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  1. I don’t think you really understood my question. My concern was that I’m driving around with a 15+ year old airbag in front of me. Which is a 15+ year old box of explosives. I used to work in pyrotechnics and there’s no fucking way you’d even handle 15 year old pyros, let alone store them in a box in front of you when you’re driving. I probably wouldn’t sit on my sofa with a 15 year old box of fireworks stored under it either. I don’t think it’s just going to go off by itself but we’ve had no definite answer to that yet other than ‘it might not go off’ and some anecdotal musings that are littl
  2. Something doesn’t sound right there. The old motor would pull both wipers across the screen dry with no problems. It shouldn’t struggle at all.
  3. ^ Are airbag units a standard fit box or specific to each car? I know they share connectors but that's about as far as I know. I come from a generation where safety devices means actually having a seatbelt fitted to your car.
  4. I think about this fairly frequently. I'm basically driving a car with a bag of 15 year old explosives right in front of my face. Many of you in older shite than me with earlier airbags. Should we be worried about that? Do they have a 'use by' date? What do we do when it comes to 25, 30, 40 years old? Will they even trigger by that point? I don't think I've seen this brought up on here, but I do tend to dip in and out of the forum a bit so might have missed it. Can't see anything obvious in the search.
  5. Reposting this picture because the new kitchen floor made the dining room floor look completely fucked and I went back and bought an identical amount of laminate flooring. SWMBO then went down to her folks and did 45+ miles on the fuel light. I know with her driving it’s probably got ~70-75 miles left in it with the light on, but I still did a sweat.
  6. Smoll car pretending to be floor fitter’s van. Loads of space.
  7. Grid charging. The batteries in these are all old gits now. A grid charger is just a mains charger for the hybrid battery, for use when the battery gets out of balance and starts to throw errors. You can cycle the battery by charging, discharging and recharging a couple of times. This re-balances the battery and you'll get most of the original capacity and performance back. Honda never made chargers or specified charge/discharge routines, so all grid chargers are either aftermarket or home made. They prefer to be used but it doesn't do it a lot of harm sitting. Mine has sat for over a yea
  8. Wow, that looks unexpectedly huge inside! I hope take it the toilet folds out next to the cooker. Sit there squeezing one out in front of the kids while the wife cooks breakfast. Ahh, doesn't get much better than that.
  9. What's going on with this then? I drove mine to work yesterday. At the current rate of fuel consumption and general not driving, I estimate I'm going to finish the tank of fuel I put in it 2nd week of March before lockdown in about early mid October.
  10. Grid charging and carrying out a set of maintenance discharge cycles usually fixes this. When I plotted my charges and discharges, I'd regained around 40% capacity in mine.
  11. What about early Honda Civic Hybrid? Won’t run the same numbers as the Insight but it’s not far off. 55mpg should be easy and hybrid makes a lot of difference round town. Should be able to pick one up for £1500. I think they might all be Jap imports, so you’ll have £160 tax and higher insurance. You’ll have to number crunch that one because it’ll quickly eat up the difference in fuel savings between 50mpg and 55mpg.
  12. Yeah it’s hybrid all the time. The motor is part of the flywheel, so it can’t drive on electric only. Put your foot down and it does the bulk of the accelerating with the motor, then charges back up when you brake or coast down. It works really well. Mine is an auto and I get about 60mpg commuting in London burb traffic and mid 70s or higher on a run. Manual is much better for the empeegees but the auto is the faster car. Hypermiling mine, I’ve done 114mpg on a 50 mile journey, but the manual will clear 120mpg on a run with a bit of practice.
  13. Who the fuck just woke me up with an @ at nearly midnight on a Saturday night? I was just dozing off. Bell? You bastard.
  14. Turd of all turds. I mean, I don’t even remember ever seeing one of these, let alone when did you last see... etc.
  15. My dad had this hotrod built in the late 90s. Shaved door handles and you opened the door by dropping the electric window with the key fob and reaching in to the handle. Until one of us shut the door with the keys inside and there was no way in. Yeah. So we’d gone round the back and got a half brick out the garden and it was about to go through when we remembered there was a hole in the bulkhead down the side. We poked something into the grille, long enough to slide the bonnet mechanism out the way and took off the bonnet and side panels which exposed this hole. Then got about a 6
  16. I don’t think I appreciated that this was coachbuilt. Amazing! or did I mean fuggin hell, shiters knocking about in old coachbuilt tin, this place ain’t what it used to be etc
  17. I’m thinking more jacked up at the back with bluedots and a badly thought out metalflake paint job. Maybe some box striping and the car has to be named.
  18. You mean Rover V8, Jag rear and Viva front? And slotmags.
  19. I had rod and cable brakes on my Ford Pop. Amazing equalising mechanism designed by people who could still design things. They equalised front to back under the brake pedal, individually left to right under each axle, then up and down between the shoes in each drum. Yours might be more basic but they’ll be fine. Learn how they work and how to adjust them properly and just keep them in check.
  20. Pretty sure I saw this yesterday pulling a trailer full of shite. Old electric cooker in the back and other rammel
  21. Halfords car park. Purple bug behind it belongs to a guy that works there. Not the original builder, but a long-term owner.
  22. What I’m utterly fuming* about is that BMW never followed through with the hybrid powertrain for the 1 Series. Was supposed to be launched in 2013 (?) but they canned it. That would have got us a pretty decent hybrid motor and box for RWD cars like old Fords etc.
  23. Mk1 Insight hybrid with CVT in an old square body Honda would be pretty epic. Smooth, lazy, near silent running with piles of torque and 70mpg.
  24. VSS is not the same as the ABS sensor. VSS sends the vehicle speed to the speedo and ECU. ABS tells the ECU if one wheel has locked but it can’t tell it how fast the vehicle is moving.
  25. They dundid it on Project Binky. I think that goes through the process pretty well.
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