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Rumble in the jungle

Well not really. More a rumble in the clutch/flywheel. When I depress the clutch it sounds like I'm turning a tombola drum. That's one for the pre-social-media and internet generation. I let the clutch out and quiet is restored.

This rumbling cannot be right. It was not there before and anyway it is just not right. I've listened to it since Feb hoping that nothing catastrophic will go "bang". I've lost my nerve and booked it in for inspection and repair next Monday. Finger's crossed that it is not hugely expensive.
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Good job your criteria for a 159 SW rule mine out, 'cause you ain't getting it.
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Put my Brera up for sale
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Well, i found out that you need pickpocket'eer fingers and some ninja moves to swap the lightbulbs in both sides of the 159's front. Managed to get some minor cuts and scrapes too!!!! Ended up installing some very nice looking nightbreakers on it.
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Well by fixing the tumble drier tonight I've given myself chance to mess about with some LEDs tomorrow.

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Cleaned all the engine bay Earths including Gearbox to Chassis cable (that one was corroded even tho last done 18 months ago)
Tidied up some wiring sheathing while at it and gearbox actuator.
Heat shielded battery on refit.
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Cleaned all the engine bay Earths including Gearbox to Chassis cable
Where is that cable?, is it under tray off or can you get to it from engine bay? I Have the occasional dead start/stop button, so wouldn't mind check this earth cable out.
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Where is that cable?, is it under tray off or can you get to it from engine bay? I Have the occasional dead start/stop button, so wouldn't mind check this earth cable out.
Its battery tray off - you might not be able to see gearbox bolt from underneath
There is the Earth from Battery to Chassis
An Earth from loom in front of Battery to Chassis
Earth to Nearside Suspension Turret
And the one you ask about.
It is front left of Gearbox to chassis deep under the battery tray.
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Did a 3-stage paint correction on my Spider over the last two days.

Started off with a Meguiars Microfiber pad with Meguiars DA Microfiber Correction Compound using my DAS 6-Pro DA. That cut really well. Second stage was Meguiars 105 Ultra-Cut Compound using a CG Orange Hexlogic pad. Next, I used Meguiars 205 Ultra Finishing Polish with a Hexlogic white pad. The resulting glossy shine was protected a layer of Collinite 845 Insulator Wax.

I'm very happy with the results.
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Nothing so major as evoke: just a bit of tidying.

Replaced boot button, spoiled when I backed into a rail - lesson: driver aids are ok, but the driver still has to drive. Broke open the Alfa Red Chipex kit (after a few weekends' practice on the Rover) and did the worst 8 or 9 chips on the bumper, plus the driver's door sill, where previous owner dragged a hobnailed boot across it.

So now I can drive it without annoyance or embarrassment, I drove it. Good.
... to the sports shop for daughter's new cricket bat and gloves. 300. No so good.
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Loading baggage for a two weeks vacation in Sardinia Costa Smeralda with Brera. Images will follow
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6 hours of filth!
All four wheel arches cleaned and rustproofed.
Suspension arms cleaned and treated where necessary (i.e. all the non-alloy!!)
Suspension bushes cleaned and lubed.
Brakes cleaned including the drilled holes and slots.
Nearly ready for week of touring the north of scotland.
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Loading baggage for a two weeks vacation in Sardinia Costa Smeralda with Brera. Images will follow
The black panther at destination (some improvised Blackberry pics)

And now sun, food and relax. Always a grat journey if you ride on a Brera !
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There has been a rumbling noise when I depress the clutch for a while. It sounds a bit like tombola drum. This is not an original feature and not welcome either. Car dropped off with Firela Motors this morning. We'll see what they diagnose. Fingers crossed.
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The Black Panther is looking wicked. Hope residents of Sardinia are appreciative!
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dropped off at Autolusso for FMIC / Larger Turbo conversion...........................

Looking forward to the results...............
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Stripped down my old set of Ti callipers ready for a full refurb. Looks like it was a good move to replace both when only one had a sticking piston, as the other had a piston that needs replacing too! So 2 x new pistons and a seal kit to order before I take them back to bare metal and respray them.

They will be 100% good as new when I am done
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Put it on the pawn shop, i'm just tired of it, let's see if someone will hit it at no less than 10k
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Stripped down my old set of Ti callipers ready for a full refurb. Looks like it was a good move to replace both when only one had a sticking piston, as the other had a piston that needs replacing too! So 2 x new pistons and a seal kit to order before I take them back to bare metal and respray them.

They will be 100% good as new when I am done
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Just pricing up the replacement parts. Need at least 2 pistons, prob 4 if I am being uber critical (2 of the remaining 6 have quite pitted faces which is not an issue for operation but its bugging me!), and for perfection I could just do all 8 and call them brand new but the pistons are 17 each so it does have an impact on the potential sale price!

So far I need at least 2 pistons, 2 bleed screws, 4 dust covers for the bleed screws and a full set of seals.

Going to get a local metal shop to shot blast the paint off for ease I reckon.

No idea what I would sell them for tbh, its more an exercise in the refurbishment process than anything


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Need to replace the coolant plugs, the metal bolts have arrived, just need some help in getting the old plastic out. I was thinking using a screwdriver for it. Anyone?

Please see my "NO COOLANT LEFT IN MY CAR" thread for more, including pics.
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Just ordered a set of gel plates, I had an ordinary set knocked up by Halfords not too long ago and they are looking crap already.
I have never seen gel plates in the flesh, just in pictures but Im told they are the dogs danglies so we'll see.
If they keep Precious happy then they are worth the 45.00 cost ...... how much !

Im also thinking that I can make the P ever so slightly more like an R with a clever screw cover to match, it never really worked with the flat letters and numer. (P9 MEO)
All fully legal of course, I had a dodgy set made when I first got the number but of course had to put the Halfords set on for the MOT and its way too much hassle changing them over with the sticky pads and I dont fancy getting a tug for having no gap after the 9.

Oh I should add as Ive yet to come across anyone who knows what Im trying to do, I wanted the plate to look like R0-MEO but this was the nearest I could get, they didnt even get it at Meridien even after I explained it .... DOH!
Still, I like it ;0)

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cleaned my EGR valve and TB. what a mucky job, got through at least ten pairs of silicone gloves and still have black finger nails, even after swarfega treatment and a bath! got through a full can of carb clearner too, and it even alrady has the modified gasket with 4 small holes, looks like the previous owner looked after her, lots of copper greased bolts and replaced jubilee clips.it was nice doing a job without any bolts shearing or being corroded in place. got a goodun!
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