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Post by Ex_Member » Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:24 pm

Very 2013 Peter! Have you got your hands on a dash to assess it?

I'd be interested to know a bit more about your headlining. I assume it's applied with spray adhesive. Any useful hints to get it looking so neat? Upholstery will be one of the first jobs when I get back to the Handbrake.


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Post by Ex_Member » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:55 pm

I have a friend who has a few of these dashes and is willing to part with 1 only thing is it comes with no wiring! so would have to source part of a astra loom. but from the sizes he gave me It will fit in the existing hole only serious problem I can see is getting the gauges to read correctly from the ford sensors?

As for my headlining its original off the roll from Andy he cuts it to manageable pieces 1 for the roof and 2 pieces for the sides.

The spray adhesive I used was ultra high temperature Trim fix! Seems to be popular with automotive upholsters its not cheap but easy to work with. I used 4 tins in total. Make sure you have plenty of Stanley blade the seem to go blunt quick. And rope in the wife for some help!

Main thing to remember is to start from the middle and work out wards

I actually marked a centre line across the roof and on the back of the cloth and a x where the middle was with marker pen so I new the cloth was exactly in the middle of the roof so I wasn't left short at one side. The original rickman foam backed headlining is quite stretchy so round the corners and round the windows is quite easily done. Also with this glue you can peal back and re apply if you think there is a chance it may crease!

Time consuming but worth while job.

But I must admit I think it would be more difficult with carpet or fabric with less give in it.



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Post by Ex_Member » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:18 pm

Iv been looking for replacement dash vents because my original escort ones fell to bits when I removed them one retaining ring broke and the other one threads stripped.

So after much searching and measuring I found basically direct replacement from a mk2 fiat punto only thing I had to do is file a very small notch and they clip rite in I haven't yet connected the pipes up yet but can't see any reason why they wouldn't fit

They have 360 movement and they should be better for de misting the side windows .

Might paint them black I'm unsure


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Post by Ex_Member » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:15 pm

Excellent MoT news Pete. Always a cause for celebration. The Potting shed has that pleasure to come next week.

What is the annual mileage limit for your £97?


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Post by Ex_Member » Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:20 pm

Oops. Slipped a cog there. MoT in 2012! Still interested to know how far you can go for the money. We tried for unlimited but it seems to be a kit car thing. I usually guess too high but changing half way gets the increase plus a £20 admin fee.


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Post by Ex_Member » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:53 pm

Easily done! Reminds me that my mot is not far away! Hope it's as easy as last time ;D

I don't think I'm on a limited mileage agreement I had a little look at my insurance paper work and theres nothing saying I am?

I was defiantly on one with the last insurance company Adrian flux because i remember filling in the form and sending it away!

But now I'm with frank pickles and I can't fault them to be honest just have to see if it goes up this year!

Good luck with your mot next week! JJ


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Post by Ex_Member » Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:01 am

Picked up a digital dash with wiring and sensors for 40 pound and I have

A old set of broken mk2 escort clocks that I will have a go shortly mating the 2 together! Also bought pipe for my manifold and exhaust from burton power!

I also had abit of scary moment in my white ranger whilst picking a recent purchase for the summer

Basically heading home through the centre of Aberdeen mid afternoon in heavy slow moving traffic my clutch decided to stop releasing and kept driving me forward the cable hadn't Broken just no mater how far I pushed the clutch down It wouldn't release having to yank it out of gear and switch it off and start it in gear to get going again defiantly not ideal especially when towing anything! But got home eventually drove it up ramps for further inspection everything seemed fine so I adjusted the cable about 4mm and it seems to have been ok since! But strange how these things happen with no warning!



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Post by Ex_Member » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:05 pm

Smart rig Peter. How does it tow in snow?



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Post by Ex_Member » Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:49 am

It's a easy tow JJ! The trailer is about 360k abit of wheel spinning trying to reverse in up in to the shed but that's about it!


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Post by Ex_Member » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:33 am

Well another year and another easy mot! nothing atall ;D

My insurance went up by 20 pound and I'm now on a limited mileage agreement of 3000 miles witch I should manage to stick to ::)

The blue Rickman progress has been slow for one reason or another! :(

I did how ever manage to knock up a exhaust manifold on Tuesday nite

With 50mm 45deg bends from burton power!


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