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  1. jonathan. i had no one offer to buy the car the first time i out it up for sale, not one person from the forum offered to buy the car, and the same this time, had someone offered then i would have gladly let it go to someone here. as it was i only had one other option and that was an exchange. i did what i thought was my oly option as the car would otherwise sit in the driveway for the forseeable future and that would have not done any good to it. regarding my driving of the car, i broke it in as per troys instructions, after that i enjoyed that car as i was supposed to, but im not prepared to get further into a slinging match which is what this has become. my reference to troy was basically to state simply that i had discussed this with the projects head mechanic, and in detail and shown him the video of the smoke out of the engine and other things. and that due to the problems he had faced and the coments raised against him on another thread here, that that also had had a detremental effect on him also and his family life. i myself have had time to calm down now and as i did say earlier, to appease the situation the jag is going and the funds raised will come to the forum and they can do whatever they wish with the funds, wither refund members or give it to a charity. im not prepared to start a swearing match and have no interest in doing so. however i have taken on board all the comments directed against me, and read everything. these are your personal opinions and you have the right to them as do i have mine. i have been advised to make this offer and im hoping that you will accept it, if you do continue to feel the need to further attack myself then please do so, as i do not at any time want this to intrude on my familys life in any way, if you feel the need to destroy myself publicly on the internet so be it, however i would like your words that you will leave my wife and child out of it in any further posts or communications. this is about me an no-one else, i dont think thats too much to ask. i will try and get as much for the jag as i can and i will pass the sale reciept and cheque to either bibs or someone who is preapred to accept it.
  2. no as i stated earlier, the car deal was done with the dealers brother piers, now the older brother who runs the dealership, took the lotus away inspected it so as to decide if it was worth his brother having, he than complained about the 24 year old paint, and a mising heater dial knob. i spoke with dominic only last week about the issues i had with the jag, his response was take it up with piers as its his car and he had nothing to do with the deal. i had no warranty from him as it was a private deal, and this is what he took great pains to point out to me, so if i were to call him tomorrow he wouldnt swap the car back, he would probably want the car at the market value and then want money on me on top to his value of the lotus to make the difference. all i have here is a signed piece of a4 paper from piers that says about doing an exchange for the jag, thats it, i will try tomorrow to exchange it back but i doubt very much he will. so if i could goto them tomroow and say i want to exchange cars back, i doubt very much he would be so accomodatiing with me. so the only option i have really is to sell the jag and give the proceeds to either this forum or to charity, or donate the car to a charity and let them sell it to raise funds.
  3. with regards to the detailing word post they dont ask or know about the ins and outs of my health in that forum in the same way you guys do, that palce is all about making a car look nice, i showed the owrk i did in the interior, thats it, i worked hard on the interior and was pround of it. and thats all it is a post about the interior work i did, ther eis no issue about that, i did the work, the issues regarding me and the car only realted to people here, it was the people here i needed to explain it too which i did in full. im just going to go around and around, any proof aside you have made your opinions of me and the damage bibs sought to create has been done, so under advisement i am no longer going to add to the post or forum, i will take things further in the manner i have been requested to.
  4. i spoke with troy only 2 weeks ago, hes living at his parents house now, hes also on medication due to sever depression, he split up with caroline and had been living in his barn to get by and trying to do his jobs. the work suddenly dried up he got no parts when ordered because of the move even though he kept on and opn trying to get them. hes shut the workshop down and is in the process of selling it all up and strting afresh and getting on with his life. and while talking with him he raised a few comments and discussed things that even i didnt know about. so as your mates with him you would already know this simon. i dont need to drive a wedge between you and him or anyone here, you all did that in the thread about him and his work the other week. the difference is i actually spoke to him about what was wrong with the car when i had it back most if the time he would say " simon did that while i was away i will have to come and sort it out for you when i have time" troy gave me advice and that was to watch my back , i guess i wasnt watching it good enough.
  5. so what your saying is you all had this basically hateful opinion of me and not once in all the times we met up did you have the guts to say anything to me, to my face about it, yet on the forum your suddenly able to vent it out and have it in the open?? only now ??? suddenly?? i think im going to leave it there and see what tomorrow brings.
  6. once gain. i can only add. the only way i could give back was to take the car to eery event i could, show it everywhere i do what i could, which was accepted by you guys . posting about my health, wierd? for gods sake i was always asked how i was doing etc, so i thought ok keep you guys informed as thats what you wanted. as for the car not being offered to the forum, the first time it was on sale not one person from the forum offered on it, or asked about it or even looked at keeping it in the forum, not one person, and now because it finally has gone and no one offered the first time around im the bad guy? as for alex checking on the mdication i was given , yes i asked him several time infact and had thanked him previously, i can only apologise for not saying thanks the last time, but i for one really want to know what crap i was haing to take everyday and what could possibly happen, i asked you alex because you offered to check on these things for me. as for simons comments the head work was redone prior to the wastegate diaphram, and the valves were in place and locked when the head was taken from here and thecam towers bolted to the head. as for the poor quality of the work i had done, in what way? i painted the cam covers with some black vht paint? i believe the correct colour for the cam covers was balck originally , the fpr i polished up and it had slightly corroded while being back on the car, but then thats what happens. what else did i do? i i cleaned up the turbo shell as best i could, at the time and that was it, i painted up the brake hub guards and painted the calipers in the correct high temp paints. i didnt do any " restoration work" prior to it going other than try my best to remove the engine etc and work on my own car. as for me being ungratful, i thanked everyone i could along the way at meetings and shows, stood there thanked and shook hands took pics etc. i thanked and thanked and thanked people. i did nothing decitful in moving the car on, i did what i could and took an offer presented to me, because and i re assert this " there were no conditions of ownership placed on me when given the car back" im defending myself to the best of my ability after the boot has been put into me and everyone else has joined in, one person against an entire forum, its more than biased. however like as once again money is the issue here and it clearly is, ii have other options to look at. i have been looking at a shop to try and get myself going again as i posted, it was nice to post about something nice for once. i can either fold on this, and continue collating my funds from people who owe me and give this to a charity of your choice or , if so be i will sell the jag find a cheap car and then give money to a charity of your choices. now everyone knew and i mean everyone who has ever met me, knew that at some point i would not any longer be able to keep the car, it would become to difficult to drive it, or get in and out of it. that time had come, the difficulty wasnt the seats at the end of the day it was me and my body, i couldnt manage it anymore, as i discussed on the phone with the others. now i just could not justify spending
  7. maintainance??? your taking the piss a bit arent you?? getting the head redone because its torqued down wrong and needs reskimming. incorrectly fitted lower crank seals, 2 valves needing replacing due to damage, coolant coming from the head gaps and into the cylinders. i still have the video showing all the smoke pissing out of the exhaust of the car that i showed troy. the gear change linkage that had bits of metal pipe shoved into it to make do, that i had to get pressed out and rebuilt, the fuel pipes that pissed fuel everywhere all over my engine because bits of silicon pipe had been shoved in the ends of them and clamps that were broken. a cam belt that had been damaged on refitting the engine. new cam seals new gaskets new cables, theres quite a list here. and once again to come back to that, if there was a condition of ownership then that should have been made present at the beginning, if having the car meant i could never sell it or if i did i had to retun the money spent or do anything, it should have been made perfectly clear, at no time and i mean no time was that said to me. i took it to shows, was always first in the line to have it on show somewhere if asked for cars on the foum, drove to meets and did what i could in return for the good will, i did everythig i could to return the good will shown me, so excuse me if i wasnt aware i had to also to repay money for the work done on the car. so you tell me, how much would you like? or would you rather i sell the car and just give the forum the money back and you return the money to those who donated? is that what you want?
  8. daniel with reference to you comment using the work as a defense attack, i have been left no option, how else am i supposed to defend myself? i rang the guys to get permission to sell the car and was given it I RANG THEM yet theres no mention of that anywhere. with all due respect regarding the emails, i was upset kelly was upset and we let it go, got on with things here and just ignored it, it was my choice to let it go my choice, i wasnt duty bound to do anything with them i posted i had them and i didnt know who from and left it at that, never once saying from here or a member. yet in an instant its been turned upside down and im being subjected to defamation of character without prior knowledge. thanks.
  9. this is the thing thats sticking in my throat also, i have not recieved any monies for my car, i recieved none what so ever, it was a straight swap of vehicles, this car was posted at
  10. no bibs this is a witch hunt plain and simple and i half expected it, i even posted about it , and to add to it, the first time i decided to sell the car i rang, kimbers, punky, troy a few others and even tried to speak with you to no avail, and all of them said it was ok with them for me to do it at the time, however after messages from members i removed it from sale and got on with the interior and the seats etc spending money we couldnt afford to spend at the time but i did anyway. as for being done with my excuses, they are not excuses once again i am stating my case against your accusations, however once again its all about you bibs, thats all its ever been about is you. you have stabbed me in the back in the exact same whay you have stabbed troy in the back also. the reason you wont answer the phone is because you dont have the decency to speak with me, plain and simple your safe making the accusations here because you have control over everything that goes on here. thats fine you do it your way i will do it mine, if i need to seek legal recourse then prehaps thats what i should do. the very nature in the way you have gone about this bibs shows the very level of underhandedness you can stoop to.
  11. the reciepts for all the work and parts i have had to do since i got the car back inthe first few months and xmas that year
  12. ok, welli guess its my turn for a reply then. its a shame that after trying to speak with bibs over the past few days that he hasnt decided to speak with me. i am beyoind angry withthe suggestions raised by bibs to the point that if he wanted to accuse me of this then he should have had the decency to speak with me on the phone or even to my face. i have not continued with the email thing basically because there was no point, no point in duscussing or going on with something , i left it be and got on with things. now the crux, at no time did i accuse anyone here of sending the emails, at no time did i point fingers. yet you assume i did bibs. as per the seats at the factory it was meant in humour as i explained to brian on the monday i did not expect seats for free, so once again you make an assumption against my name. as for disposing of the car in secret i did no such thing, i spoke with several of the people involved in the project the first time artound asking permission to do that, and in the end i pulled the car off sale due to the pressure i was getting from members to keep it and try to make it so i could drive the car stiull which i did. as per ,y complaining about the work carried out on the car before xmas, as you say you have all of this on file, so do i , i have copies of all the parts i had to replace and buy from all the suppliers i dealt with, or prehaps they are ficticious purchases?????? i spent hand over fist out of money we didnt have to correct many many issues caused to the car. and when i did ask about it and complain im brought into question and made to feel so bad about it and then i have to apologise, yet lately, there have been witch hunts on troy and his level of competency by other members allowed yet thats fine and dandy!!! smells of hypocrysy to me. with regards to the seats, i did what i could but i was unable to spend more meny on the car, kelly for one would not allow it, and lets be blunt here, im not exactly a small guy and i think you can agree i dont fit in the car well period. i have not accuses anyone here of anything, and your suggestion and assumption that i have is beyond a doubt bloody well uncalled for bibs. the fact you havent got the decency to speak with me on the phone prior to this outburst shows a little more than contempt fior me also. as for joining the xk forum, you will have to speak with kelly about that as she paid for that out of her own pocket as a gift for me, as, if you read back i was due to pay to join the forum december as part of an xmas present that way i put a little in. i have had a few days to take time out, do a fewe things that need be and above all you havent had the bollox to even return a call to me. also when i was sorting out the items that xmas period, i was constantly phoning you, near enough every day , but always having an excuse not to talk to me at the time and never getting back to me when i needed to speeak with you. instead i spent ages on the phone to suppliers getting parts and correcting the issues myself. as for the work done on the car, once again I KNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT, NEVER ASKED FOR IT OR EVEN EXPECTED IT, AND IF I HAD KNOWN WOULDNT HAVE ALLOWED IT. yet it was done and i thanked everyone took it to shows did whatever was asked of me whenever i could. when given the car back i was not made aware that there were conditions of ownership or conditions should i sell the car at some point in the future, if that was going to be the case you should have made me aware at the time. as for me blaming other people thats really not on, i havent blamed anyone for having to move on with the car. the only person i blame is myself, i have tried and tried to accomodate myself in the car yet have failed in my attempts. prehaps if you had taken the time to at least answer one of my bloody phone calls to you things may have been different, prehaps the phone bills will help in showing the amount of calls placed to you? for christ sake, once again the witch hunt is on and the public stoning is on. you havent spoken to me so as i can defend myself and basically i know why, you have been figuring out a way to make it so, im the bad guy in all of this. i was recently told by someone to watch my back, something i idnt understand at the time. i know why now... i know why. so this i what im going to do, just to prove my position and exhonerate myself from the accusations, i will post copies of everything i have spent on the car since getting it back, post all the pics of the work i corrected that i never posted up, if you want bibs post up the emails between myself and wayneb which shows just how pissed off i was at the time to be back under the car fixing things again "that shouldnt have needed it" or the fact the head had to come off gain and be sorted out again, you know i can go on and on also. problem is i see things are a little one sided and biased here lately and if you are not part of the little clique club that seems to have srpouted up your not welcome. my decision not to pursue the email thing further was my choice i was not going to question the members of this forum or any other forum i decided to leave it be, it would serve any purpose. it was my choice and also i did tell you bibs i had turned the mail security to full and set it to delete every mail that came in for a few days which i did so i could just switch off and get on with things. it was my choice, plain and simple. so here we are, your "version" of things, and me telling you how it actually is, but then you had your say before speaking with me and decided thats it thats how it is along with everyoine else here. well what can i say apart from thanks .. it would have taken a few mins to talk to me and you couldnt even be bothered to do that. so you go ahead and keep accusing me if you like, along with everyon e else here. it seems that these days as long as one side of the story is up, thats enough to condem anyone. you have my number bibs, at least have the decency to ring me. what, no response from anyone, one second ago you are all condeming me and now nothing???? theres always two sides to everything but once again its a public stoning. as per mr mark brittens post about myslef being a sympathy merchant, i never asked for any such sympathy or expected it, god its amazing reading some of these posts in here to see the level of contempt some of you show people even though you preach generosity etc. so as i feel nothing but proff will aid in my defence i will get as much as i can. copies of my medical records detailing my ilnesses etc in full, phone records, photos, letters, invoices and anything else to backmyself up. you see its one thing to call someone out for a fight but another when the other person can back himself up. i will do all this in full, and then prehaps, just maybe, however so slight i may get a diffenrent response. i have also noticed that any post i make is now being vetted prior to it being on screen as it is not instantly appearing on screen as it shoud, along with my pm's etc.
  13. the guys i used reccomended a specialist to clen my block etc they have different machines for different engine alloys
  14. well had another look at the shop again and had another security quote done, and measure up for displays etc. things are looking good, i see my business manager tomorrow and the bank manager wants to have a little chat to see if theres anything he can do for me. still waiting to have the meeting with the landlords and discuss the finer details prior to taking the lease on. but its all moving forward slowly enough to make some progress. but as it will be the only computer and peripherals shop in the town thats dedicated to home retail side of things and custom builds repairs etc i should be more than ok with the shop heres the little shop that im looking to take on prior to its fitting out, will let you know how it goes when i know more and when im having the opening party.
  15. ambrose. the guys who did my head do all the wrc rally cars also, the owner is a real oldfashioned guy and engineer, when he did mine he replaced and upgraded the valve guides with the broze guides with the small oil catch pits in them, mike sek has the same in his gt car also, they are very good guides, he checked every valve face and stem, checked springs for load and tolerance, re did all the shims himself on one of his machines. did all the lapping etc checked the mating surfaces etc and skimmed the main head by a very small amount, bearing in mind that when skimmed there are two pins that stick up on the head which go into the head, locators, these will also need a fraction taken off, then the gasket was supplied by paul matty its a multi layer gasket which took up the difference, but you have to measure the liner lip also and give them that reading so you get the right gasket from them. now the guys who did mine are not overly cheap, but they do what they do to a very very high standard. so you would need to send your towers, and head along with the front and rear new seals for the cam shafts and a few other bits also as they will fit them all for you. the units are then wrapped up and greased up a little and ready for collection. also one thing to consider is taking the block etc to an engine specialist and getting them all hot steam cleaned in a proper engine cleaning unit, a bit like a massive dishwasher but for engines, have this done a few times this will seriously clean the engine and parts up as good as they will get. you can then take your time and inspect everything properly with all the crap cleaned off. i spoke in great detail with the guys who did mine as to what they would normally do with a 24 year old engine prior to rebuild, and the one thing they stressed was getting it steam cleaned correctly for assesment and rebuilding. if you want to talk further and want thier details etc i have pm'd you my number.
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