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Ouch!

I wouldnt bother taking it to a garage mate, the task of swapping disks is easy as changing pads. do yourself a favour and dont waste your money, if its tight you can do it yourself for a lot less.

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Didn't fancy messing with the brakes myself too vital to the car for me lol...

Took it to the garage opposite my work and they did it for £60, my boss paid for it for me and just said do 3 hours over-time free of charge to pay him back which was a nice touch :)

Have found someone a modified car meet who will rub down my whole car and respray it for £50, all i have to do is supply the paint which is £32, as soon as my new parts are all fitted and i have found some side skirts i will get the paint job done, then it's the alloy refurb, interior lights and dash and some new Speakers for the doors and the rear side panel Speakers....

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Dan, can you check if your boss has any jobs going? I like him and would happily work for him :p

That is a real kind act of your boss and I wish there were more like him! I couldnt believe when I read that, but also, I couldnt believe you managed to get the job done for £60!

As for the respray, holy cow! how on earth did you manage to get it that cheap? is that a full car respray?

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Haha, yeah my boss is a good guy, not the first time i have worked for him, have been through a lot together over the years and he has always looked out for me bless him, still a pain in the backside though lol....

The garage wanted more for the job but i offered to pay cash if they removed VAT and Labour lol, was my bosses idea and i had no cash on me so he coughed it up and i work it off, win win situation for me lol...

The guy doing the full car respray is a good friend of a good friend, he wont strip the car right back to the metal but he will rub down the lacquer and give a fresh coat of paint and new lacquer :)

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definately sounds like a nice guy! shame they all cant be like that!

As for the friend of a friend, I look forward to seeing the job he does and how well it lasts! I wonder if he would partner with the forum....

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Haha, the boss has been a good friend for several years, he has always looked out for me :)

It's ok having an attractive looking network of friends knowing friends who have friends that will do the job on the cheap from the goodness of their hearts but i still have to look at it honestly/sensibly and say can i trust their work? can they guarantee their work? Have i seen an example of their work?

Like my brakes for example, my friends started contacting me saying don't pay for it to be done, it's only two bolts blah blah blah...

I would never trust any of my mates with a job like brakes as simple a job as it is, my life and the life of others depends on it, especially the way i drive lol

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However the paint job on the other hand, if it saves over £1000 then i would let a toddler with a crayon recolour my car :)

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haha! love it! I personally have one rule - if I play about with something like brakes or another safety system - I take the car for a slow drive to a quiet area and keep using them to make sure they work at a couple of miles an hour, build it up and make sure I have enough room ahead of me to stop. One of two things will happen - the job I did will work and prove to be a great investment of time, or they will fail, in which case I redecorate the colour of my seat and use things like the handbrake, gears, and prayers to get me through :p

Thankfully I havent yet had to follow through the latter option, but I know its always there and ready should I need it :P

You definately have a good network and its good to keep it up! sadly for people like me, when you move away from your home town and start a new life its hard to find these people :p

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Hi Sam,

Moved from Teeside down to Kent about 6/7 years ago. for the most part, other than the wife and a few of the family we have inherited from the move, I have a couple of good friends, have made a few good friends over the miles as well, but locally I have few contacts if any!

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Wow that's a long move from home!!!

Got introduced to a fella last night that specialises in Fiesta Zetec-S's and he is gonna have a look at my looky-likey Fiesta electrical problems in a couple of weeks time.

He reckons the dash probs could be a loose earth connection but he will go over the car and look for any problems, my mate noticed that i am missing a water deflector under the bonnet as well so need to pick one of them up too...

And very kindly the Fiesta bloke is gonna give me a set of side-skirts and fit them for me for nothing too, not that they take much fitting, but jolly well nice of him all the same :)

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Wow! More stuff Dan, well done you! It'll be a whole new car when you've finished :-)

Need pictures this, hope you're taking them as you go?!

Big move James! I lived here in Yorkshire, moved to Somerset then moved back many years ago, never really picked up with friends, after messy divorce and many years on my own bringing up my daughters, although I have a long term boyfriend and a few close friends through work, I don't have any family apart from the girls (one now settled in Germany) sounds really sad seeing it written down!!! Ha ha!! But it's not really I quite like it! :-)

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Got the new door and wing fitted on Wednesday, me and my little brother had a crack at it over at my Dad's yard where he customizes and repairs motorbikes and trikes....

The wing and door are a great colour match with the front bumper, bonnet etc but can see the difference on the rear quarter...

Hopefully once the side skirts are on at the end of the month the paint job will even it out, my Dads mate who paints the bikes and trikes said he will do it for me too, costs haven't been discussed though :S

New Door and Wing

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How easy was the wing replacement mate?need to do mine,I know they're spot welded,did you weld yours back on or just bolt it?post-42513-140549665406_thumb.jpg

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It was a complete b@rst@rd to get off, had to drill out the spot welds and undo all of the bolts so that you can physically rip/peel the wing away to reveal that below and behind the headlight it is also spot welded so had to hammer and chisel that away, also under the car it is spot welded too.

I put the new wing on using number 8 spire clips and bolts, went back on easily enough, but the wheel has to come off, inside wheel arch protection has to come out and the windscreen wash bottle needs unbolting and moving so that you can get to the two bolts behind the screenwash bottle.

Good luck buddy lol....

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ahem... choice of words changed :)

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Wonder if mined be better to repair then ?was bent 90 degrees but I've pulled it out ,just a bit wave lol

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