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Crazy Cat Lady

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Crazy Cat Lady last won the day on September 26 2018

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    Good Food & wine, music, home audio, gardening, DIY, cycling, cats!
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    G7 Red Edition

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  1. Arrived with this mornings post. Haven't fitted them yet, put on the window sill to be admired for a while first
  2. The advise on this thread is very good, most winter checks/service nicely covered already. But just to reiterate a good one from earlier, a good time to check brake pad wear, pull out the calliper slider pins and clean and re-lube with fresh silicone brake grease. The annual oil/filter change service & MOT is due on my G7 in early November, so half way though October we do a pre MOT check combined with winter preparation. The oily rag gives the suspension parts [and other parts] a wipe over and this followed by a waxy preservative spray, okay not guaranteed to last out the entire winter but far better than doing nuffin'. Another often forgotten about but very easy and inexpensive check/replace is the cabin interior air filter, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Borg-Beck-Cabin-Pollen-Interior-Air-Filter-BFC1023/192213009589 a nice clean cabin filter will help keep the windscreen from fogging up
  3. If the problem yours has is anything like my A/C problem, then it could be an old bashed up and leaking condenser that seen better days. They sit right in-front of the cooling system radiator where they can get knocked about by stones and debris from under the spoiler. I'm not positively sure this is the [only] problem on mine, but last year i had mine re-gassed [ and all done properly ] but only to find the A/C lasted a nice couple of months but then didn't. The compressor seems to work fine but the coolant is leaking out somewhere. I'm willing to gamble it's the condenser on mine and will soon be changing it for a new one.
  4. For the past couple of years i've had an Avensis Ferodo front disc eBay listing below in my watch list. Please don't take my word that it's the correct fit for our Avensis upgrade to Celica hub, it needs confirmation from the mechanical experts here! It's also the eBay dealer 'Autosessive' [ based in Chester ] that is mentioned in above post by maizey ^ https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ferodo-DDF1315-Front-Right-Left-Brake-Discs-Pair-Vented-295mm-x-26mm-5-Hole/401440863377 I believe the criteria in question is the stud hole patten. Please can someone confirm...?
  5. The only coating we could tell is the oily film that gets wiped off with the brake cleaner I dunno if the gold and black colour coatings are any different [ i suspect not ] It's probably the case all discs rust cos they be made of steel, so we may as well paint some protection on, only aesthetically pleasing but nice to keep things smart and tidy. Which make of discs did you buy ? Next time i need discs i'll probably buy Ferodo, i rather like their pads. They will probably rust just the same but the price is good value for money.
  6. I had M-Tecs fitted four years ago, no squeals but the special rust prevention silver colour coating is a debatable joke; 48 hours from fitting they started rusting with the first drop of rain. Painting the hub parts before fitting is a very good idea, painting them after-fitting is a lot more faff. IMO Rose gold is the best colour - well chosen! Photo from July 2015
  7. It's a shame we need to cart around a spare wheel - that really does weigh heavy. A lightweight get-me-home spare wheel maybe all we need (?) The last time i punctured and had to put the spare on was 1988
  8. IMO it looks an improvement over the old swishy whip aerial, but when i [ briefly ] tried it the reception became a lot worse I suppose it could depend upon where you live, and if your tuner and aerial are digital (?) Is that the gas mens van across the road - by any chance?
  9. Went to see my mechanic mate who kindly let me use his ramp for a little while. Under the car i found the cause of a sharp clattery bang type noise every time i drove over a bump; Relieved to find nothing serious - just a couple of popper studs missing from front-nearside wheel arch inner trim - so replaced. Also noticed the rear fixings of the silencer exhaust shield had worn though so that was clanging too, so secured it firmly on with zip ties from the [worn too enlarged] heat shield holes to wrap a hold around rear sub-frame, bit of a bodge but a nicely done bodge and all noises gone now A shampoo and polish later back at home, and some tyre dressing. It got a bit too dark by then to take a photo but believe me it looks cute
  10. Somehow have full confidence your paint job will be fine, Master Flex!
  11. Hopefully your yellow paint will be flex-resistant. Others have reported and i can confirm, the rear subframes flex and which in time cracks the paint finish. It's probably what causes the rust to get a start in the first place [ and start again if reconditioned ] I'm not sure which paint to recommend. My rear subframe was thoroughly bead blasted, primed and powder coated, but paint cracks have appeared [at the tension bar mount area] It's not so bad it can't be treated in situ, but will need addressing some time soon to keep it rust free.
  12. IIRC Lee charges £35 an hour, i think the labour charge i paid was around £120 When we changed the rear subframe we took the opportunity for a bit of de-rusting underside, and painting, plus application of some dinitrol. But we took our time [ waiting for paint to dry ] so time it took was longer than a straight forward subframe change. If traveling you need to have all your ducks in a line, new or reconditioned subframe, camber bolts, trailing arm all ready to go on for the swop-over.
  13. Look on the bright side; it will be good after getting them changed and you feel how much better the brakes are
  14. Yes, i suppose owning ones own barn or safe indoor garage/warehouse is a requisite for free rent, and i agree this most probably not a resource many of us have. But there must be loads of people who used to own a Gen 1 lift back and really wish they'd kept it... Mind you if we all kept stuff for future investment potential the supply with eventually outstrip demand, so the value wouldn't rise... and i am sceptical if the days of nostalgic value cars will be over with the impending 'electric' car future. Maybe too many ecological legislation hurdles coming our way too. It's plausible that no later day Gen Celica will every be worth the big bucks in 10 or 20 years time (?) But you never know
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