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Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 16th November 2019, 01:57
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
No, John, I have HAPPILY failed to read ALL of...

No, John, I have HAPPILY failed to read ALL of your posts, especially (I suspect) those on other media. I have, however read all of your posts on this thread, and can find nowhere that you have...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th November 2019, 22:26
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PS, if you don't believe there is a problem, what...

PS, if you don't believe there is a problem, what is the point of me proposing even the general direction of a solution. However, John, if I read you right, I'll say what you daren't (for some...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th November 2019, 22:09
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Yes, start building fire-proof arks! Cos it looks...

Yes, start building fire-proof arks! Cos it looks like not enough people are taking it seriously!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th November 2019, 20:08
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PS I'll leave you lot to sort out the world, you...

PS I'll leave you lot to sort out the world, you seem to know what the solutions aren't.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th November 2019, 20:06
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Trikey - how low can you sink? No, sorry, don't...

Trikey - how low can you sink? No, sorry, don't bother, I'm already feeling sick! Patriotism (of this fake type) is the last refuge of scoundrels. Sorry to modify the quote of a hero. No wonder this...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th November 2019, 00:43
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By Comfortably Numb
With those pictures, I'd expect the price to more...

With those pictures, I'd expect the price to more like £1,000 less! NOT the best advert!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th November 2019, 00:33
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Rover 3003. It would be nice to think the marque...

Rover 3003. It would be nice to think the marque would still be here at that future date!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th November 2019, 00:20
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Anybody want to start slagging off David...

Anybody want to start slagging off David Attenborough? And for Greta Thunberg, those crosses are at least 3 generations ago - she is talking about people who were born after WW2. I'm fed up with...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 14th November 2019, 20:38
Replies: 9
Views: 253
Posted By Comfortably Numb
There are several ball joints in the rear...

There are several ball joints in the rear suspension that wear and then rattle. You won't feel it through your backside or feet, and they may not even make your car wandery. Rear top arm- to-hub ball...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 14th November 2019, 01:35
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Brian - totally with you on housing policy like...

Brian - totally with you on housing policy like that - THAT does smell of back-handers from the building companies - or perhaps more incompetence in high places. I've dealt with incompetent so-called...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 14th November 2019, 01:08
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PS T.Dan Smith is long dead, and while not...

PS T.Dan Smith is long dead, and while not wishing to appear complacent, the level to which our public officials are nowadays scrutinised suggests they would soon be held to account, as we have seen...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 14th November 2019, 00:56
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Brian, I have no doubt that there are incompetent...

Brian, I have no doubt that there are incompetent road engineers mis-applying technology in their re-design of Newcastle's road layout, but I suggest their primary motive is traffic management and...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 14th November 2019, 00:32
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Not sure how relevant this may be, as mine is a...

Not sure how relevant this may be, as mine is a CDT, but shortly after I first bought it, it kept cutting out in this way, and would only drive at low throttle openings in low gears, but might...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 14th November 2019, 00:07
Replies: 31
Views: 925
Posted By Comfortably Numb
This is not uncommon, as any play in the bearing...

This is not uncommon, as any play in the bearing will give a variation in the distance between the sensor tip and the ABS ring (reluctor).It is supposed to be typically a small gap between 0.5 and...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 13th November 2019, 23:20
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
When were sleeping policemen, bus lanes and...

When were sleeping policemen, bus lanes and street furniture anything to do with Green politics? Seems like people on here wish to blame the green lobby for all the problems of the world. Strange,...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 13th November 2019, 19:00
Replies: 7
Views: 586
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Oh no, genpk, you have discovered the downside of...

Oh no, genpk, you have discovered the downside of technology! Never mind, pay everyone a full wage to work half-time in shared jobs. We were promised years ago that automation would free us from long...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 13th November 2019, 18:40
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I suspect that the Greens will see this as a...

I suspect that the Greens will see this as a potentially serious problem, and will demand that either alternatives are found in battery technology, or alternative methods are found for collecting...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 12th November 2019, 01:53
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I've always preferred the Porsche Pepperoni...

I've always preferred the Porsche Pepperoni anyway!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 11th November 2019, 01:36
Replies: 13
Views: 1,568
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I recently tried to sell 2 cars on Autotrader; ...

I recently tried to sell 2 cars on Autotrader; my recently emigrated daughter's near immaculate 2011 Polo 1.4 Match - a very nice car all around, with, you would think, a wide market appeal (admit...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 11th November 2019, 00:43
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By Comfortably Numb
My CDT didn't have one when I bought it, so I...

My CDT didn't have one when I bought it, so I bought a cheap, Polish, polypropelene one on line for about £45. It fitted easily apart from 1 hole for a screw into the front valance, which was easily...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 11th November 2019, 00:34
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Careful, Brian; your black and white stripes are...

Careful, Brian; your black and white stripes are showing!;)
Forum: Technical Help Forum 10th November 2019, 01:56
Replies: 15
Views: 401
Posted By Comfortably Numb
The longer stroke, heavier crank and flywheel of...

The longer stroke, heavier crank and flywheel of the diesel engine in general tends to give it these characteristics. I have had many older diesels, the free-est revving being the 2003 Audi 1.9TDI,...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 10th November 2019, 01:43
Replies: 11
Views: 440
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Interestingly, the original friction plate on my...

Interestingly, the original friction plate on my CDT, did not have rotational damper springs, so relying entirely on the DMF to take the shock out of a "dropped" clutch.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 10th November 2019, 01:27
Replies: 15
Views: 401
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I rarely take my CDT over 3,000RPM, I will get...

I rarely take my CDT over 3,000RPM, I will get more acceleration by changing up with the same throttle opening. Pressing harder on the pedal above 3,000 doesn't do much except use more fuel and make...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 10th November 2019, 01:14
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Modern turbo diesels are remarkably efficient and...

Modern turbo diesels are remarkably efficient and driven correctly, produce less CO2 (which is not strictly a pollutant), and comparable NOX and particulates to petrol engines. However, hitting the...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 10th November 2019, 00:58
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
There are also people who have smoked 20 fags a...

There are also people who have smoked 20 fags a day their whole life and not contracted cancer, but it dioesn't prove that tobacco is harmless, you are just lucky not to have the kind of physiology...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 10th November 2019, 00:24
Replies: 16
Views: 497
Posted By Comfortably Numb
So why not make them cylindrical, grease them,...

So why not make them cylindrical, grease them, and let them rotate?
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 9th November 2019, 21:56
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Comfortably Numb
It appears that the more exotic your car the less...

It appears that the more exotic your car the less reliable it is, or do you just complain more about the slightest thing if you have an expensive car? A friend has just sold his Maserati and bought a...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 8th November 2019, 21:28
Replies: 25
Views: 1,661
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Interesting posts. This may explain why my airbag...

Interesting posts. This may explain why my airbag light is on since I changed the clutch, and had to move the seat fully back so I could check how full the clutch m/c was.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 8th November 2019, 21:19
Replies: 17
Views: 443
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Should say, hub on HANDBRAKE APPLIED!:duh:

Should say, hub on HANDBRAKE APPLIED!:duh:
Forum: Technical Help Forum 8th November 2019, 21:18
Replies: 17
Views: 443
Posted By Comfortably Numb
You can see from your picture that if the...

You can see from your picture that if the trailing arm and arb are pushed and rotated upwards, they will meet easily. With the hub on, you can simply jack them both into place, and refit the shocker...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 8th November 2019, 21:00
Replies: 16
Views: 497
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I can't understand why these bushes and the arms...

I can't understand why these bushes and the arms that go into them are hexagonal, so designed to resist rotation. Looks like it's been designed to make it split. I would have made the end of the arm...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 8th November 2019, 20:34
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Jeez, I didn't even recognise it was a diesel...

Jeez, I didn't even recognise it was a diesel until you put the 'BEFORE' pics on, Rick! What a difference! You could convincingly tack a 0 off that mileage. BTW, why do you need to disconnect battery...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 8th November 2019, 20:26
Replies: 16
Views: 522
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Traction control should help slow it down!

Traction control should help slow it down!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 7th November 2019, 01:14
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
However, ultimately, the rapid increase in world...

However, ultimately, the rapid increase in world population, which the UK demonstrated forcibly throughout our industrial revolution, and the consumer society, - also a product of industrialised...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 7th November 2019, 01:02
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Is this the same German think tank that told us...

Is this the same German think tank that told us that (German) diesels were far more eco-friendly than petrol models? I'm sure the Germans do not like the fact that the top end of their executive car...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 7th November 2019, 00:14
Replies: 17
Views: 478
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I once got a mobile home driver off the M6 by...

I once got a mobile home driver off the M6 by that method. But I wouldn't recommend starting a journey to work like that. Have you checked the clutch fluid level? You need to be a bit of a...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 5th November 2019, 16:24
Replies: 47
Views: 1,496
Posted By Comfortably Numb
As predicted, there is a strong movement against...

As predicted, there is a strong movement against this proposal, I think they will have to use a more phased approach. I'd be annoyed at having to take £2,000 against a new EV for scrapping my £1000...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 5th November 2019, 02:04
Replies: 6
Views: 354
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I once bought a Honda Accord Coupe at auction for...

I once bought a Honda Accord Coupe at auction for £450. Brilliant car - best value for money. But I saw lots of real dogs there, too.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 5th November 2019, 02:01
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I'll bet Korean cars with a 7 year warranty don't...

I'll bet Korean cars with a 7 year warranty don't go out with dry ball joints. But could it be the manufacturers of aftermarket parts know they will get quicker repeat sales, and garages will be...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 5th November 2019, 01:54
Replies: 6
Views: 250
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Interesting about the boot lock. Mine only...

Interesting about the boot lock. Mine only unlocks by inserting and turning the key in the boot lock, or pressing the button below the bonnet-pull. Only 2 buttons on the fob, lock and unlock (whole...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 4th November 2019, 13:24
Replies: 6
Views: 250
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Airbag light, any code reader? Or only T4?

The car has been stood outside for several months, and shortly after taking it out for the first time, the airbag light came on, and won't go off, despite checking the wiring under the seat. As it's...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 4th November 2019, 00:33
Replies: 47
Views: 1,496
Posted By Comfortably Numb
According to Gnu, the OP, - YES! But you have...

According to Gnu, the OP, - YES! But you have until March 2021 at least, so get lobbying -they may be persuaded to rethink.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 4th November 2019, 00:17
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
In theory, if the boots don't perish or leak, the...

In theory, if the boots don't perish or leak, the grease put in at manufacture should last forever, but they need to put enough in!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd November 2019, 22:20
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Your figure is only true for waste plastic from...

Your figure is only true for waste plastic from manufacture, eg mis-moulds etc,
where the polymer is clean, of a known type, and produced in reasonable quantity for reprocessing. Many plastic...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd November 2019, 22:02
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
By customers, do you mean the retailers? I for...

By customers, do you mean the retailers? I for one, have never been asked if I have a preference. Asking the public might produce a different answer. After all, millions of Londoners (and others)...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd November 2019, 21:35
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Grease-less Meyle upper rear ball joints.

Went to fit these as part of my pre-mot work, squeezed the rubber gaiters, and thought "Hmm, feels a bit empty." So I carefully removed the circlips and the rubbers and WTF?!! Around half a cc of...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd November 2019, 21:22
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
The lifetime of a lithium EV battery is far...

The lifetime of a lithium EV battery is far greater than its equivalent weight in petroleum products. Once that considerable charging infrastructure is in place, the saving on drilling, refining, and...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd November 2019, 21:04
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
See this within my earlier post: "At this stage,...

See this within my earlier post: "At this stage, electricity companies are happy to use these "redundant" batteries to store off peak energy, to balance out the peaks and troughs of demand, while the...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd November 2019, 20:48
Replies: 47
Views: 1,496
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I have used the park and ride schemes in Oxford,...

I have used the park and ride schemes in Oxford, York and Durham, and they worked well for me, a relatively fit and healthy person. If Bristol council is not going to find mass revolt on its hands,...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd November 2019, 00:16
Replies: 30
Views: 1,393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
This I know!

This I know!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 2nd November 2019, 23:52
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Actually, that's unfair on him - he's doing it to...

Actually, that's unfair on him - he's doing it to reduce his carbon footprint - he'll get rid of the Audi diesel!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 2nd November 2019, 23:48
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
BL52KRZ - is there any reason you are not driving...

BL52KRZ - is there any reason you are not driving a steam-powered car? Stanley Steamers were fast and quiet, with amazing torque. Apparently the invention of the convenient electric starter motor on...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 2nd November 2019, 23:27
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Thanks Rick o'shea, you have saved me the task of...

Thanks Rick o'shea, you have saved me the task of checking all that information out and writing a very similar post (bar the bit about flights - I can't afford to fly that much, but would try to...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st November 2019, 21:27
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
If that reduced consumption most affected those...

If that reduced consumption most affected those who over-consume the most, we should applaud it, and tell the government they are doing everything right, but can we please do even more to reduce...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st November 2019, 20:39
Replies: 30
Views: 1,393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I think we should politely agree to differ, and...

I think we should politely agree to differ, and move on. I'm sure there are plenty of other topics we can argue over!:D
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st November 2019, 20:24
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Sad fact is that one North European uses around...

Sad fact is that one North European uses around 100 times the resources that a sub-Saharan African does. Ideally, we all stop using anything that is not naturally renewable, and adopt sustainable...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st November 2019, 19:08
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By Comfortably Numb
If you had never had a pre-project drive car,...

If you had never had a pre-project drive car, would you have noticed the difference? The post-project drive cars still had a far nicer interior and quality than most of the opposition. They were...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st November 2019, 18:56
Replies: 170
Views: 4,623
Posted By Comfortably Numb
MG John said:"Meantime, I will continue to enjoy...

MG John said:"Meantime, I will continue to enjoy my Petrol Turbo MGs and Rovers until such time as they send the big strong geezers in white coats after me...". Except it will be the be the big...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 1st November 2019, 01:34
Replies: 30
Views: 1,127
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Doesn't the spring pressure (once installed) keep...

Doesn't the spring pressure (once installed) keep the rubber isolators flat? On another thread, Brian recommends loosening the subframe mounting bolts on the opposite side of the car, and undoing...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st November 2019, 00:32
Replies: 30
Views: 1,393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Colvert, thank you for your less than...

Colvert, thank you for your less than whole-hearted apology, and don't worry, I DON'T feel like an idiot, however, I do feel justified in thinking you believe me to be one, judging by your choice of...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 31st October 2019, 20:08
Replies: 30
Views: 1,393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
And if it took 24hours of driving to recharge the...

And if it took 24hours of driving to recharge the battery, it would have drained itself from full after a few days of normal commuting, - it's a diesel, so never mind the start-up load, apparently...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 31st October 2019, 19:42
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I like the sound of the £3,500 conversion of my...

I like the sound of the £3,500 conversion of my existing car to a hybrid!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 31st October 2019, 19:24
Replies: 64
Views: 2,227
Posted By Comfortably Numb
At 63, I look at the things I did 5 years ago,...

At 63, I look at the things I did 5 years ago, and think, "Who was that fit young man?" Nothing serious, just increasing aches, pains and stiffness, accompanied by a general loss of condition and...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 30th October 2019, 23:41
Replies: 22
Views: 1,274
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Jeez what a contrast in skills and pride in the...

Jeez what a contrast in skills and pride in the job! If my car looked that good, I would never dare drive it!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 30th October 2019, 23:18
Replies: 30
Views: 1,393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Colvert, how do you get that idea? The alternator...

Colvert, how do you get that idea? The alternator puts out 115amps max, the charger less than 5amps. Proof of the pudding. Car had 2 or 3 stops on the way south, including using a good deal of...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 29th October 2019, 23:00
Replies: 13
Views: 963
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Darras Hall,eh? Not your typical WAG's car,...

Darras Hall,eh? Not your typical WAG's car, though. Or their NUFC husbands'!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 29th October 2019, 22:27
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Great minds think alike - I wire brushed mine and...

Great minds think alike - I wire brushed mine and coated them with chain wax, as well as copper greasing the bolts when I replaced the upper arm at the weekend.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 29th October 2019, 21:50
Replies: 42
Views: 1,688
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Re-starting a modern car engine, diesel or petrol...

Re-starting a modern car engine, diesel or petrol uses far less fuel than leaving it idling for 30seconds. When was the last time you pushed the accelerator to the floor while turning the key? Even...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 28th October 2019, 14:23
Replies: 5
Views: 624
Posted By Comfortably Numb
It has only done 5,000 miles since Alf passed on,...

It has only done 5,000 miles since Alf passed on, - still a nice car.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 28th October 2019, 11:31
Replies: 13
Views: 963
Posted By Comfortably Numb
If this is John from Ryton, he has struck me as...

If this is John from Ryton, he has struck me as an honest man, who knows and loves his MGRs on the occasions when I have sought his advice on my old MGF. With rising appreciation of our industrial...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 28th October 2019, 10:45
Replies: 19
Views: 1,091
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PS I now find my rear suspension also needs a new...

PS I now find my rear suspension also needs a new spring and top ball joint, so I've ordered 2 of each. Ho-hum!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 28th October 2019, 10:42
Replies: 19
Views: 1,091
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Here's another vote for '80s and '90s French...

Here's another vote for '80s and '90s French cars, I ve had a string of Peugeot/Citroen Diesels, most of which survived high mileages on Cumbrias highways and byways on minimum repairs, but regular...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 26th October 2019, 20:10
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I'd say you just about got away with that. My...

I'd say you just about got away with that. My luck would have had the top of the wing gouged by the wall capping! (I did that to the rear wing of my A4 Avant, also taking out the recently replaced...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 26th October 2019, 19:58
Replies: 30
Views: 1,393
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Hoping this is not the next thing to replace on...

Hoping this is not the next thing to replace on my CDT, after clutch and various suspension parts. Taxed it for a long trip to visit southern rellies over half-term after 5 months off the road (The...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 26th October 2019, 19:34
Replies: 23
Views: 990
Posted By Comfortably Numb
How are those belts tensioned? Usually, by the...

How are those belts tensioned? Usually, by the time the car has done the service mileage, there is very little of the writing left on them, - worn off by the tensioner (and idler) pulleys.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 26th October 2019, 19:18
Replies: 14
Views: 4,165
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Thanks for this. Just ordered 2 of the BMW upper...

Thanks for this. Just ordered 2 of the BMW upper ball joint/bushes. As all the other nuts and bolts came away with just reasonable force, plenty of soaking in penetrating fluid, and a long 15mm hex...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 25th October 2019, 20:58
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Surprised Odessy is so rare; it's a beautiful...

Surprised Odessy is so rare; it's a beautiful colour, and this looks like a lovely car. I hope someone pays the owner it's true value - sad story why it is for sale.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 17th October 2019, 19:02
Replies: 24
Views: 1,035
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I'm hoping a T4 remap will get mine to the Moon...

I'm hoping a T4 remap will get mine to the Moon cheaper and quicker! (But only just over half way there at the mo'!)
Forum: Technical Help Forum 17th October 2019, 00:31
Replies: 38
Views: 1,579
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I am no welder, but would this standard of...

I am no welder, but would this standard of welding not pass an MoT? As OP says, this is a temporary job until he can get a proper restoration job done. Admittedly, the weld running away from the...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 17th October 2019, 00:18
Replies: 10
Views: 288
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Is it any better if you pump the clutch pedal 2...

Is it any better if you pump the clutch pedal 2 or 3 times before attempting to change? Does it grate when you move into 1st from stationary in neutral, with a jerk as it goes in? A drain and change...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 17th October 2019, 00:10
Replies: 20
Views: 754
Posted By Comfortably Numb
It can be hard to determine what is causing thump...

It can be hard to determine what is causing thump on take-off, but it could also be due to oil getting onto the clutch from the rear oilseal. When mine started to thump, I changed the lower,...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 16th October 2019, 23:51
Replies: 20
Views: 909
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I was estimated £800 by a small, local ex-Rover...

I was estimated £800 by a small, local ex-Rover garage, now just a local, respected mechanic, including DMF, and £600 by another, excluding DMF. I decided to do it myself - no DMF needed.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 16th October 2019, 23:46
Replies: 15
Views: 653
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PS Both n/s jack pads are missing on mine, - I...

PS Both n/s jack pads are missing on mine, - I use a soft pad on my jack.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 16th October 2019, 23:44
Replies: 15
Views: 653
Posted By Comfortably Numb
My 2001 , 132K mile CDT has no rust in the rear...

My 2001 , 132K mile CDT has no rust in the rear sills either, despite a rusty hole in the N/S upper rear arm. Pre project drive, did they rust-proof them better in Longbridge?
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 16th October 2019, 19:01
Replies: 30
Views: 1,264
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I've had 2 A4s, a 1998 110bhp TDi, and a 2003...

I've had 2 A4s, a 1998 110bhp TDi, and a 2003 130bhp TDi. Both excellent cars to drive, both very reliable over high miles, but the seats on both did my back and hip in on long journeys - no lumbar...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 16th October 2019, 18:35
Replies: 236
Views: 23,473
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Not even once around the world, yet!

Not even once around the world, yet!
Forum: Technical Help Forum 15th October 2019, 20:17
Replies: 38
Views: 1,579
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Looks solid enough, and you could always improve...

Looks solid enough, and you could always improve the kerbside view by grinding the welds a little, before undersealing. One of the most arbitrary rules in the MoT (to my mind) is the one about...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 15th October 2019, 19:36
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Plus once you've got the head off, you can check...

Plus once you've got the head off, you can check the bores for wear/ovality. If it is only losing that small amount, and runs fine, get the cylinders compression tested while the head is still on,...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 14th October 2019, 17:48
Replies: 18
Views: 1,098
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Well if it's managed 229,000 miles, the engine...

Well if it's managed 229,000 miles, the engine must have been put together well, and looked after. It does mention a belt changed -which one? Depending on how long since all those parts were renewed,...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 13th October 2019, 19:11
Replies: 86
Views: 2,933
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Thinking about it, on the twin cam engines I have...

Thinking about it, on the twin cam engines I have worked on, there was usually a way of locking the camshafts, either with a toothed insert between them or bolts through a spoke into the head. I...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 13th October 2019, 18:54
Replies: 36
Views: 3,303
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Talking I knew what you meant! my naughty word was...

I knew what you meant! my naughty word was similar to an alternative name for a donkey.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 13th October 2019, 18:45
Replies: 17
Views: 1,013
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PS I don't think spacing the CE letters...

PS I don't think spacing the CE letters differently gets them around any laws, (more likely TM than patent), it should actually make it easier to spot the fakes.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 13th October 2019, 18:42
Replies: 17
Views: 1,013
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Yes, hence my comment about once upon a time it...

Yes, hence my comment about once upon a time it meant something!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 13th October 2019, 18:39
Replies: 11
Views: 1,205
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Not sure if the 2 in my local yard still have...

Not sure if the 2 in my local yard still have intercoolers, but if/when it stops raining, I could go and check.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 12th October 2019, 22:28
Replies: 23
Views: 1,090
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Fuel shut off solenoid?

Fuel shut off solenoid?
Forum: Technical Help Forum 12th October 2019, 22:14
Replies: 86
Views: 2,933
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Er... No! KV6 sounds like a pig of a job, Am I...

Er... No! KV6 sounds like a pig of a job, Am I right it has 4 timing belts in total?
Forum: Technical Help Forum 12th October 2019, 22:07
Replies: 86
Views: 2,933
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I have succesfully changed timing belts on...

I have succesfully changed timing belts on various engines by making my own alignment marks on sprockets and casings or other suitable adjacent engine parts with Tippex or a paint chip touch-up brush...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 12th October 2019, 21:55
Replies: 36
Views: 3,303
Posted By Comfortably Numb
With Shap winters, you are just as likely to find...

With Shap winters, you are just as likely to find your NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD- frozen to the door handle until springtime!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 12th October 2019, 21:52
Replies: 11
Views: 1,205
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Let us know the name and address of that...

Let us know the name and address of that scrapyard - sounds well organised, and might be able to supply parts for all of us!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 12th October 2019, 21:49
Replies: 17
Views: 1,013
Posted By Comfortably Numb
BS, DIN and CE used to mean something. Trading...

BS, DIN and CE used to mean something. Trading standards and customs do their best to eliminate fake products, but internet orders for single or small quantities makes it an almost impossible task:...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 11th October 2019, 20:58
Replies: 36
Views: 3,303
Posted By Comfortably Numb
For frosty windscreens and frozen wipers, I fill...

For frosty windscreens and frozen wipers, I fill a washed 2L milk bottle with warm water, at around 30 - 40C and pour it all over windscreen and front side windows. It isn't hot enough to cause...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 10th October 2019, 23:26
Replies: 15
Views: 789
Posted By Comfortably Numb
On the other hand, the judder on my 132k miles...

On the other hand, the judder on my 132k miles CDT was caused by the delaminating of the friction material from the driven plate; the thrust bearing fell apart as I removed it. I checked the spring...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 10th October 2019, 21:30
Replies: 24
Views: 1,035
Posted By Comfortably Numb
My 2001 CDT (115PS) did over 25,000 miles last...

My 2001 CDT (115PS) did over 25,000 miles last year, 50%+ high speed (ahem) motorway driving, the rest in mixed driving (so not all top gear) and returned 49mpg overall and it never produces black...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 10th October 2019, 21:12
Replies: 19
Views: 820
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I have used Hammerite Schutz with waxoyl on 2 old...

I have used Hammerite Schutz with waxoyl on 2 old vehicles that i had wire-brushed the rust off. I found that in many areas, the stuff didn't seem to stick properly, it crazed as it dried up and...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 10th October 2019, 19:05
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By Comfortably Numb
However, if you are changing from the original...

However, if you are changing from the original specified (pink) OAT based coolant to something less (anecdotally) harmful, like blue or green silicate based, or other formula, then you should...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 10th October 2019, 18:44
Replies: 17
Views: 841
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Darcydog, I suspect your i30 cost a good deal...

Darcydog, I suspect your i30 cost a good deal more than an average 75/ZT. But it's true what you say about a replacement needing repairs. The cheap 2003 Renault Megane cabrio I bought to get me by...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 9th October 2019, 00:02
Replies: 62
Views: 2,253
Posted By Comfortably Numb
How old are the plug leads, and are they carbon,...

How old are the plug leads, and are they carbon, or copper? Carbon leads deteriorate - copper is ultimately better long term.
Forum: Technical Help Forum 8th October 2019, 23:51
Replies: 29
Views: 995
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I had this problem when I first bought my CDT. No...

I had this problem when I first bought my CDT. No smell, but diesel started running around my feet when I first filled it to brim full. Previous owner's "mechanic" son had fitted a new ITP, and...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 8th October 2019, 23:45
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I have 2 planks, 4.5M long by 225mm wide x60mm...

I have 2 planks, 4.5M long by 225mm wide x60mm thick which I can rest on 100x100mm square timbers, doubled. I can get the car to balance level on these, see-saw style, with axle stands at each end to...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 8th October 2019, 10:27
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Ched, for me, the uninitiated, would you please...

Ched, for me, the uninitiated, would you please explain why? rear suspension? Drive train weak? Worn clutch? The tow bar shield may suggest it has been used for towing something heavy,alternatively...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 7th October 2019, 21:18
Replies: 2
Views: 575
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Right now, MGFs are about as cheap as they can...

Right now, MGFs are about as cheap as they can get. If its head gasket has been replaced properly, and it's not rusty, you could get a fun little car that will only appreciate. 1.8i is less...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 7th October 2019, 19:39
Replies: 23
Views: 1,083
Posted By Comfortably Numb
My 2001 CDT clutch finally expired at 132,000...

My 2001 CDT clutch finally expired at 132,000 miles. Hydraulics still worked, but thrust bearing had gone, as had the rivets on the driven plate. Still had full drive, with floating friction material!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 7th October 2019, 19:17
Replies: 20
Views: 1,027
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I was quoted £600 - £800 for anew clutch and...

I was quoted £600 - £800 for anew clutch and slave on my CDT, depending on whether it needed a new DMF. An ex-Rover dealer, still with all the tools, also quoted me £800; wouldn't do it without...
Forum: Technical Help Forum 5th October 2019, 23:09
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Excellent, and perfectly timed post, as I am...

Excellent, and perfectly timed post, as I am going to be replacing both lower arms in the next 3weeks. And from a trusted authority. Thanks, Brian, (and Rich).
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 5th October 2019, 22:25
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By Comfortably Numb
That is amazing, what engine is yours? I am...

That is amazing, what engine is yours? I am hoping my new clutch (fitted by self) will last as long as the original - 132,000 miles, on my un-souped CDT.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 5th October 2019, 22:19
Replies: 119
Views: 6,372
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Perhaps all the other drivers around him got done...

Perhaps all the other drivers around him got done too, because they were all keeping up with the traffic flow. We have a tendency in UK to treat the speed limit as a target, not a maximum. And...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 5th October 2019, 21:55
Replies: 22
Views: 1,425
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Dallas, what a nice, sympathetic wife you have!:}

Dallas, what a nice, sympathetic wife you have!:}
Forum: Technical Help Forum 4th October 2019, 19:45
Replies: 62
Views: 2,253
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I had similar problems on my old VVC, except that...

I had similar problems on my old VVC, except that once warmed, the idle would wander up and down, usually just picking up as it was about to stall, but occasionally stalling. Cleaning the IACV and...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd October 2019, 14:36
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Thanks for the advice guys. I am making an...

Thanks for the advice guys. I am making an assumption that if Rimmers say the cheaper ones are OEM quality, they have been tested against original manufacturer's standards, and are not any old...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd October 2019, 00:17
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Genuine Rover, or OEM parts?

Just looked at Rimmers' prices for front suspension arms, and noticed that genuine Rover is literally 2 x OEM price. Has anyone had bad experience of the cheaper ones? Am I going to need to replace...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 26th September 2019, 23:57
Replies: 45
Views: 2,672
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Gearbox (auto) in SLKs is a strong unit, as long...

Gearbox (auto) in SLKs is a strong unit, as long as the electronics don't get wet, and you DO change the ATF. Like a lot of manufacturers, MB claimed their gearboxes would not need servicing for the...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 26th September 2019, 20:51
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I have to agree, the 75/ZT is an excellent long...

I have to agree, the 75/ZT is an excellent long distance car. Congratulations on a VERY successful trip. I've been meaning to tour the north of Scotland for several years, - just can't persuade my...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 25th September 2019, 23:42
Replies: 43
Views: 2,673
Posted By Comfortably Numb
"Good condition for age" is a popular one. Any of...

"Good condition for age" is a popular one. Any of our cars with an MoT must classify in this category, as most cars don't last 15 years!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 23rd September 2019, 20:58
Replies: 43
Views: 2,673
Posted By Comfortably Numb
One very reluctant sale was my very rare (and...

One very reluctant sale was my very rare (and actually in remarkably good condition) Renault 19 16valve cabrio, LPG converted. After it died from knackered alternator/flat battery on the M6 in bank...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 22nd September 2019, 03:42
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By Comfortably Numb
After getting wheel vibration on the M6 last...

After getting wheel vibration on the M6 last year, I checked the tyres on my 2001 CDT. Shock horror! Despite plenty of tread on the front, outer edges, the inner edges were worn down to the steel...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 22nd September 2019, 02:29
Replies: 2
Views: 310
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Looks like a great show, including the permanent...

Looks like a great show, including the permanent exhibits. Must look out for this next year - about 3 hours for me by campervan, or less in the 75, but it's no exhibition piece!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 22nd September 2019, 02:18
Replies: 37
Views: 1,535
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Continuing AndyMCs train of thought,- some future...

Continuing AndyMCs train of thought,- some future government may decree that all households have a full solar array. Most people I know who have a 4kw solar array pay very little, if anything for...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 22nd September 2019, 01:24
Replies: 19
Views: 1,112
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I saw a moonstone 75 in Lisbon recently!

I saw a moonstone 75 in Lisbon recently!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 18th September 2019, 22:54
Replies: 11
Views: 1,880
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I'd rather have the torque and clutch-free...

I'd rather have the torque and clutch-free acceleration of electric - if it will go far enough between charging!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 16th September 2019, 22:08
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I daren't get that close to my car with the...

I daren't get that close to my car with the camera!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 4th September 2019, 16:00
Replies: 18
Views: 891
Posted By Comfortably Numb
The problem with fixed, graded speed limits is...

The problem with fixed, graded speed limits is that they are not always appropriate for the conditions at the time. 50mph may be too fast or too slow at any given moment, and motorists start to...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd September 2019, 19:10
Replies: 18
Views: 891
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Agreed, they have improved the flow and reduced...

Agreed, they have improved the flow and reduced the danger, but a hard shoulder adds a significant safety margin.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd September 2019, 18:26
Replies: 77
Views: 3,726
Posted By Comfortably Numb
No, as they weren't the supplying dealership,...

No, as they weren't the supplying dealership, just the nearest (Newcastle, - car bought in Manchester) they had to provide details of what they intended to do and have it approved by Manchester...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd September 2019, 18:07
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Gigagator, I suspect that unless you are very...

Gigagator, I suspect that unless you are very lucky, your journey to Inverness will take you a good deal longer than 10 hours, such is the crowded state of our motorways, and the frequency with which...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd September 2019, 17:46
Replies: 18
Views: 891
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Do we know if either car involved was disabled by...

Do we know if either car involved was disabled by their minor accident? I agree, a hard shoulder should not be used as a live lane - for one thing, the emergency services may need it. But stopping...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 3rd September 2019, 01:34
Replies: 40
Views: 1,833
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Think about the mileages you got out of old,...

Think about the mileages you got out of old, carburettor engines. 100,000 miles was a rarity without re-shelling, reboring etc. And how often did you have to check, clean or adjust plugs, points,...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st September 2019, 14:03
Replies: 9
Views: 814
Posted By Comfortably Numb
My experience of (older) Honda cars; wonderfully...

My experience of (older) Honda cars; wonderfully reliable, but a tad boring, and lacking in character, but sometimes boring and reliable is what you want! Honda also tend to be very competent and...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 1st September 2019, 13:42
Replies: 77
Views: 3,726
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Got to agree on the Juke/Joke (bad one) What is...

Got to agree on the Juke/Joke (bad one) What is the point of a tall car if you can't have comfortable suspension? Restless and jittery, the whole thing felt tinny and plasticy, as someone else said,...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 22nd August 2019, 12:39
Replies: 76
Views: 3,048
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I have been reading through most of this thread...

I have been reading through most of this thread (skipped 1or2 pages). As I see it, the EU has been aiming to drive up the living standards of the vast majority (ideally all) Europeans, partly because...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 21st August 2019, 22:49
Replies: 11
Views: 637
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Actually, if you have been running it on small...

Actually, if you have been running it on small tyres, you will appear to have done more mpg, according to the odo. But by sat-nav, you will actually have been doing less. Fit bigger tyres, each mile...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 21st August 2019, 21:12
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By Comfortably Numb
When my starter motor didn't work after...

When my starter motor didn't work after reassembly, post- clutch renewal, I smacked it with a wrecking bar. It has worked perfectly ever since. (It was not working occasionally before the...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 21st August 2019, 20:59
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Sell it to Barry Gibb while he is still alive!

Sell it to Barry Gibb while he is still alive!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 21st August 2019, 20:32
Replies: 32
Views: 1,594
Posted By Comfortably Numb
If anything, the Rover's handbrake grip should...

If anything, the Rover's handbrake grip should improve as the brakes cool, and the drum shrinks. Many years ago, I was visiting my brother who lived at the top of a hill in Gravesend. He had just...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 21st August 2019, 19:47
Replies: 22
Views: 2,027
Posted By Comfortably Numb
I didn't know about Firefrost when I bought my...

I didn't know about Firefrost when I bought my Copperleaf. I think I slightly prefer it, but then I don't like the facelift changes, and love all the bling on my pre-Project Drive CDT. So I think I...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 19th August 2019, 17:34
Replies: 58
Views: 2,746
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PPS There is also a good MG/Rover dedicated...

PPS There is also a good MG/Rover dedicated mechanic called John in Blaydon.
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 19th August 2019, 17:31
Replies: 58
Views: 2,746
Posted By Comfortably Numb
PS Back on the OP's topic, I notice Marina Brian...

PS Back on the OP's topic, I notice Marina Brian is keeping quiet about his proximity to Newcastle! There's a man who knows 75/ZT clutches!
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 19th August 2019, 17:29
Replies: 58
Views: 2,746
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Personally, having been pushed into a skid in my...

Personally, having been pushed into a skid in my 1986 Cavalier by my caravan, on which I had forgotten to undo the reversing lock on the caravan's hitch, I would not attempt to drive any distance...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 6th August 2019, 19:14
Replies: 45
Views: 2,130
Posted By Comfortably Numb
My 2001 CDT has done 27,000 miles in my 20 month...

My 2001 CDT has done 27,000 miles in my 20 month ownership, as my daily driver up to needing a new clutch in May. I bought a cheap old Renault as a runabout while I took my time to do the clutch, and...
Forum: The 75 and ZT Owners Club General Forum 6th August 2019, 18:38
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By Comfortably Numb
Hi, Respace, sorry to hear your clutch needs...

Hi, Respace, sorry to hear your clutch needs fixing. I had to change it on my CDT recently, at a similar mileage. I have a reasonable collection of tools and equipment. It's not an easy job, it took...
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