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Old 23rd November 2020, 01:03 PM
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As an MJ customer, I can certainly confirm that “the owner must be very happy”! The work Michaela did on my car was to an exceptional standard, and her ‘fix everything that I find along the way’ mentality is unequaled by any place that I’ve ever found.

I’m hoping to be back early next year for a rear subframe and suspension overhaul, that I wouldn’t trust to anyone else.

And this is in addition to her exceptional contributions to this forum and the fact that she’s a really nice person! Round of forum applause for MJ please
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There must be a queue now for rear subframe mounts....
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Old 23rd November 2020, 08:56 PM
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I'm hoping that full rear setup that Ronin found recently is viable. I'll probably order a set after this one is done

Back on its wheels for the first time in two months! No error codes either



Went to attach the new plates and discovered the PO had glued the rear on with silicone which is a novel approach



I mechanically removed as much as I could and have left it soaking in WD40 overnight so hopefully road test tomorrow.
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Old 23rd November 2020, 09:14 PM
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The rear plate attachment was a quality job by the PO!
Good to see it all back together MJ
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Old 23rd November 2020, 11:10 PM
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As an MJ customer, I can certainly confirm that “the owner must be very happy”! The work Michaela did on my car was to an exceptional standard, and her ‘fix everything that I find along the way’ mentality is unequaled by any place that I’ve ever found.

I’m hoping to be back early next year for a rear subframe and suspension overhaul, that I wouldn’t trust to anyone else.

And this is in addition to her exceptional contributions to this forum and the fact that she’s a really nice person! Round of forum applause for MJ please
I would agree with this Jim. I used to have a strange knocking noise but that's gone since my visit to MJ. I suspect it was the horn which was hanging loose. Even a missing nut on the cat hanger didnt miss her eye.

I'm glad MJ was able to do the cambelt service, my local indy is good but nowhere near the same level of attention to detail. It's running so much better now too.
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Old 24th November 2020, 12:50 PM
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The work MJ has done on my S8 is unreal, this car would of been scrapped, Before MJ agreed to take this huge job, my local Indy wanted to do it, but they would of never gone to the lengths to save her and would of probably gave up on the her, There is no one else now I will trust with my S8
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Old 24th November 2020, 03:09 PM
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The work MJ has done on my S8 is unreal, this car would of been scrapped, Before MJ agreed to take this huge job, my local Indy wanted to do it, but they would of never gone to the lengths to save her and would of probably gave up on the her, There is no one else now I will trust with my S8
...and you - like the rest of us whose cars she's sprinkled her magic dust over - must think Christmas has come early.

I'd (strongly!) suggest you set aside a few days when you get your car back, as you won't want to do anything else
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Old 26th November 2020, 09:34 PM
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Still fighting me

Remember the power steering pipes that I carefully de-rusted and painted because the union in the wheel arch was remarkably still intact?

They're leaking from the hose joints. Obviously





This does explain the weird tar-like substance I found on either side of the gearbox which I thought had come from the scuttle drains, but was obviously these two joints dripping hydraulic oil It had sat for so long that any light hydrocarbons had long since evaporated leaving just tar. Of course this only became obvious after the engine was back in and putting pressure on the hose.

I tried taking it out in two pieces, but the union was seized as I didn't disturb it when I had the pipes off



So I went full-postal and pulled the suspension off to ease access



I split the hose in the vice and took it to my local hydraulic specialist to see what he thought. After some thought and fiddling with fittings he came up with this:



This is a new pressure hose crimped on to the original rack end



and a 90° fitting on the other end where it attaches to the complicated front half



As there is now a rubber hose over the downpipe (instead of the original hard line) I sourced some fibreglass heat-reflective sleeve



So we end up with this



I had to tweak the original bracket slightly - this used to go over the hard line but needed expanding to hold the hose & sleeving



This is the union from the front half of the hose. This piece is the part with the liner and complicated nozzle gubbins, but actually this one doesn't fail. Only the exposed end goes rusty but can be recovered. The back half is just a plain hose. The sleeving is heat-shrink which I fitted over the pressure hose before reassembling. After testing I will slide this over the union and shrink it to keep the weather out



and it seems to work I reassembled it tonight and fired it up and there are no leaks, no odd noises, and it all fits together nicely. I forgot to take a pic of it assembled so I'll do that tomorrow when I put the suspension back on.


This is the 3d printed wiper scuttle bolt cover cap in place. Not quite the same texture but its not obvious unless you're looking for it so quite pleased with that.

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Old 26th November 2020, 10:31 PM
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So I went full-postal and pulled the suspension off to ease access
Said in such a matter-of-factly way. Much
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Dont you just drop the suspension - or remove the engine - to ease access to the fiddly bits Sean?
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