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Old 01-09-2017, 11:10 AM   #731
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She's looking good. Did you manage to sort the gearbox problem after Steve?
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Old 05-09-2017, 12:37 PM   #732
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She's looking good. Did you manage to sort the gearbox problem after Steve?
Ta, she should start to look a bit better as we progress with more bodywork
attention. I'm hoping we'll have the side graphics and bumper strips on within
the next week or three.

As for the gear-jumping, that's just a mystery which is leading us to the brand
new engine and gearbox mountings. We still have the originals which are still in
good order, so they may be going back on. Seems that replacing stuff just at a
convenient time (like when the engine is out) may not be all it's cracked-up to
be. It also makes you wonder whether stuff advertised as suiting a GTT is really
up to it. So much for paying a premium at a specialist GTT suppliers...

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Old 04-10-2017, 04:50 PM   #733
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Back in a Workshop

Hello Folks,

Well, the R5 is back in a workshop, being readied for its final tickles into shape.
I had intended that it go to Matt up in Oldham, but the mechanical issues,
among other things, prevented that idea of going further. The car is in a
workshop not far away from Karl's and even before I met him, Haydon, in
whose shop the car presently resides, was enquiring of Karl (read that as
pestering) about whether or not I wanted to sell it

Of course, no sooner than he'd met me, I received the same enquiries, though
with maybe even more urgency. I think it's fair to say that his eyes lit up
when I broached the subject of a damp/wet sanding and final paint / decal
preparation and protection.

So, here's the first 9 pictures of the car in its new temporary home...



















Haydon, I did say temporary!!

The car will receive a full treatment, including caliper repaint, wheels all
re-sealed and the full-fat ADS Octagon Kit, once the surface is flatted and the
OE decals are attached.

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Old 04-10-2017, 06:33 PM   #734
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Looking fantastic mate.
What a car and what a journey you and the car have had to get it to where it is today.

Love it matey

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Old 09-10-2017, 04:09 PM   #735
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Hello Folks,

A few more pictures to tempt you...

















Hopefully, the side-decals go on tomorrow

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...and closer!

Another teaser as completion gets ever closer...



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Completion - Well, almost...

Hello Folks,

Well, there were periods when I thought this day would never come. There
were some high points and, sadly, some very low points. The highest was
probably the return of the gearbox as almost a work of art

There's still a bit of a snagging list; the biggest hurdle being why it still wants
to jump out of 5th gear so easily when it didn't do it during the break-in runs
and to cure the gearbox leak caused by one of the brand new driveshafts and
its faulty seal It looks like paying premium prices to specialist
suppliers has not necessarily been a wise move toward securing reliability.

I know everyone likes pictures, so here goes...





Revel in the ones that show the new bumper inserts, and also the replaced
side decals.













...and outside in the sun; plenty of amazing reflections...







I know how to put on a good scowl!!









See the green tinge in the fleck?



The new bumper-strips really set the finish off







Home Once More



Missing from the rear door is the spoiler and rear badges, both being at the
paint shop awaiting their own tickles,







This has been a 4 year adventure that took double the intended timetable and
was kinda over budget. Two things occur from this. First, if I were to attempt
to make a start from scratch today, I'd definitely not be able to afford it!
Second, is the almost meteoric rise in the value of standard cars. Quite where
that will plate out is anyone's guess.

From a cosmetic point of view, the ADS Octagon Kit gives me probably 4 years
of good protection, though I am tempted to enquire about a little more work
on the bonnet to reduce the orange-peel a tad further. The decals on the hub
caps will also need to be re-done, these are in the wrong place.

Regards,
Steve

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Fabulous, Steve. Your attention to detail throughout is incredible, and has delivered a real little beauty.

Health to enjoy, bud.

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Old 12-10-2017, 10:39 PM   #739
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Thumbs up

The wee 5 is looking fantastic Steve, it's been a real pleasure reading all the updates on your journey, there's obviously been some tough times along the way, but sure you are glad for sticking with it as the car is a real credit to you.

Enjoy the car after all the hard work.

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That'll not be half bad when it's finished

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