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kevin the chicken

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  1. Stay away from it. Once you make a mistake and there is a fire you can't stop it. After a an rtc in America one caught fire and was eventually extinguished using 1000 gallons of water. The makers technicians removed half of the batteries to make it safe and it was removed to a safe place where it caught fire again 18 hours later, was extinguished and then reignited 24 hours later. It's called thermal runaway and difficult to stop. I believe the German fire service dunk the whole car in a container of water and leave it there
  2. Kilometres dear boy. I already have cameras but they won't tell me if someone starts tinkering with it in the middle of the night when I'm on holiday
  3. Good morning everyone, hope you all survived storm Arwen unscathed. This post doesn't directly relate to my kit car but it may relevant to those of you that have more expensive vehicles. Being of an age where I am thinking about retirement I have treated myself to an ex-army Land Rover to use for fishing and general use when other vehicles are not available. It is not new, 1993 but it was completely rebuilt with new chassis, engine and gearbox amongst other bits in 2005 and apart from a quick bit of service at the 2013 G8 summit in Norther Ireland it has mostly been in storage since. Hence it has currently less than 10,000 K on the clock. Therefore it is worth a fair chunk of money and worth protecting properly. My plan is to have a visible deterrent such as a pedal lock, probably some sort of battery isolation switches (it has four batteries) and a hidden tracker. I have sort of settled on a tracker but thought I would ask here to see if anyone can recommend one or tell me of any to avoid. I need one that is hard wired but with battery back up, that will tell me if the vehicle is being tampered with or moved when I am not there. The one I am looking at would be fitted, 24/7 monitored and have a lifetime monitoring service for around 600 quid. Most of the time the vehicle would be sitting in my garden behind gates with one or two cars blocking it in but I want to be sure that it is still there when we go on holiday. Looking forward to hearing your comments.
  4. Yes definitely the best person to go to
  5. My mot test station has the facility to weigh the whilst on the brake test rollers. He reckons mine was 840 with me in it half a tank but no spare. Series 7 but for sure some will heavier or lighter
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    Plenty of ducts too, the air has to get out as well. My bonnet has louvres in the top but I put some more in the side to try to make the exit area for air closer to the size of the entry area. I don't have a heater in my car but the transmission tunnel gets really warm on anything more than a short journey keeping me warm but also showing just how much heat there is to try to dissipate. Having said all that I have never boiled up yet. Some people have propped the rear of their bonnets up slightly to get rid of more heat. Are you sure that it really is an overheating problem rather than a gauge issue?
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    Noted . Kev has never said to me that his phone number is not to be given out though
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    tune up

    As far as anybody can tell he is still in the March area. His name is Kev Randell and the last phone number I have for him is 07939 500569. He is an absolute genius as far as I am concerned with the rolling road. If you manage to get booked in with him you need to take cash so get an idea of what it will cost before you go. I took a newly installed replacement engine to him and he got it to give out about 180 horsepower. He took the distributor off and bent the stops to give more advance or retard, I forget which and found another 20 odd horsepower. I hear a lot of people budgeting 3 or 4 hundred quid for a rolling road session, mine was way less than this! Let me know if you get hold of him and how you get on.
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    I think the chap I use is now operating out of March. He seems to do most things but his speciality is pintos and Weber's so he might be your man. I'll try to find out where he is now and get his contact details
  10. I tried one and gave up with it. The gauges and tank set up are not really very accurate at the best of times. Best do as geordie said and find the proper sender. I filled my tank half full and then bent the float wire until it showed half full. Doesn't mean it is accurate across the rest of the range Ibut I know when to think about filling up and I have a good reserve to find fuel
  11. Dampertech will have but you are looking at a couple hundred quid probably more. He will know exactly what you need though
  12. If you have one for a pattern try a saddle maker or a marina if you have one locally. A saddle maker will be used to handing and sewing thick materials likewise if you can find someone who mends boat canvas or sails
  13. I can't say for sure how it is secured without looking but I am fairly sure it is held in place with p clips and self tapping screws. This is an old car though so may not meet modern standards. Having said that they are still there after 25 years
  14. Ian makes a good point about fuel. I have copper pipe running along my transmission tunnel meaning if it deteriorates I only have to change a couple of short pieces near the tank and the pipes in the engine bay.
  15. Yet again dvla make it difficult to do the correct thing. You just know it would drag on for months if you tried any correspondence with them. I applied for a log book for a digger and before long a red letter for tax arrived but no v5. Applied again and eventually one arrived after 7 months. The application for (free) tax with covering letter was returned as it hadn't been taxed since the 80s and wasn't sorned or even on their system
  16. I do have a windscreen but the car is still too noisy for conversation. I thought a bigger better exhaust might cure this but although it made it a bit better we still have to do with a lot of nodding and shaking of heads, pointing and then a shrug as we give up. Thanks for all your comments, I think we will stick with the cheapo set for helmet days and invest in a terratrip set for when the weather is better. They are not that cheap but you do get what you pay for generally and if it solves a problem it will be worth investing. I do like the idea of being able to plug in a dab radio or phone and we already have a set of good two way radios.
  17. My car is finally ready to go on the road and as my daughter has finished school I am planning to take her on a couple of days out. This got me thinking about the comms set we normally use when out for any period of time. It is a really cheap one and to be fair to it , works quite well but it is fiddly with a lot of fine wires and has to be used with a helmet ,putting the ear piece in then the helmet on trying not to pull any of the wires and then the reverse before you get out. I don't always want to use a helmet so this is a limiting factor. Does anybody have any better equipment they use? I would be interested in something that I could use without a helmet or with, maybe two separate systems or one that is adaptable to use without as well. There must be something out there nowadays that is suitable and preferably without masses of wire. Tell me about yours! x
  18. Thanks bob. Once I had calmed down I managed to find a genuine Vauxhall one on Ebay. I hadn't got the Bosch number so I'll write that on the garage wall for future reference. Just had the timing belt and water pump changed so next will be oil and filter
  19. Could somebody kindly furnish me with the part number or numbers of available and suitable oil filters for this engine please. I thought getting one today was going to be easy when I saw that the one fitted was a halfords item. However this has been discontinued and the staff were as expected less than helpful. No wonder nobody else bothers to open on a sunday, halfords are not exactly going to take much trade away. Hopefully if I get a number I can get to a proper shop tomorrow.
  20. I'd agree. The tie bars do make a massive difference although I did change springs and dampers too. Got them from dampertech. If you need any photos of the tie bar arrangement just ask
  21. I had some bolts in a dodge v8 head which had rusted away so that there was no head left. An engineer I knew ground off the rust and then got a scrap bolt and attached it with a couple of zaps of a welder and turned them out with a spanner. Some took a couple of goes as the weld broke but they all came out in short order. Probably bigger bolts than yours though.
  22. I bought some from gbs several years ago but they were a bit pricey. Still haven't got around to fitting them as the old bent ones are still hanging together
  23. There is a hamlet in Lincolnshire called new York but I don't think its famous for its welding supplies or retail outlets
  24. Churchill have reduced my premium on my tintop by a tenner for the last two years. Keep it up!
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