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Messages - Kevin Wood

General Discussion Area / Re: Poor performance
« on: 24 June 2007, 21:10:01 »
Are you still down in Slough, Pete?

I've got a vacuum gauge if you want to give it a try.


General Discussion Area / Re: Poor performance
« on: 23 June 2007, 17:58:44 »
Can you do a vaccuum check, record the value at idle, then open the rear multi ram by hand and see if the vacuum changes.

I think I can see where you're coming from here.  :'(


General Discussion Area / Re: Weight of a 3.0 v6 engine?
« on: 22 June 2007, 10:25:17 »
GM - well the Rover V8 is ex GM

So it is..  :-[

Well, then. There's heritage in both options, for what it's worth!


General Discussion Area / Re: Weight of a 3.0 v6 engine?
« on: 22 June 2007, 09:56:39 »

If anyone does get the opportunity to weigh a V6 please can you post your results?

I keep getting indecent thoughts about dropping one into my Westfield  ;D


General Discussion Area / Re: Weight of a 3.0 v6 engine?
« on: 22 June 2007, 09:53:01 »
Technical issues aside, I think as the car is an Opel there'd be a certain amount of charm attached to keeping it in the family and using the Vauxhall engine.

When you look at the technical nitty gritty the Rover V8 is a pretty ancient engine by modern standards but it is a very commonly used engine and therefore they are plenty of people who have trod the path before and plenty of parts available for tuning, etc.

You can also just slap a carb and a distributor on it and it'll run.

The Vauxhall engine has no provision for a distributor (quite rightly so for a modern engine) and I doubt you will find anyone making a manifold to fit a carb to it. So, your engine management is going to be more complex. However, I personally wouldn't build an engine using carbs or a conventional distributor these days. The benefits of mapped ignition and fuel injection are just too great and it's not that expensive or difficult to do. With care, you could probably re-use the original ECU but you'll have a lot of work to do keeping it happy when devices that it's used to controlling have gone. I'd probably go for an ECU you can map yourself, perhaps a Megasquirt or Emerald.

I find the Rover V8 is a very lazy feeling engine to drive, as well. Don't get me wrong, it's a powerful engine but whilst it generates huge torque from idle speed upwards it doesn't really thrive on revs, even when mildly tuned. It's got great characteristics for a heavy, cruising car but personally I prefer an engine that likes to rev a little more. I think the Vauxhall V6 would be a better bet in this respect.

If the Vauxhall engine will give you enough power and you aren't going to want to tune it much above standard then go for it. If you're going to want silly power you'd be better off dropping in a V8 that will produce it out of the crate IMO, or at least one that's well supported by suppliers of tuning bits.


General Discussion Area / Re: SP30
« on: 21 June 2007, 09:34:00 »
I'm saying nothing for fear of picking up a ticket for the first time ever.....

Never had one either, which is why I'm so annoyed with myself over last week's lapse of concentration. Still, it may not happen.... Might have caught them on their doughnut break  ;D


General Discussion Area / Re: SP30
« on: 21 June 2007, 00:36:24 »
I got 2 of the dam things

What, girlfriends? :o or SP30s?   :'(



General Discussion Area / Re: SP30
« on: 19 June 2007, 09:39:34 »
There's also the possiblity of being 'invited' on a speed awareness course!

Oh, boy! would I love that opportunity. Now, would I arrive in the Westfield or the Omega?  :-/  .. and would I be able to resist the temptation to light up both rears on the way out just to demonstrate how successful the brainwashing has been?

I'm in court on Wednesday 10am for a 96mph in a 70. Going to attempt a not guilty

Well, good luck!


General Discussion Area / Re: SP30
« on: 18 June 2007, 17:40:03 »
you MAY get a ticket but I doubt it

Yeah, it's probably right on the borderline at that sort of speed. Just trying to remember if my speed was "stable at" 36-38 or "descending through" at the time  :-/

mention the faulty reminder sign - but I reckon it interfeared with the talivan Roll Eyes

Well, I'll be asking how a (probably) doppler radar detector in the sign interfered with a (probably) laser detector in the talivan in that case! One has wavelength in centimetres, the other in nanometres!


General Discussion Area / Re: SP30
« on: 18 June 2007, 14:45:00 »
I'm waiting for one in the post  >:( Driving through a confused mixture of 30,40 & 50 mph urban dual carriageways. Drive past a smart sign that usually illuminates at sub-30, in a 30MPH limit. It doesn't light up. "Strange", I think. Look down at speedo and see 36-38 MPH oops!. Look ahead, Talivan hiding under a tree.  >:(

Went back along the same road later on, when Talivan had gone. Smart warning sign now illuminating at indicated 30 MPH  >:(

Fair enough, I was speeding and I'm not trying to wriggle out of it, but if I do get an NIP I will be asking what road safety benefit there is in disabling smart signs, or whether they are after all just out to raise revenue.


General Discussion Area / Re: Mmmmm if only
« on: 20 June 2007, 12:07:26 »
Used to see one around Fleet quite regularly. It appeared to be used as a shopping car. What a waste.


General Discussion Area / Re: Cant get in the office
« on: 22 June 2007, 17:07:12 »
Never happened at my school - you were just allowed to wear coat in classroom

Me too. These days they announce the schools will close the day before, based on a slightly chilly weather forecast, just in case the boiler breaks!


General Discussion Area / Re: Cant get in the office
« on: 22 June 2007, 10:50:06 »
Blimey! I bet the cat's well and truly amongst the pigeons there!

Still, it's not to be messed with. An ex-colleague of my Father is very ill at the moment due, apparently, to exposure to asbestos, probably circa 40 years ago. He wasn't conscious of exposing himself to anything more hazardous than a hot soldering iron during his career.


General Discussion Area / Re: Omega Owners Forum Relay
« on: 22 June 2007, 10:00:10 »
I wouldn't bother with services. There must be an OOF member about every 20 miles on the way up and I'd wager every one of them would happily stick the kettle on for you  :y

So, I'll set the ball rolling. If you're passing Alton, Hampshire and you fancy a cuppa...

Have a good journey.


General Discussion Area / Re: Jaimes Tractor
« on: 22 June 2007, 16:12:18 »
You may well jest......

Only half. Constant hissing from the expansion tank cap, gets worse when gunned but it hasn't ground to a halt completely in a column of steam as it would have done by now had it been the gasket. I do hope I'm wrong...

I've been racking my brains but I still can't think of anything else to try before the head comes off.

Except a check for fumes in the expansion tank.. did you ever do this? Wouldn't prove much at this stage because either way I think you need a look inside but might be interesting.


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