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  1. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Nearly finished me off! (alright, I have a new coolant tank and all the coolant hoses to replace, an oil leak to fix, dyno and road tuning to do, my new seats should be here next week, the rear hatch still needs tinting and the running problem needs sorting - a weekend’s work tops*) *assuming I get a completely free weekend at some point ever.
  2. RS3 - Saloon!

    Problems only start when you decide that it is for you. I have no idea why some of these are upside down?
  3. RS3 - Saloon!

    You’ve been saying this for years, either you’re rubbish at persuading the wife or it’s a false objection. Just buy one, you might lose a bit of money, you might make a bit of money - either way you’ll have that box ticked and then you’ll know whether it’s for you or not. JFDI!
  4. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    The 944 Twbo S is finished - sort of. It needs a seam in the exhaust welding back up but the garage that made the exhaust can’t fit it in until the beginning of next month. I’m reticent to bring the car home as it’s currently 1/2 a mile from the exhaust place so hopefully they’ll see sense. It’s running really rich when warm, I’ve checked the logs on the laptop and I think the ECU engine temperature sensor is duff - I have a new one to get fitted this week so hopefully that’s that sorted. Ive not driven the Twbo since I dropped it off at the garage in September. Since October I’ve driven the Boxster for about 1 week when I used it as my daily driver - it’s sat in the dehumidified garage polished and preened on a battery charger. Given that the Twbo will be going back in the garage (and the other half is now a gym) it means that the Boxster will be sat outside on the drive. Therefore, after a lot of soul searching I’ve decided to do the sensible thing . . . . . I’ve bought a 911 to keep it company.
  5. CHAVMOBILE Spotting...

    I saw a RR Sport today with the numberplate: L4Y ME Carpet fitting business must be going well?
  6. Buckled Alloy Compensation?

  7. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Hopefully this will work: https://m.facebook.com/david.chapman.3760/albums/10155630678267086/?ref=bookmarks
  8. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Shhhh . . . . How do you think I’m justifying a 5th car to my wife! Although the Boxster is probably going to get sold in March/April but every time I mention it, the Mrs goes and drives it again and falls for it anew.
  9. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Fast forward to now . . . Still not got the car back, it’s havibg the last few things sorted out but was really bad, now has two new front wings and a load of new seals. Total bill has been settled, £6.5k to the Bodyshop and about £1k on new parts. Going to be Gtechniq-ed when it’s back too! Trimmed the rear quarters in matching leather while they were out, added some rear speakers, fitted the red seatbelts and got two new Sabelt Titan seats on their way. Also sorted the ECU issue, turns out that there was a mistake in an original Porsche wiring diagram from the 80’s and the trigger polarity was reversed. Fixed that and all sorted, but now a running issue (probably from 6 months lack of use) but I’ll deal with that when I get the car back home. Will have to kick the Boxster out to make room! Booked 3 days at the Ring at the end of May and hoping that the 944 is ready and sorted, if not then I have a backup plan forming over the next few weeks and that one has 4 seats (ish)!
  10. Buckled Alloy Compensation?

    Oh trust me, his feed is full of pics of him in his best attempt at suits with his R reg Jag
  11. Booster!

    Booster has helped me out a number of times so was always on my “people to buy a pint” list. I was down in Leicester with work for a couple of days and was passing his office so dropped in to say hi. Swapped him a bottle of red for a cup of tea.
  12. Buckled Alloy Compensation?

    Craig McCombie is on Facebook and is friends with someone I know. He’s fat, late 20’s (age/BMI) and dresses like someone’s dad while driving a 10 year old Jag.
  13. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Oh - decided that the modern ECU was so good I should take advantage of the Bluetooth output. Now have a double DIN Android headunit that displays all sorts of ECU stuff, had to fit some speakers in the car too - no point having a radio and no speakers. I now seem to have a 4.1 surround sound system, leather clad interior panels, Google Maps, Spotify, TPMS and another missing £1k. Birthday the other week and “Felipe” (F796 LPE) has become E944 CUP too.
  14. 944 Turbo S - Project Time

    Thanks to Photobucket there are no pics but a quick “up to speed”. Aftermarket ECU turned up and was fabulous - car ran better than ever but factory sensors didn’t like the modern sampling rate and kept throwing errors. Errors resulted in Spark Cut, resulted in pops and bangs, resulted in smiles, right up until detonation occurred in the Turbo. Resulted in a good 15 hours Eldavo-Labour and the best part of a grand on a turbo rebuild and several “while you’re in there” jobs. Turbo is now a billet hybrid job - good for circa 350bhp+ depending upon what boost I run, still chucking errors over 5k rpm so I’ve got a proper trigger wheel to fit to the crank - but first . . . Car has gone in for bodywork. Far far worse than imagined - repairs 5 years ago have turned out to be fibreglass bodges and the previous owner’s repairs were of a similar nature. Currently £3k plus £1k in parts into a “£4K repair” - will be happy if it doesn’t go over £6k. Lots of car cut off and being made good for the next 20 years+ Obviously when it’s finished it’ll be a total show queen. Scratch that - ‘Ring trip planned for next year.
  15. Porsche Macan 2.0T

    Dammit - forgot about this. Mrs quite fancied one but we got a stoopid cheap lease on an A-class Merc so she supplementing the Boxster with that. Macan would’ve nicely replaced both.
  16. I read the press release - the Agera was a customer car straight out of the factory so the tape was the transport protection tape. Now being delivered to a lucky guy in the States who will never be able to recreate this but will have a cool story down the pub.
  17. expensive numberplates

    Saw FU11 FAT on a RR Vogue on Friday.
  18. Anyone tried hypnosis

    If I was a hypnotist the first thing I'd do is hypnotise my clients into telling everyone how great I was at hypnotism.
  19. Anyone tried hypnosis

    I once put on a presentation course for a load of Drs. - the guy that lead it (John Gilbert) was excellent - gave me loads to take away too! His website is here: http://trainingcoursesfordoctors.co.uk/about-us-2/
  20. Woking Grand Prix

    Ohhhhh hellooooooo
  21. Petrol and diesel cars.....

    And learn the Chinese for "Please spare my life, I'm a good worker"
  22. Apple Watch launch

    What are you cooking that involves a timer and another time zone?????
  23. Company Car Choice - Sensible Head On

    C220d Estate Sport - £99.82 per month contribution plus the company car tax at about £300 per month
  24. My Octavia vRS goes back in october and my next company car needs to be ordered - I'll have this one 4 years though (potentially) so want something a little more "premium" than the plucky Skoda. I can (and do) trade up from my standard lease allowance to get the car or spec that I want. However, should I choose to leave the company then I have to pay back whatever my monthly trade up amount is multiplied by the months left on the lease. Previously this hasn't been an issue or consideration but our company is going through some interesting times at the moment and we are on the brink of a restructure. This is unlikely to result in me being made redundant and should hopefully see me with a promotion and a higher car lease amount. Depending on how it works geographically then it has the potential to not effect me but again this is unlikely. If it didn't offer me any opportunities then it is likely that I would leave within 6-12 months so wouldn't want a car payment axe hanging over me. Anecdotally - if you're made redundant the company waives the right to make you pay off your car but it is at their discretion With that in mind, I've narrowed it down to 3 choices, A4 Avant, 3 series touring and a wildcard in the shape of a V60. I want an estate with decent rear legroom, decent headlights, heated leather seats, low company car tax, a few toys and something that looks nice! (Oh, and it'll probably be blue, making it my third blue estate in a row). Audi A4 Avant 190 2l Tdi Ultra, S Line spec appeals but only comes with part leather as standard, full leather is another £15 per month. Trade up is £34 with no options, £42 with a couple of basics, £290 per month in company car tax. Oddly, the Sport spec comes with full (p)leather and the same sport seats as the S Line, loses electric lumbar support for manual (fit and forget anyway) and obviously loses the exterior styling tweaks of the S Line. 17" wheels rather than 18"s but as it's the Ultra it keeps the lower (and stiffer) suspension of the S Line for emissions. Trade up is £24 with no options and those smaller wheels net me £20 a month less company car tax at £270 per month too. The BMW is the 320d Sport - the configurator was confusing so I just ordered a demo, no idea what it does or doesn't come with. Trade up is about £45 per month, tax is about £295. I would like the M Sport but that's £60 per month and £315 per month tax. I'd prefer a BMW to an Audi but the financials are a way off and the interior of the BMW is looking a little dated now. Volvo V60 - the curveball, I don't really like Volvos but I can't not look at this as the deals are incredible - I believe it's due for replacement this year though so that's why. This is the V60 R Design Lux Nav and comes with well, pretty much everything for £6 a month trade up and £260 a month tax. But. It's a Volvo! I have the A4 coming for 48 hours tomorrow the BMW for 48 hours next week and the Volvo for a whole week (are they that desperate?) the week after. Opinions/thoughts/specs - on both the cars and whether I just get what I want or hedge my bets?
  25. Company Car Choice - Sensible Head On

    Well - things have got interesting for 2 reasons. 1: The Volvo has been delivered, they've sent me a V40 instead of a V60. It's parked on my drive alongside next door's V40 that they've had for 4 years so that's not much help. It drives pretty well but the interior is gash, like a 90's Merc with the number of buttons and it is the least intuitive system ever. Am sure that the new one will be great when it comes but that's not the one on the list so it's definitely out. 2: So an Audi A4 Avant in sport spec then? Not quite . . . Remember that restructure I mentioned that might start soon - consultation period started last week. So come September I'll either be promoted or redundant! If promoted then I'll get a fresh look at the car list with a higher allowance (or see what's in the pool from the leavers first of all if I wish). Even if I ordered a car right now it wouldn't go through so more time to see what's what. With regard to jobs, I'm reasonably confident in the promotion option but am trying to get a job externally as I could then take a pretty generous redundancy package too