    house renovation forum

    We’ve been renovating for 10 years so far on a three story 7/8 bed Georgian house in NE Scotland. Self learned to plaster. Wife jokes that the first room I did is a now a foot narrower as it took me about 10 coats for a good finish[emoji3] Spent a lot of time on drainage and fixing roof. This year the plan is to do the west and north side harl coating. A vast job. Then reroof the final out building/ Steading. Always something to do and improve. The only problem I find is that it takes over your life[emoji3] There’s plenty of very talented people on here for some advice. Good luck.
  6. Supposedly it is common to find the deceased on the crapper. I will certainly be avoiding codeine/morphine in the future👍🏻
  7. Prior to getting a bionic hip joint, I too was on enough codeine that having a shit was a painful grunting experience. You were convinced that you’d split your ring piece every time. You certainly do leave your dignity in a previous life experience, especially when you work in the very hospital you are readmitted to with an obstruction. [emoji15] On a positive note, I’d fully recommend a replacement hip if you’ve struggled with years of pain. Zero pain now and issues with my knees seem to have disappeared. Five weeks on I’m back driving and have even been back dropping a few trees. Crutches launched on week three and no sticks [emoji1303]
  8. A threaded drain plug in a sump doesn’t always allow removal of as much waste oil as you’d think
  9. Baldbloke

    ArbDogs? Pics!

    Try keeping him off the Peroni
  10. Baldbloke

    ArbDogs? Pics!

    Our old retriever. 15 shortly. Still eats,wags tail, and yet to shit in the house. Been a great old girl that’s also given us two litters and for us to keep a daughter
  11. Baldbloke

    Sugi hara bar

    Bloody hell that’s seriously hard on bars. Could it be something to do with the Aspen chain oil?
  12. Baldbloke

    Air suspension woes

    Thanks for your input Ratman. At least it got me out with more confidence to try again[emoji1303]
  13. Baldbloke

    Air suspension woes

    It’s not often something goes right or corrects itself,but after yesterday’s f***up and a bad tempered drive up some bumpy backroads it appears to have come good all by itself[emoji1303][emoji1303][emoji1303]. Took the car to the workshop and removed wheel and voila
  14. Baldbloke

    Margaret Thatcher.

    That’s a rare purchase these days
  15. Baldbloke

    Margaret Thatcher.

    I have just had a new hip which excuses my constant online presence (if I'm not trying to sort out my wanked out motors)😉


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