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Messages - henryd

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Sold my Merc today,sad to see it go but opens a space for the Swedish machine that's incoming :y


A Vectra in a posh frock, then for you.  :)

Yep,08 Aero HOT estate auto :y



Is this the 2 litre 4 pot?

2.3 260 bhp :y

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Wishbones still good, driven hard on Welsh mountain roads. No noise above normal, handles like its in rails and wearing front tyres flat and square! I'm calling it a success lol :D
Mine were still good the week before they snapped  :-X

He's using bearings instead of bushes,should lessen the load on the bones not increase it :y

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Sold my Merc today,sad to see it go but opens a space for the Swedish machine that's incoming :y


A Vectra in a posh frock, then for you.  :)

Yep,08 Aero HOT estate auto :y

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Sold my Merc today,sad to see it go but opens a space for the Swedish machine that's incoming :y

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General Car Chat / Re: I've bagged myself a future classic!
« on: 16 May 2019, 10:07:49 »
They have done plenty of cars which weren't iconic, but a bit sporty or interesting. quite a few of the cars they did could have been substituted for the equivalent Vauxhall, so they obviously had something against them.
Golf GTi or Pug 205 GTi  could have been replaced by Astra GTE for example.
Also depends on your definition of iconic. It could be argued that Droopsnoot Firenza, Chevette HS, maybe even Mk3 Cavalier SRi, and certainly Lotus Carlton were iconic.

Certainly those two and probably the Lotus Carlton too :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Any motorhome owners on here.
« on: 15 May 2019, 09:43:42 »
And the one thing that catches all posh weekend pikeys out is have you got the correct license class to drive it.espically if your going to put a trailer or car behind it.

I don't think that's generally a problem for most of old farts here, though I'm pretty you need a medical to retain the 7.5 ton part when you reach 70

Oi, I'm not that old :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: JLR Wheelnuts
« on: 14 May 2019, 22:50:08 »
Thanks for the call yesterday Mr DTM :).

If you bump into any of the designers, remind them if I wanted a Ford, I would have bought a Mundano. Or an X Type.

It'll soon have a PSA  badge if rumours are true ::)
At least mine will always be Indian ;D

Comforting thought isn't it :-X

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General Car Chat / Re: Any motorhome owners on here.
« on: 14 May 2019, 22:48:12 »
As a caravan owner/user I have several friends with motorhomes, and when we toured New Zealand we hired one so a few points worth considering, perhaps...

1. Cost - much higher costs as you are buying a truck that has been modified by sticking the accomodation on the back. It WILL require taxing, motor insurance as well as habitation insurance, servicing costs can be high as many independent garages don't have the facilities to get a truck that high onto lifts.

2. Ease of use - many motorhomes are quite a bit smaller internally than a caravan, so can feel cramped. If you have friends in there is usually very limited space for seating more than a total of 4.

3. Mobility - there are two sides to this... a) If you tend to stay in one place for a while and use it as a base to visit other places (hub and spoke sort of idea) then it can be very inconvenient to have to pack up everything to go out for the day, and many supermarket car parks have very limiting height rules - this can be overcome by taking a small car with you .. but that is yet a further cost, and not a small one !! b) If you continually move from place to place (as we did when touring New Zealand) then a motorhome is ideal as the setting up/ preparing to move times are much smaller than preparing a 'van to move

4. Facilities - due to the limitation on size many motorhomes have small dual-purpose showers/toilets, smaller hobs/ovens and very little worktop space. If you buy one with an "over cab" space think about the ease of actually getting up there to use it !! IME the "ladders" are extremely flimsy and not easy to use !

There are those that swear by motorhomes, and those that wouldn't touch one, I think they both have a place, dpending on the lifestyle you want. I wouldn't swap my van/towcar for the type of holidays we have in UK/Europe, but there is no way I would use such an arrangement to tour New Zealand/Australia, that would be a motorhome everytime.

HTH, just my thoughts, nowt else :)

Like Entwood I have a caravan(6 berth twin axle) and  we also use father inlaws Bessacar 6 berth campervan,the points made are very valid as camper has much less space than the caravan even though externally as big,I do prefer the campervan in France as they are very geared towards them but in UK I prefer the caravan,biggest problem with the camper is that you have forward plan small villages due to physical size of the camper and finding somewhere to park 30 ft length can be awkward .

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General Car Chat / Re: JLR Wheelnuts
« on: 14 May 2019, 18:44:56 »
Thanks for the call yesterday Mr DTM :).

If you bump into any of the designers, remind them if I wanted a Ford, I would have bought a Mundano. Or an X Type.

It'll soon have a PSA  badge if rumours are true ::)

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Omega General Help / Re: Chip Tuning 2.6 V6 (Petrol)
« on: 13 May 2019, 11:12:58 »
In the UK, I wouldn't bother pissing around with doing anything on a 2.6 nowadays. Throw in a 3.2. And then consider further (limited) options.

Not sure if OP can get engines as cheap as we can in UK.


I briefly had a 2.5 with 3l G cams and Superchips chip, and it was hugely disappointing. And clearly fragile ;D

Did that with mine,same as you,dissapointing :-\

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General Discussion Area / Re: Vapour trail question
« on: 13 May 2019, 11:06:53 »
I thought this was about the amount of vapour that comes out of the V6.

 ;D ;D ;D

I wonder though if aircraft can ever slip stream like we can in motor vehicles? :D :D :D :D ;)

They can but it doesn't end well with big planes .wake turbulence has been blamed for a few crashes :-\

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General Car Chat / Re: This Week in Wheeler's Workshop
« on: 12 May 2019, 19:03:15 »
That will be an awesome MGB!  8)  :y

Certainly better than the asthmatic Buick/Rover donkey :y

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The car has locking wheel nuts, and nuts they are, that screw on to studs They have 19mm heads, not sure how to replace them, so they remain.



same as a Metro/Freelander/75/MGF etc. Standard part, readily available. I'll ask if the bloke I know who breaks then can spare some off his floor....

75 uses wheel bolts but any of the rest may suffice :y

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Get the help to do it and have a G&T while watching them struggle

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General Discussion Area / Re: Dead Person
« on: 09 May 2019, 22:34:07 »
Freddie Starr.

 :( :( I quite liked him ..... controversial as he was  ::)

Me too,good singer too when he wasn't messing about,Rip Freddie

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