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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 27 January 2019, 17:40:36 »
New crank sensor fitted, (real one) and changed the oil n filter,,,, was 87miles over the 10k, I was worried as it was over the 10k, but I lived to tell the tale,..

Seems high mileage between changes, given the price of TC oil. :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 27 January 2019, 17:34:27 »
Nice sunny clear day, took the Astra out for a 60 mile thrash on the Mendip Hills. Wells, Priddy, Wookey Hole, Cheddar, Harptree, Cameley, the plucky thing never missed a beat, drove well, no warning lights on, really not so much wrong with it, I thought.

Passing the Hunters Lodge at Priddy I espied five old gentlemen on English motorcycles, so I pulled in for a chat. Turned out they were the Bath Oldies, and they do such outings on sunny days. There were an Ariel 500, a Norton 600, two Triumph twins and an ex WD BSA 350 side valve in olive green, solid rear end and girder front forks. That BSA brought back memories ,you could buy one of those in the 1950s, new, for 29 10 shillings, from Pride & Clarke, war surplus.

My second bike was an ex WD 350 OHV Ariel, same solid frame and girder forks. Later converted to AMC swinging arm and tele's for scrambling. Happy days. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: I know it was wrong of me....
« on: 25 January 2019, 19:33:53 »
.... to smirk a little when I heard that a certain Scottish ex politician was arrested yesterday and charged with 14 offences, including 2 counts of attempted rape, 9 of sexual assault, 2 of indecent assault, and 1 of breach of the peace, but I couldn't help it.  :-X

Innocent until proven guilty of course.  :)

He was 'very close' with wee Jimmy Krankie  for many years........I wonder. ::)
I've got the impression since the news of his investigation started coming out a while back, that wee Jimmy initially backed him, but then started distancing herself...  ...maybe as she became aware of the scale of it?  (Or in Rod2's conspiracy theory books, realised she couldn't get him off).

If he is found guilty, he should have it chopped off and forced to eat it. Then shot in front of his family.
I doubt that, it sounds as though he 'got off' quite easily. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Start/stop
« on: 21 January 2019, 17:25:42 »
The Mondeo starts quicker than I can lift completely off the brake. I'm very impressed, particularly having read previous criticism on here. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Start/stop
« on: 21 January 2019, 15:27:50 »
Presumably if you fit a standard battery, it will just not stop, like STEMO's buddy's. :-\

General Car Chat / Re: Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 21 January 2019, 15:25:37 »
Terry you have mail. :y

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 20 January 2019, 16:11:24 »
Nothing yet, but Im hoping to muster the energy to try and find out why switching on the indicators on the 190 instantly blows the fuse, then give the Omega a much needed wash.  :)

It resents after market extras being fitted. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 19 January 2019, 22:52:21 »
No. I believe it was quite fast for the 1960s, but then the Japanese multis came along, and they were much faster.

True, but the Shadow also looked the business, unlike the Black Knight which succeeded it. I still think the Rapide and Shadow were the most beautiful bikes ever built. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Astra oil pressure warning light coming on
« on: 19 January 2019, 19:55:59 »
What about a Corsa?
Vauxhall's are ok, Terry, but other makes are available. Having said that, once any car reaches a certain age, it is bound to have problems.
I guess you like Vauxhalls because you're used to working on them, but Fords are much the same, and abundant. Of course, you wouldn't have the forum to fall back on.
Decisions, decisions.
Quite so. Having scrapped three Omegas last Autumn (MOT rust failures) I sought advice on this forum, and Astras seemed attractive. Road tested one for sale locally 850, liked it, bought it. Splendid car. Bought another 330, MOT failure, on emissions test it seized up, oil starvation. Bought another 795, here we are.

Last new car I bought, 1978, was a Volkswagen Passat, nothing but trouble.  I have owned Austins, Morris's, Fords, Citroens, Peugeots, Rovers and recently Vauxhalls; not to mention a Cotton 250 Villiers twin, a BSA Road Rocket 650, and 2 Velocette Venoms 500.

What? and no Black Shadow Terry? ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Dead Person
« on: 19 January 2019, 19:50:55 »
Windsor Davies died last Thursday aged 88.
Lovely Boy.

No reruns of Lofty and friends in the jungle I suspect.

Not PC enough for today, much like Till death us do part.

I was just thinking the same, it had Michael Bates as the wonderful blacked up punkah wallah outside the Officer's Mess, definitely a no no with the snowflake generation. >:(

Omega General Help / Re: LPG in our omega
« on: 18 January 2019, 10:00:25 »
Would of considered doing mine when first bought as cover some 100 +miles a day and accept the fuel saving would of been considerable...trouble was I couldn't afford to loose the boot space being part of the reason I own an Omega. :)

Same reason I didn't convert mine. ideally a dual fuel tank in place of the existing would be the answer, but prohibitively expensive to manufacture I imagine. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Silly old duffer
« on: 17 January 2019, 22:30:01 »
And no surprise that he passed the breath test. ::) ::) ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Digital caliper
« on: 13 January 2019, 19:44:15 »
I buy stuff from Lydl too, not just Ebay  :y
but as with many things ,most is made in china / Taiwan etc ,imported,marked up .
plus ebay China stuff takes ages to get delivered ,though it is getting quicker recently.

I use the caliper to measure odd size pipe,bolts etc and the digital readout is great
 .(like ronnyd i struggle to see tiny scales )
I have recently invested in a couple of pairs of +3 reading glasses ,not to read with,just as hands free magnifying glasses to see fine detail,part numbers etc
again , another pound shop purchase  ;D

Strangely, this one purports to have been made in Der Faterland. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Digital caliper
« on: 13 January 2019, 15:43:21 »
like this clicky
had one a long time ,very useful  :y
batteries from the pound shop when they die  ;D

And I thought mine was cheap! :-[

General Discussion Area / Digital caliper
« on: 13 January 2019, 12:17:14 »
Picked one up from Lidl for a tenner yesterday. Excellent value, reads inches or mm. :y

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