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General Car Chat / Re: Bought another high mileage Astra
« on: 13 April 2019, 23:34:52 »
Terry likes his cars to have all 3 pedals Mr biggriffin  :y

I only ever drove one manual omega (2.5 diseasal) and admittedly not very far, but it was bloody horrible  :-\
I drove 100,000 miles in my first Omega (2.5 V6 CD manual) then 100,000 miles in my 2nd (2.6 V6 Elite auto) then about 5,000 miles in a 3.2 V6 MV6 auto.

The Omega manual box doesn't have a slick change and the clutch is just heavy enough that I used to get back ache and knee pain.

What I miss in the auto is being able to select the gear I want when I want. The V6 is a silky smooth engine with a bulge in the torque curve which the auto hides from you. It is 10 years since I last drove the manual so I can't remember the precise numbers but recollect being able to drop it into 3rd at just over tick-over (550rpm) then give it full throttle and wait while it gently built momentum up to about 3000rpm and then got more urgent (and vocal) as the inlet flaps did their thing.

We had some early success with a couple of different poly bushings, but wishbones failed on both cars after about 8k miles.

I had checked mine the week before the arm snapped and there was no evidence of the impending failure. One minor crest on a fast A road was enough to shear the arm without warning. A different make of wishbone might have lasted longer, or not, but that was the end of the experiment as a second failure at speed might not have been so lucky.

Also, with rigid rear bushes, the front tie should be set to zero as the factory toe setting allows for give within the rear bush. You'll get a slight dead spot straight ahead but this is a normal side effect of a steering box. :y

Those failed as the restricted rhe rotational movement to much and placed extra load on the weld joint, spherical joint would address that  :y
If you cut an original rear bush in half you will find a bulge in the steel sleeve (that looks remarkably like a sphere) with a rubber bush cast around it.

General Car Chat / Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« on: 08 April 2019, 22:12:49 »
I think the hardest task is going to be finding somewhere under the car to locate silencers with enough volume to provide significant attenuation.

The single thing which provides the biggest drop in sound level is linking left & right systems together - easy on a Range Rover but probably impossible in an MG :-\

General Car Chat / Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« on: 08 April 2019, 20:29:22 »
You're talking about running the odd wire from the ecu plug to the dash, hardly groundbreaking, but being able to read a wiring diagram helps :y

The Omega is pretty simple from an electrickery point of view  :y

Only two we care about are the rev counter and water temp. Both are easy, and we probably wouldn't bother with the rev counter if the dash didn't already have a hole for it.

The awkward bits of the job will be making the exhaust manifolds and sorting the belt drive; not difficult, just a lot of fiddly fabrication. The systems are easier to make, but he'll just buy existing Rover ones if they're not too loud. Plenty of V8 cars about to decide on that, and if they are we'll make them too.
Having messed around with some Rover V8s and then messed around with some Omega V6s my subjective impression is that the Omega is LOUD.

My theory is that the Rover is in a low state of tune and has pushrods slowly opening one exhaust valve per cylinder whereas the Omega is overhead cam and can open two exhaust valves per cylinder a lot quicker (and let the noise out faster).

General Discussion Area / Re: Hectic night
« on: 07 April 2019, 15:02:28 »
It is called 'Care in the Community'

In the 1960's and 70's there was criticism of poor care in mental asylums. Many of the inmates spent their time in decaying Victorian buildings off their heads on medication to keep them quiet.

By the 1980s there was enough agreement that 'something must be done' that the Care in the Community act was passed. The asylums were sold off for housing or retail parks. The inmates were given a pat on the back and told to look after themselves.

30 or 40 years have passed so it isn't the same people but where once there was a chance of spending time basket weaving or feeding the hospital pigs or working in the hospital laundry the new generation haven't got those options so some of them spend their time off their heads on spice and sleeping in decaying high streets.

Progress apparently...

General Car Chat / Re: Could be quite expensive.
« on: 06 April 2019, 22:41:51 »
why is clutch replacement like on a Cavalier with an F16.5 Gearbox.

I picked up a NOS Clutch for 15, off the Electronic Man in a Pub that is the Bay of E, and paid someone 20 to fit it, because it's a 20 minute job. Apparently.

It's not really possible to do that on a RWD gearbox.
But it would make a lot more sense on current complex FWD installations
My mk2 Astra was probably the same design.

Take the nearside front wheel off and remove a plug in the gearbox end cover, Undo the clutch pressure plate bolts through an opening between the engine and gearbox. Pull the drive shaft out of the end of the gearbox and lift the clutch out.

Assembly is the reverse of disassembly......

It took me 20 minutes to get the car on axle stands and remove the front wheel but it might have been a 20 minute job with access to a car lift.

General Car Chat / Re: jump starting
« on: 05 April 2019, 08:31:14 »
Maybe related to the stop/start charging system?

Omega Electrical and Audio Help / Re: power sounder
« on: 04 April 2019, 19:17:27 »
The power sounder on my car had been removed before I bought it. but the horn that sits next to it used to work when you opened the door with the key after you had locked it with the remote but now only the hazards flash?.
Horn has died as well.

It is very basic - the design probably hasn't changed since GM first started making them in the mid 1920s (at a guess)

General Car Chat / Re: Empty nest
« on: 03 April 2019, 20:03:02 »
so your confirming that the strobes etc are retro fitted by the friendface seller  ;D
boot mats are transferable ,maybe from an actual ex plod car by Simon into your old non plod omega
Simon told me that he transferred the boot carpet. Can't guarantee that it came from an ex police car though.......

General Car Chat / Re: Empty nest
« on: 03 April 2019, 19:44:41 »
that's what I thought DG because it's a devil's work an auto box
may be interesting for Andy to see where it went
maybe the new buyer will  join OOF with their new "road wars car"  ;D
It is my old car. I bought it from Simon of PVS (police vehicle sales?) who bought and sold several ex police Omegas but I don't believe this one ever got abused by the police (the wiring loom was all still unmolested) .The carpet in the boot has a cut out in the middle to go round a big square box but that is because it came out of a car with a gun safe (or so I was told...........).
I spend most of my time nowadays listening to stories from my two little daughters about unicorns - I haven't got the emotional energy to spend on arguing about the provenance of a 16 year old car.
That said - if someone can find a clip from roadwars where my car makes a cameo appearance I would love to see it  :)

General Car Chat / Re: Empty nest
« on: 03 April 2019, 10:07:44 »
I have owned Vauxhalls for longer than I have held a full licence.

My first Vauxhall was a 2 door Viva HC. I stuck L plates on it and used to take friends to the pub (if they had a full car licence) to gain experience.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 02 April 2019, 19:22:55 »
So for MigV6's benefit, its a Monaro.
Not one of these

Newbie Welcome Area / Re: newbie MV6 owner
« on: 01 April 2019, 13:19:22 »

here it is.

can't see pics or link  :-\
is it the 71k, "Chairman of a Vauxhall dealerships" car ?
CCA link ?  :-\
I suspect that you have used links to temporary dropbox thumbnail files that we can't see - you need to link to public files, I don't know whether this is something that is possible on dropbox :-\

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Cars for Sale & wanted / Re: 2003 Red MV6 3.2 Estate - for sale
« on: 31 March 2019, 20:23:28 »
Now sold

General Car Chat / Empty nest
« on: 31 March 2019, 20:00:27 »
Sold the MV6 today.

For the first time in 17 years I don't own an Omega

For the first time in 32 years I don't own a Vauxhall of any kind. :'(

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