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Messages - henryd

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It's been there for .. maybe 12 months? I'm sure he'd take an offer, at this point...

[edit] Oh - the neighbour's W126 is also LPG converted.. if it ever comes up for sale, I made a mental note to let you know ;) ;D

Nice car with the 3.0 lump,I look after a 2.6 and that goes well too :y

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: Yesterday at 17:36:13 »
Lets really get you started,  ;D Thoughts on C class Mercs as well. Thinking of mid noughties and 2litre engines, auto box,. Ta  :y
Don't even go there.  They are poorly built, poorly designed (that's been overly kind), and used substandard materials.

My 16 year old CLK is squeak and rattle free which is surprising if they are so poorly built(its rust free too ::))

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General Discussion Area / Re: Christmas Cards
« on: Yesterday at 16:35:33 »
We haven't done cards this year,having lost two good friends(way too early) too Cancer recently and going to funeral of one of them on Thursday we have decided to give some money to a cancer charity instead

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: 17 December 2018, 18:10:26 »
Single turbo... Later ones might be a touch nearer 190... Has enough torque to pul stumps though, so it's not all bad :D

The one I had pulled like a train,and being auto its torque was reined in a bit to keep the Aisin Warner slush box in one piece so the manual must be proper quick :y

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General Car Chat / Re: As i managed to kill the Desmond...
« on: 16 December 2018, 22:46:58 »
Car was already a Cat C anyway Dave, so only worth pennies. Now i have matched the new front dents with the existing rear ones  ;D there is now too much damage to make repairs viable. Unfortunately DG , the Vectra which is nearest to me is a 2.2 petrol so may have to look a bit further afield. How  about a Saab 9-5?

Saab 9-5 is a nice car in my mind,cheap and lovely seats although body and trim parts aren't easy now

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General Car Chat / Re: Are ABTEXPLUS brake pads slow to bite?
« on: 16 December 2018, 17:00:56 »
Word of advice,

If you park the car after a drive long enough to get some heat into the rear discs, pull the handbrake up an extra click or two and leave it in gear.

The reason being that a gently applied handbrake releases its grip as the discs cool and contract.

Had my first Vectra estate roll away a couple of times due to this. Handbrake binding also very quickly kills the rear wheel bearings... Later cars, say '56 on should be better in this regard as both issues were highlighted quite quickly on the early facelift cars.

Suspect the Astra uses the same calipers ;)

Citroen used to have a real  problem with this,to the point where a recall was issued whereby the first three or four clicks of the handbrake ratchet were removed so it had to be pulled on harder,thiscwas back in Bx and xantia days where park brake was on front wheels

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 15 December 2018, 16:34:02 »
Retro fitted a front armrest to the Trolley...

Matches the seats, (Alpaca grey leather), and all the mounting gubbins was still available from Mercedes, so the hardest part was cleaning 16 years of grime off the armrest.  :-X

I thought you getting of said trolley for summat  else  ???

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General Discussion Area / Re: 48 letters delivered?
« on: 15 December 2018, 14:49:40 »
Fortunately, or otherwise, this is still a democracy and not a military state, aka dictatorship. Thank God.

Regrouping and putting everything on hold is neither workable, nor legal.

With or without an agreed deal, we are leaving the EU on 29th March 2019.

Accept this, by whatever means necessary, and move on... Hopefully forwards with the rest of us. There's a good lass.

You do come across as a condescending tit some times

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General Car Chat / Re: Corsa C rear brake problem
« on: 15 December 2018, 00:41:45 »
Pull up the handbrake and try the brakes a couple of times,if pedal becomes good then adjustment  is the answer,if not the master cylinder is probably at fault through a seal failing  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 13 December 2018, 22:12:33 »
the copper washer changed to an alloy one,24444101 i think

If alloy I would replace,copper can annealed and will go again

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General Car Chat / Re: Autodata....
« on: 13 December 2018, 22:10:42 »
Some of there book times are a joke,I've fallen foul a few times :-X

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brexit Deal acceptance.
« on: 13 December 2018, 15:00:54 »
117 is a large number. :-X

I imagine she is now almost powerless. A sitting duck.

They can't touch her for a year now so for her its a result,can't see anyone else doing much better tbh

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General Car Chat / Re: Roadside repairs
« on: 13 December 2018, 09:40:00 »
Back in the seventies the 'rozzers' were fond of the Triumph 2.5 PI along with the Rover 3500V8 (the same body as the 2000/2200)

Back in my youth I was chased by both. :)

P6,nice :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Retracting the piston rear brake 08 Astra
« on: 13 December 2018, 09:37:44 »
Have you tried winding the other way,some calipers go opposite but not sure vauxhall does,does the piston turn easily ?

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General Discussion Area / Re: 48 letters delivered?
« on: 12 December 2018, 09:46:55 »
Its alright kicking May out but wtf is there to replace her ::)

I give you the new leader of the Conservative party: https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/photos/the-funniest-photos-of-boris-johnson/

we are oppsed :'(

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