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Offline StevenRB45

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #105 on: March 06, 2017, 07:42:32 PM »
Ah fudge...

One wing respray coming up...192 quid all due to a bloke in a van coming the other way flicking a rock.


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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #106 on: March 06, 2017, 08:41:04 PM »
Groan,  it happens to us all at some time. I've lost a windscreen in exactly the same manner. No chance of catching the culprit and he probably didn't even know it had happened. 
Look at life through the windscreen, not the rearview mirror.
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #107 on: March 06, 2017, 09:41:39 PM »
Not worth the agro sure at some point I'll have done something similar to someone else. Joys of living in the sticks, was crossing a band of gravel caused by flooding and he just didn't slow down.

I would have patched it but the crack in paint means rather than the usual bullet hole to patch I'd be scraping out an inch or so of paint which goes over on to the side of the car so it would need to be a rattle can, can't see white pearl from a rattle can doing the car justice. That and where it is would be an absolute rust trap if done wrong and they aren't known for A1 rust proofing.
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #108 on: March 13, 2017, 04:38:37 PM »
Well this certainly was well travelled last year..(gotta love FB check ins)


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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #109 on: March 29, 2017, 05:47:01 PM »
It's back



Will say to my eye it isn't 100% perfect you can see where it's been sanded back to the metal (the crack went all the way to the sheet metal) and repainted. If you follow the shadow line around the crease in the arch you can see a wobble. However at this point suspect I could be being oversensitive.



Give it a week to settle and see how she looks...can't wash it for a week either which is annoying as the bonnet was obviously half masked and half unmasked so it could do with a scrub on the passenger side as its currently matte.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #110 on: April 02, 2017, 12:14:06 AM »
May have taken it back on Friday...

Not actually due to the slightly imperfect finish but because there was a boat load of clear coat overspray on the bonnet and windscreen.

I was nice about it given this colour is an absolute c**t for hiding things (polishing this car takes hours and you'll always miss a bit) and the bonnet and glass have now been machine polished and the repair refinished.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #111 on: May 19, 2017, 11:08:12 PM »
Still ticking...had a busy few days. 1st of all did my 1st run of hartside pass in many years (last time I ran it I had a Suzuki).


Then having got a telling off for getting a bit too into that on the way out did a 4 hour motorway iron man session on the way back.

The tank was full and the trip was zeroed yesterday.


Oh well the trip says I've got 35 miles left, yes I really wasn't stopping before I got to my sofa.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #112 on: June 24, 2017, 02:12:51 AM »
Did a second hartside pass run last week

In a Corsa SRI...for work you understand. I had an absolute ball, not because it was any good, it had no steering feel, the gearbox was awful, the brakes had no bite at all, even compared to this car no power. But what is truly needed to enjoy a road like hartside is a car you can give back afterwards and never see again and someone else paying for fuel.

As much I love this car..smashing the bejesus out of someone elses car is always fun.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #113 on: July 28, 2017, 05:08:08 PM »
Think I win the mot test emissions competition..

Apparently it was tested engine off..other than it has a lambda reading.



First ever broken bit, I lost a front droplink so total bill for the day with a year 6 service and mot was 475 quid.

Second year in a row tech hands it back and says it's a nice car that..its mint underneath.
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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #114 on: July 29, 2017, 06:00:12 PM »
Took this for a proper spin today..

While I wouldn't call it a night and day difference, fresh spark plugs, oil and air filter have made a decent difference seems to spin more easily and pull a little better. Also having a functional front roll bar has made a difference to body control in the bends.



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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #115 on: July 29, 2017, 06:18:54 PM »
hi steven so you had the spark plugs changed early ?as the originals have a life of 75000 miles.I was  advised to wait until the car had done nearer 75000 rather than on the 6th service. did you have more long life plugs put in ?.My car has soon done 70000 miles soon ,so I will get them changed next service.What was the condition of the old plugs they pulled out?.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #116 on: July 29, 2017, 07:08:06 PM »
It had the full year 6, with oem parts (hence the bill!) so another set of iridiums in and next set due at 12 years old. I've just been following service schedule although my car has only covered 60500 so I could have probably waited another 2 years or so.

In all honesty no idea what condition the plugs were when they were removed, it had no running issues as such. Will say the it's never scored 0s on the emissions test (last year was 3ppm and year before was 2ppm for hydro carbons) so it would appear they had detoriated a little over time.

My last Suzuki had it's original iridium plugs at 78k and 8 years and all that was said was the gap was a little large as the electrodes had oxidized over time/use. But they just used to tidy them up and refit.

Iridiums can last a very very long time (know of a toyota on 180k on the originals!) I could have not got them done but had the money and the year 6 was due anyway. I fully expect most of the running improvements are down to the fresh air filter.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #117 on: July 30, 2017, 01:50:06 AM »
I wouldn't put all that much faith in the absolute accuracy of the emission testing figures. Statutory calibration checks vary from 3 to 12 months depending on the equipment so if your at the end of the cycle, there could be a sizeable error, on top of the fairly generous calibration tolerance.
What's always struck me as odd is that the test is carried out not at a specified engine temperature but at, or after, the point when the engine fan cuts in, triggered by a temperature switch whose calibration hasn't been checked since it was manufactured.

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Re: Martha the Takuya
« Reply #118 on: August 28, 2017, 09:24:42 AM »
Officially 3 years since I picked this up....

Will be celebrating by hitting the A1 for another road trip. For a car that does 8k miles a year it's been a lot of places..mainly because my commuting miles are only 4k miles a year so there's an awful lot of road tripping going on to get to 8k. Strange to think it's 6 years old next month, still think of it as a new car.
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Re: Martha the Takuya
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