Forester STI – New Fog Light Cover STI Decals

The left fog light cover could do with a new decal and a little freshen up with a layer of lacquer so I carefully measured the dimensions of the original STI decals and had an eBay seller make me some exact copies of them for me. I wanted to make sure I placed the new […]

S1 Elise – First Time on the Lift for a Mechanical Inspection

First Time on the Lift for a Mechanical Inspection The Elise had been given all the necessary servicing during it’s lifetime so far with some decent upgrades too. But I think it’s fair to say that servicing work carried out, particularly during the last two owners time, was driven purely by MOT and recommended intervals. […]

S1 Elise – Finding and Buying my Series 1 Lotus Elise

Finding and Buying my Series 1 Lotus Elise After finishing the MX5 and enjoying the increase in power for a good while it was time for a change. So after selling it I did the usual scan through the web to see what interesting cars were available out there with particular interest in two cars. […]

Forester STI – Cavity Wax and Full Underside Wax Treatment

With the Dinitrol Super Protect 447 applied, next I could deal with protecting the body shell and subframe cavities. I could also apply a layer of wax to the whole underside. There wouldn’t be much point in me putting in all this time and effort to protect the outer surfaces of the body shell and […]

Forester STI – Pre ‘Undersealing’ Strip Down

After thoroughly cleaning the underside anywhere I could with a pressure washer and allowing everything to dry out. Now it was time to get the car up on the lift and start removing any plastic trims and some suspension parts that would make the job of spraying the protective coatings easier and more effective. This […]

Jem’s Mini – Roll Cage Fitting

We always wanted to put a roll cage in Jem’s Mini for a bit of additional safety and to improve the rigidity of the shell. But I couldn’t fit one to the car with the old sills in the rusty state they were, it would have been pointless. Well since I’d replaced the sills I […]

MX5 – Supercharger Build Finished

I think it might be finished or at least as finished as any project can be. I had a bit of a move around of gauges inside. I found having the wideband gauge low down a bit of a problem when trying to catch a look at it to keep an eye on fueling while […]

MX5 – Recirculating Dump Valve Problem

When I built the supercharger setup I decided to use a cheap recirculating single piston dump valve to vent boost when coming off the throttle and stop the charger boosting at idle. I chose this over a buttefly valve as fitted to the original Mini supercharger setup for two reasons. Firstly the dump valve was […]

Evo VI – More Cavity Wax

I did a load of cavity waxing before but it was a bit awkward with the car on axle stands. Now I have much better access underneath I thought I’d go finding all the holes I could to fill with Noxudol 700 cavity wax. This is a messy job so I only took a few […]

MX5 – Supercharger Fitting Finished

(First posted on MX5 nutz forum in February 2016) Got some of the gold heat tape stuff. I also lowered the exhaust heat shield I’d made ages ago so it can stay fitted with the charger on.  I will probably add to the heat shielding or rethink it entirely if I need to but this […]