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  1. Welcome to the forum mate, we've not had an Aussie for a while I don't think! Surprised there's no Glanzas over there given the love for the 82s; was it an import restriction stopping it?
  2. If I were you, I'd get the plastic skirts pulled off ASAP. GT Turbos have been known to have severe sill corrosion hidden behind the plastics before now, so even if just for peace of mind, I'd check them. On the whole, the Starlet is looking good though! It's all the little things that come together.
  3. Quick update as there's not been much to report on! Had an issue before the Christmas period where the Starlet was not running right at all. Spark was fine, but nothing was happening in cylinder 2 at all, there was barely any heat getting into it but I also tested the injectors for signal/continuity and they came back fine as well. Plug was very sooty. Compression test revealed there was low compression on cylinder 2, which pointed to either fucked valves or rings as oil and coolant looked fine and there was no steam. At this point I'm thinking the worst, that there's a big hole melted into my forged piston or something just as bad. Left it sat on the courtyard in disgust while I went and got a daily driver Aygo 😂 Come February, my mates picked it up and taken it to his garage to get it stripped down and investigated. Leakdown test showed that the piston was sealing fine, happy days. It's taken a while to get back round to it again due to him being swamped with work on mobility assist and essential worker vehicles, but he managed to get the head off in a rare quiet period and found that the exhaust valve on cylinder 2 hasn't been closing properly and is heat damaged. Piston top and head look fine for first look, just very covered in carbon. Will update as I find out more, but hopegully it'll just be a case of replacing the valve! I've asked for him to check over the fuelling as a precaution as it's something that I've never looked into during my time owning the Starlet, not even when I first got in on the road after being sat.
  4. I've not updated this in a bit! Moved over to Yorkshire for work a year ago and had less space to do anything to the car so other than small things, not much has happened. Had a race-spec rocker and catch can lying around for ages so finally got these to Rob-H (RCH Engineering) to get the baffle spot welds drilled out and tapped for bolting back in so everything could be properly cleaned. Good job I did as well as there were deposits of caked oily sand from a previous paint job! Ended up getting both the rocker and catch can powdercoated to gloss black, and also bought some Magnecor red leads to really tiden up the engine bay. Cheers to Rob for making up the bracket that I needed for the catch can also, as well as helping me fit it all. Yuck. Wouldn't have been good for the engine! All installed! The next change is a fairly big one, and has already prompted a bit of outrage... I've been informed there will no longer be mulled cider for me at future JAE's Out with the old Gonna miss these like fuck, as impractical they were for tyre and brake upgrade choice. And... ...in... ...with the new! 15x7 Enkei NT03 As good as the Volks looked, these have filled out the arches perfectly with the AD08Rs (maybe just a bit too perfectly on the rear!). No idea what offset it is, guesstimations were around 38-40, but that could be hugely out as I was on my back trying to measure it while they were on the car... Eventual plan will be to refurb them in a classic bright silver or go for more of an athranticite colour. --- With having just been on a holiday to Oslo to see friends etc, money will be low for the next few months. Once I have stuff squared away, I can then start saving up slowly for some standalone antics. Externally and in the bay, the car is mostly 'finished', with relatively small things that I need to get sorted (rubbing intercooler hardpipes etc). Time to not post an update for six months again
  5. Good to see the Rattlesnek is alive and well!
  6. Looks to be in lovely condition! I'm a bit late in saying, but welcome to UKSO! Give me those Harts pls
  7. Unfortunately you could be waiting a while, they're as rare as hen's teeth now. Retro jap tin has been massively going up in price in recent years.
  8. Not completely sold on the Hypersport short shift kit, but I don't know how much of that is syncros getting worn. Hard to get into second most of the time, have to wiggle it a bit to get the shifter into 2nd. The throw is much improved in general however, with the lower (2nd, 4th, R) gears having slightly shorter throw than the upper (1st, 3rd, 5th) gears Other than that, no issues to report. Rear wiper motor looks to be giving, or have given, up the ghost; currently the wiper arm is parked upright. Going to get a bit of WD on it in the New Year to see what that does.
  9. I dearly want one of these with a ZC lump, just from this video alone. I love the design of that rear hatch as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJiY8adHCFQ
  10. Not much to report on really. I got a job and moved into the enemy lands of Yorkshire, so the Starlet has been doing daily duties. The Ogura clutch has finally started to slip. A quick browse of Nengun later and... Well. Brand new Ogura ORC309 In addition to that, I also ordered a Hypersport short shift kit. Both of these items should be getting fitted the week after next, all going well. :D I think the new pressure plate will take my leg by surprise, as I'm sure it's taking less pressure to use the Ogura I have in at the moment than is normal.
  11. Yep, a Renault Laguna splitter
  12. Hello all, Just to remind you that the sales section and club membership is there for a reason - protecting you. In the last few days, it's come to light that a non-paid member has contacted another and sold them some items, items which, when they turned up, were not as described. The seller in this case appears to have been someone we had banned before for the same thing, only come back with a different account. The IP address has now also been banned, but this isn't an infallible method as new accounts can be made and logged in from anywhere. We know that the restrictions before you can sell items makes things less easier than Facebook etc, but it is there to protect you as buyers, and give sellers a decent place to advertise. In this case, the buyer may come out of this okay thanks to Paypal. Please be vigilant. We're fine with using the messenger to sort out details between parties concerning something for sale on the forum, but when someone with just a 'Member' title is straight up selling in messenger, something isn't right. Give us a heads up by reporting, and we can look into it and see if it's something we need to take action on. Thanks all!
  13. They're both (noisy and silent) called the 309D, but the actual part code for the silent says 309DS. Here is the silent type 309D on RHDJapan: https://www.rhdjapan.com/orc-309d-silent-single-plate-metal-clutch-kit-ep82-ep91.html I must admit I do love my jangling clutch though haha. It does attract some funny looks at times it must be said, and it sounds really loud once in an enclosed space (such as a shared driveway between two semi-detached houses), so be aware of that. Edit: On buying the clutch from RHDJapan, I know it can be steep and you may be waiting a bit of time, but I honestly have no qualms about dealing with them. No-one really seems to stock the Ogura Starlet clutches over here anyway.
  14. Well, it all looked very promising for Toyota, but with that limited production and the price, I can't help but feel they've lost the plot. I'd understand the limited numbers if there was already a hot (or even warm) hatch Yaris out there and this was a model to build upon the pedigree and be a more specialist/hardcore version (to which all the Masters of Nurburging fanfare would be justified), but there's nothing between this and the next rung down which is a bog standard Yaris. They've shot themselves in the foot. A lot of people were eager to see something to knock ST's off their peg, while remaining competitive with price, and Toyota do this. Bewildering.
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