So rather than sensibly look at getting the hubs sorted so the brakes don't warp, I've decided to explore spending money on other things.
Exactly two months ago I bought @Hertz's 18" wheels which came off an RX300. For sale thread here: https://autoshite.com/topic/40317-lexus-rx300-18-alloys-for-sale-5-x-1143-£sold/
While I never expected to be specifically told that it's okay to drive 120 miles to collect something you've bought off an Internet, the various relaxations have been somewhat ambiguous in what it would allow someone to do. However, a polite message from Hertz asking if the wheels could be collected before the end of June has prompted me to arrange to collect these next Monday. As I could now technically drive to any beauty spot for some exercise, and seeing as you can have six friends in your garden for a BBQ, doing a collection mission now does not seem to be wholly inappropriate.
I'm also desperate to go out for a long drive. The car's only done a 2 mile bimble to the local shopping court and back twice a week for nearly three months...it's on the same tank of petrol that it was on in March. It's MPG is currently suffering, about to dip below 20. Eep.
The wheels need refurbishing, and the tyres are shot. My local tyre place will do all four (without tyres) for £220+VAT, and I'm thinking about a dark grey, not as dark as my current wheels but certainly a shade or two darker than standard. Tyres will be pricier than the refurb, although Black Circles have some decent looking budgets in at around £75 each (including delivery, fitting etc), so it looks like a new-looking set of 18"s with rubber could potentially set be back around £600 all in. Not terrible, and hopefully not money lost if it came to it.
The very first thing I'm going to do, however, is try to find a local friendly place to pop all four tyres on the car so I can see what it'll look like. If I'm not convinced by how they look I may simply keep them as spares with the car.
The only other news I have is that I will hopefully be getting some quotes soon on sorting out the arch bubbling. I've had the car nearly two years now and the bubbling hasn't really got any worse, but I don't want it to break through the paint. I could have a go myself but it'll look like a dog's dinner and the car is too good for that.
Anyway, I'll do a live collection (as much as possible) on Monday, although @Jim Bell has frankly set outrageously high standards in this regard so it'll probably be tepid viewing at best.