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by John Wilson
Mon 14 Jul, 2014 21:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Halfrauds
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: Halfrauds

I really feel the need of another trip to Halfords. Last time I was pleasantly surprised by what they stocked. Their touch up paint for Titan silver is the best that I've tried and has a nice pen applicator. I got a few other useful bits and pieces as well. I remember the time when you could get an ...
by John Wilson
Mon 07 Jul, 2014 23:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New tomtom limitations
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: New tomtom limitations

You cant even access your acount without Flash. We only had an Ipad with us on holiday, so couldnt do anything to try and sort it out.
by John Wilson
Sun 06 Jul, 2014 18:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New tomtom limitations
Replies: 4
Views: 256

New tomtom limitations

Our old tomtom go fell on my Storm gear knob and smashed the screen just before our holiday to France, so we quickly got a tomtom start 25. I thought I'd be able to transfer our France map with no problems, but apparently you cant. The whole access to the Tomtom has changed. You now cant see the fil...
by John Wilson
Wed 02 Jul, 2014 22:01
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Mcjazz's dakar yellow in Northern France
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Mcjazz's dakar yellow in Northern France

On holiday in Northern France, we pulled into a nice resturant in Chateau Beaulieu in Busnes and parked next to a very smart Dakar 2.2. We spent the meal speculating about who the owners could be. So, British- by the numberplate, no tables more than 2 people, etc. As we were leaving, we met the owne...
by John Wilson
Thu 26 Jun, 2014 22:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: roof knifed
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Re: roof knifed

No,no, I wouldnt go on 'org'. Just the thought of it..... (Only kidding). I've just found the thread I was thinking of. http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=40918&p=380141&hilit=Roof#p380141 (Mind I'm sure them at org know what they're talking about as well---as they're usually the sam...
by John Wilson
Thu 26 Jun, 2014 13:27
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Otley Carnival
Replies: 1
Views: 688

Re: Otley Carnival

I suppose, being from Yorkshire, it is licenced t' kill
by John Wilson
Thu 26 Jun, 2014 12:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: roof knifed
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Re: roof knifed

There has been a thread recently about best replacement roofs, I've had a quick look but cant find it. I know Titan Tim is looking to get a red one (stick to black, I say) and he contributed, but I dont know who started the thread. Anyway, sorry to hear of the vandalism, especially on such a nice lo...
by John Wilson
Sat 21 Jun, 2014 12:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight Converter / France Trip
Replies: 22
Views: 745

Re: Headlight Converter / France Trip

Mike, it's not a case of just being stroppy. My headlights were damaged by using converters. I'm just off to France again in a weeks time, and you can't blame me for being a bit worried about it. I've always complied with French regulations, but just would like to be sure that it won't happen again....
by John Wilson
Tue 17 Jun, 2014 20:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: After a puncture.
Replies: 88
Views: 9676

Re: After a puncture.

I diagree. Lots of useful information concerning punctures, and all spot on topic. It should be in the knowledge base for reference.
by John Wilson
Tue 17 Jun, 2014 17:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: After a puncture.
Replies: 88
Views: 9676

Re: After a puncture.

I think, to sum up, that a George Forman is the best solution to a flat on a Z3. But what about the fumes from the grill. Will they enter the cabin and pose a danger?
by John Wilson
Tue 17 Jun, 2014 15:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: After a puncture.
Replies: 88
Views: 9676

Re: After a puncture.

By dismantling it into it's individual components, you could actually get an Actifry into a Z3 boot.
Also, what is an Actifry?
by John Wilson
Sat 14 Jun, 2014 13:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: After a puncture.
Replies: 88
Views: 9676

Re: After a puncture.

I used to have an 1948 Austin 16 which had it's own built in jacking system. Under the bonnet was a place for a small lever which worked a hydraulic system that could raise the car front, rear or all 4 off the ground. That was the only hydraulic system in the car. The brakes were operated by rods.
by John Wilson
Fri 13 Jun, 2014 11:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: After a puncture.
Replies: 88
Views: 9676

Re: After a puncture.

If you have a cat fitted, you wont get carbon monoxide fumes anyway. It is converted to carbon dioxide, which isnt poisonous and, if it is not excluding oxygen altogether, wont harm you.
by John Wilson
Tue 10 Jun, 2014 21:56
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Yorkshire cruise Saturday 9th August 2014
Replies: 106
Views: 9303

Re: POSTPONED Yorks cruise Saturday 7th June

Having being moaning on about speed limits, could I also add that everyone should attend a Deano cruise at least once. Always an unforgettable experience, well organised, and taking place in the best countryside in the world.
by John Wilson
Mon 09 Jun, 2014 21:33
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Yorkshire cruise Saturday 9th August 2014
Replies: 106
Views: 9303

Re: POSTPONED Yorks cruise Saturday 7th June

I dont want to sound patriachal, but I dont think we should be promoting breaking speed limits on a post organising a cruise. If nothing else, it could put off people attending a cruise if they thought that they were going to be travelling at 150 % ofthe speed limit. The cruises I have been on, whil...
by John Wilson
Sun 08 Jun, 2014 21:03
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Yorkshire cruise Saturday 9th August 2014
Replies: 106
Views: 9303

Re: POSTPONED Yorks cruise Saturday 7th June

I do believe we are not allowed to exeed the speed limits whether we have points or not.
by John Wilson
Tue 27 May, 2014 23:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel wound
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Re: Wheel wound

One of the most important things is to keep the sanding flat. Don't be tempted to use something like a dremmel which will result in undulations. Hand sanding it is surprisingly quick as the alloy is quite soft.
by John Wilson
Mon 26 May, 2014 22:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel wound
Replies: 4
Views: 258

Wheel wound

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/IMG_0284.jpg Nasty gouge in one of my wheels after parking in John Lewis carpark in Norwich. I've shown how I dealt with this problem in a previous post, but this is a more extreme scrape, really quite deep and jagged edge. I cut my finger on it ...
by John Wilson
Sat 17 May, 2014 21:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What I did when the ABS light came on
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: What I did when the ABS light came on

Great account. This sort of sharing is what I most like about the zroadster site. Thanks.
by John Wilson
Wed 14 May, 2014 09:31
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: BMW Z2
Replies: 28
Views: 2949

Re: BMW Z2

You don't have to be driving like mad to benefit from rear wheel drive. When you are accelerating, the weight is transferred to the rear of the car, so that's were the driving wheels should be. When you are in a hurry to pull out of a junction, with a lock on, my focus front wheels are just spinning...
by John Wilson
Wed 30 Apr, 2014 00:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC light comes on at 20mph
Replies: 48
Views: 2792

Re: DSC light comes on at 20mph

It sometimes takes a couple of journeys before resetting itself. Hope it works.
John
by John Wilson
Sun 20 Apr, 2014 20:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC light comes on at 20mph
Replies: 48
Views: 2792

Re: DSC light comes on at 20mph

You could try a proper releasing oil. I believe that The WD40 people do a releasing oil, but that the standard WD40 is not strickly for that use. Try keeping it soaking for a few days. It might save you a few quid distroying the sensors.
by John Wilson
Fri 11 Apr, 2014 18:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC light comes on at 20mph
Replies: 48
Views: 2792

Re: DSC light comes on at 20mph

I agree with Mike that you should just get the wheel sensors out, and if they are damaged, then just replace them for a few quid. At least the bolts are removable and have not sheared, which is the biggest problem. Once out, they can then be easily cleaned on a regular basis, thus preventing future ...
by John Wilson
Fri 28 Feb, 2014 17:36
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Dare I say...Spitfire/MGB Roadster
Replies: 46
Views: 3464

Re: Dare I say...Spitfire/MGB Roadster

I was just looking at the 'Antiques road trip' on the telly (yes, that's my life). They were driving around in what was described as a Triumph GT6 roadster. As I don't think that ever existed, I'm guessing it was a Spitfire body stuck on a GT6. It was a really nice looking car and takes the best par...
by John Wilson
Sun 09 Feb, 2014 15:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dealing with rust?
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: Dealing with rust?

I think its zinc sulphate solution they use. Im sure it must be all on youtube. The thing is about electroplating is that as long as zinc is deposited, it will oxidise preferencially to the steel. Some steel hulled boats have a big lump of zinc bolted to the hull for that reason. It sets up like a b...
by John Wilson
Sun 09 Feb, 2014 12:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dealing with rust?
Replies: 8
Views: 534

Re: Dealing with rust?

I'm wondering if DIY electroplating could be a possibility. It would be hard to do a whole sill because of the size of bath needed, but with quite a small bath you could dip the front edge in , where the rusting problem occurs, bung in the chemicals and a bit of zinc, attach a car battery charger, a...
by John Wilson
Sun 02 Feb, 2014 17:51
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Been out in the zed this weekend?
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: Been out in the zed this weekend?

That's a powerful pressure washer you've got
by John Wilson
Mon 27 Jan, 2014 15:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric Z3 conversion
Replies: 5
Views: 299

Re: Electric Z3 conversion

An electric motor might be alright for the Dyson, but I'm not swopping it for my Z. Surely the engine is one of the main joys of owning a Z. Otherwise I'd just be lugging heavy batteries around in a Prius, and pretending I'm saving the planet.
by John Wilson
Sun 26 Jan, 2014 11:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front mud guards
Replies: 14
Views: 407

Re: Front mud guards

I've had this problem of rusting in this area and have recently taken the sills off and had them treated and resprayed. While I'm sure that part of the problem was stone chipping on this area, there is also a problem with muck getting down between the front edge of the sill and the wheel arch liner....
by John Wilson
Sun 12 Jan, 2014 22:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Storm handbrake handle
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: Storm handbrake handle

I agree. They are good quality turnings and look good, but, at the price you pay, it's not asking too much that they fit according to their own instructions. All they had to do was to measure the diameter of the existing button, and made their inside diameter a bit bigger than that. It doesnt even h...
by John Wilson
Sun 12 Jan, 2014 15:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC light comes on at 20mph
Replies: 48
Views: 2792

Re: DSC light comes on at 20mph

I've found that the front sensors are more likely to be at fault because they are the ones that are more exposed to spray. That is why they are also more difficult to remove. I understand your reluctance to remove them. I had one shear of and it then needed drilling out and retapping. It's worth try...
by John Wilson
Sun 12 Jan, 2014 15:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Storm handbrake handle
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Storm handbrake handle

I've just fitted a Storm handbrake handle to match the gear knob I have. It turned out to be a bit of a pain to do. The new button is meant to fit over the old one and then is secured by allen keys. The problem was that it was too small to fit over. I eventually got it on with hammering and damage t...
by John Wilson
Sun 29 Dec, 2013 17:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What a beautiful day...
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: What a beautiful day...

We took the Z3 to the Norfolk coast today, at Winterton. Roof down all the way there with blue sky and heater up full. Saw the seals with cubs on the beach then wonderful bacon bagettes and soup in the cafe just by the beach. Had to pass a gritting lorry on the way back so now it doesnt look as clea...
by John Wilson
Tue 05 Nov, 2013 22:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rusty Z3 - Repair or Sell??
Replies: 3
Views: 468

Re: Rusty Z3 - Repair or Sell??

I had my sills done last spring. I've a 2000 Titan Silver 2litre. The sills were rusting from behind but the chassis members behind were in perfect condition. I just took the sills off myself and then had them sandblasted and sprayed. The colour match was perfect. The sills are fairly easy to get of...
by John Wilson
Sun 03 Nov, 2013 18:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Whats my Zed worth
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Whats my Zed worth

Tim
You're always saying that you are going to sell that car. When it comes to the crunch you can't do it. So it doesn't really matter what it's worth. You've put too much into it to let it go for just a few grand.
by John Wilson
Sat 19 Oct, 2013 22:57
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: How can anyone do this.
Replies: 5
Views: 999

How can anyone do this.

http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/20131019_153658.jpg I spotted this Z4 today. I couldnt believe that it's been scraped against the curb in such a way. All of those nice alloys were completely ruined all the way round. It has obviously been parked continually with no thought of w...
by John Wilson
Fri 06 Sep, 2013 23:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY
Replies: 25
Views: 4541

Re: Lost power 2l Z3 2000 MY

I too have a 2 litre 2000 Z3. I used to have lots of trouble with the ABS light coming on and the car losing power as a result. Although it might not be the same in this case, I would really recomend regular cleaning of the wheel sensors no matter what any diagnostic equipment says. The first time y...
by John Wilson
Tue 06 Aug, 2013 10:53
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Considering a Z4 Coupe, help please!
Replies: 23
Views: 3926

Re: Considering a Z4 Coupe, help please!

I think that it could be that, because the Z4 is a very different car from the Z3, there isn't a natural progression from one to the other. I haven't moved on to a Z4 from a Z3, not because I can't afford the 'upgrade', but because I just love the look of the Z3. I wish I could combine the engineeri...
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Jul, 2013 21:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bertini GT25 - new Z3 body change kitcar
Replies: 191
Views: 30359

Re: Bertini Falco - new Z3 body change kitcar

Sorry, we're all putting in our three pennyworth, as if we could do better, but....
The bit of bodywork between the headlight and the front grill appears to have a ridge between it. This, to me interrupts the flow of bodywork around the grill. Just a thought. Looks great.
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Jul, 2013 11:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hamann hardtops...
Replies: 337
Views: 35686

Re: Hamann hardtops...

I can't understand how it would make a difference to the fit just because they dont make many. Surely they just are made around a mould so the shape would be the same whether you made one 2 years ago or just yesterday.
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Jul, 2013 16:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Get 100 free tanks of petrol
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: Get 100 free tanks of petrol

Yes, you're right, that's the road tax and insurance paid as well.
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Jul, 2013 15:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Get 100 free tanks of petrol
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Get 100 free tanks of petrol

There is some discussion on this site about the petrol consumption of z's, so here is the real cost for those considering a buy. We have 2 cars in our household, the z3 2 litre and a focus. The focus cost me about £10000, second hand. A Z3 like mine can be picked up for about £3000. Yes, I get 42 to...
by John Wilson
Sun 07 Jul, 2013 23:23
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: SEATBELT GUIDE MOD FOR SALE...20 BUYERS NEEDED
Replies: 59
Views: 2983

Re: SEATBELT GUIDE MOD FOR SALE...20 BUYERS NEEDED

Ah, yes, they look good. I was looking at the other link from Snoops. The picture there doesnt look like self tappers.
by John Wilson
Sun 07 Jul, 2013 23:05
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: SEATBELT GUIDE MOD FOR SALE...20 BUYERS NEEDED
Replies: 59
Views: 2983

Re: SEATBELT GUIDE MOD FOR SALE...20 BUYERS NEEDED

Are those allen head screws self tappers?
by John Wilson
Sun 07 Jul, 2013 10:26
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Z4 rammed by driver's father
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

Re: Z4 rammed by driver's father

Yea, sorry Tim , I guess I'm just jealous of your Z4. I love the latest model Z4's like yours, but it would be interesting to know which of your 2 models you would choose to be written off if a choice had to be made. After all, you have said that you are going to sell the 3, but still no sign of it....
by John Wilson
Fri 07 Jun, 2013 01:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: do people prefer?
Replies: 23
Views: 666

Re: do people prefer?

I have been thinking of making a perspex deflector, but was wondering about drilling it out to allow a bit of air through to give the same propeties as the mesh one. Has this been done before.?
by John Wilson
Sat 01 Jun, 2013 10:37
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Paintshield protection film
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Paintshield protection film

Brian H wrote:I know it is hard to see but got any pics of it on?
There are pictures of Mark's car with it on, on the 'Sandringham and Hunstanton' current thread, though you can't see any sign of it, even zooming in.
by John Wilson
Fri 31 May, 2013 22:38
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Paintshield protection film
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Paintshield protection film

One word awesome! If you love your zed get it! What happened with the stone chip you got from the Hunstanton outing last weekend? Did it get right through the film and mark the paintwork at all, and did the 'self healing' work with heat or water? The car looked great at the weekend, by the way, and...