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    Musing on road speed

    You’d be very hard put to find any modern car speedo with a 10% error. Modern electronic speedos are quite accurate, a percent or two over at worst.
  2. I would have thought an alloy 6 head was now reaching financial viability. Alloys 4 heads seem to sell well enough, and TR6's are now starting to attract serious money. Getting harder to find good used heads, seat cracking is an issue thats only going to get worse. Iron head? Acid dip, re-machine, new seats and guides, you are talking about a fair wedge of cash these days.
  3. I'm sure Dave Pearson had an alloy Triumph Six head done in the past.
  4. Scooter

    So whats a windage tray worth?

    The sudden drop in oil pressure at high revs as the oil aerated on the dyno was rather scary. Defo be putting a windage tray in next time the sumps off.
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    Members' Chat from the oTR site

    All clubs with paid staff eventually die from vested interestitis Have you consisted change? No But change is good We fear change.
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    So whats a windage tray worth?

    Yes, that was a surprise. what I did find interesting on the windage tray tests was the effect of oil aeration.
  7. More than you would think! Very well worth a watch. (You can get a trial month deal) Engine Masters Episode 32 https://subscribe.motortrendondemand.com Preview snippet
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    Lunatic drivers

    IMO, the rot set in with the introduction of Start on Monday, Guaranteed Pass on Friday or your money back driving tuition. It used to be your age plus 5 was the number of weeks lessons you needed to get a pass. And weeks of repetition and variety allowed the lessons to sunk in. Now? Round and around the test route Monday to Thursday like hamsters on a wheel and take your test Friday. You can teach a performing chimp to drive using that system and sure it enough, it delivers lots of first time passes - and drivers with no road experience. See my daughter who passed at midday, and wiped out her car by 7pm. She's still a terrible driver years later. People are taught to pass a test now, not how to drive.
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    Lunatic drivers

    Oh, and UK population? Officially only 65 million. Major chains and utilities were using a figure in the mid 80 millions a decade ago.
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    Land rover Disco 3 electronic parking brake

    Electric parking brakes? Same reason as electric steering. Mechanical linkages are complex and need setting up on the production line,. electronic bits just need plugging in, job done. They are also user non serviceable so its a new one in a box if they play up… more money for the Stealer.
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    Long lived cars

    Even formerly indestructible makes like Mercedes, (There are plenty of old E Class diesel everyones favourite taxi that topped a million miles) have been value engineered down to a 10 year design life. My boss has an old 80's S Class panzerwagon, the build quality is light years ahead of the current model. Nothing breaks, nothing drops off, everythings carved out of metal and built to crush continents. They really don't build them like that any more.
  12. Anyone know offhand what the ET and scrub radius of the standard 4.5" steel rim 155 shod GT6/Vitesse is?
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    Lunatic drivers

    About 35 million cars on the road now
  14. Back in my yoof, I used to work as a Saturday boy at the local Ford garage. One of the more horrible job was buffing down brand new tyres for the racing team. On the wheel balancer, spin, apply sanding disk and buff them down to near slick and get caked in rubber dust.
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    Lunatic drivers

    My 19 year old green daughter bought an Audi A3 which she promptly bent arguing with a truck. I told her what AUDI stands for… she's still sulking with me.