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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Super Fuse?
« on: 29 May 2020, 21:12:20 »
It's Russ Andrews (= expensive snake oil for the gullible). ;D Makes Bose stuff look well engineered and fantastic value. :-X

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Nothing under lockdown, been at work all week.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Extension lead
« on: 24 May 2020, 11:35:29 »
Also worth mentioning that extension leads with cable reels need to be fully extended in order to safely use the maximum current rating.

Best thing to do here is to get a quality lead that's rated at 13 A and preferably no longer than needed, or buy a decent quality plug and socket (as said, proper MK stuff  perhaps) and some 1.25 or 1.5 mm2 flex and make a lead up yourself that's the right length.

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General Car Chat / Re: X75 Jaguar
« on: 23 May 2020, 18:48:21 »
The closest I came to owning an X75 was the XJ220.

I own two. One silver, the other blue. Both about 14 inches long and made by Maisto.

I see your xj220 and raise you a 250GTO. :P

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General Car Chat / Re: Trouble with your intake manifold?
« on: 22 May 2020, 21:49:33 »
Even Tunnie would use some gaffer tape, had he of had to do similar on his old Senator.

Yeah, he'd only scrimp on that when it was a bit of bell wire from the battery into the cabin. ;D

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I once buried a large tape drive (external DLT) in the lawn using a sledgehammer and rage.  As far as I know its still there - I half expected that one day it would break back through the soil and bend the crankshaft on the mower, but no sign of it ;D

Shit! I thought the printer had it bad. :o

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General Discussion Area / Re: Vettel leaving Ferrari.
« on: 18 May 2020, 22:46:07 »
I wish I could find a certain interview with his engineer of the time. He didn't quite share your view. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Best selling UK car in April 2020.
« on: 18 May 2020, 22:31:43 »
I would have an EV as a commuter car as its 17 miles each way and we have several charging points at work. Perfect for me apart from the purchase price. which I cant afford.

Yep, me too but it'd have to be a second fourth car, another set of insurance, etc. and I'm running out of parking. ;D

.. and paying 40k for something the size of a Punto would grate a little when I got a nice XE for well under half that.

When they hit the used market I might take a punt on a dead one, and a pallet load of 18650 cells. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Detailing for beginners
« on: 18 May 2020, 22:22:49 »
In the box for delivering dealers stamp on page 3 of the service book it says

Vauxhall Fleet management
c/o GE capital fleet services
Dovecote business park
Old Hall rd.
Sale Cheshire.
20/08/02

Im non the wiser tbh.

First two years / 33k miles, it was serviced by Camden motors ltd. Vauxhall in Aylesbury
Then Evans Halshaw Milton Keynes up to 2008 / 115k miles.
Seems it lived in TB country for the first 6 or 7 years.


 GE capital. Were the finance company GM used for all there Finance, Staff at GM use to get a whopping discount on cars, the higher up the management better discount,keep them couple years,then trade-in for another.

Sounds like it was a Vauxhall company car in its early life then ?

Same first keeper as my old Omega and that was a KP52 plate. :y

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Thanks for the info, All. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: 3D Printer Chat
« on: 17 May 2020, 22:58:52 »
    Well, this is a steep learning curve. ;D

    Lessons learnt so far:

     ....
    • Thinking "I know, I'll wind a smaller quantity onto an old cable drum" is a spectacularly bad idea. ;D

     ;D ;D ;D ;D

    Next project is to make a holder for the enormous reel as it feeds into the printer. I wonder if I've got an old front suspension knuckle in the garage. :-\ That ought to be man enough. ;D[/list]

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    General Car Chat / Anyone know about Zafira gearbox issues?
    « on: 17 May 2020, 22:45:31 »
    My brother has a Zafira 1.4 Turbo on which the gearbox has started whining quite badly - at about 40k miles. :o

    One garage did the <suck through teeth> "New gearbox, mate. 2k" routine.

    Another has offered to replace some bearings for 600.

    ISTR some discussion about Vauxhall FWD gearbox failures here in the past. Anyone know what the issue is with them?

    Cheers,

    Kevin

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    General Discussion Area / Re: 3D Printer Chat
    « on: 17 May 2020, 22:36:33 »
    Well, this is a steep learning curve. ;D

    Lessons learnt so far:

    • 3kg of PLA doesn't sound like a lot when you're ordering it online but you end up with a mahoosive reel that's unmanageable. :o
    • Thinking "I know, I'll wind a smaller quantity onto an old cable drum" is a spectacularly bad idea. ;D

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    General Discussion Area / Re: Corona virus Europe
    « on: 17 May 2020, 22:04:28 »

    then, Arthur Brown  "Fire"          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLUGsn-NOis

     :D :D ;)

    I once had a rather drunken conversation in which we wondered what the country would be like if the government was drawn entirely from prog rock stars of yesteryear. I think we decided that Arthur Brown would be PM. :D

    I think it's a pretty good idea, actually. And I've sobered up now. ;D

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    General Discussion Area / Re: Unbelievable Sparks
    « on: 04 May 2020, 19:51:47 »
    I once hired a 40 kVa generator that was delivered with a male 32A 3 phase commando plug on the end. Guy had started it up, while I was holding the plug in my hand looking confused, before I gently put it back on the ground and asked him politely to stop the generator again and come spot the deliberate mistake. :o

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