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Messages - henryd

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General Car Chat / Re: Cops try to catch a Lotus Omega
« on: 29 November 2018, 09:30:33 »
Also watched the two follow up videos,the comparison between the LC and VXR8 was interesting.LC was less powerful,lighter but slightly slower.Given the choice though I think I'd still take the LC.
LCs need a lot of lovin
This will do for you Mr BazaJT  :y
Nice 8)

Yes indeed,I much like that :y

Omega General Help / Re: Oil sump
« on: 27 November 2018, 15:16:56 »
Wynns gasket maker is very good too :y

Omega General Help / Re: Should X20XEV HEAD BE SKIMMED
« on: 27 November 2018, 14:22:19 »
I have removed the head on the wifes 1995 2ltr (X20XEV) Omega, due to a knackered head gasket. The reason why I am asking if the head should be skimmed, is that some Vauxhall technical documents say not to, but everybody who have had gaskets go say get it skimmed. I can check the head surface with a straight edge, but cannot find the maximum allowed tolerance for it. If anyone has the measurement, I would be gratefull. Is there any other measurement I can also check beforehand incase it has been skimmed before I got it? I don't want to get it skimmed, if told it is safe to do only to find it has been done before and the head becomes no good.

Thanks in advance for any help.


If its not been done before it should be fine,if it is bowed and taking out H/gasket its no good as it is anyway

Omega Gallery / Re: My 2000 V6 Manual
« on: 27 November 2018, 14:20:27 »
Not had much time to do anything with her due to work & thatís looking like how itís going to be until into next year, but at least it gives me time to break my 2 Golfs to fund this project so itís not too bad.

Iíve managed to get a full black leather MV6 interior & some early MV6 wheels already so Iím slowly sourcing all the bits Iíll need. Next on the list to buy is new suspension & bushes all round, Iím building her as a fast road/long distance tourer so am thinking Bilstein B4ís, Eibach springs & poly bushes all round which should stiffen her up without making the ride too harsh.

Then maybe (if I have enough spare cash) get a nice 3.2 built for her :)

Probably easier to stick with a 3.0 wiring wise and fly by wire throttle although both can be overcome

Quite fancy a plod Disco 4 :D

Should I also buy a lottery ticket ::)

"Plod" meaning ex-Police or just a description of the handling characteristics? ;)

Disco 3/4's are surprisingly refined, handle very well for a big 4x4 and arn't as agricultural as you might think.  ;)

I think you'd like them Kevin.  :y

I've no problem with how they drive/ride as they are very good,just way to fragile

General Discussion Area / Re: One for Migv6
« on: 25 November 2018, 22:41:58 »
shame is that non sky subcribers will only be able to watch highlights :( hope thier satellite burns up personally

Agreed,F1 should be free to view,I follow it and have Sky but I'm not paying extra to watch it

No surprise that a Land Rover is top of the list!  ;D

But also it seems that Vauxhall will fit in nicely with Groupe PSA.  :-X   ;D

Land Rover reliability is truly shocking for something which costs so much new :-X

Omega General Help / Re: V6 cambelt kit
« on: 24 November 2018, 21:21:57 »
Less than 2 thou of an inch iirc

2 thou wouldn't even clean a head up as its so little

General Discussion Area / Re: That's made my day
« on: 24 November 2018, 21:19:03 »
I saw the clips last night, and the whole bar roared with agreement.

Great job, Met. Though I think you should go further

I agree,some of those shits are armed,wonder how they would like return fire ::)

And they're not treated like motorway cars either. Used up is probably the nicest description.

I used to do a lot of work on ex cop cars for a used dealer specializing in them and found the traffic/area cars were pretty good but panda cars beaten almost to death,you couldnt give me a panda car :-X
The Focus diesel hasn't done their reputation any good ;D

That said, I wouldn't buy a Devon and Cornwall car if it were free and came with a £1,000 ::)

Funnily enough they were far and away the best of any that he bought ;D

And they're not treated like motorway cars either. Used up is probably the nicest description.

I used to do a lot of work on ex cop cars for a used dealer specializing in them and found the traffic/area cars were pretty good but panda cars beaten almost to death,you couldnt give me a panda car :-X

General Car Chat / Re: Twin engined cars
« on: 20 November 2018, 13:15:28 »
There was a Mini Twini (likely not an original) at the NEC Classic Car show a couple of weekends ago, and I remember a twin-engined Golf GTI that used to hang out at Santa Pod..

I saw that too,looked quite well done :y

General Car Chat / Re: Senator
« on: 19 November 2018, 12:54:16 »
Its had welding work as 2011 mot failed on rear suspension mount areas,no corrosion flags since though

General Car Chat / Re: secrets of the lost Fords never made
« on: 19 November 2018, 09:25:09 »
Back in the mid nineties a woman I know owned a 2.8i with a 5 speed box.

It needed  thrashing to within an inch of it's life to have any meaningful acceleration due to a combination of leggy gearing and a lack of torque at low revs. I know the V6 Essex lump has been described as a 'boat anchor' but at least it had good low speed torque.

Turbo Technics (blast from the past but still trading I believe) did a nice job of resolving that. I was a member of Capri Club International (membership card still comes in handy as an ice scraper) and mentioned the mod to my mate. He had it done by them and it flew.  :y

A mate of mine had a Brooklyns 280 Capri with Turbo Technics conversion from new,that was interesting in the wet when the turbo lit up :y

General Car Chat / Re: If Tilbo gets bored...
« on: 15 November 2018, 19:38:38 »
6 grand for a 16 year old Merc, built in time when they were heavy into penny pinching.  :-\

Lot of car, but suspect a lot of bills and lot of DIY time.  :(

It was £115 grand new, has a V12 engine and over 500bhp. If it went wrong after a while and you had to sell it at a loss, you wold still have the memories for ever.  :D

The old CLK that I'm driving now cost 47k new back in 2002,worth bugger all now but still a lovely car :y

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