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English vs. American Glossary
September 14, 2015
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Marlin
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Will try to keep this maintained with edits. Feel free to suggest additions and/or corrections, have fun. Sorry if my ignorance is showing, Embarassed.

“lights the blue touch paper” –
Battery live – positive terminal
Binders - Brakes
Bonnet – Hood
Boot – Trunk
Bushes – Bushings
Canards -
Centre – center
Dampener - Shocks
Dip beam –
ET – Wheel Back spacing?
Faffed - To muck about, wasting time doing something not necessary.
Far side, offside –Driver side (GB), right side, center of road (GB)
Fettle - condition."the aircraft remains in fine fettle" trim or clean the rough edges of (a metal casting or a piece of pottery) before firing.
GRP – fiberglass?
Heath Robinson – Rube Goldberg, excess complication for simple solution
Hood – Roof top
IVA - For anyone reading the blog outside the UK; the IVA in UK approves the car for road use, then comes the DVLA registration for tax purposes. IVA comes with its own list of regulations which must all be met: IVA_M1_Inspection_Manual v8.02 Oct 2012.pdf
Jubilee clip – Hose clamps
Mole grips – Vise grips
Near side – Passenger side, left side, curb side (GB)
Pegs – clothes pins
Penny washer – Fender washer
Pinch bolt – shoulder bolt?
'popping and banging flame throwing' setting (ECU) – hot rod non-economical setting
Propshaft – Drive shaft
Repeater – blinkers / corner lights
Rose joints – Heim joint ?
Scuttle – Section between dash and bonnet
Sierra uprights – Wheel hubs
Spigot bearing – Throw out bearing
Steering rack extension bars – inner tie rods
Tadpole trim – Molding
Tranny – in USA = transmission, in UK = see Google
UJ – Universal Joint
Upright –
Welly – big rubber boots
White spirit – acetone, denatured alcohol, mineral spirits?
Wishbone – upper / lower control arm

Cheers, Marlin

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September 14, 2015
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Fire in the hoooooolllle - Ive thrown a grenade!!
GRP is Glass reinforced plastic

September 14, 2015
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Some options depending on context:

Welly = heavy right foot; as in 'give it some welly' 'put your foot down' 'pedal to the metal'
Fettle = mild trimming/adjustment so it fits
Offer up = to hold in place to check the fit and determine if fettling is required
Lights blue touch paper = starts something which cannot be stopped; from lighting the fuse on a firework (which is traditionally blue paper)
Canards = tailplanes/elevators at the front of a plane.. not sure the car context
Dip beam = one of the headlamp modes; full beam (which blinds oncoming traffic) or the other mode dipped down at the road
Pegs = in a car context - more like a dowel, a small rod which holds materials in place; more commonly used in woodworking

Bonnet = cover over the engine
Hood = the roof which the driver and passenger sit under
Boot = are where your luggage travels, usually at the back

Trunk = part of an elephant

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September 15, 2015
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Marlin
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Well thought I could edit the original thread topic as we went along, but the tool has seem to disappeared. Maybe I threw it across the garage in a fit of anger? Guess we can just add information in a continuous stream? Keep them coming. Wife calls 'pegs' the things she holds the laundry on the line with. Context is everything, but expanding one's imagination is fun. The blind man said, "I think I have the trunk here?" all relative I'd guess. Thanks for the education Mitch and RichardL.
Cheers, Marlin
p.s. edit tool seems to only be present till next person posts, oh well...

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September 20, 2015
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Heath Robinson.... An inadequate collection of parts to achieve some end. Likely to fail
ET.....The inset depth which puts the wheel closer to the pivot point/ wheel center line
Pinch bolt.... bolt which clamps ( pinches ) such as that clamping the Macpherson strut on the...
Sierra upright... the outer suspension part which houses the wheel stub or bearing AND
has the upper and lower suspension arms attach point bearings fitted
Rose joint... A spherical bearing with housing for threaded rod to attach
as distinct from a rod end bearing in which the round head of the bolt is captive
Upright.... see Sierra upright OR to be steadfast and reliable, an Upright Citizen, like me....

Offered in the spirit of ongoing US/UK good relations by an Old Colonial

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October 25, 2015
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Marlin
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Well just as an update, for American speakers see;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_slang

tick-over = idle engine
blat = ? possibly something like a run down the road, based on context?
belt and braces = belt and suspenders
Cheers, Marlin

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October 26, 2015
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Yup - Blat is like 'blast', 'run out'' could be in a group or alone
More like a spirited drive, usually windy smaller roads (i.e. unlike a drag run) to exercise the car a little and ones reactions; including having a laugh of course,
I think its implicit in Blat not to take it seriously, certainly not any sort of race for example.

Spin can mean the same - i.e. take her for a spin; not necessarily spinning the car, but going out for a run/drive

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November 8, 2015
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.
To continue in the manner above,

Belt and braces... to apply a second device/solution because of doubt about result
White Spirit... not alcohol or acetone, more like plain no additive petrol. Benzine.
Was used as drycleaning fluid, used as lamp/stove fuel by Coleman

Near side....Ha ! Rt handed gentlemen with a sword on left hip mounted the horse from the left.
Left foot into the stirrup, right leg up over saddle, sword not in way.
If there was a gutter or footpath, horse was brought near to ease mounting
Off side does not mean get-off side, just the wrong side.

Driving on the left ?..... Wrong? America and Europe drive on the right. Not wrong at all.
MORE people drive on the left.... China, Japan, India, Southern Africa

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