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chris hak

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  1. The savings aren't massive, but I figured that if I'm going to use Synergy+, then why not get a card? All info. here:- https://www.essocard.com/en-gb/porsche/
  2. That was my post on the PCGB forum. Having heard rumours the Synergy+ was ethanol-free, I first raised the question with Esso when I was deciding whether it was worth signing up for their PCGB fuel card. Initially, the sales team were surprised I'd asked about ethanol, having only previously been questioned about octane rating. In fairness to the person at the other end of the line, she was genuinely interested when I explained the potential issues with older cars resulting from the inclusion of ethanol in fuel and so I could get a definitive answer regarding the formulation of Esso fuels, she gave me a link to the technical department and promised to spread the word among the sales team. Esso are now publicising the fact that (with geographical exceptions) Synergy+ is ethanol-free.
  3. Liking the fresh clean look of the update, good job JG👍🤚
  4. Anyone who has the good sense to drive an example of Porsches finest gets my ✔😊
  5. Indisputable fact👍😂👌
  6. Lockton - £52k agreed, 1500 miles pa, plus Boxster S, £6500 agreed, 3000 miles pa, £620 the pair
  7. The hard copy is completely different, it's an A4 sized, high quality, hard-backed book with history and restoration articles. A definite keeper.
  8. Among other things, you get free oil (1/2 litre?), free number-plate surrounds (if that floats your boat), 2 free nitrogen fills, a keyring and best of all, the classic parts catalogue - and it's free. A no-brainer!
  9. 986 Boxster S and lots of money in the bank. Cheap as chips, pure sports car fun.
  10. This can only be a statement from someone who's never owned or maybe even driiven a 986 - they're brilliant, brimfull of character and IMHO, more pure sportscars than any Boxster that followed. I own an IB and a Boxster S and although the 986 could never replace my 911, owning the pair make my a very happy chap indeed. Clearly the final decision can only be made by you and I don't envy you, but I can assure you that if you go down the 'sell the IB and buy a house and Boxster' route, it would be an acceptable compromise...I think
  11. Given the fact that you intend to drive the car occasionally, you've got most bases covered but I'd suggest that 5 miles isn't anywhere near enough to get the car nicely hot though - if you have a good day and you go to the effort of connecting everything up again, take it for a 20 mile run, minimum. When you put it away again, that air movement Graham mentioned is particularly important to get rid of the heat from the garage. By the way, you do yourself a injustice - you're not laying the car up, you're just restricting it's use over winter. Good man!
  12. It's not only washing up liquid you need to avoid, it seems that different formulations are incompatible and the modern (read 'Porsche') stuff reacts badly with traditional washer liquids and creates that jelly that's like something out of 'Alien'. For those of us who have dabbled in the dark side and also drive a kettle, the top-up dillema is similar to that attached to different coolant types, with only the brave using anything other than Porsche's own...
  13. No Cheery Bomb for me, just a Lotus Twin-Cam with Broadspeed cams after my trick Kent engine threw a rod...
  14. Mine doesn't register until the engine starts to warm up, so at idle when cold it stays put hard against the stop. It starts to bounce around a bit when the temperature gauge has moved a fair way, but in normal temperatures at speed, as others have said the temp. gauge doesn't move past 8 o'clock. At this point, the thermostat wouldn't have opened, the pipes would be cold. Sitting in traffic yesterday, in high ambient temperatures, the tempersture rose to the 9 o'clock position, the pil level was at about 10 o'clock and the flow and return pipes were hot. Sometimes after a run out, I'll let the car idle in the garage until the thermostat opens to circulate the oil - it takes forever! Best bit of advice so far was Graham's - don't get to paranoid about it or it will drive you nuts. To which I forgot to add, cross check your gauge with the dipstick - when the engine is running and hot, as we all know...
  15. Guilty as charged - I loved that car and boy, do I wish I still had it!
  16. Brings back memories of my Essex youth in my (twin-cam...) Mexico!
  17. As a late model 3.2, I think it's possible that your car is fitted with a slightly larger 964 screen and a narrower rubber. But then I could be wrong, it wouldn't be the first time...
  18. Really sorry to hear this - Chris was planning to attend Classics at Sherborne Castle to raise funds and only this week I wrote to him to invite him to Weymouth Porsches on the Promenade the same weekend as there will be a large public attendance which would have been the perfect platform to get his messsge across. RIP Chris, an inspiration to us all
  19. Entrance to the National Motor Museum including access to all the public displays and the usually empty grounds filled to bursting with Porsches of every kind? As the Americans would say 'What's not to like?' And let's not forget free rides on the B-type bus and monorail!
  20. If JG won't say it, I certainly will...he's the man to turn to for an independant realistic valuation of your IB. Contact him through here or ferdinand magazine. You need to get that valuation sorted immediately!
  21. It's much bigger now, I reckon there were 4-500 cars last year and a fair number of traders. Trouble is, because it's 'pay at the gate' it's very much weather dependant
  22. Tie dental floss round the clip before attempting to fit it over the pin. This will make it easier to retrieve when it fly's off...but on the other hand, is easy to pull out when you do get the clip fitted correctly
  23. Spotted at 15.30 today at on the east-bound A31 at Ringwood, the Carrera had the rare '911' stripe on the luggage lid, the Dino was on Swiss 'plates. It looked like a '74 Autocar group test!
  24. The OPC restorations tend to go for truely bonkers money with punters believing the Porsche Centre caché adds value to the car. Unfortunately, and this isn't a criticism, OPC's generally don't have the experience of restoring Porsches that the specialists have, so a few people have had their fingers burnt... Having said that, the PC Bournemouth 924 Turbo was a stunner and a real labour of love with most of the work carried out by a technician who worked on them when they were new, but I still wouldn't use that price as a new standard just yet
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