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 on: Today at 14:24:23 
Started by zirk - Last post by STEMO
I have no idea what you sad bastards are talking about. you can all go f*ck yourselves. :)
Yep. Senility can strike at any age.  ;D

 on: Today at 13:56:03 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Varche
Whole games totally over hyped by the Beeb, as usual.
Claire bloody Balding notwithstanding, if the Games hadn't been shown by UK broadcasters you would be moaning about how unpatriotic they all are...

We may not have won many medals, but at least we turned  up and tried...  ;)

Yes, and we do have 5 medals which is a tremendous achievement when you consider most of the successful teams in these games are full of individuals who are born with skis or snowboards welded to their feet.  Unlike our children who hardly see any snow and ice in any real quantity, the Scandavian, Germanic, Swiss, Americans, etc kids either have to get around on the stuff as soon as they can walk, or they have mountain ranges they can practice on.

That makes one hell of a difference. :y

Well said Lizzie.

Had to smile. The Russians are still cheating re doping. Why on earth an athlete needs drugs to participate in curling is beyond me.

 on: Today at 13:54:15 
Started by JDX - Last post by JDX
Offers over £200...
Just loading some pictures

 on: Today at 13:44:12 
Started by Nickh - Last post by Nickh
"It's down on power" says I,
"Could be carbon build up in the inlet manifold" says Ee (I live in Somerset), "you could do that yourself".
So I decided to have a go at cleaning the inlet manifold and replace the apparently leaking inlet manifold top gasket on my '03', 2.2 DTI Miggy.

Now they are predicting Siberian weather next week, with a wind chill factor of - "Ere !" (I did say I live in Somerset), so I decided to get on with it yesterday.

Having removed most everything out of the way, including fuel lines and vacuum tubes  . . . major fiddle, I managed to get the top half of the inlet manifold off. Eeeeeeeeew !  . . . severe build up of carbon and other oily residues, most of which eventually ended up on the tools, the washing up bowl, the spray cans of cleaner, the white spirit bottle, a passing cat, every door handle in the house and the neighbour.

OK, cleaning that would be fairly straighforward. What about the the inlet manifold and those wonderfully named . . . . Swirl Flaps . . . . F'nark, F'nark, F'nark. The black oily moonscape which was the inlet manifold huddled threateningly on the side of the block and I could make out severely encrusted  . . . . Swirl Flaps . .  F'nark . . . oh forget it. There's one . . . two . . . er . . . " . . . hang on a minute . . ." (a Bluebottle moment there)  . . . shouldn't there be more than two ?

"Ere !" . . . Look . . . I have told you where I live . .

Seven copper coloured nuts later I had the oily beast in my (oily) hands. A quick bit of screwdriver scraping . . . sure enough only two flaps. The one's for cylinder 1 and 2 were absent. A quick out of hours phone call to my mechanic guru . . . "Ere" . . you know . . .
"That's a new one on me"
"What can I do ?"
"Find the other two . .  they are too big to go through the inlet valves, then break the two remaining off, and run it like that. It will mean that the engine will be fully aspirated all of the time and you won't get the kick in the pants . The Engine Management will compensate for the increased air flow".

After several moments poking around in the inlet ports, I found one of the Swirl Flaps . . . ooooh ! . . . jammed in the port for no. 1 cylinder. A pair of long nosed pliers (wonderful things) were stuffed into the port and a flap (that's better) was gently removed with an accompanying tinckle as the second one fell out into the engine bay. Both  . . . I'm going to have to say it . . . Swirl Flaps . . . ahem . .  were lodged in the port for No. 1 cylinder. Look . . . I've no idea either !

Taking his advice I removed the two remaining Swirl Flaps . . . OK . . . I won't . . . by breaking the two tiny spot welds on each one attaching them to the pivot rod. Then set to cleaning everything up and chucking it all back together.

Luckily my battery is in good nick, so after a bit of prolonged cranking, the fuel finally primed and the engine was trying to start. Stopping and going through a second glow plug cycle fixed it, with the motor firing up, no problem.

I ran the car this morning (-1C) and all seems OK, but as predicted no hoof in the behind when asking for power. Now it's just a smooth delivery, with the speedo climbing as rapidly as it did before. I've tried a cold start this afternoon, with very pleasing results.

This is apparently an unusual occurrence, I cannot find any reference to this sort of issue elsewhere, so I thought I'd let you all know what I've been dealing with . . . for what it's worth.

 on: Today at 13:19:38 
Started by JDX - Last post by JamesV6CDX
What’s the price?

 on: Today at 12:57:41 
Started by STEMO - Last post by Field Marshal Dr. Opti
When I reached a certain age? When I stopped going to the pub? When became totally disinterested in the shite on the box?
I've just been for a mooch in the kitchen and come back with a ham and branston toastie. Don't really want it but I'm fed up looking at the fickin clock.
Roll on summer.

Is this a veiled plea for euthanasia?

May I be of assistance?

 on: Today at 12:53:19 
Started by zirk - Last post by Field Marshal Dr. Opti
I have no idea what you sad bastards are talking about. you can all go f*ck yourselves. :)

 on: Today at 12:50:31 
Started by addy - Last post by JamesV6CDX
Deleted please disregard.

Just seen you have a local
Help offer :y

 on: Today at 12:30:57 
Started by JDX - Last post by JDX
We have changed our plans - I purchased this to fix up, over a year ago, to have for occasional use / to be left in France but now doing something else.

09/2001 '51' 2.6 auto estate CD. Z157 silver / fantastic condition grey cloth interior.
Usual spec: vgc alloys with good tyres, tow bar, luggage cover, roof bars, heated seats.
No MOT - failed on several items, see failure sheet I will upload shortly.
Along with the MOT items, will also need a rear bumper. Nearside rear door has a scrape along it's length. Cracked mirror glass o/s.
Has had a recent battery, new filters & oil.
Very good service history, cambelt has been changed twice, current mileage 80700
She is in far too good condition to split up in my view but hey!
I will upload some pictures this afternoon.
Please pm if any interest.

 on: Today at 12:16:26 
Started by BazaJT - Last post by redelitev6
I will definitely watch it, but surely as it was made in England, by English engineers, operated from England and also restored in England, wouldn't it be more appropriate to call it the Flying Englishman?

The Flying multi cultural non gender specific person ?

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