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GrahamG last won the day on October 24 2015

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  1. Just ensure you thoroughly wet ie. saturate each fibre of the tow with the epoxy. Do this with the tow/yarn on flat surface by gently pressing the resin in with a scraping action and a small piece of wood; not your fingures. A plastic clothes peg will stop it unwinding. Do the work in the warm and do not let the temperature drop below 21degC for 18 hours. I would leave an electric lamp 6 inches away overnight to provide warmth.
  2. John, I would use carbon fibre tow [untwisted yarn] to wrap around the join, wetted with long cure Araldite [not the 'rapid' cure because it will not wet the fibre]. Drill out and insert whatever metal tube will fit the hose or even use the broken plastic spigot but that might not give enough length. Degrease with acetone, not alcohol for epoxy resin. Fix in place initially with epoxy and when set wrap as much tow as you can around the joint and larger diameter branch arm. You might end up with an ugly lump but it will not fail. If you know a keen model aeroplane enthusiast he will show you how.
  3. As I told the wife today the OSA [Olfactory Spectrum Analyser] will identify and record up to six different perfumes and as this is quite an old car it had taken some time for it to lock onto her. As she uses more than six perfumes I asked if I should upgrade the sensor to the 20x version for an extra £1,317.28.
  4. No big deal this but if you have the smart key system each key can be paired to a driver seat memory position. As soon as you touch the door handle to enter the car the seat will move to the memory number chosen for that key. To register the key, get in car and close door but do not touch the ignition. Hold down required memory button and hold down 'Unlock' button on fob until beep and clunk in door. Did not tell the wife I had pulled this trick and when she saw it happen with her key for the first time I could see her mind working. Ventured the guess the Lexus had memorised her scent.
  5. Nick, our excitement tends to work against us as customers when checking out a purchase because we do not really want to find faults. Have you thought of having a RAC inspection carried out on the car? I did this many years ago and yes it was expensive but the thoroughness impressed me and it was well worthwhile. With just a few days notice they will visit a garage or private seller and I know of instances where the cost has been recovered by negotiating remedial work. You are also often armed with useful information about the car going forward. If nothing else check the body along the 'chrome' door strips for rust bubbles [you may have to look very closely to see these] and do a bounce test of the suspension on all four corners with the engine running. Also that the ride height cycles as it should [very slowly] according to the button on the dash. Plenty of other lesser checks needed on this complex car and they can be found on this site and its sister site in the USA. No I do not want to ***** on your parade for if you can find a good LS430 it will be real pleasure to own.
  6. Hello Nick, had a similar experience 18 months ago when I bought an '04 with 82,000 miles from Lexus Hull for £7,000 with full Lexus service history and it has been a total delight to own. The agency had even bought it back from the previous owner as in your case. I have bought 3 old second hand Lexus cars from main agents and do not begrudge them their premium on the price. In fact I would not buy from any other trade source.
  7. If your local Lexus main agent would give you the name of the best body repair shop they use a visit to them might be worthwhile. They might know better than anyone where the vulnerable areas are.
  8. I know it is not the most likely culprit but if you temporarily taped/sealed the sun roof you could eliminate that source.
  9. Sorry to hear you are still in the wars. Everyone on this site must have had their fingers crossed for you. Have you searched the USA owners site? They have such an enormous number of these cars over there that problems are more frequent.
  10. Yes, a very pretty sight but I bet you never want to see it again. Very useful reference photos for the rest of us. Just out of interest does anyone know what is the 9" diam circular cone shaped metal dish with a black pipe exiting the centre located on rear floor pan?
  11. Hope I am not confusing different models here but as you are being so thorough worth checking the cabin air filter is not wet. Yes I know it is on the passenger side but if there is a blockage in the scuttle drainage then the filter might be soaked. Access by releasing stays which hold the glove box lid.
  12. Worth investigating which cartridge type sealants are used by reputable body repair shops. Sorry I can't remember the German sealant I bought for critical applications like yours but builders silicone for instance is not good enough. Apologies for stating what may be the obvious.
  13. Certainly there have been reported problems when the roof rack has been removed and the bolt holes have not been sealed correctly. The only difference was ingress of water at the back. Can well understand you must seal this car up properly before fitting those new carpets. To test if your roof rack sealing has solved the problem, rather than a hand held hose, how about one of those lawn sprinkler units and leave it 'raining' on the whole car for a good few hours. Good luck.
  14. As an alternative to a three stage process involving a final coat of bitumen or wax I applied Rustbuster's epoxy mastic after their rustkiller liquid. The wings are double panels with a void in between and I used a £10 Ebay usb endoscope to check for rust therein. Any rust inhibitor can be sprayed therein. The Rustbuster site is worth a read and there is plenty of info elsewhere on the web. Waxoyl literally stinks and to my mind there are better alternatives. Worth getting the car up on a ramp or over an inspection pit to do the job right in my opinion.
  15. Perhaps the choice of metal is to blame. Would have expected stainless steel. Strangely I do not have this problem on my '06 RX350 but do have severe rust on my '04 LS430. Each summer I put the car up on a friendly local garage ramp and spray all the underside with ACF-50 with an extra dose on this pipe. Not sure how much time this will buy me.