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Messages - Shackeng

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 31 December 2019, 17:08:52 »
Just shows how much they know ::) Same with European Car of the Year award winners how many of those have actually been a success[Renault 9 anyone?] ??? ???

I enjoyed my R16 for about 5 years until it rusted to bits. Never had a problem with mechanicals and very comfortable and quick enough.

Omega General Help / Re: Pas pump removal
« on: 26 December 2019, 17:07:50 »
I never had a problem when I changed one on the TD.  :y

General Discussion Area / Happy Christmas
« on: 25 December 2019, 07:59:41 »
Happy Christmas to everyone, especially the Admins.  :y :y :y :y :y :y

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 20 December 2019, 09:51:23 »
Nearly spun it on the M23 this morning. Hit a mahoosive puddle at a reasonable pace, the only warning of which was a wave large enough to surf on from a lorry that hadn't seen it either...  :o when I hit it, it was deep enough to hide the headlight beams and I thought I might have drowned it :'(

Still, the ESP, aka Anti Elk device, works, although it did lose the front number plate, two wheel trims and half of the damaged 'before I bought it' undertray.

All in all, not a bad result considering  ::)

Bl*&dy Hell, North or South of Gatwick?

General Discussion Area / Re: Shit couple of hours
« on: 18 December 2019, 18:53:32 »
Just been back over to the yard. A woman arrived in a truck, dropped the tailgate and unceremoniously winched Poppy into the back of it. I don't know what else I expected exactly, there isn't a nice way to move three quarters of a ton of dead animal, I suppose.  :(

Tell you one thing, I wouldn't make a very good farmer.

Well done Steve, not much fun to be had out of that. But on the positive side, there will be a lot of nice German steaks from the remains. :y

What? Too soon? ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Hmmm, decisions, decisions
« on: 18 December 2019, 18:48:59 »
Replace it with a better one if you're only getting 3-4 years out of it  :o
I would suggest our usage would be double that with a normal* family - ours gets hammered all the time, and it only ever gets put of the super intensive red hot non-of-that-eco-wank-shite program.

Weekdays, I would estimate its on 3 times a day.

*Not that I am in any way suggesting I am abnormal. I'm perfectly normal, its everyone else ;D

How many in your household? Two in ours, and it goes on every three days, and still hardly full. I grant you We cook veg using a 3 tier steamer which is hand washed, but even so.....
You'll have to try harder if you want to save the planet. ::)

NB. Not for me, I'm at the exit door. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Labour Party Leadership Election
« on: 18 December 2019, 18:42:26 »
All very amusing but like it or not our democracy relies on effective opposition. Without it the sitting party just runs away with its “ agenda”.  Lets see for example what Boris does on social care not something normally associated with the Tories but it was in their manifesto.

Let us hope Labour get a decent leader.

Very true, and. it has been calculated that the Tories would have had 20 more seats but for the Brexit party. A very large majority is not a good thing in our system. :(

Omega General Help / Re: Omega LSD
« on: 18 December 2019, 16:25:37 »
Zirk used to have a couple, but I haven't noticed him online for quite a while.
Edit. He was online 30th November. Not as long as I thought. Might be worth dropping him a PM.
Thanks, how do I find Zirk?

As its Christmas, I'll give you a clue. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Labour Party Leadership Election
« on: 18 December 2019, 15:29:26 »
I hope Long Bailey gets it. She's an arch Corbynite, and that will condemn them to the wilderness for years, and if the Lib Dems got their act together in short order they could well become the second force in British politics. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Looks like Boris has walked it
« on: 18 December 2019, 15:25:48 »
I never thought I would hear myself saying this, but there was an excellent letter in The Times today from Jack Straw, asking the Labour excuse merchants, in short form: "Just what part of the farewell message handed to you and your left wing policies by the British Electorate do you not understand?"
 :y :y :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Looks like Boris has walked it
« on: 17 December 2019, 19:25:47 »
I have been highly amused today listening to Labour apologists on Radio 4 re-arranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: VPN
« on: 17 December 2019, 19:09:09 »
You clearly have more confidence in these databases than I do. It seems hardly a week goes by without either a bank or airline geting hacked and thousands of people having their information disseminated. However, as far as I understand what you have said, my information is out there whether I like it or not. Presumably the only way to isolate my personal data is to go completely off grid. >:(

General Discussion Area / Re: VPN
« on: 15 December 2019, 19:37:57 »
That is on as well. If you can see my BB can you not also see my IP address? ???
I, as one of the co owners here, can see your IP, from which I can deduce your ISP.

I'm not sure why you are so concerned about your IP? Like your email address*, its publically available somewhere.  I think you are worrying over nothing, unless you are doing something illegal (in which case a mainstream commercial VPN is not for you anyway).

All a VPN, used in the way you intend, can do is make your traffic appear to come from other addresses. This adds latency, reduces speed, gets you blocked more often and reduces security.

* here is a useful site for seeing if your email/password combos that you might use on multiple sites is on freely available lists of victims -

Only because I'm paranoid, especially when I read tech forum comments like this:"With the appropriate knowledge you can determine someone's ISP based on the IP address. Each ISP has a different range in terms of an ISP database. This is where user information is kept,and a moderately skilled IT operative can, once in the database, pair up the IP address with a name and mailing address. This does take basic IT skills, but it's not like computer magic."
I accept the broad implications of your comments, but clearly some people are still comcerned, and the more of my personal information I can keep private, the better, simply as a matter of personal preference. Each to his own. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: The man-cave is up
« on: 15 December 2019, 10:06:31 »
Very nice Jimmy, although I am surprised you didn't put a pit in. When I had my current house built I told the builder to put a pit in. The next time I looked at the site he'd put in a solid slab. >:( >:( >:(
Annoyingly, a near neighbour who lived on site had one put in, yet the current owner born with no DIY skills never uses it. :-X

General Car Chat / Re: P0301-01 Astra H 1.6 misfire no. 1 cylinder
« on: 15 December 2019, 09:56:51 »
If you've cleaned it all and swapped plugs and there is still a miss-fire on the same cylinder then suspect the coil pack
you have another 1.6 astra spares car ?
also there is a 1 way pcv valve built into the rocker cover
new covers with gaskets are cheap and available ,or you can replace just the pcv rubber valve
check if the dipstick sucks with the engine running , and if the oil filler cap sucks with the engine running
if it does,suspect the pcv in the rocker cover
worth checking before you replace the gasket
another issue ,the torx bolts above the manicat that hold the front of the rocker cover can seize in ,sheer off  :(
I know this from experience  :'( had to drill and re-tap
Thanks for dvice nd quick response, Dave. I did not replace the plugs, had no spares, just cleaned, regapped and replaced. I can buy new tomorrow, at Halfords, they might cure it. As you sasy, I hae a spare plug stick in my donor car.
Where is the 1 way pcv valve built into the rocker cover?
What is the manicat?
the PCV is built into the underside (inside) the rocker cover ,hence test before you just fit a gasket ,it may need a new rocker cover or valve  ;)
manicat is the combined cat and exhaust manifold, bolted to the head at the front of the engine
Halfords is a terrible place to buy things like plugs , twice or three times the cost of a good factors ,whip a spare plug out the spares car, along with the coil pack for now  :y spend money when you need to

With a trade card they are very competitive, sometimes even cheaper than Eurocraparts :y

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