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Messages - Andy B

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General Car Chat / Re: Temporary car insurance
« on: 14 August 2020, 16:39:17 »
Just for clarification MOT and Vehicle Tax are linked together on the DVLA System but not Insurance, they scrapped that idea years ago when they scrapped the Tax Disk

└bviously you need Insurance to drive a car, you need an MOT to Tax a Car but that's it, you don't need  Insurance to Tax, Un Tax, Re Tax, New Keeper Tax, SORN or Un SORN etc, can all be done without Insurance  :y

I don't think you do anymore ...  :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« on: 14 August 2020, 12:01:12 »
Never really found it very strenuous to adjust the rear view mirror must be a strain to some poor folk..😄


Both my mother and sister slide the seat almost  to the front of the runner, and have the back almost upright. I don't do either but in all the cars we've driven between us, I've never needed to adjust any of the mirrors to use them. Why would you need to move the screen mirror just because the light has changed? :o 


An auto-dipping mirror is nice to have, but it's hardly essential.


Far too many features are gimmicks because they are poorly implemented: electric windows that are only one touch down but not up - Ford compound this by only having it on the driver's door; full closure that requires you to hold the button on the remote for as long as it takes, when it ought to be included in the dead locks; electric seats without memories; mood lighting - it's utterly ghastly; haven't seen this for a while, but remote adjustable door mirror only on the driver's door - clearly specced by someone who had never seen a car, let alone driven one; screens that display text to tell you your door is open, but only an EML that could mean anything; electric boot releases that don't open with the engine running; mechanical keys and a start button; interior lights that a make a glow worm look bright; controls that are not obvious how they work, like pulling the light switch to turn on the courtesy light or just scattering controls randomly around the dash; considering how much electronic crap is in a modern car, why do none have continuously variable wiper speeds - one knob to go from off, through various intermittent delays to full speed; electric closers that are so slow operated by sensors that are so poor you look like you need a piss rather than trying to open the boot; I could go on.


One of the things that make older cars more appealing is they have none of this stuff, so it isn't infuriating when it doesn't work properly.

Can I add Mercs infra red total closure to the list of useless electrickery? I used to be able lock & close the windows and roof of my Omega from my front room using rf. To do the same with my Merc I need to stand next to the driver's door so the key & see the infrared window ..... pointless IMHO.

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« on: 14 August 2020, 11:56:45 »
Never really found it very strenuous to adjust the rear view mirror must be a strain to some poor folk..😄
I don't find it strenuous either, just bemused as to why a 20 odd yr old main stream car has an electric interior mirror & modern expensive cars don't

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« on: 13 August 2020, 17:45:08 »
Electric seat adjustment has manual adjustment beat on refining position, and very few modest cars have them even as an option. Even some cars that should have full electric only have partial electric adjustment which leaves you with the worst of both :-\

I never realised how much I used the memory seats on my Omega until I bough the RClass. The seats were fully electric but no memory, which meant that it seemed to take an age to get the seat back to how you wanted it when it was moved fro whatever reason.
My ML has both electric column & seats with memory ..... but manual interior mirror!  ??? ???
Mercedes dropped the electrically adjustable interior mirror when the facelifted the W140 S Class in '94... Prior to that, and unlike the Omega one, it was fully adjustable from the mirror switch. Mine has fully electric seats, but no memory, but not an issue as no one else drives it ;D Easily retrofitted though, so I may yet do that...
Nobody else drove my R Class but seats were moved to hoover & both front seats needed to be moved forward a little to drop the middle seat backs flat.

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« on: 13 August 2020, 16:42:36 »
Electric seat adjustment has manual adjustment beat on refining position, and very few modest cars have them even as an option. Even some cars that should have full electric only have partial electric adjustment which leaves you with the worst of both :-\

I never realised how much I used the memory seats on my Omega until I bough the RClass. The seats were fully electric but no memory, which meant that it seemed to take an age to get the seat back to how you wanted it when it was moved fro whatever reason.
My ML has both electric column & seats with memory ..... but manual interior mirror!  ??? ???

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General Discussion Area / Re: Word Association.
« on: 12 August 2020, 22:47:16 »
divide

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Omega General Help / Re: cant get started
« on: 12 August 2020, 13:08:13 »
...
It certainly was.... :y At the time there was a good selection of different yards - are they all still there?

The main players are still there .... it's been a while actually since I've been down there

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Omega General Help / Re: cant get started
« on: 12 August 2020, 07:58:24 »
.....
 from a scrap yard in Bury.  .......

At Pimhole?  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 11 August 2020, 11:02:12 »
on the Merc forum were cured by a new sensor.
See, on a Jaaaaagggg forum, all the advice would be "take it to a dealer, and drink their coffee whilst they fix it".

;D

You need a decent car ;) ;D

I must admit, most of the advice is take it to a dealer and get it connected to Star :)

Money seems to be no object to some of them.

Some, but not all of them  ;)

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You do know that most people would buy a new lock for a tenner and put up with having to use two keys? or spend ú40 and have an unworn lock that matches the car?


While I could strip and rebuild lock cylinders, there's no way I could justify the time and faffing about. Especially as I've experienced the very real problems that faulty ignition cylinders cause.

Many years ago I had a Carlton that came with 3 different keys ... each door had a different lock which were both different from the ignition & boot. I stripped both door locks down & armed with extra tumblers from a couple of barrels from the scrap yard, made  both door locks match the ignition key.  :) I did it in work's time so could justify the time spent!  ;D

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raid some glove box locks ......  :y
As Andy says, you have a spare and little used lock in your glove box, same key. They re quite fun to overhaul too, there is a guide on this forum. Don't get over confident and pull they key out with the lock cylinder out of the barrel, though, or all the springs and slides will ping out and vanish on the carpet.

I seem to remember though that a glove box lock barrel didn't have as many tumblers in them as a door or ignition barrel ...

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Second hand or VX :-\


Secondhand lock cylinders?


Just, NO

I think Al was suggesting using old locks as a source for the brass tumblers  :y

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Omega General Help / Re: Original hose spring clip
« on: 10 August 2020, 17:41:27 »
Outside of an emergency, there is never a place on a car for a jubliee/wormdrive clip.  Thats why everyone moved over to the more reliable clips.

I appreciate some people believe points and carburettors are so much better than modern engine management systems, but its time to understand the world has moved to a better place.

I'll watch you try to fit the original spring clips to the thermostat on my Smart Roadster .... just no room to get anything in there to open them up .... stainless Jubilee clips of the correct size when straight on. No problem years/miles later  :y :y

but all points should be put in the bin!  :y :y

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raid some glove box locks ......  :y

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Omega General Help / Re: cant get started
« on: 08 August 2020, 17:43:27 »

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