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In April 2020, I returned a fleabay purchase to the vendor in China as they had supplied the wrong item. It eventually was marked as 'held in customs'. I whinged at the post office who told me that everything was being held by Chinese customs due to C-19 and to wait. I then whinged at fleabay & paypil and eventually received a full refund including return costs etc. You can imagine my surprise when yesterday (Dec 2020), I returned home to find it lying on the doormat, covered in stickers, one saying 'item refused'. Sadly it's still the wrong item and still doesn't work properly, but full marks to the international postal services of all countries concerned,

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On 22/12/2020 at 22:22, Badwolf said:

In April 2020, I returned a fleabay purchase to the vendor in China as they had supplied the wrong item. It eventually was marked as 'held in customs'. I whinged at the post office who told me that everything was being held by Chinese customs due to C-19 and to wait. I then whinged at fleabay & paypil and eventually received a full refund including return costs etc. You can imagine my surprise when yesterday (Dec 2020), I returned home to find it lying on the doormat, covered in stickers, one saying 'item refused'. Sadly it's still the wrong item and still doesn't work properly, but full marks to the international postal services of all countries concerned,

My dad once sent a postcard from Spain to my uncle, addressed "the sprats, sprat lodge, edgeware england" and it got to his house.  Amazing as his name was George Roberts, his house and street were not named, just ordinary number and a street. When we got back he had named his house "sprat lodge". Mind you he was well known as being a bit of a character in that area.

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On 22/12/2020 at 17:15, Colin Lindsay said:

Did the boot hinges arrive yet? Other Herald stuff I sent to Malta arrived safely, but if those haven't turned up I'll have to trace them - but the local PO says wait until after Christmas as they can't cope at present.

Sadly not... 

 

But did recieve a package from china after 3 months wait.. 

Strangly i bought 2 items of the same guy, one arrived 2 weeks later. The rest 3 months ..

Lets hope... 

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Day 2.. 

Strenghtner cut out and new panel in.

 

Fitted a new body mount bracket at the front as the old one was repaired and rotten again..

 

Front floor wasnt really connected up good to the rest of the car...

 

I better did buy a full new lower A-post.

But found the price a bit to high.. until I looked at a german supplier.

Cheap there, but they where closed to after new year.. 

 

So time to fix my existing one.

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12 hours ago, wimpus said:

Needs to be back on the road next week and in daily use again !

I used to use mine as a daily commute of 52 miles a day , six days a week , even in the snow. Mind you I used to ride a motorbike during the winter. Well done and an encouragement  to us all to use ours more.

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1 hour ago, Mathew said:

I used to use mine as a daily commute of 52 miles a day , six days a week , even in the snow. Mind you I used to ride a motorbike during the winter. Well done and an encouragement  to us all to use ours more.

Mine is really used everyday to do anything.

And even in snow etc.

Also mostly living outside !

 

I've done since sept 2013 until now around 124.000miles :D

not bad for a Spitfire !

 

total milage is 195.000miles/315.000kms on the car now.

Engine is still original, exept new head since july (had the original still on it !), new pistons (only needed to clean the bores as all was in spec!),new timing chain 2 years ago etc.

But engine has never been rebuild fully at one go.

 

Hopefully we can count up the miles again!

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More was done today.. 

 

Inner parts cleaned up (front repaired panel was sabdblasted), painted in the zink primer and then time for outer panels ! 

 

So welded those in ! 

 

On both sides the lower wing repair panel doesnt follow the doorgap/line very well... maybe will look into that now to.

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Last day of the year... yes more work on Fox ! 

 

Painted every bare metal that was on the car.

Put sills in primer, then seam sealed everything, then another coat or primer.

 

Waxed the insides and painted the inside of the car in her famous blue/grey.

 

Tomorrow its time to fit electrics, some carpet, drivers seat and doors.

Then she can return home, so I can put the rest of the interior back.

 

Also need to have a look at the rear suspension (sometimes a knock)

And front pads are very worn I now had seen.

 

 

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Today I did some more work and... 

 

Drive her to home ! :D

 

She was a bit hard to start, but did it good.

Only halfway my journey the idle became 1500/1600 rpm, so adjusted it now and seems to be good.

Still need to get most of the interior back in now (waiting for inside paint to dry).

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