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 on: Today at 12:53:34 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Andy B
All those talking about having another referendum havent an answer for what happens if it is 52 :48 again.

Have another & another till they get 48:52  ::) ::)

 on: Today at 11:54:50 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Field Marshal Dr. Opti
There are reports out today that Brussels have indicated that they would be willing to extend the transition period, but it must be for at least 12 months and will cost an extra £10 billion.  :)

That is not how Brexit works...... :)

Brexit means we make no contributions to the exactly as before, but don't follow their rules or allow people in from the EU.

That is why we are leaving. We can have everything.  :)

 on: Today at 11:47:09 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Migv6
Matters not. We either get rid of Mayhem or we are stuck with a Hotel California Brexit.

 on: Today at 11:24:04 
Started by Varche - Last post by Nick W
The Capri[not to be confused with the earlier Consul Capri] was I believe based on the MkII Cortina floorpan/chassis.Never owned a Capri but drove plenty and I must say the Fuego[of which I also drove plenty but never owned one]was a far superior car as was the Alfa GTV6 that I did own.Capri could[with the bigger engines-the 1300 versions were just slugs]be "tail happy" and with the V6 versions the front brakes weren't really up to the job,hence a lot of owners changed the calipers to those off the BL Princess.

Hmmm, where to start:

there are bits of mk2 Cortina in the Capri, but a lot more mk1 Escort: the only difference in the front suspension is the track width for example.

Capris don't like changing direction once settled into a turn, but once you've got that covered aren't a problem

Capri brakes are poor, and many were fitted with Princess calipers. But, they don't fit under 13" wheels without grinding them down a bit(and the castings aren't consistent enough to thiat safely in my experience) and the discs are slightly too small in diameter for the pads. I've seen more than one Capri so equipped boil the grease out of the wheel bearings. Increasing the diameter and thickness of the disc from the stock 247mm/12mm(247x20 for 2.8i venteds) is what's actually required but isn't quite so easy to do. The brakes are not helped by the rear mechanisms frequently being seized solid: a long pedal and ineffective hand brake is the sign of this. Fixing it, an hour's work, makes a huge difference.

I never found the Alfa, Manta or Porsche 924/944 to be any better than a much cheaper, more comfortable and better looking Capri. But this was back when a nice 2.8i was easily a sub £1000 car.

 on: Today at 11:10:48 
Started by raywilb - Last post by Nick W
How about the 'drivers' who push the brake pedal just enough to put the lights on but not slow down? Then, sometime later you have no indication that they've started slowing down.

Could this be caused by modern cars cruise control 'with brake function'?  To maintain a constant speed the vehicle will sometimes back off to stay within the 3mph range of your chosen speed and I believe that the law dictates that it must show brake lights when doing so. Our Beemer certainly does this as I tested it after a conversation with TB some time back.

At 30mph around town in a 15 year old poverty spec Corsa(for example ;) )? It's a lack of confidence in the driver's abilities and a lack of knowledge what the car can actually do - not updating the braking distances in the highway code is a partial cause of this.

 on: Today at 11:05:32 
Started by terry paget - Last post by Nick W
I imagine it would have taken several more oil and filter changes to remove all that debris from the system. I should have changed the oil and filter again on seeing that dip stick, and again and again until the stick showed clean oil. Silly me. I shall not make that mistake again.

If that mess was after an oil change :o then several changes wouldn't really have helped: pulling the sump and physically removing all off the sludge would have been the only realistic option. Quicker and cheaper too.

 on: Today at 10:59:49 
Started by Webby the Bear - Last post by Nick W
That sounds like a good idea, DG. Do you mean signing up with the Institute of Advanced Motorists?


That's one way.

Some more suggestions:

Watching some of the Youtube videos of commentary driving by trained drivers is a good example of what we mean by being aware of what is going on round you without being tense. Most of the stupid things that other drivers do are predictable well in advance - if you're paying attention - and can be planned for and smoothly avoided.

Your passengers should not be able to feel any of your control inputs - steering, throttle, clutch brakes. Just eliminating the nose of the car bouncing back up as you come to a stop is a good start.

Keep your temper under control! I suggest that much of the bad driving is due to poor temperament as a lack of concentration

Look in the mirrors(all 3 of them) a lot more often! You need to be almost as aware of what is happening behind you as in front.

Think about your signalling. Is it confusing(like indicating to move around a parked car when there's a turning on the right) or even necessary(pedestrians need to know what you're intending to do)

Make eye contact with other road users. If you can't then you KNOW that they haven't seen you, and can act accordingly.

Flow with the traffic, rather than forcing your way through it.

Adjust your seat properly! Your arms and legs should be slightly bent, and there's something wrong if you constantly have to move your body. Omegas are particularly good for this as they have a decent driving position, extremely good seats and well matched controls.

All of this has other benefits, your car will last longer and you spend a lot less on consumables: I got over 50,000 miles from the front brake pads, and 25,000 from the cheap tyres on my Omega and I make good progress; my old boss reckoned she could tell from the drop in fuel economy when other drivers used my truck when I was off and I got over 250,000 miles from the clutches; you and your passengers arrive at the destination relaxed and not tense.

 on: Today at 10:44:58 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Sir Tigger QC
There are reports out today that Brussels have indicated that they would be willing to extend the transition period, but it must be for at least 12 months and will cost an extra £10 billion.  :)

 on: Today at 10:42:47 
Started by terry paget - Last post by dave the builder
Actually, now you have the sump off, I would take a peek at one or two of the main / big end bearings. That will tell you everything you need to know about whether it's worth persevering.

If you do, it's vital you mark and keep the bearing caps and bearings  the right way so they go back as they came off  :y

top end cam housings will starve of oil long before the crank though normally

 on: Today at 10:31:13 
Started by Webby the Bear - Last post by Field Marshal Dr. Opti
Youíve totally hit the nail there mate.

When I drive Iím constantly assessing everything. Probably to the point Iím actually on edge. But at least Iím aware of everything. It worries me how drivers lack concentration.
Just smoke a joint before each journey, Webby, it'll calm you down no end.  :y

The skunk of today is much stronger than the 'wacky baccy' of yesteryear. It might make him paranoid. Would that be a problem? :)

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