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Messages - Kevin Wood

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Ahh. Volvo. That reminds me. Got to take a look at my brother's V50 2.0D some time. Complete basket case of limp home goodness that the main stealer have only made worse after throwing £2k worth of chin rubbing and random parts replacement at it.

The Pug Ford special, have fun!

Is this the one that has a habit of filling its sump with fuel? ::)

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Cheers Kevin - might just take you up on that, if/when I make it there :)


BTW LCOG (as I call you in my head.. pronounced "El Cog"), Superchargers are 480V DC, so it's a mere 5,000A of DC current. What could go wrong?

Incidentally, Elon says the Megachargers will be solar powered. I assume each one will come with a few square miles of solar panels.. which might well work in the middle of America (aka desert wasteland), but not the UK, I suspect!

It all smacks of "Meh - I'm sure we'll have figured out something by the time we let you order one." to me.

The obvious answer to the electric truck is to string power lines along the roads, and have a pantograph on the truck to get power, and a metal road for the return path. That would eliminate the need for a battery at all. The road wouldn't have to be as wide as a normal road, of course, as that would cost too much, so we could have a really narrow metal road and really narrow metal tyres on the truck. In fact, if they were too narrow, the truck would fall over, so what about two narrow metal roads about, ooh, 4ft 8 1/2 inches apart...
The driver would only have to hold on to a lever and look for red lights so he wouldn't need regular 28% pay rises or anything. Wouldn't be needed at all, if it weren't for the unions, actually.

Oh, hang on!  I'm sure Mr. Musk knows all this, though. ::)

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STEMO - 23 st 10 Ĺ lbs at my last visit to fat club; 332lbs is almost dead on 150kg. So you should believe it ;)

Granted, that's down from 29 st 5 lbs (411lb or 186kg) on the 13th of Feb, but still a long way from the 110kg limit in a glider!

Oh, I think the Chevy 502 in the winch would argue otherwise, but seat load is limited to 110 kg, unfortunately. :-[

Maybe in another 9 months, if I'm really lucky, I could be down in that range ;) Unlikely, but maybe.

Well done. :y That's a fantastic achievement.

When you get to 110 kg, the flight's on me. :y

I'll even take you there in the Westfield. ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: What a surprise, not.
« on: Yesterday at 14:20:17 »
Doesn't ANPR auto dish out tickets? If it doesn't it should. damn sight cheaper than employing people. Just move one vehicle around . OR put it on fuel........

I think they have to stop you when actually driving the vehicle, which is daft.

IMHO, if an untaxed / uninsured vehicle is picked up on an ANPR camera, it should trigger an automatic NIP to the registered keeper. It works for speeding, why not for other motoring offences that are even more clear-cut? Of course, Royal Mail would make a fortune.

I suspect, though, that most vehicles being driven illegally aren't even registered to the correct person, and nobody cares, so it'll just continue. ::)

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Zero to sixty in 1.6 seconds is roughly 2G.......and will probably hurt. ;)

I'd give it a go :D

No worse than a glider winch launch (without the 2000' per minute rate of climb element). *;D

* - Your Traction May Vary  ;)

I'd give that a go, too, but with 150Kg of me in the cockpit I don't think there'd be the required 2000'/min rate of climb! ;D

Oh, I think the Chevy 502 in the winch would argue otherwise, but seat load is limited to 110 kg, unfortunately. :-[

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Zero to sixty in 1.6 seconds is roughly 2G.......and will probably hurt. ;)

I'd give it a go :D

No worse than a glider winch launch (without the 2000' per minute rate of climb element). *;D

* - Your Traction May Vary  ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: What a surprise, not.
« on: Yesterday at 11:00:18 »
Reading on Beeb ceefax this morning, (sorry no linky) that the number of cars with no VED has tripled since the abolition of the paper tax disc. Blimey, who would have thought it!  ::)  :D

Yep....the ridiculous idea of removing the tax disc was probably thought up by some trendy focus group with an average age of 17 and three quarters.

I still use a disc. A quick glance and I can tell when my tax is up. It's simple and it works better than the system we have now.

I guess they figured out that we can't afford traffic cops to check them, so might as well save to cost of printing the discs too. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Failure to stop after accident
« on: 16 November 2017, 17:07:36 »
Yep, that gets my vote. They'll be "unable to trace" the driver. >:(

Even if you have name, address, registration number, and inside leg measurement of the reprobate. :-\

Yes, and a video of the crime taking place, in our case. >:(

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General Car Chat / Re: Failure to stop after accident
« on: 16 November 2017, 16:43:38 »
Yep, that gets my vote. They'll be "unable to trace" the driver. >:(

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General Car Chat / Re: ad-blue
« on: 16 November 2017, 15:35:16 »
2 Stroke oil can be beneficial, about 200ml per full tank on the Omega  :y

Wouldn't it make the car a bit smoky?

It's a tractor. Why would one worry about such impairments?  ;)

Besides, 200ml to a tank isn't going to make any odds on smoke.

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General Car Chat / Re: ad-blue
« on: 16 November 2017, 14:26:30 »
Ad-blu does not work that way.

It is added by the engine management system, from a separate tank on the vehicle to control certain aspects of the car's emissions. Mixing ad blu directly with the diesel is likely to have a very bad effect on the engine!  :o
so its no good me getting . I have a neighbour that swears by it & he adds it to fuel
I think hope he's taking the p*ss (well, technically, the other way round). ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« on: 16 November 2017, 12:38:32 »
Front wheel drive was once unthinkable with anything more than 250bhp, but there are quite a few cars which seem to go in a straight line with it nowadays.

Yep, mostly when you're trying to negotiate a bend. ;)

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Ahh. Volvo. That reminds me. Got to take a look at my brother's V50 2.0D some time. Complete basket case of limp home goodness that the main stealer have only made worse after throwing £2k worth of chin rubbing and random parts replacement at it.

I'd stick to your long commute, if I were you!

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Fatty admins XJ will be one to watch, 12 months of his driving is about same as 10 years normal driving.  ;D

So if his survives a year, itís a good sign.  :D

When it comes to tractors, it'll be the ones that are used to pootle around in urban driving that'll suffer, of course.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Budget Predictions
« on: 16 November 2017, 09:39:44 »
I think he needs to made a bold statement about preparing for No Deal BREXIT!  :)

Absolutely. In the absence of any appetite for sensible negotiations, time to start sending some signals. :y

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