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Messages - terry paget

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General Car Chat / Re: Bought another high mileage Astra
« on: 13 April 2019, 23:02:24 »
the water pump can be changed whenever ,not driven by the toothed timing belt  :y
however...
you may as well while you have the aux belt off anyway(4 bolts) ,and , buying just a pump on it's own will cost 25+ ,so cheaper to buy a kit with toothed belt,water pump,deflection roller and tensioner and do it once ,
i went for a gates kit myself but that's about 5 more if you pick the right one (complicated as it's listed as corsa )
On the V6 Omegas I think forum policy has changed about changing water pumps with cam belts. On the in line fours, with the cam belt using the water pump as a pulley it may still be policy to change the pump with the cam belt.

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General Car Chat / Re: Bought another high mileage Astra
« on: 13 April 2019, 21:32:24 »
locking kit 12.21 Buy it now

kit inc water pump 79.95

why you insist on buying such high mile cars I will never know  ;D
for 600 you can pick them up nearer 100k  some with 12 months mot  :-X
Thanks for ref. for locking kit, have ordered. Is it customary to change water pump at the same time as cam belt on the Astra H, the pump is not a pulley for the belt, is it?
I don't particularly look for high mileage Astras, but nor do I avoid them. First Astra I bought was high mileage (160K), excellent car, no trouble since October. Second and third were about 100K, not so good. This is the fourth, good so far. I am learning. Spec is important, so is MOT history (rust warnings) and proximity. I have bought too many Omegas from far away, only to find that cost of collection doubles cost of the car. The Honda Jazz was 4 miles away at Emborough, this Astra was 20 miles away at Puxton, near Weston-super-Mare.

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General Car Chat / Bought another high mileage Astra
« on: 13 April 2019, 19:08:24 »
I'm running out of Omegas, with my silver 2.5 estate failing MOT through rust. I test drove a Honda Jazz, but yesterday bought a 2006 Astra Design 1.6 petrol manual, 150,000 miles, for 600, MOT to August 14th. It seems to be OK, having removed all the wheels, looked underneath, etc. No service history since 2012 at 78221 miles, but MOT history is encouraging, no rust problems, just tyres, lights, steering play etc. I changed the oil and filter today and the dip stick came out clean, no black sludge; tyres are good. Handbrake is drum, oil filter is spin-on, exhaust looks new, body unmarked, colour is pomegranate red which grandson Tom (4.1/2) likes.

No mention of a cam belt change, so that's the next job. Please advise best choice of kit, and how best to go about it, problems, etc.

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Omega General Help / Re: Changing backbox on estate
« on: 13 April 2019, 09:42:33 »
Always fit non-standard stuff on the car.


Considering how cheap a complete system is, you would be better off buying an appropriate standard backbox and moving the stainless one on to some other mug. Sucker. Person.


Used exhausts are not worth the effort no matter how cheap they seem
Thanks Nick. That is my back up plan, to buy the complete system we found recently at 94 and pop it on. But I should have to await delivery, probably not before Easter now, so it seems worth attempting to use the old box, especially as I have got it off the other car now. 

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Omega General Help / Re: Changing backbox on estate
« on: 12 April 2019, 22:18:17 »
just cut the old box off at the clamps where it failed,angle grinder (PPE  :y)
offer the new box up ,on hangers, mark where new pipe meets up ,cut remainder of mid sections off,leaving enough to slide inside the SS pipes and be clamped

no point in disturbing anything else  :-\
unless i'm missing something
Good thinking, Dave. That sounds like a better approach.

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Omega General Help / Changing backbox on estate
« on: 12 April 2019, 19:12:45 »
V828 2.5 petrol manual estate
This car has got noisier in the last week (it passed MOT 2 weeks ago) and now I see why.

I have this stainless steel silencer, retrieved from my dead estate. I imagine it should fit.

It does not look quite the same. Please advise how I should go about fitting it. My idea is to remove the cat section back from the car complete, then place the LONGLIFE  beside it and decide where to cut off the existing pipes; then replace the central exhaust, pop on the backbox, clamp the pipes and hang the backbox on the car.

Sounds like heavy work. Please advise.

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Omega General Help / Re: rear brakes
« on: 11 April 2019, 09:14:40 »
Only reason to strip the handbrake is when the scissors 4:1 leverage assembly seizes up, making the brake markedly less effective. This usually happens after many years, more than the car was expected to last. It's a tricky job, but most rewarding.

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Omega General Help / Re: Xenon level sensor. Expensive
« on: 09 April 2019, 22:42:06 »
I broke both of mine on the silver estate last year and replaced them with used off e-bay. I am about to scrap that car, maybe I should retrieve them.

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Omega General Help / Re: X168JAT and Longleat monkeys
« on: 07 April 2019, 11:18:52 »
Put it on Ebay ,track car/drift RWD for 200
you could also use an on-line buyer like
clicky
or
clicky

expect you'd get 160 ,which is double what you got last time  :y

Sad times  :(
Thanks Dave. The second site offered me 194 for it!

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Omega General Help / X168JAT and Longleat monkeys
« on: 07 April 2019, 09:03:40 »
Yesterday my son took this dying car through the Longleat monkey enclosure with grandson Tom on board. Monkeys clambered all over it, but all they removed were the reversing sensors. This morning I shall load it with 4 spare doors, prior to scrapping it after the 14th. I have had little response to the advert for sale so far. Price is very negotiable, but car must go.

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General Car Chat / Re: Could be quite expensive.
« on: 06 April 2019, 11:51:11 »
Trouble is, cost of a garage clutch change far exceeds the value of the car. I scrapped Senators as their clutches failed. JamesV6CDX taught me to change Omega clutches, but now the parts alone cost more than the car's value.

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This car has failed its MOT, current MOT expires 14 April 2019. I shall scrap it then unless someone else would like to buy it. The car is running perfectly, and is fitted with a Panasonic radio/tape player/CD player with a 12 CD autochanger. I can be contacted by forum message or at terry.paget@btconnect.com.
Price: 200 ono, buyer collects. I have the sills, they were removed to assess the damage.






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General Car Chat / Re: Empty nest
« on: 03 April 2019, 17:15:01 »
47 years, but I think there will be those on here with over 60 years.
63 years this year.

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Omega General Help / Re: V828 MOT Passed!
« on: 03 April 2019, 15:17:04 »
how much welding ? what actually needs doing ?
have you asked the MOT garage for a price to do all the work ?
being a manual ,you'd probably get your 305 you paid back if you sold it rather than scrap it  ;)
if it only requires a few hundred to fix ,that would be cheaper than buying another car,which you will probably have to spend a few hundred to fix anyway
Welding required both sides rear wheel arches and sills; complete exhaust, cat sections, central sections, back box, and probably lambda sensors too; new brake pipe rear right required. Then it has to pass emissions test. A lot or work on a car that will probably fail MOT again next year.

You think it might sell? Here it is.




I have the sills. Buyer collects from BA3 2LP, Midsomer Norton, Somerset. MOT expires April 14th 2019.It's a 2.5 petrol manual estate, perfect drive, nothing wrong with it, in MOT submission trim. Offers over scrap value, about 80. At the moment it has a Panasonic radio/tape player/CD player with 12 CD magazine.

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Omega General Help / Re: V828 MOT Passed!
« on: 03 April 2019, 10:48:29 »
I have wire brushed the bracket, and it don't look too bad.

However, with heavy heart, I have decided to scrap the car. It cost me 305 5 years ago, now needs a complete new exhaust, serious welding, a brake pipe, just to have a change to pass MOT. I imagine it would fail next year anyway. Son Ben, whose car it is, likes the rattly Astra LIFE I have lent him, so this Omega can go.

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