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  1. Ahhh.... When I got mine, 3yr ago, the lad who 'rescued it from the Banger Boyyz' put on MR2 alloys and then, to sell it on, put the steels back on >> sadly he mislaid one trim 😞

    I went to Chester to collect it, I slotted on 15x7 OZ Polaris and skipped 4x Steels + 3 plakkie trims. The wheels are really smart, period correct.


    Ah well.... Good luck in your search [eBay is your friend]

    Get a few piccies up of yours 🙂


  2. How might you quantify 'improvement over factory'?

    I assume half a million taxi drivers just had to settle for 'dealer spec'....

    I will concede (given our poor relation status to the Celica.. lol) the handling is pretty sharp on a Carina 🙂


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  3. Yes.... The 'Wax-Oil' <no relation!> smells just like WD-40. I stood the tin in direct sunlight until it got hot! Gets the pressure/blasting way up, too!

    It is a genuine 'shipbuilders swear by it!' Industrial metal preservative....

    When it dries off it is effectively invisible.... White spirit will remove any overspray, onto bodywork, which might attract dirt and look smudgy.. [as one Detailer to another lol]


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    Oil change sorted, sprayed the wiperarms matteblack, spraygreased the servo cables on the sunroof.

    I cut the undertray at the last oilchange, makes Oil filter much easier to get at!. But it makes the plastic tray flop down into sight.... So.... A piece of soft alloy plate, folded over the tray edge, crimped and with an upcurve bend = no tray sightings!


    Bit of titivation of my arch edges...


    Finally... I sprayed all the pipes and bracketry at the rear & sprayed the inside arch lips + along the lower sill edge and floor margin. Super easy to use this aerosol [stood in bright sunlight for 20mins... Nice and Warm!].

    11.4 out of 10.... YaY 



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  5. Well.... My studs arrived yesterday and ATS will try for a 'slot' *today.

    Given the possibility any/all of the old studs snapping, and drilling being the Last Resort, planning a 'lift slot' might be a sticky one!

    Will report back...

    *update - 2pm Sat 👍


  6. .... Would you adam & eve it!

    My centre pipe fitted a breeze 👍

    My front downpipe/manifold flange is roaring like a microlite... 🙁

    When the fitter refitted the front section (third time lucky!) he commented that "these fine thread Toyota studs are sods for stripping!"... So then = he didn't crank them hard up, ergo, Leaking!!

    The manager has agreed to source a set of fresh studs for me, gas burn/tease out old ones and fully refit the front with fresh gaskets...

    Great bunch of guys " Shout Out for ATS Wallsend!" 🗣️


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  7. Attempting to 'pop' the bonnet, yesterday, all I got was a groan and not opening...

    I had the Granddaughter sit lightly on the bonnet lip whilst I yanked the lever.... Still nothing 🤔

    Thismorning I set myself up to remove the drivers trim panel (which holds the lever) for 'Industrial Strength Molegrip' action on the cable...... I gave it One More Yankk  >> Boinggg! Open 😬

    I have lathered up the mech with Poondland 'fizzy' spraygrease and cycled the opening/shuts about half a dozen times.

    I only drop the bonnet 6" to lock as I found it bad to open when I first got the car, after an enthusiastic 'affermative' closure (not knowing what was needed!!).....

    Happy Now