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Six-cylinder's Motoring Notes - My MG BGT is in the M&S ad, what are the other cars in the street?


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#3151 OFFLINE   dozeydustman

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Posted 15 November 2018 - 02:56 PM

RAC are a total waste of time. When my folks bought the Cougar in 2001, it came with a year's worth of RAC thrown in. As my folks decided they would do a tour of Europe they paid extra for international cover.

 

The engine blew up in Italy on the outskirts of Rome, RAC were informed, as it was middle of summer most of Italy was on holiday so recovery took about 5 days. No courtesy car provided which the cover was supposed to include. When RAC eventually crated the car up for repatriation, mum and dad had already flown home, had no courtesy car waiting for them at Gatwick.

 

The RAC put their car on the wrong transporter and it went to somewhere in Germany and not UK, but the remnants of the engine were sent to the local Ford dealers in Kent from where the car was initially purchased.

 

2 months later the car arrived at Swale Motors in Northfleet minus the drivetrain. That got lost somewhere else.

 

Parents have always used CSMA/Britannia rescue and have never had any issues.


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#3152 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 03:46 PM

Disappointingly having fitted new tyres to the E30 on Monday for a BMW Club meeting that night, the heater fan choose to pack up. As it was a wet cool night full of jammed traffic I decided not to battle on with ram only and took a 156.

 

Today I decided to tackle it, not so bad to get too as some cars as a plate unscrews from the engine side of the bulkhead to reveal it. Armed only with a can of WD40 I made it spin again and now it is freed off it seems fine.

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#3153 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 07:24 PM

Our C15D has been more and more difficult to start in spite of being in regular use at the moment moving apple press equipment for Mrs6C orchard’s group. Sometimes needing 4 goes of the glowplugs and with colder weather due after the success of the BMW heater fan I thought I would change the glow plus myself.

 

Not too bad to access on a non turbo 1769cc. Usual stuff two came out straight forwardly, one needed a good pull on the bar and the last one I went back too because it was a pig. I was just ready to give up and take it to a garage for fear of disabling the van, one last heave on the breaker bar and it popped and I hit myself in the face!

 

It now starts well and I have looked up the record and the old glow plugs were fitted June 2015. The old glow plugs looked ok, but were not doing there job.

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#3154 OFFLINE   clayts450

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 07:43 PM

There's nothing quite like a good old smack in your face at your own hand to greet success in cracking off something welded in, is there ? 

 

Good job jobbed, Chris :)


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#3155 OFFLINE   richardmorris

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 07:50 PM

Is three years ok for glowplugs? I never changed the ones on my cx and I had it for six years. It always started instantly when the orange lamp went out.
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#3156 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 09:00 PM

Is three years ok for glowplugs? I never changed the ones on my cx and I had it for six years. It always started instantly when the orange lamp went out.

 

I would have liked a bit longer but I guess they were after market ones guaranteed for a year!


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#3157 OFFLINE   wuvvum

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 10:08 PM

I've found I'm only getting a couple of years out of the glowplugs on the Rover of Doom these days.  Likewise, they look fine when I take them out but don't seem to be doing much in the way of heating.  Also the Rover only has 3 plugs from the factory so it can't really afford to drop one.



#3158 ONLINE   SiC

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 10:11 PM

That's pretty bad. I've never had to replace a glow plug on any diesel I've owned. Admittedly they're probably a bit newer, but that still at least over 10yrs on the original plugs. Thank goodness really, as I'd imagine they'd be fun* otherwise to remove.
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Posted 17 November 2018 - 10:13 PM

I know a lot of people reported short plug lives from anything other than the Beru branded plugs on XUD engined Xantias (something to do with the other plugs not being as able to handle the post heating scheme used), not sure if that carried over into the later DW engine too.

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 10:35 PM

I've never changed glow plugs before! Bottled out of doing it on the blue gooner to cure the blow and just scrapped it!

Also have a knack of buying cars that have had it done recently! Silver gooner, 406, xantia and green zx were all fairly recently changed when I bought them and ran them into the ground!
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#3161 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 07:51 PM

The End of Company Cars

 

Now Oct 1996 a planned job change was going to leave me without a company car, but my white 1975 Mercedes 280CE was not ready so I had to buy a stop gap car. At work we had a 1988 Alfa 164 V6 manual, a house brick red 1984 Saab 900i 2 door saloon and I looked at a W123 Mercedes 250, 1983 Alfa Giulietta 1.8 out of the paper. The Alfa 164 was a bit scruffy, had no history and a broken speedo so while I enjoyed taking it home for a weekend I gave it a miss. The W123 had a busted heater matrix and the Giulietta seemed to have too many Alfa foibles for my new every day car. The Saab was a useful stop gap car in good condition that would resell easily so I took that.

 

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When I came home with the Saab Mrs6C was not impressed, “I understand you needed a car but why not one of the interesting ones!”

 

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I was told to go back and get the Giulietta as well!


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#3162 OFFLINE   Matty

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Posted 18 November 2018 - 07:58 PM

I Quite like my wife but she never suggests I buy cars. Jammy sod...
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Posted 18 November 2018 - 08:49 PM

Company cars may be over but car buying is not!

 

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Driving back from London in a very slow Luton van with my new boss the conversation turned to cars and how he had been offered a 1980 Ford Fiesta 1.1L running well and MOTed for very little money. My boss said he did not want it so I said can I have, he said yes and made a call to the seller, that relieved the boredom for ½ hour but now I owned a Fiesta!

 

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One wet Saturday night Mrs6C and I spotted a Lancia 2.0 HPE for sale and drove to see it in the rain.as soon as the deal was done and the seller took us around a couple of cashpoints so we could gather the money and could take it away. Great to drive, but all the wows of a Lancia.

 

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Mrs6C then found the 1st production Bond Equipe GT4S and had to have that as well.

 

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 02:14 PM

Black Beauty is home, both rear struts have been replaced, the 2nd as a precaution but it turns out it was a good call as the spring support had already started to break away.

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 06:19 PM

Black Beauty is home.

 

I think we need the full sequence and music now... :-)

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#3166 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 10:55 PM

My MG BGT is in the M&S ad, what are the other cars in the street?

 

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at 52 secs

 


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#3167 OFFLINE   richardmorris

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Posted Yesterday, 09:48 AM

Volvo? marina?


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#3168 ONLINE   Lacquer Peel

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Posted Yesterday, 10:14 AM

Glow plugs - direct injection diesels don't really need them and will start in cold weather without them, but indirect injection diesels like the XUD are almost impossible to start without preheating in cold weather.

#3169 OFFLINE   barefoot

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Posted Yesterday, 10:14 AM

Maxi early & a 504?


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Posted Yesterday, 01:43 PM

Now there's a claim to fame. First your Audi was in an Ed Sheeran video and now this. Look very carefully right at the start and you might spot a Maxi where the MG is parked later on.


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#3171 OFFLINE   hairnet

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Posted Yesterday, 04:02 PM

Why did I need four new tyres for my E30 today!


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