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Dec 30 2015
31 January 2019 - 14:32

Marty took my dash out when we (he) did the heater core and swapped the heater box/flaps/motors for a re-con set. The ducts had already fallen apart anyway. They're only press fit and they seem to warp with the heat at the joints. It would have been a real faff to get them back together and taped up with the dash in place.

31 January 2019 - 14:42

I'm sick of being scared of being under the Range Rover so I want to get a decent jack and some decent stands. The stands I have at the moment are only 2ton but they'll do for holding up axles, props etc.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a jack that would lift a P38 high enough for a fat bloke to get underneath? I'm looking to keep costs down as far as possible, I've got a lot of parts to buy :(

31 January 2019 - 15:29

What I should really do is have a chat with my petrol head neighbour (whose track car has been on axle stands outside his house since summer) and we could remove the 2ft wide "flower bed" between our two driveways and replace it with a pit. I could even cover it with plywood and scatter woodchips back over it and no-one would know!

That machine mart jack looks ideal. thanks!

01 February 2019 - 22:19

Hang on, are you saying that the BT FON system releases personal data? (ie data that identifies an individual).
The fact that there's a BT hub in a certain property isn't personal information, but if a name or email address came up that's a different matter.

01 February 2019 - 16:40

The wifi thing doesn't give away any personal information, so it's nothing to do with GDPR. Just very sharky practice very everyone's favourite monopoly :(

02 February 2019 - 11:19

The OEM (the company not LR) have a 2 year warranty and the rest have a single year.
Bah. I'll be the guinea pig and report back. Hopefully not in 25 months!

I'm going with the grease nipple ones. My thinking is that The Duchess isn't seeing any extreme offroad use so ultimate strength should be less of a factor than wear and tear. Also, my Jeep recently had UJs with grease nipples fitted (the garage just did it) so I'm going to get a grease gun anyway.

01 February 2019 - 23:32

Gilbert is right. Personal data relates to an identified or identifiable natural person. ie the data under consideration needs to describe an identified individual. If BT FON SSIDS said "DaveW'sAccesspoint" and then gave out your address, DoB, or other info there would be a problem.


02 February 2019 - 11:31

I don't own any level ground but there's a nice concrete pad about 20 yards away that I used for my suspension calibration - just the ticket.
I'll put the 2 ton stands at the end I'm not working on... and wheels under the sills.

Dave - I'm going with a pair of those 6 ton stands. They look great. Thanks!

03 February 2019 - 13:54

You should see the owners manual for an Austin 7 - weekly grease checks!

03 February 2019 - 13:57

Aragorn wrote:

On the other hand, your original ones have lasted nearly 20 years without grease nipples...

I generally pit the awkwardness of a job, the time it takes, and the possible collateral damage should it fail, against the cost of the parts.

If the only options were £7 for bearmach and £90 for genuine landrover, well i'd be taking the cheap ones.

But the difference between £7 for aftermarket and £12 for the hardy spicer joints is basically nothing. Certainly not worth risking it failing, either catastrophically, or even just getting noisey and having the hassle of another weekend spent bashing at the underside of a P38!

I'm with you. The OEM are actually a couple of quid more than Hardy Spicer in the greasable version and have 2 years vs 1 year warranty. Strangely, the non greasable Hary Spicer are more expensive than the OEM make. I know Spicer are good - the Jeep community fit nothing else but I went with the warranty this time.

03 February 2019 - 13:45

I did wonder about the extension rod things - they look like a bad idea to me too! I think the Clarke recommended above will be mine next month. If both Sloth and Richard are happy with it, I'll go with it too.

03 February 2019 - 14:33

I think you're taking the opt in stuff out of context. These rules only apply to gaining consent to process personal data under GDPR. GDPR only applies to PD. What personal data do you feel is being processed by the BT FON system? (whether pseudonymised or not).

03 February 2019 - 21:03

davew wrote:

Is your address and the fact that you are a BT Broadband Customer 'personal' information: I would say so !

Your address on its own is not personal data - it does not identify a person, it identifies a house.
The fact that a BT router is in the vicinity is not personal data (even if you can work out which property it is in)

Taken together, your name, your address and the fact that you are a BT Broadband customer would be personal data, but I'm struggling to see how you would link the three together from a BT FON hotspot. That's my main issue with your line of argument.

03 February 2019 - 21:00

Dave, just want to point out that I didn't accuse you of talking or thinking bollocks. I'm genuinely interested in what personal data you think is being revealed by BT FON.

I'm also concerned that you're going to cause trouble for yourself if you try to argue the law incorrectly. There are two areas that trouble me:

  1. I'm not convinced that BT are processing personal data by providing the BT FON service. The fact that they have your personal data for other purposes doesn't necessarily bring BT FON into the realm of GDPR. The fact that they could look your name/address/email up in one database and link it to a router MAC address in another database doesn't mean that they do. Or that they provide that information to employees. I'm not sure what advantage they would gain from doing that either.

Of course BT FON was introduced before GDPR so there won't be a Data Privacy Impact Assessment on record - but there may be one day if BT ever alter their service which would make this easier to understand. However, you might be able to get some more relevant info from their Privacy Statement.

  1. IF there is a link between the two then consent still isn't necessarily required to process your personal data. BT could process your PD using one of six lawful basis. One of which is consent, sure - but that's the least smart move as consent can be withdrawn at any time and that's a massive pain in the arse for any business.

The most likely basis, I'd suggest, is Legitimate Interest which would allow them to process the PD required to provide their services. (As long as it is not excessive, is accurate and subject to the organisation and technical protections required to ensure security)

So, really what I'm saying is that I don't think you can use GDPR as a legal challenge to BT switching on BT FON by default even though I do understand that it's a dick move by BT to do so.

03 February 2019 - 23:00

Dave, I've just looked at the BT FON coverage map and it does not contain personal data. As I said, an address is not personal data. The location of a hotspot is not personal data. The data on that map does not identify any living person so it is not personal data and therefore GDPR does not apply.

You may object to BT FON being enabled by default, but nothing in the GDPR will help you mount a legal challenge as it does not apply.

<quote> OK, look at BT's local coverage map (as I suggested) and you can most certainly identify individual house/s (as those kids did to my neighbour, who is ill and needed his sleep etc; Thus BT seriously impinged on his health by their FON OPT IN 'default': That on its own is enough to fall foul of those principles). </quote>

Sorry, that's just wrong. The map identified the location of a hotspot, it didn't reveal the identify of your neighbour therefore GDPR is not relevant. Was it a shitty situation for your neighbour? For sure. Should BT make it clear/easy for customers to disable BT FON if they wish? I would say so. But that doesn't mean you can use GDPR rules on consent to change the situation. GDPR is only relevant in cases of processing personal data and this is not such a case.

24 December 2019 - 15:13

Swapped the plug in no4 from a "big hex" Champion something to a "small hex" NGK platinum job. When I popped the lead off it was all powdery and crap, no wonder the spark was poor. I looked at swapping just the No4 wire but it seems to be at the bottom of the coil pack and I couldn't get my hand to it without removing all the others first so I called "Christmas Eve" and just cleaned up the existing wire with a shot of Carb Cleaner.
I've since found my contact cleaner so that's in the boot along with the other 7 plugs and the new set of wires in case we have a problem.
Put about 30 miles on it since clearing the codes and all has been fine.
Back in business - but I'll need to get the wires changed over. Marty reckons he did it last time we met up but I have absolutely no recollection. I've certainly never bought Champion plugs so I'm confused. The leads say 2015 on them, so Marty is probably right :)

The poor Duchess is now running on 5 old Champions, 2 BPR6 and only one correct NGK. This will be remedied.

25 December 2019 - 10:44

Merry Christmas everyone - and good health!

06 February 2019 - 10:15

Just had a thought. If BT wanted to automate the mapping procedure AND make it GDPR tight they'd just use a BT FON app on the mobile device to connect to BT Fon networks. If this reported hotspot locations back to the BT HQ using all the great data you can get from a phone (GPS, WiFi signal strenght, Connection Speed) then their process would not only be easy and automated but it would be trivial to demonstrate that speedhub locations were nothing to do with Personal Data.

I've never used BT FON but that's how I'd design it if I was King of the World.

06 February 2019 - 11:23

23/24 works for me, 30/31 doesn't
Glad you're busy - are you in a reachable timezone?

06 February 2019 - 16:17

I'm going with just UJs, and I've bought one of those paint marker pens so I can mark up the prop to keep it in the original alignment. I'm hoping that I'll get them sorted and the thing back on its wheels in one weekend :)