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#380976 Is This A Scam?

Posted by agent_zed on 20 February 2018 - 07:25 PM

thanks guys yeah think that is the way to go ask for cash i don't really have the time or energy to mess about.

#380933 2B Chassis

Posted by agent_zed on 19 February 2018 - 09:57 PM

didn't RH make a chassis to take the ford DOHC engine? or is that the 2b/4?


I think it was more like the superspec chassis to be able to take the bigger mt75 box.

#380583 Tractors Selling His Tool Chest

Posted by agent_zed on 11 February 2018 - 09:44 AM

i hate to think what is now going to show up in 'suggested' items list. I had to show my GF this post so she didn't think i as actively searching for such like.

#380573 Tractors Selling His Tool Chest

Posted by agent_zed on 10 February 2018 - 08:32 PM

don't think i want to be tied into that deal.....

#380548 Fitting A Cat - Repackable Silencer Suppliers?

Posted by agent_zed on 09 February 2018 - 08:30 PM

ah this one mentions a fail at sva for upper mount. But again that could be a single mount http://www.rhocar.or...unt#entry112369probably where i was getting my thinking from though.

#380541 Fitting A Cat - Repackable Silencer Suppliers?

Posted by agent_zed on 09 February 2018 - 03:46 PM

well if you have to change the manifold to be able to fit a cat into the system you could alter the manifold so you don't have to add an extra joint into the steering. Less joints in the steering the better if you can.


Just spotted a potential fail point though looking at your pics. Although my seat belt upper mounts are the same as you have i think they have been failure points for some people in recent times (i passed SVA in 2007). I Think they want the bolt to pass through the bar in a welded in tube rather than the tubed welded on the rear.


I could well be wrong so hopefully others can confirm or reject my thinking.

#379935 Should I Buy?

Posted by agent_zed on 20 January 2018 - 08:58 PM

@obecanobe best not to put your email and phone on an open forum. Use the personal message system instead. Don't want you getting tons of spam.  8) 

#379572 Should I Buy?

Posted by agent_zed on 10 January 2018 - 01:29 PM

Another advantage over other 7's is that the 2b is quite a bit bigger. There are a few others out there that are big too like the Quantum but you are paying quite a lot more.


Very few people can tell the difference between a 2b and a caterham, not that i want to pretend i have a caterham or anything.


You are unlikely to lose a lot of money if you wanted to sell it on later they seem to hit a base price.


For me i quite like that my car doesn't have that much power as it keeps me safer. The roads around me are fun and twisty but also have a lot of trees and sheep and boar etc looking to get me at a moments notice. I can make lots of noise and get the buzz without finding i am doing silly speeds. I'd rather get better handling than more power, i enjoy trying to improve the line i take, my gear shifting, carrying speed through a corner and when and where to brake. But that is how i enjoy my car so it really is up to you.

#379481 Vin Number Advice Required

Posted by agent_zed on 04 January 2018 - 07:16 PM

I made mine up in 2007. Wasn't even questioned. I like it as very few people get to have a vin number that is their initials - birthday - date started build - date finished build :) with a few X's here and there to get to 17 digits overall.


Worst case they will tell you you can't have it and will generate one for you.


DVLA rarely know what is going on, especially with kit cars

#378203 Sierra Rear Suspension Outer Bush Bolt Specs'

Posted by agent_zed on 04 November 2017 - 06:27 PM

My understanding is that Metalastic bushes should in most cases be bolted up tight and the movement is then in the rubber bushing. Things like the shock absorbers should be fitted and then only tightened fully once the car is sat back in it's normal position so the bush is no 'pre-loaded'.


Poly bushes running on a metal sleeve should again have the tube done up tight and the bush then rotates on the metal sleeve not the metal sleeve on a bolt. The sleeve should be a mm or 2 wider than the bush so the bush is not clamped when the bolt is tightened.


at least that is what i've always done.



#378100 Paint Advice

Posted by agent_zed on 31 October 2017 - 04:22 PM

I've always sprayed my panels outside. You always get a bug land on the very last coat which you have to flat out but i have achieved a pretty high gloss finish. The main problem this time of year will be temperature and humidity. Although when it is really cold the humidity often falls. Ideally you want to be above 20c.


I am lucky i am far away from neighbours so the smell doesn't affect them. I use cellulose as it was the safest for home use, although water based paints seem to be the norm now but they require more heat as water is harder to dry than solvent.




obviously i only ever paint my agricultural machines with cellulose as it's illegal to paint cars with it, although my tractor looks a bit like a 7 ;)

#378024 Header Tanks / Expansion Tank Plumbing

Posted by agent_zed on 29 October 2017 - 08:31 PM

I would agree with Brumster. It is just a pressurised vessel in your cooling system at the highest point. 


Pretty much every modern car is this setup so pop the bonnet on your tintop and have a look is one option.


As long as the pressure vessel has a pressure releasing cap then the radiator shouldn't really have a pressure releasing cap. I guess if you can't get a non valved cap i guess just getting a much higher poundage one than the pressure releasing cap on the expansion tank will do, as the expansion tank will in theory always vent first then.


I cant see the need for a catch tank as no modern car has this. You just have a plastic pressure tank with a cap.



Just to add as far as i am aware both spit/suck and an inline expansion tank are both pressurised systems. The spit/suck one just doesn't have a pressurised expansion vessel, the cap has valves for both direction so once 13lbs (or 16lbs or whatever you have) etc is reached it will vent to the expansion tank and any trapped air bubbles out and when it cools negative pressure opens another valve and pulls water back in if needed.  A pressurised vessel has air in it so it just pressurises the air and the water level just rises and falls a bit, i assume there must be a 2 way valve as well so air can be pushed out when pressure is reached and pulled in when it drops. I think 13lbs raises the boiling point to about 110degrees from memory (could be wrong) so 16lbs will be higher again. The higher the pressure the more problems you will have with keeping the water in. So if you can improve cooling and run a lower poundage it will be better.



#377815 Not Having The Best Of Luck These Past Few Weeks

Posted by agent_zed on 20 October 2017 - 09:22 PM

So i think someone is testing me by throwing little challenges at me.....


Sorry this is long and rambling.


So back a couple of months ago my bmw failed mot on air-bag light (and a few less important things) so i thought i'd take it to bmw and get the air bags replaced as there was a recall notice on them. This didn't solve the problem. 


The bmw garage washed the car for free and when i picked it up they handed me the mirror glass that had fallen off. I don't know why they didn't put it back on as it was fine when i left it but no big deal as such.


This didn't solve my airbag light problem so i bought a seat bypass thingy. That didn't solve my problem.


My brother had an ecu reader but i couldn't get it off him so i bought a elm327 bluetooth one off ebay.


This connected to my dads citreon, but not my bmw or GFs polo. I can only assume it speaks french not german!


So i bought a usb cable version only to realise it was for flashing the ecu not diagnosing a problem. So wasted more money there.


Finally got my brothers one and cleared all errors but didn't cure the problem.


Oh it also failed on emissions but i think i sorted that as it had jumped a tooth on the inlet cam. I managed to wangle it back into place. but this doesnt help as the above is still broken :( 


So i started using the 2b for comuting work but this needed the head taking off as it wasn't running correctly. 


Discovered bent valve as i'd dropped a nut in the manifold last year when i fitted the 2 ltr cam and had the head off, so replaced valve and new head gasket.


New head gasket leaked along the seam as it was cheap and naff and i shouldn't have used it.


So off with that one and on with a new one.


was an idiot and didn't check oil so oil light came on a few times on commute as low oil. hopefully haven't done any damage.


Running better but carb is a bit messed up so was running rich for a long time.


Ran out of fuel on way home :(


0.5mile from garage :)


no fuel cans for sale :( brother came to rescue.


filled up with fuel next day and returned home after work. smelt petrol... leaking around fuel filter.


New fuel pipe over the wknd.


Back to work running well on way in and way home until... 0.5mile from home notice temp rising a bit. Pulled into drive ... PSSSSHHHHHHH steam from bonnet and water spraying out of lower water pipe split. This was this week, so a job for tomorrow so i have a car for monday.


Bought new car :) (to replace bmw not 2b) brother works for car auctions so got a good deal on a peugeot 3008 :) should have picked it up today...


brother noticed a new dent after the auction :( some idiot moving the car around the lot must have bashed the bottom of the door so that is being mended before i can have it. :(


So instead of picking up new car i went to put the new carpet down in my kids room :)


carpet was meant to be 3m wide but only 2.7 so doesn't fit :( has to go back. 


But the underlay is down and the spare piece was big enough to go under the rug in the lounge to stop my little boy bashing his head on the floor if he falls over :)


This evening my little boy decides to throw up for only the second time in 7.5 months (can't really complain as he is pretty awesome generally) over the rug and some goes through to the new bit of underlay. So had to vax carpet clean the rug and underlay this evening.


Working on the central heating today and i noticed the timer for the immersion doesn't now seem to be working :(


I am now wondering what else lies ahead for this wknd. perhaps i shouldn't try and tempt fate and do any wiring or anything else remotely dangerous.


still got to smile  :crazy:







#377507 Low Oil Pressure A Couple Of Times - Damage?

Posted by agent_zed on 10 October 2017 - 06:31 AM

cool. thanks guys that's reassuring. I'll be driving it this morning so fingers crossed. Although i assume any problems will now be a slow process until a dramatic fail.


I would be disappointed if it failed as it's only 26 years old with 130k :)

#377103 Pinto Power Output.

Posted by agent_zed on 19 September 2017 - 07:08 PM

I would also guess that having a straight through exhaust would help a bit too, but i could be wrong as there are various other factors such as back pressure to take into consideration and it all starts to get a bit technical especially when you start taking into account 4-1 or 4-2-1 manifolds and primary tube lengths and the like. 


Depends on budget as i am sure Snapperpaul will tell you it ain't cheap once you start pushing the limits.


At the end of the day though i have a 1.6 pinto without much done to it, only a 2ltr cam, 4-1 tubular manifold to straight through exhaust and that still gives me a huge smile and moves pretty well. I was stuck behind a few slow cars today on the way home along the edge of the river wye and it just didn't matter. Sun was creeping out and it was awesome to hear the burble of the engine and get to enjoy the scenery, it's not always about screaming 0-60 times ;)