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Restorations / Re: Ivy - 1995 Mini Cooper
Last post by flipstah - Today at 10:26:20 PM
Had a major coolant leak last week which was worrying. Turned out to be the water pump failing.

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Fitted a new pump and we're back in the races

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Then I find out my battery is ancient from Japan so replaced them with 24F size from NAPA

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Post polarity was inverted so had to replace the ground wire with a longer one. It was due for a new one anyways

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Events and Mini Clubs / Re: Mini East Meets West 2024 ...
Last post by 94touring - Today at 03:25:59 PM
Photos from the group of us that caravan'd there together.
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Saw some photos on facebook, looks like an amazing turn out.  Cannot wait to here about it.
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Daves Garage / Re: 2018 Audi Allroad
Last post by Brit_in_TX - Today at 10:55:41 AM
Quote from: MiniDave on June 18, 2024, 06:23:38 PMThings it does NOT have - and I'm grateful about - the lane warning thing, where it nudges the steering wheel if you drift to close to the line. Doesn't have the speed sensitive cruise control where it watches how close you get to the car in front and changes your cruise setting to match. I hate that!

Interesting you do not like the adaptive cruise control, I love it and have it in 2 of our cars.  It makes driving on busy highways so easy!

I am with you on the lane warning thing, the 2017 Honda we have it is very intrusive in the amount it shakes the steering wheel. In the 2024 Honda, it is much more of a nudge and also appears to be much less sensitive, if you get close to the line it says off, it is only when you are tracking to go over it that it kicks in.
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Daves Garage / Re: 2018 Audi Allroad
Last post by Brit_in_TX - Today at 10:48:26 AM
Quote from: MiniDave on June 18, 2024, 06:23:38 PMNext, we found that the car can recognize traffic signs, like speed limits and such. Why I need this ability I don't know yet but there it is. It did something interesting tho, as I was going down a long hill my speed crept up and at some point a  little green lite came on - a foot pushing on the brake pedal. We guess it was because I was more than 20 mph over the speed limit. Didn't make any beeps or buzzes but I did notice it.

This a European safety requirement that cars need to recognize speed limits and visually warn you that you are going to fast over the speed limit. Sounds like they just have kept it on their US cars.  There is a proposal in Europe in the future that if you continue to drive over the speed limit the control unit will reduce the engine power available to bring your speed down. 

My wife's new car (2024 Honda) has the speed limit recognition feature, but it very inaccurate. On the way to drop off my daughter at daycare, it consistently says that a 35 mph sign is 85 mph.  Also it recognizes school zone speed limits, but that is only useful when it is active!
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The Lounge / Re: F1 - 2024
Last post by Brit_in_TX - July 08, 2024, 08:47:19 AM
British GP was a great race, with the pace of the leading 3 teams being variable throughout the race.  And also the changeable weather helped!

I was really happy to see Hamilton win, it obviously meant a lot to him and his immediate team as he was so emotional about it.

Norris and McLaren messed up in the final part of the race, Hamilton even told Norris that in the cooldown room. A couple of things happened, a) they put on softs when they had a new set of mediums - they were copying what Hamilton did. b) Norris was super long in the box for the pit stop so he lost a couple of seconds.

Verstappen had a strange race as he lost a lot of pace early in the dry part of the race, then in the dry at the end he was the fastest of the leading group.

One thing this race also showed, was the importance of timing the move from slicks to wets at the right time.  The Piastri stop really highlighted this, he stayed out one more lap than Norris, and they were close on track when Norris pitted.  After he had done another lap and completed his pitstop he was around 30 seconds behind Norris. It would have been better to lose a some time double stacking in the pit lane than doing another lap.
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The Lounge / Re: F1 - 2024
Last post by Brit_in_TX - July 08, 2024, 08:38:32 AM
Quote from: MiniDave on July 04, 2024, 10:53:51 AMAnother one drops......apparently the deal was done months ago but only announced this week at Silverstone - Bearman has been signed to a multi-year deal with HAAS.

Now the question remains, who will be his seatmate? KMag? Bottas? Ocon?

I think there is one big blocker to the rest being announced - Sainz.  He is apparently holding out on a number of deals, the delay has caused Williams to start looking at alternatives. 
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Events and Mini Clubs / Re: Mini East Meets West 2024 ...
Last post by MPlayle - July 07, 2024, 04:09:24 PM
Made it safe & sound.  Got checked in to the hotel - no problem with having arrived a day early.  I even got a first floor room not far from an outside door, which was good since I got sprinkled on in SD and rained on when trying to unload at the hotel.

I finally got to meet Peter (Whee) in person as well.

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Events and Mini Clubs / Re: Mini East Meets West 2024 ...
Last post by MPlayle - July 06, 2024, 07:22:48 PM
Yep!  I was able to run on cruise-control set at 70 mph or the speed limit - which ever was lower.  Mostly nice roads, so smooth sailing so far.

Most of Texas (except for going through the small towns) was on 70 mph cruise as the peed limit was usually 75.  I prefer 70 as the cruise while towing.

Across Oklahoma and Colorado the speed limit has been 65, so that was the cruise setting.
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Events and Mini Clubs / Re: Mini East Meets West 2024 ...
Last post by MiniDave - July 06, 2024, 06:26:42 PM
Cruisin!  :steeringwheel: