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General Car Chat / Re: XZN Triple Square Bits
« on: Today at 08:41:53 »
But it is Halfords, ask for an allen key and you'll hear the lad/lass shout to the stock room 'got a bloke here is looking for "a lenky"? never heard of one of them'  ;D

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 09 December 2019, 22:12:27 »
Just checked the fuel clips I bought last year... 13-15mm. Ugh!! I have a couple spare which I keep with a bit of nitrile hose in the boot.. Will reso the clips using these smaller ones, then. Just to confirm once and for all that fuel weeping is -or isn't- the cause of this starting issue.

Wish id realised I had several sat in my chuffing boot before I ordered ten, of the wrong size!! Bad luck and stupidity are hitting me a bit heavily of late...

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 09 December 2019, 19:05:20 »
I haven't mate, no. But not exactly rocket science to dig out the olde paperclip, so will report back.  :y

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 09 December 2019, 16:13:50 »
Hmm.. My only thought is that as these are old hoses, ie already 'squished' by previous clips, that their external diameter has shrunken somewhat  ??? But as you say Nick they shouldn't surely need to be all that tight, really.

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 09 December 2019, 09:25:50 »
Just checked my old ebay purchases, 15mm(outside diameter), and (presumably) 14-16mm clamps for the fuel line repair from last year. Would assume the other hoses, those just above and inside the tank are the same diameter (she's got the car all day/week now so can't check)

I bought 10 clamps, so I've just nipped a surplus one up and yes, 14-16mm is what it measures, and is what's stamped on it, so I havent been sent the wrong size or anything like that.

My plan is to give them a real nip up, essentially tight as they'll go - without stripping threads obviously - and see where we are then. Really need someone who's replaced theirs to confirm what size they used - can Mr Paget remember?

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 09 December 2019, 07:22:35 »
Well, latest in the saga...

replaced the fuel hose clips with good quality stainless ones. The old clic type ones had been bent and distorted once to often looking at the removed ones (in spite of the correct type pliers used to undo them) anyway the numbers on them size 140 suggested ona website this is for 14-16mm hose. So I ordered some 14-16mm screw type fuel hose clips.

Fitted last night, started her up, primed fuel lines ready for this morning... still did the slow start!  >:( My question being....

just how tight are you supposed to do them? I did the ones internal to the tank what felt 'enough' with a fair amount of thread then protruding, the external ones seemed happy to go a bit tighter. Should the two flats of the hose clamp essentially be touching? Or have I ordered too large a size, in spite of my research?  :-\

Omega General Help / Re: What spares for Omega keeper?
« on: 09 December 2019, 07:09:38 »
I get bits when I see them cheap, so my spares pile is more of a means of saving me money. ie: crank sensor (which you already have, good) was a dealer selling off old stock cheap. I fitted it recently in a bid to cure a poor running motor, but had I bought that there and then on the day I needed it I'd have been 100+ poorer, not the 20 or whatever I paid.


General Discussion Area / Re: 5 post 1990 Crowns
« on: 09 December 2019, 07:05:36 »
Crowns (both 'real' and commemorative) are a Crown, worth 5 shillings. 5 coins are different, and are actually completely legal tender, as is a postage stamp; though much like HMS Victory still being a commissioned ship of the line and can technically called for War, it's unlikely you actually would.

The new 5 coin is the same diameter as the old commemorative crowns just to add confusion, though they are different coinage.

I worked in an antiques shop once and we had a manager of a local supermarket come in with a bag full of crowns, the cashier had taken them as payment for a shop (!) sadly what she had been reliably told by the customer was about 100-odd in coinage, was worth maybe a fiver at an auction, on a good day.  :y

General Discussion Area / Re: The man-cave is up
« on: 02 December 2019, 14:31:46 »
Looks great!  :)

Keep us updated with the 'decor' as it evolves

General Discussion Area / Re: Bye Bye Trade Club
« on: 01 December 2019, 13:27:45 »
Thanks andyc, sad news... I get most bits from places selling of stock they've bought cheap, but sorry to see it go. Also this is surely one of the main reasons people join Autobahnstormers.


Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 28 November 2019, 23:29:45 »
I recall the fault well; jubille clip not sealing completely due to the female nut part of the clip being of fixed curvature. I suffered similarly recently on changing radiator and using 40-60 mm jubilee clips on 48mm pipes.
 In the fuel pump example, the leak was inside the pump so no fuel was lost, but the fuel line could drain overnight into the tank delaying morning engine start. It did not affect normal running.

It would seem to fit all-too-coincidentally as this issue arose right after my replacing the fuel pump. I'm trying to find the correct size clic type clamps, though appreciate 'screwable' fuel hose clips (which I have elsewhere on a repaired section of corroded fuel line) would work just as well.

Mr The Bear... I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not! Still, at least it keeps us all chatting  ;D

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 28 November 2019, 00:52:04 »
Noticed Terry Paget had a similar issue not too long ago... could I get a second opinion from someone (link below)

As I read it he appears to be suggesting there was a leak from one of the hoses going to the top of the fuel pump, due to use of jubbly clips, not fuel hose clips... mine are the 'proper' clips, however they have been off and on quite a few times, wondering if they've been bent / deformed once too many times.  :-\

Doesnt answer the random stall issue, but the slow start fits.

General Car Chat / Re: Money obviously can't buy taste ....
« on: 27 November 2019, 08:57:40 »
As owner of a P-reg I was sorely disappointed to realise we're the third oldest car in the street! There's another P-reg up the road - a Defender 110, and a black Chevette (tax disc shows hasnt been on the road since about 2004 or something like) SO I dont even get the title of oldest Vauxhall.   ::)

And at present I'm not really sure which out of my car and the Chevette which hasn't run in 15 ish years, counts as the more roadworthy  :D

Brand new BMW X3 which the taxpayer pays for because their kid is disabled misbehaves  ::), then the usual crop of euro/jap/korea boxes all 3-10 yrs old. Honda CRZ, XF, early Impreza estate are the nearest thing to 'interesting' cars on the street.

And then, for no apparent reason, the other night there was a matt black Lambo Huracan!  :o

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 26 November 2019, 07:32:06 »
Got in from work at about 8.30pm last night, (Miss DBG leaves for work at about 7am, I don't get back till about 8-9pm hence only time to work on the V6 is when days off coincide) so wasn't especially keen to fumble around in the dark fitting a jury-rigged earth wire  :) however, in a way glad I didnt, as she fired up absolutely fine this morning!  :o

Of course I'm not suggesting she's suddenly cured, but at least had I fitted it the evidence would be 'yes! that was the issue' So we'll see how she goes and probably Sat I'll do some more digging, got a couple of things to try thanks to you chaps.  :y

Omega General Help / Re: Problem after problem after...
« on: 24 November 2019, 20:44:46 »
Fair point  :y

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