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Phill

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  1. I'd put it up for £45k and see what interest you get.
  2. I look forward to the result of that.
  3. This is not a boast about how I have had a break in the sun but a quick run down that might help others make a decision about whether they want to or not. We booked five nights in Barcelona with EasyJet. Spain is an amber country (at the moment) and as we are both double vaxxed we were able to treat it as a green country. That means no self isolation upon return but with a Covid PCR test on or before day 2 of return to the UK. We were supposed to have gone away back in June but that didn't happen due to the rule changes on Portugal. However, as part of that we had booked our Day 2 home/mail away tests (£60 each). Of course we didn't need it but it was valid for a year so no problem. So, off to Spain. We filled out the Spanish FCR passenger locator form before going. Easy peasy on line. Downloaded the form (and screen shotted for belt and braces) as well as printed it off. Also, downloaded from the NHS our double vax travel certificate, also screen shotted and printed off. Off to the airport. It was very quiet at Gatwick and we whizzed through. We had to show our Spanish FCR form and double vax certificate to EasyJet staff to get on the plane. The plane even took off early!! Arrival in Spain was simple too. They are well organised and we scanned our Spanish FCR forms as well as showing our NHS double vax forms. Once at our hotel we asked about getting a PCR test for return to the UK. As it turns out the Antigen tests are way above the minimum specifications required by the UK so the hotel booked those for us (50 euros each). At the allotted time we went to the clinic which was a short Metro ride away. There was a short queue and we then had our tests. Single nostril only, job done. We were provided with a QR code to get our results and certificate. An hour later results in, certificate downloaded and screen shotted. Both negative . For me, the days before the test and waiting for the test and the result were reasonably stressful, not knowing if we would be able to go home as planned. Next, 48 hours before flying home we needed to complete the UK passenger locator forms. To complete this you must have booked and paid for your Day 2 test prior to arriving home. You need the booking reference but the rest is normal personal details. You don't need to prove you have had an Antigen test for the form. This is the responsibility of EasyJet to check. Off to the airport. Again the airport was quiet with little queuing. We showed our passenger locator forms and Antigen test forms more than once to staff but it was all quite smooth and easy going. Home. Now this is a slight fly in the ointment. Originally when we ordered our Day 2 tests they are sent out from the company with the aim of arriving on the day you return home. This is a bit unnecessary since they are valid for a year but that's the way they do it. Today (Day 2) we registered online and completed our tests. However, as I filled out the details online I found that one of the sample tests was missing it's bar code. This means my wife has not been able to complete the registration and send it away. To sort this out we have to e-mail the company and await a response. There is no phone number for the weekend. This means that although we have done everything right one of cannot get the test sent back as soon as we would like. I don't think this is an issue as there are a lot of reports online from people not receiving their tests for up to a week after they have returned. All in all, apart from a bit of stress over whether we would be negative, or not, in Spain it was straightforward if a bit of a hassle. I wouldn't do the Day 2 mail away option again but find somewhere they do it on site such as Express Test. Ultimately I think this is going to be the way of things for a long time to come. When booking you need to accept that there will be extra forms to complete and some extra expense. Overall though you need to be prepared to accept that you may need to self-isolate if you prove positive in your country of choice. Adequate insurance is a must!
  4. I'm going to suggest it was one of those things. I'm not so sure water gets in that far back. But isn't it great that the coil pack can be replaced, off the shelf, cheaply and quickly. Part of the reason I did mine.
  5. He's not wrong. It's a right faff when I take mine out for a spin. If we go away for the weekend I have to make sure we have on site parking close to a power outlet to plug the oil heater in, especially in the winter. I tend to use deodorant instead of brake cleaner as it's less hassle to carry when we're out and about. Also, I have to ask the hotel/B&B owner to let the other guests know when we are going to leave in the morning so they are well prepared.........
  6. In your case I would be more inclined to put a rain hat over the coil pack to protect it. Mind you the fuses on the left don't suffer and they are more exposed than the coil pack? Was it water damage to the pack that caused the issue?
  7. My coil pack is right at the back of the bay dead centre between the strut mounts. I did make a bracket for it to sit on but it makes everything nice and symmetrical if you care about that sort of thing. I still have a can of "damp start" on the shelf in my garage from way back when. That's the spray on sealer stuff. Gratuitous engine bay pic
  8. That makes sense and I'm glad they saw that V was "also" at fault. IMHO it was V mostly at fault.
  9. This is the biggest problem with F1. They were racing hard which is almost never seen and to be applauded. H did not punt V off the track, there was masses of room, all V had to do was open the steering a smidge and it would have been avoided. H did the exact same thing later in the race and there was no contact. As for CH, to say that people shouldn't try and overtake is ridiculous. As we (at home) discussed afterwards Red Bull is a drinks company and CH loves to be controversial because it brings more advertising. I'm surprised he didn't manage a tear or two. His comments were deliberately inflammatory and he just lost my respect as a serious racer. I could go on about his constant pandering to the TV and press but I don't want to upset Nige again . Mercedes are a serious car outfit and present a far more professional front IMHO.
  10. Oh yes, what a great race! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Christian
  11. If the oil return pipes are not leaking then leave them alone. If the thermostat is working then definitely leave that well alone! Just to be clear this is an SSI heat exchanger exhaust, not what is in your picture.
  12. They look nice. Not SSI heat exchangers in the picture? Assuming you are doing away with all heating? I'm assuming there is no air injection pipe on yours? Worth looking at the oil return pipes as the access will be easy to change of leaking.
  13. Don't worry about posting stuff up, no matter how minor a job you may think it is. We like to see people doing bits and bobs to their cars and sometimes it spurs people into getting the same thing done themselves, me included.
  14. Phill

    Engine fan repair?

    You could swap the damaged centre for your good centre. Alternatively, that gouge, if that's what the damage is could be welded up and refinished. Should cost too much to do.
  15. You need to watch Vintage Voltage for that..............
  16. It gets like that sometimes, it's strange, I'm sure there is a lot of stuff going on but I suppose it's summer and people are too busy to post. Mine is still away having the gearbox remedied, hence lots of Golf work going on. Hopefully have the SC back next week.
  17. New front brakes fitted today, about nine hours all told. They are the equivalent of what is fitted to a Golf G60, 280mm discs and very meaty calipers that house a single 54mm piston. Before. Dismantled and lower ball joint position marked before removal. Rubber on the old lower ball joints was completely mashed. Mmmmm, lovely and clean and shiny. Caliper and hose removed. Rubber hose attached to nipple and clamped to prevent brake fluid all over my work space (the road ). Replacement bearing carrier on. This was a used item from a Seat Ibiza Cupra. I stripped them down and fitted new bearings and gave them a lick of paint. Disc on and the caliper carrier. Disc and caliper on with pads installed. Then it was a case of connecting the new brake hose. Wheel on. A bit blingtastic for my liking but number one son likes them. These wheels required 15mm spacer to clear the calipers which means they are on the absolute limit for width with standard arches. A bit too wide for my taste, but hey, see above Car looks high in the picture but it has settled now. After the other side was done I replaced the brake master cylinder with a 22mm jobbie. This is a hateful job but @Lesworth helpful how to was great. On our car, a 1.3, you need to remove the air filter housing, then empty the brake fluid reservoir and remove the reservoir to gain access to the rear brake pipe connection. Of course the reservoir is never really empty so fluid went everywhere . Then undo the two nuts holding the cylinder to the servo and pull it out. Happily all the connections came undone relatively easily. Then I bled the master cylinder. To do this I bought two M10x1 spigots and two M10x1 blanks as per Les instructions. Blanked off the unused side and put the spigots on the other. Mount cylinder in a vice, fit the reservoir and attached rubber hoses to the spigots. Fill the reservoir. Stick the open ends of the hoses in the reservoir and then pump the plunger. Keep topping up the reservoir. This is a laborious job because if you pump too fast or too hard you end up sucking air back into the reservoir. It's also very messy . Then take the lot back to the car and mount the cylinder back on the servo making sure you get the actuating rod into the plunger correctly. Then of course you have to empty the reservoir and remove it to access the rear brake pipe. More fluid everywhere . This process wasted 500ml of fluid. Finally, connect brake pipes, refit reservoir and refill, bleed brakes. The verdict. Well clearly the pads need to bed in but there is a huge increase in braking performance as is to be expected. Of course it doesn't end there. The rears look too narrow compared to the front so some stub axle spacers required there. Also, very annoyingly, the rear bearing cap protrudes too far through the wheel to to fit the wheel cap. Some 3D printing may follow. But it's another job jobbed
  18. They are quite incredible cars. Oh to be a multi-millionaire.
  19. Ha, we had a 1.6 turbo tekna Juke for 3 years. 187hp and very quick but not in the least rewarding to drive. All felt a bit plasticky, wouldn't be on my recommended list. The x-trail we had prior to that was excellent though.
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