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NormDog

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  1. So let me explain the ordeal i've had over the last week... Firstly my heating stopped working over christmas but I didnt have time to do anything about it. So about a week ago I rang up bolton to see if I could book it in to get it checked out, told them all the symptoms etc and they said three weeks! So I rang up bowker in blackburn to see if I could get it done earlier. I said the exact same symptoms to bowker and the mechanic said DONT DRIVE IT! He advised I ring the 0800 emergency mini number and they'd send out a mechanic to look at it but driving it could really F*** S*** up. The mechanic arrived about 40 minutes later and started looking at the car. He explained that he though the water pump wasnt working as the expansion tank was getting red hot but no water was getting to the radiator or heating pipes. he also pointed out my timing chain was making a lot of noise on cold start and probably needed fixing. So i've had this car 4 weeks and it needs a new water pump and timing chain?! He took it to bowker on sunday and I got a courtesy car. I get a call on monday and it goes like this: "Theres three things really.. you need a new thermostat housing, a new timing chain.. and we're going to have to put a new gearbox in" A gearbox?!?! So bolton MINI, 4 weeks ago have sold me a car that is completely f**ked. Luckily it's all covered under warranty but seriously?! I just got it back today, and mad props to Bowker for replacing a gearbox, a thermostat housing and the timing chain in just over two days!
  2. Blow off valve is the best £60 i've ever spent. Sooooo much fun. feel about 12 years old driving this car its sick!
  3. Forge blow of valve is fitted. woop woop
  4. Thanks dude, Just getting used to the speed of it! It's SO much fun. Ordered new set of bolts and a new intake filter for that M7 scoop, £55 for shipping!! but it will have a new lease of life soon. Got a quote for wrapping it too but they cant match colours i'll just have to pick one thats similar but oh well. I've also bought the tools required to fit the BOV by myself so +1 man point. And finally i'm thinking JCW exhaust rather than anything crazy. It already pops and bangs between gears so I think JCW would go nicely!
  5. http://25.media.tumblr.com/2c2d92bf8d6ba3840169e54144ba5376/tumblr_mwmr1vJQUh1rnz5cno1_500.jpg' alt='URL>'> Picked it up today! Tried to fit the BOV but didnt have the adequate tools -1 man point. Waiting on a new set of bolts from M7 to fit the schoop.
  6. I pick the car up tomorrow so here's some more inspiration goodness. The official im going for is the Aircooled VW colour "Light beige" L275 as seen here: http://volksdriver.com/news//news/wp-content/uploads/2010/oval-leon-2/dsc05579_1024x685.jpg' alt='URL>'> Gonna find me a set of these wing mirrors. I believe theyre from Japan http://www.stanceworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/blq1.jpg' alt='URL>'> Then gonna get a custom roof rack similar to this: http://classicroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/IMG_0634.jpg' alt='URL>'>
  7. Break and upgrade is always the best way to do it, turn something negi into a bonus.
  8. now this is a build I can get behind! Look forward to seeing more engine bits
  9. Picked up some more parts tonight. I could nearly build a clubby with the parts im hauling. Still booked for thursday morning pick up. http://25.media.tumblr.com/84d461209188bab8489797df1c6f6fd7/tumblr_mwh6wvo1Hd1rnz5cno1_500.jpg' alt='URL>'> http://25.media.tumblr.com/11f84552a93158dcb3b9eea033af72b3/tumblr_mwh6xnkpBO1rnz5cno1_500.jpg' alt='URL>'> They need a little clean but theyre hard to get hold of!
  10. Roof rack is on the cards. The look im going for is a mix between a classic vdub and a jeep haha. Shop graphics on the side and some sponsors (did i tell you im sponsored by sailor jerry? never been so drunk in my life) So a mix between: http://www.okoffroad.com/gifs/stuff/cameltrophy-1.jpg' alt='URL>'> http://www.thelowend.net/gallery/images/1cars/66beetle/308503_12939054_1966_Volkswagen_Beetle_002.jpg' alt='URL>'> http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d115/boatyardbuses/1967%201500%20Beetle/DSC_3704.jpg' alt='URL>'>
  11. But then where are all my huni's gonna sit?
  12. This arrived this morning. http://31.media.tumblr.com/5698b30ffeb96beb162bde40bf0162cf/tumblr_mwcvhm8zjC1rnz5cno1_500.jpg' alt='URL>'>
  13. Car pick up has been delayed until thursday as they're waiting on some parts to bring it up to scratch for MINI cherished. On the plus side theyve given me a very nice 63 plate ONE D as an apology for the delay. Its quite nippy!
  14. Just acquired an M7 Strut. party time
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