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did'nt take to many pics of this stage of the build but, made a fair bit of progress instead ;)   cleaned the cams and cam caps , plastigauged the clearances on the bearing caps (which

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Thanks again fellas started off cleaning the threads out for the ARP head studs and according to the instructions your supposed to just fit them hand tight but, while doing my research (prior to

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After building the 2.1 ,fitting the alk ,buying and mapping the linkg4x.....


Think I'd be sleeping in it if I spent anymore on my "budget build " atm Screenshot_2017-02-05-10-19-20.thumb.png.a9bd0ab9d621744b20acf4d97dc84cd5.png

but hey it's only January,  so maybe once the dust settles 😊

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Had plenty of snow on the Suffolk coast in the end  😎


 I've played in the snow in the scooby plenty of times over the years .So I didn't bother going out in it, mainly due to salt but also not wanting some ken block wannabe in a fwd slamming into me either 🤐


Ended up looking like a fugly Tesla cyber truck 😥

Started to melt now , hopefully a few days rain to wash the salt off the roads and I can use it for something essential 🤔


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Soon as the snow was gone I decided to give it a quick rinse over and take it for a essential "spin dry " ;)

Started to dry it off by hand a bit and soon noticed blisters in the paint ,about 30 on the roof alone :eek::cry:



Some down the drivers side rear 1/4 and on the front bumper :worried:


It was painted by a reputable company that does bmw main stealer paintwork 3 years ago this april . So thought I'd take it to the body shop that carried out the paintwork , just to see if he had any idea why this happened and how much to put it right .:sweating:

The paint shop is owned by Rick Kerry (ex btcc driver) and he's been painting for over 30 years , so knows what he's doing and has a love of cars (hence why I chose him in the first place ) .


We both think the reaction was kick started by the first ever contact with snow , as it was left 6 months to dry before putting it under cover the first winter and this was the first time it had actually seen snow in past 3 winters .

He said "that in the 30 years plus he's been painting cars , hes only ever seen it about 8 times" (fml) .


He said if it's what I think it is .... it's moisture trapped in between his coats of paint . Basically even though it's done in a oven , the first "pass" skins over due to heat and pushes moisture to the surface.  Then the second pass seals the moisture between the coats before the moisture dries .


Then to my surprise,  he said if that's the case and it's a paint defect , he'll put it right for free :happy::cool:

When he originally painted it , the only panels that weren't painted were rear bumper ,wing mirrors and bootlid . I've always regretted not getting the whole car done ,as the wing mirrors have paint fade and the rear bumper has a few Mark's.


So seeing as he had been so kind after nearly 3 years , I asked him to quote and paint the bits he didn't do first time around . To at least cover the materials for the paint correction,  so it wasn't a total loss for him too  .


I dropped it off friday and Saturday morning he said it's definitely his paint at faults ,as the original coat was sound . Then sends me this pic :eek::sweating:....



Apparently he doesn't do things by half and all affected panels will be taken back to bear metal , primed and re painted :cool:

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Been busy drinking all the milk and popping out to essentially buy some more 😊

But shes home and pimple free 😎



had the rear bumper and faded wing mirrors painted too , so shes not looking fairly fresh for a 27 year old car 😊


Not too keen on the naked backside ra look .


so need to source some rear hockey stick fixings , as Asperformance and icp dont stock em 😏


as I much prefer the hockey sticks and areoguard look it used to have .



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It does look a quality job and as back to metal before repaint it should not come back now 👍

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Definitely mate , can't fault the service and finish 😎

Finally found a place to order the hockey stick fixings , local subaru main dealer has been very helpful 👍

Hopefully get them refitted at the weekend  🤞

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Got a bit carried away with cleaning before refitting the rear bumper 🙄 but she's still looking fairly rust free for a 27 year old car 😎


Finally got the rear hockey sticks /splash guards fitted , you can see they stop a lot of road debris flicking up the rear bumper .


but wasn't happy with the firmness of the oe fixings for the areoguards ,so removed the areoguards and will refit them with some 3m tape at a later date 


Then turned my attention to the fading preface black plastics , found this gtechnic c4 trim restorer works really well 😎



finally a good wash and a coat of wax before heading out to upset some finance fellas in the old girl 😉



27 year old scooby 1 .... 2018 m4 nill 😊

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