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Messages - Kevin Wood

General Discussion Area / Re: Ripped the ............
« on: 15 May 2007, 22:33:33 »
Well done. It'll probably be nicely cleaned up by the time you get back from Slough!

That reminds me. En-suite floor is still largely marine ply following my fitting of a new shower 18 months ago.

<whisper> SWMBO seems to have forgotten </whisper>


General Discussion Area / Re: Msg for Laidback66
« on: 15 May 2007, 22:21:58 »
Glad to hear you're OK, Dave. Sounds like you're having more than your fair share of this hassle.  :(


General Discussion Area / Re: Towbar & Insurance questions
« on: 15 May 2007, 22:30:19 »
if we dont make a claim, shouldnt we just get our money back???

Who would subsidise all the uninsured scumbags then?

Actually, when you look at the cost of even a "relatively small" claim these days, especially if someone wants compensation for an injury, it's sometimes a wonder that premiums aren't higher.


General Discussion Area / Re: Towbar & Insurance questions
« on: 15 May 2007, 14:07:29 »
is it hard cos looking at the size of a trailer and car i just worry about getting stuck

It's easy until you have to reverse ;D

Best to think a little further ahead as you're driving and try to avoid getting into tight spots in the first place. Grab a trailer and practice your reversing somewhere quiet too.

The other thing I find I need to be careful of is to keep the speed under control. Leave a longer stopping distance and be wary that if you've been grinding up a hill for a few minutes with your right foot embedded in the axminster and the ground flattens out, you need to remember to come off the gas a little! Sounds obvious but when you're used to driving at 70+ it's very easy to let the speed build up and the first thing you know about it when towing is that it all starts to get a bit unstable! A powerful car and cruise control helps a lot here IME. Set the cruise to 55-60 or wherever you're comfortable (on the motorway) and leave it.

If you're really serious about it find a local driving instructor who gives towing lessons. There's a guy close to me who does, but not so close to you!

Have you discounted the possibility of a removable towbar on the MV6 then?


General Discussion Area / Re: Towbar & Insurance questions
« on: 15 May 2007, 10:02:24 »
If you are going to tow any vehicle on a trailer I wouldn't go for a lighter tow car than an Omega, TBH. Yes, it can be done but a FWD car with spongey rear suspension will be nothing like as stable as an Omega.

An Omega can tow IRO 1700 Kg. Once you've accounted for the weight of the trailer itself you're talking about a small to medium hatchback on the trailer.


General Discussion Area / Re: Towbar & Insurance questions
« on: 14 May 2007, 22:23:44 »
As TB said you only need twin electrics for a caravan. The fob light is on the 12N socket. Reversing light is on the 12S IIRC.

I've found that insuring a 2nd car they will consider your existing NCB. Just shop around.

I've never informed them of towing. They won't cover whatever you're towing so that may need to be insured on top, but I don't think they need to know. Don't recall an insurance company ever asking if I tow.


General Discussion Area / Re: Just thinking.....
« on: 14 May 2007, 21:58:33 »
brown slippery stuff that goes into our engines

Yuk! Sounds like some experiment in human-produced-methane power that went horribly wrong!  :o

Mental note never to offer to clean your throttle bodies out!  ;D


General Discussion Area / Re: Work done on my Elite
« on: 14 May 2007, 15:47:56 »
Did you really love this machine after removing the box for a fourth time?

This is the problem. The more you work on a car the more attached you get to it and the less likely you are to get shot of it, no matter how much of a pain in the @rse it is!

However, at the risk of tempting fate I think it's about time James had some enjoyment out of that car without.. well.  :-X



General Discussion Area / Re: Has Anyone Been Yet.......
« on: 14 May 2007, 15:43:25 »
Well, went to the Star Wars exhibition. Turns out it is just that. Exhibits in glass cases. Lots of props from the various films, including full size models of a couple of fighters, costumes, artwork, directors' notes, etc.

It was interesting, and would probably be more so for a real Star Wars anorak, of which there were plenty. I felt, having emerged after 90 minutes in there, that spending 16.50 in a pub would have been much more fun and better value but I have always like the simple things in life  ;)


General Discussion Area / Re: Has Anyone Been Yet.......
« on: 09 May 2007, 14:29:35 »
Well I'd say Star Wars is about my limit in sci-fi.

Problem is, the engineer in me grates with stuff like StarGate because, instead of ignoring facts like It's kinda difficult to breathe on other planets and also difficult to get there within your lifetime without abusing the laws of physics, they invent dodgy science to explain it. That just makes me regard the whole lot as a load of horse do.

Hmmmm wonder if i can trick the GF into going on her Birthday, Could be a prezzy from me

Could be. My wife said I should have been impulsive and surprised her but I refer you to the comment above about me being an engineer! You haven't got a cam belt we could do while they wait the queue or something? Could justify it as an official OOF event?

Of course, if you surprise her with it she'd be happy to hide the fact that she's not really into Star Wars!


General Discussion Area / Re: Has Anyone Been Yet.......
« on: 09 May 2007, 11:07:24 »
Just mentioned it to my wife (when she moved in with me moving her Star Wars book collection knackered the springs on my trailer) and guess what? No Omega fettling for me this weekend  ::)

Will let you know what it's like.


General Discussion Area / Re: ronnie had enough!
« on: 13 May 2007, 14:43:29 »
Might be worth checking the oil pressure before taking it apart again?

Could be that the pressure is low.

Also, I remember ClarCE saying his lifters were noisy after we changed the cams and it didn't clear in just a short drive. It was purring like a kitten when I saw it a week later though.


General Discussion Area / Re: Todays Work
« on: 13 May 2007, 23:34:08 »
Well, it ended up running down my arm, and it was a little warm. In flinching I hit my elbow on the exhaust downpipe, which was somewhat warmer  :o

Mental note to let it all cool down a bit more next time.


General Discussion Area / Re: Todays Work
« on: 13 May 2007, 14:40:21 »
Well, garage tidied up and oil change achieved without incident. Old filter was well manky, causing me to wonder if they bothered last time, but the housing came apart no problems.

I cerainly wouldn't have wanted to run it another 14,000 on that oil  :o


General Discussion Area / Re: Todays Work
« on: 13 May 2007, 11:06:09 »
I'm supposed to be attempting my first MV6 oil change today but it's p**ing down and It's a struggle getting SWMBO's MX-5 into the garage let alone the Omega, such is the level of junk. Was going to cut the 8" tall grass too ;D. Guess I'll start by clearing the garage out. Or slump in front of the PC all day as usual ::)


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