SPRING BREAK OF A DIFFERENT KIND

 

Always liked daffs

How VERY true!

Can’t Wait

My Spring Break is of a different kind as I’m off the Chemo for a Whole Month! Might even think about that bicycle that’s been inside since November, but I did crack 5000.17 last year. That pushed the big total up to 16,391.10 on the Equator ride so maybe get up there over 20,000 this year?

Starting soon

Managed to sift through a load more parts finding some extra bits and also an enquiry on the bike rack I relisted yesterday. Today finish off the swinging arm components and get them listed along with some brake plates and anything else I haven’t yet uncovered up in the loft.

Time to get rid of the infernal bag and pump after 24 sessions of chemo and now into a month long break and perhaps see some of these side effects diminish as they are driving me nuts big time!

My ambitious plans don’t seem to be getting anywhere as my hands are too sore to use and I don’t have the will power to force myself to start sanding brake plates until I feel a bit more with it. Yes, there is plenty to do but it isn’t going anywhere and neither am I.

Might just get to layout some of the badges for best design and best groupings and while on the subject may just consider changing the front grille as the Jaguar “growler emblem” can cost over $100 and you can get top and botton grille at $325 delivered, with emblem already mounted.

Here’s what I have

Maybe ?

Another day of lack of energy, but my appetite is coming back but of course my mouth is still very, very sore and its difficult to eat so I’ll soon be back on Gerber baby foods! Creaming of hands and heels continues along with vitamin B. Please, oh please, give me a break from these bloody side effects!!

Monday, maybe some improvement, difficult to tell. A couple of sales overnight so I’m encouraged to get going on those other items. But the non stop weeping eyes make everything I want to do unpleasant or downright impossible.

Tried the eye cream one more time, and yes it was a major improvement, also stumbling around on the internet I had a sad moment of two when I discovered my old club, whose badge will soon be up on the grille, Barham & District Motor Cycle & LCC,

All repainted and ready

Sadly my Uncle Tom who was Chairman, President, and all things motorcycling passed away 15 years ago

Uncle Tom, footing coat, and trilby, on one of his AJ’s

Reading on through club notes I sadly read that my cousin Tom who rode with me as a youth had sadly passed last summer and as Uncle Tom sold Greeves we ended up with “the boy’s bikes” on a hand me down chain.

Tom on the Square Barrel 24 TES which would be my next bike

Me on the Scottish 9E and those flat handlebars!

There she is the 24TES, 928 VKE, while Tom is on the TFS and we are both now Centre Experts ! Tom is 18 and I’m 17 and the year is 1963. Way back then you had to have a MC licence to compete as the course was 15-30 miles on the public highway stopping off at “groups” of sections along the way.

Just while I’m reliving a lot of memories the next storm arrives with a fresh 3″ on the rail lest we forget its still only March. Must get listing some more parts, shouldn’t be too bad and I think a few will sell pretty quickly. Looks like its too cold again for me in the workshop but we will see. Too Cold! Another 6″ expected from this storm before it clears off on Friday. I have all those parts in my mind’s eye but I’m afraid I can’t work in the cold any more. Positive effort tomorrow as I haven’t heard from the car repairers who were waiting on a part.

Clearly a family thing!

 

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOST

Yes, I’m up the proverbial without a paddle. Haven’t been able to shake this lethargy, only just managed to get some firewood in, an all day struggle.

Sunday and the weather looks a little kinder so I might get some things I want to do accomplished. Time to get a lot more wood ready, clean up branches from the last vicious winds, check Big Red for more leaks, and maybe give him/her a clean. Relisted a lot of items on ebay that seem to have gone quiet and see what else is left in the boxes.

Wood collected and chopped, a wash wipe-over, also completed so it looks somewhat better, now need to get over to Durango to address these “non opening” panels and see if anything else needs attention..

Meanwhile, with a sore mouth from chemo my appetite is decidedly lacking and I’m rapidly falling apart and can easily see why I’m lacking strength and energy as I’m down to 162 lbs. I weighed more than this when I was 12!!!!

Appointment made for next week for the car issues and I’ll be asking about the roof respray as well. Not turning out as I had hoped but if this isn’t the death spiral I might have it all going in a couple of weeks and be able to complete all the fun aspects of “badging”.

Some signs this morning (3/11/21) I might be getting a little better and hopefully have some energy to do a few things. Its been over a week in the doldrums and I WANT TO FEEL BETTER as this a not a feeling I want to repeat EVER!

Front number plate holder, genuine Jag offering, predrilled and in good condition arrived ahead of time. Not much I can do about the rear one as I think it will have to be a new boot lid and resprayed.

Exactly what I wanted

All pre-drilled and ready to fit.

Bad case of over keeness to get the car to me! My assumption is that IT IS NOT A Licence Plate Screw, but

One of these Horrors, screwed in sideways breaking all the plastic and the predrilled, and tapped holes!!

Saturday, 3/13/21 and the predicted storm has arrived. About 6″ on the rail by 0900 and still going strong. Another 2 days of this, constant snowing and melting. Very heavy wet snow. I would like to be going through parts in the workshop but its just too bloody cold.

Sunday and fast approaching the “Ides” et tu Brute ? and just as cold even with the “Spring Forward” and yet another 8″ overnight to join yesterday’s dump. Going to force myself into the workshop and see if I can achieve anything. Don’t think the trip to Durango is a good idea this week, but what’s another 7 days in these crap conditions?

I declined the invitation to the workshop and I’m still bundled up waiting for something to happen.

The situation up North became dire, with many areas closing roads and even sending the plows home and then we ended up with stuck and abandonned cars all the way down I70 and I80 with howling 40 mph winds to add to the fun.

Get out of that!, when you can!

Grim

Meanwhile after I stopped being a little wimp we set off for Cortez for the bloodwork and onward to Durango. Hardly a flake in Cortez and not much different in Durango with grass evidence and no signs of snow from this mega storm?

One day later a very nice report from the Car Shop. More on that later but finally I’m feeling a bit better, the last of this session of 12 trips to the dreaded Chemo chair so now a month off as a break before another PET Scan. So today it’s back to the workshop and carry on with the spares assortment and see what else will sell.

24 sessions done.

Hopefully get the reversal soon and get rid of these damm Colostomy shorts, yes they live up Schitte Creek

Progress as the car goes up on the rack and lets see what we find in Pre or Post Purchase inspections. Confirmation that the boot and fuel door won’t open electrically as they should. Cost for the pair around $1500 but I think I can do it myself for less than $200

On the rack and lift

Dirty brake fluid so drain and flush, refill and bleed, for $170.07 and also change out the driver’s window controlled console for another $429.86 as nothing was working! But there again it had been too cold to consider having any windows open. However with all the Police problems of late I do not wish to be stopped by trigger happy police and then be unable to open the window so that one I’ll chalk down to personal safety.

These are the Lower Control Arm Bushings running out at a princely cost of $1390 for the pair!

and the last one on my current shopping list is the Bellow Boots which are splitting or will cause more trouble when all the road muck gets in those splits and when they replace these they have to do a full alignment.

Should all be  ready about mid next week

Appetite improving along with mouth not so sore so some improvements all round compared to the previous two weeks of abject misery.

Seems I can eat fish!

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY!

Either today or tomorrow and all will be revealed. Nearly time for some strawberries to go with all that cream. It’s loaded and on its way!

A Single Delivery? well it does deserve special treatment

The Courier Service for all the paperwork has not been close to anything I would have expected. It has taken longer than expected, all the frills and notifications have come to nothing, and all that has been achieved is that it has moved 400 miles in 6 Days!!! Disgraceful and Fed-Ex should be ashamed as I have still not received it or been given any update and its still 50 miles away over in Durango.

Big Red is supposed to be delivered by 1200 noon which I hope happens as I must be in the hospital by 1315 for those Scans.

Another of yesterday’s surprises was the arrival of my 4 sets of cycling attire which were ordered at Thankgiving and been a real pain in the proverbial as the company was taking orders here in the US and then placing those orders in China. No response to emails or telephone calls, a few worthless tracking numbers and even “2 out for delivery” “and delivered!” Complete nonsense and never again!

Just gone 1100 so within the last hour if all is on time. Dealer was coming to work in Denver where they had about 1 foot of snow overnight so very pleased they got it out of there before it started. 1200 and the first ETA goes by with nothing achieved. 1230 and the paperwork arrives from Fed-EX so a start.

 

Diagnostic Scans on me with ehancement!

Into town for the Scans and they get done then home by 1430 and achieve MY ETA of 1500 so I’m ready to sit back and wait for them to turn up as though nothing has happened.

Two buckles and a pin that need to be cut down to fit

If everything comes to fruition then I have a few fun days arranging badges, modifying a couple of belt buckles and finding a metal to metal glue or epoxy to bond them to the licence plate. A lot of stainless screws and nuts to purchase to get the right “look” and finally put the goodies on the jacket without overdoing it!

1 hour to go to the shipper’s last ETA, lets see how accurate this one is ? 1700 comes and goes and I shut down the operation at this end.

Imagine my surprise at 1730 as a bedraggled transporter parks across the road from the house with two cars on it.

There is much to read, as in truth I have much to learn about this car and what it can do. It looks like it has just finished a very wet full blown rally and is covered in muck and mud. The driver says the snowstorm in Denver dumped two feet and the wonder car has been treated to all this flying spray and grot for a good portion of the day. Tomorrow it will be off for a bath.

A serious mess!

Friday and time to give her a look over, sure did pick up some spray, well a wash will fix all that so into town and go to the drive through and give the boys a generous tip! Round the back out with the new chamois and start the wipe down. Wipe down complete and note quite a lot of scratches and 4 areas of paint fade due to the sun which I had not seen in ANY of the previous photos. All done so off to MVD for title and plates, but “WHAT’S THIS ??? A bloody check ENGINE LIGHT” and another caution “RESTRICTED PERFORMANCE” …… clearly this must all be related to the car wash, but I am less than happy.

MVD said drive on the 2 months worth of dealer tags and apply for plates later. New tags are only $120 a year so pretty good compared to some vehicles I’ve owned. I will have to address the roof paint issue and see what that will cost. I am very surprised about the roof paintwork damage as in 2 months of negotiations not a hint that I would have to take it in to a body shop for a respray to the roof! This is what it looked liked when I got it home and by then the restricted Performance caption had gone out, but I still have Check Engine!

“Well Data, what do you think?”   “I think it’s one of those Jaguar Car Engines from circa 2005”

I will get an estimate from my friendly bodyshop

Complied with all the instructions from the dealership, topped off the battery, started, Check Engine caption on, allow to warm up, but no sooner out of the “blue” and the “Resctricted Performance” is back on again. Light throttle openings, and the motor sounds rough to me as though its only running on 6! This will be discussed at length tomorrow  along with another another couple of issues I found.

Some of the hundreds of reasons that Check Engine caption can come on, low grade fuel, Premium or nothing, a poorly fitting gas cap, to name but a couple that I CAN check. Well first up there is no way to open the gas cap! However, there is an emergency catch located behind the boot carpet which operates when you find it. No amount of grease or lubricant work as I can see the bracket but can’t undo it. Well make another latch release so at least I can get fuel. Suprise here as you move from normal unleaded at $2.59 to Premium at $3.09 but at least its full but of course I’m not in the business of driving round with Check Engine on all the time!!! and it will have to go. Next surprise is to find out the BOOT is plastic, and how do I know you ask? Well this horror story starts at the dealer temporary Tags which appear to have been rapidly attached by none other than what looks like SHEET METAL SELF TAPPING SCREWS and a power tool. They have their uses, but not on plastic and not an item that has been predrilled and threaded! One of the said screws is at an angle, and the plastic behind it has shattered and split. Top to bottom, very ugly, but it will stay covered when the new plates are on.

I don’t like what I’m seeing, angled screw in, the horrors of split and broken plastic underneath!

Currently I have the following faults which MUST be fixed under warranty or I’ll lose my mind :

Check Engine Light

Fuel Door Release

Boot Release

Tag fixing damage

Well down to the Post Office for a sale to France and then off for bloodwork before tomorrow’s chemo. Parcel away, back in the car and after start up the Check Engine caption has vermoosed! All after I booked a diagnostic at Auto Zone, none the wiser but it sure feels better not to be staring at that caption.

Wednesday and a later chemo session with a new Doctor, off we go and within yards another bloody caption  “Engine Coolant Low”, I know it isn’t as I have just looked at it!! It’s a RED light so stop and up with the hood, all looks good but it keeps coming on needing a stop and recycling the ignition. Talk about pissed off this is now getting beyond a joke! It may have to go back as this is depressing me more than the chemo and cancer. I need answers and quickly!

The belt buckles get sorted and should fit now using the metal bonding putty.

Ready for putty!

New arrival from China but I’ll wait before fitting, all very annoying 

 

TONY DOWN