I'll never get tired of Bowden's Own product names. Incidentally, they're also a really great sponsor of Nationals and we'll be giving away some prize packs! 🤩
@nugget_940 Would you still put wet dreams on top of the carnauba wax if I am definitely planning to use the wax? My car is a dark red/burgundy, so the carnauba wax would be a good idea.
https://www.bowdensown.com.au/guides/using-carnauba-body-wax says Afterglow is recommended to go ontop of the wax?
I've thought of buying bulk ceramic coat from China, I've seen a few cars that have been done and giving them a simple wash brings up a brilliant glassy shine for quite some time. A good paint clean and correction,polish then ceramic.
I would probably just go with afterglow, they say to use it as a drying agent, so spray it onto the big softie and then dry the car like that which simultaneously gives it a boost of gloss.
If you plan on washing the car regularly then I wouldnt worry about the long term coatings.
Most of their products can be layered, etc fully slick --> boss gloss --> afterglow.
Ill be buying afterglow on friday to use on top of the fully slick, will report back with how it goes.
I've the exact same car as yours (so much so my kids saw your photos and thought it was ours). I wash with snow job with some added agent orange, then wash with nano wash and clay, dry, paint cleanse, wax, then 2 coats of fully slick, giving time to let it set.
Thread hijacking a bit here, but i've never heard of adding agent orange in with the snow job? How much better does it work?
Supposedly helps remove old wax etc, I only do that one or twice a year when I reapply wax. I got that from their (Bowdens Own) website. As Ron would say "that escalated quickly".
LOL I hope you don’t mean “agent orange” as in the nasty stuff they used in Vietnam war! :)
Last night while driving home, the dashboard lit up and the radio died, I figured it was the same dashboard soldering interfering with the alternator issue we've had ongoing..
James tells me to tap the dash while the engine is running, because that'll fix it.
So here's me trying to prove that doesn't work, at best it masks the problem.
I head off to work without the car, spare key is at home, best housemate ever @jamesinc says he'll have a look when he has time.
I'll let James jump in with the details, because it's a great story.
Hmm, jiggle ignition key to see if its a dodgy ignition switch...do the headlamps work when this happens? What about heater blower fan? When the ignition switch becomes a problem, sometimes the car will run but none of the accessories such as radio, fan, headlights, etc. Just another thing to check out.
You're right It's likely related to the alternator issue
Check the charge output and if the brushes are worn replace them as a start
It was in the end a far simpler problem - the alternator belt parted ways with the car!
I replaced the belt and added the A/C belt, amazingly the A/C still has some gas in it, though it's low, so fingers crossed it can just be regassed and will be alright for a few years.
While I was doing the belts I noticed injector #2 was leaking fuel past the o-rings, so I pulled the rail and replaced all the o-rings, which broke a ground ring terminal, so I replaced that too.
Car works properly again.
Where did you end up finding one? Those gearlevers are getting hard to find.
Do you need a few?
Not right now, but I like to keep a list of parts sources, just in case. I had a relatively new one (2 years old) shed parts of its rubber about 6 mounts ago.
Refilled the gas on the aircon and now it blows freezing cold air at you. The air conditioning guy (marty is awesome) said the pressure was holding steady so it doesn't seem to have any leaks. It's a minor miracle!
The fuel rail needed replacing due to a small leak in a seam. Since that has been replaced, it starts normally again so I'm guessing it was a fuel pressure issue that made it have a slow, chuggy start up within last 2-3 weeks.
Next mystery: why do the belts tear themselves apart? Things seem in line, but Ron just likes to chew up the belts over time.
Check the grooves on the pullies for burrs or other damage
Other note is that they do not need to run much tension
That, tight bearings and check all of your mounts for damage.