Here is a list of all the postings colin wilkinson has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Equity release!|
Andrew, The figures don't stack up. Apart from the logistics of finding something with enough garage/workshop space, and I looked at renting before I bought this place, the cost of renting would be about £10k/year. Assuming another ten years of useful life that would be £100k before rent increases. I can release something like that, still own the residual value, and not have the hassle of relocating again. Basically equity release gives you some money and you live rent free in your own property as I see it.Colin
Interesting comments. As I have already downsized to a smaller bungalow, had a workshop built, sorted out the property to suit me, I am ok for normal living. But that leaves me with a lot of money tied up in property that when I die will be sold for either charities or the governments benefit. Wikipedia explains the various equity release options, I will check out to find the one that will release the maximum amount and anything left can be willed to charity. Having seen inside care homes whilst my mother was suffering with dementia I know that once it starts you cannot have any comprehension of what life is like outside your own little world and are at the mercy of others for everything.
There are lots of reputable companies in the equity release market, obviously in it to make a profit, just a matter of sorting out the wheat from the chaff. Having had previous experience with financial advisors I think I can do as well if not better without paying their commission. Onwards and upwards. Colin
I feel sure someone else will have investigated or done this and have constructive comments. I want to release the maximum amount and it does not matter how high the interest or how small the residual value at the fiinish as I have no children to leave it to. There is no mortgage outstanding and I am over 70. Will probably spend large amounts on wine, women and song and squander the rest!! Colin
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
That's what I thought until I saw the petrol tank, but as far as I knew "Manxman" was the name used by Norton on a 650SS in the USA. However I found this
Nobody has mentioned adding it to petrol to increase mpg. Lots of info on web. I added two stroke to my old diesel, 300cc to 60lt of diesel , definitely ran smoother and quieter with small increase in mpg. Could not see any improvement with a few cc of Acetone but others have. Supposed to reduce surface tension in droplets from injectors , giving better combustion. Colin
|Thread: Motorcycle 'blipping'...|
Pete, Ducati V4 has auto blipper and cornering ABS, BMW S1000RR has auto blipper as well. Yamaha R1 is rumoured to be using a seamless shift gearbox from next year as used on MotoGP M1. Colin
|Thread: Childhood diseases|
Sorry Neil, I had all the usual diseases as a child including Scarlet Fever so no aversion to dirt etc, but I was diagnosed Coeliac at the age of 71. it appears to be no respecter of age. When I was at school in the 50s there was at least one lad with leg braces due to Polio, not something you hear of now in the UK. Colin
|Thread: Warrington Model Engineering Developments|
Thanks for that. Duncan, from phone number it must be over twenty years as 01... came in 1995.
A repost from the VMCC forum, perhaps someone on here may be able to answer
Has anybody ever heard of Warrington Model Engineering Developments? I'm curious because a web search turned up only one reference to them, and that was just a request for more information. The reason for asking is that the previous owner of my Myford ML7 fitted a WMED "Easychange" unit, designed to allow switching between thread cutting and fine feed modes without having to alter the leadscrew gearing each time. Useful facility, but the downside of this increased functionality is less flexibility in the changewheel combinations that can be accommodated. Imperial threads are not an issue, but metric is less straightforward as became apparent yesterday when I needed to cut an M10x1.5mm thread. The WMED table calls for a 17 tooth changewheel which I don't have, and other potentially suitable combinations couldn't be made to fit. No Myford spares suppliers seem to list a 17 tooth part. I can complete the current job (sidestand pivot bolt for my K100RS) using a die, but it niggles that I couldn't use the lathe. If anyone has experience of this WMED unit then I'd be very interested.
|Thread: Irish Road Racing season on TV|
I rode at the Tandragee, Temple, Dundrod, Mid Antrim and the Carrowdore in the mid 60s to mid 70s, wonderful times even though in the early days we had no practice , just straight from paddock to grid. Soon twigged to go over a day earlier and try to get a drive round the circuit to get some idea which way to go! Colin
|Thread: 1959 Nsu quickly|
Quickly, Capitanos, Capri, Norman Nippy, Raleigh Runabout, Phillips Panda, etc etc, worked on all of them in the 1960s. If you struggle for parts try the Buzzin Club. Lot of specialist suppliers in their magazine, but if you've restored it I suspect you may be a member already.
|Thread: Myford Lathe on Ebay|
£1256 at the end.
|Thread: New coffee maker - disgusting taste!|
I moved last year and found tea, Yorkshire Gold, had an oily film on the surface as it brewed. Turned out the water round here is much harder than I was used to so a quick bit of research was needed. Answer has turned out to be a Brita water jug. All tea or coffee water is filtered first and the difference is remarkable. As an aside, it is also noticeable after a shower how dry my skin feels, Vaseline lotion sorting that out. Colin
|Thread: Chinese postal charges|
I think Ketan is taking pictures and measurements of The Great Wall so that he can ask Sieg to make a replica he can sell to Donald Trump. ( that Mexico will pay for ) Colin
I've always believed that the Chinese government subsidised the postal charges, not so apparently.
|Thread: Ukraine model engine factories|
Ref the DOHC Profi 50cc. Colin
|Thread: Tungsten Alloy|
Duncan, explain what you want it for, pieces sometimes fail ultrasonic testing because of small voids in the matrix which is irrelevant for your application. Colin
|Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'|
About five years ago I was marshalling on the Isle of Man at the Manx Grand Prix and raised concerns about the probability of a drone being used to get video footage. The thought of a bike hitting one at 160 mph plus was enough to get an immediate ban on drone flying while the racing was in progress. Having seen the front of the works van after hitting a pheasant at 60 mph was evidence enough for me. Colin
|Thread: Tungsten Alloy|
Duncan, On your doorstep.
I used to work for Elmet Alloys in Grappenhall, manufacturers of tungsten/copper for the spark machining industry and switchgear manufacturers. It is not really an alloy, as the tungsten powder is pressed with wax, formed, then put in a furnace with a calculated weight of copper or silver on top and as the copper melts it is drawn in by capillary action into the tungsten matrix. Initial pressing determines the density of the tungsten/wax and thus the percentage of copper it will take in. When Elmet was absorbed into GEC power Engineering at Trafford Park, some staff started VIP at Woolston. Colin
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