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Messages - Kevin Wood

General Discussion Area / Re: Anyone for Beer ?
« on: 23 May 2007, 09:46:57 »
Theres no bitter in that lot (John Smiths and Boddingtons do not count!)

Damn right. I actually stopped drinking one night this weekend because after 2 pints of some "Smoothflow" cr@p in the hotel bar (at 3.50 a pint :o ) I couldn't face any more.


General Discussion Area / Re: Keswick pics - just a taster
« on: 22 May 2007, 10:47:31 »
Looks lovely. Can't wait. Just got back from a very fun weekend on the North York Moors with a load of petrol heads and in just over 2 weeks I get to do it all again!


General Discussion Area / Re: best aution ever?
« on: 22 May 2007, 10:48:47 »
He really knows how to sell a car!


General Discussion Area / Re: Lightened flywheel
« on: 15 May 2007, 22:50:22 »
No Omega experience personally but usually a lightened flywheel has had thickness taken off the clutch face to leave the starter ring in roughly the same place, meaning that the clutch sits further towards the engine. This means you need a deeper clutch cover or to fit a spacer to the release bearing to restore proper operation of the clutch. Of course, they may have engineered it to take an uprated or larger clutch during the process.

I'd be wary of lightened standard flywheels if you find them offered for sale. They can burst if they're left insufficiently strong, and if this happens at high revs it will write off the car from the inside out (and your ankles if you're unlucky).


General Discussion Area / Re: begining of the end...
« on: 16 May 2007, 23:46:56 »
Well done. Once the exams are over with the worst is behind you. Hope the results turn out well.

Now grab a beer.  :y


Tell me about it. We had a massive work party with one of them once. Next morning two of us decided to inflate it and see if anyone had dropped any money on it. There, slap bang in the middle was my wallet  :o


General Discussion Area / Re: I love unistrut!
« on: 16 May 2007, 16:51:53 »
Excellent news. DOHC Jellymould ought to have all the bits you need. Disks all round IIRC, probably an MT75 box.

The DOHC engine is not the most commonly used lump but it's got reasonable grunt. If you see yourself wanting to tune it you might be better off picking up a Zetec instead, as there is far more support for tuning it, and you'll be about 30hp up before you even start. If you're cheeky you could amend the V5 of the donor vehicle with another engine number before you break it so you can still get an age-related plate ;-)



General Discussion Area / Re: I love unistrut!
« on: 16 May 2007, 11:35:53 »
He he! Big boys' meccano!

I've got an engine stand you could borrow if you like though....

What's this engine you're getting then? Don't tell me the 2.5 has let you down? Or is this the start of a project?


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


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