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About nicksmelly

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  1. HS 2.8 TGV engine problems

    The mobile borer from Stockport does an amazing job. We have just used him on a DAF 55 LF 6 cylinder engine that had been running for 6 months with no air filter. He did it all in situ, took him a couple of hours to bore and reline. Was remarkably cheap too.
  2. Diseasel vs Petrol

    I have a LWB RWD Transit 350 converted to a motorhome weighing about 3 tons with the 2.4 TDCi 140 engine in it (Same as Defender) It's got satellite dish, TV aerial, chimney and solar panels on the roof, so not the most aerodynamic - I get 32 - 35mpg on the motorway doing >70mph, so I think there is something very wrong with your 90 if you are only getting 18mpg
  3. Simple NVR solution and add a 1 TB USB hard drive = http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-NVR-4X-4ch1080P-960P-720P-Network-Video-Recorder-IP-Cameras-Cloud-P2P-ONVIF-/121257793379?pt=UK_CCTV&hash=item1c3b871763
  4. Drill Bits - Cobalt M35 ( 5% ) M42 ( 8% )

    Why not consider Tungsten Carbide hard plate drill bits...Very similar to a masonary bit, but the tungsten carbide tip is ground to a very sharp edge.
  5. 110 or 90?

    We plan to be, if there are enough entrants for it to happen
  6. 110 or 90?

    Most Defenders already have a bias valve on the back axle. You could replace that with an adjustable one. http://www.jjcraceandrally.com/race/brake-bias-adjusters-balance-bars/jjc-screw-type-brake-bias-valve £35 from JJC race and rally. On the Discofairy we had vented 110 discs and calipers on the front and standard on the rear, we kept the standard bias valve.
  7. 110 or 90?

    The Discovery - named Discofairy for some unknown reason was originally built in 2002 and did a few hillrallies and a couple of stage rallies. It then sat unused for nearly 10 years before I bought it. We rebuilt the 3.9 engine which was lightened and balanced and then megasquirted it. The rollcage was modernised ready to race in France and fitted nice new Milner Varidamp shocks, but unfortunately my circumstances changed and we never managed to race it at all. It sat in a garage for a year. A new project had started so I decided to sell her to fund a nice 6 speed sequential gearbox for the new car. The new owner raced her in France at the Rally Plaines et Vallees where it finished and he received a trophy This is the new project - Can you guess what it's going to grow up to be?
  8. 110 or 90?

    A 110 will be more stable, but don't discount Discovery's and Range Rovers - which are much cheaper than equivalent 90's or 110's. This was my Discovery Comp-Safari / Tout-terrain racer, which I sold to a nice man in Oxfordshire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYTzmvzeGYA
  9. Review: Fenix HP05 head torch - 3xAA

    Like it. How much did it cost?
  10. Powder coating to Zinc plate or not?

    Powder coating is not the same as the sh*t plastic coating of old that was applied to bull bars and the like. Modern powder coating is very good, better than paint. We use it on wishbones, space frames of comp safari racers, and where it's worn off with hitting rocks, the ground etc. its not suddenly all flaked off around it. It's also cheaper than painting. Just had a full spaceframe and panels powder coated for £250. It would have cost £250 in 2k paint to do the same job.
  11. Does any one know any thing about this?

    Thats a TDCI from a 3.2 Trasnit, I know it's been said above... It's the same type of engine that is fitted to the current Defender, only the Defender engine is 2.2, not 3.2. It's a proper common rail with high pressure fuel pump and electric injectors, not an old fashioned mechanical injection system. I have a 2.4 TDCi in my Transit that has been remapped to 170bhp and its the fastest van I have ever driven.
  12. Clutch Bearing.. who pays?

    I'd be visiting Trading standards. If they replaced everything you say, I would say 800 miles is not reasonable time to failure. They will advise you correctly.
  13. Voltage inverter

    CPC were selling an identical inverter to the one below listed on ebay last year for about £499. The CPC one is badged Mercury. I have a 1kw version that work bought for me and it works fine, so I bought one of these off ebay from Taiwan. It was delivered in 3 working days and does exactly what it's supposed to. It even runs a 900w microwave in my campervan, which is unusual for inverters as it's a purely inductive load. Anyway - here it is. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEAK-3000W-12V-PURE-SINE-WAVE-POWER-INVERTER-BATTERY-SOLAR-PANEL-WIND-TURBINE-/281153140596?pt=UK_Computing_Power_Inverters&hash=item4176087774
  14. USB plate