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General Car Chat / Brake pipe flaring tool and sundries...
« on: 29 June 2018, 12:20:34 »
Can anyone recommend a suitable flaring tool along with pipe and fittings for the Omega...

Considering fixing mine in order to sell it with a fresh MoT...

General Discussion Area / F18s...
« on: 21 June 2018, 19:50:15 »
Currently sat at LPA waiting for the orange bus to eventually arrive. As is common outside Blighty, the airport shares its runway with a military base...

Periodically over the last two weeks there's been some hefty rumbling going on, with no apparent cause... Did wonder initially if La Palma had finally fallen over ::)

Just heard it again, only a lot louder. Looked out of the window just in time to see three F18s taking of in formation  8)

General Discussion Area / Working Time Directive HGV Q
« on: 17 June 2018, 17:40:50 »
Looking at a slight change of job. And haven't really had to worry about WTD before... Driving hours have usually been the limiting factor when doing distance multidrop work... besides that was part time.

Job I am looking at is 4 on 4 off 12 hour shifts but actual driving time is probably no more than 2-3 hours rest is loading/unloading cages. Consequently the firm is quite hot on the WTD 48 hour average.

Overtime is readily available and the difference in pay means that I will be able to make some positive financial headway without doing 300 hour months.

4/4 gives me a 17 week average of 38.82 hours or 660 hours (I have deducted the hour break each shift.

48 hours per week over 17 weeks gives me 816 hours... Which equates to a potential extra of 156 hours O/T over the 17 weeks.

So my question is this:

The 4/4 shift typically gives me 9 weeks of 4 shifts and 8 weeks of 3 shifts... Am I compliant if I do two days overtime on 7 of the 3 shift weeks?

As I understand it, the 17 week reference period is a rolling one, so by not doing OT on the 4 shift weeks I should keep the average within limits.

The reason for the question is twofold; firstly, to get a clearer financial perspective before I commit; and secondly, to make sure that I understand the WTD ready for an assessment next week.

General Discussion Area / I can only imagine.
« on: 16 June 2018, 02:39:55 »
Some of you might be familiar with a band called Mercy Me. Equally some more of you might be familiar with their song "I can only imagine".

A film was made about how this song came to be written by the band's front man, Bart Millard.


The film was released in the US in March and is the fourth highest grossing Christian themed film. Ever.

It achieved opening box office sales of over $80million. Inspite of this achievement, it has yet to be released in the UK and there is a petition afoot to try and persuade Cineworld to release it here.


Obviously it might not be to everyone's taste, but it is nevertheless a powerful story that deserves to be told, especially in our current egg shell environment. Other faiths are over exposed to the detriment of traditional beliefs and releasing this film here would go some way to addressing that.

Listen to the song, watch the trailer and then, if you are minded to, add your name to the petition. :y

General Discussion Area / Best karaoke song...
« on: 08 June 2018, 19:38:00 »
It's karaoke night here, and assuming I have drunk enough to have no shame by 8pm, I might have a bash at Rhinestone Cowboy...

That said, this is a touch clichéd as every drunken mong can make a reasonable stab at it... Even me :D

My alternative idea is Aqua Barbie Girl done as a dry monologue done Bill Nighy stylee :o

So, any other ideas, that might spare me from abject humiliation... I'm here for a fortnight, feel free to share ;)

Am about six pints into the evening if that helps...

General Discussion Area / Odd request...
« on: 24 May 2018, 16:12:59 »
Just received a text from one of the managers at work asking for my full name and DoB ???

What possible, legitimate reason could they have for asking?

As above.

MoT failure for sill corrosion both sides and NSR brake pipe. Advisories for front chassis rails.

Good bits:
Xenons with washers, 4 winter tyres with decent tread on reasonable CD wheels, recent new wishbones with front poly bushes and arb bushes, drop links, track Rods, new Sachs shocks all round with new fittings and top mounts and bearings, new springs all round, Pedders rear subframe donuts. Fully serviced when I bought it, including breather clean and camcover gasket, thermostat, hbv and coolant change.

Suspension has done about 2,500 miles.

Drives really well.

Bad bits:
Scrubs up OK, but lots of car park drinks. Rear arches starting to go, along with lower doors. Could benefit from a cam and crank sensor, but still perfectly usable, (neither stops the manual 2.2s from being driven). Sills can either be patched or replaced... Couple of small holes towards the front and both rear ends.

If repaired and not abused, then realistically it should have another couple of years in it.

Obviously being sold as spares or repairs, and open to sensible offers, but be mindful of the value of the suspension parts...

Ideally looking for £350 ono.

Just sworn himself in as President for the fourth term...

If he was any good, surely he would be Supreme Emperor by now ::)

General Car Chat / Mercedes A Class clutch change...
« on: 06 May 2018, 09:55:37 »
What is the book time, and can it realistically be done on a driveway :-\

I appreciate that doing it on the drive will be at least double book time, but it does give an idea of labour costs.

Car is a '52 A160. Clutch itself is fine, but the slave cylinder has failed... Pedal on the floor and fluid pissing out from bottom of the bell housing being a pretty unambiguous verdict.

Also, any mileage in changing the clutch master cylinder at  the same time? Obviously changing the clutch is a no brainer given as it's officially an engine out job...

As above, Lemforder.

£80.00 posted.

As above, brand new.

£75.00 posted.

General Car Chat / Couple of VX engine questions...
« on: 21 April 2018, 22:07:40 »
'07 Corsa 1.4: Belt or chain? Any good? Head/gasket reliability?

' 06 Astra H 1.3cdti: Any good? Anything to watch out for?

General Car Chat / MoT failure
« on: 20 April 2018, 09:34:33 »
Well, that was inevitable...

It failed.

Rear of both sills missing, front of the os sill now has a 5" hole in it and one of the brake pipes front to rear is donald.

Oh and leaving the test, the EML came on ::)

On a positive note, he made no comment on the headlights :D

So, do I 1. Buy another Omega estate, keep the recently replaced suspension and scrap the rest;
2. Get it repaired; or 3, sell it as is and buy something else?

Choices, choices...

General Discussion Area / Gatwick incident.
« on: 28 March 2018, 20:28:32 »
Given the state of the hysterical bullshit that is already filling the news...:

In the course of pushing back a flight to St Petersburg, the push back banksmans legs were crushed. He was flown to hospital.

The aircraft is still where it stopped, it never taxied, let alone reached the runway.

The passengers have been disembarked. And the aircraft and scene are being scrutinised as to how the incident happened.

Off the record, it has been suggested that the aircrew failed to secure the aircraft whilst the tow bar was removed.

Thoughts are obviously with those directly involved.

General Discussion Area / Nice one Vince...
« on: 11 March 2018, 15:20:33 »
Apparently the majority of people who voted for Brexit are over 60 and only did so due to some misguided nostalgia that harked back to when "passports were blue and people were white..."

Given that they usually do quite well in areas with older populations, this was quite bold. Unless of course he is chasing the leftist youth vote...

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