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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 21 November 2019, 20:26:59 »
This would be an ideal usable classic for Uncle STEMO if restored!  :y

British Racing Green as well!  :-*  :)

Can't believe someone expects actual money for that. ;D

Still, the O series engine reminds me of my Ital days. :D

There are a few other finds in his barn that I'd be more interested in, mind.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 17 November 2019, 17:01:12 »
Was going to do some jag fettling but my broadband router packed up last night (1 year and 1 week after purchase)  >:(

So, I've been mostly dicking about with computers like I do 5 days a week anyway. >:(

Did manage to top up the screen wash, check the tyre pressures and change the oil, mind.

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 17 November 2019, 16:53:55 »
Vauxhall Victor! :y

If time and money were no object I wonder if a 2.5-3.2 V6 would fit in there somehow?  :-\   :)

If you could find something that's not rotten to bolt the engine mounts to... ;)

keep it as firewood for the impending Ice-age  :y
or to board up your windows after the BREXIT riots  ;D

I was going to say, a log burning stove is probably the most hassle-free way of parting with them. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: tyre ?
« on: 15 November 2019, 18:41:54 »
Actually, having done 5 k in it, I should probably check they still have some tread on them. :-X

General Car Chat / Re: tyre ?
« on: 15 November 2019, 18:41:23 »
I think I might need zome stickier ones for the xe. It's a lot easier to get it out of shape on acceleration than the Omega.   ::)
Whatever Chris is running should suffice  :D

What's currently fitted?

Hmm. Dunno. When I drive off in the morning they are black and round enough not to cause any issues, so I haven't looked much. :-[

Pirelli P7's IIRC.

General Car Chat / Re: tyre ?
« on: 15 November 2019, 12:46:27 »
I think I might need zome stickier ones for the xe. It's a lot easier to get it out of shape on acceleration than the Omega.   ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Interesting facts re the election
« on: 14 November 2019, 23:25:54 »
Labour are now promising free broadband for all and are going to make big tech companies pay for it. The old trick of buying votes with other peoples money.
Don't suppose they have considered that the tech companies will just move out of the UK and lots of people will lose their jobs.
Anyone who votes for a bunch of terrorist supporting Marxists, just to get free broadband shouldn't be allowed to vote.

That's OK, they'll just re-open the coal mines. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 14 November 2019, 23:24:01 »
Mine will have been on the road 20 years come the spring time.  :o

Reading stuff like this makes me want to do another. :D

Don't need to jack car up, just get 8, 18" square pieces of steel, grease them up make 4 sandwich, then you have 4 skid/turntable plates.

a glossy magazine under each wheel works just as well.

But then Webby would ruin his copies of Jugs Monthly..

there's three adjustments worth in a year. And if you replace all of the service/wear parts it won't need doing for ages - twice in the nine years I owned the car.

If only they worked as well with the pages stuck together.  :-X

My view is that it's a compromise you face for having a relatively simple MacPherson strut suspension setup as opposed to a double wishbone. In addition, the Omega is wearing much wider rubber than was the norm when the original platform was designed, and that doesn't help matters. 

General Discussion Area / Re: Boiler Short Cycling
« on: 12 November 2019, 21:06:57 »
I've probably got a load of the capacitors. Happy to swap them next time I'm over your way. :y

(can do am postal service on the spare board if it's urgent)

Is it lighting fully then shutting down fully (right back to fan off) or cycling through the ignition sequence (fan then pilot then main burner) with the fan running constantly?

I think the cap failure normally results in the latter. The former is likely to be the main thermostat, or maybe the overheat thermostat is tripping for some reason.

Ours kettled very badly when we first moved here and I found the system had been poorly maintained. Fixed a leak that was causing it to take on fresh water and gave it a good flush and some inhibitor it's been silent ever since.

They are worth persevering with. Fix the dodgy caps and lubricate the fan bearings every so often and they'll go on for ever.

General Car Chat / Re: Jag XF Sportbrake
« on: 10 November 2019, 01:13:28 »
No bleddy lefties in my car thank you very much!   >:(

And I don't care how 'progressive'  they are!  :D

Getting choosy these days, I see! I thought the only criterion was sufficient cider consumption... ;D

Mind you, no doubt you'd need to get some special vegan cider in this case, where the yeast has signed a contract stating that they agree to you exploiting them for yourher intoxication.

If you have live data, I'd also check the fuel trims aren't wandering off too far. If they are, it could be a MAF sensor failure although the front lambda sensor is also a possibility.
It's a 1995 2.0L so it doesn't have a pre-cat.  It should be just the one lambda sensor before the main cat, isn't it? There's no post cat sensor to indicate that the cat is working properly as there is on the 2.2. These sensors have an 'official' life of about 60,000 miles. Factor in old age, means it probably needs replacing in any event. I'd be inclined to eliminate the MAF as an issue, replace the sensor and measure the emissions at the tail-pipe. If they're still out then try the cataclean, but might well be that you need a new catalytic downpipe.

Yes, right you are. IIRC, the 2.0 has the less common titania lambda sensor, too, so be careful to get the correct type if changing it.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 09 November 2019, 10:33:06 »
Yep, know that feeling. Although what I've replaced it with is better in almost every respect, the Omega did me for nearly 200k of mostly trouble free motoring and was still a lovely car to drive 'till the end.

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