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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: The Greenies M25 Protest
« on: 13 September 2021, 22:56:24 »
Useless soap-dodgers. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: E10
« on: 10 September 2021, 22:06:04 »
My 3.2 had a full tank of E10 and did 200 miles of 98% motorway driving, up to 90 mph and returned 27.9 mpg without issue.

No Omega requires E5 fuel in my opinion, no more than they needed super unleaded. :D

I don't think any grade / mixture of petrol would have much if any effect in just 200 miles.

How come you only get 27.9 MPG when doing 98% motorway driving?

90 mph
That'd do it. ;)

General Discussion Area / Re: Advice Technics separates
« on: 07 September 2021, 19:36:05 »
As said, you can replace the rubber / foam surrounds reasonably easily with care.

If you're passing my way on your travels have a word with this guy:

He could probably refurb the speakers while you have a cuppa or would probably be interested in taking the separates off your hands. As said, it won't be big bucks. 50 or so sounds about right.

Personally, I'd keep and amp and speakers and hook up a streamer to them. :y

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 02 September 2021, 21:09:21 »
NGK, as it happens.  ;D

General Car Chat / Re: E10
« on: 02 September 2021, 21:08:53 »
Diesel is good!  :y                                                      ;D
Well I missed that memo...  ;D
Thousands of satisfied cement mixer owners can't be wrong.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 02 September 2021, 19:21:51 »
Put some new plugs in the Westfield after limping back from the MOT on 3 cylinders. Luckily, it was Ok off load so emissions test was fine. :D

2 out of 4 plugs with cracks in the ceramic part. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Advice needed ref astra 1.6 diesel
« on: 02 September 2021, 19:17:10 »
It's nonsense to say these "upgrades" won't affect performance.
If that were the case, why would they have fiddled the emissions tests in the first place?

General Discussion Area / Re: Twin rotor helicopters
« on: 01 September 2021, 21:00:01 »
Odiham's only about 10 miles from me, so plenty of wooka wooka action here.  :D

If they hadn't taken me for a jolly in one a couple of years back I'd complain about the noise. 8)

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 25 August 2021, 21:23:58 »
SUs were great until the piston and barrel got worn or dirty and both types were all over the place once the needle and jet had started to wear. Why you'd bother with either in 2021 boggles my mind. If you need it to look original take all the gubbins out, use it as a throttle body and fit some fuel Injectors under the manifold where you can't see them. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Morris 8 Project
« on: 25 August 2021, 21:10:12 »
IVA emissions requirements are based on the age of the engine and were always a bit less strict than the rules for production cars of that year. I think with a pre 1995 engine you could get away without a cat when I did mine but I haven't checked the latest rules.

Even if you need a cat that isn't a disaster, you just need to build one into the exhaust and make sure you're using an engine management system that does closed loop mixture.

The biggest challenge for a project such as this with a bespoke chassis will be satisfying them that the structure is adequate and that crash worthiness requirements such as steering column behaviour in an impact are dealt with.

General Car Chat / Re: Morris 8 Project
« on: 25 August 2021, 18:20:10 »
Plenty of Caterhams use the T9 gearbox so it might be worth a look as I'm guessing a k series bellhousing would be easy to find. They are quite small and parts are plentiful too. Maybe not too cheap these days due to their popularity in kit cars.

They are underwhelming, though, as you say. The Mazda box is certainly much nicer to pedal along the road and the ratios will suit a small light car better too.

 I used an MT75 in my Westfield which is much nicer albeit with a cast in bellhousing. It's also light and short but maybe too wide? Might be worth a measure up.

General Car Chat / Re: Morris 8 Project
« on: 25 August 2021, 10:52:59 »

Alternatively, a small Pinto :-\

They're all huge externally. And heavy. A k series would suit that car so much better.

Rotary is an interesting question, but he did say quiet...

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 22 August 2021, 22:24:49 »
Blimey TB, it is about time you reduced your brake service intervals  :o

I would start with the length of time those were fitted for and quarter it.

About 20 minutes,then.🤣

General Car Chat / Re: Guy Martin
« on: 09 August 2021, 22:42:18 »
Talk about a pointless exercise in trying to polish a turd. ;D

I reckon this would have it for breakfast.

General Car Chat / Re: Jag SUV (F Pace ?)
« on: 07 August 2021, 18:32:50 »
99.99% of posts on Jaguar forums relate to diesel engines having issues, it seems. Of course, there are probably many out there which are fine.. :-\

Not easy things, either. Timing chains, etc.

That's on top of the normal issues with modern diesels such as having to plan your movements around the needs of their pollution control systems if you want reliability.

I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole, but you have to go searching to find one with a proper engine, as said...

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