Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 19]

Best smoker barges 1-5 large [Vol 19]

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CharlesdeGaulle

16,722 posts

146 months

Thursday 10th June
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bluestag75 said:
I will be buying in the UK (whenever I can travel without having to quarantine) as my partner cannot/will not drive a left hand drive??
Is this to use in France? If yes, why not a Megane or something? Or a a DS Decapotable if you've a Euromillions win to spend?

bluestag75

17 posts

72 months

Thursday 10th June
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C70R said:
SpeckledJim said:
3 Series is my favourite of the saloon-based 4-seater 'executive' convertibles.
Beware the E93 convertible if you were disappointed with the C70's luggage space. It's exceptionally poor with the roof down. The fabric roof on the second-gen CLK leaves a much more usable space.
This caught my eye but not sure about the red leather! Is there anything to be wary of mechanically and how are the seats for long distance cruising?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154476643121?hash=item2...

Steve

bolidemichael

5,366 posts

167 months

Thursday 10th June
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Stegel said:
bolidemichael said:
I've just checked the invoice. £98.40+VAT for two wheel bearings and 6.2 hours labour... £700+VAT rotate
My 97 129 had a verbal advisory for a front bearing. I couldn’t figure out the correct part number and had no clue who makes “good” bearings so ordered one from MB, which is not far off that price for one - around about £80 after discount and VAT IIRC. The manufacturer is NTN, Japanese IIRC, and I bought a branded bearing identical to the MB boxed item for £13 from Autodoc. £4 for the dust cap and a few bolts and I’ve got the self same kit as MB for less than a quarter of the price.
Which brand did the bearing bear?

bolidemichael

5,366 posts

167 months

Thursday 10th June
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TyrannosauRoss Lex said:
bolidemichael said:
TyrannosauRoss Lex said:
bolidemichael said:
0a said:
TyrannosauRoss Lex said:
First drive on the motorway in the LS460 today since having the wheel bearing replaced.

All I can say is that the wheel bearing must have been grumbling a little for some time. The car is really quiet now. On smooth roads the only thing you can hear is a little wind noise around the tops of the doors and that's it, it's definitely whisper quiet at 100.
Those are the most satisfying fixes - ones which have gradually crept up on you. Was it a cheap fix? I seem to remember doing wheel bearings on my LS400 was quite pricy and my The Man swore he would not do them on another LS400!
To replace mine on the E500 was very dear, upwards of £700 iirc.
What?!?! I had a brief look online and the part itself seemed to be around £125-130 for the LS460. I'd have expected around £200 usually?!
I've just checked the invoice. £98.40+VAT for two wheel bearings and 6.2 hours labour... £700+VAT rotate
So is that not around £350 per side? Either way, I'm feeling decidedly lucky not having to pay hehe
...in hard currency hehe

bolidemichael

5,366 posts

167 months

Thursday 10th June
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21st Century Man said:
MercedesClassic said:
What way would a wheel bearing issue manifest itself?
I doubt it would manifest in wheel balance type symptoms, it would have to be pretty well worn and making a right old hum. Worn bearings tend to hum, which gets progressively louder over time and particularly when there is some steering input on say long bends, weaving left to right and it may get quieter/louder, pop into neutral and coast to hear it better over the engine/transmission noise.

My van has just started to hum on left hand bends, less so straight ahead, so I'm pretty sure it's the RH front wheel bearing. It could go for hundreds even thousands of miles just getting louder, but I'm booking it in to get both fronts done.

I don't think your issue is wheel bearings.
I'm sticking with the (very slightly) warped discs hypothesis.


bluestag75

17 posts

72 months

Thursday 10th June
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CharlesdeGaulle said:
Is this to use in France? If yes, why not a Megane or something? Or a a DS Decapotable if you've a Euromillions win to spend?
Yes it’s for weekend use in France. Have looked on Le Bon Coin but the kilometerage, price etc means it’s back to UK for the car (still cheaper even with import duties etc) also looked on mobile.de. Megane...non merci!

Krikkit

21,387 posts

147 months

Thursday 10th June
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bluestag75 said:
CharlesdeGaulle said:
Is this to use in France? If yes, why not a Megane or something? Or a a DS Decapotable if you've a Euromillions win to spend?
Yes it’s for weekend use in France. Have looked on Le Bon Coin but the kilometerage, price etc means it’s back to UK for the car (still cheaper even with import duties etc) also looked on mobile.de. Megane...non merci!
Not sure what your budget/age requirements are like, but I'd think about a six-pot E46 convertible. Loads to choose from and simple, reliable cars that won't have an electrical hissy fit on a low battery...

TyrannosauRoss Lex

27,184 posts

178 months

Thursday 10th June
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bolidemichael said:
...in hard currency hehe
hehe

I treat 2 members of staff for lumbar disc prolapses free of charge. It's really no hardship for me smile

bluestag75

17 posts

72 months

Thursday 10th June
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Krikkit said:
Not sure what your budget/age requirements are like, but I'd think about a six-pot E46 convertible. Loads to choose from and simple, reliable cars that won't have an electrical hissy fit on a low battery...
Is something like this in the right area for price & spec?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224488893475?hash=item3...

As for budget, I have to allow for 20%+ import duty, left hand headlamps, Carte grise etc etc, so ideally looking to spend 5k max on the car.

Krikkit

21,387 posts

147 months

Thursday 10th June
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bluestag75 said:
Krikkit said:
Not sure what your budget/age requirements are like, but I'd think about a six-pot E46 convertible. Loads to choose from and simple, reliable cars that won't have an electrical hissy fit on a low battery...
Is something like this in the right area for price & spec?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224488893475?hash=item3...

As for budget, I have to allow for 20%+ import duty, left hand headlamps, Carte grise etc etc, so ideally looking to spend 5k max on the car.
That does look in very nice condition, but I'd probably shy away from a sport-suspended one. I suspect it'll be a bit too firm for a sensible cruiser.

This SE looks nice, and if you don't like the wheels you'd easily find another good set with budget to spare: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202104292...

bolidemichael

5,366 posts

167 months

Thursday 10th June
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TyrannosauRoss Lex said:
bolidemichael said:
...in hard currency hehe
hehe

I treat 2 members of staff for lumbar disc prolapses free of charge. It's really no hardship for me smile
When I read 'prolapse', I think 'goatse'.

Stegel

1,648 posts

140 months

Thursday 10th June
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bolidemichael said:
Which brand did the bearing bear?
The MB is branded NTN, the Autodoc one NTN SNR which apparently means it’s probably made in France. I fully realise that looking at a bearing is as good a test of quality as licking it would be, but apart from markings they appear indistinguishable. Picking blind I’d probably have gone SKF but I can’t see any for facelift cars.

bolidemichael

5,366 posts

167 months

Thursday 10th June
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Stegel said:
bolidemichael said:
Which brand did the bearing bear?
The MB is branded NTN, the Autodoc one NTN SNR which apparently means it’s probably made in France. I fully realise that looking at a bearing is as good a test of quality as licking it would be, but apart from markings they appear indistinguishable. Picking blind I’d probably have gone SKF but I can’t see any for facelift cars.
Rummaging for an aphorism so as to avoid buyer's remorse... beauty is only skin deep, Stegel...

Stegel

1,648 posts

140 months

Thursday 10th June
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bolidemichael said:
Rummaging for an aphorism so as to avoid buyer's remorse... beauty is only skin deep, Stegel...
As is taste if you’re only licking…. Is it Friday yet?

MercedesClassic

663 posts

63 months

Thursday 10th June
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bolidemichael said:
21st Century Man said:
MercedesClassic said:
What way would a wheel bearing issue manifest itself?
I doubt it would manifest in wheel balance type symptoms, it would have to be pretty well worn and making a right old hum. Worn bearings tend to hum, which gets progressively louder over time and particularly when there is some steering input on say long bends, weaving left to right and it may get quieter/louder, pop into neutral and coast to hear it better over the engine/transmission noise.

My van has just started to hum on left hand bends, less so straight ahead, so I'm pretty sure it's the RH front wheel bearing. It could go for hundreds even thousands of miles just getting louder, but I'm booking it in to get both fronts done.

I don't think your issue is wheel bearings.
I'm sticking with the (very slightly) warped discs hypothesis.

Thanks for all the replies. I think it's not bearings then, thankfully as discs seem to be cheaper and easier. In fact discs are probably one of the few things not replaced on it since I bought it. I assume they were in the past and there might be paperwork for it but they're probably due again.




stickleback123

7,921 posts

155 months

Thursday 10th June
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bolidemichael said:
When I read 'prolapse', I think 'goatse'.
That certainly places you in a certain age group hehe

21st Century Man

35,650 posts

214 months

Thursday 10th June
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Stegel said:
bolidemichael said:
Which brand did the bearing bear?
The MB is branded NTN, the Autodoc one NTN SNR which apparently means it’s probably made in France. I fully realise that looking at a bearing is as good a test of quality as licking it would be, but apart from markings they appear indistinguishable. Picking blind I’d probably have gone SKF but I can’t see any for facelift cars.
Yeah. The boggo bearings for my bus are £11.50, but I have the option of going for a premium German brand for £20. I might push the boat out, it's only money.


swiveleyedgit said:
Are you one of those gloaters? #Blackadder
hehe

CharlesdeGaulle

16,722 posts

146 months

Thursday 10th June
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Some curious photography techniques based, I suspect, on a potato, but a car that is now pretty rare and which will outlast the most long-lived cockroach. Pity it's white, but what a cool thing. Didn't these have 4 wheel steering? And I bet it has a green digital clock for the win; hard to be sure, potato man didn't bother getting anything pictured inside.

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1349567



If that's not bargey enough, get your cheque book out for this almost-Friday-exception. If you're a cool black dude it'll be epic; if you're a chubby white bloke you'll look like you should be on a register. #stereotypesmatter.

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1349723


21st Century Man

35,650 posts

214 months

Thursday 10th June
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cloud9 The Fleetwood. I could live in that.

bolidemichael

5,366 posts

167 months

Thursday 10th June
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7L and 180bhp?!