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Messages - Shackeng

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General Car Chat / Re: And now .....
« on: Yesterday at 18:58:03 »
Ooops .... it's a bit big .... not bad for an old bugger on a phone though  :y
When I post up piccies on the sites I frequent, I try to make things look bigger  :y

Just so they look nearly normal?  ::)

General Car Chat / Ins renewal
« on: 19 April 2018, 22:44:11 »
Just had my renewal notice for the the 3.2 and the Mondeo, up from 471 last year to 578 this year! Spent a little time comparing and have now got it for 479 less 66 cashback.
Happy days. :y

General Car Chat / Re: waiting for AA recovery
« on: 19 April 2018, 10:53:06 »
Get yourself some cards made up Andy. I've found most suppliers, including main dealers, will give trade prices if you blag it with a card. ::) :y

General Discussion Area / Re: First sunny day-not a good start
« on: 19 April 2018, 10:46:59 »
Also.....when you bought a flymo you used to get an orange spanner to change the blade, and a couple of spacers to lower the cutting height. Not any more.

Shouldn't be a problem for a former omega owner. Boxes full of spare parts suitable as washers and you will have the right spanner.
I have got the right spanner, and some spacers.....because they came with the old mower...and I throw nothing away.  ;D

There are things in my cupboard, brackets, plastic thingies that I have no idea what their for, a million screws, washers, more plastic thingies, plumbing fittings, bits of wood......I really should throw it.......but no.  :)

I can promise you Steve that if you throw one thing away, that you have kept for over 40 years 'just in case', that you WILL need it next week. Don't ask how I know that. :-[

General Car Chat / Re: Breaking down in France
« on: 16 April 2018, 19:22:01 »
The Silver Bullet arrived back about 10 days later, with a very flat battery that would never recover, and MDTM (on an earlier forum) suggested crank sensor, which cured it

At least I carry a spare in the 3.2. (notwithstanding Nick's disagreement with this policy. ::))

General Car Chat / Re: omega gearbox problems
« on: 16 April 2018, 19:13:38 »
Before buying any ATF, check level first. If its around right (use a bent bit of wire, if none comes out, to check level), don't bother pissing around with it, and get a 2nd hand known good box.  I wouldn't pay more than about 50 for an AR25 box.

Fitting is a pain, I'd say, having some a few with help, its only just achievable using jacks and stands.

And if possible fit an AR35, (straight swap) which are more robust. I think there was one on sale on OOF recently if required.

General Car Chat / Re: omega gearbox problems
« on: 16 April 2018, 18:12:49 »
I wish! I only got halfway through before I sold it. :-[

General Car Chat / Re: omega gearbox problems
« on: 16 April 2018, 15:33:47 »

Use the guide for topping up here if in doubt. :y

Omega General Help / Re: Auto Shift Lever not lining up.
« on: 15 April 2018, 19:23:53 »
I would certainly be taking it back to whoever did it. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Well, do I win a prize?
« on: 15 April 2018, 10:36:38 »
Fitted a kitchen from MFI in the last house and it was decent stuff. Better than the rubbish the builders fitted here.
It;s not the builders ,the developer / specifier picks the crap to get installed  ::)
I did quite a few "MFI" kitchens before they went bust
most was good stuff.
I got things like worktops, sinks and appliances elsewhere  :-X
 (mfi made money from extras ,designers where told to add all the fancy trims ,decor panels etc )
in the end ,mfi made it complicated ,you ended up buying off some unknown  " sister company" on the invoices
worried if you'd ever get delivery  :(
I fitted a few MFI kitchens from their quality (Hygena?) range and was quite impressed. MFI had gone by the time I fitted a kitchen here at home from Magnet, and although I specified the layout and units, it turned up with all sorts of decor panels and trims I had not ordered! Also the carcasses were 16mm and not 18mm thick as promised, so would not take the weight of my combi-microwave, and required a strengthening panel. >:( I would certainly not buy from Magnet again. >:(

Omega General Help / Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« on: 13 April 2018, 21:59:29 »
Very much. ::)

Omega General Help / Re: Modified the steering idle arm
« on: 13 April 2018, 16:38:09 »
This bearing mod would allow me to fit a grease nipple, IMO the only thing missing on my Omega. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Plumbing/DHW question.
« on: 11 April 2018, 18:00:10 »
I have had a Monsoon 3.0 Bar twin in/out for about 40 years and it works brilliantly, supplying two showers at full belt with no problem. Made by Stuart Turner I think, but quite pricey now. I have the same sort of setup as you.

Regarding push fittings, I owned some small rental properties a few years ago, where, to improve water provision for bathrooms and kitchens, it was sometimes necessary to think creatively, and I found that if good quality push fittings were used correctly, it allowed me to resolve issues that were otherwise insurmountable. In a recent extension to my own house, while I always prefer to use copper pipe, again, to allow some new radiator pipes to be hidden, it was necessary to use push fit.
When installing a water softener, to provide a non-softened tap in the kitchen at the rear of the house, I also used push fit to provide a single feed from the rising main in the downstairs cloakroom of my house up inside the soil pipe trunking, via two right angles, into and across the loft, down via the airing cupboard then connecting to copper for the rest of a boxed in run with other pipes. Without the use of push fit, this would have been impossible without serious internal disruption.
I moved my son's bathroom upstairs in his terraced house, again, almost impossible without serious problems.
I mention all these jobs as I have never, touching wood, had a problem with any of the fittings. :y

Question: Would a Saab 9-5 be a good Omega alternative.

Answer: No, it's FWD.

I've tried FWD as a replacement, I missed RWD far more than I thought I would.


So do I with the Mondeo. :'(
Trouble is, as I found, your choices are limited. And non existent if you don't want a beemer or a PoS sub 20yr old Merc made from the parts bin as its cheaper than designing.

Exactly, getting either a good sized petrol hybrid or petrol only Estate with RWD was impossible. All the 1 year old Mercs available were diesel. However I'm sure more will be avlbl in a year or so. :y

Question: Would a Saab 9-5 be a good Omega alternative.

Answer: No, it's FWD.

I've tried FWD as a replacement, I missed RWD far more than I thought I would.


So do I with the Mondeo. :'(

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