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About bazza73

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  1. I'm just a humble scooter driver. HD's have always struck me as all show and no go. I suppose they work if one wants to sit on the world's biggest vibrator.
  2. Not possible to know, because a manufacturer certainly won't tell you. Some semi-synthetics will be 10% synthetic, another might be 50%. It depends on the greed of the manufacturer. Maybe there's a correlation between price per litre and the amount spent on advertising.
  3. The sludging with mineral oils is due to several factors. Depending on which oil field the crude comes from, there are varying levels of wax, sulphur and salt. Not all of these are completely removed in refining. Then there's the degrading of the anti-wear additives, such as zinc diethyl dithio phosphate etc. So it was difficult for lubricating oil producers to get an oil to exact specifications. The performance was variable, depending on sourcing. In contrast, manufacturers of the raw materials used to produce synthetic esters can make fatty acids and alcohols to very tight specifications. The end product is all lubricant, not a mineral oil carrier of lubricant additives. Having said that, even synthetic oils have their limits. I can remember a sales rep who turned in his company car at the mandated period of 120,000 km. He had never had it serviced, and the mechanics had to remove the crankcase and use a steam hose to get what was left out of the engine block.
  4. I think I've been driving later model Porsches. Mind you, I'm not one for pushing any car to its adhesion limits.
  5. I'm not arguing about the relative merits of synthetic and mineral, that was settled long ago. Just saying the video proposition of heat being a factor is erroneous. Also, a taxi engine should be only just getting into its stride at 121,000 miles.
  6. A bit of alternative facts in this video. Wear in engines occurs mostly when repeatedly starting from cold to hot. Or being thrashed. Taxis in Australia ( and we do have some hot climates ) normally rack up between 500,000 and 1 million kilometers per engine. That's because they are driven in shifts, due to the cost of a taxi licence. No owner can afford to have a taxi that is not working 24/7. So the engines never cool down. Thrashing a taxi in Australia would be an expensive exercise due to speeding fines. The driver wears the cost of those fines, not the owner. A nice bit of advertising; however, not quite accurate and I suspect any good oil brand would get the same results.
  7. The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as discarding the old ones.
  8. When I first came here, the condo I was renting in had a beehive infestation on one of the unoccupied balconies - nineteen floors up. Management decided the bees had to go. So two supreme optimists were there - one hacking the rather large beehive into football-size lumps, the other 19 floors below trying to catch the lumps with a single bed blanket. The car park was quite a mess for days afterwards.
  9. There are very few roads in Thailand where cruise control could be used safely. Due to road conditions and the unpredictability of Thai traffic. On the other hand, cruise control is almost essential in Australia if one wants to avoid expensive speeding fines and demerit points. Such concepts obviously do not exist in Thailand.
  10. Having driven several Porsches, my experience is they stick to the road like the proverbial to a blanket. Perhaps you are only used to American cars with acres of sheet metal and terminal understeer.
  11. Think the Corvair was the model slammed in Ralph Nader's book, "Unsafe at any Speed". It presumably shared the oversteer characteristics of the Beetle, when most drivers were accustomed to understeer at that time. Although Porsche didn't have handling problems with rear engines. Possibly an aircooled engine is too much for the floor pan and firewall to cope with if it's in the front of the car. Apologies for being off topic.
  12. I occasionally wonder why the air-cooled setup of the Volkswagen Beetle was not adopted by more car manufacturers. One less fluid system to leak, although there were presumably other variables which cancelled out that benefit.
  13. I don't see a need to justify myself to anyone.
  14. Agreed. The best source of information on visas, bar none.
  15. You are getting screwed. My agent in CM charges 12K, which includes the extension itself and a multiple re-entry permit, plus the 90 day reports for a year. I'm told there is an agent at the CM Immigration which will do it for a flat 3K plus the cost of extension and re-entries; however, the wait times are considerably longer.