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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: The Law of Unintended Consequences
« on: 27 June 2022, 15:49:24 »
<Sigh> If only we had an energy policy.. or a government that did policies, or looked beyond tomorrow's headlines. ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Vauxhall Senator 2.6 Cdx auto.
« on: 22 June 2022, 20:28:45 »
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I still also think that in its day, the Senator had more of a prestige feel and look about it than the Omega did in its day.  :)

Course it did. The Senator was a peg above the Carlton ..... when the Omega appeared, it replaced both cars.

Yep. First nail in the coffin of decent Vauxhalls was styling them like an Astra. Final nail was driving the wrong wheels like an Astra.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Tourism Tax Anyone?
« on: 21 June 2022, 13:12:48 »
On the other hand, they could discourage the tourists from bringing their money to spend there and see how that works out for the local economy. ;)

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I'd be up for that too. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: 65,000 escort
« on: 16 June 2022, 18:13:25 »
I agree, but the claimed 0-60 of the TR6 stretches credibility as much as Fords claimed  power output figures for the Essex V6 did.
A figment of some marketing mans imagination.

Don't you mean noise and heat output? I didn't realise they had any power output! ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Car of My Dreams
« on: 09 June 2022, 19:01:10 »
Just another pig in lipstick from VAG. Cheaper to get an Audi if that's your thing... :y

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General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 09 June 2022, 17:47:09 »
Timing mark will just be the datum for belt fitting. I doubt there's any position where all the valves are closed.

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General Car Chat / Re: 65,000 escort
« on: 30 May 2022, 23:42:51 »

Yep...200 miles in a low geared 4 speed Escort from the seventies would not be much fun in 2022. However, the Omega can still crush the miles today in comfort. :y


My 1500 automatic Avenger was one of three in the Coventry Motor Museum car park for the owner's club AGM. The other two were local cars. It was quite happy at 70mph on the M1, although there wasn't a lot left ;D . And it was better for that sort of trip than my mother's mk1 Focus....

I seem to remember such a beast known as the Avenger Tiger. Usually yellow, I think.

A mate of mine had one. Had a pair of Dellorto sidedraughts on it, although I think he fitted them and it originally had a pair of Zenith Strombergs?

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General Discussion Area / Re: Partygate...
« on: 27 May 2022, 07:14:06 »
Was bound to happen.
I was just wondering..........how the hell is Boris now going to have his weekly audience with the Queen and manage to look her in the eye after all thats happened ?  ::)

Yeah, a decent person probably wouldn't be able to stomach that, but this is Boris. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: 60K capri
« on: 26 May 2022, 20:45:55 »
My mate spent 28,000 buying a MGB GT V8 & importing it from New Zealand & is now spending upwards of 25,000 having it completely stripped down & rebuilt , utter waste of money in my opinion for a car which stays in the garage for around 350 days of the year & will no longer be "original". I will admit that the engine sounds beautiful but after a ride in it you appreciate how much vehicles have improved since 1974.

Blimey! One of my neighbours just bought a tidy one with a rebuilt engine for less than half that! :o

Still a lot for a "2 door Morris Oxford". ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: whose fault?
« on: 11 May 2022, 00:03:48 »
Technicalities aside, it shows very poor roadcraft to overtake on a road with side roads where there is traffic waiting to turn, IMHO.

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General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 07 May 2022, 20:21:10 »
I took driving lessons in a Marina. Thought it was great.

 :y

So did Sir Tigger. Oh, did you say driving lessons?  ;D

Yep took my test in my Dad's British Racing Green Marina pickup with no synchromesh between 2nd and 3rd gears, so had to double de clutch changing down!  :)

The examiner said to my driving instructor after my test that I thought I was driving a tractor.  ::)  ;D 

He didn't know about the lack of synchromesh and passed me.  :y
I failed my first test in a Maestro... The first and last BL car I have ever driven.

My mate's 2.0 EFI one was fun, in an "I wonder which direction it'll go next time I hoof it?" kind of way, but I'm guessing it wasn't one of those...

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General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 05 May 2022, 18:12:15 »
I took driving lessons in a Marina. Thought it was great.

 :y

So did Sir Tigger. Oh, did you say driving lessons?  ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Anyone fancy a project (Ferrari)
« on: 05 May 2022, 18:11:01 »
Always fancied one of those...  8)

But with the driver involvement pack. Connecting that engine to a 1980's slushbox is heresy. :o

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Presumably you mentioned to your new employer that you would be available after a one month notice period. It's not unreasonable that you await a firm, permanent offer in writing before triggering that, so if they are reasonable, they should accept if you politely decline the temporary filler job they've offered you with little notice, and accept that they are hiring someone with integrity who will honour the contract they have with their previous employer.

I guess you could have given written notice earlier and taken them at their word, but we're not there now.

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