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That 10% has to come from somewhere else though Ron.  Maybe we should abolish state funding for care for the elderly or cut back funding for cancer treatments so we can fix the potholes?  ;)

I thought we had already done that so that companies like Carillon could stash most of it away in numbered bank accounts a long way away?

General Car Chat / Re: Vans.... any experts?
« on: Today at 10:09:30 »
But not a Transit over 7 years old.....unless your good at thin shit steel

I've done that, but it isn't viable as a paying job. I rebuilt the door steps, floors, sills and inner wings on one of our work vans; the driver said it was a lot better to drive without floating front struts!  That was 4 days work, but they didn't have anything else for me to do at the time and the van was tidy, signwritten, had just been fitted with a replacement engine, and had the fuel drain gear installed.

Big, hard used vans are considered consumables.

General Car Chat / Re: Vans.... any experts?
« on: Today at 08:44:03 »
Transits rot....very badly....and very quickly. (the Mercs are not much better) so if going for something 7 years or older look carefully and prod everywhere.

Oh yes, Transits!


Sprinters and Crafters are the same with different engines, which both have issues. Neither company keep spares, which are expensive when they do arrive. And you have to take them to commercial dealers, as the car dealers aren't allowed to work on them.

I wouldn't buy a van that wasn't a Ford.

Another thing to consider with big vans is that is very easy to massively overload them, with all of the problems that can cause.

General Car Chat / Re: Corsa, Engine Problems
« on: Today at 08:37:55 »
They're prone to intake manifold problems, which could easily be the fault. That can then cause the  HG problems that they are also known for.

General Car Chat / Re: New MOT Test
« on: 21 January 2018, 22:38:06 »
I have been reading about the new MOT test, that is supposed to be coming in.  I wonder how many Omegas will end up coming off the road permanently?
Major changes to the MOT test on 20th of May 2018

Brake pad warning lights are a major fail

Quite a worry for Citroen owners as the brake pad warning light came on with the Nemo and the pads were only 50% worn  :(

Is a MOT tester expected to check for shorted out sensing wires?  ::)

it's not the tester's job to diagnose the cause of any failure.

Thanks. I used smaller starting bits, which used to break. I presume the correct speed is quite slow. I shall try it next time the need arises.

Not really; a quick look at the required speeds suggests over 2000rpm for a 4mm bit, and about 1000 for the 8. Those are about what a 2 speed cordless drill manage. Which is handy :y

Make sure you have a couple of drill bits ready  ;)
Chrisgixer and I got through 23 drill bits changing the exhaust on TBE last year.
I have similarly made hard work of drilling out the old bolts. There clearly is a good way of doing it, garages do it with confidence, forum threads say' just drill them out'. Please advise.

Use good quality drill bits.
If the surface you're starting with isn't flat, make it so.
Make a heavy centre punch mark in the middle of the bolt.
Start with a 4mm bit, at the correct speed, with plenty of cutting fluid. Use oil if that's all you have.
Drill straight!
You should then be able to use an 8.5mm bit to remove what's left of the bolt.

Cheap bits, overheated or broken are the usual problem. Sometimes exhaust bolts can be really hard, which leads to trying to cut corners.

General Car Chat / Re: Dealer Showrooms
« on: 20 January 2018, 21:17:37 »
While waiting for the 3.2 to be sorted today, I walked to a Vauxhall and Ford dealer. I wanted to compare the new Insignia vs Mondeo. (By actually sitting in them!)

What’s odd is neither dealer had one in its show room, the Vauxhall dealer did not have a single new shape Insignia. The Ford dealer had a handful of Mondeos. But these were outside, nothing inside.  :-\

Why is it odd? just look at the number of Insignias and Mondeos on the road compared to mid size SUVs, or things like your Zafira. Those are the cars that the buying public - dealer's customers- actually want to see/try/buy. The bigger cars(and the Insignia etc is bigger than an Omega) are sold mostly to fleet buyers, where different purchasing arrangements apply. Not that a company based in a town in Germany built around the factory would take an entire company's worth of middle managers on the piss for four days in the hope of them signing a contract.

General Discussion Area / Re: Boris Bridge
« on: 20 January 2018, 00:14:19 »
It's typical Boris misdirection to hide a monumental opps up.

We'll find out in a couple of weeks that he's signed an irreversible deal with the Krikkitmen, and we're all bound into slavery for eternity.

General Car Chat / Re: 2018 car of the year conteners
« on: 18 January 2018, 00:21:46 »
Car of the's ludicrous! What ever of the year?!  ::)

it is ludicrous.

Here's proof:

1979 COTY - the fabulous Chrysler Horizon.

And its older but just as shit brother:

1976 COTY - the underwhelming Chrysler Alpine.

General Discussion Area / Re: The importance of using commas
« on: 18 January 2018, 00:15:32 »
I seem to recall one about a young man who helped his uncle jack off a horse. :)

that requires a capital 'J' on the proper noun, not a comma, to read correctly.

Omega General Help / Re: Fitting poly bushes to front wishbones
« on: 18 January 2018, 00:12:03 »
I made some tooling the removes the front bushes using two spanners.
But I wouldn't even consider doing them on the car for three reasons:

1. Access is shit
2. Replacing the front bushes is a waste of time and parts unless you do the rear ones at the same time.
3. Its only two more bolts(3 if you have an Elite) to remove the wishbone and do the job on the bench

The issue is whether the centre section to cat bolts undo. If you have to drill them out, that can take some time. If they've been replaced before then you can just cut them off.
Then it's a quick slice through the rubbers and gravity drops everything to the floor.
5 minutes maximum if it goes well.

What would be the point?

To save an iconic car from meeting it's maker. ::)

Oh, I thought we were talking about Omegas.

General Car Chat / Re: Abarth 595
« on: 16 January 2018, 17:50:10 »
Buy a Mini Cooper S Coupe... that way you can impress your BMW car share buddy and have a car that isn't based on a Ford Ka/Vauxhall Adam ::)

If he didn't like the Fiat's ride, he certainly won't like a Mini :o

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