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#388761 Zetec Rattle

Posted by nelmo on Yesterday, 07:47 PM

Didn't have time but i effectively did because I took the sump off twice with minimal driving in between....

Just spent the weekend in a very wet France and all ran bootiful...

#388707 Zetec Rattle

Posted by nelmo on 21 September 2018 - 08:01 PM

I AM AN ENGINEERING GENIUS!!! Yup, it's official, I am the greatest mechanic in all of...er...my road.

Ok, sorry but I'm very excited - big end bearings replaced, car back together and, amazingly, it works! Rattle is gone, all is rosy (although I've only done a 10 mile road test so it could still go pear-shaped).

Apologies for getting so excited - for you guys, this is all in a weekends work - this was my Everest, well outside my comfort zone.

Many thanks for all your comments and advice...much appreciated.

#388693 Not Idiot Proof Enough

Posted by nelmo on 21 September 2018 - 09:22 AM

Hopefully - just waiting for sump sealant to dry and will try starting up tonight...fingers crossed... :unsure:

#388683 Not Idiot Proof Enough

Posted by nelmo on 20 September 2018 - 09:32 PM

So, you know how it's supposed to be near impossible to NOT locate the HT leads on the spark plugs? Well, let me tell you a story...

On cylinder 4 in particular, it seems you can push the rubber bit in and actually COMPLETELY miss the top of the spark plug but, and here's the funny bit, it looks like it's on fine. So when you go to start up and your engine runs like a dog and you get that sinking feeling of 'what the Hell have i broken now', when, in fact, you're just running on 3 cylinders.

Oh, how I laughed when i worked this out a mere 3 days later...


#386544 Magazine, Summer Issue

Posted by nelmo on 04 July 2018 - 02:25 PM

The summer edition of the club magazine has been posted to all members - please let me know if you don't receive it within the next week or so.


I'm always interested in ideas for articles or even articles written for me  <_< . I don't promise to publish everything (your nan's 75th birthday party isn't interesting to everyone) and I am happy to edit anything, so don't feel it has to be of Pulitzer standard.


Note that I am also looking for magazine cover photo's - see page 19 for the 'rules'.


Hope you like it... :)



#386415 Thoroughly Tested My Cooling System Today

Posted by nelmo on 29 June 2018 - 09:04 AM

I drove to my IVA almost exactly 1 year ago. The test centre was near Heathrow airport (Yeading) and one of the hottest days of the whole year for the whole country was recorded on that day at, yup, Heathrow - 36 degC!! I left at 6am and spent 2 hours in rush hour traffic, only just making it to my test on time (after having been stopped by the police for not having a number plate).


Then I had to drive back...AND then I repeated the whole thing 3 days later for my re-test.


Now, that is an almost literal baptism of fire!  :vava:

#386068 Newbie With 2B

Posted by nelmo on 15 June 2018 - 10:07 AM

Welcome - and excellent work with the rhyming title of your post  :)

#385697 Coventry Motofest

Posted by nelmo on 05 June 2018 - 11:15 AM

Well, whack a whopping orange box on top of an orange car and you'll get noticed  8)  :rofl:

#385376 How ! How To Do Stuff On Here

Posted by nelmo on 24 May 2018 - 10:19 AM

Apparently I don't have permission to do that 


Send a PM to Stu (the Duck) - he'll be able to help you with that.


For your picture, I just use MS Paint (every PC has it) - edit your picture and there is a 'resize' option. Set it to, say, 10% of the original, save it and then upload through your profile.

#384796 Carburettor Problems

Posted by nelmo on 12 May 2018 - 08:42 AM

what it can be replaced with.

Fuel injection? :-) Sorry, I'm not helping, I know nothing about carbs but others do and will be along soon. Welcome to the forum!

#384659 Stoneleigh ... After The Event

Posted by nelmo on 10 May 2018 - 08:42 AM

Why a shame? They are going to make a shedload of cash and they've still got a huge amount of space, definitely enough for the kit car show, anyway.

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#384351 Help - Squealing Sound

Posted by nelmo on 05 May 2018 - 07:38 PM

Sorry to hear that mate - hope it's sorted soon.

But this is why I have no interest in getting my car on a RR - I've just read too many people having problems during or after a RR session.

#383787 Stoneleigh Word Of Warning

Posted by nelmo on 27 April 2018 - 12:37 PM

I've not camped before - how is it supposed to work (where we camp, not 'how do I put up a tent' :crazy: )? I assumed we would be camping in area 82, which is nearest to our stand? Is that no good?

#383590 Hog Roast At Stoneleigh?

Posted by nelmo on 25 April 2018 - 09:42 PM

This is the sort of thread I like, simple question, followed by a simple answer.


Probably because, in the current atmosphere, if anyone from the committee said anything more, they'd get a rant about them choosing the wrong type of hog, or something   8)

#383489 Brighton Classic Car Show, June 3Rd

Posted by nelmo on 25 April 2018 - 07:12 AM

I thought I'd try arrange something down the bottom end of the country, for a change.


I'm happy to do a block booking and to plan a fun route down to Brighton from a convenient start point, if anyone is interested. It's worth going just to get free, allocated parking in Brighton :-)

I realise it's a long way for most of you and I'm not sure if we have many southerners on here (the members map shows quite a few) so I may be going by myself :-) but any interest?