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  1. I don't think the DHP springs are available as I looked some years ago and couldn't find any. It may be possible for old stock to be gathering dust on shelves somewhere though - who knows. I believe fitting coilovers may be the solution if maintaing the ride height and handling is important. Mine had an inch broken off the bottom of a front spring, but it still worked, and coilovers would have been my option if it had failed further. I do believe there are some spring manufacturers that could replicate the fitment, but I didn't explore that. Yes, /70 was a typo, but I can't now edit it.
  2. Whilst checking for underbody rust, check interior for water leaks. These 2 issues were enough for me to move ours on. Pete
  3. DHP should be as stated previously 245/70 x17 (Jag XK 8 fitment). When I looked to replace the pirellis fitted I had 2 choices, both nearly £250 a tyre (this was in 2010). I decided to go down a width and got tyres for around £100 each (falkens). By going down a size, the speedo read faster than it should, so next tyre change I went for 235/55 x17's which brought speedo reading back closer to what it should be. It did read about 2 mph faster than actual speed though, and this increased to 3 when tyres wore down. I always used Falken tyres in my 12 years of ownership, and whilst their grip was superb, they didn't last long, but i'd rather not end up in a ditch, so I was fine with that. I'll look forward to hear what the new owner experiences in regard to future tyre choice. Pete
  4. We got rid of ours due to water ingress and rust. They really aren't well protected underneath at all. If it's still got an mot try moving it on through one of the car buying sites. However, if it's got a fail against it, that won't work as they'll check. Can you do the work yourself as that will save a lot of money? Pete
  5. I'd been promised a replacement sat nav unit when it went belly up (on a trip to Skye), but kept getting fobbed off by a local guy breaking an LS, so I just lived without it. I too couldn't see anything wrong with it. For years now, I've used Mobil 1 0-40 from costco, plus either a Wix or Toyota filter. Oil does remain clean between changes though. Windscreen will obviously be damaged and need replaced to coincide with paintwork I'd guess - roads are in a shocking state. Glad you're still enjoying it and nice to hear of updates. Pete
  6. In reply to peniole's request for an update, I have had the Corvette for a week now and can report that it drives lovely, very smooth and quiet. I'd say it rides as nicely as my departed Lexus and is almost as quiet inside with no rattles or shakes whatsoever. There are a couple of things needing sorted, but they aren't costly to rectify, and parts are easily obtained. Anyone who has commented on it can't believe it's 20 years old as the condition is amazing. It's not nearly as quick as my Morris Minor though. Pete
  7. I'm glad you're enjoying it Gavin and hope it gives you many years of enjoyment as it's a great car. 35 mpg is good too, but it won't be used to cruising so slowly. Brakes should be bedded in by now too. Corvette arrives around 7 pm tonight. Pete
  8. The car hasn't arrived yet, so I can't comment on it's pot hole handling qualities. i've been looking for a while, and there is some rubbish out there, but this one was owned by a friend of a guy in our car club, albeit the car is in Heathrow area, so it's being transported up here. There aren't many for sale, and this is as low a mileage one as you can get. My mate had a lovely C5 convertible from new, and if that had been a targa, I'd have bought that. He was looking for a C7, but couldn't find one that suited him, so he bought a new Camaro 6.2 convertible instead. He didn't like the C6, liked the C5 better as it's the last of the pop up headlight models. I'll post pics when it arrives and give my driving impessions. I'm used to LS powered cars as my Minor has an LS1 and my belair has a 6 litre LQ4. Pete
  9. It's a 2001 C5, 5.7 litre (same engine as my Morris Minor), with only 30,000 miles on it, with quite a few upgrades. Cost me basically 2 cancelled Florida holidays, a bike and my Lexus (man maths lol)
  10. Sold today, it's off to Glasgow, I hope the new owner gets similar enjoyment out of it that we have over the last 12 years. In some way I'm sorry to see it go, but the Corvette replacement will make up for it. Pete
  11. Mine is for sale - in the for sale section, and only £2k for a DHP model in the best colour. Pete
  12. New front discs and pads fitted today. Only 1 interest from here so far which surprises me, so will possibly be getting advertised elsewhere, or I'll keep it - not sure yet. Pete
  13. I've just ordered EBC discs and pads to give these a try. Looking back my records, the Pagid discs have actually done 30k, so that's not too bad. Although I'm hoping to sell my car, I'd feel more comfortable selling it with new parts. I priced up getting the discs skimmed on the car, and the charge for this was £120, so for an extra £19 I've got new discs and pads. Pete
  14. I've just posted my 1999 LS400 dhp on the for sale section. It's not getting used much these days and I fancy a change. Pete
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