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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Iran
« on: 04 January 2018, 17:31:40 »
In terms of Democracy, I would sooner live with Churchill's famous quote : “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” and strive for a superior version of it. ;)
My own belief is that the 1980s Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister series were a little bit too close to reality....

At the moment, I think we can only dream of a reality like that. :D

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Omega General Help / Re: My jobs to do this winter/spring
« on: 04 January 2018, 17:28:54 »

Agreed, so much aftermarket stuff is poor these days that It's not worth changing original parts that aren't MOT failures, IMHO.

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General Car Chat / Re: New Wheeler Dealers
« on: 04 January 2018, 11:58:11 »
I wonder if she is an Omega enthusiast.

I know it's wrong to judge by appearances, but I'm going to take a wild stab-in-the-dark guess that she's a tad "higher maintenance" than that. ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: New Wheeler Dealers
« on: 04 January 2018, 10:58:22 »
A quick google says she's also quite easy on the eye... :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Parking fine help...
« on: 03 January 2018, 23:02:41 »
Thanks boyos. You've confirmed exactly what I've thought. And luckily wifey kept the ticket and all paperwork.

Stemo... we are clearly similar. I've informed them I've contacted the police and if they don't remove these charges within 48 hours I'll be instructing my solicitor to sue for damages!!!  :y
No, Steve, no. They know the police aren’t interested and they know you’re not about to pay for a solicitor. There’s just no need to. You should just say that you’re not willing to pay and you await their decision.
Yep, agreed. Don't make any threats, just re-iterate that you are appealing against the fine.

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Omega General Help / Re: Quick LPG question
« on: 03 January 2018, 16:12:15 »
If the pressure is fluctuating, though, rather than just dropping when under load, I'd suspect that the vapouriser needs some TLC. Worth checking the vacuum reference tube into the vapouriser and the pressure sensor, though. It could be that it has perished causing an air leak.

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General Car Chat / Re: New Wheeler Dealers
« on: 03 January 2018, 16:04:48 »
Yes, was a refreshing change. I just hope it doesn't meet the same fate that my mate's Cossie engine did when he tried to run it on American piss petrol. :D

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Just checked and my minimum is GBP 790,500 for MTOM of 472 kg.

https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=insurance&fullregmark=EELT

I think it's actually covered for significantly more!

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I would imagine the road traffic act or some other legislation specifies the minimum level of 3rd party cover.

Not sure about motor insurance, but my glider insurance certainly has a limit to the 3rd party liability and the legal minimum is based on the maximum take-off weight.

Which I assume also equates to the size of crater created on impact?

Yep, or the size of the debris field if you hit harder ground.

Either way, it pays to give anything really expensive a wide berth!

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The ZF is about a 200ms change, some of the DSGs can do a single change in 8ms.....although the second change is MUCH slower and down shifting/kick down is very slow at 600ms  as the engine ECU has to blip the throttle to match the crankshaft speed to the DSG input shaft

I think that equates to 0.2 sec......or 1/5th of a second in old money. Presumably far quicker than the the 3 speed auto (GM or Borg Warner) used in the XJS forty years ago.

Very much so if not only because it has so many more ratios, so the rev change is much less. (and you haven't most likely got an enormous V12 crank and flywheel to accelerate / decelerate). ;)

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I appear to be about 14lb further away from that MTOW after Christmas  :-X ;D

You're not the only one. :y

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The AR25 in TD issue is more to do with the box being marginal on its ratings for the torque output. The vast majority of failures were probably on chipped Omegas, although the box wasn't as long-lived on non-chipped TDs as the rest of the AR25/35 cars in the range.

I think it's a tough one if it has to be a diesel. Manual boxes suffer DMF issues. Dual clutch gearboxes are a "brave" choice on powerful petrol or diesel cars. Everyone I know who has had a DSG gearbox has had to sell the car on for peanuts at less then intergalactic mileage because the box was playing up. I keep coming back to traditional torque converter auto boxes. They are old, proven technology and the good ones are bomb proof*.


* - poor / fragile / underspecified ones also available, especially on diesels so do your homework.

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 03 January 2018, 09:10:44 »
I have wiped them clean and will keep an eye on them.

Keep that up for a while and they'll pass the MOT just fine...


...because there'll be no oil left in them to come out ;D

Yes, let's hope so. ;)

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I would imagine the road traffic act or some other legislation specifies the minimum level of 3rd party cover.

Not sure about motor insurance, but my glider insurance certainly has a limit to the 3rd party liability and the legal minimum is based on the maximum take-off weight.

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General Car Chat / Re: How many cars have you owned so far.
« on: 02 January 2018, 22:16:25 »
Perfect clarification :y

Obviously, yours has never had any "action", so nothing to see here, move along ;D

Exactly. :-X

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