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by SCP440
Sat Feb 04, 2023 5:53 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Automatic Gearbox - Oil usage
Replies: 29
Views: 4583

Re: Automatic Gearbox - Oil usage

How many miles has your Auto gearbox done? From experience on C3's from years ago most need a refurb after 100k miles or 10 to 15 years, the seals shrink inside and this starts with a delay in engagement or a delay in going into top and/or reverse. While its out it also well worth getting the conver...
by SCP440
Thu Feb 02, 2023 9:17 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Penetrating Oil
Replies: 11
Views: 104

Re: Penetrating Oil

Cheers for the recommendation and I will try some before long. Going to need gallons of the bloody stuff when I start on my 3.0S! I work on a lot of classic cars and as we know they usually have more than there fare share of rusty fastenings. Exhaust manifolds have always been a problem, since I ha...
by SCP440
Thu Feb 02, 2023 6:29 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Penetrating Oil
Replies: 11
Views: 104

Re: Penetrating Oil

Forch S411, it is the only penetrating oil I know of with ball bearing in the can you shake to activate it. When it comes out it will often fizz and since I have been using it I have never ceased to me amazed at how well it works I have found this product will remove the rustiest of exhaust nuts if ...
by SCP440
Mon Jan 23, 2023 5:26 pm
Forum: Rant and Rave
Topic: What is killing everyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 589

Re: What is killing everyone?

I had an interesting conversation today with one of the Wifes friends.She has recently got over a 3 week showing positive for Covid with mild cold symtoms. She is in the NHS and was something to do with the roll out of the Vaccine program. Anyway I asked her why if the Vaccine program was so effecti...
by SCP440
Tue Jan 17, 2023 9:32 pm
Forum: Rant and Rave
Topic: What is killing everyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 589

Re: What is killing everyone?

Another problem is the demographic of the worlds population, maybe this is natures way to tip the balance back to how it should be? Some countries have more of there population over 60 than they do people between 20 and 60. Dont get me wrong we all want to live longer but the demands it puts on the ...
by SCP440
Tue Jan 17, 2023 8:38 am
Forum: Rant and Rave
Topic: What is killing everyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 589

Re: What is killing everyone?

There are also a lot of people off work with non seasonal problems. Shingles is something I have heard of a lot of people suffering with. Maybe as life is getting back to normal the more fragile members of society that have managed to avoid serious illness and stress are the ones that are dying? It ...
by SCP440
Mon Jan 16, 2023 5:59 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: 3.0 Exhausts. Which ones?
Replies: 19
Views: 732

Re: 3.0 Exhausts. Which ones?

I'm not sure what the lifespan of a mild steel exhaust is expected to be, but 15 to 20 years should be the norm It depends on how the vehicle is used, lots of short runs or starting the car for 10 mins will allow the water vapour to collect. Cars used mainly for long runs can see as you say a syste...
by SCP440
Sun Jan 15, 2023 6:32 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: 3.0 Exhausts. Which ones?
Replies: 19
Views: 732

Re: 3.0 Exhausts. Which ones?

The CCI system I bought last year came painted and to a reasonable standard.
As far as stainless steel goes it can be a good option on cars used mainly for shorter runs, I personally dont like the sound of a lot of stainless systems. often tinny and can droan.
by SCP440
Sat Jan 14, 2023 1:18 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: 3.0 Exhausts. Which ones?
Replies: 19
Views: 732

Re: 3.0 Exhausts. Which ones?

I purchased a CCI System last year and the fit is not the best, I think the main silencers should be closer to the floor and the tailpipes are at different angles no matter how much fiddling I have tried. The Stainless tailpipes do look smart though. I also find the booming between 2500 and 3000 rpm...
by SCP440
Wed Jan 04, 2023 11:17 am
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Camshaft lobes
Replies: 9
Views: 296

Re: Camshaft lobes

Yes I drilled a hole for the cam on a mates MK3 Cortina back in the 80s. We even found a rubber bung for the hole in the stores on the Monday morning. Maybe there was more room on the car the Pinto engine was originally designed for? A mate in Germany had a Taunus in the 80s with a 1.3 Pinto, it act...
by SCP440
Wed Dec 21, 2022 6:51 pm
Forum: Rant and Rave
Topic: Famous Capri Owners
Replies: 85
Views: 19416

Re: Famous Capri Owners

Angela Rippon had a MK2 Ghia I think, if my memory serves me correctly it was one of the first cars on Top Gear as she was a presenter.
by SCP440
Sun Dec 18, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: wheel colour2.8i special
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: wheel colour2.8i special

My mate who has a body shop reckons he use Ford Sparkle Silver WP-20-00-61 on most Fords unless people something special.
by SCP440
Sun Dec 18, 2022 1:17 pm
Forum: Rant and Rave
Topic: Tips and tricks
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Tips and tricks

How about some Vaseline? A smear can work wonders on stuff like this.
by SCP440
Tue Dec 13, 2022 9:53 am
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Fuel gauge not working
Replies: 20
Views: 585

Re: Fuel gauge not working

I would be weary of Cheap Chinese bulbs, with the amount of work needed to replace it might be better to pay a bit more and get some with a recognised brand on the box if available.
by SCP440
Sat Dec 10, 2022 6:09 pm
Forum: Rant and Rave
Topic: Overcooling
Replies: 15
Views: 380

Re: Overcooling

Long term use with an over cooled engine is not a good idea, condensation in the oil wont evaporate and the ware in the engine will be higher. Engines are designed to run at between 85 and 95c. I think the coldest thermostats you can get are about 75c so in theory that is the coldest the engine will...
by SCP440
Wed Nov 30, 2022 7:48 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Alternator or brushes
Replies: 26
Views: 755

Re: Alternator or brushes

by SCP440
Wed Nov 16, 2022 7:10 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Alternator or brushes
Replies: 26
Views: 755

Re: Alternator or brushes

I had to buy a special socket to do the spark plugs on the wifes Mini Paceman, 12 sided instead of 6 sided. It can be done with a standard socket but they are so deep in the engine it is better to use the correct tool. Mercedes have started using special socket for there wheel nuts. Looks like a loc...
by SCP440
Tue Nov 15, 2022 8:45 pm
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Alternator or brushes
Replies: 26
Views: 755

Re: Alternator or brushes

Some of this modern stuff is crazy with the repairs they need and how long it takes to do it. My neighbour recently had a clutch and new steering rack fitted to his Focus. Total cost was just over £2k. It needed a flywheel and the rack had to be coded to the car. Last year I replaced the clutch on m...
by SCP440
Tue Nov 15, 2022 4:34 pm
Forum: Rant and Rave
Topic: Wow. Check out how much this transit sold for...
Replies: 9
Views: 290

Re: Wow. Check out how much this transit sold for...

What about the Wheeler Dealers MK1Transit they had a few weeks ago, that sold for £15k if my memory serves me correctly.
by SCP440
Tue Nov 15, 2022 10:59 am
Forum: Q & A
Topic: Alternator or brushes
Replies: 26
Views: 755

Re: Alternator or brushes

Personally when something like this fails I prefer just to replace it, yes it is more expensive but as above once you start you will be replacing it all piecemeal over the next few months anyway and a shiny new one will come with a warranty for hopefully 24 months. I respectfully disagree with this...