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  1. I run 200 cell sport cats and straight pipe centre exit exhausts. +1 It sounds so much better +2 It is so much lighter You wouldn't believe just how much the standard muffler weighs!
  2. As its 15 years old I would be inclined to look carefully at those bits that could fail with big economic consequences: Turbo oil and water hoses Oil hoses to oil coolers Mine failed after 11 and 12 years respectively.
  3. redshift

    Pilots

    Indeed. IIRC the F16 that were scrambled to intercept United 93 on 9/11 had nothing. No ammunition and no missiles, I think they had decided that one would take out the cockpit. Having the fighter there can change the dynamics of a highjack. Highjacker says to pilot 'take me to x or I blow the plane up'; pilot can now respond 'Any deviation from our normal flight path an that fighter there is going to shoot us down'. You now have stalemate and maybe a chance to negotiate. Edit to add: Even if all the rails were empty there are also 27mm canon that fire over a 1000 rounds per minute.
  4. Just like a Diablo will not make 60 mph in under 4 seconds either (even without gearchange...)
  5. Quite often fill up till the pump cuts out, then wait 20 secs or so and carry on filling. I guess the balance pipe between the two tanks needs time to catch up with the pump? But yes, the gauge is definitely some kind of vague idea of whats in there....
  6. Sorry, when the subject change to TVR then?
  7. Its a very common fault with PCB mounted relays in modules like this. I would guess that if you re-soldered the connections to the relay and the connector pins all will be resolved. Vibration coupled with the unsupported weight of the relay results in open circuits. The fuel pump relay on the TVR is exactly the same, think I had bought 3 or 4 before stripping one apart and finding the real problem!
  8. redshift

    Pilots

    Thinking about the Aerobat and posting that pic, I suddenly found myself hearing the voice of the CFI at Surrey and Kent FC again. "Cessna may have called this an Aerobat but theres a big difference between Aerobat and Aerobatic. IC, thats a big difference. IC or inverted carburation. Roll an Aerobat inverted and the donk stops, now we dont want that do we?" Err no... Happy days
  9. redshift

    Pilots

    No, he's BELOW you and going inverted.
  10. redshift

    Council Tax

    I'd better not say how much we pay in rural France for a 500 sq m detached farmhouse in 4 acres with 100 sq m garage. You might ban me
  11. redshift

    Pilots

    Last thing I flew was an Aerobat in the mid 70s. Just SLF these days but I do remember many jumpseat rides in the distant past, when it was still possible. 22R is avoided whenever possible at Nice, happens some days and even then for a few hours only.
  12. redshift

    Pilots

    Drop me a PM next time you're in the south of France. Its on me.
  13. redshift

    Pilots

    Just as well you weren't there for the Monaco GP weekend. The Grand Prix menu was around 400 euro (not including wine). How to get fleeced by a goat, small wonder he's gold. Better not tell you about Baumanière then
  14. redshift

    Pilots

    Really no need to go as far as Mougins to eat. There's the excellent Chevre d'Or in Eze which is just outside Monaco on the corniche moyenne towards Nice. Unfortunately the bill is about as spectacular as the food. Spend a lot of time working round Antibes but I prefer the 22R approach to Nice, over the port at 1000ft aim for the Cour Saleya and hang a left when just above it. Occasionally see the odd one the wrong side of Mount Boron and turn somewhere over Riquier, a certain interview without coffee on arrival...
  15. Have a look for Forza-mag.com, they have buyers guides for most models that will cover all the key issues. I remember that the 355 had chocolate valve guides, fragile exhaust headers and rear buttress weld failures but was maintenance heavy due to the monoblock engine gearbox design. At least with the F430 they have done away with the cambelts but have retained the dodgy exhaust headers. Oh and some suspension parts are classed as 'consumables'...
  16. Check the buyers guides, there are a lot of ruinous expenses that can occur with these cars. Dynamically I would take a Sport 350 any day over a 355 having driven both back to back. The only point were the S350 didn't win hands down was the noise, though the 355 did have a level 2 Capristi fitted and is probably still one of the best sounding F cars. I was honestly left with the impression that once you took away the kudos of the Ferrari label it wasn't that special. If you really want an F car then I would advise finding an extra 10k or so and have a look at F430s. Not without their own
  17. redshift

    Pilots

    I'm sure if you got anywhere near Heathrow tower at 448 KTAS the response would be "negative Ghostrider, the pattern is full".....
  18. There are 2 sensors, so there is a separate one that feeds the ECU. At the front of the engine is the thermostat housing and on the left of it you will see the two senders. The large one is for the ECU and the small one for the gauge. And is it easy to do? As for air pockets, well it could be pipes or radiator getting blocked or leaking. Try bleeding the system (radiator bleed valve and circuit bleed on the pipe at the front of the engine) and see if there is air in there?
  19. Pretty sure its 82° Certainly just over the 80 deg mark when mine opens.
  20. They never actually pulled me, they just followed at a discrete distance. No doubt expecting me to hoof it at some point. One even followed for 45 minutes or so!
  21. Eurotunnel to home was around 80 euro and one fill up en route. BUT do yourself a favour and get a transponder for the péages: https://www.bipandgo.com/en/nos-offres/comparatif?gclid=CPqdtKOSuL4CFUfLtAod_CAATA You only pay for the months when you use it. Great fun but be aware that les flics seem to like coming out of their hiding places beside the autoroute when they something like an Esprit go past and then follow you. Did that to me twice - each time I saw them and thought 'bet they are going to pull out and follow' and sure enough they did.
  22. Was a tough old bird as well. One eventful landing on HMS Eagle with zero visibility (screen salted up) the Landing Sight Officer's radio failed. FlyCo decided to take over and give visual guidance, except he was about 20 feet out. Hence one Sea Vixen hitting a Buccaneer, a fork lift truck, 2 Sea Vixens and another Buccaneer during their brief excursion along the deck. They left half of the right wing behind and sucessfully diverted to Valley. ISTR that the Nav did have a small window down by his knees?
  23. I think the attrition rate was more connected with the attack profiles they were trying to develop: http://www.seavixen.org/seavixen-operational-roles/night-glow-worm-attack
  24. I think you're right Roger. Certainly looks like a DH Sea Vixen, the prototype which was called the DH110 was what crashed at the Farnborough show in the 50's.
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