Thanks Austin - my Coupe isn't perfect, but has the makings of an excellent car. As you say, the highs and lows of my eleven year journey with this car are here on the forum for all to see, so nothing is hidden.
Ad is also live in Pistonheads - I would have preferred it to go to someone that knows Coupes well - I thought I had found that person about 12-18 months ago, but he has wasted vast amounts of my time. The last straw was us agreeing a price and him arranging to come and drive the car last Saturday. He didn't turn up and I haven't heard anything since then.
In Australia, there was a 'Sports Pack' option to upgrade your 20V Turbo with Red Calipers, Strut Brace and Rocker Cover, was this an option in Europe for the standard cars, or did those only come on the LE and Plus? I had all the brochures at one point for these things but let them go, so if someone has a link to any those that would be helpful.
Yeah, quite... it just strikes me as odd that the manufacturers would leave themselves open to possible legislation: "So, your honour, the defendant's vehicle knew it was in a 30kph area outside a school, and displayed that speed limit on the satnav display, yet the cruise control remained engaged at 100kph..."
I'm not talking about restricting the actual vehicle speed to a posted limit - though I'm sure we'll see that one of these fine days - but it seems such an obvious thing - particularly as cruise control becomes less and less of a 'maintain speed x' and more of a 'follow the car in front' or even 'follow the road, if you can find it'.
Long before they implemented anything like this, I'd like to see cars' existing adaptive cruise control systems being used to mandate a 2 second gap to the car in front at all times, whether the cruise control was on or not. I see absolutely no reason why this couldn't be implemented now. It would certainly make a massive difference to the number of accidents out there and largley stop traffic caused by bunching and panic braking.
That carnatter sounds and looks good and the pictures you will get of your car are superp.
Yeah I was thinking of going, deffo booked into the brands hatch festival Italia
This is my first coupe and I absolutely love it, I was into my Retro Ford’s and thought I used to love Coupes so I bought a 20v vis and it’s the best car ever haha I’m deffo thrown into the Italian scene now haha
If you are bottling, get the bottle tree as linked above. Get starsan for sterilising. And a pump bottle steriliser. A fermentation bucket with bottling wand is much easier.
Kit lagers are more of a pale ale than proper lager. Without the proper temperature control and yeasts you can’t really do a proper lager. Some passable ones but don’t expect them to as crisp or clean tasting as good commercial lagers.
Make sure the bottles you are saving have a decent wall thickness. I have found bulmers bottles work well. Careful with the priming sugar quantities as this causes beer bombs. You can get more consistent results priming the whole batch before bottling.
Nice progress being made again, the clutch has been done finally and it's well pretty much an entire improvement over before in the fact that it feels like a clutch now with a full biting point rather than only having about 1% of it left. When it was changed the conclusion was that it looked likely it was the original clutch too, so at 25 years old it was definitely time!
Manifold and thermostat going on which was planned for the rest of this week, might be a bit more of a faff but fingers crossed it goes as smooth as it can.
Now onto the 9th August where the BC coilovers and the Cybox exhaust get fitted, if it all feels and runs good still without any advisable concern then it will be ready enough for going out to maybe some of my usual meet ups, yes I've got the engine bay to tidy up and decorate and maybe some more larger cosmetic changes in the future but for the time being it will be presentable enough, visually and aurally! It'll be around a year by then since I got the car and started with it, the progress in that time has been steady but I'm happy with the progress that has been made on a car that is as far back as this now. I got quite lucky as it could have been a lot worse, main thing was prioritising the cambelt and associated areas and then wax oiling and undersealing it all despite it being very good anyway just for peace of mind and avoiding any future pitfalls.
Forgot to get actual shots of the coilovers but the stock one will do, the Cybox exhaust looks really nice quality and should make it sound quite nice and free things up. Also some shots today of the little bits that have been on but I've not seen on until today due to it being stored until the work resumed again, not the best pics as my phone's camera isn't great but it shows it enough. Looks a lot better now the 16VT badges are on and the brakes have had the decals applied.
I'm sure I saw there might be another Coupe meet up at the Motorist in August so hopefully I might drop in just in time for that if I can.
I think you could have a two gear automatic for these cars that bumped it from a slightly high ratio first gear into third at 2500 rpm going up and back down to first at 1250 rpm coming down. Save quite a bit of weight. Might save a licence or two. Shouldn't interrupt anyone's fun.
It looks like it should flow more than the standard, and is cast so more durable.
Thanks - good link as I hadn't seen that one before. Are you aware of anyone ever using it? and their results. hard to know if it would be any better than standard (apart from the wastegate port of course)
For - super quick chat to correct their low valuation. They now state no evidence needed for values to £20k. And still no customer call centre, 25 minute phone call with someone far away. Young Sophie realises that people ringing up don't have the latest 1.1i Bluetooth speaker on wheels.
Against....premium this year was higher then last year and a tad higher then I suspect I could get if I shopped round. And I told them this. £304- for fully comp, eu, track and breakdown. Plus recovery options in eu (if we are ever allowed off the island again) and set value of £10k.
Still happy.....but would expect sub £280 price ideally.