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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Plucky ladies
« on: 03 December 2018, 09:48:54 »
My late Dad had one, the gearbox was excellent and it went for years, he even had it resprayed :D. So, i decided to get one. Total load of shite, suspension failures, couldn,t get second gear for love nor money and traded it in for a Mk2 Granny after three months.

More than can be said for the bits of bamboo held on with chewing gum and sellotape that connected it to the gear stick, sadly. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Cops try to catch a Lotus Omega
« on: 28 November 2018, 18:18:57 »
Call that a Police car? looks like it maxed out at about 200 kph (120 mph). ;D

Omega General Help / Re: drivers side door wont open
« on: 28 November 2018, 15:53:27 »
Sounds like that could be either the door lock mechanism or the central locking motor.

General Discussion Area / Re: Extractor fan wiring
« on: 28 November 2018, 15:44:07 »
An alternative solution to your steaming problem could be a heated mirror, often incorporating... to open the window.

FTFY. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 28 November 2018, 11:39:38 »
Why?  Because they can drive us up the cul-de-sac of the absurd backstop if we don't comply!   :(

..and I think this is the reason why she hasn't got a cat in hell's chance of getting it through the commons. There will have to be something less open ended on the table for MPs to put their name to it.

I can't see an agreement with the EU that doesn't involve us either conceding free movement and having some kind of "Norway" deal or leaving the CU and accepting that there will probably be a border in Ireland. May's insistence that some kind of middle ground between them exists is pure fantasy. The longer we pursue that path the more the EU will chip away at her "red lines" and add to our humiliation.

General Discussion Area / Re: Grrrrrrrrr . . .
« on: 28 November 2018, 10:59:14 »
Words fail me. >:(

The oil pick up casting might have been prudent...
Thanks. I recall Dave the Builder stating that the oil pump sucks oil up from the sump, so if the seal between sump and pump input is not good then pump can suck air, not oil. I could not see the point of sealant around the main bering cap joints though.
I'll do it again.
I think they are talking about the gaps in the gasket surface where the oil pump meets the block, and where the extended section of the rear bearing cap which holds the rear crank seal meets the block.

Obviously there's no requirement for sealant on the other main bearing caps.

General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit negotiations
« on: 26 November 2018, 17:51:50 »
Vlad is watching and, realising what a f*ucking mess the west is in at the moment, has decided to play games with Ukraine.

If Russia invades us don't expect any help from the EU once we leave. :)
They'd have to cross the EU to get to us. That would give us around 6 hours to prepare.  ;D
But the EU is going to get its own army - so we'd be alerted by the rumble of tanks reversing through the channel tunnel. ;D

The trouble with current politics is there is too much intransigence, as we are witnessing with Brexit. >:(

Quite right Lizzie!  :y

The EU have been very good at intransigence and it's worked very well for them.  ::)

I suspect we won't even know the meaning of the word "intransigence" until they have us signed up to that backstop "agreement". ::)

Quite fancy a plod Disco 4 :D

Should I also buy a lottery ticket ::)

"Plod" meaning ex-Police or just a description of the handling characteristics? ;)

Omega General Help / Re: V6 cambelt kit
« on: 26 November 2018, 08:54:30 »
Yep, agreed it's a good price.

I might try again when / if my car makes it to its next cam belt change.

It really left me with the impression that they didn't have any £19.99 kits and it was just a ruse to sell much more expensive kits but your experience indicates otherwise. :y

Omega General Help / Re: V6 cambelt kit
« on: 25 November 2018, 21:36:31 »
Tried ordering one of those before. They insisted on asking for my registration number then claimed it wasn't compatible with my car. I told them I wanted the pictured kit regardless, and they told me I needed an alternative kit for £hundreds.  ;D P.O. pill administered. It's a scam IMHO.

Other issue worth mentioning is you are still probably better off going for an earlier cam belt kit with the adjustable lower pulley rather than the correct one for your car as it stands now.reason being if you do end up skimming heads then a non adjustable pulley may leave you with valve timing slightly out and no way to get it right on that bank.

In that case the cheapest way to get a kit, with an adjustable bottom guide roller, is apparently to buy two of the below kit. Remove the required roller from the surplus backplate and if necessary reuse the washer currently on the engine. That also gives you a spare belt in case you disturb the cams again. Total outlay £39.98. Possibility of 5% off as well.

If the tensioner/roller backplate in the kit doesn't fit your engine then it's fine to swap the upper roller and the tensioner roller from the kit onto your existing backplate.

Other members on here have previously reported doing this. The bearings are the same SKF ones used in other kits. AC Delco is GM's own brand so the quality of the belt is going to be at least as good as any of the others.

AC Delco Timing belt kit Vauxhall Vectra Calibra Cavalier 2.5 Omega 2.5 2.6 3.0 @£19.99 ea delivered.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 25 November 2018, 11:24:31 »
Got rid of the Jaaaagggg and now bombing around in a corsa

With your driving style and your recent indiscretion it's probably for the best.  ;)  Although something tells me it's a short term thing such as a hire car/courtesy car.  ::)
Like you, Iím a reformed character, and deeply sorry for doing 80mph on an empty, downhill dual carriageway. How dangerous was I being
What did they charge you with? Dawdling? ;D

Do bear in mind that bathroom sealants give off acetic acid when curing - and this kills lambda sensors!
Also - can you be sure it'll withstand the temperatures inside an engine, and not break up and clog the oil pickup strainer? (for consequences, see above) ::)

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