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    David Boyd
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    Evora NA (+ Alfa Romeo Giulietta MA, SAAB 9-3 Aero Sportwagon)
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    2bular decat and back box with bypass valve, Radium CAI, GT4 rear wing, SR look, barge boards, L07US reg number, SR gearknob, Alpine 920R ICE, custom rear diffuser.
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    Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland

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  1. I didn't, but I do now. In the words of Jason & Kylie, "Especially for you"........ Really close up, the surface is still a bit 'rough' looking so I may well spend tomorrow giving them another light sand and final topcoat.
  2. Mark, much as I love animals, it that were mine it wouldn't be the car that was a 'late' model, .
  3. It seems to be an issue on pretty much all cars. Our Alfa and Saab, and the neighbours Jag, are all the same. My Evora's weren't quite as bad as yours, but they were still spoiling the otherwise 'pampered car' appearance. I had the wheels refurbished at the start of this week, which only served to highlight further the poor state of the bolts, and asked about doing them too, but the guy at the powder-coaters reckoned they'd be chipped and open to rusting again before he'd even finished tightening them up. Instead, when I got home I removed them a couple at a time from each wheel, gave them a light sanding followed by an application of rust inhibitor and finished-off with a coat of satin black paint, any chips which subsequently occurred on refitting being touched-in with a fine brush after final tightening.
  4. The Evora's wheels were beginning to look a bit 'second-hand' as it has been 4 and a bit years and 40k miles since they were last refurbished. Although they have never once been near a kerb (some of us can drive, ) they were suffering from general road-rash and some lifting of the coating due to minor corrosion. A local powder-coating business that only recently started trading was recommended to me on another forum and although slightly sceptical with the otherwise lack of reviews to go on, I decided to give them a go. The car was dropped off with them at 10 this morning and it was ready to collect 8 hours later. What is apparent from today's experience is that you should never judge by outward appearances. This wasn't some flashy neon-lit unit on a modern industrial estate with a 'gang' of employees in snazzy matching uniforms, but rather an outbuilding on a farm beside a long-abandoned shale oil spoil heap, staffed by one guy in a well-worn boilersuit. What they should be judged on is the standard of their work and it is nothing short of amazing - see for yourselves........ ........and because I wasn't paying for some flashy premises, my wallet was only lightened to the tune of £200, .
  5. I'm going to be a maybe right up to the last minute on this I'm afraid as Jennifer has been having a bad week after suffering another TIA last Sunday.
  6. Happy Birthday, mate.
  7. .....apart from adding a cold air intake too, if you can find one. Press the loud pedal and you open the gates of Hell!
  8. Getting bored with pounding up the M6 this afternoon, a diversion off into the Lake District was rewarded with a photo opportunity on the western side of Ullswater - well, it would have been rude not to.
  9. .........removing the rust from, then repainting, the mesh grilles. Talk about losing the will to live, . Worth it in the end though, as they now look a million times better than they did this morning and with the show season just about to kick off, I wouldn't want to give the Porker fan-boys anything to slag. By saturating a cloth in plastic trim restorer solution and attaching it to the end of a long flexible rod which was inserted from the engine bay, I even managed to get the ducts behind the 'shoulder' scoops restored back to pretty much as-new condition. I've now rewarded myself with a nice cold bottle of American hard cider which is going down a treat as I contemplate tomorrow's plan of action to deal with the literally hundreds of stone chips on the front bumper - don't know why that's the only bit of the car that didn't have protective film applied to it. What a great way to spend a couple of days off work but at least the weather makes it very pleasant to spend hours outdoors.
  10. Alfa2Evora

    Evora MOT

    Can't see the facility on here to set up a reminder for the DVSA to download the bloomin' details to the DVLA once the MOT has been done, .
  11. Alfa2Evora

    Evora MOT

    The same for me - the claim would be effectively around £100. Take into account the time spent submitting it and it's just too much hassle, which is probably exactly what they want you to think.
  12. Alfa2Evora

    Evora MOT

    Similar. My good lady and I, along with the dogs, went up to the north west of Scotland in our SAAB to stay with her relatives for the New Year. On the way back home, we had an "Oh shit, I'm 200 miles from home and you're telling me the car's MOT expired in August and the tax ran out a couple of days ago, officer?" moments. The car's MOT was indeed due back in mid-August but I'd had it tested (passed with a 2 minor advisories) a couple of weeks prior to the due date and the tax was on automatic renewal via direct debit so to be honest, I hadn't even bothered to check it was all OK as everything had run smoothly in previous years. Fortunately, by chance, I had all the car's documents with me so being able to show the MOT certificate to the traffic cop certainly softened his attitude towards me. An online check on the DVSA site confirmed the MOT details, but the DVLA site showed 'MOT expired', hence the tax hadn't renewed when it was due to at midnight on the previous day, 1st January. As it was obviously a cock-up outwith my control, I didn't get a ticket and the car wasn't impounded but I was told that he couldn't let us continue our journey until the car was officially showing as all legal. I phoned both the DVLA and the DVSA and of course, each blamed the other's system for not communicating with their's. DVSA said they would download the details again but that would only happen overnight so we were going no further that day. Have you ever tried to find some last-minute dog-friendly accommodation when pretty much everywhere is still closed for their New Year holidays? Eventually we found somewhere a few miles away and the boys in blue escorted us there. Luckily, we had taken an over-supply of raw dog food with us in a coolbox so they didn't starve although we struggled to find anywhere for an evening meal and ended up with a rather unappetising takeaway - we'd probably have been better off sharing with the pooches, . Next day, with the relevant details now in their system, another lengthy phone call to the DVLA (getting through their multi-choice menu is a nightmare!) saw us all taxed and ready to roll, getting home the best part of 24 hours later than planned. Since it was their fault, I enquired with DVLA/DVSA about the additional costs we'd incurred. Did we get them reimbursed? What do you think?
  13. So sorry to hear your news, Mike - cancer is such a cruel and indiscriminate disease. Hoping your heartbreak eases as you remember all those good years you had together. Run free, Georgie.
  14. Yes, I can see the similarity in the markings. Shadow was a Utonagan, so had a lot of Malamute and German Shepherd in his genes, and was a big lad at 27" high at the shoulders and 54kg in weight. Today has been more than a little difficult. I collected his ashes an hour or so ago and he's home for now. Our next trip to his favourite beach, which had already been planned for this Saturday, is not now going to be the happy, madcap affair it would normally have been, .
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