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Messages - Nick W

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General Car Chat / Re: MoT failure
« on: Today at 10:21:47 »
You can do the pipe for a fiver in bits and some work. Reroute it if necessary to make the job easier.

Sills are 50 each, with some welding. I have a pair here if you need them in a hurry.

Any Omega you buy is likely to need that, so fixing yours is a better idea.

General Car Chat / Re: Who runs this OOF?
« on: 18 April 2018, 19:25:57 »
One of our members lives in Midsomer Norton....he will probably help you with some stuff..... :y
He's got twenty seven of his own to look after.  ;D

and there's the time spent avoiding all the murderers ;)

I'm not a welder so please don't shoot me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that welding cast iron doesn't work: brazing does?


welding cast iron is possible, but it's a specialist job that's rarely durable on a long thin part like an exhaust manifold. Brazing tends to be a bit more successful, but the heat cycles of a manifold don't help.

Add the cost of doing it(you're not going to do it with a MIG welder for instance) and buying a new manifold is the only viable fix.

General Car Chat / Re: Price of pattern parts
« on: 18 April 2018, 14:26:50 »

It'll be good enough, you could say it's better constructed than those on an Omega in that the main body is cast steel .... not crappy pressings spot riveted together. That  20 investment this morning has probably doubled the value of her car  :y

ever seen a cast wishbone that's hit something and bent? They snap, and leave the whole suspension flapping about.

Pressed and welded do bend, which leaves a movable car without body damage.

Even on a heavy car like an Omega a pressed and welded wishbone is far stronger than it needs to be; you lot wouldn't be pissing about changing the bushes and joints in 20 year old parts if that wasn't true.

General Discussion Area / Re: Well, do I win a prize?
« on: 17 April 2018, 22:17:50 »
I don't leave feedback...on eBay, amazon marketplace. AO, Currys.........anywhere. The emails get more frantic before they finally stop.    ;D

Fun, isn't it? The desperate explanations of how feedback works are particularly entertaining.

General Car Chat / Re: Breaking down in France
« on: 17 April 2018, 14:04:51 »
Wine? That's the red stuff that hasn't quite turned into useful vinegar or cognac  isn't it?
I've drunk wine, on several occasions.
You know when you go to a party when you're young, and everything starts to go downhill at around midnight? No beer or spirits left, people starting to wander off. Well, us hardcore drinkers would refuse to leave until there was absolutely no alcohol left on the premises. If there was only be it  ;D

We could usually round up enough drivers to go street racing at that point

General Car Chat / Re: Breaking down in France
« on: 17 April 2018, 13:37:07 »
Wine? That's the red stuff that hasn't quite turned into useful vinegar or cognac  isn't it?

Omega General Help / Re: Is This Really The End Of My Omega?
« on: 16 April 2018, 09:59:45 »
What was the fault that made the work necessary?

General Car Chat / Re: waiting for AA recovery
« on: 16 April 2018, 09:21:15 »
Wareham to Looe, and back can be done within driving hours... Gatwick to Looe cannot.

Rightly or not, Andy's car will be relayed.

Must say, that I am a bit surprised that the first driver didn't drag the car to Cobham services :-\

The weight of the car and number of passengers each rule out using a 3.5 ton vehicle, not the AA have any. Which means driving hours apply, and there isn't enough time to do the job - don't forget the driver has to get back to base.

General Discussion Area / Re: How people spend their Sunday
« on: 16 April 2018, 00:03:59 »

Got a Marshall 15w practice amp yesterday, so I annoyed the neighbours with my beginner playing but learnt that plenty of gain and overdrive with reverb or delay hides a multitude of bad playing sins while giving my ears a good battering. ;D ;D ;D

you're not going to affect  many neighbours with such a weedy instrument. What you need for that is six tons of metal swinging over your(and theirs ;D ) head at 09:00 on a Sunday. Some of that metal has been in use for over 700 years, which means complaints are easily dealt with.

And when we're done, the other two towers start :y

General Car Chat / Re: Black plastic
« on: 15 April 2018, 20:20:31 »
Or you could buy materials actually meant for this job from your local paint supplier.

Omega General Help / Re: Auto Shift Lever not lining up.
« on: 15 April 2018, 20:14:44 »
No reason to disturb the gear linkages to change the engine mounts ???

By that I mean they can be done on the ground using little more than a trolley jack, block of wood, and a short, offset 16mm ring spanner...

perhaps the engine was jacked too high and has bent the shift linkage?

Actually, I can't see how else the problem could have been caused.

General Discussion Area / Re: Brake pedal
« on: 14 April 2018, 00:09:09 »
Seat of the pants engineering suggests your first two questions are no(you want the bend area to be cherry red), and don't worry about it.
But a 10mm thick plate pedal? I've never seen a brake pedal that wasn't curved(and don't want to use one) which dramatically reduces the required thickness; some flared holes and a formed edge in a 2mm thick pedal is likely to plenty strong enough. Have a look at a truck brake pedal for a realistic example of what you need. And ensure your welding is up to scratch :y

General Car Chat / Re: Beetle EML
« on: 13 April 2018, 11:59:37 »

Nick, where can I get that OBD scanner from and would it work on my Omega? I also have a sometimes-on EML which the pedal trick tells me it is an inefficient cat, cured by using Cataclean, V-Power and boy-racer driving.


Something like THIS

It will only work on 2.6/3.2 and 2.2 Omegas.

General Car Chat / Re: Beetle EML
« on: 13 April 2018, 10:25:40 »
I've seen a Beetle for sale near me but the EML comes on intermittently. The price is 400.

Should I avoid buying this car?

Is this an MOT fail? I've heard that the rules are changing in May 2018 & that an illuminated EML light will be a fail?

Many thanks. :y

A 20 OBD scanner will turn the EML off, and help you fix the reason why it keeps coming on. But a Beetle is stock Golf, so parts and knowledge to repair them are hardly unusual. That suggests that the problem ins't trivial.

While cheap cars with issues can be a good buy, you need to be able to sort them efficiently and cost effectively.

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