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Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Door Puddle Light
« on: 06 February 2019, 15:38:33 »
The drivers door puddle light has stopped working.  Changed bulb with unit still in the door, but still no light.

Obviously I have managed to prise out the 'glass' of the light unit, but I know the main body of it should also be coming out as per the Haynes Manual, but what is the best way to do so without breaking the plastic please?

Seems to be quite resistant in my early attempts to remove; is there a trick to it please?

Cheers :y

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General Car Chat / Insurance Renewal - Putting the Pressure On
« on: 23 January 2019, 11:14:22 »
I received my insurance renewal quote from the AA; Comprehensive, 150 compulsory excess, 50 voluntary, full legal protection, etc, etc,, all singing and dancing defaqto 5 star policy that I normal have, gone up to 647 from 535!!

So, once more I go into "negotiation" mode.  Speak to AA and after putting on the pressure of "going elsewhere" got down to 450.  Still not low enough for my liking, so stage two of negotiations then brought in price comparison quotes, with the best from Saga, with all the same benefits as with the AA / Ageas, at 380.  Phoned AA this morning and stated I wanted to move on with Saga, After being told they did not want to lose such a long term member of the AA they got it down to 379!  Just over 1 per day over the year 8) :y

Happy with that and sticking with an insurer who I know will look after me if the worst happens, and accept that my Omega cannot be easily replaced as back in 2017!!  But why do we have to go through this continual fight to get a reasonably priced policy for our Omega's? ::) ::) ;)

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General Car Chat / Another MOT pass
« on: 14 January 2019, 19:25:52 »
My lovely Omega has done it again. It passed it's MOT ;D :y

Just advisories to clean the brake pipes and front springs then grease them up! ;)

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General Car Chat / L Reg Senator
« on: 03 January 2019, 15:35:48 »
Today spotted a white L Reg Senator coming away from Sainsbury's.

Trouble is it was NOT in mint condition; far from it. The centre covers over the bolts of the alloy wheels were missing; dents all over the place; front bumper half hanging off; rust showing all over the body, and a grill badly damaged, All together a car in a condition that I thought had been taken off the road decades ago with far more stringent MOT's!  It was a 'bomb' of the 1970's, and the driver looked no better!! :o :o ;D ;D ;D

I really thought I had entered a time warp.  One for the police to stop on sight! ;D ;D ;)

Or a keen enthusiast to pour thousands of pounds into!! :y

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General Discussion Area / BREXIT INTERLUDE
« on: 10 December 2018, 14:18:41 »
BREXIT Interlude needs this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDYfEBY9NM4

 :D :D ;)

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General Discussion Area / They Shall Not Grow Old
« on: 13 November 2018, 17:28:31 »
Over the weekend I caught up with a documentary on BBC iPlayer called They Shall Not Grow Old.

It is 1 hour and 35 minutes long and is the best documentary I have ever seen on the Great War.  It consists only of the voices of those who took part (all deceased) explaining their experiences, emotions, fears, humour, injury and horrific deaths .

It starts with the usual small screen black & white film of the time, but then eventually, after about 24 minutes, turns into remastered full screen film, with 'sound', that has been wonderfully coloured.  If anyone has any doubt about the day to day reality of being on the front line, or resting, with all the horrific images they would have seen (and smelt), then this documentary gives you a chance to be there as much as you would ever want to be there.

It is sickening and compelling at the same time, and I couldn't look away until the very end.  This is one to watch, as an historian, or as anyone interested in WW1 or war generally.  As someone who had the advantage of talking to those in my childhood about the Great War, of having a Great Aunt who constantly mourned the loss of her dear brother, my Great Uncle killed at Ypres 1917, and has read so many books on the subject, along with watching hundreds of hours of film from 1964, this production, produced in connection with the Imperial War Museum, is the one to give our children the reason why war should never be fought.  It is full of the facts of reality as witnessed by these poor men.

This is a history lesson like no other. :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(


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General Car Chat / Thanks greatly Johnnydog
« on: 19 October 2018, 11:49:39 »
The parts have arrived safely and all complete, as they should have done with your really impressive packaging!! :D :D :-* :-* :y

I love also the origins of the plastic, over the radiator, covers!  When I attend the Kent Police Training College again next month my car will feel quite at home!  Indeed, I will be asking my friends and contacts there to let me have a few more spare parts, like sirens, blue lights, etc, to really complete the package!! ;D ;D ;D :y :y

Many thanks again! :-*

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General Discussion Area / Serek is a star
« on: 04 October 2018, 20:52:58 »
Just got back from my trip to Serek's garage in Huntingdon.

He did everything I was hoping for, and a bit more with the replacement of a lower engine pulley and an oil seal, all for the price he quoted me!

He even took the car for a test drive with me in it to see that everything was fine; how many other garages do that?  He also pointed out that the front brakes need doing, but everything else was fine :y :y.

He had found though that the timing (last done by Vx) was out!! :o :o

Lovely guy who was keen to give me the best possible service.  Excellent, and now would highly recommend to others! :y :y :y

Ron; I passed on your good wishes! :D :D

Set off at 0430 hours (so like my professional days!!), with only real hold-up on the M20 with a lorry blocking one section of motorway after an accident. But arrived, after a Services break, at 0800. Overall though a great journey up there when I achieved 33.9 mpg, the highest I have recorded; but I was driving at a steady speed of around 50-60 mph.  Most unlike me!! :o :o ;D ;D

Had plenty of coffee in the Dunelm restaurant and read half of a book I have been meaning to read for the last 8 years; Doherty. R. Normandy 1944 The Road To Victory Spellmount (2004), after reading many others on the subject!  So a great result all round :D :D ;)

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Omega General Help / In the Major Service deep end again
« on: 24 September 2018, 18:34:43 »
I have a 3.2 with individual power packs across 3 spark plugs on each bank. I need urgently one of the rubber sleeves that go on top of each plug.  Anyone get a spare please?

I need that as I did what so many have recommended I should do; carryout my own servicing again to save money away from using the Vx dealer. So I swollowed my pride, and have done what I said I wouldn't do in my "wishbone" post ;D

Trouble is as I was closing up one bank of plugs the rubber sleeve disappeared, and that was after everything that could go wrong did go wrong!!  It started so well with the oil and filter change going ever so smoothly, although the first odd thing or two was that the Allen key I had to use on the sump plug, and the socket on the oil filter housing, was Imperial sizes; never encountered that before on my previous miggies! :D

Anyway, if anyone can send me a spare rubber sleeve please PM for my address and costs. :y

Many thanks :-* ;)

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Omega General Help / Front wishbone bush replacement
« on: 16 September 2018, 19:20:37 »
I need to replace both my front wishbone bushes.  How hard is it to do please?

I have read somewhere it can be easier, and cheaper overall, to replace the wishbones complete with bushes already fitted.  Is that true?

Thanks ;)

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General Car Chat / Jacking an Omega
« on: 15 September 2018, 14:56:43 »
Some time ago there was a post on here discussing how to jack up an Omega whilst using axle stands.

A number said it could not be easily done, if at all, whilst I said it could be.

Well, here you go, this is proof of how I do it:



For those very H&S aware: There is space for another axle stand once you remove the trolley jack ;)

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Test Zone / Test
« on: 15 September 2018, 14:52:51 »

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Omega General Help / O/s brake oscillation/fluctuation
« on: 14 September 2018, 20:23:40 »
Back in January my car passed the MOT, but an advisory stated that there was an oscalliation/fluctuation on both o/s front and o/s rear brakes.

Decided now I better get to investigating the situation.  The brakes though work fine, unless braking from high speed when I can feel some "fluctuation".

Any thoughts or suggestions please? :-* ;)

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General Car Chat / Ford Crown Victoria
« on: 28 August 2018, 09:55:42 »
Ever since my ex and I rented a Ford Crown Victoria back in 1990 during one of our holidays in the States, with all the comfort, technology and big 5 litre engine you could want then, I have wanted one.

Another thread by an American member about importing a British Omega to the USA reminded me of my old wish, and I have just found these ex-police "interceptors" on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/bhp/ford-crown-victoria-police-interceptor

They are not exactly cheap, but by golly they are very tempting. With the Californian examples, as mentioned in the advert, they are rust free due to the climate, and then there are all the police extras on them.......... :D :D 8) ;)


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"Dozens" could be dead it is reported after a motorway bridge collapse in Genoa:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-45183690

Questions will surely be asked about how a modern bridge could spectacularly disintegrate. :o :o

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