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  1. They're not! All train services out of Glasgow are going nowhere at the moment as the signalling system has gone into 'meltdown' in the searing 21 degree heat, .
  2. When I had the Evora's wheels powder-coated last week, I took the opportunity to replace all 4 TPMS valves as the originals were becoming a bit intermittent in their functioning. 3 of the replacements sprang into life within a few miles but the 4th, even after multiple journeys totalling over 150 miles, steadfastly persists in giving a " 0 0 " reading. I very, very carefully swapped the wheels over and the 'fault' moved with the wheel so it would appear that the new valve is faulty. Looks like the tyre now has to come off my pristine, shiny wheel. Bu99er!
  3. The valve on my Evora's 2bular exhaust is stuck in the open position, and it's also running a CAI, so I guess I'll be going down for life without parole, .
  4. Just because Geely are in charge Andy, doesn't mean you have to go all-out fanboy and adopt the Far Eastern penchant for dining on our canine buddies, .
  5. Indeed it was, Andy. My mum had the 5-door 'Alpine' version, which gave sterling service for many years, even after somebody over-revved it during a demon overtake one day, breaking a rocker arm (fortunately for an inlet valve) and limping it home on 3 cylinders. Well spec'd car for its time (1978) too - electronic ignition, central locking, electric windows and such like.
  6. 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.
  7. Mark, much as I love animals, it that were mine it wouldn't be the car that was a 'late' model, .
  8. 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, gav
  9. 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 rea
  10. 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.
  11. .....apart from adding a cold air intake too, if you can find one. Press the loud pedal and you open the gates of Hell!
  12. 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.
  13. .........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 rewarde
  14. 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, .
  15. 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.
  16. 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 ever
  17. 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.
  18. 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, ☹️ .
  19. At 1.50 this morning, after a high-speed cross-country dash to the nearest out-of-hours veterinary surgery proved to be to no avail, my best buddy in the world (my partner Jennifer aside that is) Shadow, passed away in my arms. After an evening's walk through the woods investigating all the marvellous scent trails deposited by the local wildlife, he tucked into his supper with his usual enthusiasm then settled down beside me on the settee for some 'daddy time'. A couple of hours later we headed for the bedroom, but halfway there he suddenly collapsed, in obvious distress. The vet dis
  20. @ricvx Here are a few of you 'in action' at Knockhill
  21. Having never seen a McLaren Senna before, I then get an overload of 2 different ones in the space of 10 days. Not a thing of beauty, but there's no denying that it gets the job done!
  22. At a multi-club breakfast meet yesterday, I give you "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" - with the latter closest to the camera of course, . In the 'My rear wing is bigger than yours' contest, the winner is.................. OK, OK - the Supra has it, but mine is much prettier! For 8½ years old, and 70k miles (112k km) on the clock, she (oops, am I allowed to say that?) still scrubs-up quite well I think.
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