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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Car Chat / Re: Some smut.
« on: 13 March 2021, 08:12:58 »
I'll have some of what he's been smoking! Still, he got the second half of the headline bang on.

No part of that car was great. It was a bean counting exercise of using up things from the parts bin.

The A series engine was way too gutless for the car, the B series suitable only for agricultural use. The O series was just about acceptable but only went in the last few Marinas and the shItal.

The transmission and final drive were woefully inadequate even for the gutless engines in use. The suspension from the Minor was only just post-war in design and, in a car much heavier that originally intended, performed exactly as would be expected.

Styling wise, they tried to complete with the Cortina, Escort and Capri in a single model which failed to hit the spot on all counts, hence why the former have become sought after classics and the Marina has found its true vocation in life in being used to protect the ground from falling pianos.

General Car Chat / Re: Ultimate "Omega" for sale
« on: 04 March 2021, 19:08:42 »
I love the way it looks like a Honda from behind and a Proton from the front. :D

General Car Chat / Re: MOT for the Tata.
« on: 26 February 2021, 23:13:33 »
Oh, that reminds me. One of my 6 month old tyres has a ruddy great bulge in the sidewall and another has a nail in it thanks to the pikey fly tippers. :(

What make Kevin?

Manufacturing fault?

No, I suspect it's because I clouted a pot hole a couple of days back. Third world standards of road maintenance. Another reason to go back to the days of 70 profile 14" tyres.  >:(

General Car Chat / Re: MOT for the Tata.
« on: 26 February 2021, 18:12:46 »
Oh, that reminds me. One of my 6 month old tyres has a ruddy great bulge in the sidewall and another has a nail in it thanks to the pikey fly tippers. :(

General Discussion Area / Re: Tv forums
« on: 24 February 2021, 00:06:11 »
Might want to take a look here.

Oh, dear. I appear to have lost an entire evening in their Vintage Computing section. :-[

General Discussion Area / Re: Libre Office or Open Office?
« on: 22 February 2021, 20:51:31 »
Since my switch from MS Office to Libre Office, the only major issue has been with databases. Almost impossible. Spreadsheets, Word documents, presentations have all been fine with just a bit of tweaking. Care needs to be taken when saving anything. There are many options for file formats including most MS, but sometimes the default is Libres own odt, which is a bit oddball.

.. and on the plus side, it even does a better job of reading MS's own documents from previous versions of office. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Tv forums
« on: 21 February 2021, 17:17:44 »
Might want to take a look here.

This is my latest (documented) project:

General Discussion Area / Re: Holy Moly!
« on: 21 February 2021, 10:22:08 »
Yep, I think that's broken. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Advice please
« on: 20 February 2021, 18:23:46 »
Obviously, both should be banned, and if you want to camp, do it properly, with a tent :)

Tent in summer, hotel in winter. Job done. No need to haul a tupperware airbrake behind you. :y

All academic at the moment anyway. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Yank Tank seat belts
« on: 19 February 2021, 18:35:15 »
You can add 20% onto US mpg,  ....

12 to 18 miles per imp gallon then ....  ;)

That is about the same as a petrol Range Rover or Shogun.
You might squeeze it out of a V12 Jag on a motorway run. That does mean keeping it well under 100mph, which isn't easy ::)

Getting there would be just a dream (and probably most inadvisable given the suspension) in most asthmatic old yank tanks with similar thirst, though.

General Car Chat / Re: Vintage voltage.
« on: 14 February 2021, 22:01:05 »
Speaking of Fiat.

a pretty Fiat Dino with the 2.4 V6 from the Ferrari Dino would be nice.

I imagine they cost a bob or two these days.

Yeah, I worked with a guy in the 90's who had one of those. Very nice. :-*

It wasn't stupidly quick, but that engine made all the right noises and loved to rev.

General Car Chat / Re: Vintage voltage.
« on: 14 February 2021, 12:27:38 »
The chap a couple of doors down has just acquired a brand new/freshly rebuilt looking roadster type thing... Looks like a 3/4 scale Bentley/Ford Model A hybrid that sounds like a stock car... Apparently it's powered by a Fiat Twin Cam. It could use an exhaust and a decent tune though as it idles rougher than a badger and sounds like half a big block running a 4" straight pipe ;D

His daily is an Audi TTS which says alot ::)

Sounds like one of the better Fiat Twin Cams, then. ;D

General Discussion Area / Re: Rule of six possibly by May.
« on: 13 February 2021, 14:03:51 »
I did wonder about the possibility of being called up if the first Gulf War went sideways :-\

How old would you have been?

From memory the first Gulf war was around 1990/91.

Yep, I recall being a useless student at the time. ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Vintage voltage.
« on: 13 February 2021, 13:34:08 »
Got a bit fed up with that after about episode 2, I'm afraid.

Guy seems to think he's some kind of rocket scientist for chopping up an old shed and bodging in a battery and motor. ::)

Some of the conversions have been rather cool, others sacrilegious IMHO.

Anything Italian really needs its quirky petrol engine breathing through twin DCOEs IMHO. Take that away and you're left with just a battle against rust and dodgy electrics. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 13 February 2021, 13:16:53 »
Heating the bottle isn't going to help if the pipes and (in particular) the nozzles aren't heated.  The bottle isn't subject to much windchill, which is why cars have heated nozzles.  I am of course making an assumption mine hasn't got them, but the fact they froze.  Its is of course possible it has them, but they are bust.  If I CBA, I'll go out and look for any wiring to the wiper arms :)

No idea on the lack of a passenger grab handle.  Rear passengers get them, just not the front.  Does seem a significant oversight, even if its for technical reasons (the shape there, along with the sunroof cassette, doesn't look conducive to fitting any).  No interest in retrofitting any unless it was a pure plug and play operation, mostly because its not often I'm in the passenger seat at a time when I feel I need a grab handle.  And for anyone else in the passenger seat, well, they chose to get in.

Mine hasn't got them either, and they tend to freeze. Can still hear the motor running so clearly the bottle hasn't frozen solid.

Mine has also started pestering me that the bottle is empty when it isn't.  >:(

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