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CharlieCroker last won the day on August 8 2015

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    1977 Elite S1, Owned a 1979 Esprit S2.
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    "Pretty car"
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    On the way back from Turin

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  1. A new chapter in the life of this amazing car, glad to see it go to a good home, enjoy it, it's awesome. Me? I'm planning another job, just out side Turin, same ingredients, different field. All the best, Charlie ;-)
  2. Quick update gents. So the panther has been in early hibernation, resting for the last couple of months waiting for a day to get back out on the prowl. That day came yesterday due to it's MOT, which it passed, and as such one simply had to give it a blast around the lanes to shake off any cobwebs. The car amazes me every time, I'm either a brilliant mechanic or a lucky barsted cos' this car just performs on every level. Gear box, tick. Steering, tick. Brakes, tick. Engine, tick. Electrics, tick. Comfort, tick. Just an amazing car, it's precise, responsive and looks as sharp as a razor. See for yourself, few pictures on the way back.
  3. Embrace the noise, I try to do ot as much as I can on down shift, I love that burble, bring it on!
  4. Haha, I dunno wtf they are, they just keep popping up, the more you take them out the more they come back! I'm killing weeds... I'm still killing weeds!
  5. Here you go chaps, some more photos for your veiwing pleasure. Just did another awesome run punching through the gears, blasting around the curves, drop it down one no two gears and woosh away we go into warp drive. Don't know if anyone else gets the low down torque that I get, but it just pulls and pulls, bang into 3rd, around the bend 4th and ibto overdrive, awesome! If this car is sold on, I will happily take any serious buyer around the lanes, it really does live up to its name, a real live panther on the hunt... Oh and it shines like a diamond in a goats ass!
  6. Panther weather, beast is back out prowling... Photos later ;-)
  7. The trim is a major ball ache, clips are either missing or don't hold. So the only option is to bond it in. This in turn causes problems cos if your screen is damaged you'll need to get it back off and it's almost impossible to remove it without more damage to the trim. I ruined my top piece getting it back off. There's no easy solution, bonding will need sone sort of methhod to hold it down as it tends to spring in places, holding it down with weight or tension will scratch or dent it, ask me how I know?! From experience I would tape the pieces to protect them from scratching, use just enough weight to hold it down, I used a 5 litre plastic oil canister that I could fill to get the required weight, but this only works on the bottom trim. The top trim I got upto all sorts of tricks to get it flat. You'll need to get all the side and corner pieces roughly into place as well, if you don't, they tend to lift as you screw or rivet them to the a pillar. It's a real ball ache unless your pieces are perfectly straight and your clips work.
  8. Yes, I had already applied, not heard a dickie bird as yet though, but at least I'm on the list. Thanks for the nod though, what with a couple of very generous offers here and a little small ads searching I think I've found a viable option. Just in the process of organising it all, bit of a mind mash to get all the dates lined up but getting closer. Hoping that the weather is good this weekend, need to get back in the car, been a while since I had a blast what with all this windscreen palaver.
  9. Good afternoon lads, quick update. So my new screen was fitted on Tuesday, I'd already taken off the trim so that the fitter had an easier job, and we had the old screen out and new screen bonded in about 30 minutes. Using the advice from someone on here (thankyou) I made sure the fitter used spacers to set the screen height correctly. Ok so that went well, give it a day to adhere and onto refitting the trim. I have say at this point huge thanks go out to The Nut (aka John) for supplying me, for the princely sum of zero pence, the top screen trim in what I would call great condition, what a gentleman and a scholar, I tip my hat to you sir! As the clips tend to be either lost or crap I've had to resort to bonding the piece in, not the entire length but in strategic places to get the thing down. Anyway all good again now with a new screen and awesome trim piece back in place. Have a look see what you think...
  10. Evil piece, if you don't glue it runs the risk of flying off under wind pressure, then if you glue it and your screen goes you ruin it getting the thing off. No easy solution, only thing I might do this time is to add more snap clips, and hope that the windscreen doesn't get a stone chip, but if you drive the car with intent then the screen is right out there asking for trouble. At least it was covered, they're coming tuesday to fit, hope they bring the correct screen! If I can't source one then I'm going to use a flat aluminium strip and curve it as required.
  11. There's a whole story about the strip on my car. I always had an original perfectly straight piece when I first bought the car, got that off no problem and did that brushed alluminium effect and put it back into the snap clips, no problem. First run out in the car and the dam thing flew off never to be seen again! So the months after I source another perfectly straight piece, this time I decide to PU the sod in place, four dobs in strategic places, ain't comung off this time! Now that the screen is [email protected]#ked and whilst trying to get the thing off in one straight line, well, you know, more than a few expletives later... and there it is on the garage floor trying its best to resemble spaghetti. So 3rd time lucky... Lets see what happens.
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