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Messages - Grant Monkhouse

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Re: Clive's 400 BHP Super GT RX-8 Race Car
« on: January 17, 2021, 01:38:53 PM »
Quicker gear changes and a bit of weight loss should do you good.

For extra added bonus you could do with another 50bhp

Don't suppose your allowed E85 are you?

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Nope. Just annoyed it happened right now as was wanting to move to a bigger van anyway but just costing me now unfortunately

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Transit custom? Lad at work his blew up last week..118k on it. He not happy atall..fsh. engines smashed to bits.

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Mines a transit connect. 65 plate.

Cam belt snapped. Honestly never crossed my mind to get it done. Recommended to change at 120,000 miles.... The van had 127,000 miles

Lad at garage has said there plenty of them that have dropped the belts even at 80,000 miles.

I should have known better but its just something that I didn't think of, I just always thought of getting oil and filters etc

Engine I'm hopefully getting has got 50,000 miles on it and they're going to do the cam belt on it too for their peace of mind and mine

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Saw some pictures of the inside of my engine yesterday....

One valve dropped into the cylinder and smashed into the head.

Another valve bent.

3 spring retainers completely missing

Piston with the dropped valve has 2 bug chunks out of it

Hopefully garage has got me an engine for 1k that will coke with a 6month warrenty

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Re: copart sad looking rx7...
« on: January 12, 2021, 01:24:46 PM »
I bet copart have it advertised as "runs but cuts out" like my mx5 but forgot to mention the big holes in the block

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Re: Rotus Project Build
« on: January 11, 2021, 12:58:38 PM »
Engine, water pump, radiator, engine

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Transit custom 26k plus vat new

Vivaro elite 19k/22k (auto) plus vat

Big difference especially over 60 months of finance

I will probably do 30-50,000 miles a year in van

What do you work as? I'm a sparky, work all over the country

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I thought the vivaro was more than that ,
That’s a no Brainer then
Carpenter , don’t do mileage like that
20k per year tops
Yours is huge mileage


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I did 7000 miles in 5 weeks before xmas

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Putting a seat bed in mine will only be for drag racing, when I stay away at for work I stay in hotels

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Transit custom 26k plus vat new

Vivaro elite 19k/22k (auto) plus vat

Big difference especially over 60 months of finance

I will probably do 30-50,000 miles a year in van

What do you work as? I'm a sparky, work all over the country

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Yeh vauxhall now own by PSA so it's the same as all those vans. I'm trying to get the 8 speed auto as I do lots of miles and it's better than the manual although it's 2500 more.

I need a bigger van for kids as gf audi a1 is too small for me and with this bugger van I can tow the drag car around can't I and spares and stuff needed at a weekend.

Probably get a seat in the back that converts into a bed aswell at some point

Think the 2.0 8 speed austi engine has 180PS and a lot of torque, more than any of its rivals.

Iv been reading loads of reviews.

I'd get a transit custom but they're a lot more costly for not anymore van

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Wondered was it a vivaro
Seem to be having loads of trouble with ours at the mo


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I'm going to be buying a vivaro, brand new 2020 version

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Re: Clive's 400 BHP Super GT RX-8 Race Car
« on: January 10, 2021, 01:26:22 PM »
That's a good chunk of weight for sure, would it be necessary to get the car corner weighted again and adjust the  suspension for the amount or do you think it won't make that much of a difference?

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Rotary and General Chit-Chat / Re: Clive's 400 BHP Super GT RX-8 Race Car
« on: January 10, 2021, 11:29:04 AM »
Good progress Clive

Have you weighed the old versus new doors to see the weight savings?

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Going to be an ever so slight delay in progress as iv blown the engine in my van up.

Snapped cam belt which stripped the cam gear teeth off, bent valves, hold the piston and possibly bent the crank

So currently having to buy a new one, but it's ok as the deposit should help with having to pay a vat bill

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What van do you have Grant ?


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Iv got a Ford transit connect. Its at the garage now, lad is looking for replacement engine. He's spoken to a few people so far but they were too expensive so he will keep looking Monday when he has more time

I need a bigger van anyway so I can tow the drag car and take enough gear away for weekends at the race track, just wish the engine hadn't gone, as I was going to get a new van anyway

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