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The flag does appear to automatically change based on IP location.
I checked into this. This is what I was told:

You are correct - By default, BW uses the IP.

However, they say that if you enter your home location (in your profile) in a form that BW recognizes, then a National flag for that location will be displayed. I had something like Ont./Canada and it didn't recognize that. But Kingston, ON , Canada did. A box pops up with suggestions when you enter your location.

Under Security settings, you can turn off items in your profile, such as your location. That way others won't know you have left the country ;)

Still puzzles me why miko's flag is the US one (because he is visiting) when he has entered Galway Ireland in his profile.
 

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I will have to check that when we arrive in US in January. Maybe it is something BW should correct. It is misleading.
Yes, it changes automatically. I registered with this group using my USA address early this year. I was in Italy from May until November. I had an Italian flag until I started posting from Alabama again after November 20. Voila, Stars and Stripes.
 

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Back in Ireland - let's see which flag shows up, I expect the tri-color flying high :cool:
 

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Well it obviously is linked to the IP. However, BW told me that if we enter our home location in our profile, only that flag will display. But it seems like you do have Galway, Ireland in your profile and your location did change when you were in USA.
If you change your location while on-line, it does change the flag. I entered Miami, Barcelona, Durban, Galway and the flag did change each time. Maybe those profile entries don't "stick" and it reverts to IP? Seems to me it should only display your home city, country. That is what makes it useful and more secure.
 

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Fully agree Graham, and I see you relocated to South Africa :D heh, let's see if the flag will revert to Canada at some point. It's a useful feature but one I can get by without easily, as most of the time it's the same vital few members that are contributing the most to topics and discussions :)
 

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I just relocated back to Canada ::( It's snowing here, so I had entered a warmer place! (And they did win the Rugby World Cup!)

I use the location, sometimes before posting when someone is looking for a source for parts or a shop. I think it should show the country that you put in your profile, not base it on IP. I had no idea (until you told me) that you could hover over the flag and it would display your home town. That is useful. On the old forum, it just displayed that info in text. Maybe this works better on phones?
No big deal - just another quirk of the new platform, I guess.
 

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I used my VPN to switch my IP to one in UK as well as one in France. Interestingly, BW still shows my Canadian Flag!
 

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I just relocated back to Canada ::( It's snowing here, so I had entered a warmer place! (And they did win the Rugby World Cup!)

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AAAAARGH- please don't mention the world cup Graham. They fired our best player and totally ruined our chances.:mad:
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I was surprised that SA came back from being a pretty poor team 4 or more years ago. If England hadn't surprisingly beaten NZ, it would have been an interesting final! Anyway, that's all over for a while. SA needs all the good news they can get. Now your cricketers have to deal with NZ. With your bad boys back, you should do well.

PS: Many here probably don't know what we are talking about :)
 

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Agreed, let's not bring up the world cup yet lads, memories are still too fresh and painful to revisit!
 

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Not much progress to report lately, other than cleaning & stripping the sun visors and fitting with new clips - a female was cracked in the passenger’s visor, and a male cracked in the driver’s one. The new ones came from Ebay, good fit and quality but color was too light so I resprayed them to match the old ones.

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Thanks Brad!

I didn't open the visors or anything, all I did was warm the vinyl with a heat gun and then pressed with a book to remove the wrinkles. The drivers side still has some wrinkles on top of the leading edge, it's much better than it used to be but I didn't want to overdo it.
 

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I had some spares from the salvage yard. I cut the side with an exacto knife, removed the vinyl and found disintegrated foam inside a wire frame. I cut some display board to fit the wire frame, cut some thin foam pieces to adhere to both sides and put it all back together. I tried to glue the cut vinyl edge back together but did not like the result. Some upholstery places are able to heat seal the vinyl back together. Another option is a sewn seam on the cut edge.

Headrests and sunvisors on these early cars could have been done better.
 

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That's a good hack Brad. I bought 2 yards of parchment vinyl to rewrap the rear quarter panels and if I've some left I'll take another look at the visors, but like you pointed out the edges need to be heat sealed.

Still, not bad for a 40 year old car - I'm currently on the process of replacing pads in the passengers seat and that is a mighty PIA.
 

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That's a good hack Brad. I bought 2 yards of parchment vinyl to rewrap the rear quarter panels and if I've some left I'll take another look at the visors, but like you pointed out the edges need to be heat sealed.
Don't forget that to allow for curves without creating wrinkles it's better to lay the vinyl off angle rather than just up/down. If you stretch it slightly you will see what I mean.
I mean stretch at 45 degrees to the long cut of the vinyl. It depends a bit on the type of vinyl.
 

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Thanks Aussie. I can already tell that revinyling them won't be straightforward due to its curvature, so might outsource it to a pro.

How are you doing down under? Are you safe from harm?
 

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Thanks Aussie. I can already tell that revinyling them won't be straightforward due to its curvature, so might outsource it to a pro.

How are you doing down under? Are you safe from harm?
All good here , just some smoke from time to time, not like the poor buggers down south.
Dumb question, why don't you paint the quarter panels?
 
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