The only place for a coil spring is up Zebedee's arse.
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Jan 15 2016
14 November 2017 - 10:07

Hey, Lpgc.

Don't know if you want to branch out, but I've been a member on another forum for a few years now, and a guy is having issues with a 2001 XJR switching to petrol under heavy acceleration.

This is his take, and it sounds a familiar lament...

"Well i appear to have another issue. if i floor it when running on gas it coughs and splutters then switches back to petrol. On petrol it's fine; it pulls like a demented steam train. I'm thinking of getting the LPG side of things serviced asap. Only thing is, having owned a few LPG cars, it seems it's the perfect scapegoat. Even LPG pros like to blame it. "The fitters must have been cowboys - i can't help you..." etc. It's one of my least favourite things about owning an LPG car; no one wants to touch it! I'm hoping i have a bit more luck with this one."

The thread link is here...


if you fancy changing his views! :-)

17 November 2017 - 11:28

Gave mine a rinse over today. It didn't need it but the rat that insists on trying to get into the house at night hides on the chassis in the bay when Madam's Shi Tzu comes hunting. So I was getting rid of the rat smell so the dog's face doesn't wind up covered in brake dust!

Sorry, let me correct that. The dog's face was covered in brake dust this morning, so I washed the smell of rat away! :-)

Stables, horses and doors, eh?

Another question. What sort of rat (apart from stupid) picks on a house with three dogs in it?

17 November 2017 - 11:37

I know I'm going back a bit, but my UK '38 - with LPG - was insured via my little local high street broker for a good few years. Gave up trawling the net for cheaper in the end. They always came with a better quote each year. Same when I bought my 17 year-old son an early 2.5 LR90, cheapest by far for fully comp (3rd party was dearer).

And they made you a brew and bikkies at renewal time!

17 November 2017 - 12:22

blueplasticsoulman wrote:

Terrafirma shocks in bin. OEM ones fitted.

Dont ask. Lol.

Why did you...Oh, never mind! :-)

18 November 2017 - 08:35

Orangebean wrote:

You're not related to a guy called Smiler are you Paulo? He's another DSE owner on here. Used to come round a lot, but we don't see much of him these days.

He's still around, but has been having computer problems. He also claims his DSE is running well!

21 November 2017 - 02:02

Sloth wrote:

I would love to see one of those rectifiers in person. With a load on it too, as they change intensity as the load increases/decreases.

I'll try to remember which substation in Melbourne it was in and let you know! :-)

All I recall it that it was on a hill where the trams were pulling some serious power, so the show was pretty spectacular.

03 December 2017 - 04:15

Best start learning some songs then!

06 December 2017 - 09:24

If this is felt inappropriate, Gordon, then please feel free to delete but hey, they say God loves a trier......

Well, we're down the pub and someone says. "What you been up to?"

"Writing a book." you reply.

Guy wanders off to the loo.

Anyway, just in case you're stuck for a Crimbo present for someone you hate...


06 December 2017 - 12:17

God, I wish I could complain like this. I'd give an eye tooth, if I had one, for the price they go for there, i'd buy two, maybe three, just for spares. If you're lucky, a clunker (with the coil "enhancement") and virtually nothing else working, but good for parts, will run at around 6-7 grand. Driveable and saveable, 7 -12-ish!

Mine was eight and a bit thousand, and I chipped him down from over 12!

07 December 2017 - 00:48

OldShep56 wrote:

I've just paid £2.96 for it, George ................... you're going to need a lot of sale to get rich.

That's very kind of you, thanks!

I've sold 15 to date which is a whole 20 quid in royalties, less 30% Withholding Tax, so yeah, only another 999,895 to go!

06 December 2017 - 09:59

davew wrote:

Yes, I would say that it is Blatant George, but the important thing is was it cathartic ?!
(See a mate gave it 5 Stars too - nice touch - on your way to a Booker Prize !)

And he's not even a mate! :-)

Obviously a man of great taste and discernment!

06 December 2017 - 09:55

Orangebean wrote:

Got to be great value- it's free on Kindle!
I'll download and digest...
How do you get your royalties from a free download George?

As I understand it (as much as I understand anything) it's free to those who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, or borrow via Lending Library. As the author, you are paid by how many pages the punter has actually read. Eventually. See, big brother is watching you.

For straight purchases, it's a straight payment. Even I can work that one!

06 December 2017 - 10:50

davew wrote:

Yes, I would say that it is Blatant George, but the important thing is was it cathartic ?!

Just to update. Yes it was cathartic, living here can be great fun but sometimes needs an outlet!

However, "cathartic" may soon change to "deadly", as Madam has insisted that I download it onto her Kobo for her to read.

Farewell, cruel world! :-)

06 December 2017 - 11:07

We just love a happy ending.

06 December 2017 - 11:35

The '38 continues to happily undertake its daily school run duties and takes me for a morning blast most Sundays.

Now it looks like I'll have some financial stability again soon (not via book sales!), I'm making a to-do list, things that aren't urgent but need attention at some point:-

Bumpers. I’ve been hit so many times by sidecars, that front and back are both goosed. Brittle plastic and a halfwit rider isn’t a good mix. The plan is to make my own. I want to follow the existing lines as much as possible, cutting and refitting the front spoiler and spots. Nothing I’ve seen available does this (all roughy, toughy Defender types), so there's nothing that lights my candle, certainly not by the time you pay shipping and duty, so it’s time to buy the steel and a welder. But everything for them will be locally sourced. Quite looking forward to the challenge.

Suspension bushes. Nothing is really clapped out, and front Panhard along with ARB have already been done, but I'm assuming the rest are still the originals, so replacement won't go amiss. Means I’ll need to get a fitting tool, so I can take it down the local engineering shop to push new ones in. Either that, or go polybush, which I a bit loath to do.

Exhaust gaskets. I think there's a tiny blow on the driver’s side (LH) which only makes itself evident when you've been sitting in traffic for a while and it gets a tad warm under that there bonnet! May just do rocker gaskets as well

And the driver's window regulator has just decided to strip some teeth at the top of travel leaving a tiny gap at the top. Not a major problem as I have wind deflectors fitted so nothing is accessible and it doesn't let rain in. I'll either order another or, when I sort a welder out, build-up and file back the existing one.

Oh, and I really must get some o-rings for the new condenser and dryer I fitted (about two years ago!). That's all that's stopping a re-gas of the air-con. Another job to do whilst the bumper is off, I think.

So, as I say, nowt pressing, just bits and bobs that need looking at in the future.

07 December 2017 - 06:12

Morat wrote:

I thought that was Thailand?

I couldn't possibly comment!

06 December 2017 - 22:16

Let's look at this a bit closer shall we, before we get too giddy! :-)

Say we buy our '38 in the UK for 1,500 quid and then spend the same again on shipping and insurance. The vehicle (which must of course be a left hooker) will then stand us at three grand when it hits the docks. Then the fun starts. That lovely Mr Philippine-Customs will immediately hit us for 40% import duty, taking us to 4,200, providing he accepts the vehicle value of 1,500 in the first place. The actual purchase price is irrelevant, so he may decide it's worth more,probably will, and tax accordingly. Note this tax is on both the vehicle value and the shipping + insurance. He then sticks 10% VAT on top of that, bringing us to 4,620 as a minimum, then comes the killer.

This is the Ad Valorem Tax on top of the lot, which runs from 15% to 100% and is based on engine displacement. Bearing in mind they class anything over 1.6L as a 'gas guzzler', I think we can guess where our 4.6 V8 Range Rover's going to get stuck, can't we children? But let's be optimistic and stab at 75% or GBP3,645. This takes us to a nice round eight grand and right slap bang into the normal selling range. We'd probably make more money working at 7-11 for a week. ;)

Add to this several other factors such as you can only import one vehicle at a time, you must have owned it for six months overseas before you can import it, you have to prove it was bought with money made overseas, not here and in addition, you can't then sell it for three years.

All this without even thinking of the hassle of dealing with Philippine custom and import departments (oh yes, you need permission to import even before you start - not automatically forthcoming and I guess they'd question the need to import a 15-20 year old vehicle), let alone getting it registered once here.

Also let's not ignore the nice customs guy at the port who's always wanted a Range Rover as well, and decides that now is as good a time as any to realise his dream. In fact yes, let's ignore that shall we? Otherwise our little head will start to hurt!

I'll stick to mucking around with railways I think

10 December 2017 - 08:09

Morat wrote:

Or you could just smuggle them in, hidden in a container full of cocaine?

Given that Mr. Duterte is up for shooting anyone who so much as takes an aspirin, probably not the best plan!

10 December 2017 - 08:07

blueplasticsoulman wrote:

lol. perhaps i wasn't tongue in cheek enough. Thatchers Britain!

Sorry if it came across wrong. :-)

It was a copy and paste from another forum where we've had this "make a fortune" debate before.

If it was do-able, I'd be a wealthy man now!

13 December 2017 - 10:55

no10chris wrote:

The previous owner was special ! I’d call them something else, but special doesn’t come into it, they were obviously one of those, looked after by an enthusiast people, who shouldn’t be anywhere near a p38. They must be related to the guy who sold mine, lol.

There's a guy here who owns a garage down near Alabang, that specialises in European cars. He also runs a P38 and does a fine line in San Miguel flavoured hospitality.

He turned to me one day, as we were looking at a real sorry case and said, "There are two types of people. Those who should own a P38 and those who shouldn't." How true.