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Old 27-02-2013, 06:09 PM
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Real nice pics and coupe
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:18 PM
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Thanks for all the replies.

Well one week into ownership and I'm already spending. First of all there were a couple little things to sort. New wipers were fitted and new bulbs for the taillights as one was out.

Then I bought an arch liner for the front right as it seemed to have been hit by something at some point and bent back, could see a lot of dirt collecting in the sill where it wasn't covered so decided to change it. Not too bad a job, just a bit fiddly getting the new one into position.

New throttle cable fitted also, not a noticeable difference in performance so mine must have been ok but it does feel a bit smoother with the new one.

Main gripe with the car is the clutch and gearbox which I'm getting more used to but would still like to see if I can make it better. Have already ordered gearbox oil and will be trying to get hold of a braided clutch hose, the don't seem to be available on eBay anymore?

One thing I would like some advice on is how much you reckon these jobs might cost in labour as I don't really have the space or equipment to do them at home. What I would like to get done is:

Brake fluid change and braided hoses fitted at the same time.
Gearbox oil change.
Clutch hose change
Lowering springs fitted ( might be able to do this at home if its not too difficult)

Ordered some wheel spacers as well but not sure what size bolts I'm going to need for them?

Also ordered myself a storm gear knob to try and improve the shift and also because they look nice

So overall I've spent a few hundred pound already, to be fair most of it doesn't need doing, the gearshift I can get used to but don't want to if a few little fixes will make a big improvement.

The weather has been dry mostly the last few days so have been out in the car getting used to it. Quicker than I thought it would be in 2nd gear compared to the Saab aero I was driving before, if only could go from 2nd to 3rd smoothly
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:53 AM
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Ive fitted a storm weighted gear knob to mine and it makes a massive difference on the gear change.
Almost felt a bit to easy going into gear at first but ive got used to it know and defo wouldnt want to change back to a standard one.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:26 AM
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Good to see someone else from Glasgow. Would be good to meet up at some stage. I split my time between the West End of Glasgow and Northern Ireland. I'm wondering did you buy the car in Northern Ireland or am I mistaken?

Anyway. Welcome - and nice car. I'm really warming to Imola these days.

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Old 02-03-2013, 03:29 PM
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Yeah, I went over to Belfast to pick it up, was posted up in the classifieds here.

Got a load of cleaning gear delivered today so need to wait for a good day and see how the paintwork comes up.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:17 PM
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Lovely Car Allan, I chased this too but believe you got there just before me!! lol, if you get bored drop me a line
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Old 13-03-2013, 07:20 AM
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Old 13-03-2013, 07:47 PM
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Alan welcome to the forum! the gear changing i can share with you,when i bought mine i thought i was driving a very quick tractor! you will find that the Storm knob will make a vast difference,ive used one for a few years now,and couldn't believe what a difference it made and also looks very nice,very cold in the morning tho!i had my steering wheel re-worked,made thicker and that also made a difference immediately.enjoy the car be carefull in the wet don;t be too keen to exit!
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Old 13-03-2013, 07:58 PM
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Well, fitted my stormwerks gear knob the other day. Quite surprised at how much a difference just a gear knob can make, seemed to make the changes a lot easier although it still feels quite notchy and doesn't seem to spring back so I'm getting the oil changed next week along with a few other jobs.

Today I freed up the boot lock that was sticking and while I was at it took the number plate up which looked like it had quite a mess behind it. I don't have the plate holder on the rear but was wondering how it attaches, I have 4 holes in the bootlid, 2 that have rubber washers and 2 that look like someone has drilled at some point to attach the number plate and the number plate must have been rubbing on this area as a lot of the paint had been taken and i don't want to attach it like that again for too long.

Also gave it a policy and started to notice a few marks in the paint that I hadn't seen before, it's amazing how much more you notice when it's properly clean, worst areas being the rear arches but I think most of that might have been done in the last couple of weeks as I'm sure it wasn't as bad when I bought the car.
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Old 13-03-2013, 08:19 PM
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Here's a couple of pictures of the boot and plate holder, it fixes with a couple of "blind nuts" and bolts,



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