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Everything posted by Bowie69

  1. I think the point is, it is supposed to be insurance, and the insurance company should have the financial backup to pay these claims, and not have to raise the individual premium next year. After your truck was stolen, did it make the risk any greater next year? No, certainly not. That is why they are thieves. Same for accidents, if you have one you tend to drive much more carefully and therefore less likely to crash, though of course this is far more subjective.
  2. The 2x3 way manifolds, is that the exhaust?
  3. The MOD versions were bolt in as well.
  4. Not wishing to point you elsewhere, but anyways:
  5. is way down in Somerset, near Taunton, the ad is up in Milton Keynes, so I would say at least that dealer hadn't done that.
  6. What you are feeling is the frequency of the puffing becoming higher, so it is less perceptible, also as engine speed increases, blow-by doesn't necessarily increase. It sounds to me your engine is in perfect health. Oh, and other reasons for black smoke when hoofing it, is perished lines, blocked intercooler/hoses and various other things.
  7. Well it is a diesel, it WILL smoke black when you hoof it. If it goes very well then sounds like someone has been playing with the pump, which will result in even more black smoke. For a diesel (actually and a petrol), black smoke is just unburnt fuel presenting a rich mixture, but it is very normal to have it coming out the tail pipe. Blue is oil, white is either unignited fuel or water vapour from combustion or the cooling system(!) Why did you change the head gasket? Seems those results aren't exactly terrible to me, though finding specific figures for the 300TDI is proving tricky. What does it test as now?
  8. That sounds pretty normal to me, at least the bit about the oil cap. Without understanding the aerodynamics of the cyclone breather and the passage of air around it it would be hard to make comments on it. Any engine will have some blow by, it is the nature of the beast, and 4 pistons going up and down at a high rate of knots is going to create a load of turbulence. I suspect you may be looking at something and worrying unnecessarily.
  9. Going over your other posts I would say start looking at the selector mechanism, the slight slowing in engine revs when trying to engage may be the synchro cones beginning to engage, but not getting enough throw to actually select. Not sure why heat would effect it, but certainly worth a look.
  10. The reg number on that plate is military, so it it's definitely ex-mod if there was any doubt. As above, the 3/4 ton was the 109 designation.
  11. Nige, if you need a break from this, I am sure there are others that would pick it up. Have a think about it old chap
  12. Oh hang on:
  13. And on Facebook:
  14. I think I found them on ebay? May help as there doesn't appear an email address on the site either.
  15. Oh good, got there in the end
  16. Click the link?
  17. Second screen shot in the post I directly linked to gives a picture of the chassis number on body outrigger on drivers side?
  18. My experience is counter to that, I have a classic policy on my Audi, less than £200/year for what was a group 19 car back in the day, no limit to mileage, and business class use, of all people provided by RAC(!), but had the same policy underwriters under Lloyds the previous year. (When they tried to hike it to £300 I just left them!)
  19. See second page of manual, shows it on a RH rear body outrigger.
  20. Gmap for you perusal: ATS is next to Aldi, the other bargain supermarket, next to B&Q etc, closer to the motorway.
  21. Only if I have something else to go there for... had stuff to pick up from B&Q (Glasto didn't have it), so in this instance it made sense. It's a new, large, Lidl store, I'm not sure the general populace has realised, through its foggy existence, that it exists yet as it is always dead. I like Taunton for its history and shops (read: the once a year Christmas visit), Bridgwater for the masses of industrial parks with small businesses selling stuff I need and engineering firms, and Glasto/Street for every day bits. We do live in a nice area... to be fair... spoilt a bit for choice...
  22. Just copy/paste the link from another browser tab into here, rather than trying to link text, and when you do, it will run a script to convert it all for you, nifty huh?
  23. Anything can be played, but I wouldn't waste my time or money on that... Unless I just played it to get through an MoT in the most nasty way possible with a view to changing it in a few months... But no, I wouldn't even do that
  24. Sander SD07 is the one, fitted to RRCs as it happens....
  25. Worthy of Nige