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coldel

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  1. As above. Their rules not ours. Ace is very different to monthly pub meets etc they have club meets literally every day and the calendar is full, it’s massively popular as a venue and they have not just us to contend with but 100+ other clubs they allow in - absolutely makes sense to take regs and limit numbers (number limits are most likely agreed with the local council who don’t want queues of cars sitting on the A406) and again that’s not our fault that’s the rules of the venue. In the same way you cannot rock up at caffeine and machine and have to book in advance for certain days. And so on. Yes there were two sets of no shows Saturday, those that had extenuating circumstances and let Martin know (which is fine) and those that just didn’t bother. As for being able to contact him, I don’t believe for one second that he is uncontactable. If I posted on the forum on Saturday that anyone sending me a PM got £1000 I guarantee those that no showed with no comms would find a way to contact me and claim the cash. It comes back to what I said above, respect the efforts of people who put their time aside to help other people have a great ownership experience. Try and attend if you put your name down and let them know if you can’t.
  2. And another plus one to Andy's post. To be clear, what Andy is asking is that people communicate non attendance in advance. Respect the time and effort our REOs put in by putting in a few minutes of your own time to let them know. Having organised events in the past where I have had more than 50% no shows at limited number events its massively frustrating. Standing in a mostly empty Ace car park on Saturday was very frustrating and all those that came agreed something had to be said. Especially as I can imagine we now have a black mark against our club at Ace, I wouldn't be surprised if they dont let us back next year. Additionally (and dont take this the wrong way Olly its just I noticed your valid point about driving miles in crap weather to stand in the rain is no fun) I would suggest that at limited number events that are over subscribed where you are unlikely to show depending on the weather or any other reason and decide on the morning of the event not to come, I would consider having a think about whether you should really be putting your name down, or at least volunteering to go on a reserve list, let someone else grab a spot who is willing to go out come rain or shine.
  3. Anyone going do bear in mind that the hanger lane roundabout gets incredibly busy - you can easily be sat there queuing for a significant amount of time. Especially if coming up through Ealing etc on the north circular. Check your google maps before setting off!
  4. Personally, my experience, I would say that the Red Stuffs I put on my Celica GT4 were not that great if I am honest. I bought the car with standard discs and some Pagid (not premium) pads. I wanted to change both before a big road trip and found a deal on grooved EBC discs and redstuff pads, it was a significant price saving so went for it. Changing out the old discs and Pagids the new EBC package did not demonstrate the sort of significant change I was expecting, it improved of course, but I was pretty disappointed if I am honest. When I compare the difference to when I swapped out some old brakes on my VX220 into Mintex 1155 pads (with no rotor change) the difference was huge. 1155s are definitely more track orientated (it says on the pad backing not for road use lol) and for sure when cold there was a little bit of warming needed but not to any sort of point that without some subtle adjustment to how I used the brakes would make it an issue. What is interesting that when moving from car to car and going into different groups of owners, how the views alter. Mintex 1155s are really well respected for the VX220 lads with their pad of choice was always CL. No one touched EBC. Same for the Celica guys, never touch EBC. I have seen here though EBC used a fair bit. I think its pretty safe to say you get what you pay for. CL are fantastic pads from what I have read and a serious upgrade from anything EBC does.
  5. Just took delivery of mine and have to say for the money a good haul!
  6. I log in for a quick look, and minutes later I am seventeen quid down 🤣
  7. Not sure you read that right Azure? The gearbox had no engagement issues prior to going in for a clutch, it was slipping in gears but thats to be expected, but it looks like Steph could engage all the gears. They have put a new clutch in and now 6th is not available, so the car is not being returned as arrived. I do remember adjusting the gate on mine (this was over ten years ago now so memory is hazy) on the advice of Zmanalex who I bought a clutch from. Edit: sounds similar to what young Colin said above...definitely see if you can get Zman on for a chat.
  8. It most definitely is! It needs a few more passes for sure.
  9. Perfect day for a bonnet polish with the DA polisher! Scholl g20+ and topped with bilt hamber double speed wax
  10. Great pics mate. Paddy’s porker! What happened?
  11. Ah sorry Davey I didn’t see this post. The plate doesn’t look too bad actually, my mate is going to change his out for something stick on so will wait for him to be the test subject! Today I popped off the dash plates as they are silver aluminium colour and I wanted to try wrap them in alcantara. I popped off the drivers side part and found it’s a fully cut piece of aluminium metal and quite weighty. I honestly thought it was a thin bendy metal, but it was pretty chunky and great quality. So decided to keep as it is. I have to say the build quality of the Z4 is pretty good even though the first ones were coming out now 20 years ago. Every dial and every switch just has that solid smooth feel to the movement. Am very impressed overall sitting in the car. Something that bothered me was under the handbrake was a plastic surface all scratched and nasty so got some fabric vinyl and measured up a piece to go in there, rather pleases with the cheap mod! I also discovered something rather cool. The battery in the key charges up whilst it’s in the ignition barrel. Clever. I guess I’ve been far to used to driving cars built in the 80s! Just getting prices for refurbishing the wheels at the moment, they are split rim so not cheap! …but a couple of months in and still loving that straight six, it’s a beast. I do need to change out the clutch delay valve next time it’s up in the air as that ruins the lower gear changes.
  12. Gave the old girl a clean up and added the 15mm spacers .. took it down by the river for a very quick photo shoot this morning
  13. What tends to hit the value of heavily modded cars is a mix of: Has it been done properly or have short cuts been taken I didn't do it myself so don't know what issues have come up as the car was modded Insurance costs Cosmetic mods often reduce your potential buying audience making it less sought after and harder to sell Future potential value where unmodded cars are generally more sought after When modding a car you have to go in eyes wide open that every penny you spend is likely to never come back - unless you set back to standard and sell parts used. All that said, I had a reasonably modified 350z years ago and was told I would never sell it at the premium price I put it up for, I sold it within a couple of weeks at the asking price. I think I was quite lucky in that respect and wouldn't say thats the norm! If you have the time, price it a little above the going rate for an unmodded one and try your luck. If nothing bites, drop some value off or offer up some sort of deal i.e. buy it cheaper but you dont get the easy to replace value items like wheels/intake etc. just pick up some standard items cheap off ebay and sell wheels etc separately.
  14. Can’t help but stare at this out the window when working at home. The side profile is just 🤩
  15. Complete non-article and 100% click bait, this was doing the rounds months ago and is not new news. Also aligns quite nicely with the Mail agenda on politics. I always find it interesting that people worry about it and claim it shouldn't be an offence/civil liberties...yet probably 9 out of 10 fights in the UK start with the line 'oi who you lookin at [insert expletive]'.
  16. Few little cosmetic bits. I sourced the oil cooler cover, installing was a pain ITB but got it on with a bit of force! Two other bits, the stock gear knob is a plastic chrome affair, aside from looking crap it’s also not great to handle. Have been looking at the genuine weighted M knob for a while and saw a deal on eBay so snapped one up. I think it definitely suits much better and being three times the weight of the previous one and a good inch and a half shorter makes shifting soo much more engaging Next job, spacers. Again saw a money off deal and snapped up a set of 12mm and 15mm for front and rear. The difference really sets the car off, looks so much more imposing and stanced. Before and after. It’s subtle but in the metal looks so much better. And before you ask…yes it was Esso Supreme 99 E5! All the local Shells were sold out!
  17. If you can fit a Z of the German variety… Payco - Datsun 510 SSS - WWU 276J andy James 350Z - AJ07 ZZZ nismoandy 350Z - WP06FNX George1966 350Z CK06ACK Andy_Muxlow 350Z A20 MUX Loadmaster - 370Z Nismo - RK67 DZZ GranTurismoEra - 370Z- RA62DXH gnarly - 370z GT - LM18TGU TommZ - 370z Nismo - VV66TOM coldel - z4 - KT09JDO
  18. Staying at a B&B just down the road!
  19. TGM in Fleet did some amazing work on my previous cars, they can be a bit pricey but the work will be spot on. Worth a call see what they can do.
  20. As we most cars heavily modified you will have significantly reduced your potential buyers market, I am sure a buyer is out there somewhere but you might have to wait a while for them to turn up - this will affect your pricing. You could find something equivalent in terms of mileage/colour which is an unmolested one on AutoTrader/Ebay (generally well maintained unmolested are premium) and price it alongside that and go from there, if you don't get any bites and depending on how long you want it sat outside the house for, slowly drop the price until you get a nibble.
  21. Good job done today, serviced! Air oil and cabin filters all done. Spar plugs, oil change. Total cost of parts £160. Not too bad at all. Also sourced an oil cooler cover which was missing (that’s the silver box to the front of the engine) and put that on. Other good job is plugging in a diagnostic tool to check the parking sensor issues and believe we have identified offender rear right, ordering a replacement as we speak.
  22. Well I found out the other day that these cars come with a “noise pipe” effectively a plastic pipe that runs from the air box area of the car into the cabin firewall into the passenger footwell. It has two foam plugs at each end. I removed one. So now I hear the engine inside the cabin a bit louder…and it’s wonderful!
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