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Hey Albert! Have you a jotting for the 50th edition of P.A.G.? Wow! How could I refuse. 50 editions (P.A.G & eP.A.G.) is surely a landmark in motoring journalism. You know what? I'm going to print this copy when it's published and bury it in a time capsule. That should confuse future generations (hopefully)

Anyways, less rambling and more of the celebrational jotting.

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with a couple of friends of mine in Belgium. Koen and L.B.P. You remember L.B.P.? 'Little Belgium Pembleton' and how can you forget Koen his/her/its constructor. Prior to my visit the aforementioned flying machine had developed a squeak whilst driving. Described by its pilot via email as a canary trapped in the wheel. A replacement wheel bearing was thus sourced and fitted. Working on one of the hottest days of the summer added to the already challenging task of removing the retaining ring.

Perseverance and mechanical skill (along with a couple of Belgiums finest beers) won through in the end though and L.B.P. was back on three wheels in record time. Success! Yipee!

Errrr! No! Whilst reversing from the workshop disaster struck. L.B.P. suffered the dreaded 'gearbox lockup syndrome'. Usually caused by internal locking rings unwinding during enthusiastic reversing. Feared by all Pembletoneers and experienced by a goodly number it can happen anywhere anytime and it's not a swift fix.

Dragged back into the workshop there was no alternative but to change the box. Thankfully a spare just happened to be in stock.

Late into the night our hero Koen laboured. Time was of the essence. Albert was due to arrive shortly from Blighty and L.B.P. had to be ready.

[There's a page in the technical section on how to fix this problem - The editor]

Major component transplant completed on time - Belgium awaits.

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After all that effort how could I refuse a spin through the finest lanes in Belgium to a canal side bar for a beer (or two)! No way! Let's go!

It wasn't long before a small mechanical malfunction distracted us from our task.....The nearside mudguard had parted company with one of its mountings and was waving around violently in the breeze. Tool roll out, remove remaining fixture and store offending mudguard in the boot for repair work later. Crack on old chap, it's already past beer o'clock....

Aaahh! what about the canary I hear you all say. The canary unfortunately was still accompanying us as we sped on our journey. Tweet Tweet Tweeeeeet. New wheel bearing and gearbox change had achieved nothing. Poor L.B.P..

Albert C rolling underneath Pembletons is becoming an all too familiar sight, but necessary in the hunt for stray canaries and other Pembly malfunctions. The now infamous squeak could resist my eagle eye no longer and finally exposed itself after much pulling and tugging of suspension components. "It's the rear spring that's dropped, causing the tensioning rod to rub on the chassis" Possible cause, spring blocks out of line or hitting raised object whilst travelling in a forwardly direction m'lord.

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It can be fixed. But not now. We have bigger fish to fry.

The main reason for my travelling to Belgium was to assist in the building of a big brother for L.B.P. and when I say big I mean BIG

Still using components from the Citroen family but not of 2CV origin. Nay and thrice nay.... This is gonna be a Frankenstein monster!

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The basis of this latest creation is a C4 of 1928 vintage. Chassis and running gear will be used with suitable strengthening modifications.

The powerplant is one of Blightys finest. It's a Commer TS3 Supercharged 3 litre 2 stroke diesel, driving through a Nissan Trade gearbox.

A lightweight body of 1mm aluminium should keep the worst of the weather off those who dare climb aboard.

Stay tuned for up to date developments on http://oilyracer.blogspot.co.uk/

That's it from your Uncle Albert for now. Keep on Pembling whilst it's safe to do so because when we hit the road in the Commer Comet we ain't slowing down for no-one!

Albert Crackleport


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