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Hashlove

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Hi All

Having read every site I could find, this seems the most active in relation to Speedsters. 

Lifelong dream of owning one became a reality two weeks ago and excited for when the weather opens up to take her out properly. Have only managed two drives so far, but have already made a long list of things that I will be doing over the year (some sooner rather than later) to get her to where she should be after more than 10 years of sitting in a collection not being driven.

Happy to share updates as they happen and thankful for any guidance and advice on the journey. 

She’s going to be a fair weather car but definitely not a garage queen, so look forward to meeting some of you on the London scene.

Hash

 

 

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Thanks everyone! I plan on keeping her forever. Saw one 25 years ago in linen on linen metallic which I fell in love with. Always thought though I’d go tan on black but this stone grey is such an unusual colour, I pulled the trigger after 20 mins and without driving her.

So far I’ve changed the head unit for the Bremen SQR 46. And added a battery kill switch as I can’t put it on a trickle charger. 

Full new interior will most likely wait till winter of next year so I can enjoy and get to know her better and figure out what priority needs doing. 

Planning on using Dave the trimmer, No 5 Garage, JZM and Reap automotive for things I’ve identified so far.

Any suggestions for a London based paint shop would be welcome. Has some flat spots and chip repair at the front that I’d like to sort out

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On 25/11/2023 at 21:18, Hashlove said:

Thanks everyone! I plan on keeping her forever. Saw one 25 years ago in linen on linen metallic which I fell in love with. Always thought though I’d go tan on black but this stone grey is such an unusual colour, I pulled the trigger after 20 mins and without driving her.

So far I’ve changed the head unit for the Bremen SQR 46. And added a battery kill switch as I can’t put it on a trickle charger. 

Full new interior will most likely wait till winter of next year so I can enjoy and get to know her better and figure out what priority needs doing. 

Planning on using Dave the trimmer, No 5 Garage, JZM and Reap automotive for things I’ve identified so far.

Any suggestions for a London based paint shop would be welcome. Has some flat spots and chip repair at the front that I’d like to sort out

Not London but close-ish for paint:  https://www.sportwagen.co.uk/

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On 26/11/2023 at 13:41, benqv said:

How come the interior needs renewing?

Being linen leather and full linen/white carpet, it doesn’t look as sharp and crisp as some of the pics I’ve seen. Especially the carpets where the fasteners and screws go in show most discolouration. 
 

Will first try a full super detailed valet to see how much of it I can bring back to life and how the patina of the leather sits with the car, trying to keep as much of its originality as possible. 
 

Will do a before and after photo upload as I go through the process. 

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just get a lakewell set for 600 quid, and stick some big bore SSIs and maybe a noisy exhaust on it and enjoy as is ;)

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On 28/11/2023 at 13:30, axel said:

just get a lakewell set for 600 quid, and stick some big bore SSIs and maybe a noisy exhaust on it and enjoy as is ;)

Thinking of replacing my linen carpets with black. Do you recommend Lakewell for a good fit and OEM look & feel?

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I have lakewell on my 88 turbo. I think its good, but southbound is probably even better - but 20-30% more in price. 

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On 19/05/2024 at 18:02, Aldo said:

Lovely car. Looks just like mine :) 

Inspired by your journey Aldo! Great write ups on what is a beautiful car.

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20 hours ago, Hashlove said:

Inspired by your journey Aldo! Great write ups on what is a beautiful car.

They are great cars. I had to choose between this and my 930 LE when it was time to let one go but glad I kept the speedy. I recently replaced the bushes in the gear shifter. It tightens the gear change up nicely for little effort and cost apart from that is has only needed normal servicing since the refurbishment. 

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