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I took the Focus in for its mot today, it's only four years old with less than 20k on the clock so should be a formality

Nope! One of the front tyres has a cut in it and an advisory for a screw in a rear tyre. The screw came out fine and was only around 5mm long. I'd been thinking about having a pair of all season tyres fitted to the front so this has made the decision for me.


Attempted to take the front splitter of the Elise so I can get it painted - this will be easy, I thought, a few screws, 10 mins tops.

It's so low I can barely get my arms under to undo the screws (but that was wishful thinking). So I try to jack it up, but since the mods it's too low even for my scissor jack. So I tried to rig up a small ramp, but that didn't go well either. I should stick to earning sh1tloads in IT.

Although while I was there, I did notice Dan had replaced all the bolts on my undertrays with new ones. I knew I used him for a reason....

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3 months into ownership of the S6 and I get an CEL thrown. Quick scan with torque reveals a stuck intake manifold flap.

Got it booked in with "the phirm" who seem to have a good reputation - quick Google suggest worse case is a new manifold which Audi want the princely sum of ~2k for

It's still covered by one of those cr4p warranties so imagine a may have to do a bit of arguing if I even stand a chance of a contribution.....

Thursday should reveal more!

Matty_ said...

Attempted to take the front splitter of the Elise so I can get it painted - this will be easy, I thought, a few screws, 10 mins tops.

It's so low I can barely get my arms under to undo the screws (but that was wishful thinking). So I try to jack it up, but since the mods it's too low even for my scissor jack. So I tried to rig up a small ramp, but that didn't go well either. I should stick to earning sh1tloads in IT.

Although while I was there, I did notice Dan had replaced all the bolts on my undertrays with new ones. I knew I used him for a reason....

That's my standard practice when removing any old fixings, just bin them and replace with new, it's so much easier.

I can sort the splitter for you if you want, I have a friendly spray shop near by...

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Matty_ said...

Attempted to take the front splitter of the Elise so I can get it painted - this will be easy, I thought, a few screws, 10 mins tops.

It's so low I can barely get my arms under to undo the screws (but that was wishful thinking). So I try to jack it up, but since the mods it's too low even for my scissor jack. So I tried to rig up a small ramp, but that didn't go well either. I should stick to earning sh1tloads in IT.

Although while I was there, I did notice Dan had replaced all the bolts on my undertrays with new ones. I knew I used him for a reason....

How would you change a flat tyre on it? David Carradine style?

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Matty_ said...

Although while I was there, I did notice Dan had replaced all the bolts on my undertrays with new ones. I knew I used him for a reason....

Flewy does this. I knew I used him for a reason.... :D

Had a look at my 996's tyres today. Not good. :lol: Anyway a couple of pics from Thruxton:

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Matty_ said...

Attempted to take the front splitter of the Elise so I can get it painted - this will be easy, I thought, a few screws, 10 mins tops.

It's so low I can barely get my arms under to undo the screws (but that was wishful thinking). So I try to jack it up, but since the mods it's too low even for my scissor jack. So I tried to rig up a small ramp, but that didn't go well either. I should stick to earning sh1tloads in IT.

Although while I was there, I did notice Dan had replaced all the bolts on my undertrays with new ones. I knew I used him for a reason....

Visit your local diy barn and make a couple of ramps from 20mm softwood and a few screws?

I managed to rig something up using bricks and offcuts of wood flooring in the end :lol: but I've been scuppered by the lack of a 10mm spanner. Not enough room for my socket set, and my good 'ol imperial spanner set means that 3/8 isn't quite close enough :(

Dan, getting to you, or places near you, is a royal PITA for me with the M5/M6 work going on. I spoke to Andy Meacham (which I assume is who you mean) but the once I was off work he wasn't there, the other day the motorway was at a standstill.

Mike, as for a flat tyre, I just cross all my fingers and hope it never happens :lol: I had a puncture on my S160 once, local garage had to rig something up to get the wheel of as they hadn't got a jack low enough.

Edit - while I'm aware of Carradine, his Wiki mentions nothing of his abilities as a tyre fitter? ;)

Updated November 12, 2017 at 4:55 PM

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Just Jon said...

Matty_ said...

Attempted to take the front splitter of the Elise so I can get it painted - this will be easy, I thought, a few screws, 10 mins tops.

It's so low I can barely get my arms under to undo the screws (but that was wishful thinking). So I try to jack it up, but since the mods it's too low even for my scissor jack. So I tried to rig up a small ramp, but that didn't go well either. I should stick to earning sh1tloads in IT.

Although while I was there, I did notice Dan had replaced all the bolts on my undertrays with new ones. I knew I used him for a reason....

Visit your local diy barn and make a couple of ramps from 20mm softwood and a few screws?

Been through all that boll**ks myself. Just buy a more suitable jack. Or get Dan to do it!

Updated November 12, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Fit the car with air jacks?

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Must also mention that we have a new addition to our fleet, a 2000X Clio 1.4 S courtesy of Dave Flew's mate.

Dave went way beyond the call of duty preparing it for us, it was a great price, and should provide us with hassle free motoring for a few years 8) Amazing service from Dave, as ever.

The least said about the car I bought prior to this car the better, I'll go into that another time :D

DeskJockey said...

Fit the car with air jacks?

Are you insane? Think of the weight. According to Twitter I need to start fitting lightweight door handles*, never mind putting on extras.

*Yes, I'm aware this doesn't work as the Elise has no door handles...but...satire.

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speedingfine said...

Must also mention that we have a new addition to our fleet, a 2000X Clio 1.4 S

2000? It's a bit modern for you, isn't it Chris? ;)

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Matty_ said...

DeskJockey said...

Fit the car with air jacks?

Are you insane? Think of the weight. According to Twitter I need to start fitting lightweight door handles*, never mind putting on extras.

*Yes, I'm aware this doesn't work as the Elise has no door handles...but...satire.

Helium jacks?

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Matty_ said...

speedingfine said...

Must also mention that we have a new addition to our fleet, a 2000X Clio 1.4 S

2000? It's a bit modern for you, isn't it Chris? ;)

I admittedly prefer the MK1 Clio ;) Would love an original 16v RSI :)

Where do I start...

So the Morgan failed in Belgium due to alternator. In itself this was not the biggest cost, but the 22h of labour to strip pretty much all of the car to get to it was a killer.....bonnet, cowl, front lip, running board, wings, lights, floor, engine mount brace, near side suspension, steering rack, air con and cooling rads moved.....I kid you not. The upshot is that I dropped it at a dealer this Saturday for them to sell for me. Quite a sad day, but right decision.

Mx5 did it's first track day the other weekend at Cadwell in the rain. Absolute hoot. Managed a consistent lap of 2.02/2.07 in the damp which for essentially a stock car on midrange 185 tyres I thought was OK...well I enjoyed it anyway. Rain X and a screen were an absolute god send over the old sevens. Going to do more track days now and mod this car accordingly and take it off the road. Really did need this as it put into perspective that fast road driving is now a dream and no longer achievable on today's roads.

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Markcoopers said...

Mx5 did it's first track day the other weekend at Cadwell in the rain. Absolute hoot. Managed a consistent lap of 2.02/2.07 in the damp which for essentially a stock car on midrange 185 tyres I thought was OK...well I enjoyed it anyway. Rain X and a screen were an absolute god send over the old sevens. Going to do more track days now and mod this car accordingly and take it off the road. Really did need this as it put into perspective that fast road driving is now a dream and no longer achievable on today's roads.

:?

( looks guiltily at Sierra pinging and ticking as it cools in the garage after a "brisk" run .... )

Downer about your Morgan Mark - sure you'll have plenty of great drives in the Miata though!

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Markcoopers said...

Mx5 did it's first track day the other weekend at Cadwell in the rain. Absolute hoot. Managed a consistent lap of 2.02/2.07 in the damp which for essentially a stock car on midrange 185 tyres I thought was OK...well I enjoyed it anyway. Rain X and a screen were an absolute god send over the old sevens. Going to do more track days now and mod this car accordingly and take it off the road. Really did need this as it put into perspective that fast road driving is now a dream and no longer achievable on today's roads.

I am also going to respectfully disagree on that one.

Real shame you are getting rid - I am sure you will miss the drama. :(

Markcoopers said...

Where do I start...

So the Morgan failed in Belgium due to alternator. In itself this was not the biggest cost, but the 22h of labour to strip pretty much all of the car to get to it was a killer.....bonnet, cowl, front lip, running board, wings, lights, floor, engine mount brace, near side suspension, steering rack, air con and cooling rads moved.....I kid you not. The upshot is that I dropped it at a dealer this Saturday for them to sell for me. Quite a sad day, but right decision.

Mx5 did it's first track day the other weekend at Cadwell in the rain. Absolute hoot. Managed a consistent lap of 2.02/2.07 in the damp which for essentially a stock car on midrange 185 tyres I thought was OK...well I enjoyed it anyway. Rain X and a screen were an absolute god send over the old sevens. Going to do more track days now and mod this car accordingly and take it off the road. Really did need this as it put into perspective that fast road driving is now a dream and no longer achievable on today's roads.

A real shame about the Morgan, they really are amazing things and yours in particular looked fantastic :( Was there any argument to be made about that 22h labour bill?

Did you have full recovery Mark? No need to reply, just nosy.

mik said...

Markcoopers said...

Mx5 did it's first track day the other weekend at Cadwell in the rain. Absolute hoot. Managed a consistent lap of 2.02/2.07 in the damp which for essentially a stock car on midrange 185 tyres I thought was OK...well I enjoyed it anyway. Rain X and a screen were an absolute god send over the old sevens. Going to do more track days now and mod this car accordingly and take it off the road. Really did need this as it put into perspective that fast road driving is now a dream and no longer achievable on today's roads.

I am also going to respectfully disagree on that one.

Real shame you are getting rid - I am sure you will miss the drama. :(


Agree with Mik. My M5 is sat on the drive with a split, deformed side-wall due to a fun drive in Sussex on Thursday - it was bloody good fun until that pothole.

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