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the baron

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About the baron

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    Boxa - Guru

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    Wiltshire & Devon and S. France
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    Classic cars, cars, boats, mountain biking, racing, boxing, tennis, travel, good food and wine, oh and cars

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    1997 Boxster, Porsche 924, Land Rover Discovery, Mini Cooper S

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  1. Im well chuffed with it, was heart broken yesterday.
  2. I used the hot water and hairdryer and popped it back out, what I didnt realise is that there is another skin so makes it very difficult to press it out from the rear, I ended up using a screw driver to wedge up in-between the two skins and it worked a treat, the paint is hazed and cracked in a few places and there are two parts where the paint has actually come off but I can touch that back in until I get around to getting it resprayed at a later dat, so chuffed. Will try and post a few pics up of before and after later on.
  3. Has anyone tried the hair dryer or hot water method of getting dents out of a bumper, if so any tips?
  4. My cars just ticked over 200,000 on same clutch, might look at this little trick as wife says clutch is a bit heavy when she occasionally drives it. I have noticed the bite getting higher, so might be worth doing.
  5. I was with the AA that covered me not the car but then they put the premium up from £180 per year to £600 per year, cover now cancelled.
  6. Lacquer will keep the stickers in place and not degrade over time, i sprayed mine up, black with white decals but did it in situ, as others have said any imperfections really wont be obvious when on the car behind the wheel.
  7. I wish i had read this before I bought my Boxster would have saved me a lot of wasted time, great guide for the novice and experienced buyer. Thanks for writing it up
  8. Did you ever get the tool and give it a bash, what was the results? Would be interested to have a go myself.
  9. followng your excellet instructions i swapped out the bulb in about half an hour, big thank you.
  10. Thanks for the awesome write up, going to follow your instructions to replace my clock and oil gauge bulb on the left hand corner.
  11. I did that too, easy job and looks stock
  12. Clever bit is highlighted in black below for those not wanting to read my drama lol Bought a hardtop yesterday, after picking up the fixing kit from Porsche Swindon (£80) cheaper then eBay, once I had dropped the spinlocks in place i then used the plastic bag technique to locate the screws so as to not drop them into the body work and screwed them in, dead easy dont know what all the drama was about. Picked up Hardtop and fitted it in a few mins then got back on motorway to head home Bit of wind noise which I though odd, so stopped on the services and noticed that the passanger side rear on the hardtop was sticking up by about 5mm, upon further inspection I noticed the bolts that hold the splines in place that I had said was a 1min job were sitting proud, which explains the bang as the softtop went down. Looking at a couple of youtube vids apparently there is a left and right spin lock, if put in the wrong way they will not sit properly and the bolts although screwd in tight will sit about 3-5mm proud and could potentioal break the arm of the softtop when operated.,(see the youtube video) so I was lucky. Got to a friends at 8pm who helped me remove the hardtop, then came the drama of how the hell you remove the screws from the spin locks. (This is obviously why people never sell the hardtops with the fixing kit) So after lots of head scraching I came up with an idea I will share, unscrew the bolt about half way, then put double sided carpet tape (dont ask me why Ive got that in the car I have no idea) wrap it around the allen key with about an inch protruding. Then locate the allen key back onto the bolt and get a screw driver and push the tape around the bold, then continue to unscrew, walah, the bolt comes out and stays on the end of the alen key. Job Done. Swapped over the spin locks, and refitted the hardtop (all in the rain at this point so will have to remove hardtop again to dry out roof) Hope this helps others as it could have been a disaster, worst case being a broken softop arm.
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