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It was the first decent, mild and dry day of the year - so I thought, why not take the Zed out for a spin. Did anyone else think the same.....?

I covered about 50 miles across the Chilterns - so technically still local (and I did combine it with the supermarket run) - nice A-roads, a blast on the M40 and some traffic-free B-road action. I wasn't the only modern classic car owner out and about either. I saw some nice 80s and 90s machinery on my travels - so it seems a few others had the same idea! From a couple of '90s Porsche 911s, a 944, a very smart R129 Merc SL500, a Lotus Esprit and a Lotus Elan.

I guess today was the day, that people thought their cars had been locked in their garages for long enough, over the winter😎

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I had the same idea today funnily enough as no rain forecasted and I hadn't seen road grit in a while down my end, but ended up detailing the daily as it's recently come back from the bodyshop. Didn't have the energy after that absolute mission of a job, to then have to clean the Zed after a drive, before putting it away under the car cover. Will probs take it out tomorrow though as it's forecast to be dry also 😃. Times like this make me look forward to the leaky targa seals replacement, as then I wouldn't have to worry about leaving it out in the rain! Looking forward to tomorrows drive so much, it feels like a lifetime since the last proper drive 😔!!  

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There are bits of my Zed on the boat and we went for a trip to Montrose and back to berth a ship. Does that count? 

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Zed #2: 1998 Midnight Purple 2+2 NA. (owned 2020 - now) 

Zed #1: 1995 Blue Slicktop NA (2013-2015)

 

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Can't take either of mine out at the moment as they are both broken (no brakes and no electrikkery)

So after unloading the red one and parking it up:

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It really really needed a clean to get the salt and mud and road grime off it. This was from one days use when we had all that snow, then I couldn't wash it for 6 days because the hose pipe froze.

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That was 03:15 on the way to work!

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I spent 4 hours in the rain washing and rinsing it to make sure there was no salt left anywhere, jacked it up to do underneath and everything. Neighbours thought I was mad! As you can see in the background, the TT is VOR which leads me to:

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The headlights finally arrived! 21 days and £507 later, we can actually see where we are going at night and don't have to use "The Force" to get home in the dark! Then I went out and worked:

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So in answer to the thread: no I didn't take the Zed out, but I did lots of car/vehicle related jobs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, Gaz 300 said:

Itching to get mine out but very wet today. Lee had his M240i out last week and hit a pothole:(

 

 

 

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Ouch - that's not going to be a cheap fix. Did you get any photos of the pot hole - and can you put a claim in to your local council for the damage?

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3 hours ago, Lexx said:

There are bits of my Zed on the boat and we went for a trip to Montrose and back to berth a ship. Does that count? 

I suppose it's in the same spirit.....😁

I have something to say............ It's better to burn out than to fade away..... :tt2:

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1 minute ago, RichardS said:

I suppose it's in the same spirit.....😁

It's the most milage any part of my Zed has done since I bought it 😂

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Zed #2: 1998 Midnight Purple 2+2 NA. (owned 2020 - now) 

Zed #1: 1995 Blue Slicktop NA (2013-2015)

 

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19 minutes ago, RichardS said:

Ouch - that's not going to be a cheap fix. Did you get any photos of the pot hole - and can you put a claim in to your local council for the damage?

New alloy is back on and luckily the Michelin front tyre had no damage and still held its air. Photos taken of the pot hole and bent  alloy plus receipts and form sent of to DFI road claims unit. So all in hand Richard but the DFI are on a skeleton staff so we expect a wait for any compensation.

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Sun was out so todays the day the Z came out. First stop some of BP's finest and check on the tyre pressures. Thats when its starts as a man comes over to talk to me about the Z. Only when I am in this car does anybody talk point wave and smile at me. 🙂 Drove around aimlessly and even down the scariest road in Belfast. Half way down it the road is like an old wash board to give drivers grip on wet or in ice conditions. Its closed when snow is lying.

The rocky road.

 

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Got the car cover off and took the zed out for it’s first proper outing since last October, before sending the car off to the chassis shop. Been far too long and god I missed that fear when I floor it! .

Went for a blast early morning when roads were empty, filled up with shell v power then continued. In the afternoon we headed up the motorway and back to get a good steady run for an hour. Managed to do about 70-80 miles in the end.

First taste of summer today and can’t wait for the warmer and most importantly dry weather.

Forgot to take pics when I was out but took a few after the morning outing.


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@therealnips - glad you got your TT lights sorted in the end and haha I think all of our neighbours think of us as the complete nut job that works on/cleans their car in any weather!


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14 hours ago, naz27 said:

@therealnips - glad you got your TT lights sorted in the end and haha I think all of our neighbours think of us as the complete nut job that works on/cleans their car in any weather!


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Luckily my neighbours have known me for over 3 years now and are used to seeing me doing weird car stuff, a few months ago I was upside down on my back with my head in the drivers side footwell and my feet hanging over the head rests trying to get the demist to work!

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9 hours ago, TheRealNips said:

Luckily my neighbours have known me for over 3 years now and are used to seeing me doing weird car stuff, a few months ago I was upside down on my back with my head in the drivers side footwell and my feet hanging over the head rests trying to get the demist to work!

Haha I was down in the drivers footwell for a few days back in October, but for something else. They've had 5 years to get used to me and I think they finally have!!

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I get funny looks when the neighbours see me blow drying my cars!

Haha I wish I had a compressed air gun like the pro detailers do, to wash out all that water from the gaps/shuts. End up going round the block once after a wash, for it to all come out then wipe it off.


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I drove mine home today, after sending off the 996 blocks for machining, I took the valves out of the heads as well.

MOT for my Nissan tomorrow better pass with all the work I have done on her. 🤞

1991 Nissan 300zx TT 😎
2002 Porsche 996 3.6 project 🤘

1995 Nissan 300zx TT Crashed 😭

1997 Jaguar XK8 Scraped ☹️

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18 hours ago, Bones28 said:

I drove mine home today, after sending off the 996 blocks for machining, I took the valves out of the heads as well.

MOT for my Nissan tomorrow better pass with all the work I have done on her. 🤞

Good luck mate. ☘️

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20 minutes ago, Gaz 300 said:

Good luck mate. ☘️

Thanks it did pass, needs some work but that will all be done when the 996 is on the road.

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1991 Nissan 300zx TT 😎
2002 Porsche 996 3.6 project 🤘

1995 Nissan 300zx TT Crashed 😭

1997 Jaguar XK8 Scraped ☹️

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Nice sunny day today so I got the vert out the garage, new battery, bit of air in the tyres, roof down and off to tescos the long way. 

Now washed, battery disconnected, back in the garage under the cover and sorned

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I took mine out again yesterday - usual Saturday supermarket run and then the scenic route home.....

......I will post the pictures shortly....😉

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