Wheeler Dealers

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Radish

106 posts

78 months

Wednesday 30th January 2019
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Ref your wife's reaction - Snap, I've got one who does that.

Clockwork Cupcake

62,784 posts

222 months

Saturday 2nd February 2019
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Grahamdub said:
I thought it was a bit odd that they replaced an updated clutch with a standard
I'm just watching that episode now, and my first thought was "why has this car got an uprated clutch? Has the engine been uprated too?"

So they replace the clutch with a standard one, and then go looking for extra power by under-driving the pulley. Makes no logical sense at all.

Clockwork Cupcake

62,784 posts

222 months

Saturday 2nd February 2019
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paulwirral said:
Just watching the c5 z06 tonight , mike buys the car with a slipping clutch , ant breaks it open to replace it and finds a lightweight flywheel in there but replaces it with a standard factory item as " it's the right thing to do and it will appeal more to the market "
Then he replaces the front pulley with a smaller underdriven aftermarket item as it wil " release more power due to parasitic losses of the original item "
Ones contradicting the other , make your bloody mind up ant !
Obviously mike just bought the cheapest clutch and flywheel off the tinterweb without knowing about the flywheel, I'd have put the lightweight one back in .
Exactly. If the previous owner has gone to the expense of a lighter flywheel and uprated clutch, you need to ask what else has been modified.

Downgrading the clutch to a standard item and then chasing power gains is just barmy.

bimsb6

6,680 posts

171 months

Saturday 2nd February 2019
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Radish said:
Ref your wife's reaction - Snap, I've got one who does that.
Mine too she just says “NO! “ when the music starts .

Murghee

193 posts

12 months

Sunday 3rd February 2019
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Ive never understoon why they dont count thr labout cost as every car they have sold had probably been at a loss even from series 1 with ed china.

Saw the mr2 episode and they used 43 labour hours which roughly equals £2300 if a mechanic charges like £50-£60 a hour. So when they sell the car it looks like a profit but it isnt.

Anyway love this show its my go to when i want to zone out.

Now is there a thread for Car SOS..

gareth_r

3,358 posts

187 months

Sunday 3rd February 2019
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Car SOS >>>> https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

New series starts on Feb 14th.

Murghee

193 posts

12 months

Sunday 3rd February 2019
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gareth_r said:
Car SOS >>>> https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

New series starts on Feb 14th.
Cheers been waiting for this

I like the chemistry between the two especiallh in the first series...anyway thats for the car sos thread.

Jazzy Jag

2,073 posts

41 months

Sunday 3rd February 2019
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Murghee said:
Ive never understoon why they dont count thr labout cost as every car they have sold had probably been at a loss even from series 1 with ed china.

Saw the mr2 episode and they used 43 labour hours which roughly equals £2300 if a mechanic charges like £50-£60 a hour. So when they sell the car it looks like a profit but it isnt.

Anyway love this show its my go to when i want to zone out.

Now is there a thread for Car SOS..
The original premise of the show was to demonstrate what you could do at home (more or less)

Its gone way past that now which, while still entertaining, is a shame imho

Ladders

89 posts

174 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Well, that was dull! Another cam belt change.

anonymous-user

4 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Ladders said:
Well, that was dull! Another cam belt change.
They do repeat a lot of jobs. I'd prefer to see Corvette seat repairs than another cam belt/ brake swap laugh

Evercross

1,271 posts

14 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Grahamdub said:
They do repeat a lot of jobs. I'd prefer to see Corvette seat repairs than another cam belt/ brake swap laugh
Yea, but three detailed clutch changes in the same series is pushing things a bit.

Ladders

89 posts

174 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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The first couple of the new Ant series seemed to have a lot more customisations, where as there is more 'just servicing and old car' in this series so far.

At least in this series it's not just been all Yank trucks etc that I have no interest in and has been a bit more European in content.

Shakermaker

10,587 posts

50 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Murghee said:
Ive never understoon why they dont count thr labout cost as every car they have sold had probably been at a loss even from series 1 with ed china.

Saw the mr2 episode and they used 43 labour hours which roughly equals £2300 if a mechanic charges like £50-£60 a hour. So when they sell the car it looks like a profit but it isnt.

Anyway love this show its my go to when i want to zone out.

Now is there a thread for Car SOS..
Yes, but if you do it yourself, you haven't spent that £2,300. You have expended time, but not sacrificed any income. Unless you quit your job to do this, which would be silly. Its so similar to what many people on PH do. Look at the recent thread in Reader's Cars - Audi 80 saved from the scrapyard, has cost less than £200 to get running because the owner can do the work. But someone else, could pick the car up and send it to a mechanic and it becomes a £1,000 spend. Either way the car is worth the same, but who's made the most money if they chose to sell it?

trooperiziz

9,383 posts

202 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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They spent loads of time ragging on how awful it looks, when all I could think was how good it looked! I love the styling and the dash.

Patch1875

3,681 posts

82 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Ant said he has repaired many Corvette seats.

Really?

johnxjsc1985

15,948 posts

114 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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I managed to see my first post ED Wheelers Dealers with the Alfa which was ok with Ant but the fat little chirpy bloke just gets on my tits.

RZ1

3,881 posts

156 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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Did the boot of the Alfa fly open when he pulled of the drive??


anonymous-user

4 months

Tuesday 5th February 2019
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RZ1 said:
Did the boot of the Alfa fly open when he pulled of the drive??
I saw that laugh

johnxjsc1985

15,948 posts

114 months

Wednesday 6th February 2019
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RZ1 said:
Did the boot of the Alfa fly open when he pulled of the drive??
Probably an optional extra when purchased new.

Evercross

1,271 posts

14 months

Wednesday 6th February 2019
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RZ1 said:
Did the boot of the Alfa fly open when he pulled of the drive??
yes

One of the many cock-ups that could have been edited out or re-shot that I mentioned back on page 5 of this thread.

Also, how many times was Mike looking at the wrong camera when doing his monologue during the test-drive? It's a recurring theme for the whole series.