My 55 Silver

Started by Silver55, March 6, 2022, 18:48

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Silver55

Today's job was restoring the cloudy headlights with the Holts headlight restoration kit.  Very pleased with the outcome.





One tip for anyone using the Holts kit - the polishing sponge doesn't like being removed from the drill attachment, it tears the backing off, so probably best to sand both headlights then polish both rather than tackle one at a time.


and the parts have arrived ready for the next job...




TheTigerUK

Amazing before and after.
Say it with love, say it with flowers but never, never, say it in writing.

Not perfect and not cheap :)

Gaz mr-s

You're lucky they came up as well as they did, some do not.  You might want to look into applying some 2k lacquer,- it supposedly gives uv protection.

Silver55

Quote from: Gaz mr-s on March  6, 2022, 19:49You're lucky they came up as well as they did, some do not.  You might want to look into applying some 2k lacquer,- it supposedly gives uv protection.

The Holts kit comes with some lacquer, which I'll have to get in the habit of reapplying (don't know if it's as good as 2k would be).

Ardent

Well played on the lights and Mr T cables.

J88TEO

Fancy having a go at mine?  ;D

EdDoherty

My car has had one headlight replaced at some time so the yellowed one looked particularly bad by comparison.  I've worked hard with 3 grades of paper and compound but I can't get it to sparkle like yours.
Nice job.

Silver55

Quote from: J88TEO on March  6, 2022, 21:28Fancy having a go at mine?  ;D
wouldn't want to deprive you of the enjoyment!

Silver55

last weekends job when the sun came out was to replace the handbrake cables using the lots of useful info on this forum on how to approach it.  One side had been binding slightly, the boots were split on the old cables and one cable much stiffer than the other.

One snapped bolt - only a fixing for the plastic undertray thankfully.

Jack under the fuel tank and dropped it a couple of inches.


A coolant pipe needs unbolting and unclipping.  No air con on mine luckily as apparently that adds extra difficulties.


There is a fixing to each side of the tank, but the tank can be shoved a couple of inches to the side to just about make space.


And the difficult ones behind the tank..  if you don't have skinny arms then call a friend!


now adjusted and working properly.


JohnGee

@Silver55 Great pictures. How much did the Mr T cables cost.
 
John

2006 Roadster, manual, leather, in Sable

Silver55

Quote from: JohnGee on March 28, 2022, 22:27@Silver55 Great pictures. How much did the Mr T cables cost.
 

£113 the pair from Amayama. I was expecting to be contacted for the VAT before delivery but nothing came of it. Delivery was about 2.5 weeks.

JohnGee

Quote from: Silver55 on March 28, 2022, 23:10£113 the pair from Amayama. I was expecting to be contacted for the VAT before delivery but nothing came of it. Delivery was about 2.5 weeks.

Thanks, that sounds pretty reasonable, will have a look at Amayama.
 
John

2006 Roadster, manual, leather, in Sable

TheTigerUK

Quote from: JohnGee on March 28, 2022, 22:27@Silver55 Great pictures. How much did the Mr T cables cost.
 

MrT quoted me over £100 each and £500 ish to supply and fit.
Say it with love, say it with flowers but never, never, say it in writing.

Not perfect and not cheap :)

tricky1138

Got mine from TCB Parts think they were about £50 each.
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JohnGee

Quote from: tricky1138 on March 29, 2022, 12:41Got mine from TCB Parts think they were about £50 each.

Yeah, MR2-Ben wants £76 for a pair of OEM equivalents. Just had a look at Amayama and they're looking for £35 per cable plus £35 carriage from Japan, looks like a bit of a bargain, especially if you're not in a desperate rush for them.
 
John

2006 Roadster, manual, leather, in Sable

Joesson

Quote from: JohnGee on March 29, 2022, 16:43Yeah, MR2-Ben wants £76 for a pair of OEM equivalents. Just had a look at Amayama and they're looking for £35 per cable plus £35 carriage from Japan, looks like a bit of a bargain, especially if you're not in a desperate rush for them.
 

At £35 each, that's £70 for two with £35 carriage from Japan that's £105 or £113 as post #10 above, plus the possibility of a late VAT demand.
Whereas TCB, based in the UK and ever helpful is "about £50 each" as post #13 above.
As always you make your choice, pay your money, and wait.

Silver55

TCB are £70 each inc. vat but their website only lists the pre-facelift part numbers (that's not to say they don't have / can't get the facelift ones if enquire).