Dan Williams Allstars

Back in 2007 I did some live recordings for DWA crammed into a rehearsal space using a 10″ Apple iBook and a Presonus Firepod straight into garage band I can’t remember exactly why we recorded it now but I remember Tom used an edited version that he took from the audio which went on the second DWA Album, I do have all the original source files but below are the live mix versions unedited (besides a little EQ) and rough…



Skull Shaped Rock




This confession has meant nothing




Kicking K


Chucking Salt


Matt Starts



Press To Continue the lost songs…

So today I came across some old live recordings from 2007, the first PTC gig recorded 20th of September @ The George Hitchin…

Here is the first song, Chucklehead by Press To Continue


Song 2 – Knowledge by Operation Ivy


Song 3 – LDN by Lilly Allen


Song 4 – Beer by Reel Big Fish


Song 5 – All Hail Dude by Press to Continue


Song 7 – Monkey Man by The Specials


Song 8 – Another Girl by Press To Continue


Song 9 –  Superman by Goldfinger


Finally song 10 – Nicotine Girl by Press To Continue


I don’t know why but whatever we played 6th isn’t on the HDD.

Vw Type 34 razoredge Ghia sunroof motor shaft

Disaster! The flexible shaft coupler which joins the sunroof motor and gearbox has snapped, this 48 year old piece of rubber had perished and finally gave way whilst I was putting the sunroof back together.

Thanks to the sterling work of Lee Hedges at T34 World I learnt that there were three sizes of flexible shaft on a T34 Ghia and that mine is the 100mm version, while searching online for any equivalent part (unsurprisingly the T34 part is no longer available) I found a Porsche part for an early 911 which looks identical and reports to be 97mm so I can safely assume that this will fit fine however only being available in the us and having a hefty shipping cost I’ve decided to give fixing mine a go first!

I found some braided PVC hose which was the same diameter as the original rubber hose which when push fitted into the metal ends seemed very solid so having cleaned all the residue from the ends I cut the hose down to the correct length and glued it into them using some epoxy resin.



This seemed to do the job fine and after being left to dry I fitted it up to the car, adjusted the sunroof clutch and tested it.

What with the reconditioned gearbox and new cables my sunroof now shuts smoothly and fully for the first time since I’ve owned the car!


Since doing this I have actually found that Porsche part number 90156461506 sunroof shaft is a perfect fit and only cost around £15

VW Type 34 Razoredge Sunroof cables

This weekend I’ve finally I’ve gotten round to looking at the sunroof on my razor, I have dismantled the gearbox and sorted the clutch adjustment, dismantled the motor and serviced it now its time for the cables…

Whilst attempting to operate the sunroof manually I noticed that something was wrong with the orientation of the cable ends and that it was impossible for them to operate the roof correctly as they were backwards and on further inspection it turns out they are from a beetle and not a type 34, the T34 is much deeper and handed differently but with a little modification the beetle ones can be made to work fairly easily!

The First thing to do is to remove the ferrule from the end of the cable, To do this I clamped it in a vice and used a hacksaw to put a cut down each side of ferrule before using a pair of side cutters to clip it off, the cable should now just pull out (Try not to damage the little spacer piece as this makes the next step easier!).image


After this you need to turn the cable end round 180 degrees and re-ferrule it on, for this I used the little spacer and used a pair of mole grips to crimp on a 3mm steel wire rope end stop ferrule. You will also find the beetle cables are too long so I cut the cables down to 100cm and popped a ferrule on the end to stop it fraying.


Finally put the cables back in the runners and you are done! the beetle cable end it a little shallower than the T34 and therefore doesn’t quite meet the sunroof itself but I have drawn up a longer sunroof pin and will have a pair made next week which will do the job nicely but for now I’m using an M5 Bolt  which works fine! image


Festival Premium Ale – Pilgrims Hope – Beer Kit Review

I always like it when I’m surprised by a beer kit and my first impressions of this kit have really surprised me!

I was bought this kit by some good friends for my birthday in January and I’ve finally got around to making it, on first impressions its great, the instructions are clear its well packaged and it feels to be very good quality (not something I’ve seen in most beer kits), the fact that its a full extract kit and the extract comes in sachets rather than tins really is brilliant, I hate getting all that gooey goodness out of the tin and getting it all across my kitchen!

The process is no different than with any kit except the sachets really do make getting all the syrup into the barrel much easier, much much easier…

Warm the syrup and mix with boiling water, add the included dextrose, add cold water and finally add the yeast.

After 5 days add the included hop pellets into the beer and leave for another 5 days.

I will brew this as usual with the immersion heater and will drop mid-ferment!

IG 1045

Kit contents:
Malt Extract Syrup sachets
Dextrose (brewing sugar)
Brewers yeast
Hop pellets
Muslin type bag for hops
Priming sugar


The final product:

To be honest I was slightly underwhelmed by this beer, unfortunately I didn’t drop it but that shouldn’t have affected it too much it just wasn’t the flavour hit that I expected, it was a clear pleasant beer and easy to drink but not quite what I expected and I doubt I would bother with it again however the packaging etc would definitely inspire me to by another pilgrim ale kit!