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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 16 February 2019, 20:24:46 »
Changed the oil and the spark plugs. Well, half of them, anyway. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Price of cars and newness
« on: 16 February 2019, 12:16:47 »
There is a school of thought that the list price of cars these days is held artificially high to part finance the inevitable loan and make the APR look attractive.

Needless to say, that would make me run a mile from any new car. Even if they were making one I actually wanted. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Isis
« on: 15 February 2019, 13:41:51 »
Why is this treacherous dog hogging the headlines? Who actually fickin cares whether she lives or dies?


Aaarrrrrgggghhhh.......I was supposed to be ignoring this story  :(
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My sentiments exactly  let's hope something "tragic" befalls her , and all the snowflakes can have a big hug together.

Don't forget the vigil (s). ::)

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Omega General Help / Re: LSD problem.
« on: 15 February 2019, 11:31:26 »
Might also be a dicky gearbox mount...

Easy enough to check and change if required  :y

Yep. Worth checking the centre propshaft support while you're under there too.

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General Discussion Area / Re: ITV 7:30
« on: 15 February 2019, 11:11:24 »
It appears that excessively bright headlights have taken over from silly chasing LED indicators as the "manhood size compensatory feature" on German prestige cars these days. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Astra 1.6 rattle on cold start
« on: 15 February 2019, 10:24:36 »
If only we'd had access to engines from the mighty Astra in WWII. It would have been over in days. ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Isis
« on: 15 February 2019, 10:18:42 »
Exactly that. Not sure what she expects to achieve with this announcement, but, if she wants to come back then she just needs to turn up at the border. There are a number of things for which she needs to be held legally accountable, of course. It would be rather naive to expect a red carpet to be rolled out.

If she expects to be extracted from a failed state from which we've withdrawn consular services I think she needs to demonstrate that she's significantly more useful to the security services than as an unrepentent jihadi single-mother-to-be in need of some state benefits. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Don't Remember !
« on: 15 February 2019, 10:09:14 »
I think the ground and almost certain death looming through the canopy at 300 knots, and the trauma that followed, would be more than enough to make his memory of the events impossible to recall.

Claiming that he had blacked out might be pushing it. There are pretty clear signs in the video that the pilot pulled back quite hard at the point it became obvious that it had all gone to pot.

I'm not sure what he would be expected to say if he has no recollection of the events?

The facts are that he was the commander of the aircraft and untimately responsible for putting it in the position in which it ended up, barring any mechanical failures.


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General Discussion Area / Re: Another social media death
« on: 13 February 2019, 18:14:42 »
Yes, "Legend". I think not.

I can come up with better words, TBH...

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General Car Chat / Re: Astra 1.6 rattle on cold start
« on: 13 February 2019, 18:08:53 »
Having stood at the wingtip of a spitfire as it's started, you can watch little sprays of fuel eminating from each of the exhaust stubs as it goes through its' firing order. As the first cylinder to fire exhausts, the whole lot catches fire before the prop wash blows the fire out a second or two later and the ground starts shaking. ;D

Now that's a manly engine :)

And in their day those engines had the best RAF ground crew /  engineers working on them 24/7 to keep them in prime condition, even after they had been damaged in battle. However, given the loss rates of the fighters and bombers, so many of those engines never became old.   :'( :'(

They were fine engines that won the war, and even impressed the Yanks, who of course famously decided to fit Merlins into their P51 Mustang's  to give them a superiority of performance and range that saved many a B17 and it's crew from late 1943. ;)


They fitted Merlins because the original V12 didnt work too well. American planes mainly used radials because they proved much more durable and easier to make: damage a cylinder and you can replace it, damage a cylinder on a Merlin and you also replace it. The engine, that is!

True, but, then again, making it an air cooled radial pretty much guaranteed that you'd be damaging cylinders in the first place.

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General Car Chat / Re: GPS week rollover
« on: 13 February 2019, 18:06:34 »
Guessing everything factory-fit prior to a certain date is about to stop working.

Say goodbye to your NCDC, TB. Time to buy a new TomTom  :P

Yes, no worries there. The chances of it surviving until a GPS week rollover I'd regard as "minimal". ;D

Wonder what'll happen to my Rockwell Jupiter? ;D
Then again, I only use it as a frequency reference, so not bothered where or when it thinks it is.

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General Car Chat / Re: Astra 1.6 rattle on cold start
« on: 13 February 2019, 17:15:41 »
On my Morris 1100 I used to regrind my exhaust valves every year - they needed it too
That'll be down to the aforementioned Inadequate fuelling and ignition.
I reckon that explains John Haynes Jaguar V12 and COONY's Triumph 2.5PI starting on a selection of cylinders, with the rest joining in later. I wonder that the V12 Rolls Royce Merlin engines, fitted in Spifires, Mustangs, Lancaster bombers, etc., started as well as they did. Maybe having twin magnetos had something to do with it.
.. or the absence of BL bean counters. ;D

Having stood at the wingtip of a spitfire as it's started, you can watch little sprays of fuel eminating from each of the exhaust stubs as it goes through its' firing order. As the first cylinder to fire exhausts, the whole lot catches fire before the prop wash blows the fire out a second or two later and the ground starts shaking. ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Parking Ticket - Win
« on: 13 February 2019, 14:02:08 »
Turning that on its head, why do big corporates think they should be able to invoice innocent motorists for breaking their rules,

Well how else do you expect them to be able to pay the four directors 750k between them for the year? (Assuming I found the right accounts, and assuming "Other Creditors" means them extracting income somehow) ;) ;D

It's OK though, they recorded 4000 profit on their 1,000,000 income so .. paid no corporation tax. Neat!

Only 750k?  Well, no wonder they come up with such daft, legally unenforceable rules, then! If you want the best, you have to be prepared to pay the going rate. ;D

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Omega General Help / Re: Steering knocking
« on: 13 February 2019, 13:59:37 »
Another thing that comes to mind that can cause a rattle is if the pins on which the front brake calipers float have dried out. I only noticed mine rattling with the window open, however. I now give them a smear of grease whenever I change the pads.

 

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General Discussion Area / Re: Another social media death
« on: 13 February 2019, 12:13:19 »
I was going to say that it's the lorry driver I have sympathy for, for the trauma he'll have been put through, but it seems he might have been in on the prank? :-\

Otherwise, just Darwin doing his work. ::)


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