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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: Goodwood revival
« on: Yesterday at 19:36:03 »
This was the first year in several that we haven't been, and I missed it.. beautiful weather for it, too. I've never found the traffic a problem getting there or away, even leaving from Northampton we're usually there by 10..

Ironically, this is the first year that I'm also a GRRC member and we still didn't go  :-X ;D

Wait until next year and you can go in the Cobra... Maybe  ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Another Omega in the crusher
« on: 15 September 2019, 22:36:17 »
;D in fuel costs alone
Omega 25 MPG ,200 miles per week =47
new mondeo 50 MPG, 200 miles per week =23.50
Omega depreciation 3 years 0.00  ;D
ford mondeo 21k new depreciation 3 years@11k miles p/a 40% =8400

8400 minus 3666 (the extra fuel for omega over 3 years)= 4740 saving  :y

Mine does 28.6, about the same as the TD. :(

Interesting. What sort of driving is that? My jag is returning mid to high 30s and it's the same engine, IIRC.

Not much opportunity for lunacy on my commute, I must admit. It's mostly following dawdling VAG owners at 40 MPH, but it gets a good clean out every so often within that figure.

Omega General Help / Re: Thermostat Housing
« on: 12 September 2019, 22:59:04 »
IIRC there are several different styles of thermostat housing and they need different thicknesses of O ring and different lengths of mounting bolt,

Sometimes, the right parts don't come with the housing! I've had to purchase the thicker O ring separately in the past.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 12 September 2019, 18:17:21 »
Although nothing is faster than a hire car, obviously.  Not even Imber's 2.6

I reckon that shifted quite well once it was on those conveyor belts in the Beanz factory. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: New Defender
« on: 10 September 2019, 23:44:36 »
Looks a bit of a minger to me. :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Driving in sea/salt water
« on: 07 September 2019, 10:12:59 »
I cant begin to understand why anyone would ever want to own or drive a Range Rover, but were all different I suppose.  :-\

Me too, and I have an occasional requirement to tow mates in gliders out of fields, so would actually use the off-road capability.

I'd rather get stuck in fields from time to time than live with the horrific handling and daft fuel consumption day-to-day.

General Car Chat / Re: Car battery .. how much?
« on: 07 September 2019, 10:07:00 »
Well, a fool and his money are easily parted, as the old saying goes.

Or to appease the modern moaners, a fool person unendowed with common sense temporarily caught outside their "safe space" and his/her money....

FTFY, and exactly. If you choose to maintain yourself in such a state of ignorance that you can't tell that 1200 for a battery is utterly absurd you're going to get through an awful lot of money and vaseline and will only have yourself to blame. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: 10 years in
« on: 07 September 2019, 10:02:50 »
(they're ideologically opposed to Facebook/LinkedIn/etc and I don't have their mobile numbers ;D)..
Yeah, I only give it to people I like :P

* aaronjb strikes TB off the list

That only leaves KW then  :P ;D I mean, if by some miracle I ever get down to 17st, I'd love that glider flight he promised a while back ;D

Ha Ha! Maybe I'll have got off my 'arris and got my instructor's rating by then. <evil grin> ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Driving in sea/salt water
« on: 06 September 2019, 22:37:44 »
I get mid-30s on a run out of the 3.6 TDV8 in my L320 IIRC .. been a while since I did a run, to remember properly. My engine of choice would have been the Supercharged petrol 5.0 V8 .. if they didn't command a 5-8k premium in price.

This one is gorgeous .. right up until you see the interior: ;D ;D

My eyes! God, that's hideous! Fresh from a golf club car park somewhere in Cheshire. :-X

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 06 September 2019, 22:30:49 »

                 How much do you get from the Westfield? I got 6.3 mpg on Donnington  in the Evo it came as a bit of a shock!!

IIRC about 30 MPG average hooning around locally and commuting and it'll do high 30's on a motorway run. A light car doesn't suffer too badly from being heavy-footed. ;D

Not sure I could get it that low. Wouldn't get more than a couple of laps out of a tank. ;D

Omega General Help / Re: Trade Club does deliver
« on: 05 September 2019, 22:53:50 »
or plenty of other sellers
I also put oil chip papers down in case of spills
(because chip papers have chip oil on and are not recyclable )
I save the empty 20L tubs and put waste oil in to take for recycling
Yeah, I bought a 3 pack of them, they are really shit.  No, I mean really, really shit.

Buy decent ones, or pour.  I do the latter, as I'm bored buying them.

Indeed. I bought myself a nice old half gallon steel oil pouring can from a 2nd hand shop for buttons and it's large enough target to just fire the big 20L tub into it without too much spillage. Gets easier once the first couple of litres have gone, ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 05 September 2019, 22:43:15 »
Those wheels though!  :-*
"...have had the car running on easy start cave-dweller's diagnostic fluid  ! fuel pump engine has therefore now failed..."  ::)  ;D


General Car Chat / Re: My Omega got rammed ,Hit n run
« on: 05 September 2019, 22:40:33 »
That's it?  ???   That's just a bit of French style parking!  ::)  :P

I'm sure that Monsieur Albs will confirm that this is perfectly normal behaviour.................. in France!  :D

Aaah hold on!  ;D
the video does not show the 2 hours i spent removing and adjusting the bumper, or the several hours to sort the paint or getting a new number plate made up   ::)
I left the EU in march ,so french parking is not acceptable here

Fair does!  :y

I held on in March, but I'm leaving on 31st October do or die!  :y

I guess that means I'll have to give up French parking though?  ???  :-\  ::)  ;D
Don't forget the French letters. No more Marina mischief for you. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 05 September 2019, 22:39:28 »
First few tankfuls in the little blue pussy have returned between 36 and 37 MPG.

It can certainly chew through some fuel when driven at full chat but is pleasantly economical when stuck behind some plodder taking it easy.

Gauge reads perhaps 0.5 - 1MPG more than actual.

General Car Chat / Re: Driving in sea/salt water
« on: 05 September 2019, 22:33:40 »

P38 and the early L322 (pre 2005 FL) are BMW era, running BMW electrics and systems, mostly from the 7 series of the time, and aren't great reliability wise. Later L322 are a huge improvement in that area, and the 2nd FL around 2009 improves it still further.

True, hence the wheezy arthritic 2.5 diseasal lump. Although LR were also kind enough to liberally sprinkle bits of Lucas electronics about the place. Because, y'know, that's always a sure fire route to reliability

The thing is, I say all of this in the full.knowledge I am going to buy one. Some day. Because it's an itch I'll have to scratch.  ::)

Heavy. You missed out heavy. Ask me how I know. :-X

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