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About sopor

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  • Location
    SE Hants
  • Interests
    as long as it uses petrol and makes loads of noise...

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  • Current 911
    one in granite green
  • Daily Driver
    E53 X5, M2, BGTS
  • Lottery Car
    993 GT2
  • Day Job?
    programme manager, allegedly
  • Favourite Food
  • Drink?
    if I must!
  • Drive of your life
    the Ring before Clarkson et al made it far too popular

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  1. Must confess I struggle with that one. Take a leggy (120K miles) 997.1 tiptronic and spend big ££££ on panels and expect to get 6 figures at auction? I just don't get it. But it wouldn't be the first time! 😁 Sold for £62.7K in 2019 - https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2019-03-02/cars/ref-30-2005-porsche-911-997-rothmans-tribute/
  2. sopor


    check that the braided earth strap hasn't corroded to dust and merely "looks" OK?
  3. I think this only applied if it was the same person - a change in ownership "resets" things. And the 5% VAT on cars over 30 years old is only relevant if the car is substantially original/unmodified.
  4. Have heard it said that the older you are the less likely you are to suffer side effects. Just saying. 😉😀
  5. Can’t say I can recommend the Ryobi One impact wrench - has never managed to loosen a BMW wheel bolt that I hand torqued.
  6. sopor

    911 Tinwear

    Removed as part of a heat backdate?
  7. Not sure where you get my having said anything about electric cars not being effective? I only commented on the efficiency of solar panels and their suitability for the exterior of a car? And it does matter, I think. We don't have infinite natural resources or infinite amounts of money to throw at problems - both need to be spent efficiently and with consideration to consequences and side effects. Design studies and proof of concept tests are a necessary step but not all of them will be suitable for production.
  8. I have solar panels on the roof of my house. House is on the sunny south coast, faces almost due south. Best case the panels generate about 26Kw on a sunny March or April day (efficiency drops as the ambient temperature gets higher and the skies get hazier in the summer). But... they take up 22 sq metres. Solar panels on a car are more a marketing exercise than a practical one; the area available is too limited and with the majority of suitable surfaces being horizontal the orientation is less than optimal.
  9. Love the Volvo blast from the past - needs a small block Ford V8 in homage to Paul Newman.
  10. And if you have it and are comfortable doing it post a photo of the stamped VIN in the body under the carpet. It would be interesting to compare teh font and spacing with other cars of the same vintage. I suppose it's possible that the car was re-shelled early in its life when it was cost effective to do so. And had a colour change at the same time? Worth throwing £12 at https://type911shop.co.uk/epages/de867ca1-377e-432e-84fd-bdccf2206766.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/de867ca1-377e-432e-84fd-bdccf2206766/Products/8213
  11. Can you post the option codes on the sticker? From memory sport seats had option codes in the 400s.
  12. IMHO check the VIN number stamped in the body under the carpet behind the tank. And check that the engine number matches the V5.
  13. compuserve - there's a name from the past
  14. What, it’s easier to tell when they’re around because it’s deflated?! 🤣🤣
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