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    Esprit Turbo SE, Eclat Excel, Elan +2S JPS, Jaguar XJ-SC V12, Range Rover 4.6 SE, TVR 280S
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  1. Same as over here, which means most wear will get unnoticed, unless someone is specifically looking for something (like me during a service). I do often feel the pads, so not strictly visual/ hands off.
  2. It doesn't look structural, GRP can be repaired, if you can find someone with the necessary skills. I'd say it depends on the mechanicals. Chances are she was running happily at the time of the accident, so would be well worth saving. One just has to hope there aren't many pieces missing, like the steering wheel. I know a guy who's great with GRP, too bad he lives >300 (and a channel) from the Workshop...
  3. A lot depends on how visible the pads and discs are. No one will take off the wheels for a thorough inspection of the brake system for an MOT, but over here if for example the disc is worn/ grooved and easily visible, it will result in an advisory. Otherwise if the car passes the brake test, all is fine. And a pad with just 1mm left on a pizza cutter disc can still easily pass the test. When I get a car in for maintenance, I always make an effort to inspect pads and discs. With most alloy wheels it's not too hard to find a position where you can see or feel the pads to get an idea of their thickness.
  4. Easiest way to check the gears, without removing anything, is to use the knob at the back to turn the motor. If the gears are stripped, you will feel the rotation is not smooth. But if the pods move with 12V directly applied, I agree it's probably the relay control module. Or possibly wiring, never discount a bad connection!
  5. I'm not surprised either. Stories like that are very common, unfortunately especially for women it seems. And brakes are definitely the thing. The wife of a good friend had a similar experience with her BMW, we did end up changing the pads but just for her piece of mind, they would easily have lasted another year. Another mate who now works for an independent VAG garage told me yesterday brakes are their most profitable work. As above, name and shame them and contact their brand office, so they learn they can't keep getting away with it.
  6. I double checked, it's actually mapped by google streetview!
  7. Admit it, you were more than happy to have an excuse to chat her up. 😁
  8. I've been a bit of a naughty boy... Yesterday we did a reconnaissance for a charity run I'm putting together. With the Excel, as she continues to be my weapon of choice. As always, I used Tulip to plot the route and create the road book. Only this time I failed to reckognise an unpaved road on the route. It started as cobblestones, not too bad and a very nice area to drive through. Next came grass of increasing height in the center, rubbing her belly. Still fine, right? And then the cobblestones were replaced by ruts, filled with water. 😞 We were already in for half a mile or so and even the Range Rover would have had a hard time to turn around between the high verges and plowed fields. So no chance in hell with the Excel. Nothing left to do but straddle the ruts, try to avoid the deepest puddles and hope for the best. And she pulled through! We did have a few hairy moments when the rear started fishtailing towards the ruts and I had no choice but to keep on the throttle as I couldn't afford to lose much momentum. It's a good thing I put on a set of M+S tyres 2 weeks ago. They were the only suitable ones I could find in the right size and the snow in January had proven I needed a bit more traction anyway. And my off road experience came in very handy as well. I'm sure most SUV owners would have back out. And probably ended up stuck doing just that. 😁 The moment we realised things were taking a turn for the worse: And some footage of navigating the ruts. They went on for at least half a mile and even got a bit worse, it really was very close. (never mind the radio, I was too focused and forgot to turn it off). Eileenoffroad.mp4 She now deserves a good wash with a soft cloth and lots of love. 🙂
  9. I know, but so are the engines in large off road equipment. And I can't really think of anything else of that size. Maybe a generator?
  10. I'd have to chose the Jag. And then open a giant can of worms trying to fit a V12 as intended...
  11. I wouldn't mind doing it a week earlier, if there's people interested in combining both.
  12. Looks very cool, although the 3 rear axles seem overkill and unnecessarily complex. And while it might be a shame to cut up a S1 XJ, this way it's still being used instead of rusting away. I kinda want that, for light (Lotus) transport duty. 😎
  13. While still a student, I walked into the showroom of the Belgian Aston Martin importer and sheepishly asked if I could have a look around. I was greeted by the owner himself who kindly said to take my time but not touch anything. 'Maybe one day you'll become a customer' He even had one of the mechanics open the hood of a Le Mans 600, their flagship at the time. I walked away with an accessory brochure and did become a customer, for a set of sunglasses, a poster of said Le Mans 600 and a tie. 🙂 I'd like to think I'd be just as welcome today. If it wasn't for Belgian taxes, I might have gone for a Vantage some years ago instead of another Esprit. (€40k for a second hand Vantage I could manage, about €10k registration fee and an annual road tax of €4k was a bit over the top...).
  14. An XJ-S is great value for money, not as iconic as an E-type but I actually prefer the sharper lines and pretty well put together. I'd love a manual, but they're so rare. How hard was the conversion (I really shouldn't ask, I've got enough work as it is)? Or I could trade in my Excel? 🙂 What disappoints me about my SC (apart from the needlessly complex HVAC) is the lack of rear seats and even then the fold down rear window sits on top of the body. Whereas in a slightly smaller Stag, you have a usable rear seat and the entire roof neatly folds into the body and is cleanly covered. The price you pay for a few more cylinders I guess. I was tempted to take my Jag out in the snow last month, I'm sure it would have been a hoot, but with all the salt on the roads over here also a very bad idea... Filip
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