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Old 27-03-2010   #46
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Good luck with that.

I was going to sign up to be sponsored through University back in the early 90s - but the sight requirements to fly anything remotely interesting were a big issue for me - I am slightly short sighted, and in those days you couldn't get laser correction.

As I didn't fancy being stuck flying the Hercules (sitting duck in combat, IMHO), I decided not to do it.

Biggest mistake of my life.

Go for it, hope you get it, and if they knock you back for combat craft, don't walk away if the alternative is logistics craft - a pilot's licence is a meal ticket for life.
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Thanks very much, I'll do my best.

Oh right, sorry to hear that. What are you doing now then?
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I'm a retail area manager now.

Pays OK, but nowhere near as good as you can get as an airline pilot - which is what most RAF pilots 'retire' to once they've done their stint.
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One thing I really do not want to do is become an airline pilot.

Although I'm not going to make any plans now because I know things will change but I'd love to do something on the airshow side of life after my 'stint' and then go into maybe custom cars/motorsport team that sort of thing. Not really related to flying but looks interesting. Either that or a cushy management job that pays well
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Sub fitted



UPDATE

Modifications:

- Head unit (Sony CDX-GT530UI)
- Hawk Universal Remote Central Locking Upgrade
- Smooth sided
- JBL GTO-0608C Component Speakers
- JBL GT5-A604E 4 Channel Amplifier
- JBL GT5-10 Sub

To do:

- Colour coded bumpers (un-decided on what, not sporting though)
- Colour code wing mirrors
- Colour code door handles
- De-badge rear
- Alloys + tyres

In the future:

- Angel eye headlights
- Smooth boot lid
- Mk2b rear lights
- De-badge bonnet
- De-lock doors
- Tint rear windows
- GSR F39i Induction kit
- Paint engine head
- Full exhaust system
- Leather seats? + interior re-trim?
- New brake discs and pads
- Paint calipers
- Lower
- Interior / exterior lighting
- Proper boot build

Nothing happening for a while, may wait until I get a car with a bit more power to mod to this extent, thinking an HGT in a year or two depending on how my insurance will go.
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Ohh looking good
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I was tinkering around under the bonnet the other day, general engine/fluid checks and just seeing what was what. I also tightened up my airbox as that was flapping about and as I finished I noticed the air intake tube was pointing in the most ridiculous place, right up close to the side wall of the engine just behind the headlight, getting very little air.

Now some people might disagree with me but after relocating it so that it faces the front of the car, I am getting a lot more air and I have to say I can feel the difference, it doesn't feel as sluggish, and can cope with hills slightly better. It might just be a 'all in your head' thing but I'm ok with it

Anyway the point is, does anybody know of any other little bits and pieces you can play around with to make things more efficient/run smoother etc? Obviously cleaning engine parts etc. but anything else?
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Anyway the point is, does anybody know of any other little bits and pieces you can play around with to make things more efficient/run smoother etc? Obviously cleaning engine parts etc. but anything else?
i know its not really like proppa cheap .. but i got a new exhaust back box ...
and just straightened out the exhaust piping so that theres no curves and that seemed to be a real improvement .. the back box was 29.99 from ebay :L and cost 40 to fit it .. worth it though mate.
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Ooh right, ok cheers, might give that a go
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Hi all, little issue with my front left door speaker, sounds exactly like a bad connection but I have checked all the connections and they are all sound (no pun intended lol). It plays intermitently when I go over bumpy roads or even turn left! Sometimes it works but sounds very quiet and muffled. For the time being, so I don't break it any further I have turned it off as it is quite annoying.

I have a Sony CDX-GT530UI head unit and a JBL GT5-A604E 4 Channel Amplifier powering 2x JBL GTO-0608C Component Speakers and 1x JBL GT5-10 Subwoofer.

Everything else works perfectly, just the front left door speaker.

I took the speaker itself out and tested it independently, works perfectly, magnet not broken, no damage to the cone etc. Just doesn't work in the car... wtf?

If anybody has any idea what the problem could be or could offer me a little help it would be much appreciated, I really want to get this problem sorted, preferably for free as I have to fork out to get two panels re-sprayed.

Thanks a lot guys
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Is anybody selling any Mk2b rear lights? Or know where I can find some?

Also, discovered I had a lot of rust while I was under the car today, can anybody explain what I need to do to treat this? What works well?


I wouldn't normally bother with this, it's just that I don't really want to sell the car, I would rather spend lots of time and money and make it like new
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Is anybody selling any Mk2b rear lights? Or know where I can find some?

Also, discovered I had a lot of rust while I was under the car today, can anybody explain what I need to do to treat this? What works well?


I wouldn't normally bother with this, it's just that I don't really want to sell the car, I would rather spend lots of time and money and make it like new
MK2b lights, ebay (expensive at times) or local scrappers (In the pocket job lol jokin)

Rust, Car Body Underseal, blast that **** everywhere, first clear up most of the rut any weak spots get them welded up then underseal
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MK2b lights, ebay (expensive at times) or local scrappers (In the pocket job lol jokin)
Checked ebay, nowt. Will ring local scrappy first thing monday morning.

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Rust, Car Body Underseal, blast that **** everywhere, first clear up most of the rut any weak spots get them welded up then underseal
I think I can manage that. With the welding though, I've never welded before. I have a TIG welder but... :S

Any tips for that? lol, sorry for all the questions, but wanna know what I'm doing before I go scorching the bottom of my car.
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Checked ebay, nowt. Will ring local scrappy first thing monday morning.



I think I can manage that. With the welding though, I've never welded before. I have a TIG welder but... :S

Any tips for that? lol, sorry for all the questions, but wanna know what I'm doing before I go scorching the bottom of my car.
carefull weldin mate, use all goggles and gloves can blind you and burn you, clean the surface and earth to a clean bit of metal,we always remove the earth terminal of the car dunno why might interfear with the earth from tig maybe lol

Anyway clean it all of use sheet metal to cover weak spots, id pull up the carpet on inside as at work we did weldin on a punto and had to pull carpets out cos the heat sets fire on the inside so keep some water around just like little flames appear, prolby just bow them out but dont want carpet catchin innit

Weld tacks to hold in place then thin penetrating weld along edges, grind down the welding a bit when done with angel grinder and then underseal.
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Awesome, I think I can do that. Thanks very much mate.

Might be a couple of days but will post pics of the results.
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