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« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2021, 11:51:22 AM »

The car spent the night out.  Very heavy frost first thing this morning.  The frost is now covered in about 3 cms of snow.  I wound the window up as the snow started


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1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina, 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800, 1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project), 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport, 1983 Land Rover Series 3 88, 2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2021, 01:50:06 PM »

The car is today getting Amedon Amethyst mappable ignition, which I've had on my Fiat 124 for a while and is a good thing.

I shall take some photos, as the tatty mustard coloured seats now have well made and close fitting beige vinyl covers made by a woman in Turin.  Next: new tyres, and a bit of minor paintwork.

I also need to replace or fix the coolant expansion tank, as it has tiny cracks on the top and is leaking a bit.   Hey, at least the clock now lights up.
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1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina, 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800, 1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project), 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport, 1983 Land Rover Series 3 88, 2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2021, 01:53:36 PM »

I add that I found some notes made by F/L Garland MC OBE or his wife when they had the car.  It had done 45,000 miles by 1990.  It is now showing what appears to be a genuine 50,500 miles, so evidently wasn't used a lot between 1990 and F/L Garland's death in 2016.

I am still trying to get the car back onto its UK T plate.
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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2021, 02:07:10 PM »


I also need to replace or fix the coolant expansion tank, as it has tiny cracks on the top and is leaking a bit.   Hey, at least the clock now lights up.

Hi Gerard

I have a spare one if you need it.

Peter
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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2021, 02:10:37 PM »

Fabulous, thanks Peter, I will email you.

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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2021, 04:50:02 PM »

Seat covers.  Not perfect, but not too bad, and a lot cheaper than a retrim.

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« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2021, 11:54:06 AM »

Very good. Probably not even noticeable as covers from outside the car?
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« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2021, 01:04:20 PM »

Those do look rather good. I notice the rear seat backrests and the headrests look a bit loose fitting. I wonder if some foam padding under the covers would plump them up a bit.
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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2021, 09:56:52 PM »

That might work.  The covers look better in real life than they do in photos. and, yes, from outside they hardly look like covers.   The mismatch with the door inserts isn't as annoying as I thought it would be, but I may try to find a match.
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1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina, 1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800, 1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project), 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza, 1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport, 1983 Land Rover Series 3 88, 2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #29 on: February 21, 2021, 10:36:44 AM »

I think careful use of a hairdryer might get the creases out and let the covers settle for an even better look. Of course if we had warm sunny days!!
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