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by MetBlue
Sat Dec 04, 2021 18:49
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: heater control cables
Replies: 3
Views: 495

Re: heater control cables

My controls are very tight, so removed front panel this afternoon. How do the cable outers disconnect from the control panel. Nothing in the manual, and can't find anything on here. I assume the white plastic clip holding the outer can be removed from the panel? Pair of pliers from behind? I have a ...
by MetBlue
Fri Dec 03, 2021 19:28
Forum: General
Topic: Excel key
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: Excel key

Not any more 😞😞. Data protection nonsense. You are only allowed to find out who owns, or has owned a car if you have a valid reason - Such as "I own a dodgy parking business and I need to know so I can rob some money off the owner" And no, I haven't been caught by one - at least not to have to pay t...
by MetBlue
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:35
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.

--- Learnings--- As commented earlier, I spent probably around £250 in total on this reconditioning work, but IMO, the end result was great value for money. It has transformed the inside of the car and was well worth every penny. To close, a summary of learning’s that would mainly have saved time / ...
by MetBlue
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:34
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.

-- Applying the colour--- You’ll read about sponging the colour on, at least for the first coat, but I found no reason just to go straight to the Air Brush application. The only sponge pre-application I did was on the filled areas on the seat bolster. The kit came with a decent little Air brush and ...
by MetBlue
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:32
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.

--- Before colouring--- I deviated from the FC destructions at this point. Having at times given the leather quite a soaking in Cellulose thinners, I thought it would be a good idea to feed the base leather with some genuine nutrients. Much earlier, I’d bought two products from Leatherique, so after...
by MetBlue
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:31
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.

--- Torn / damaged leather repairs--- I followed the standard instructions and it just works. The glue you get looks and feels like PVA wood glue. It may well be, but as this is the foundation for all the remaining work, you mighty as well use recognised product. The linen is just an off cut from be...
by MetBlue
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:20
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Re: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.

--- First Steps – Strip down-- You COULD re-colour and do a half decent job without removing much from the car, but for me, the only way to do a proper job is to remove everything, then where you can, dismantle the panels as far as possible. Examples would be the speaker grill in the rear quarter. I...
by MetBlue
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:18
Forum: Bodywork, Fitments, Interior and Trim
Topic: Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.
Replies: 8
Views: 157

Leather Repair and re-colour : What product suppliers don’t tell you.

---Intro --- Having spent the winter making the interior of my 92 Excel a nicer place to be, see my Interior Update thread here xxxx ,I thought it would be a good time to write down my experience with the leather repairs and re-colour. What was good. bad or indifferent and what if anything I’d do di...
by MetBlue
Sun Nov 28, 2021 16:55
Forum: General
Topic: Club register
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Club register

Don't think it will be the same list, but may well have some common starting point. The sheet I have is very comprehensive on the cars but has no owner related detail (other than how many previous owners). I'm in the process of updating MOT & tax status as its at least a couple of years out of date....
by MetBlue
Sat Nov 27, 2021 16:36
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Barn find in Sussex near Brighton/Worthing
Replies: 13
Views: 510

Re: Help with Barn find in Sussex near Brighton/Worthing

Good to speak earlier Neil and I trust you had an enlightening day. Post some more pictures and let us know what you learnt. Regarding batteries, I believe type 048's will fit Elites. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/114220519111?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D2...
by MetBlue
Wed Nov 24, 2021 21:10
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Barn find in Sussex near Brighton/Worthing
Replies: 13
Views: 510

Re: Help with Barn find in Sussex near Brighton/Worthing

Neil
Engine and gearbox out together. Did you find my PM?
Tony
by MetBlue
Tue Nov 23, 2021 22:25
Forum: Spotted/New Owners
Topic: Gold Elite S1 503
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Gold Elite S1 503

Nice set of pictures and glad the tour went well.
Careful when you park amongst the leaves. You could soon loose sight of it.
Tony
by MetBlue
Tue Nov 23, 2021 22:20
Forum: General
Topic: Rear cross member corrosion - Advice needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 228

Re: Rear cross member corrosion - Advice needed!

Lotus Bit's had them in Stainless for about the same price.
I changed mine last year. As said, most of it can be just torn off, but the captive nut end plates can be a right pain. Not so bad if you can get the car on a ramp.
Tony
by MetBlue
Tue Nov 23, 2021 08:20
Forum: General
Topic: New member - new owner
Replies: 25
Views: 617

Re: New member - new owner

Your lacquer peel is just like mine was, but with a few rattle cans, you can make a big improvement for little money. Sounds like your starting point, like mine is one of "I can't possibly make this worse" 😁. Sounds drastic, but I've taken lots of lacquer off my car with a razor blade!!! You'll find...
by MetBlue
Mon Nov 22, 2021 23:46
Forum: General
Topic: Help with Barn find in Sussex near Brighton/Worthing
Replies: 13
Views: 510

Re: Help with Barn find in Sussex near Brighton/Worthing

Neil I'd really like to come down and look over your car with you before you start. I have an M reg in Lagoon Blue with Oatmeal interior. It looks like the two cars are virtual clones. 😀. Mine has been retrimmed though but from your photos, yours looks completely as it left the factory. I would love...