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Omega Gallery / Re: PVS at Bruntingthorpe
« on: 19 June 2019, 12:13:27 »
I followed these two into the show (sorry I don't know the owners names), and was hoping to have a chat but sadly my pass didn't let me park anywhere near and by the time I found them there was no one around. Then I came back later and they had obviously got fed up with all the Astras and Corsas and gone home. 



Well spotted!  :y
All three are indeed mind. PVS wasn't for me this year and  my family, Ended up going to the zoo  ::)
Didn't see what you was driving??

I was in a (standard) dark red MV6, I was just thinking how lucky I was to follow you in (the V8 sounded superb) when they parked me in general admission, despite the fact that I was meant to be with the MIG guys, but was 8 minutes too late.  I am trying to get to VBOA on the Sunday (we are away on holiday until then) are you going? It's at Sywell this year.

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http://ttvracing.com/  Make nice racing flywheels, if you get stuck. They make mine for SMF conversions on Lotus Carltons. If you've ever experience a flywheel exploding you'll invest wisely in a decent one.  Also for sprinting/hillclimbing speak to Craig at https://www.sf-technic.com/about/ who now imports PTT clutches from USA and supplies to many top UK competitors.

thank you. I was aware ttv did a version and I'll also approach PTT
If you need any help or advice on exhaust manifolds, that's my day job :) www.btbexhausts.co.uk

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General Car Chat / Re: £4000 for your Omega.
« on: 12 June 2019, 11:27:38 »

I paid £4500 for an Omega, now that probably does qualify me for a padded cell..!
you paid a premium , but that included a private plate,provenance of history etc
Omega prices are slowly going up for decent cared for cars.
Vauxhalls will never command the money that rusty old Fords make though , ;D
but many people pay for brand new cars and loose £5k in depreciation in one year alone  ::)
you have a £4.5k toy ,look after it and enjoy it    :)
Thanks for your reassurance, it all helps. I know it's probably the closest I'll get to a road going toy, all the others are track only. It drives better than most of the Lotus Carltons that I get to work on and look at what they are supposedly "worth". 

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Omega Gallery / PVS at Bruntingthorpe
« on: 12 June 2019, 11:07:15 »
I followed these two into the show (sorry I don't know the owners names), and was hoping to have a chat but sadly my pass didn't let me park anywhere near and by the time I found them there was no one around. Then I came back later and they had obviously got fed up with all the Astras and Corsas and gone home. 


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General Car Chat / Re: £4000 for your Omega.
« on: 11 June 2019, 12:33:51 »
Do Vauxhall produce anything worth buying new?  :-\
Does any mainstream manufacturer make anything worth buying new? Just been looking at the astra K 1.6 cdti estate, £27K for the elite. In three years and 30,000 miles you will get one for 8-9K.

Hard to imagine anybody being retarded enough to pay that. :-\
I paid £4500 for an Omega, now that probably does qualify me for a padded cell..!

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General Car Chat / Re: Exhaust modification
« on: 11 June 2019, 12:30:05 »
Yes I was intending to use a 2/12 inch Y surely that would be ok are there 2 or 4 cats on these or are the mid sections just silencers as Iím intending not to use them.
You are right a single 2 1/2" will flow the same as twin 1 7/8", and where the 2 pipes converge behind the back of the gearbox is about the right place from a pulse tuning point of view to join the two banks together. It will also generate a higher pitched note as the firing frequency will be higher (IOW it should sound nicer) Engines don't "need" back pressure, what they need is gas flow, too big a pipe at low rpm/throttle angle will not generate the gas velocity to properly scavenge the exhaust gases and will lose torque. There is a balance to be had between that requirement, and the flow at high rpm Wide Open Throttle.

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http://ttvracing.com/  Make nice racing flywheels, if you get stuck. They make mine for SMF conversions on Lotus Carltons. If you've ever experience a flywheel exploding you'll invest wisely in a decent one.  Also for sprinting/hillclimbing speak to Craig at https://www.sf-technic.com/about/ who now imports PTT clutches from USA and supplies to many top UK competitors.

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Omega General Help / Re: Rear Back Plate Removal
« on: 11 June 2019, 11:55:22 »
I'd vote the back plates on Senny/Omega A and Omega B would be a 'doable fit'. I'm always on the lookout for a pair to add to my 'private parts warehouse' (shed) and were I to see a set for Omega A/Carlton I'd have got them, however there does seem to be a small difference on pics Ive found, now...

Where have you found these remanufactured ones, out of interest?

comparison pics...
https://picclick.co.uk/left-rear-brake-backing-plate-NEW-for-Vauxhall-123180312705.html

and

https://picclick.co.uk/right-rear-brake-backing-plate-NEW-for-Vauxhall-113049686598.html

TBW Automotive in Germany seem to making them, I have got some here (Daventry, Northants) if you want to compare to Omega B.

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Newbie Welcome Area / Re: newbie MV6 owner
« on: 26 May 2019, 16:51:37 »
https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/vauxhall-omega-mv6-auto-saloon
think it was mentioned on another thread

Beautiful Omega, seen it on the Autobhanstormers website. What was the story on the MK2 SRi 130 in the back ground in one of those photos of your car?
Same seller. It sold for about £9000, which sort of prompted me into bidding on the MV6. Sri was very nice condition with a very detailed history file from it's life as a company car, saloon too which made it more attractive and rarer than the hatchback versions imho.

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Omega General Help / Re: V6 Exhaust manifolds
« on: 21 May 2019, 08:12:26 »
It will be much easier to package the lengths on an Omega. :)
Does anyone know if the exhaust port shape on a 2.5 os the same as the 3.2. I know the 3.2 doesn't have secondary air injection.

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Omega General Help / Re: I want to pay someone.......
« on: 19 May 2019, 22:27:22 »
Thanks, all, for the kind words, but I think after so many years of omega ownership, the time is rapidly approaching for me to throw in the towel with them, as many others seem to be doing. As much as I adore the car it has 200+k miles and realistically is probably as nick said beyond economical repair
It's a painful conclusion to come to, but I fear you are right. I used to argue that Omegas gave me and my family cheap luxury motoring, but not so any more. Once the rust sets in, it's not cheap any more.

We got 11 Omegas at Brackley last Monday. We got 23 at High Wycombe a couple of years ago. I hope there will be another Omega meeting, but it should be soon.
If you have another meeting soon and I can make it add +1 to the numbers. Brackley is 20 minutes away, but I was at a family gathering in Hampshire that day. the Omega got an outing, but in the wrong direction! So I'm hoping for another meet very soon this summer please.

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Omega General Help / Re: Rear Back Plate Removal
« on: 19 May 2019, 22:17:12 »
Backing plates for the Omega A (Carlton) have been remade in Germany. I don't know if they fit the Omega, but I have bought 3 sets for Lotus Carltons, and am happy to compare pictures and dimensions if it helps you.

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Omega General Help / V6 Exhaust manifolds
« on: 19 May 2019, 22:12:55 »
Years ago I made these for a Vectra challenge car that was running on LPG as a marketing exercise for alternative fuels. The engine had also been built by Swindon Race Engines, but apparently the manifolds contributed an extra 20 bhp.  Also it gave the car a very distinctive howling engine note, which was particularly popular with fans and sponsors Calor. Now I'm thinking about making some inline versions for my newly acquired MV6. I would obviously have to fit some cats in the link pipes, and it looks as though all 4 lambda bosses could be moved to a suitable position either side of the cats to still give a worthwhile output to the ECU and avoid the dreaded EML warning. It looks as though there is plenty of room for each 3-1 to be fitted without having to resort to a slip on collector as pictured, which we wouldn't get away with cats fitted anyway because of potential leakage. This would only be a personal exercise because it would be far too time consuming to be commercially viable.
Probably just a pipe dream (ha, ha) but it's fun to imagine how it could sound, and the extra torque that it might generate.

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Thanks for posting the pictures, and I'm sorry I missed it. Next target is VBOA, I hope to be there either with you guys or ABS, maybe both!  BTW I spotted the bonnet bulged Estate heading south on the A34 as we were coming home, it's got some presence on the road. My question is, what's under the bonnet, I can't tell from the pictures, is it a V8?
No Problerm.
That will have been RobsyMV6 - 5.7 V8 LS1 supercharged  :o. There's also a picture on the other thread  :)
Thanks for the explanation.
Sadly I've realised that VBOA clashes with family holiday :( So I've bought a car hoping to attend more club meets, and it looks as though I'll miss them all...

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Thanks for posting the pictures, and I'm sorry I missed it. Next target is VBOA, I hope to be there either with you guys or ABS, maybe both!  BTW I spotted the bonnet bulged Estate heading south on the A34 as we were coming home, it's got some presence on the road. My question is, what's under the bonnet, I can't tell from the pictures, is it a V8?

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