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Messages - Kevin Wood

General Discussion Area / Re: 3k Challenge.
« on: 08 May 2007, 09:41:13 »
I think I'd go out and buy a mundane old classic of some sort - Morris Traveller or an Anglia, perhaps Escort Mk 2, keep it looking pretty standard and tatty outside and drop a modern 16 valver into it.

I'd then go out playing with boy racers.


General Discussion Area / Re: where are you from and.....
« on: 20 April 2007, 23:16:35 »
I'm from Four Marks near Alton in Hampshire

I guess that you are familiar with the Watercress Line then - I am a Beaver Scout Leader and I took the children down there a couple of years ago.  A very nice part of the world.  Ropley station with the topery is one of the names that I remember.  The others escape me now.

You could say that!

It runs along the bottom of my garden. About 80 feet from where I am currently sitting!
And the Topiary is nice. Be sure to drop me a PM if you visit again and you can pop in for a cuppa.


General Discussion Area / Re: where are you from and.....
« on: 20 April 2007, 23:03:49 »
... and I'm a "Senior Member"! Woo Hoo!

Come on, x25xe, only a couple more to go!


General Discussion Area / Re: where are you from and.....
« on: 20 April 2007, 23:00:36 »
I'm from Four Marks near Alton in Hampshire and I develop software that is used in the testing of mobile phones.

And i hate mobiles - they bore me.

I'm with you on that one!


General Discussion Area / Re: Oil Filters?
« on: 09 May 2007, 21:10:58 »
It looked the same size.....and it fitted ok.  

If it came from a VX dealer it'd be unlikely to have a different thread IMO. They hopefully standardise on one size.


General Discussion Area / Re: Oil Filters?
« on: 09 May 2007, 16:28:02 »
Make sure it's got the correct thread on it. Otherwise, it may fall off and unless you shut it down very quickly it's going to cause damage. It'll cause a mess whatever happens. If it screwed in OK and tightened up it SHOULD be OK.

Other than that the differences are whether it has a bypass valve (doesn't really come into it if you change it before it clogs up!) and the size and shape of the filter. If it physically fits and the thread is the same (sometimes stamped into the inside surface next to the threaded hole) I'd say it'll be fine.


I was following a mate of mine in the Westie this weekend. He has a motorhome, which is what you drive when all your cars have become too silly to drive on the road and you have to ferry them from one race meet to another.

Anyway, started to go round a bend on the sliproad between the M42 and M40 and a shedload of water poured out of the bottom of his motor home and hit me straight in the face.

First words to him when we pulled up?

"Please tell me that bit of pipe is NOT the overflow from your chemical loo!"

It wasn't, thankfully.


speed limiters don't make any difference when they have gravity on their side & they're coasting!

They might do if they were hooked up to their retarders too!


Thats why I think wagons should be banned to the inside lane

In my opinion their speed limiters should be updated to talk to each other so that as they come close to each other it adjusts out any differences in the limited speed. Then there'd be no need to overtake except when one is unable to maintain the limited speed up an incline, in which case the speed difference will be greater anyway.

Problem is, for every courteous lorry driver there are half a dozen (usually foreign) ones who really don't give a damn when driving on our roads.


My biggest hate is people following too close. The normal following distance seems to be about 1 1/2 car lengths these days. Yes, there might be some self-righteous guy up in front who drives at 45 mph in a 60 limit but leaving insufficient space between vehicles won't get you there any quicker.

If people follow me too close I immediately double the distance between me and the car in front because I've now got to consider the idiot behind before I stop.

Following too close also makes it extremely hazardous to overtake because there is nowhere to go if you have to pull back in. It's a vicious circle that leads to increased frustration.

Second on the list is probably poor lane discipline on Motorways.

Third is lorries who "snail race" on dual carriageways. I don't care if one lorry is doing 0.01 MPH more than the other. It's hardly going to make a big difference to his journey time if he has to back off occasionally. If there is a queue of cars behind them who can comfortably cruise 10-20 MPH or more faster then it's inconsiderate to hold them up.


General Discussion Area / Re: I love my meega but..
« on: 09 May 2007, 22:21:56 »
120!!!!  F*ck me, I dont think i've even driven 120 cars


I've had 5 cars and I own 2 of them at the moment!

It was also pointed out, just after I'd picked up the keys to a Blue Omega, that I've never had a car that's not blue  :-[

How sad is that?


General Discussion Area / Re: Digital Tyre Guages
« on: 09 May 2007, 11:03:33 »
Nitrogen is also dry, so you don't end up with water vapour in the tyre. Water vapour can cause much greater pressure increases with temperature than nitrogen alone. In a racing environment where tyre pressures must be accurately controlled at extreme temperatures nitrogen is a must.

My local tyre fitters will fill tyres with nitrogen if you ask them to. I've never bothered because there's no way I'd notice the difference.


General Discussion Area / Re: V Power 1 ltr
« on: 08 May 2007, 15:21:47 »
i WILL Get a diesel engine, that I can convert to run on pig sh!t...

My uncle-in-law has a TDi Discovery that he's running on 50% chip fat.


General Discussion Area / Re: V Power 1 ltr
« on: 08 May 2007, 15:19:52 »
I got robbed for 1.05 per ltr at the weekend. BP Ultimate IIRC. If I'd have noticed the price beforehand it'd have been 95 RON. Luckily it was a quick 20 quid splash and dash in the Westfield not a full Omega tank :o

Also, why do they sell BP Ultimate Diesel? surely if you want the "ultimate" (whatever that is) performance wise you wouldn't have bought a diesel in the first place?

More to the point, why is the pump insignia almost identical to the BP ultimate petrol? Very nearly ended up picking up the wrong one!  >:(


And the muppet using pre v1.0 of Firefox should be shot

Guilty as charged, no doubt. Probably on one of the Linux boxes I've got kicking around.


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