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Messages - Doctor Gollum

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Needed a (working) car, so wandered around to find one, brought it home to fill it back up with air, took it to train station, drove back to Brakkers, and abandoned it again.

Thatís not a nice way to treat the Jaaaag!
The Black Pussy is broken, so unusable. Sadly.  Not that it fits the parking spaces in Chiltern Railways brand new multistoreys...
The purchase price could have covered a ground up restoration of the Bullet...

General Discussion Area / Re: Passenger airbag
« on: Yesterday at 09:40:50 »
Further to my reply, I suppose you would turn it off if carrying a kiddie in the front ;)
You can't, as per the instructions. Only certain cars, fitted with VX child seats have the facility to automatically switch off the passenger airbag.

In any other scenario, fitting a rear facing child seat in the front of an Omega is criminally stupid, and anyone even considering such an act should be shot. Immediately.  >:(

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 22 February 2018, 18:14:56 »
Painted and fitted the headlight washers. Bulk of the wiring was already fitted, so only needed to connect the pump feed and ground, plug in the relay and call it done 8)

Omega General Help / Re: Vectra vxr 345mm front Brake swap?
« on: 22 February 2018, 17:57:22 »
To answer my own question NO they donít fine  :o Iíll do some proper trial fitting this weekend see if a adaptor plate can be used.

Plan b, will Saab 9-5 hubs fit the Omega? Yes they are fwd so a cv joint would have to be bolted in and stopping the bearing from falling apart.
Answered your own question there ::)

Omega General Help / Re: Barke Discs
« on: 22 February 2018, 11:49:18 »
Tend to use Apec for convenience reasons, but why not the TC kit :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Spotted
« on: 22 February 2018, 11:41:31 »
A black '03 Elite estate at Tescos in Broadbridge Heath last night...

General Car Chat / Re: New car
« on: 22 February 2018, 11:40:00 »
The Ford Ecoboost engines also seem to be popular with Westfield builders at the moment but I can remember talking to Raceline about the Duratech engines back in 2003 when they were first developing tuning bits for them. 200 BHP from standard internals and just as bomb proof as the Zetec whilst being a good bit lighter.

I reckon a 1.6 Ecoboost would be a sweet spot for a seven. 200 BHP but still very light weight. Or the radio rental option would be the LSx.


General Discussion Area / Re: My plasma television has gone tit's up.
« on: 21 February 2018, 20:06:05 »
What we need is a First World Problem thread...  ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: KFC crisis
« on: 21 February 2018, 18:32:04 »
I find it astounding that a company that can't even deliver luggage from the aircraft to the carousel can a) win a contract the size of KFC, and b) screw it up enough to near enough bankrupt the restaurants*... :o

*obviously this wasn't my first choice of word.

General Discussion Area / Re: Dead Person
« on: 21 February 2018, 18:27:31 »
Billy Graham, 99years. Good innings serving the Lord.  8)
A damn good innings  ;)

Be interesting to see what Dave says about this later...

General Discussion Area / Re: Everything going wrong part 2
« on: 21 February 2018, 02:12:06 »
Top marks to the blue light brigade for making sure you were OK! Shame the RAC took three hours (or more) to turn up, though..

Fairly typical of the RAC. Last summer my brakes failed due to the rear discs being solid and not vented. I waited 1.5 hours for a bloke to come and agree that, oh like you said, you'll be needing recovery, and another 2 hours for a recovery truck and then 2 hours to do what would have taken me one hour.
Although some credit must be given to the complete oppstarding tunc that fitted solid discs with a vented caliper >:(

General Car Chat / Re: According to Autocar magazine.....
« on: 20 February 2018, 21:37:48 »

Is there a petrol option? No. I'd have to go for your XF-R for petrol engine, of that age. There is no 3.0 V6 petrol, it would *have* to be the V8.

Actually, there is, its the 240bhp lump out of the S-type, they didn't make many and they're not what you'd call fast, or popular, but they can be had for about £8k. Also, it depends on the age range you're looking at, I think they dropped it when they moved to 3.0D from the 2.7.

*Michael Caine voice* "Not a lot of people know that"

EDIT: They're actually cheaper than I thought!
Ah yes, but it's too saloon/old/high mileage/wrong colour*

*delete as applicable  :D

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: Which head unit ?
« on: 19 February 2018, 23:41:07 »
Facelift or mid facelift  :-\

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