Just received a call from APS… the car is ready! I’ll be picking it up tomorrow morning and with 5 working days left (about 600 miles of commuting miles) it gives me plenty of time to make sure it doesn’t fail on the way to the Czech Republic :)
I’d like to express my biggest gratitude ever to Nathan, Ed and Andy over at APS for sorting me out in such a short time with no notice at all.
Having just received the quotes to get the gearbox replaced again, I’ve decided that once it has been repaired and has seen me through the Czech Trek, it will be up for sale. Owning a modified car is not without its pitfalls :(
Oh, and happy birthday to me ;)
Can you flipping believe it? With less than 2 weeks until the trip to the Czech Republic the gearbox is broken again!
Just wanted to say: THANKS! Despite the attempts of Royal Mail to sabotage my cars clutch fitting, they persevered and got it ready with plenty of time to spare for the trackday. Go visit them and buy something expensive
After two weeks I have to admit defeat and give up my quest for a 6 speed gearbox to replace the broken 5 speed. Once again Dave comes to the rescue by offering his old 5 speed and Sachs clutch for a friendly price, so tomorrow the car will be towed/pushed/driven to DS Automotives where they are going to do the work. Also asked them to replace the front brake pads as one of them is bordering dangerous. At least I’m now going to be ready in time for the trackday
Oh deary me. Yesterday was just an ordinary day, but the ending was far from it. I set off for home, driving as normal (like a granny ;)) and once on the M11 I started to shift up through the gears until I had to change from 4th to 5th. Except that my gear stick was not to be persuaded to move out of number 4… at all :(
I managed to get all the way up to J20 on the M25 in 4th gear, but getting onto the A41 turned to be impossible without stopping. Fortunately I was able to get going from standstill (in 4th!) but halfway up the A41, I got stuck uphill in a traffic jam which meant I had to admit defeat until the traffic cleared. I could not afford to stop too many times along the way.
After an hour or so I went on my way again and this time I made it home (eventually) with only 1 long stop at the bottom of the A41. By the time I had reached home, the clutch was completely burned out. Smells lovely though… NOT!