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Old 15-06-2006   #16
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one more thing how easy of a job is the spraying of the covers gonna be cauz you will need special paint if its in the engine bay cauz of the heat factor wont you
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to pass your MOT you need to have red reflectors on the back, but you can buy a pair of reflectors at wilkinsons for 1.99 and stick them on for the MOT then pull them off after you pass. as long as the back of the car has a reflector on each side it will pass.

with past cars i've removed the bump strips and found to my horror that you get A LOT of car park damage, i never realised what a good job bump strips did until i tried taking them off. never again.

for painting parts in the engine bay i use engine paint, its usualy a spray aerosol thats cheap to buy and easy to use and lasts for ages. you can even buy exhaust paint for extra hot applications, but it doesnt stay on a manifold very long, not very surprising when you consider how hot they get, it does work on backboxes very well.
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easy way around the car park damage is to take up two spaces lol.

you will have to post some pics of the covers once you have sprayed them cuz i havnt seen it on a bravo before.
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Looks even better in real life I love Bravo's and this is a very tastefully modded one. Two thumbs up from me
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sorry to ask a stupid question, but is yours a mk1?
I absolutely LOVE your car Nice one.
I wish mine was as tidy.
Im liking the idea of this marea light conversion thing.. Think I might go down that route.. You make it sound easy!
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yep mine's a mk1, one of the last mk1s made.

i'd highly recommend the marea lights, they look better and they give more light and they are easy to fit, the only problem is finding a pair. scrapyards are the cheapest, you can get 1 light for 20 or a pair for 35 usually, on ebay they go for more, sometimes for over 100.

i'll never understand ebay, where do all the mugs come from? people regularly pay more than the RRP for things on ebay. it just doesnt make sense. i think a lot of people see ebay as the only source of car parts, well ebay and halfords. the fools. ebay can be good if you're patient, but scrapyards are always the cheapest and most fun way to get parts. you never know what you'll find.
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but scrapyards are always the cheapest and most fun way to get parts. you never know what you'll find.
You know, I love the idea of going to scrap yards, but a few things put me off:
-All the scrapyards around me are tiny
-I dont really know what im doing in terms of cars .. so cant talk to the people who work there/own them without feeling completely inadequate
-I'd have to go by myself Mr lonesome
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cue one painted engine cover





Normal paint will surfice fella, just use plenty of primer and laquer

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Skate2create that looks much better, especially as the 1.2 has black plastic on top of the engine, your's looks like metal, good choice of paint. and you even did the fiat badge in the same colour of your car. great minds think alike

llol_slim you'll be surprised how friendly people can be a scrapyards, they often look like oily bruisers but you can actually get some great free advice at scrapyards. if you dont know how to get something off a car they will be more than happy to help or even remove it for you at a small price. i bought a gearbox for 70 and had it removed for 5 a couple of weeks ago, well worth the fiver to save myself the hassle. so you dont even need to have tools or mechanical knowledge, if you can point at something and ask "how much?" you'll be fine. i often prefer small scrapyards, the choice is limited but its easier to build up a relationship with the owner. if you need something they havent got just ask, they will often know someone who has it, or can get it, or they'll get it in for you. just dont feed the dogs, they arent the kind of dogs you can stroke.
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llol_slim you'll be surprised how friendly people can be a scrapyards, they often look like oily bruisers but you can actually get some great free advice at scrapyards. if you dont know how to get something off a car they will be more than happy to help or even remove it for you at a small price. i bought a gearbox for 70 and had it removed for 5 a couple of weeks ago, well worth the fiver to save myself the hassle. so you dont even need to have tools or mechanical knowledge, if you can point at something and ask "how much?" you'll be fine. i often prefer small scrapyards, the choice is limited but its easier to build up a relationship with the owner. if you need something they havent got just ask, they will often know someone who has it, or can get it, or they'll get it in for you. just dont feed the dogs, they arent the kind of dogs you can stroke.
cool thanks for that, just a case of building up my confidence then!!
Maebbe if i can persuade a friend to go with me id feel a bit better
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Lovely car hopefully mine will look that nice one day, heraldic blue is a real classy colour!

where did you get your rear mud flaps from there really nice?

also as for the rear lights theres a few european cars which have made there own! have a look on a few of the european bravo sites might give you some good ideas, i dont like only havin 1 reverse light though either, as you say symetry is important!

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nice car but iwant to find out ,, i got the same fiat bravo 1.8 hlx and iwant to lower it 45m can i still put 17inch wheels on it without a problem..

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Quote Originally Posted by llol_slim
cool thanks for that, just a case of building up my confidence then!!
Maebbe if i can persuade a friend to go with me id feel a bit better
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I remeber when I went in after Marea handles for my car, they guys asked me what kind of car I had and I said Brava. I was then asked, well are you sure they fit? How do they fit? I thought they were being know-it-alls trying to tell me they wouldn't fit when in fact they wanted to know how I made them fit for their future knowledge

I now go in armed with screwdrivers etc. and it's like going to the shops for milk, you always come away with more than you intended to (and a few extra screws/ bulbs in the pockets ).

Dan, I agree I do love your engine cover, will have to see if I have any silver left after the interior You're right, these 1.2s never get that hot, useless at winter cruises for keeping warm

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I remeber when I went in after Marea handles for my car, they guys asked me what kind of car I had and I said Brava. I was then asked, well are you sure they fit? How do they fit? I thought they were being know-it-alls trying to tell me they wouldn't fit when in fact they wanted to know how I made them fit for their future knowledge

I now go in armed with screwdrivers etc. and it's like going to the shops for milk, you always come away with more than you intended to (and a few extra screws/ bulbs in the pockets ).
i can imagine they probably are all like that :-) Just me knowing sod all about cars, makes me feel inadequate..
My girlfriend sais she will come with me, so atleast im not going by myself :-)
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nice car but iwant to find out ,, i got the same fiat bravo 1.8 hlx and iwant to lower it 45m can i still put 17inch wheels on it without a problem..

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havent tried 17s on this car but ive ben told by a few people that they will fit fine as long as the width is no more than 7".
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