Tuesday, 29 August 2006

Interior done!

Finally cleaned the car today and put the new mats in. Looking much better. I have spoke to my local upholsterer and he wants the same as Lotus to re-trm the sill pads - £70. Will have a think about that, here's a quick pic of my new interior...


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Thursday, 24 August 2006

Seats done

Picked the seats up last night and fitted them today. Took this opportunity to clean under the seats, I found...

£1.45 in change
1 fathers day card
1 Sunglasses case
about half a pound of muck


A bit of elbow grease and its much better. Replacing the seats was pretty straightforward once the old ones had been taken out.

No pics for now, the interior is filthy! New carpets are on the way (red) and Im gonna wash the seat covers since they're removable. Lotus have replied to my email about the sill protectors, its either £70 to get them re-trimmed or £110 for new ones. Seems a bit expensive for what they are so I might give my local upholsterer a ring and see how much he would charge.

New seats are waaaay more comfy!

Sunday, 20 August 2006

New seats!

Yay, found some second-hand Corbeau seats for the Elise! Should be picking them up later this week. Should also be able to re-coup some of the cost by selling the originals! Here's a quick pic...


Hopefully, if the weather improves, I'll fit them sometime this week. If anyone is in need of some original S1 leather seats please email me. They ideally require a re-furb, the leather is marked and ripped on the drivers shoulder area. Looking for £200 (excluding the mounts).

The new seats have also inspired a new interior, I've enquired about a new set of red sill protectors from Lotus and have found some red mats for sale.

The poor weather this week has also highlighted the dodgy roof, it has leaked quite badly on the drivers side. I'm gonna adjust the side window so it sits a bit more snugly against the rubber seal. The only problem is one of the bolts holding the window winder on is a bit 'iffy' and Ive got a feeling its gonna cause problems. It needs doing before the new seats are fitted, they're cloth so it will get a bit smelly if it gets wet.

It's gonna be another expensive month soon, my insurance is up in October (£1k+) and the rear tyres are also in need of replacing (£200) so I have decided to sell my boat since I haven't used it in the 12 months I've had it. Never mind, it's for a good cause!

I'm still sorting out a new downpipe and have sent yet another letter to the AA asking for half the cash for the new starter motor - hopefully I'll get some cash out of them. I'll be bloody annoyed if I don't, it seems the only reason they're not paying up is because I didn't call the claims people before getting the work done. Since this is in their T&Cs I'm pretty much over a barrel - hence the 50% request.

Almost forgot to mention that the Elise will hopefully be attending a rolling road session with the Saab Owners Club, a friend invited me along and it should be an interesting day. The car started off with 118bhp 10 years and 83k miles ago in its standard from, I'll be interesting to see what she's got now. The age will have dropped the number but the few mods done should have increased it. I think I'll be happy if its over 125bhp since its running without a CAT (not on public roads, Mr Officer, sir ";-)"), the Exige Janspeed Supersports exhaust and a chavvy K&N air filter. Anyways, the results will be posted online if I make it to the day (supposed to be on a stag do so might not be able to make it).

Phew, that's about it for now. I'll post some pics when I fit the new seats!

Tuesday, 8 August 2006

Blowing exhaust.

Well, the jubilee clip 'bodge' on my exhaust seems to have stopped working. The exhaust is blowing a little bit from the flexi section. Not a major problem but ideally requires a new downpipe fitted. Luckily enough one of the nice chaps on MLOC has one spare and has offered it for £25. I have already emailed Horizon to see how much they would charge but am a little bit tempted in doing it DIY stylee.

The rattle is also still present but Im not sure its the same heatshield as last time, it seems pretty secure to me. Again, no major problem, the noise only occurs when pulling off occasionally. Im sure the source of the noise will be found before something falls off ":-D"

Still enjoying the sunny weather, seriously in need of a shower cape. Damn fiddly roof!

Another todo is a new set of rear tyres, didnt realise how bad they are until getting her up on ramps to check the exhaust. Theyre still legal but not by much. That'll be another £200 but on the other hand I'm sure they could survive a driver training day. Hmmmm..

Tuesday, 1 August 2006

Nice and Shiney

Just my luck, no rain for about a month so I finally get around to cleaning the car...and it rains the day after! Havent bothered with any pics, after the big clean I took her out for a spin and got the front covered in dead things again.

The AA story continues, they have sent me a letter still saying theyre not paying. Gonna send them another reply....they may aswell get it into their heads that I wont stop hassling them until I get some cashola.

Bit of bad news - i think the rattling heatshield has made a return. I can hear a dodgy grating/rattly noise at certain rpm...pretty sure the heatshield has come loose again. Bugger.