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Old 18-06-2014, 10:50 PM   #21
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Will look good when on and fully cleaned and dressed
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Old 18-06-2014, 11:05 PM   #22
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Heeey man! Hope you are well, planning on painting the calipers too as the rims are pretty open spoked, got a kit but no axle stands!

At least they should be easy to clean, and some 1000P on the rims and some tyre dressing should see them right

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Old 21-06-2014, 05:02 PM   #23
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Feeling a little cross, the belts were clipped across when i got the car, clambered all over it, but never thought to look behind them of all things.

Left them in place as it has been sat on the drive while i do a bit here and there to prep for getting it back on the road.

So unclipped one of the rear belts to find two enormous cigarette burns!

Yes i freely admit it was my fault for not finding them (Plonker!) but think as a "professional" the seller took a rather sly approach in covering them up and hoping they would not be found.

Going to live with it for the mo, as a brand new replacement is £700, and dont really need a full interior lying about for the sake of one seat back.

As for fitting the wheels, hoping to borrow some tools rather than buy them, but my neighbour with the bits is away. Grr!
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Old 23-06-2014, 09:05 AM   #24
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James, I got seats repaired by one of those SMART repairers and he did a fantastic job. Or alternatively, a chum got a couple of seams restitched on his back seat to hide some burns by an upholsterer for about 50 quids. Apparently cig ends usually roll to a dip in the seat and this is usually where there is some stitching.
Any pics of the damage chum?
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Old 24-06-2014, 09:30 AM   #25
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Will have to post some when i have slept off the night shift.

Unfortunately, the burn is in the middle of a rear seat back, and the material is a waffle weave type, so it could be difficult.

Saying that, very grateful to you for taking the time to offer assistance (legend! ) some of these smart repair peeps can really perform miracles, so maybe worth a shot.

Geared up to start on caliper painting and swapping wheels yesterday, fell at the first hurdle though, as the locking wheel nut key is missing!

Looks like the rims will have to wait until the car (SORNed at the mo) can be driven to the dealership where they can use their master key to find the right part (sigh!)

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Here we are, better late than never!




Feel like a complete idiot for not finding it when looking at the car, i mean, look at it!
As above, leaving it to be found was a less than honest course of action on the sellers part in my view.
Would have still had the car, but a little more money off would have been in order, considering the damage and cost of replacement, i doubt repair is an option

On a lighter note, found the code for a replacement wheel nut lock key, £9 from the dealership, should be here tomorrow
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i'd be annoyed about that too, hell i AM annoyed about it! that's a pretty low trick to fasten the seatbelt over it to cover it...

keep an eye on ebay maybe for any seats that match yours, not necessarily leather, as you only need that square in the middle where the burn is, you would at least then have that square of the same material which i would imagine would be a fairly easy job to replace that centre section for an upholsterer...?
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Hey Stu Cheers bud, should have found it really, quite embarrassed admitting such a gaff so long after the event!
Appreciate the support from you guys though, so thanks duly given

These seats are only found in this model, but saying that there are normally one or two sets floating about for sale, so we shall see what can be done.

Got one or two other bits to sort in the mean time, all being well, hoping to have the calipers painted and the wheels on by the close of the weekend.

Wish me luck and thanks again for the advice, support, and general interest, all the best guys!
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Lovely jubbly, shame about the seat, stands out from the crowd though (not an audi, bmw)
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Hey there! Cheers! The seat is a set back, but what the heck

Been dreaming of giving one of these a bit more fire and some subtle attitude for ages, at least the journey has begun, setbacks or no, its a start

Should be a little different, not seen a single one yet that is modded and fully mapped to see the potential of the additions.

Popped to the local dealership just now to get the lock nut key, and it fits!
Got to try and sleep off the night shift for a couple of hours before starting with the wheel swap
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