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  1. Not just obtaining the parts, but fitting them too. @Tickman had a right war fitting a rear strut to that 147 he bought off me, and he's fairly competent and owns a 4-post lift! The strut itself wasn't particularly cheap either, IIRC.
  2. Saying "this car has an electrical fault" is about as helpful as saying "this car has wheels" when a P38 Range Rover is involved.
  3. Erm... Hmm. That didn't go well. It seems fine without it, as it still has an electric fan in front of the radiator. 3 runs at Crail and sitting in the queue for the drag strip did nothing to the temperature gauge. It even drives better, like having a lighter flywheel. No more hanging the revs between gears. On the advice of an Australian acquaintance running an M3 in their climate I shall do the same as him. No viscous fan, but the electric fan switch from a 4 pot. The 4 pot fan switch operates about 5 Celsius lower than the 6 pot one. It also looks easy to do, as it's at the very top of the radiator and even has a huge space under it for a container to catch any coolant.
  4. About a week ago now, I checked the viscous coupling on the 323i's cooling fan, after it got a little bit toasty during its 4-wheel alignment the other week (the temperature dropped again as soon as I got it moving). I discovered the coupling was fine, but the fan only had 10 of its 11 blades. Cue, a new fan: The more astute of you may notice it has 3 mounting lugs. That's normal. That's what RealOEM lists for this car, and it is the correct fan for an M52B25 engine from 1998. Nope. Somehow, the one in the car had 4 mounting lugs, and the viscous coupling had 4 bolts. So I ordered a new viscous coupling, and got it delivered to my parents' farm as I was up there for the past few days (I just drove back to Stirling this morning). So this happened: Now it's in the car and all is well. I had to do without the shroud as the new fan has significantly more aggressively pitched blades, so is deeper. It sits right behind the radiator anyway. Not like the old 316i I had, where the shroud was almost a foot deep! On the first fire-up it was whooshing away in a somewhat concerning fashion, but it soon calmed down when taken out for a run to get the oil in the coupling circulating. I reckon the old coupling was perhaps more worn than I thought, as the fan would never whoosh when started from cold before... 5 grand in second gear didn't yield any plastic shrapnel, so I'll call it a success. I also then adjusted the Civic's handbrake (tightened up the cable adjuster under the lever) as the hills up in Turriff proved just how crap it was. After driving the Civic and my parents' Kia Sorento the past few days, the BMW feels like a big burly beast with heavy controls. Still GR9 fun though!
  5. Oh aye. Because it's an exact copy that didn't need integrated into the design of the newer Ignis. It was just thrown on there. Aye. Right. Anyway, I'll contribute to the thread. Peugeot 306 arch liners. For some reason the mk 1 and 2 didn't have a left rear wheel arch liner, which resulted in catastrophic hidden rust on the left rear seat belt mount. Mk 3s got a full compliment of arch liners.
  6. That is a styling cue hinting at an earlier model, as many other manufacturers do. Not penny pinching. Of all the people to know what is penny pinching and what isn't...
  7. Yes, PM me some details please. I'd be interested in two nights after shitefest.
  8. For a second, I thought the PARK light actually said PANIC.
  9. Still more structurally sound than that MG Midget.
  10. Might want to blank out your address, there @Split_Pin
  11. I get the impression that insurance companies in Germany and Norway are less of a bunch of absolute cunts who seem to have free reign to come up with reasons to print money, though.
  12. @Sunny Jim Put me down for Friday and Saturday night, camping in a tent. Arriving mid-afternoon with the rest of the Scotoshite lot. I may be interested in the chalet for a couple of nights post-shitefest, mind.
  13. I am a definite for attending, and camping on site. Any recommendations for somewhere to stay for a couple of nights after shitefest? I might hang around in the area for a few days before heading back north to haggisland.
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