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Big Dav

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  1. If you have a normal car cover (or no cover at all) a few "moving blankets" draped over the car can be useful for extra protection and are very cheap.
  2. I'm not sure but would reckon that Famous would insure for this too??? I have my Formula Vee racecar and its trailer insured with Shannon's. It does not cover circuit racing but does cover theft and damage at home and the racetrack as well as transport to and from the circuit. It's cheap at only $200 or so per annum.
  3. Or try Car Craft Auto detailing in Glenroy. Sandro has some great Youtube videos including this
  4. We had Permagard applied on a new Mercedes Benz 4 years ago from the dealer. The car is black and a country car with over 80,000 kms now and while it was good for a few years it gradually wears away and loses it hydrophobic qualities as time passes. No different to any other ceramic coating that I have seen and while it has been good I would think using a detailer to correct paint and apply a ceramic coating after purchase would save you plenty of $$$$. We purchased a new VW Polo for our daughter recently and I machine polished and applied GTechniq Crystal Serum Light topped with GTechniq EXO V4 which was pretty straightforward to use. It probably took 8 hours all up to do and cost under $300 including pads and polish. The results were awesome and it beads and repels the dirt like the Permagard did when it was new. Any future cars will get the same treatment.
  5. For those of us that haven't had the pleasure of buying a new Porsche, how hard is it to get an order in for a 718 GT4 or Spyder? Will a dealer only have a certain number of allocations and they go to previous customers or is it possible to roll in and put down a deposit and order straight off the bat?
  6. I got them from here via the USA and postage was prompt and no GST/Duty payable. You need to order two and I just got the standard latex glue for paper cones. No issues with customs and the glue. https://www.speakerworks.com/4-by-6-inch-speaker-repair-kit-p/swk46a.htm Here's some photos I took and it's an easy process.
  7. +1 I still have the original Blaupunkt speakers in the back of my '87 and the foam edges were rotted out and had virtually disappeared. I couldn't find a suitable replacement that fitted the hole and under the factory grills so I ended up buying a replacement foam kit from the USA which wasn't too expensive and was easy to install. The speakers work fine now.
  8. I got one from a dealer in Melbourne for my 3.2. It took a day to come in but it does have "Porsche" on it and wasn't very expensive! I got a free coffee and had a good look at the showroom at the same time. Win win
  9. Another vote for the RE003's from me. A great tyre and well priced.
  10. I fixed my drivers seat in my 3.2 by squirting some Contact cleaner spray into the switch a few times and then giving it a burst of compressed air. It's worked the last five years now without a problem. Not sure with a 996 but could be dirty or arced contacts with a bit of carbon on them which just need a clean. Contact cleaner cans are not expensive so give it a try. I did unbolt the seat and push the switch out to get some access to its interior.
  11. We usually use E10 95 RON in Formula Vee as it offers a little bit more power than 98 RON if tuned correctly (need to richen it up quite a bit). You can check the ethanol content of fuel quite easily and simply using something like this https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Sierra-Ethanol-Fuel-Tester-18-79816/232900832526?epid=1158847427&hash=item3639f8ad0e:g:MboAAOSwk1BcmrUk&frcectupt=true Basically the ethanol will mix with water and separate from the petroleum and you can read it off on a scale. In my limited personal experience fuel labelled E10 has always measured as 10% ethanol using the tester. I have once tested some BP Ultimate 98 and did not detect the presence of ethanol. This is just my experience and not conclusive evidence though. I have seen people run into problems over the off season with E10 fuel causing some white powdery type residue in carby's after many months of inactivity. StaBil Storage works well to stop this or simply running the car on 98 RON for a few minutes before storage seems to be the ticket. I run my 3.2 on BP Ultimate 98 RON but I wouldn't be too concerned if I had to run some E10 in it for one reason or another. However I have a working O2 sensor and fuel injection which will richen the mixture accordingly. If your P car has no O2 sensor or running carbs you'd need to be careful with E10 as the mixtures will be a fair bit leaner without adjustment.
  12. I haven't driven it in many years but Skenes Creek to Forrest was a cracker of a road that I remember well.
  13. Holden Crewman for me 🙋‍♂️ Can't beat those leaf springs at the rear!
  14. I still have the the original Eurovox radio cassette in mine and this thing works a treat to stream music and do handsfree calls through the stereo speakers. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Wireless-Bluetooth-Car-Kit-FM-Transmitter-Handsfree-Car-Charger-MP3-Player-USB/322325672767?hash=item4b0c1b733f:g:VGIAAOSwKOJYKuBm:rk:10:pf:0
  15. I'm biased....... but after 16 years in a Formula Vee I couldn't fault it. Very close racing wheel to wheel right throughout the field no matter your ability. Cost to buy a car can be anywhere from $12K to $30K or you can usually lease a car for $2K per round and up. They're light and easy to tow with the family car and don't take up much room in your shed. This year I have done 6 Vic State rounds and National Champs at Eastern Creek and my total cost for the year all up including an engine freshen up, entry costs, tyres, fuel, etc etc is less than $10K. Basic maintenance and prep is straightforward and it takes a few hours to get them ready between meetings. Nothing against super sprints and regularity but there is something to be said for getting out there and going nose to tail and wheel to wheel with 25 other cars and trying to do what the F1 or V8 Supercar guys do. The Formula Vee fraternity in both WA and NSW are a nice bunch of guys and girls too! Here's some of my video from Phillip Island about 6 weeks ago in a field of 23 cars. My car is an old one and something similar would be in the $12K range to buy.

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