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To be honest, if the boots are split due to oil immersion then you usually find the Dispacks aren't much longer for this World. You can get genuine Bosch Dispacks at reasonable prices now - ie. Cheaper than VX trade / trade club discount.

Omega General Help / Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« on: Yesterday at 23:26:49 »

The cable tray over the passenger spark plug bank seemed in the way far more than normal.  In the past I have managed to pull it up and tie it so I can work underneath on the plugs and cam covers, but this model gives me a distinct lack of options. I may want to work on the cam covers, but with this cable tray it is near on impossible without removing it, and dealing with the spark plug right at the rear on the passenger side has caused me very real difficulties. :o

Is there a way you can disconnect the ruddy cable tray and move it away from the area?

Do you know, in all honesty, I wish I had'nt started this today. I'm tired, have a half dismantled top half of the engine - at least I have re-installed the fuel intake assembly -  on a car siting useless in the garage!!! >:( >:(

Who'd be a mechanic eh? ::) ::) ;)

Oh yes, with everything else, almost forgot.  The plug wells were full of oil!!! >:(

Hence my question about getting to the cam covers.

Lord Opti are you interested in a defunct car? ???

 :D :D ;)

I've always fully removed the cable tray when doing anything on that bank, not doing so risks damaging the loom or plugged connections by putting undue strain on them to my mind.

Visited TB to get the Gearbox software updated on the project car. Cheers Mr TB  :y

Omega General Help / Re: In the Major Service deep end again
« on: Yesterday at 21:57:34 »
All the VX oil drain plugs I have seen have been Torx not Alan?

General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thanks to TB and NickW
« on: 23 September 2018, 22:26:16 »
Seen the mute problem on NCDC's before.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 23 September 2018, 22:23:13 »
Fitted a new (Pattern) radiator to the daily driver, so far no leaks.  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thanks to TB and NickW
« on: 22 September 2018, 19:38:14 »
Reminds me, must make a start on a loom for the Telematics in the project car.

General Discussion Area / Re: Big Thanks to TB and NickW
« on: 22 September 2018, 19:21:08 »
Nice one, TB likes NCDC's especially ones that the facia's are missing the odd clip.  ;D

Omega General Help / Re: front lower wishbones
« on: 22 September 2018, 17:12:40 »
Absolutely ridiculous spending that money on GM bones (made by Lemforder), far better with a new pair of Lemforders or refurbished original GM's and a pair of powerflex front bushes. The rest of the money is a good way on the journey to Shocks, springs, droplinks, top mounts, bearings.... Which will all need doing on any Omega that hasn't had a front end rebuild now.

No surprise about parts being in Germany as all parts stock for cars over eight years from production that aren't used in anything newer are stored in Opel's German storage centre as no VX storage facility in Blighty...

Omega General Help / Re: Windscreen washer sensor
« on: 19 September 2018, 23:07:17 »
You need to replace the complete tank. cost is about 36 I believe.

Your thinking of the coolant expansion tank.  :y

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 19 September 2018, 21:47:28 »
Fitted new wiper blades on the project, bliss, no more screeching for a few miles!

General Car Chat / Re: That was dreadful !
« on: 18 September 2018, 21:34:51 »
The first two MX5's (pop up headlights and the facelifted one) are great little cars

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 17 September 2018, 17:33:11 »
Removed the radiator drain plug on the daily as it weeps when the car is cooling down, unfortunately only halve the plug came out. Tried to seal the remaining bit and screw it back in but pissing out as it cools down again.

Sure I have a spare used radiator in the shed at my dad's so you can guess next weekends job.  :D

And the spare used radiator.... Weeps..... There's a few hours of my life I won't get back. I do have a brand new pattern radiator as well but it's not got the mounts for the external oil cooler do I fit / bodge it or do I spend yet more money on this car and buy another one?

I have a 3.0L auto rad on my3.2, junked the ext-cooler and used the internal cooler on the rad, but I did have all the 3.0L pipes too.

Aye that's the missing bit stopping me using the other spare Rad  ;D

Omega General Help / Re: Rusty wheel arch
« on: 16 September 2018, 20:03:48 »
Exactly - you need to enjoy repairing Omegas if they're going to last. I very much think of it as another hobby for me, and at least in my senior years it means I keep sort of active crawling around under the old girl getting covered in crap.

I've had an CD estate on the driveway going nowhere for the last couple of years and decided a couple of weeks ago to do something with it. Keeping it for spares was an original thought, but with the other estate CDX as a weekly drive and in tip top condition, I got the urge to go through it and make sure things weren't too far gone. New wishbones & steering rodsfitted last week. So far the front wheel arches & sills are all tidy now and protected inside and out, the front end behind the bumper is all sorted and protected....... I haven't even got to the rear arches and back end, so there's still a hell of a lot of work to do, not to mention cambelt, cam covers, handbrake cable, drilling out broken rusty screws, etc.

Sounds like hard work? It's enjoyable and feel as though I'm saving something in a throw-away society. Financially the car owes me nothing, and I'll easily get the budget down under 300 for a reliable winter runner.

Mine is a hobby too. As one of the group of us who have done up cars in the past which are now classics, the Omega falls into the same category now. I do run it as an everyday A to B form of transport, alongside other cars, but I couldn't run it without having another car. Every year it comes off the road for 2 or 3 weeks to have something fairly substantial done to it and as the design is 25 years old now, that puts the early ones firmly into classic territory. Mine is an 03 so it's got a long way to go. but I reckon it'll get there.

The parallels with Rover SD1s are interesting. In the 90s you could barely give them away as rotten old rust buckets and unreliable piles of ****. Now look at the values of tidy ones. The comparison is that if I were to buy another Omega it would not be on age and mileage it would be on condition. That's one benchmark I use to indicate the move into classic status.

Being older and having the benefit of a wider experience can colour our judgement compared to younger people who don't have that same perspective. Omegas are getting mentions in popular classic car magazines, one only last month suggesting people should go out and buy them as the numbers left have reduced by 48% in the last 2 years.

SD1s are cool now, Omegas can go the same way, after all they were better to start with.

I'd still love a Vitesse, especially a twin plenum one, failing that, a Vanden Plas EFI model.

CID needs code index 074 for a HID equipped 2.6/3.2.
I agree  :y ;D

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