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    Stanky got a reaction from CaptainBoom in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    Stanky got a reaction from CaptainBoom in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    Ok, so some progress. National Windscreens came back and said they can't get them anywhere, so that was a no-go. I phone Alternative Windscreens (A local Indy, used them before and recommended) who said they could get one (but ONLY one) and its booked for replacement a week on Friday. 
    I have a nasty feeling that when the herbert gets to the racking in the windscreen warehouse, he will find it bare, and I'll get a call saying "Sorry m8, no can do" which will be a major issue.
    For now, lets be positive though, they've said there is one available, so it will be there and be fitted and the car will fly through the MOT without a single advisory.
     
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    Stanky reacted to fatharris in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Retest results 24/5***   
    So, after work, I picked the BX up from @twosmoke300, who was clearly a fan of my enthusiasm for labelling items 🤣






    I was also left some helpful* advisories on my invoice 😁

    Anyway, onto the remaining issues. 
    The steering wheel was removed and refitted AGAIN as I still hadn't got it perfectly straight yet. Think I've got it this time!
    And the important one - the coolant line between the thermostat block and the hard-line behind the head was weeping. Phill was kind enough to gift a scrap heating hose manifold set that I could cannibalise a solution from.
    Once I found an appropriate section I could use, I removed the old hose, which was clearly not long for this world:


    And fitted the new section.

    The engine was fired up and ran to temperature, and the system bled. There were some moisture movement visible on the outer face of the top hose, so I've let the engine cool back down and re-secured the jubilee clip a little squarer.
    Hopefully that should be the end of the cooling system SNAFUs!
    Tonight, it's a hot tub evening, and we're cracking open the beers I bought to celebrate the end of the BX project phase.

    Quite literally, cheers 🍻😁
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    Stanky got a reaction from Dyslexic Viking in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    Stanky got a reaction from mercedade in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    Stanky got a reaction from SiC in SiC's consolidated moderns - 2004 BMW Z4 2.2 and 2005 BMW 330i (new arrival)   
    beat me to it! Yeah based on that I'd say replace!
    Easy come, easy go eh?
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    Stanky reacted to SiC in SiC's consolidated moderns - 2004 BMW Z4 2.2 and 2005 BMW 330i (new arrival)   
    Yeah here ☝️
    Going by that, I probably should do it asap especially as mine looks worse! Tbh I imagine the discount voucher will be next week as they usually come up near a pay day. 
    I'll be also ordering pads+discs+brake wear sensor+ccv kit & manifold gaskets for the Z4. Probably will end up being another expense car month. Oh insurance for three cars & house next month too. 😬
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    Stanky reacted to puddlethumper in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    My grin is getting some new wheels for my mota. I'm sure there will be many that will say they look shit and are not original. My answer to that is that, for me, it has been more positive than negative. The wheels and  tyres are literally brand new. Only driven 200 yards. You might consider a jump from 13's to 15's is too much but I think they fit well, although I wasn't sure about the white to be honest. Can always change the colour if I feel like it. 
    Positives. 1; Easier to get in and out. 71 and it won't get easier.
    2: I won't bang my head on the rear door. Built for smaller people.
    3; Getting on the trailer easier. Been catching the bottom a bit, loading.
    4; When on the trailer and getting out, the door scrapes across the mudguard. 
    5; They are 6.5 so fill the arches nicely.
    6; They drop the revs at 70 down from 3500 to a touch over 3000.
    7: Twisties could be more fun.
    Negatives. From me, none.
     


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    Stanky got a reaction from wesacosa in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    Stanky got a reaction from mk2_craig in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    Stanky got a reaction from Dave_Q in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    Stanky got a reaction from mintwth in Stanky's Car Fixing Thread - A Clear Improvement 24/5   
    After an anxious wait, today my new windscreen arrived!

    Massive thanks to @mintwth, Alternative Windscreens were able to source and fit the last M100/M101 Sirion windscreen in the UK today. I did have a chat to them about  'what happens if I break this one?' and theysaid that they are happy to fit a 2nd hand one if I could source it so that is an option.
    Next job is to tweak the exhaust again, it sits a fraction too low after my most recent modifications and knocks against the rear axle (I think) on left hand turns which is a bit annoying. Its a fine balance because if its too low it hits the subframe, and too high and it chafes on the rear bumper so I need to fiddle about with it and get it right.
    Then its MOT time next Friday
     
     
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    Stanky reacted to twosmoke300 in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Retest results 24/5***   
    Spelt break down wrong there pard 
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    Stanky reacted to fatharris in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Retest results 24/5***   
    Ladies (oh, who am I kidding?) and gentlemen:

    Let's party.
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    Stanky reacted to HillmanImp in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    You can get any old shit from Ali Express. 

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    Stanky reacted to MorrisItalSLX in The new news 24 thread   
    You find the strangest things in charity shops.


    ‘Anyone for an audio guide to your new Australian market Petrol 1982 Peugeot 505? It’s only $1!’
    Now I need to find the car to match.
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    Stanky got a reaction from barefoot in Brutal decision from the DVLA   
    In order to form consensus, and speaking constructively - I would like to table the motion that "This house believes that all Vauxhalls are shit"
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    Stanky reacted to Dave_Q in Brutal decision from the DVLA   
    Listen one my my mates at work told me he knows of an approximately 1 mile stretch of road near him that has actually been resurfaced (not the glue and gravel method) and therefore isn't like driving on the moon or a rally stage.
    That could be the one for our county, which TBF is about as far as you'd get with 8 billion.
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    Stanky got a reaction from Dave_Q in Brutal decision from the DVLA   
    In order to form consensus, and speaking constructively - I would like to table the motion that "This house believes that all Vauxhalls are shit"
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    Stanky got a reaction from cort1977 in Brutal decision from the DVLA   
    In order to form consensus, and speaking constructively - I would like to table the motion that "This house believes that all Vauxhalls are shit"
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    Stanky reacted to horriblemercedes in The new news 24 thread   
    Propane may be a clean-burnin' fuel but she can also be a dirty girl
     
    My dad says butane's a bastard gas
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    Stanky reacted to D.E in The new news 24 thread   
    Bit dusty still (bran find m9), but the engine runs a lot smoother now and everything appears to be working as it should be.

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    Stanky reacted to fatharris in FatHarris - tales of a motoring moron ***Retest results 24/5***   
    Had one of those rare things - a weekend out of the garage 😅
    Ended up clearing the garden of the winter overgrowth (three tip runs!), cleaning and recommissioning the hot tub instead.
    Yesterday, I got in the garage to give the interior a bit of a scrub, but in all honesty, it wasn't that bad. It got a hoovering, a wipe down of the hard surfaces with Auto Finesse Verso APC, and the windows cleaned with IPA - I also added a sticker on the wheel to remind me not the thrash it, along with the next forecast oil change.

    The car was fired up to make sure it was running okay, the lights were all retested, locks, hinges etc, given a squirt of lube and the boot catch adjusted (this needs further fettling but will do for now).
    Tomorrow is the big day, the MOT is booked for either 1000 or 1100.
    Today, the insurance has kicked in, so I'm taking an extended test drive to get the car properly warmed up before dropping it off at the garage tonight. MrsH will be following me in the Laguna with a tow rope just in case 😅
    As for today, it was meant to be a lovely day (it wasn't in the end), so the driveway got shuffled around last night to clear the way for a fun commute:

    The drive in to work didn't fill me with the usual joy - whilst it would bimble nicely enough, it felt flat when giving it the beans and seemed hesitant to rev beyond 7000rpm.
    Then I remembered the fuel in the tank had been sat there since November at the latest and has probably gotten a bit stale - tank topped off with Momentum and it feels a lot zingier once again! The stereo hasn't worked since it's been parked up either so that'll need investigation as a priority 😅
    Cheers.

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    Stanky reacted to Dave_Q in Dave's shonkers - Golf GTI in   
    Choose your fighter for transport #1.

    You have selected (not Ford)
  25. Haha
    Stanky got a reaction from GMcD in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
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