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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #765 on: February 24, 2018, 06:07:34 PM »
We watched that too Jennifer - tough for the UK team! The 'beast from the East' has arrived big time here (East Anglia) and we have severe weather warnings of snow/ice for Monday and week!  Poor old 'Ellie' (see 'name your car or not' thread!) will have to wait a bit longer for a good clean!  Checked out gas lanterns/heater/cooking ring so, with enough food to feed an army, we are ready for anything!!  Keep warm folks and watch out for the ice!!
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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #766 on: March 07, 2018, 07:41:25 AM »
Had it lowered last weekend. Took a few quick pictures.
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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #767 on: March 08, 2018, 04:17:34 PM »
Getting my normal wheels ready for swapping with the winter ones.

Used a none acidic spray first, washed and rinsed, then Iron Off, tar remover inner as well as outer rims, then Panel Wipe before drying thoroughly and an application of C5 wheel armour.

Have then dressed the tyres.

All the products I use are Gtechniq and really do appear to do what it says on the packaging.

Have put the set back on the rack for now, waiting until the weather properly improves before fitting to the car. Have to say they do look damn good.

A question for anyone reading this. The tar remover states not to use on area's covered with vinyl. How do I clean the tar off the side stripe on my XSR?

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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #768 on: March 08, 2018, 09:02:12 PM »
Take your strips off! Lol, as long as you donít get them wet, stick them back on after you wash your car ;)

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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #769 on: March 09, 2018, 09:11:44 PM »
Take your strips off! Lol, as long as you donít get them wet, stick them back on after you wash your car ;)

I don't think you understand how bad at wall papering I am. Not a cat in hell chance of the stripes going back on properly!

Thanks for the suggestion though...

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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #770 on: April 21, 2018, 07:00:16 PM »
First wash of the year.... really! Ok so nice guys at Tesco have given it a couple of rinses but today was the first time to get all the products out of the shed. In fact the outside tap was still turned off inside to protect from the winter frosts. Anyway, spent some time today treating the car to a much needed spring clean in preparation for Bicester. Wash, polish, vacuum, leather cream, wheel clean and wax, tyres dressed. So far spent three hours on it, and will add a sealing coat once the semi final has finished.... a bit of sunshine makes such a difference A
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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #771 on: April 28, 2018, 03:34:05 PM »
Frustrating day... made another great purchase from The Tuning Shop (eBay) of a replacement gear lever gaiter, to add a bit more red stitching to the XSR. Iíd been thinking about it for a while and having seen Edís beautiful Comp on Sunday at Bicester Heritage decided to make the swap.

Removing the gear knob is nigh-on impossible  >:( I found the instructions within a thread on Ďisti which implies that the aluminium knob is thread-locked on. Iíve spent too much time this morning, and surrendered some skin, trying to break the bonds. In the end I gave up (unlike me) and went to ATS. A very big fella with vice-like grip had a go... needless to say the darn knob is still stuck fast. So the new gaiter is thrown into the back seat for now. A trip to Abarth is now required to pass the problem to them.

For info (and I may need to post this somewhere else in the forum) the gear lever gaiter is best emoted from the bottom left side first, teasing up the silver ring. Once the half dozen tabs have been released it will lift up. A small cable tie holds the gaiter at the base of the shaft which is easily snipped to release it. With the knob removed the gaiter will then easily slide off. The gaiter is held between the silver ring and a retaining collar inside it, which needs to be carefully separated as the two parts are held together with the weakest of plastic lugs.

I will let you know how I get on with Abarth, unless anyone else has a better 💡 idea. And no suggestions of metal grips; I want to be able to reassemble with the polished aluminium knob unscathed. For now, Iíve put the thing back together again. Did I mention Iím frustrated? A

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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #772 on: April 28, 2018, 04:26:04 PM »
Just a thought Jennifer. Have you thought about warming up the gear knob with a hair drier? Sometimes these locking compounds can be broken down with a bit of gentle heat.
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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #773 on: April 28, 2018, 04:34:50 PM »
Just a thought Jennifer. Have you thought about warming up the gear knob with a hair drier? Sometimes these locking compounds can be broken down with a bit of gentle heat.
Hi Taz, that was a thought, having watched some YouTube where a blow lamp was used on some locked on nuts.  not convinced that my dryer would raise the temperature enough. And donít want to scorch the aluminium with something more aggressive.
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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #774 on: April 28, 2018, 05:30:20 PM »

Hi Taz, that was a thought, having watched some YouTube where a blow lamp was used on some locked on nuts.  not convinced that my dryer would raise the temperature enough. And donít want to scorch the aluminium with something more aggressive.
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A hair dryer should heat it up OK, just a bit slowly. I'd be tempted to use a strap wrench on it. https://www.amazon.co.uk/BOA-11022-Baby-Soft-Grip/dp/B002HMRU34/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524932957&sr=8-1&keywords=strap+wrench+small
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Re: What Did You Do To Your Car Today?
« Reply #775 on: May 11, 2018, 10:23:17 PM »
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