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by John Wilson
Fri 31 May, 2013 22:38
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Paintshield protection film
Replies: 8
Views: 821

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...
by John Wilson
Mon 27 May, 2013 16:13
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May
Replies: 21
Views: 2478

Re: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May

A few pictures http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/Z%20cruise%20May%2013/IMG_0829-1.jpg http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/Z%20cruise%20May%2013/IMG_0830-1.jpg http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/Z%20cruise%20May%2013/IMG_0832.jpg Mike passed out t...
by John Wilson
Sun 26 May, 2013 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: plastic engine cover
Replies: 15
Views: 482

Re: plastic engine cover

'Oven cleaner' ? What's that. Oh yes, I'll ask the wife.
by John Wilson
Sun 26 May, 2013 19:25
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May
Replies: 21
Views: 2478

Re: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May

A great day out. Thanks Mark for organising it. Superb fish and chips on the green at Hunstanton, and Castle Rising village is a revellation. I hope your bonnet has 'healed' itself. I'll post some pictures when I've got them off the camera.
John and Wendy
by John Wilson
Wed 22 May, 2013 10:33
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: 6 day detail (STARTING 20th May 2013).
Replies: 25
Views: 2182

Re: 6 day detail (STARTING 20th May 2013).

Oh, I don't know. I don't want to be considered as obsesive.
by John Wilson
Tue 21 May, 2013 21:31
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: 6 day detail (STARTING 20th May 2013).
Replies: 25
Views: 2182

Re: 6 day detail (STARTING 20th May 2013).

I'm thinking of something similar.

SCHEDULE
DAY 1
A quick wash

MATERIALS USED
Bucket (red)
Water (tap)
Sponge (yellow)

I've also considered an alternative schedule involving

Teabag (one)
Kettle (240v)
Water (tap)
Mug (favourite)
Television (lcd)
by John Wilson
Sun 19 May, 2013 11:07
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May
Replies: 21
Views: 2478

Re: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May

Will be good to see John & Wendy, 22 months since the North Norfolk Cruise, when we last met up with them!
Is it really 22 months! We only managed the Yorkshire cruise last year. It's always a good laugh with the EAC. Looking forward to it.
John
by John Wilson
Sat 18 May, 2013 19:54
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May
Replies: 21
Views: 2478

Re: Sandringham and Hunstanton Saturday 25th May

Sounds good. Me and Wendy will be there. Sorry, wendy has just said it should be 'Wendy and I will be there'. Eitherway, count us in.
John
by John Wilson
Tue 14 May, 2013 22:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My wheel refurb
Replies: 36
Views: 1746

Re: My wheel refurb

I think they'll be fine. You must feel really proud of them. I'm more impressed with owners doing such jobs themselves and sharing it with us, than having professsionals doing everything. Anyway, wheels eventually get chipped through the varnish layer which wouldnt be stopped by any amount of priming.
by John Wilson
Mon 13 May, 2013 16:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC On
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: ABS and ASC On

The front sensors are always the hardest to remove as they really get rusted in. The bolt with the allen head is easy to shear off when removing them so be careful. If you do manage to get them out and clean them, the ASC will automatically reset if they were the problem, but they don't reset straig...
by John Wilson
Fri 10 May, 2013 22:16
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Touching up?
Replies: 6
Views: 744

Re: Touching up?

I've used Halfords for touching up stone chips on my Titan Silver Z3, and found it a good match compared to
a few others Ive tried. I also like the 'pen' applicator which is really good at getting the paint into the chip.
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Apr, 2013 23:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removal experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 551

Re: Sill removal experiences

I did most of the work with the wheels on. You just need to remove the inner wheel arches with one wheel off at a time. I would never have any limbs under fhe car, whether I was using a scissor or hydraulic jack. In fact, having worked on cars for over 40 years I have had failures of hydraulic jacks...
by John Wilson
Fri 26 Apr, 2013 14:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removal experiences
Replies: 5
Views: 551

Sill removal experiences

I just removed and replaced my Z3 sills (2litre 2000 roadster). I decided to have them resprayed because of that little bit that rusts where the front wheel kicks up grit onto it. In fact that bit was not too bad, but elsewhere inside was quite rusty in places so I was glad I did it. I had them done...
by John Wilson
Fri 22 Mar, 2013 23:35
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: THE END OF THE 4X4...NOW THE 6X6
Replies: 12
Views: 1962

Re: THE END OF THE 4X4...NOW THE 6X6

Image
It ruins the styling but the boot space is great.
by John Wilson
Sat 16 Mar, 2013 20:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Once in a lifetime.....
Replies: 14
Views: 565

Re: Once in a lifetime.....

A range rover behind the trees?
by John Wilson
Fri 01 Feb, 2013 23:38
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Memory Lane anyone?
Replies: 23
Views: 1267

Re: Memory Lane anyone?

In the days when seatbelts were fixed, you could get extensions for the toggle switches on your mini, because you couldnt reach them when wearing your seatbelt. I also remember those extensions for your rear leaf springs. With them on,you couldnt see the car behind you, only sky, and your front ligh...
by John Wilson
Wed 02 Jan, 2013 01:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone been out in a Z this year
Replies: 31
Views: 962

Re: Anyone been out in a Z this year

Craig's story is really inspiring for the new year. Having to chat with the z to make it realise the importance of the job it has to perform, and Albert finally realising and spluttering into life so that the whole romantic gesture can take place. You've also got the slight conflict of relationships...
by John Wilson
Tue 01 Jan, 2013 20:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone been out in a Z this year
Replies: 31
Views: 962

Anyone been out in a Z this year

Its now a tradition we take the Z3 out to the coast on new years day. We went to Dunwich (absolutely heaving with people) and Walberswick- both on the Suffolk coast. We had the top down absorbing the sunshine, with the heater on maximum. The pub at Walberswick was doing a bbq out front so we had to ...
by John Wilson
Thu 06 Dec, 2012 19:27
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Fuel Tax
Replies: 22
Views: 1433

Re: Fuel Tax

We need more of a tax contribution from electric car owners. When you take into account efficiencies from generating electricity, losses from power lines, charging the batteries, and efficiency of the electric motor itself, the petrol engine is only slightly worse than an electric one (about 20% as ...
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 22:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Code readers not that good?
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: Code readers not that good?

Robert I think I'm understanding it a bit better. A sensor might not be completely broken but just be giving occasionally eratic readings, and in that case the fault might or might not pick it up. I was just looking at another current post where a MAF sensor was successfully picked up by a code read...
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 20:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Code readers not that good?
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: Code readers not that good?

I think that's entirely my point. What you are saying is that the code reader is saying there is no fault with the cam sensor, but because code readers, or the system that tells the code reader, is not very good, you might as well fork out for a new one anyway.
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Code readers not that good?
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: Code readers not that good?

I understand there could be ambiguity in some instances, but the current thread 'car wont start all the time' a camshaft sensor was replaced after using a code reader. The problem was still there. Surely the computer would know if a sensor was working or not.
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 18:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Code readers not that good?
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Code readers not that good?

It's the 21st century. Gone are the days of having to know about your engine. Just plug in your computer and the answer comes out. Only, judging by this forum, it never seems that easy. There is currently running a thread with poor starting issues, and, dispite the use of a code reader, discussion i...
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 14:52
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

I always wondered how they made iron bru
by John Wilson
Sun 28 Oct, 2012 10:39
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

We wouldn't have to change to a positive earth. It's already the right way round. The only thing that needs doing is making sure all the panels are able to have electricity floring between them and are not insulated from each other by paint or anything else. Then it will only be the positive termina...
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 19:46
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

That's just a ridiculous comment. Don't you realise I can NEVER find the wire brush in my place.
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 19:12
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

Ah, perhaps this is the answer to rust prevention. You use the battery instead of the zinc to set up the potential difference. So by joining up all the panels together in one huge earth terminal, the positive terminal will be sacrificed in place of the panels rusting. The battery terminal may have t...
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 16:53
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

Here's a z4 about to become amphibious when the tide comes in. A bit to much zinc on the left hand side, I think.
http://sippican.villagesoup.com/news/st ... all/912013
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 16:23
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Replacement Radio / CD / Ipod player - help please
Replies: 7
Views: 1704

Re: Replacement Radio / CD / Ipod player - help please

I went for a Kenwood KTC something. The ipod connector is a lead on the back which can be pushed through between the panels in the passenger well so that the ipod (or ipad, in my case) can be plugged in and then kept in the mesh holder in the well. This means theres nothing messy sticking out the fr...
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 16:02
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

Theres plenty of salt water around on our roads over winter- thats what causes the rusting in the first place. If the zinc is in an exposed place underneath and bolted directly to steel, that should be sufficient to set up a potential dfference.
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 15:52
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

I dont know why they havent tried those anodes on cars. You would have to make sure there was a continuous conductive connection across all the body panels ( ie not completly insulated from each other by paint), and have a piece of zinc somewhere underneath (not on the bonnet -as my previous suggest...
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 14:59
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

Yes, you're absolutely right. I was forgetting we were talking about a graphite electrode and not a metal one. I think the gases coming off would be hydrogen and oxygen, just splitting up the water molecules. I was reluctant to claim expertise. I spend most of my time these days feeding solutions th...
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 03:19
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

The rust will be removed, but it wont be transformed back to iron. Theoretically, it's like the oxygen atoms come off the iron and go onto the other electrode, causing that to rust in it's place. (I know its really about the electrons moving about but its an easier way to visualise it), but, because...
by John Wilson
Sat 27 Oct, 2012 00:45
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Removing Rust with Electrolysis
Replies: 44
Views: 2814

Re: Removing Rust with Electrolysis

I feel as a graduate chemist working in a lab, that I should lay in with a definitive answer, but its been a long time since I did anything with what is a redox reaction. Rust is iron with extra oxygen attached to it so with the right environment and electricity to get the electrons moving, the oxyg...
by John Wilson
Sat 20 Oct, 2012 18:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS AND ASC LIGHTS ON HELP?????
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: ABS AND ASC LIGHTS ON HELP?????

I definitely think it's worth getting the sensors off. I put up with mine and kept having problems and it just takes the fun out of the Z, not knowing when it will happen again. Each time it happened, the computer would cut the power to the engine and while you could drive it, the acceleration was a...
by John Wilson
Sat 20 Oct, 2012 16:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS AND ASC LIGHTS ON HELP?????
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: ABS AND ASC LIGHTS ON HELP?????

It's most probably the wheel sensors. Take then out and clean them. They're held in place with an allen headed nut. They tend to be corroded in so are difficult to get out, especially the front ones, so be careful not to shear them off. The ASC light might not go out straight away, but should after ...
by John Wilson
Fri 05 Oct, 2012 12:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone guess what i am up to?
Replies: 27
Views: 1524

Re: Anyone guess what i am up to?

Ah, I was going to guess 'cleaning the bathroom and painting the hall'.
by John Wilson
Sun 16 Sep, 2012 11:00
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Diary empty.
Replies: 21
Views: 2601

Re: Diary empty.

I'm not an 'org' member, but had a quick look because of this post. I noticed that the 'East Anglian Crew' events are only appearing on the org site. Again, it's not meant as a criticism . Mike and Sandy have done a great job in trying to bring together people in our area in particular. But it would...
by John Wilson
Mon 27 Aug, 2012 12:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Project Illuminated Side Vents !
Replies: 11
Views: 899

Re: Project Illuminated Side Vents !

Just a thought. I don't suppose the side vents are needed for ventelation. (the clue is in the name). Is it alright bunging them up with LEDs.
by John Wilson
Sun 19 Aug, 2012 11:29
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Light blue Z3 going towards Thetford
Replies: 0
Views: 289

Light blue Z3 going towards Thetford

On the 1066 going from Diss, towards Thetford, passed a lovely looking light blue Z3 with KEV in the numberplate. We both had tops down, absorbing the sunshine. (You have to watch out for deer on that road, especially around dusk).
John
Oh yes, it was yesterday (saturday), late afternoon
by John Wilson
Sun 05 Aug, 2012 10:40
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Now arrived - new toy
Replies: 33
Views: 2564

Re: Ebay is dangerous - new toy

Has it still got the golden nugget plaque? I cant see it on the pic of the dash
by John Wilson
Sun 10 Jun, 2012 12:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help wanted
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Help wanted

There may not be technically a 'limp' mode, surely this is just a shorthand term used to express the well known effect of the power been cut to some default level when sensors are triggered. This happens commonly from dirty wheel sensors resulting in the ABS light coming on. The result is that accel...
by John Wilson
Sat 09 Jun, 2012 10:02
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Fond farewell from me...
Replies: 9
Views: 1284

Re: Fond farewell from me...

Enjoyed your contributions to the site. Take care.
John
by John Wilson
Tue 05 Jun, 2012 21:55
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: In support of Mike
Replies: 23
Views: 1444

Re: In support of Mike

I didn't think Mike was being offensive to the person asking for advice. He was a bit offensive of the Bentley manual, which might have upset Mr Bentley, but his warnings about that book were informative. However I would say that the discussion on the thread about the stuck bonnet which is currently...
by John Wilson
Tue 05 Jun, 2012 20:59
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: In support of Mike
Replies: 23
Views: 1444

Re: In support of Mike

It all got out of hand over whether Bentley or Haynes manuals were best. Things were said that will be regreted in the morning. It will probably all come out on Jeremy Kyle soon.
by John Wilson
Tue 05 Jun, 2012 20:00
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: In support of Mike
Replies: 23
Views: 1444

Re: In support of Mike

It's the 'engine temperature ' thread that's sparked this most recently, but other recent threads as well. Now this thread has been blocked and so information on a common problem which could be of use to many, has been lost.
by John Wilson
Tue 05 Jun, 2012 17:38
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: In support of Mike
Replies: 23
Views: 1444

In support of Mike

It seems to me that Mike Fishwick has been given a hard time of it on recent forums. I know he can be a bit blunt, but he has a wealth of valuable information, and I just feel that it would be a shame if he is put off from posting his in-depth knowledge because of this reaction. I think that comment...
by John Wilson
Sun 27 May, 2012 15:29
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Chip repair
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: Chip repair

Yes, sorry, if I keep complementing them they might give me a Z4.
As for the paint, you can get the smallest possible blob onto the end of the nib while its away from the car, and then apply it afterwards.
by John Wilson
Sun 27 May, 2012 12:21
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Chip repair
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Chip repair

I don't usually visit Halfords often, but I thought I'd try their touch up paint for my titan silver z3, having been disappointed with products from specialist companies. I have been pleasantly surprised by the results. The match is very good considering its hard with metallics, and I really like th...
by John Wilson
Sun 20 May, 2012 22:01
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: O.M.G. !!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 2349

Re: O.M.G. !!!!

I like the way the sellers are implying that you might also want to buy a DAF recovery truck if you buy the z.