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kevin the chicken

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#377850 Front Suspension

Posted by kevin the chicken on 22 October 2017 - 05:32 PM

Tie bar conversion to get rid of that over stiff sierra anti roll bar and change original springs for some around the 120lb mark. I changed the the dampers too as mine were an unknown quantity. Dampertech is where I got my springs and shocks from, still got the contact details if you need them.

#376353 Caravan Insurance

Posted by kevin the chicken on 25 August 2017 - 01:50 PM

Just a quick nudge to those of you that tow their houses behind them on occasions especially as the end of season bash is coming up.
We had an insurance renewal come through just before we had our annual holiday in Cornwall and my wife was inclined to leave it until we returned by which time it would have expired. I renewed it as it would have been just my luck if something happened on holiday.
On the return journey the offside tyre burst on the M5 with the remains of the tyre damaging the side and underneath of the van. We had a good inflated spare and Jack but there was so much destroyed tyre underneath I couldn't get the jack underneath the van so had to call recovery out. Didn't worry too much as I knew I had insurance and we had stopped OK without any drama or injury.
The tyres were about 4 years old with very little wear but the recovery chap said a common cause of delamination is flat spots from being left standing for long periods. Changed the others now too.
Went for an insurance quote and the bill is going to be 2334 Quid! Was that a well spent 100 pound or Not?

#376273 Rh Mark 1 Sierra S7/rear Suspension Upgrade

Posted by kevin the chicken on 22 August 2017 - 08:38 PM

I find the sierra rear end works really well. It's the front that probably needs sorting first. Ditch that bloody great anti roll bar for a tie rod conversion and put some softer springs on if it's still got those 180lb lorry springs that came with the kit.

#376136 Mismatched Gauge Solution

Posted by kevin the chicken on 18 August 2017 - 06:46 PM

Bent my sender arm to suit too, deadly accurate at half full, above that and I go out. On or below and I fill up. Not as good as a gauge that is accurate at all levels but a cheap and easy fix

#375739 Stale Petrol

Posted by kevin the chicken on 03 August 2017 - 06:46 PM

It does go off quite quickly, I never like to leave it more than six months so I drain it in the winter and put fresh in for the summer. It seems to go off more quickly in the pipework in my car rather than in the tank even though my pipes are of good quality. I would definitely flush and put fresh in after that amount of time. If it has really gone off it will smell wrong when you crank it over.

#375588 Uk To Ban Sale Of Petrol And Diesel Cars

Posted by kevin the chicken on 30 July 2017 - 01:56 PM

Sorry I can't come in to work today we had a power cut last night. And the rest of the town too.

#374772 Good Trusted Local Garage Pinto Experience

Posted by kevin the chicken on 08 July 2017 - 01:48 PM

Not sure about the garage but I can put you in touch with my rolling road man. He is just outside chatteris so only 15 miles or so from you. There isn't much he doesn't know about webers and he changed the chokes which I supplied, rejettted the carbs,adjusted the dizzy which was giving too much retardation at idle and too much advance at high revs and then did a full power run and only charged 80 quid cash which seems cheap for 3 hours to me. Let me have a ring around to see about the head gasket, I know several people who may do it, this area is thick with people who know these engines like the back of their hand. The advantage of living in stock car country.

#374528 Pinto 2.0 Radiator Options And Electric Cooling.

Posted by kevin the chicken on 03 July 2017 - 12:22 PM

Definitely if it's the highest opening in the system. I used to have terrible trouble with airlocks in my system. I would fill the car up and run it with the radiator cap off topping up until the engine got hot then all of a sudden a great big gout of coolant would come out of the radiator leaving it half empty. I'd refill two or three times until I got rid of the air. I fitted a header tank and put a blank cap on the radiator and now I just fill it once, check the level and away I go.

#373839 Rounding My Nut Off.

Posted by kevin the chicken on 13 June 2017 - 03:21 PM

I've used nut splitters in the past when things became desperate. I have a set of sockets for removing seized nuts. They have curved bladed edges rather than flats and dig in when you tighten up. You just select the one that is a tight fit and tap it on. You do however need a bit of flat for it to work and there is always the risk that you may shear the bolt off. Once they have been used the nut is scrap. Irwin make them, think I got them off ebay.

#373182 New Owner, One Day Old And Overheated. Need Help!

Posted by kevin the chicken on 26 May 2017 - 02:30 PM

Being a kit car that is one of the design features an item falling off now and then to keep you on your toes. It was a good hot day to test the cooling though. The cars can get rather hot with all the heat transfer through the metal but it makes a heater an unnecessary piece of weight. Mine never worked and when there was no tapping for it on my replacement engine out it Came!

#372526 Blue Or Gray Smoke

Posted by kevin the chicken on 13 May 2017 - 05:54 PM

Check ignition system first. Might just be a lead or plug failed. If all the pressures are the same unlikely to be a ring or valve. Don't panic and start pulling the engine to bits without checking basics first

#372170 Total Disaster

Posted by kevin the chicken on 07 May 2017 - 12:40 PM

As you say test the starter off the car with a battery and a couple of jump leads. Don't know about the alternator but I would leave the coil until I had done everything else and see if it produces sparks. I am pleased to hear that it probably isn't as bad as you thought though.

#370682 Farage At It Again

Posted by kevin the chicken on 05 April 2017 - 06:49 PM

I agree, love him or loathe him you have to admit he's got some b***s to stand up in front of that partisan lot and tell them what's what. Personally I think he may go down as one of the most influential political figures ever. Go boy give them hell

#370406 Celebratory Drink Tonight

Posted by kevin the chicken on 29 March 2017 - 05:29 PM

Good excuse. Triggering of article 50

#370301 Protecting The Chassis On The Inside

Posted by kevin the chicken on 26 March 2017 - 10:34 AM

I haven't used the dynax stuff but waxoyl is messy but effective. You can get it really warm so that it is very liquid and then fill cavities right up and then let it drain out and catch the excess. That way you know all the internal surfaces have been coated. It's not that expensive and the last time I bought some it came with an applicator pump thing. It does however weep out of the holes on warm days until all the excess has gone.