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all will become clear when you take the whole strut out, but they're about 10cm in diameter, and sit at the very top, and look rather a lot like this....


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Omega General Help / Re: Hand brake woes ... :(
« on: 21 June 2018, 23:13:27 »
Certainly you don't need to remove the exhaust!

Also, I believe you don't need to remove the heatshields for handbrake adjustment (though it does make life easier - it depends on the state of your aforementioned screws.) long extension on your ratchet is all you need to adjust it, as I recall. You have to do it by 'feel' to a certain extent. Oh, if the heatshields need to come off you don't need the propshaft/exhaust off, that I can guarantee!

Does sound like something's come adrift - I'd be tempted to get a new cable ordered and at your door to save your time stripping it all down again, to discover the cable's no good. Very cheap and readily available.


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General Discussion Area / Re: Old name revival
« on: 21 June 2018, 08:12:00 »
maybe LNER should use this mythbusters clip in their ad campaigns?

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General Car Chat / Re: Tech 2 at VBOA?
« on: 21 June 2018, 08:08:37 »
good to know  :y


well, there's always a kettle on here if you're ever passing  :y (wine rack full of ale, also)  :D

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General Car Chat / Re: Tech 2 at VBOA?
« on: 20 June 2018, 22:57:53 »
Drive via south east Nottingham and I may be able to assist  :y


Coming from Coventry, however good to know you're in the nearbyland, might be seeing you soon, then!  :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Old name revival
« on: 20 June 2018, 22:54:28 »
Well I'm a sucker for nostalgia, so this is 'good' (though how it will improve anything, I don't know, but that's another story.) Thanks for the info mate  :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Avation memorabilla
« on: 19 June 2018, 14:41:12 »
The thrust  & centrifugal forces that act on a wooden prop are huge, that`s why they are made of laminated hard woods. The big give away on this one is the central boss hasn`t been bored right the way thru to accept the prop shaft.
The witness marks on the "rear" of the boss suggest it`s  been mounted on oversize base plate & then moved & then bolted down again off centre   ???


Glad my spideysenses were in the right ballpark on this, then. Still a decorative item, and someone will want it for something. Ideal for pub/mancave wall etc. and the bonus you don't have the worry/fear if it gets damaged/nicked, so worth something to someone.

In a nutshell - "what's something worth? Whatever someone's willing to pay for it." Sounds ruddy obvious and sarcastic, but it's true. Seen some right clat sell for silly money before, haha!!  :D

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General Car Chat / Re: Tech 2 at VBOA?
« on: 17 June 2018, 08:41:54 »
Thanks for the info, yes car pass in my possession, and it's post-IR fob, thanks for the info. Sorry won't see you, don't think we've ever actually met face to face!

Thanks  :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Avation memorabilla
« on: 15 June 2018, 21:30:41 »
Pick away mate  :y by no means an expert in anything, just try and know a little bit about everything, if that makes sense. (and what do they say?... a little knowledge is a dangerous thing....  :D)

Yeah, back in Cov, was in Clee 'tuther week, hence why I offered to drop my last spare brake carrier off at my parents, should you have needed it, but glad you were sorted on that front.

Well, in theory I'd be looking for any stamps or markings of any kind, which I can't see in the pics, on this screen. Seen plenty of (what I'd determine) genuine props, they tend to have batch/serial/type/specification numbers; those I've seen tend to be made from lengths of wood glued together. Wouldn't necessarily say one solid lump definitely does - or doesn't - make it genuine. My Spideysenses make me think it logical that a genuine prop would be made from lots of bits together as you're getting the 'good/strongest' bit of the tree, many times over. Wood being a natural (and flawed, irregular strength) material, if you make one thing form one big piece you have lots of varying strength throughout that one piece, prone to failure. But that's not gospel, just my instinct, and  I'm about 60% on that, only.

I shall continue to ponder/research. (I want to find this was on the Wright Flyer, and it'#s worth 10mill for you mate  :D :y)

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Newbie Welcome Area / Re: Dutch newbie
« on: 15 June 2018, 21:07:04 »
Welcome!

In the UK those alloys would denote this model as the 'CDX' - which is one off the top in terms of luxury/rank (excluding sports models) - It is my understanding that in Europe the 'MV6' was the very top, whereas we called that top-spec car the 'Elite' - just wondering where your 'Elegance' model sits in the Opel range? Looks smart  :)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Avation memorabilla
« on: 15 June 2018, 17:51:11 »
As someone who has dealt in antiques / collectables in a former life, be careful how, and how aggressively you clean these items.

I may well be preaching to the converted, but as I think most people are aware now thanks to years of Antiques Roadshow/Bargain Hunt/etc any collector likes stuff in original condition, and anything excessively 'restored' can knock pounds off the value in seconds. EPNS that gets the silver plate Brasso'd off, (same for nickel and even chrome of course) even the Mona Lisa famously is missing eyebrows purely because they got 'cleaned' off over hundreds of years by well-meaning owners. (though I suspect in that case, it hasn't hurt the painting's value a Folland Gnat's wings  ::))

Obviously if it's an engine part that's plain filthy then fair dos, but certain instrumentation, delicate stuff etc might suffer inadvertently. Just hoping you get a good price on it mate :y

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General Car Chat / Tech 2 at VBOA?
« on: 15 June 2018, 17:39:50 »
It's something I tend to have at the back of my mind every year, but never really make enough of an effort to try and sort something.

Is there anyone going to the VBOA this year who has Tech 2 abilities, that would like to do a tweak or two for me? I would like some plips coding to my car. Monetary reward would of course be included.

I'm sure no-one would want to turn their weekend break into a 'working holiday' as such, but if one or more of us wanted some Tech 2-ing doing whoever did it would quite possibly end up in the black, for literally minutes work. I did something similar once doing sketches of people's cars for a few hours one year and ended up paying for the entry fee and petrol money with the proceeds.  8)

Anyone fancy it?

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General Car Chat / Re: I've found some at last.
« on: 14 June 2018, 22:34:19 »
If you fancy the trek i can recommend a place in N E Lincs that did me four alloys, plus centrecaps for 180 (15" rims). Top job, very quick turn around too.

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General Car Chat / Re: Inherited Omega - tax concerns?
« on: 11 June 2018, 23:47:33 »
Lizzie's reflected one of my sentiments I've told many people over the years, when asked "why do you run that old car- don't you want a newer one?"
"How much does your new 'better' car cost you? 200-300 a month? So if I spend any less than that per month (averaged out over the year, some months will be free, others may incur a larger bill) I'm up on the deal ... and my car has electric everything, is comfy, smooth riding, corners very safely and predictably, sewing-machine engine note, is customised entirely to my taste and reliable. Is your car all of those?"
There's not many people that can hand on heart say 'yes' to all that.

The first year was the most expensive as I was doing everything as it arose, and nothing was 'bodged until tomorrow', I wanted to do it once and do it right... it's cheaper in the long run. I've just added up all I've spent - it works out at about 61 per month!
A large chunk (almost half) of that is in paintwork, and also many (many, many!) parts that aren't fitted, or really silly extras that let's be honest I/the car didn't need.

If you're going to pay a garage to do all the work every time - forget it; unless you have deep pockets. But there's very, very little that's daunting to anyone willing to 'have a go' and much help on this forum when you do need it :y

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Omega General Help / Re: Shock absorbers - std replacement?
« on: 10 June 2018, 20:44:54 »
+1 for the ATP kit, that's what I've run for the last 25k. One tierod went pop 2 MoTs ago, all others perfectly fine, so no great issue there.

B4s get my vote for shocks, however Sachs perfectly sound, of course.

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