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Messages - Kevin Wood

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I picked up one from a junk shop recently. Unbranded but looks to have come from a Japanese car of some sort. Big chunky motor about the size of a wiper motor so it's low speed and bearable noise levels, unlike the high-revving, deafening, lasts-one-inflation-before-dying types the motor factors sell.

I'm still jealous of the Porsche one 2woody has.

Omega General Help / Re: Bit of a wierd LPG problem.
« on: Today at 00:55:14 »
I'd run it down and look for signs of corrosion like Entwood's experience by removing the valve gear.

I think if you change the tank, you are supposed to recertify it  :-\

Oh, that reminds me... 164,000 miles later. :-[

Omega General Help / Re: Bit of a wierd LPG problem.
« on: Today at 00:52:44 »
I seem to recall the pickup pipe is part of the tank, not the valveset
It is on a 4 hole tank, but part of the multivalve on a single hole tank.

I saw a similar problem once. Some cowboy had fitted the tank upside down. ;D

If this is the issue, then the tank will be getting seriously cold by the time it starts playing up.

If it's still at ambient temperature I'd suggest a front end problem (poor coolant flow to vapouriser or clogged filter perhaps?).

General Car Chat / Re: Service history dealer /independent
« on: 22 May 2019, 16:53:26 »
A number of main dealers offer reduced priced servicing on cars 3 years and older.....such as Tata.

I pay 229 for an A service and 285 for a B service. Once every 12 months or 16000 miles.

This includes free coffee and cakes......a lift into town and return a suck on the receptionist's tits.😁
You get around 80 worth of parts, so the suck on the titties costs anything from 149 to 205.  ;D

Ah....but when you figure in labour charges plus the cost of coffee and cakes, the 'titty suck' becomes more reasonable.

Oh.....and there is the cost of a return trip into town to be taken into consideration. :)

Also, Jaguar only employs young fragrant receptionists with good tits.

Vauxhall probably employ an old crone with tits that swing about her knees.
He looked alright to me  :-*

Last time I went to a stealer it was andyc at the counter, IIRC, and, before you ask, I left his tits well alone. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Any motorhome owners on here.
« on: 22 May 2019, 16:49:17 »

Things have changed a lot obviously, won't comment on everything but as for the 3 foot comment it is the six metre rule on proper sites, we both love it & have had everything over the last 45 years from a tiny tent to our present 26 foot twin axle caravan, believe me after my time in the forces this is not " roughing it "😎 We can afford to eat out if we wish but like to cook & eat outdoors preferably, but as I said understand it is simply not for some people.

I have to say, being able to self-cater is great on holiday, especially when abroad and the local markets yield lots of interesting produce to use. I quickly get bored of mediocre hotel food or having to eat out every night. My choice of camper might be a canvas one in the boot of the Omega, but there is a lot to be said for self-sufficiency on holiday, IMHO.

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 21 May 2019, 23:03:17 »
The estates were quite popular,I nearly bought one back in the '80s even though it had that awful Ford V4 engine in it.

I always thought that the V4 was part of the charm?  ;D

Both Ford V6s are disappointing. The V4s are comically bad - 1700 use a crossflow, 2.0l is Pinto time.

Yep, the one thing the Ford V6 needed like a hole in the head is to lose 1/3rd of its cylinders and get thrown completely out of balance. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 21 May 2019, 23:01:22 »
Big Griff's new car!  :)
I really fancy a bonkers old Saab like that. :D

In a similar vein, I've always thought this 96 project was one of the coolest cars I've seen in a long time... 8)

I like that. 8)

General Car Chat / Re: Service history dealer /independent
« on: 21 May 2019, 22:56:30 »
Depends how long you're going to keep it. If it's a keeper, why ever take it to a stealer?

Its a Ford part, as used on some of their US tat, quite common to source from Ford s they are cheaper.  >:( :(

Hopefully I won't need it - I ran away from that one faster than I arrived ;D ;D

That said, this one is tempting:

Later 5.0 V8s go for a lot more money than the earlier 4.2.. which is a shame, as the facelifted cars are much nicer inside.

Is a 4.2 supercharged V8 enough to pull a RR (a van with windows)?

It weighs a similar amount to the Queen Mary. :)
I was going to post about the handling qualities, but you'd already said "Queen Mary". ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 20 May 2019, 23:52:29 »
Big Griff's new car!  :)
I really fancy a bonkers old Saab like that. :D

Omega General Help / Re: Isofix anchors to facelift estate
« on: 20 May 2019, 12:24:12 »
Oh, I had a proper child seat when I was a lad, but it was bolted to a Triumph Herald, so might as well have been cardboard in all likelihood. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Titan TTL488GDO petrol strimmer
« on: 20 May 2019, 12:21:43 »
If it still doesn't start then just replace the carb

This is very true. It was only dogged determination that prompted me to rebuild mine. With the price of them, it doesn't really make sense if you just want it back working again with minimal pain. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Titan TTL488GDO petrol strimmer
« on: 20 May 2019, 10:53:59 »
Some good pointers in the right direction, gents - thanks. I still need disassembly directions, if any such things exist?
The lady from whom I obtained the strimmer didn't even know if it had a 2 or 4 stroke engine (that's women* for you!), and when I asked if anone added oil to the petrol, she said that she had never seen her husband put any oil in it - could be a clue there?

*Ahem, sorry Lizzie.


There really isn't much to glean from instructions in many cases, TBH. They are simple devices. Replace the fuel lines, fill it with a 2 stroke mix using fresh petrol and see if it'll go. If it won't, take out the spark plug, check its condition, and that you have a spark when pulling it over.

Failing that, take off the cover on the air filter and you'll probably find some screws that run through the carb and attach the whole lot to the engine. Take the carb off and see if it has any identifying marks. You might find you can google these and find a manual for the carb, and often there are rebuild kits available from a famous auction site.

One common failure is that the priming bulb on the top of the car can perish and it won't then draw fuel from the tank. These are available quite cheaply, and if you're taking the carb apart you might as well fit a new one anyway.

If it runs but poorly 2 stroke carbs usually have 2 mixture adjustment screws for the slow and fast running circuits in the carb. These are often marked "L" and "H" respectively, and often have anti-tamper caps fitted. If it idles poorly, try turning the "L" screw half a turn in each direction to see if you can impriove it. Generally tune it for the point of fastest/smoothest  running. If it stalls when you try to raise the revs, often the slow running is a little lean. Fast running should be tuned with an open throttle for maximum revs with just a little blue haze from the exhaust. This all assumes it's 2 stroke, of course. Many are going over to 4 stroke these days.

General Discussion Area / Re: Lawnmower simple job not!
« on: 20 May 2019, 10:28:03 »
Success, had to take half the lawnmower to pieces to access it properly.
well done  :)
probably less eventful than heating the seized solid screw with a gas axe  :D

I think that would have been quite eventful on a screw holding a plastic fuel cut off tap near the fuel tank ;D
Gardening doesn't have to be boring, you see! ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Titan TTL488GDO petrol strimmer
« on: 20 May 2019, 10:27:01 »
Yep, fuel lines are a common issue, and replacements are easy to find online.

On mine (a ryobi), there was a little fuel filter on the end of the fuel line in the tank. This has disintegrated and bits of paper from the element had been drawn into the carb, blocking it.

I removed the carb, stripped it down and gave it half an hour in the ultrasonic cleaner, then a soak in carb cleaner and blew out all the passages with an airline. Reassembled, tuned it up and it's as good as new. :y

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