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Chats Harris's Perfectly Presentable Prelude.


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#1 OFFLINE   chatsharris

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:47 AM

Before I came back from deployment in June, I only had owned three cars in ten years, one at a time.

Since then, I've bought three more cars, all from Autoshite, best dealership network out there!

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Pretty certain I won't need it, but bag is packed.

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My chariot to the train station. Roof was down naturally.

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And on a posh deserted train. Ace.

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#2 OFFLINE   GeordieInExile

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:49 AM

Something 1980s and French.


Gannin' along the Scotswood Rooooooad... in my 9-5 Aero.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:57 AM

1970's BL and broken.
Current fleet:  Mercedes.  Xantia.  Berlingo.  Discovery.  Forward Control.  Nova. Historic shite.

#4 OFFLINE   chatsharris

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:59 AM

No to both guesses...

#5 OFFLINE   chatsharris

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:28 AM

It is from the land of the rising sun, and a few people own one on here.

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:36 AM

It is from the land of the rising sun, and a few people own one on here.


Used schoolgirl’s panties.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:44 AM

is it something a ranting (ageing) youth may desire?


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:45 AM

...Prelude?

Only other thing that comes to mind is K11, and they're hardly interesting.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:46 AM

Used schoolgirl’s panties.

Only on Bank Holidays.

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Nearly at that there London, for a change of train to go up north.

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:47 AM

...Prelude?
Only other thing that comes to mind is K11, and they're hardly interesting.


DING DING DING We have a winner!

It is indeed the roffle Prelude I won last month. Much excite.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:50 AM

Red car will go home down hill such fast.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:53 AM

Poor Kia needs a new home. A really, really cheap new home.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:55 AM

Ooh, I'm at Kings cross... London welcomes you!


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 12:03 PM

Poor Kia needs a new home. A really, really cheap new home.


The Kia is Glenn's problem, thankfully!
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 12:45 PM

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Making my way through London while being baffled at it all...

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Made it!
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:13 PM

I was there yesterday. I ate an incredibly expensive sandwich.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:45 PM

Whenever I'm in London I'm in Westminster, the Greggs they've added in the station is a boon!


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Gannin' along the Scotswood Rooooooad... in my 9-5 Aero.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:36 PM



Nothing eventful is happening here.

Not even anything for the poo tally.

But in 90 minutes time, I'll be the happiest man in the UK!
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:41 PM

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One stop left. Did a wee!

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 03:49 PM

Chodspeed. An auto prelude is a comfy waft back up the road

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 04:48 PM

An extremely happy chatsharris has just departed in the Prelude.

Good to meet you Alex and enjoy your drive home!

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:51 PM

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John picked us up in his lovely Probe, and had a great chat as he took us to the Prelude. Fell in love instantly with it. Absolutely stonking motor.

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I forgot the pez station shot but I did a fill.

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Stunning from all angles!

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The money shot. Gauges!

Just taking it back down the line down, it will no doubt be great. Many thanks to John for being a great seller and all round great bloke!

Oh, and I'm already 120 miles down the line. It's driving absolutely brilliantly.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:57 PM

Really glad you won this, because blood relatives naturally get first dibs.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 08:24 PM

Whilst there is obvious enthusiasm in each of Alex's posts, nothing can compare to witnessing him seeing this car for the first time. If I could have recorded it, I would.

Glad the trip is going well. the Probe photon has reminded me I need to stop eating the pies. Cheers for that mate !!!
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 08:29 PM

I'm jealous of the fact your clock works, mine doesn't :D
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Posted 15 September 2018 - 08:37 AM

Whilst there is obvious enthusiasm in each of Alex's posts, nothing can compare to witnessing him seeing this car for the first time. If I could have recorded it, I would.
Glad the trip is going well. the Probe photon has reminded me I need to stop eating the pies. Cheers for that mate !!!


Genuine enthusiasm for the car, and totally involuntary. I was so excited it was unreal! I can't believe I own a Prelude now!!

I got all the way back without a single issue. Everything in the car worked flawlessly, except the wipers either need a clean or replacing. Still got back safe enough though.

Nah, that was a thick hoodie is all!
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Posted 15 September 2018 - 09:03 AM

Nicely done. I remember being rather excited for that roffle as it represented a chance to lose my 'coupe' virginity to a beast with such an ace dashboard.


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 09:52 AM

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Best sight in the morning. The Fabia can piss off though.
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Posted 01 October 2018 - 08:08 PM

So I've had a couple of weeks with the Prelude now, and I absolutely love it.  It's just so damn good looking and handles nicely!

 

There were a couple of bits I wanted to sort out though - wipers were the first which were taken care of the next day.

 

The main thing though - speakers!  They sounded a bit past their best, and I do listen to a lot of music.  A bit of googling gave both front and back sizes as 6.5", so a quick look on Amazon later and...

 

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Let's get to work.

 

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You had to remove the window switch, and a few screws.

 

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I believe this is the first car I've had that the door card is solidly built, the rest have always disintegrated! Anyway, once they were off, the back speakers were unbolted from the parcel shelf and removed within the cabin. The condition of the speakers?

 

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ABSOLUTELY KIPPERED M8!  Not surprising, considering these were the original speakers.

 

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The replacement speakers were absolutely ideal, they fitted into all the OEM brackets and fittings perfectly with no need for amendments.  They were even shallow enough for the front doors which I've been told is a thing.  Anyway, it was all wired up, put back together and the sound is much improved.  I've decided to keep the original head unit too, (with an FM transmitter for Spotify goodness) as I like the look of it, it's fitting with the rest of the car.

 

Once that was done, the next task was to clean it vigourously.  The interior was completed in stages, as I was also busy with work and trips to London. However, after a lot of scrubbing and glass polish inside, the interior came up beautiful and there is very little if anything I can find wrong with it!  And as an added bonus, after I counted up all the change in the car it totalled £3.50, making the car even more of a bargain!

 

The exterior was a much longer slog, completed in a day.  I started at about 9 AM, and the day consisted of:

 

- Shampoo/rinse/dry with Chamois

- Full clay bar

- Tackling deeper scratches with compound

- All over polish and buff

- Glaze the car like a Krispy Kreme

- Apply a coat of wax

- Glass polish exterior/interior.

 

I finished at 7 PM, skipping lunch and having to re-organise the plan of attack due to one side of the car reaching 65 degrees.  This was all done by hand, my arms were absolutely knackered at the end and I had to throw a load of painkillers down my neck.

 

Was it worth it?

 

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Yes. A million times yes.

 

 

 


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Posted 01 October 2018 - 08:18 PM

It was worth it but fuck me you put a days work in that day.
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