Barry

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About Barry

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  • Birthday 02/17/1983

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    Dubai
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    National Taxi
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    Communist
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    16+ years fixing things other people broke

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  2. Barry

    2019 plans?

    Forget New Years resolutions, they never work. What are your car related plans for 2019? Are you planning any mods? Looking for a new car? Chasing mad horsepower? Share it with us!
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    Most fun car ever?

    What was the most fun car you ever owned? Ive had a lot of fast and expensive stuff, but the most fun car I’ve ever owned was a 1.1 Peugeot 106. Paid £50 for it at a scrapyard so all mechanical sympathy went out the window. I didn’t care if it broke or got crashed. Wasn’t even a nice one, it was a snot green 5 door. Had a lot of fun thrashing the tiny engine and listening to it scream for help in narrow mountain passes, putting it on 2 wheels at every opportunity. Was a little beast for lift off oversteer. What killed the fun was cutting the top and bottom of the steering wheel off to make it like KITT from Knight Rider and basically turning it into a boat tiller. Driving with anything less than a full steering wheel is difficult to say the least.
  4. I think every 4x4 in UAE has been mentioned so far apart from the Niva 😂 So which is the best 4x4 for the desert?
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    100k service

    You can buy the genuine Mitsubishi parts from Al Habtoor for 600ish. You’ll need a belt, tensioner and 2 pulleys. Don’t bother with aftermarket unless you’re buying Gates parts. Gates make the original parts and Mitsubishi stick their own logo on it. You’ll also need a couple of gallons of coolant because the front coolant hoses need to come off to do the job. Some mechanics may remove the radiator to make the job easier, then you’ll need a litre of transmission fluid. It’s a simple job, line up the timing marks, pop the old belt off, change the tensioner and pulleys, pop the new parts back on, pull the pin on the tensioner. It’s a half day job so budget for 1,500-2,000 including parts depending on the garage. It is a simple job but don’t go chasing the cheapest price, make sure the mechanic has done it before. A failed timing belt will result in a top end rebuild costing 3-4K, maybe more.
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    What was your first modification?

    This was 15 years ago. At the time it was cheap and easy. I had no money, I was working a shitty job in a store, my friend had no money, he was working a shitty job as electrical apprentice, we just wanted to get the car running.
  7. Prince Philip, the husband of the queen of England, 97 or 98 years old depending on what article you read https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46912691 Crashed his Range Rover, some news articles are reporting it was a Freelander. Some (most) of us will say it’s karma for the years of colonial imperialism. The guy is a horrible racist, just google his name. The current British royal family are old, they will die soon. I always laugh when I see Indian kids wearing England shirts in the mall, if only they knew. The British empire is long gone, Brexit is their last chance to hang on and they made a mess of it. Maybe now Scotland can be an independent country and Northern Ireland can rejoin Ireland and be a unified country.
  8. Mine was an engine swap. Put a Pinto engine into a CVH Sierra, converted it from EFI to carb. The guy who helped me was a lot more experienced. He cursed me everyday. It wasn’t easy because none of the wiring matched. Until this day, he doesn’t speak to me.
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    Recommend offroad equipments

    I have a Crony CN888 radio for sale. 250 new. Will accept 200. Used once and boxed with all manuals, as new condition
  10. It’s cool having mad skillz and being able to change a head gasket at the side of the road, but what are some basic skills that all drivers should know how to do? Here a few, feel free to add. Sadly I don’t know many people who can do these and rely on garages. Should be introduced as part of the driving test. Check oil and coolant levels and top up as necessary Check tyre pressures and wear Change a flat tyre Fill the fuel tank Bonus - Understand that honking your horn in a residential area just because there’s traffic isn’t cool
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    Your Favorite Second Hand Cars

    Really loving this old pug right now. 7 seats for 20k dhs. Used to be a fairly common car. Rather than finding teeth in a chicken these days. https://angliacarauctions.co.uk/classic/saturday-26th-january-2019/1976-peugeot-504-family-7-seater/
  12. Yes, you can make up blanking plates and block everything off. Have a look on eBay, there are blanking kits available for a lot of cars, search EGR delete and your particular model. The EML might come on but any good tuning shop will be able to edit the ECU and take the EGR out of the main program.
  13. I grew up with EFI. As a young mechanic I cut my teeth on ECUs and learned to programme. Then I got into classics. I learned my trade backwards. First I learned about computers, then I learned how to set up plugs and points. My old boss was so frustrated. I knew how to do all this new stuff and he didn’t, but I kept my mouth closed and listened.
  14. God bless EFI? Give it a few years and you’ll be saying god bless electric motors. I love old cars, but technology moves forwards. Maybe in 10-15 years time the millennials will be paying us massive sums to fix their EFI equipped GT86s because nobody else knows
  15. I’ve got nothing again electric cars, I love the noise of a carb sucking air and an exhaust blowing it back out again but 14,000 nm of torque is nothing to be sniffed at. We’re almost approaching top fuel here. Like it or not, electric will eventually overtake ICE.