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    malcolm warner
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    Esprit n/a and Excel se now gone. MR2 Mk3 will have to do for now.
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    The magnetic ones if left in place will mark the paint with crap that gets under the edge etc. You could get a printed wrap to various panels. When we used to have the cars done with normal graphics they always showed a mark once removed where the rest of the paint had faded ( even on modern cars). Probably only need the back end done anyway for sitting in traffic. Good VFM advertising however does mean you have to drive "nicely".
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    Silicone coolant hoses for S4s

    I fitted an ebay set and in the 4 years I had it on the road didnt have any problems.
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    We have had 3 dogs over 18 years from the same rescue home and each time they have been very questioning of us and others. I even watched them put someone off the didnt think suitable. Im please to say they have increased the charge each time and it now stands at £150 per dog which is the minimum I think it should be. So if it does end up at a proper rescue centre I would like to think it would be ok and prospective owners vetted.
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    Euro question - 23rd June

    A 2nd vote would be the thing that would get me on to the streets. There is a large silent mass of people who regularly hand over our decisions to government via the democratic process. We accept they will F&^% it up some times ( quite a lot of times) but thats life and democracy and we get another vote every 5 years. When you ask us for a direct vote I expect its results to be carried out. There are a lot of middle aged middle class people who I know who have told me this ignoring of the democratic process is the one thing in their whole lives that will make them march. Its not actually the eu question its the disregard of the popular vote. They should have worded it differently ( asked for a 60/40 minimum split) if they wanted a different answer. Decision is made. What ever happens we make it work, we dont just collapse on the floor and say the end of the world has come.
  5. Correct viscosity oil in the damper? That is a pure guess as its 30 years since I had a spitfire and they were su carbs.
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    Items for sale

    Top of the page in the header section, classifieds page, parts section.
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    Going to See Family Wargrave in France

    Its a couple of hours west but could be added to the journey. Thiepval is the memorial to the soldiers who were never even found to be buried. Its humbling and brings home the sheer numbers just, over 72k of them. Sadly you not short of places to visit in that area. Watch your car. When we went there had been a lot of visitors cars broken into at some memorials as some of the sites are very often some way from the road and in isolated areas. That may have changed now as it was 8-9 years ago.
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    Utility Bills

    I switched to avro 18 months ago. Have to do a monthly meter read on the app ( takes a whole 30 seconds) . So far no problems. They sent a meter reader round 2 months ago just to make sure were were not telling porkies. Go for it.
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    Oil Pressure Oddness

    Yes the sump can come off with the engine in place. I had a £5k lotusbits rebuilt engine and from first start up that also was slow to build pressure so I guess they all do it. Its a bit worrying but in the end I just used to keep an eye on the pressure when hot at idle and 3.5k rpm and forget the rest otherwise I would have never started it. I also found it odd just how long it took for the oil to warm up ( from the cooler hose at the front). But without a thermostat it was running through the coolers from start up so cooling from the moment it started.
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    team lotus lorry

    Yes just the tractor unit
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    team lotus lorry

    Just the front bit on the m20 at Leeds. Heading London bound.
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    Stunning S2.2 for sale by auction

    Nice pictures but I dont think I would show pics of the respray and then the state underside. How hard is it to put the air box pipe onto the airbox then sand and paint the metal switch panels on the dash!!
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    Dismantling the purge pump

    Do the timer relay add on if you can otherwise the pump will run and run and run until the coolant cools down enough. And eventually burn itself out like your original one has.
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    yellow m100

    Outside Brands Hatch Morgan this afternoon
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    New Driver Insurance

    My sons was £1200 but that was 10k miles a year driving to work. After 3 years he is down to 700. still not great but could be worse. I think he is with direct line now.