Exige S RGB #138 - a journey towards perfection, well hopefully

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Fonzey
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Great stuff, hopefully the car isnt' a let down after all this :lol:
HOON
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Lankan
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Fonzey wrote: Wed Aug 26, 2020 7:52 am Great stuff, hopefully the car isnt' a let down after all this :lol:
Indeed, and I hope #138 is not jinxed!

Set up needs more work as the rear toe seems to be out as the car appears to be loose on compressions. The Ohlins also may need a minor tweak - opted for a fast road set up (so not too stiff) and standard ride height (130mm) to be absolutely sure that I can get it up the incline on the approach to our house (Alfa SZ would ground out unless its lift system was deployed, which raised the ride height to 130mm).

So, Jon Seal took #138 out on the road yesterday to the check the geometry and setup, and to make sure that, in Jon's words, "nothing falls off", and then this happened! Now needs a new windscreen... :evil:
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So, #138 will not be with be this weekend, and now not until Jon gets back from holiday, and possibly endure 14-days in self-isolation!

Not pleased, but I certainly haven't given up! If #138 feels anything like my old 964 RS Lightweight then I will be happy. For me, no replacement matched the 964 RS for feel since I foolishly sold it 11 years ago. So here is hoping #138 will be up there...
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andyzim
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I feel for you, I think when I bought mine from Jon yours was already being worked on, so that feels like a long time ago! I am looking forward to your report when you finally take delivery.
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andyzim wrote: Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:51 pm I feel for you, I think when I bought mine from Jon yours was already being worked on, so that feels like a long time ago! I am looking forward to your report when you finally take delivery.
Indeed it has been a while - 4 months to be precise...

Given that there were 4-5 other companies involved that needed to do their bit, either in supplying parts (Ohlins & LSD being the main items - the Ohlins had to go back to Mick Gardner Racing since they were configured wrong), or doing the specialist jobs (install LSD, suspension and set up), with Jon doing the strip down and putting back together, plus other smaller jobs, and a major service (replace all fluids, filters, belt, etc), some things went better than others. As such, the 'chipped windscreen' is yet another spanner in the works that conspired to delay things...

Oh, and the fascinating thing was that #138 had been optioned with a Torsen LSD from the factory. It wasn't noted in the original sales invoice, and the last owner didn't know and, of course, neither did Jon! Here is what was removed from #138:
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Fingers crossed we will get to the end, eventually...
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HOON
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Hi Lankan, any news/update on the car or have I missed it? 😬🤔
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HOON wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:04 pm Hi Lankan, any news/update on the car or have I missed it? 😬🤔
Ah, good timing - yes, Jon dropped #138 off a couple of hours ago today! :)

I took it 'round the block' for a quick spin, but haven't driven it properly as yet since it started to rain :evil: , and traffic had also built up, so may try early tomorrow morning as it is expected to be dry.

Now going through the history file and all the paperwork checking out what work had been done to #138 over the years, and nowhere does it mention that it was optioned with a Torsen LSD from new! :crazy:

If I get out tomorrow, I will post up some pics, but the mini blast I had today confirms the visceral feel I was looking for since the 964RS, including the unassisted steering when maneuvering it into m garage. Need to have a proper B-road blast to gauge the handling and the set up of the Ohlins.

The wait was worth it, but wish it had come sooner, but the blasted windscreen replacement delayed things by 2 weeks!

A few things need to be tidied up, such as the inside needs a good clean, then we are good to go.
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andyzim
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Great news, but where are the photos! :thumbup:
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andyzim wrote: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:14 pm Great news, but where are the photos! :thumbup:
Yeah, forgot to take any as I was too excited, and wanted to take it for a spin as soon as it rolled off the trailer, and then it started to rain so came back and parked it up in the garage before the rain got worse, but then it cleared up. No fun in traffic so didn't bother going out again.

Will take some tomorrow - hopefully I will get to drive it before the traffic builds up.
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HOON
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Lankan wrote: Sat Sep 26, 2020 3:45 pm
HOON wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 8:04 pm Hi Lankan, any news/update on the car or have I missed it? 😬🤔
Ah, good timing - yes, Jon dropped #138 off a couple of hours ago today! :)

I took it 'round the block' for a quick spin, but haven't driven it properly as yet since it started to rain :evil: , and traffic had also built up, so may try early tomorrow morning as it is expected to be dry.

Now going through the history file and all the paperwork checking out what work had been done to #138 over the years, and nowhere does it mention that it was optioned with a Torsen LSD from new! :crazy:

If I get out tomorrow, I will post up some pics, but the mini blast I had today confirms the visceral feel I was looking for since the 964RS, including the unassisted steering when maneuvering it into m garage. Need to have a proper B-road blast to gauge the handling and the set up of the Ohlins.

The wait was worth it, but wish it had come sooner, but the blasted windscreen replacement delayed things by 2 weeks!

A few things need to be tidied up, such as the inside needs a good clean, then we are good to go.
That’s great news! 😎👍 have you stopped looking at it yet?! 😄😄
Yep some photos would be great or perhaps a video if you can?

A bit disappointing that Jon didn’t give the inside of the car a good clean 🙁

Fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow, enjoy! 🤞
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