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Re: Picking up my first syncro tomorrow!

PostPosted: 29 Apr 2010, 07:17
by Pete Nice
I didn't fit an anti roll bar at all.

To be honest I didn't have the van for long. I got it from MG with no MOT, someone had agreed to buy my Bay Window at the time so needed to get the welding done pretty quick. The welding has been done as well as it could be. There is no filler in there at all & was just dusted over with a spray can until it was due to be resprayed.
I had agreed a price & time with my painter to do the whole van, but then the Splitty came up. I bought that so the Syncro just had to go as it was. It is probably better to see the welding rather than a whole load of filler. You can see what you are getting. Nothing was hidden.

It's still a good van & not too many twin sliders are about. It's RHD too, so a cool model. Shame I couldn't have kept it & got it finished, but the splitty is just too much work.

Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 21 Oct 2010, 20:59
by silverbullet
I've just gone out for a sneaky "round the block" in the syncro (it is insured...) to blow off the cobwebs.
Funny, it doesn't seem half as noisy as I remember from when I brought it back from Tunbridge Wells :?
Went in the nearest Common carpark to test the difflocks on loose surface: Rear - check. Front - Wahay! Check.
Gearbox sweet, engine much less tappetty, bu66er all torque (that 2.6 really has spoiled me) and the heater fairy still hasn't been round to fix the blower.
Can't have everything :lol:
Happy days :D
Better get it in for MOT once I've replaced that duff headlamp bowl...

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 19:05
by silverbullet
AT's now on Vito rims this avo :D making studded wheel spacers in lunchtimes/after hours etc. from 6061 T6 alloy with studs etc all the way from Holmfirth 8)
Need to order a CB aerial and #gulp# drill hole in the roof. It's dented any way so what the hell...pics later

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 19:59
by syncropaddy
silverbullet wrote:
Need to order a CB aerial and #gulp# drill hole in the roof. It's dented any way so what the hell...pics later


Use a magnetic base you numpty .....

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 20:06
by jed the spread
Godda say, drilling a hole in the van to make a CB a very permanent feature on the van wouldnt do it for me, the fitting just looks ugly too. I take it you know all the options Ian

http://www.thunderpole.co.uk/cb_antenna_mounts.htm

The boot ones look interesting :mrgreen:

jed

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 20:17
by silverbullet
I thought about gutter mounts and all that clamped on stuff, but they all seem to either get ripped off or fail to stay put. I don't want a mag as it means the whole cable-shut-in-the-door bodge and the van's got enough of that already :roll:

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 20:26
by sandwedge
Mount to bumper and bring cables up through the A pillar. Much neater and you don't need to create a hole in an area that could leak. :ok

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 20:36
by silverbullet
sandwedge wrote:Mount to bumper and bring cables up through the A pillar. Much neater and you don't need to create a hole in an area that could leak. :ok

With all the bumper corner gouging that went on in Wales I'm not so sure, or did you mean in the middle where it can whip and crack the screen? :lol:
I thought that aerials had to be mounted up high for the whole ground plane thing to be effective anyway? The van floor is also full of flinkin' holes that will leak anyway, thanks to a previous keeper's "installation" of a multivan rear bench.
Drill it! :twisted:

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 20:44
by Simon Baxter
If you want the best RX/TX possible then slap bang in the centre of the roof.
If you want it directional and problems setting SWR then put it on the bumper.
I would never mount a CB antenna on the bumper of a T3.

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 21:02
by silverbullet
Thankyou Mr B. I wasn't fitting it for looks, I want the thing to work!

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 21:06
by sandwedge
Thats funny because my neighbor has his mounted to the rear bumper of his 110, last time I asked him about it he said it never caused any issue :?:

If its roof mounted isnt that just asking for it to get ripped off by a low branch?

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 21:27
by v-lux
my neighbor has his mounted to the rear bumper of his 110, last time I asked him about it he said it never caused any issue

Has he ever tested the SWR ? Radio's can operate fine (or seemingly) for a while until they burn out the diode leaving you with no comms.

In my opinion:
Gutter mounts = poo, most of them are made of cheese and fall apart
Mag mounts = alright if you are really that bothered about not mounting it permanently, but you just can't get a decent SWR reading, the ground plane just isn't good enough
Plasticy bolt on mounts = Better ground plane, but seen a few get mashed up by hitting things. Easy and cheap enough to replace though.
Mirror mounts = Obviously depend on whether you have the type of mirrors you can mount off. Worth checking your getting a good earth due to the gaskets, but generally work very well (I use one of these but on my roofrack, groundplane is excellent, but then the roofrack is huge)

If i were to be making a purchase and wanted to get it right first time i would probably go for one of these: SIRIO SO239 Mount on this page, 5th one down

and one of these

antenna yumminess

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 22:16
by Simon Baxter
The "super Stud" mount is the most user friendly, the HD one even better. 3/8's thread means it fits most antennas and it has a SO239 at the bottom, so you can easily fit a PL259 and not a 90° "DV plug" as they are a bit fiddly!
I would add a plate underneath though for a bit more support.
Sirio do make lovely stuff and have done for years but with a antenna mounted on the roof and the odd spot of green laning, well, expensive antennas get mullered on branches!
Them orbitor things are best for off road, they are cheap, and spring loaded.
Not amazing RX/TX wise but good enough, unless your a snob and like doing a bit of DXing then that will be fine.
It's all well and good me saying this but the next thing of mine that gets a CB is the Iltis, with no roof! It has a standard German army antenna base built into the wing, not the best place! oh yeah, the 24v electrics might case a minor niggle too.

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 22:33
by v-lux
expensive antennas get mullered on branches!


Aint that the truth! For frequent greenlaning/offroading you probably cant beat the springy ones huh. Even if 'somehow' the whip disappears from the springy bit like mine did in wales? Grub screws, hate em.

Doug has got a Sirio (i think) and probably has the best/most distantly audible CB set up of anyone i know. (watch yourself people...Doug can hear you no matter how far away he is :lol: ) Think he has his mounted down a bit lower though, so as not to bash up that yummy antenna. Still gives very good results though, but expect he has probably fine tuned his SWR.

I mucked about quite a bit with the SWR set up of my last springy orbiter type by cutting teeny bits off of the whip until the SWR gave a good reading, worked great, bloody hard work chopping through that steel though!

the 24v electrics might case a minor niggle too.
Doesnt seem to trouble the truckers too much, or by a 'niggle' did you mean 'buying' a new unit?

Re: Road test under cover of darkness...

PostPosted: 25 Oct 2010, 23:17
by syncropaddy
Why didnt you lot answer my CB query last February when we were looking for CBs for Mammutpark? Ended up gettin not the best ....