Mar 29, 2020
Trying to change my plates but the rear is problematic and has been the most frustrating topic to find out about, as there's nothing really in forum's and when you Google it all that comes up are rear plate brackets and lights
Many have shortened, gel plates on their beauties, however how have you stuck (NOT screwed as I want a clean look) your rear plate please, anyone had this issue?
The B9 (unlike my B8 & B8.5) has these strange plastic/ foam grommets that sit approx 7mm proud on the body work that the old plate screwed into, it's also painted at factory so reluctant to pull it out incase my whole boot paint cracks
He gets washed when next door stop building
Kind regards in SC.
Giving my S4 a much needed deep clean/detail.
All these pictures and talk of mountain bikes is giving me the urge to try and get back out on mine (stopped riding due to a back injury, now been operated on), 2002 Specialized M4 Stumpjumper.
Washed my car again.
Got the DA out and started polishing.
Started to rain.
Never mind, you can do it again tomorrow, that will keep you busy for a little bit longer.
I have been doing some runs for my local Blood Bikes (voluntary semi retired )taking samples etc to hospitals but in their car as I don't have a bike licence , I was in Glasgow and Edinburgh on Wednesday and Friday this week.
The roads are a lot quieter and there are a lot more HGV 's on the road than usually and some car drivers think there is no speed limit just now , Idiots.
Over the last month DGBB have done 150 runs and covered over 22000 miles.
I am planning cleaning both cars, the house and conservatory windows and power washing and sealing the driveway (Pattern imprinted concrete )within the next few weeks .
Keep safe everyone .
Think the bmw is nearly clean now !
Spread it out a couple of hours a day over the last week !
But think I’m now going to clean up paint the brake backing plates !
Down stairs toilet painted
Our bedroom to go , have lived in the house since new and it is the only room that had not been painted at least once in that time
All of the work left does depend on how I’m getting on , whilst removing a wheel the other day I heard a loud crack in my chest and a lot of pain, it would seem that somehow I have aggravated an old sporting injury and cracked a rib or two !
Jesus, best lie on the couch asap.
I’ve tried that !
It hurts !
not managed to sleep in my bed since Tuesday !
Far mot comfortable sitting up on the sofa with a beer for pain relief!
Listening to some of this now, wont solve anything but does help with the stress of the situation.
But atleast I've had a nice round of applause past two weeks!
Hope everyones staying safe!
Also working, but doing a big shop for my elderly parents.
They also (worst timing) had a blocked drain in their garden that needed sorted, so literally a sh7te job.
Washed hands for sure.
Been going to work as usual. I live in the Netherlands, so there is no lockdown. On the plus side, I haven’t been stuck in any form of traffic for over 3 weeks now.
I get the CMO has still got a job but she should be fined big time as she f**ked up and got caught twice , Once maybe but twice in two weeks is deliberate and after all she has been spouting about staying at home.
It just shows one rule for them another for everyone else She got a talking to from the police ffs .
If it had been Mr and Mrs working hard people they would get hammered .
Still deep cleaning, painted the brake back plates, new discs and pads on the front (to replace the incorrect size ones that had been fitted in the past Gen Audi), even polished the brake calipers!
Old discs top 320mm, correct size bottom 345mm
Starting on the inside tomorrow
Just finished installing dynamic tinted setting mirror indicators on my B9 S5. After watching a few video's (this was the most useful : ) I thought it would be easy, considering I had changed the mirrors on my B8 and B8.5 I was wrong!
I forgot to take a picture of them before however if you decide to change your own, make sure you have some Gorilla multi purpose Glue to hand as you are almost certain to damage the clips inside that help "hold" the cap in place.
The old ones are clear and the more I look at them, they look so cheap, the new ones are tinted and frosted plastic which look so much better however during the day are not as bright and come with a random wire that I taped up as it was not needed.
I started with parking the car on the sun to get everything warm, this makes life so much easier, took the mirror off with a little force and unscrewed 3 screws (remember it's the screws closest to the middle motor circled on blue).
Now the mirror caps, they basically come off by using a trim tool to prize it away from the internal clips, many video's you find also mention the clips are prone to breaking and as long as you're prepared for it you will be fine (hence the Gorilla glue), I've put pictures of the clips and you can see where I've used the glue to fix and strengthen the two/four clips that need it.
When looking where the indicators are, there are 3 retention clips that you need to "ease" out with a small flat head screw driver (highlighted in blue), then they come straight out, then replacing them with the new ones is a two min job, just remember the retaining clips to get them sitting flush before screwing in place.
Finally once all that is done, you put the caps back on and I would suggest starting close the the pillar then you will feel it "click" and work your way outwards.
The overall look is so smart but it's a shame the clips are very fragile. Hope it helps and happy modding . Unfortunately it won't accept the file type to see what they look like once done but I'll try again later. //cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5e90bef79d0a3/20200408_164506.mp4
Kind regards in SC.
My wife & I are fortunate to still be both working but from home. When I'm not working, I've been tinkering with my track car as I've got a stack of jobs lined up having not touched it since July last year having completed a day trundling around Mallory Park. Swapping over to my repaired sump after it inherited a hairline heat stress crack when having the baffle insert made. I fortunately noticed the crack prior to driving the car so had a borrowed sump fitted from a mate for the last year.
The repair, yes not pretty but very functional and foc. Chewing gum springs to mind.
The stress crack was caused by having this made. They are usually just an open sump so this will stop oil starvation which I've never suffered but could.
Early crack and steel h-beam rods, 87mm Omega high compression intruder pistons, TTV billet flywheel, Helix 4 paddle clutch & undersize alloy pulley with full bottom end balanced prior to me assembling.
All buttoned up and no more leaks, happy days. It's an SBD type-C spec manifold and yes, it's dare huge for an N/A powered lump but totally necessary! Thinking about getting the manifold ceramic coated so I don't have to use the heat wrap but the wrap does the job for now.
My next mini track car project is rebuilding my 12 year old 4-pots after finding the external weather seals have seen better days.
At least I managed to strip them down with no dramas and all the pistons are 100% perfect so just a seal kit required.
Coscast XE I presume as it's a series 2 Astra GTE?
Once I've finished detailing my wife's car and to keep boredom at bay, I'll be getting my sons Nissan Sunny F2 rally car into the workshop and give it some TLC
Ex Works customer car with all the right bits on it.
Correct, with all the right bits (in my budget) + Gripper LSD & Quaife box. Loving the Sunny, get some more pics up when you begin tinkering. I service for friend with an Astra mk2 rally car, he's got two actually.
Had to replace our gate controller, only an hours work I thought, nope wiped out the whole day.
Well at least it was a nice day to dig up the drive and rewire half the garage electrics, then noticed they sent me the wrong controller, I asked for a single user and received a 3 user.
Oh well , tomorrow's another day.
We were hoping to take it to Belgium this year but Covid-19 has scuppered those plans.
All steel bottom end, genuine Works big valve head, Works kit car tarmac cams, Jenvey throttle bodies producing (at the moment) 267bhp, 6 speed sequential flat shift box (Maxi Motorsport), big AP's, and Ohlins 3 way dampers.
There's more to come from the engine as at the moment it's running an ebay special exhaust manifold, and a system that has more welds holding it together than the Titanic!
After detailing my car I had to do my wife's Polo, finished that two days ago so spent yesterday working on another couple of Quattro's!
finally had a go at my engine bay, still needs some work, but it's a lot better
The conclude my caliper refresh...
With HiSpec wanting silly money for seals a spot of research was required. I measured the pistons at 38mm diameter and found the Billet 4 uses Girling seals from a Volvo 204 or 260 1974-1993. A Bigg Red BRK203801 seal kit at 1/4 the cost of HiSpec was ordered and this is what turned up. I wasn't going to use the silly red bleed nipple covers but open to random ideas for other uses!
I cracked on with thorough caliper cleaning.
Assemble was straight forward once I’d figured out you had to have the retaining spring on the weather seal prior to pressing it into the caliper.
All seals replaced and calipers like new.
Disc faces sanded, pad faces sanded and calipers fitted with brakes bled. I use Mintex F4R compound pads which feel amazing when out on circuit, the bite is truly outstanding and they keep going all day with no fading. For brake fluid I use Motul RBF660 which again is outstanding.
Haha, love it. So much easier to jack up
Decided to burn some wood and get some relief to my poor ears
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washed the car - 3 times
Washed the bike 2 times
Painted the calipers on the car
Washed the mrs car 2 times
cleaned the garage up 2 times
Painted the back fence
Laid some cobble stones
still bored sh**less
This is the first 3 weeks I've had off since leaving school, usually working at least 65hrs a week so sort of gone into shock lol
Built a chicken run and coop all out of reclaimed wood
Set up and been practicing with the zombie take out unit and doing food runs for all the old people I know.
With the lockdown still on-going I've had time to complete a custom conversion for my wife's '97 Astra mk3 & I'm pretty chuffed with my work & the outcome.
The Astra mk2 GTE from 1984-1991 was fitted with an LCD dash which was way ahead of its time, a bit like the virtual cockpit but released 35 years ago. I have one in my mk2 GTE track car as standard and happen to have a few spares kicking around. The Astra mk3 uses a completely different shaped dash so I formulated a plan to retro fit the LCD panels while keeping the original look and feel for a factory standish mk3 dash.
I started with adapting the odometer so it could have the trip reset in the centre as the mk2 is offset. A longer bar was added from a donor mk3 dash with plunger moved accordingly. The wires from the plunger are so you can twist it left for KPH or right for MPH digital speedo readout while the mechanical odometer remains in MPH.
I then stripped both dashes to be left with this, right mk2 & left mk3.
The dash fronts were cut to give maximum visibility of the full LCD panels and glued together to make a single unit.
Test assembled after the rear covers were cut to make sure it all fits together.
Sorting wiring so I could use the correct colours for the rear warning light circuit & conversion loom. Donated from a '97 Vectra V6 main harness loom.
Next was to cut the rear warning light circuits & solder the mk2 loom plug connector part to the lower mk3 warning light section.
I made an adaptor loom so it was plug'n'play with no cutting of the car side loom necessary.
The LCD dash comes with a tinted front (left) so I used grey tinted polycarbonate sheet & made my own cover (centre) as the mk3 only come with clear fronts (right).
This is the lower warning light circuit finished & taped for protection so there are no exposed wiring. I’ve made the whole dash so it can be fully disassembled should there be any issues. Not all the warning bulbs are utilised so I mirrored what was fitted in the original dash.
The original dash looks like this, dull, boring & standard…yawn.
The new hybrid creation pictured with & without flash for better clarity. I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste but the wife & I love it as it’s added that little extra uniqueness. All the LCD feeds are working correctly speedo/rpm etc as are all the lower warning lights. The oil pressure gauge (top left) had a faulty sensor which I've since replaced as it was showing full pressure without the engine running.
That is a thing of beauty, I haven't seen that view since 2003 when I had my first car... My 1.2 Trip fitted with a Cavalier 2.0l engine with Webber carbs and Kent cams.
Bravo sure, bravo!
I had a GTE many years ago and being youngish and daft I liked seeing the numbers going up quickly a lot but I was going fast one night and slowed down where the police usually sit, but they were in the layby 3/4 mile further on and I got caught 76 in a 60 , If they had been sitting 3 miles before that I was in licence losing territory 100 plus .
I still have the points on my licence (paper licence ) to remind me .A great car for it's day.
They were indeed!
I had a red valver on a G plate.
Excellent straight line car, back end was always a bit dodgey handling wise even on lowered spax suspension lol.
And was the only car I truly experienced brake fade!
Very thirsty too, but great cars.
Although I’m still working hours have reduced so cracking on with my s3 3.2 t conversion managed to get clucth gearbox and engine fitted,, with new 18z brembos to sit behind the brand new 19” mtm bi motos and new driveshafts, drop links, ball joints, disc pads all round new rear calipers
To be fitted this weekend, just a struggle for parts everything is on back order
After 3 years parked up she will be up and running this year can’t wait
First attempt at a bit of joinery! I’m a spark so I’m pretty proud of it! Looks good at night
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