Thursday, 28 April 2011
We have been trying to get compatible cartridges for the new Epson cartridges that came out before Christmas for some time now. Unfortunatly we still can't get them. Our suppliers have told us that the problem is with the chip on the cartridge. The difficulty is that the chip can be manufactured by hand but not mass produced and that is what is causing the hold up. More bad news is that they have no idea when the compatible cartridges will be ready - it could be next week if someone has a EUREKA! moment or two months if nobody has that lightbulb moment. On the plus side we do have the full range of the new genuine cartridges here are the links http://www.kc-inks.co.uk/products/Epson_T1281_Black_Genuine-1564-0.html http://www.kc-inks.co.uk/products/Epson_T1291_Black_High_Capacity_Genuine-1569-0.html http://www.kc-inks.co.uk/products/Epson_T1301_Black_Extra_High_Capacity_Genuine_C13T13014010-1594-0.html http://www.kc-inks.co.uk/products/A_THREE_PACK_OF_Epson_T1302_T1303_T1304_C_M_Y_Extra_High_Capacity_Genuine_T1306-1598-0.html The cartridges are T1281 (Black), T1282 (Cyan), T1283 (Magenta), T1284 (Yellow) and T1285 (Quad Pack). T1291 (Black), T1292 (Cyan), T1293 (Magenta), T1294 (Yellow) and T1295 (Quad Pack). T1301 (Black), T1302 (Cyan), T1303 (Magenta), T1304 (Yellow) and T1306 (Colour Triple Pack). I will keep you updated, as soon as I hear anything I will let you know - hopefully it will be soon!
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
- Inlet Manifold
- New Gaskets
- Sump Plug
- Core Plug - this was the worst!
- Oil Change
- New Oil Filter
- Steering Wheel - we had it changed to a racing wheel last year because John couldn't get his knees under the original one - he is tall! The garage put the new one on squint so we straightened it!
- New Air Filter
- Changed the Points to an Electronic Ignition
- New Distributor Cap
- New HT Leads
- New Spark Plugs
- New Coil
- New Alloy Wheels and Tyres
- New Chrome Rocker Covers
- New Chrome K and N Air Filter (John is very excited about this - I don't know why?)
The finished engine!!! Lots of chrome that I now have to polish. As you can see I haven't done it yet! The only thing left to do is the spacing on the tappets and to take the car for a test drive to make sure everything works. Wish us luck!
I don't know what John is doing - maybe he is inspecting our work! John is intent on growing some serious seventies side burns to match his seventies car. As long as he doesn't grow an afro and wear a tank top and bell bottoms I can just about cope!
The engine in bits, the light you see is Dad's it is amazingly bright and you can stick it under the bonnet or on the side of the engine so your hands are free, I am definately going to get one!
This is the hole where the sump plug goes, it is very important as it keeps all the oil in the engine. We took it out to change the oil and the thread on the engine block was completely stripped so we couldn't put the sump plug back in. This was serious and could have scuppered everything - the annoying thing was that we actually had another sump but couldn't take the engine out of the car to change it - we didn't have the lifting equipment. We tried thread sealer but it didn't work. I then spent the day running around all the garages, tool shops and even tractor dealerships in Kendal (and may I add that everyone I talked to was extremely helpful - people in Kendal are lovely!) I eventually found what I was looking for - a heli coil or rethreader. So that was another hurdle overcome!
This is the engine with most of the top of it. We have removed the air intake and the rocker covers. Listen to me talking as if I know all about engines! I knew not much at all before last week but I really have learnt a lot!
Thats my Dad's hand, that is where the core plug is, it is on a difficult angle. It was one of those jobs that if the engine was out of the car or up on ramps it would have been a five minute job instead of an all day job! We won in the end though!
Monday, 18 April 2011
Friday, 8 April 2011
We are going on the Cannonball Run Europe!!!!!! We are going in our 1974 Mk 1 Ford Granada so that will be interesting! We are raising money for two charities The RFU Injured Players and Spinal Research. To find our more please visit our charity page http://www.kc-inks.co.uk/pages/Charity_Drive.html you will find links to our Just Giving pages, please donate if you feel able. We have been planning this for a couple of weeks now and honestly I thought I was going to burst with excitement, this really is a once in a lifetime experience! John and I will do our very best to raise as much money as possible, we will of course be keeping everyone up to date with our progress by blogging, doing videos, twitter and a webcam! I cannot tell you how excited we are (and a little scared!!) Wish us luck!
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Monday, 4 April 2011
Here are the links to our Facebook pages, yes we have two - I think it is to keep me on my toes! Have a look, we put lots of interesting things on there as well as offers, giveaways and competitions to enter, we have had some really great prizes over the last couple of years including a weeks holiday in France! So friend us and you never know what you might win!