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#382204 Surrey Top Material

Posted by nelmo on Today, 01:26 PM

My roof came from SoftBits and although they don't like to tell you, this is the material they use:




I've just bought some to make my doors with...

#381997 Seat Help, Need Inspiration.

Posted by nelmo on 16 March 2018 - 08:03 AM

Unfortunately, there are no such things as 'cheap seats' if you want new. When I was looking, I saw one set on eBay for something like £160 but they looked rubbish quality. Everything else was £500+.

I eventually went for Intatrim seats for £520 and they're lovely (pics in my blog) and you can really go to town and make them multi-coloured etc...

#381648 Membership Cover

Posted by nelmo on 11 March 2018 - 09:43 PM

There's freedom of speech and there's making a mountain out of a mole hill.

I'm sure someone can arrange for you to get your £20 back and you can leave us old fogies to our old-fashioned ways, which we are all perfectly happy with...

#381644 Membership Cover

Posted by nelmo on 11 March 2018 - 09:22 PM

Again this is madness in this day and age that non members are treated like this and to read this constitution u need to be a paid up member to which. I'm not

Seriously?! Have you never been a member of a club before? Pay up and you get privileges - I'm a member of my local rugby club, I get to use the bar and I get occasional first access to international game tickets. I'd be pretty annoyed if someone could walk in off the street and get the same privileges.

Every one else is being too nice - if you don't like our rules, don't join. Or join, come to the AGM and make your point. But please, enough with the 'it's unfair' tantrum.

And invest in a spell checker, I can hardly understand your posts :-)

#381016 Good Service

Posted by nelmo on 21 February 2018 - 07:46 PM


Don't you hate it when companies don't make it obvious what they sell? I mean, what happens if I want ball joint grease - how am I supposed to tell if they sell that?! :-)

#381014 First Trip Out 2018

Posted by nelmo on 21 February 2018 - 07:37 PM

I used these guys:


They came out, measured up, went away, cut the glass and brought it back, all for £90 or so, which seemed reasonable?

#380903 Zetec Black Top With Motorbike Carbs, Will It Pass An Iva

Posted by nelmo on 19 February 2018 - 09:53 AM

No idea but why bother? The Zetec is all ready for FI - why put carbs on?


Do a search on here for threads talking about carb problems - one of the most common topics. I realise there is a certain, misty-eyed nostalgia for carbs but for the difficulty so many people seem to have with them, I'd steer well clear.

#380329 Vin Number Engraving

Posted by nelmo on 02 February 2018 - 11:54 AM

The danger with putting weights on is that they will measure it during your IVA and if the numbers on your plate are too low (or is it too high?), that's a potential failure.


The plate just needs the car manufacturer and the VIN number on it and it doesn't need to be professionally done - I just used a basic stamp kit on a piece of ally. Personally, I'd return the plate to GBS (they're normally happy to refund) and just make your own basic one.

#379837 Fibreglass Repair

Posted by nelmo on 17 January 2018 - 02:19 PM

Unfortunately, GBS want £60 for 1 wing so I'm going to try a fix with P40 first and then a vinyl wrap to avoid having to paint (always wanted to try wrapping anyway  ;) ).

#379828 Collecting My Rh2B This Week...but..

Posted by nelmo on 17 January 2018 - 11:14 AM

For a guy who thinks it was worth 8k just 48 hours ago, that is one hell of a price difference. Just saying....


What he meant was, you'd need about £6k of work to get it through IVA  :crazy:


To the OP, as others have said, I wouldn't even go and look at something that hadn't passed IVA - it may look amazing and shiny but if you want to do more than stare at it sitting in your garage, find a registered car. A knackered old nail with a number plate is worth much more than an engineering marvel without one.


And you mentioned keeping it for track days if it failed? Track days aren't cheap - you're looking at a minimum of £100 to be able to drive your car (not including the cost of trailering it to the track) for one day? You can hire a shiny, new Caterham for £400 for a full weekend (fri-mon)...


BTW: get us some pics - we're all fascinated to see what this dead-cert-to-pass-IVA-first-time looks like  ;)

#379798 Collecting My Rh2B This Week...but..

Posted by nelmo on 16 January 2018 - 01:55 PM

He tells me he has gone over the car with a fine tooth comb and that he honestly believes it will go straight through! 



Call me Mr Cynical but - duh!! He's trying to sell, he'll tell you he thinks he'll win the British Grand Prix in it if he thinks you'll buy...  :)


Ignore what he 'thinks' - means nothing...


Re: the re-test, mine failed and they only checked the failures during the re-test but, as Bob, said, someone (brumster?) had an extra fail picked up on a re-test.

#379794 Fibreglass Repair

Posted by nelmo on 16 January 2018 - 01:25 PM

Follow Dan's advice, it still looks as if the wing has plenty of meat left, so just cosmetic fill & paint --- paint both fronts if there is a slight colour mis-match that shows  'cause there's a chance t'other one will fly if fixed the same.


Yes, I will be re-doing the other wing as well so I could just paint both - good idea. However, if GBS will do me one wing for £40 (£80 for the pair), then that's probably not much more than I'll end up paying for filler, paint etc.


I also had a thought of doing a wrap in some weird pattern but that's more expense again and I'll probably end up with a dog's dinner of a colour scheme  <_<

#379726 Attaching Wheel Arches

Posted by nelmo on 15 January 2018 - 02:07 PM

Yes, it did come away at the front first - and the rear only lasted a couple of seconds before that went as well.


Very possible I didn't get the gunk in the right place but it was left for several days untouched with weight on it, so the gunk must have cured.


I thought about different bolts but, as you say, I don't think there is space between bracket and tyre to fit one and I doubt I'll get a nut inside the tube  (and anyway, I'd need at least 2 and one far inside).


I think I'm going to go with a large sheet of ally, bent into a '-U-' -shape with wide and long wings and lots of gunk.


Ironic that these wings are sold as 'sport' wings and supposedly provide some downforce  - that can't be happening at all otherwise surely there should be much less (if any) upward force on the gunk to make it fail like this, no?

#378349 Heated Seats

Posted by nelmo on 12 November 2017 - 09:52 AM

OLD TOPIC but just wondered if there had been any new experiences. My tin top has heated seats and they're lovely in winter.

These look to be a bit better than the cheap, £15 versions:


#377912 Emissions

Posted by nelmo on 25 October 2017 - 05:12 PM

I was told that getting the right emissions with a Zetec and without an aftermarket ECU is almost impossible. The standard Ford ECU can't be mapped so if you fit it and your emissions aren't right, you're screwed.

I have an Emerald ECU and I took it to a local garage before my IVA, connected up to their gas analyser and just juggled the map to get the right emissions. Saved that to one of the maps, fitted a switch that allows me to switch between the emissions-friendly one and a decent power map and job done.

Yes, I think you legally must have a cat these days and anyway, you'll never achieve the correct emissions without one.