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Andy Spencer

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Andy Spencer last won the day on January 17 2015

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    S7 long gone, 2B Zetec sold 2012, now BMW Z3 3.0 Sport
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    Near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire
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    Cars, walking, kids, beer.

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  1. Just to refresh a VERY VERY old thread….I now have A190FBC back!! Couldn’t resist it when it came up for sale after a long restoration by a local guy… I have no Robin Hoods anymore but it sits happily next to my TVR V8S in the garage hope everyone is well in the RH group
  2. Pete - ask on the zroadster forum we're both on if you haven't already (not been on it for a few days). I chatted to a guy at an event last year where he had a similar issue - cable snapped near to lever inside car due to non lubrication of bonnet catches. There is a trick to do it but can't remember it, and its a lot simpler than your proposed process to reopen. Cheers Andy
  3. Come on then, spill the beans, what did you end up with? Well done
  4. Just one after thought / bit of advice...check tyre age carefully when you buy. Tyres will have an age code on them, easily found on a search engine. Anything approaching or over 5 years old budget for replacements (some of the single axle vans need 8 ply higher load rated tyres). Its just not worth risking - blow outs are very bad news, mostly for safety reasons but if you are lucky to escape unharmed, the damage through the thin plastic wheelarches from a disintegrating tyre can be unbelievable and cost more than a budget van is worth to repair.
  5. Dealer trade ins can be a good source. That's how we got our first van. Bought with no warranty and cheap, but he showed me that everything worked and went round with the damp meter to show all areas were under 16%. Lasted us 3 years, got a bit of damp and sold it honestly with damp declared for £75 more on eBay than we bought it for!!! Had it serviced every year which I think is a good idea. Raymond James in Atherstone always has some trade ins round the back. That's where we went. Honest and straight. Good luck Andy
  6. I had to part with just under £1800 to them yesterday. Similar amount that I have supposedly under paid for the last 2 or 3 years. It's getting tiresome, my pay hasn't changed much and I tell them every year to correct my tax code and they can't get it right. Just after I did my tax return in December, which said I owed them the said £1800, I got a new tax code letter 3 days later....giving me more take home money!! Damned crazy
  7. Good luck Peter. You'll enjoy the Z3. Whilst I opted for the 3 litre its rare to be able to use all the power, the 2.2's are well renowned for making the best noises. Seems like you already have a group of followers for Le Mans on the Z Forum!! You might just want to change the water pump while you're rebuilding. The originals are renowned for failing with bad consequences (rad, fan and hoses taken out) - the originals had a plastic impeller. Although mine's only done 48k I did mine over Xmas and the play in the bearings was shocking. New Meyle pump with metal impeller less than £30 delivered. Easy job by Hood building / maintenance standards!! Cheers Andy
  8. Good luck with the Z3 repair Peter. They're interesting little motors. Not as raw as the 2b but I love the sound of the 6 pot!
  9. I'm chuffed to bits with my Z3. It was a low owner 46k miler with loads of history, 2002 and only £4.4k. Lots of smiles for the money. I use it a lot more than the kit and it's been a nice change.......BUT I really do miss the rawness and sheer noisy grunt of the Hood, as well as the head turning nature of it. I looked at Z4s and thought they were very bland...at least the Z3 is a bit more retro looking. Supposedly they don't drive or handle well but I disagree. I nearly bought your V8 from Alan before you did and it's a terrific motor....be careful what you wish for as anything mainstream, even at your budget, could well be a serious anti climax. Good luck, be interested to see what you end up with.
  10. I used to have the same problem on the zetec occasionally - never really worked out how. Def wasn't an engine water leak as no evidence and never used a drop of coolant. Had a louvred bonnet but didn't go out in the rain much. One of those unexplained mysteries. I never found it affected performance, but didn't get to the levels Nigel experienced.
  11. That mod worked for me on my old S7 when I had that exact problem. I had to replace one driveshaft due to damage.
  12. On the Sierra Mk1 S7 if you think it is bottoming out, it may be actually part of the driveshaft hitting a small section of the body. This is easily trimmed to stop the problem, I did this on my mk1 S7 many years ago. Can you see any evidence of scraping or impact on the driveshafts? If so I have a document somewhere to show what to do, Peter Bell also had a copy if I remember correctly. I also fitted caravan spring assistors on my S7 to good effect to prevent this issue. New rear shocks also helped, and we're cheap.
  13. Just popped out and its on the shelves, the August issue. Page 12. Phil's 2b, Unclechief's zero and Maw's Superspec with yellow nosecone and green arches all in the pic
  14. Haven't got it in front of me, guess its August, as I get it a bit earlier than it hits the shops as a subscriber. I know one of the main titles on the front cover is 'Wedgefest' with a TR7 and Bond Bug. Will scan when I get home later (if my sieve of a brain remembers!) Cheers
  15. Zetecs are fussy but you don't need very expensive fully synthetic. The Ford spec 5W30 semi synthetic is the way to go and you won't have any problems, not that expensive either - the Supermarkets stock it as well as the usual other outlets such as Halfrauds.
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