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General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 25 November 2018, 18:44:21 »
PS Ta TB  :y

General Car Chat / Re: Tracing your car's history...
« on: 25 November 2018, 18:44:03 »
Thanks for the replies people!  :y

I think that obtaining info via the DVLA is no longer doable unless you have a legitimate excuse, for date protections reasons. The days of writing a letter and discovering Elvis Presley used to own your Cadillac etc are nearly gone. Looking at other classic car forums that seems to be the case, anyway. What a 'legitimate' reason is, I don't know.

That all said, however, I am not really looking for a personal owner (though that would be nice) but just the original retailer. Which surely can't really contravene any data laws - but the DVLA wouldn't hold that info, only registered keepers.  :-\

I have one document - the 12 month annual inspection (circa 1997), which the Dealer has thoughtfully not bothered to stamp in the space provided!

SO... Bit of progress - I have found a 1994 copy of the Dealership Guide - a list of all UK Vx Garages. There are 5 in Brum... only TWO of which are marked as Fleet Garages (she was a Company Car) and one Company bought all the Vx Franchises for Birmingham in 2002.  That company are still going - Lookers Group. SO if they didnt sell her, they bought the garage that did.

NO idea if theyd hold records, but next thought...

How are numberplates assigned their 'area codes'? OH is Birmingham, as are about a dozen others OV, OM, OA etc - do they work like postcodes, or are they distributed 'evenly' in a given area. So a car anywhere in Birmingham may get the code OH, or would it have to be from, eg: the NE corner only.. Anyone have a clue?


General Car Chat / Tracing your car's history...
« on: 24 November 2018, 22:15:41 »
Just wondered if anyone's had any experience on tracing their car's history - specifically the original Dealer which it was sold from? I have no paperwork dating that far back, only some from when she was a rep's car in her first year on the road, but nothing with an address on.

'OH' reg is Birmingham, so unfortunately I have maybe about half a dozen dealers to choose from (many of which I suspect have since closed/merged etc)

Any thoughts? Bit of an odd one, I know  :)

General Car Chat / Re: What have I turned into??
« on: 23 November 2018, 22:35:05 »
If you hang on until spring, mine's due in April, we can do them both together  :D

General Car Chat / Re: Black Friday Car gubbins...
« on: 23 November 2018, 22:32:00 »
A good read  :y

my favourite is the 'taping a banknote to the offending part' Christ!

General Discussion Area / Re: Black Friday Deals
« on: 23 November 2018, 12:38:38 »
I got my B4s at a good deal, and never seen them cheaper since, but aside from them, I'm still looking for anything that's a 'bargain' over what you'd normally see ...

Please lock, admins. Sourced and fitted the other day  :)

General Car Chat / Re: This has hurt me psychologically 😢
« on: 18 November 2018, 16:08:29 »
Certainly more people should see vids like this. I don't know about anyone else, but watching that it really didnt look like the Omega was going that fast/much lateral force. As has already been said, its all about driving within the vehicle's limits, whatever they may be.

Seem to remember Tiff of Top/5th Gear taking a Morris Minor powersliding round a track - making the point that any vehicle can be driven well, and actually a 'bad' handling car car actually offer huge rewards, and be driven well.

General Discussion Area / Re: Old photos
« on: 13 November 2018, 10:46:18 »
I will clearly lose days if I start going through these, I'll get today's hand-in for Uni done, then go through it!  :y

General Car Chat / Re: This could have got "interesting" ......
« on: 12 November 2018, 21:05:59 »
I think I have a complete rear seat heater pad that I'm never, ever going to get round to fitting, should you go down the repair not replace option.  :y

General Car Chat / Re: Deep sockets
« on: 10 November 2018, 10:43:56 »
thought to myself "really?" and check - yes, you're right! I am in need of one, they come in for pinch bolts on Omegas as I recall.

Very kind of you, my good man! If they're visible the P/Ns I've found are

90502181 (original)

I think I've found a couple of brand new ones for not stupid money. Might be in the market for the frontmost fans, though, as i really need to source some of them.  Keep you all updated.

I know, I know one guy who will definitely have one, and another guy who probably does! One ten mins from where I used to live and the other fifiteen. I'll get looking on the interweb for a new one  :y

Well...went to try and make up a lead and i tried turning it again, and it just locked solid. Jammed, like a seized bearing. Gave it a push and it span fine, for maybe 1/4 a turn, then locked again. gave it some to-ing and fro-ing and it spins ok sometimes, but for barely a full turn, then jams. At first I thought there was something stuck, but I just think the bearing has pretty much died on it. If that's jammed at any point then the motor will just have burned out, surely?

Without checking relays and sensors etc, I think it's an open and shut case of knackered fan motor.

Squeaks like a mouse on Honeymoon when it does turn too. that's a baaad bearing!

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