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General Discussion Area / Re: Everyones nightmare....
« on: 28 February 2007, 11:36:48 »
A colleague of mine used to have a Fiat Strada 130TC. Every time it had been a hot day you'd see 4 big puddles of waxoyl under it in the car park where it had dripped out of the sill drain holes. Don't blame him, I suppose.

I have the waxoyl pump / sprayer complete with pipe with nail in if anyone fancies a go. Best to wait until summer IMO.

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: A tale of caution in the digital age
« on: 27 February 2007, 22:22:52 »
An ex-colleague of mine used to live directly under the Hannington TV transmitter. About 6 months after he moved in he decided to find out why his video hadn't worked since. He found neither the TV nor the video had been connected to an aerial or each other. The tv was working quite happily with no aerial whatsoever.

I'm not sure if he successfully procreated after living in that sort of field strength but it puts the hysteria about mobile phone masts into perspective!

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: A tale of caution in the digital age
« on: 27 February 2007, 20:57:36 »
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An Engineer is someone who takes the wild flights of fancy of the theoretical research scientist, and then actually makes it work, and , with any luck, do something useful.

Couldn't agree more. More and more stuff that was done by electron herding is going into software now too, and the principles are largely the same. Subsitiute breadboard for keyboard.

It does get on my goat when people phone "engineers" to fix their washing machine though.

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: A tale of caution in the digital age
« on: 27 February 2007, 16:07:42 »
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You mean a TV repair man/technician..

At least they could fault find down to component level. Valves were expensive enough that you didn't just replace all the electronics in the box and hope for the best.

Same with cars. How many "mechanics" know how to change the seals on a brake caliper these days?

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I need time and a lot of brain power to digest this!

I think he's saying that, despite what the muppet said, you've got bags of signal and don't need too high a gain antenna for want of overloading the input on your box!

I'd say still get something with plenty of gain but make it a Group A. With gain comes directivity, meaning it'll be less sensitive to reflections and signals arriving from other transmitters. As he says you can always add attenuation if you need to bring the level down.

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: A tale of caution in the digital age
« on: 27 February 2007, 10:31:01 »
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These companies don't employ proper professionals anymore, just a spotty youth

Don't get me started..

You need a "digital aerial, mate". What utter cobblers they come out with!

Bit like main dealers, really. Pay the earth to get the job done by a complete gibbon. At least the "advice" was free in this case.

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: womens problems......
« on: 23 February 2007, 17:19:50 »
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i thought the days of pulling out the choke to hang ones handbag on it had gone, heard any other hilarious stories?


Make something idiot proof....




Someone invents a better idiot  ::)

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: Saving for my new car
« on: 26 February 2007, 21:19:47 »
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Works OK for me with Firefox....

'bout time I updated this machine by the sound of it...

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: Saving for my new car
« on: 26 February 2007, 19:57:22 »
Given that they've failed to make the site render on either Firefox or Konqueror I guess it's for Micro$oft users only.
The bit of the @rse end that wasn't covered by the Mercedes add looked nice though :y

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: A strange query....
« on: 21 February 2007, 09:36:44 »
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What are BMW about ...
that look crap from every angle.

Not to mention that when you see one on the road you wonder what stupid piece of driving you are about to witness, and they rarely disappoint. So when I was after a nice rear-drive saloon BMW's were out.

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solid, non-nonsense, down-to-earth, reasonably-priced, non-showoff, well-engineered machine

Yep. Emphasis on the non-showoff. I don't care what anyone thinks when they look at my car. As long as it's a good car from my POV that's fine. Others buy a car solely for what other people think when they see them driving it. Not for me.

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I would love to see who are the members of the Prious Owners club…

Yeah, how up their own @rse do you reckon they'd be? Battery changing parties with carrot juice and nut roast laid on!

The other issue is that I can't name a (middle of the road) modern car I'd want, even if I were prepared to buy new and suffer the depreciation. They've all gone FWD, which isn't my cup of tea in a powerful car, they're all styled like a Ford Focus - again not my cup of tea, and there's very little to choose between them.

The Omega marks the end of an era of comfortable RWD saloons that aren't vulgar fashion accessories and that's why (remembering the 1992 Senator 24v my dad used to own) I wanted one before they're all gone.

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leather frying pans,
(Casts mind back to yesterday's pancake making session) I think I'll "stick to" Teflon coated steel if it's all the same ;-)


Kevin

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Sorry guys but this make perfect sense to me... no doubt congestion charge, road tax, toll roads, fuel duty, council parking permits, etc will kill the economic prosperity much before 2015, and so presto traffic problem solved. Where's the problem then?

On the other hand, if the government don't meddle with it, business will find its' own solutions to avoiding the cost of congestion before things get desperate by moving out of the congested areas, working more flexible hours, etc. etc.

Kevin

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One sentence stood out for me (well, got bored and gave up half way through):

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This is being driven by economic prosperity.

In other words, "You're all too rich and that's why you're clogging up the roads. So what you need is a good taxing, and it doesn't matter what I spend it on." .

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: Brackley Cam Belt Events catering
« on: 23 February 2007, 21:46:28 »
Have we got any LPG powered Omegas coming?

Oh, and a length of hose.... ;)

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: Paperclip test ??
« on: 23 February 2007, 19:08:04 »
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as far as I know,  a single point takes a feed from the lambda sensor to monitor it's feed, it's a little strange

It could be that the strategy for Lambda control is slightly different between the gas system and the petrol system, i.e. it operates over a slightly different load / rev range. This might result in a small part of the fuel map where the petrol ecu thinks it's in closed loop but the gas ecu is not, therefore the corrections for that part of the map go out of range.

It's not a problem except that it might run a bit ropey when you switch back to petrol after using gas for a while but the ECU should re-learn the petrol settings pretty quick.

It might be worth taking it to an LPG specialist. The gas system probably creates a "false" Lambda signal for the petrol ECU when running on gas to keep it happy. Maybe the gas ECU settings can be tweaked to stop it. Then again, the petrol ECU probably won't go into closed loop until it's fully warmed up so why it complains at start-up I'm not sure.

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: Paperclip test ??
« on: 22 February 2007, 20:18:11 »
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by chance I have figured out my EML problem, it is due to the gas conversion, I have ran now 500 miles purely on gas so the EM has lowered the oxygen sensor reading, therfore when running on the expensive stuff my car complains (and it's not the only one  Grin)

That figures. The petrol ECU doesn't know it's not providing the fuel. Over time it will adapt the fuel map based on sensor readings and its' adjustments may evenually hit the limit because it's not actually controlling the fuelling. Does the LPG system take an input from the Lambda sensor or the fuel injector outputs on the petrol ECU or does it just use a fixed (open loop) mixture?

Another way of clearing it might be to disconnect the battery for a while (or just disconnect the petrol ECU). It depends on the type of non volatile memory used by the ECU but this could well clear the correction values and restore it to defaults.

Kevin

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General Discussion Area / Re: Paperclip test ??
« on: 21 February 2007, 22:24:33 »
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Its hard to tell what she is thinking (like all women!)

Yeah. Imagine the riches awaiting a man who can design a fault code reader for one of those :o

Kevin

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