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Everything posted by G.Lewarne

  1. Ive been fed up with my cracked and damaged number plates looking skanky so I got some new (completely standard) ones made up. Got the rear one replaced without drama. However, on fitting the front I put a permeant crinkle in the reflective backing just to the right of the last letter. Its pretty obvious and looks crap Since I have already had two new plates made (and registered with the dvla) will it look dodgy if I get a third one made up to replace the one I crinkled? it would mean a third plate swap being registered with them in like 3 days..... ? or should I just keep it now because the crinkle isn't infringing on the letters.
  2. how on earth did you manage to crack it?
  3. is this going to look dodgy to the DVLA ?

    all the ebay ones seem to be more expensive than from a local place too? I paid 7 quid each for mine with all the requisite makings on them and got them in minutes of handing over my paperwork.
  4. I always look for the usuals in higher miles. Rust, brakes & suspension (usually fooked), belts/chain and oil history I accept that other things will be well on their way to knackered such as clutch and exhaust even if they seem ok on the test drive I dont think I've ever bought a car which didnt have totally scrap brakes
  5. Gen 7 Roof Bars.

    id love a Toyota Bicycle
  6. What came in the Post Today?

    Got my replacement AC compressor, courtesy of member Spaff Came off his 35k mile car, bearings are all still SUPER smooth and it feels pretty much new. Needs a little tidy up on the face of the magnetic clutch but its superficial only. Bit of a clean and it will come up a treat before fitting, new o-rings & gas re-charge. He was kind enough to include the three mount bolts, plus one surprise small bolt of unknown origin. (hope his engine doesn't fall out) It was wrapped in a Sainsburys shopping bag so he is obviously a little more upmarket than my humble Lidl fayre
  7. Used a Gunson Power (Brake) Bleeder?

    when I have to bleed on my own, I use a bleed tube with a one way valve on it. I also put a thick blob of really sticky grease around the bleed nipple (once loosened) and really work it in to seal it from air being sucked past the threads. I only wipe it off when ive tightened the nipple back down.
  8. having thoroughly degreased, brushed, washed and hand dried every nook and cranny of the engine bay last week, today I went to the pound shop, bought a couple spray bottles of cheap degreaser and a small stiff nylon brush. Went to town degreasing and cleaning all the underside of my engine bay including the gearbox, steering rack, sump and all the underbits I could reach. Without undertrays this is dead easy Now, the end result may not be "detailed" and I haven't polished any of the aluminium bits, but im very impressed with how clean everything has come up. You can rub your hand against anything in there now and no dirt comes off. Should make future engine work and leak detection easy if I can maintain it like this. what has surprised me though is how nice the engine block, rocker cover, even the belt tensioner came up with just minimal scrubbing
  9. I updated my thread in gen7 area! if its stupid but it works, its not stupid http://www.celica-club.co.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/185407-sand-gravel-or-just-fix-it-somehow/&tab=comments#comment-2356893
  10. Hallelujah Hallelujah HallelujahHallelujah Halle-lujah that feeling when you fix something that's been bothering you for so so long!
  11. is definitely a boy! My car is Kirk (my cars name is literally Tiberius, as in James T) - im the enterprise being taken for a ride. Strange sexual innuendo not implied.
  12. in my tired and bleary eyed state I read that as "Minecraft drill" and "shitting wheel"
  13. Painting Replacement Brake Calipers

    Ive not bothered with primer on fresh new/recon calipers. The plating seems to bind with the paint fine and keep the corrosion at bay. I think its just super thin and wears off fast which causes the problems if you leave them "naked" Saying that, on ones I haven't painted and the plating has worn off, I find that a quick scrub with the rough side of a scrubby sponge thing keeps them looking decent and takes minutes when washing the car. I never painted my new rear calipers on my 7, and they are nearly 2 years old and still look "new" with just a scrub once every couple weeks or so.
  14. Painting Replacement Brake Calipers

    I think its a very thin playing. I always give new calipers like this a few coats of anthracite colour vht from an aerosol. Great finish and lasts, mostly
  15. is this going to look dodgy to the DVLA ?

    my friendly factors - even though they have known me and my cars for YEARS - had to have the physical documents in their hands to make me the plates. It only takes a couple minutes though and I was in and out with my new plates for 7 quid each in minutes.
  16. is this going to look dodgy to the DVLA ?

    Any company "following the rules" need your v5 and license and enter those details on the dvla database when issuing number plates
  17. is this going to look dodgy to the DVLA ?

    alright - good to know, thanks
  18. gave him a full service. Fresh 5w40 full synth, oil filter, air filter, plugs, MAF clean, recalibrated my throttlebody (stop screw was slightly off optimal), ECU reset. Oh and replaced both my rear stop/tail bulbs as one exploded last night. And this time I treated him to a brand new...……..sump bolt washer (free from my local T) Also attempted to replace my main beam bulbs, but gave up. I will need to remove the headlights. I could do it in situ but I cant quite get the electrical connectors unclipped EDIT: got my main beam bulbs changed! didn't need to remove the whole headlight units either. didn't realise they were twist'n'pull on the HB3 type. They come right out with the connector still attached for easy swapping
  19. Bought a new hosepipe so gave the car the clean of its life Bodywork shampooed twice, underside of bonnet, stiff brush shampoo, then degreaser into all the nooks and crannies and gentle rinse of engine bay, chassis, topside of front subframe and floorpan and cleaned the front struts by hand. De gunked the wheel arch lips to squeaky clean too
  20. What came in the Post Today?

    I used blutac
  21. Petrol prices :(

    Will run fine on basic fuel
  22. ive seen some old US tv adverts, and obviously I have heard it said by other people over the years, but what is actually right? is it CELL - ICK - AH or CE - LEEK - AHH ?
  23. popped off sill covers. Sighed. After only a year since I did it last a LOT of mud/clay/gunge had build up again and was making contact with the sills. Cleaned everything up, treated, primes and repainted entire sills again. (put pics in thread in gen 7 area) Muck sure does build up fast under there.