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Messages - Kevin Wood

General Discussion Area / Re: Hmmmm project...
« on: 13 June 2007, 15:55:52 »
HG is probably just Fubar'd Kevin, and he's saying "little hole" to try and make out the HG damage is minimal.
A blown HG is a blown HG, though!!

You're right. I was just being cynical  ::)

I'd budget for a new set of long bolts for the head too. I doubt very much that they are officially re-useable. Whether you can get away with it on a project car is another matter, of course!


General Discussion Area / Re: Hmmmm project...
« on: 13 June 2007, 15:42:33 »
Got to be worth a try. It's about the right mileage for a fubared head gasket.

Head gasket has a little hole in it

That concerns me a little. How does he know how big the hole is? Has it been taken to bits?


General Discussion Area / Re: Congratulations Kevin...
« on: 15 June 2007, 10:25:39 »
Why thank you [smiley=happy.gif]

Blimey. 1000 posts!

Hope there have been a few useful ones amongst the drivel!


General Discussion Area / Re: Paypal dispute closed...
« on: 15 June 2007, 11:17:38 »
I think you're right with option 3.

Yes, the guy took a risk by not specifying a secure carrier but it would leave a bad taste in my mouth if I knew I'd made money on a transaction and the other guy got bu66er all. The money is there for the taking from Royal Mail so why not use it to compensate the buyer to a certain extent?


General Discussion Area / Re: Lakes - Omegas leaving field
« on: 13 June 2007, 17:32:03 »
Well, autobahnstormers ought to know, and the Senator 3.0i 24V auto is quoted as 0-60 in 8.8 there.

I timed a very casual 0-60 on my 3.2 MV6 Auto at 8 seconds using a Race technology AP22. No tricks, no manual shifting, just plonk foot down in "D". I suspect it may have faired better if I'd remembered to put it into Sport mode before I set off. Manufacturer's spec is 8.0 seconds.

The two cars weigh very similar amounts, have very similar amounts of power and the same gearbox. To make one go 2 seconds faster than the other would require a very substantial increase in power or decrease in weight.


General Discussion Area / Re: 2.5v6 as a Track Day Car
« on: 14 June 2007, 23:43:05 »
I think you'll find track days are more aimed at road legal cars. Since they don't generally have a system of scrutineering cars before entry to each event in order to ensure safety of the vehicles they will instead insist that the car is taxed and MOT'ed.

I'm sure you could get away with some lightening of the car, but how far you could go before either the MOT inspector or track day operator called time is probably open to interpretation. If you exposed sharp objects by removing parts of the interior, for example, you might find you've got a problem.


General Discussion Area / Re: EXPERT GADGETRY WIRING???
« on: 14 June 2007, 21:39:37 »
what do they teach at school these days ;)
Microsoft Excel, and other useless stuff....

.. and how to have a sports day without any winners and losers, and how not to take the p*ss out of the ginger kid and the geek, and ...


General Discussion Area / Re: EXPERT GADGETRY WIRING???
« on: 14 June 2007, 16:04:56 »
A fag lighter will normally supply at least 10 amps, which is plenty for numerous phones, IPODs, etc. Would probably power a couple of laptops too. If I were you I'd get a 4 into 1 lighter plug adaptor.


General Discussion Area / Re: EXPERT GADGETRY WIRING???
« on: 14 June 2007, 15:21:40 »
What's wrong with the fag lighter?

...Or has it rotted away?   ;D :P :-X


General Discussion Area / Re: EXPERT GADGETRY WIRING???
« on: 14 June 2007, 10:38:58 »
Aye it was very clever!!

About as clever as when my Grandad decided he'd put a huge battery in his moggy minor to help it start. He slammed the bonnet down, pleased with his work, only to see two dents in the shape of battery terminals appear in the bonnet, and the paint between them start to turn brown and bubble up!  :o :'(


General Discussion Area / Re: Lakes Tech2 stuff
« on: 14 June 2007, 10:41:03 »
PM sent regarding the stuff I owe you for.



General Discussion Area / Re: Some Birthday present
« on: 13 June 2007, 23:11:40 »
out of character for my account - so it was blocked.

He He. My phone started vibrating in my pocket about 30 seconds after swiping for SWMBO's engagement ring. In that time the chappie in the call centre in Bangalore had been fully briefed to ask me what the helll I was doing  :o

Sorry to hear it but glad it looks like it will not cause any lasting worry for you. A reminder to be vigilant.


General Discussion Area / Re: Last weekends TV
« on: 12 June 2007, 23:50:32 »
no tv`s where we were.... :)

Entertainment wasn't exactly in short supply either...


General Discussion Area / Re: Exhausts.
« on: 13 June 2007, 15:39:21 »
From MOT manual:

b. a silencer in such condition, or of such a type, that the noise emitted from the vehicle is clearly unreasonably above the level expected from a similar vehicle with a silencer in average condition.

How the average chav in a nova gets through every year is beyond me, so that's clearly being applied fairly loosely at the moment.

I'm glad it doesn't say anything about the noise from the induction system because that's by far the loudest part of my Westfield, but it only really barks at high revs and load so it's as good as gold during the MOT  ::) .

As long as someone doesn't start making quiet Lotus 7 replicas so the "level expected from a similar vehicle" remains "'kin loud" I'm happy.  :y

I drove all the way back up through France having burnt all the packing out of my exhaust once. Got some lovely looks from the local villagers. I didn't think it was that loud. Then again, I was wearing a pair of Peltor ear defenders  ;D

exhausts will have to be E marked

That'll be the end of cheapo factor exhausts, no doubt, and I bet the E marking doesn't remain legible for long!


General Discussion Area / Re: Just curious but......
« on: 13 June 2007, 00:06:36 »
Three Cars I have always loved and would love to own one day are the

Triumph TR6
Triumph TR5
Triumph TR3

My mate's mum had an immaculate white TR4A  :-* :-* when I was a lad. Think we all shed a tear when she sold that, her included. She restored it.


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