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You could always dispute your bill by telling them you are shocked that a high class place would let a rat into their hotel.

"Sir, there is a rat in our room. You would think that in a high class place like this, you could keep the rats out of our room."


He's not too bad, at least he obeys me (when I'm in his line of sight) and knows that I'm Alpha of the pack. That wasn't the case when he first moved in, and he gave me all kinds of grief. There's not a more stubborn 7lbs of animal anywhere else in the world.

There are benefits to being gone for 10 days, existing projects get done while I'm away:




New... well, a lot was replaced, because the desert isn't kind to cars. Especially supercars that are never started and left to rot. redface.gif We received tons of help from Tom Larkin at Sterling Motors in Yorkshire, he hooked us up with a guy who had an XJ220 running gear (chassis + powertrain), but was missing everything else. In return for the parts we needed, we bought him a nice AC Cobra replica (complete, with 302). Trust me, it was the cheapest way, by far. What we did was essentially ship over all but the frame and body panels from England, one (or two) large crate(s) at a time. So the good news is, we have lots of parts for spares. Also we picked the brains of the guys at Don Law Racing, since they are the XJ220 racing specialists. We upgraded the brakes to bigger 6-pot Brembos, installed a new air-ride suspension system, rebuilt nearly everything mechanical, and fixed the electrical systems so that now they actually work (better than new). Also, we re-cammed the engine and enlarged it to 3.9L, reworked the heads, installed smaller Garrett turbos with larger twin intercoolers, larger oil sump, Bosch high-pressure fuel pump, programmable ECU, Competition S2 clutch (which is much more usable than stock), and somewhere along the way we lost the CCs (where they go??). There's more too, but I'm getting tired of typing.

The end result is 630bhp & 540lb/ft of torque, with substantially reduced lag. It's not all gone, but that's part of the car's nature and I don't want it to be completely sanitized. We can get more power, but there's no point, it's already stupid fast. 0-100mph in ~7sec, which is about as quick as the Carrera GT. blink.gif Aside from going like stink and being great fun, it's a very comfortable ride, too. I wouldn't mind taking it on a road trip (if it actually had room for luggage).
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I wonder if Magick's detailers at the shop know about this? biggrin.gif

They're "odorous" themselves, so I doubt they'd notice. redface.gif
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He's not too bad, at least he obeys me (when I'm in his line of sight) and knows that I'm Alpha of the pack. That wasn't the case when he first moved in, and he gave me all kinds of grief. There's not a more stubborn 7lbs of animal anywhere else in the world.

There are benefits to being gone for 10 days, existing projects get done while I'm away:




New... well, a lot was replaced, because the desert isn't kind to cars. Especially supercars that are never started and left to rot. redface.gif We received tons of help from Tom Larkin at Sterling Motors in Yorkshire, he hooked us up with a guy who had an XJ220 running gear (chassis + powertrain), but was missing everything else. In return for the parts we needed, we bought him a nice AC Cobra replica (complete, with 302). Trust me, it was the cheapest way, by far. What we did was essentially ship over all but the frame and body panels from England, one (or two) large crate(s) at a time. So the good news is, we have lots of parts for spares. Also we picked the brains of the guys at Don Law Racing, since they are the XJ220 racing specialists. We upgraded the brakes to bigger 6-pot Brembos, installed a new air-ride suspension system, rebuilt nearly everything mechanical, and fixed the electrical systems so that now they actually work (better than new). Also, we re-cammed the engine and enlarged it to 3.9L, reworked the heads, installed smaller Garrett turbos with larger twin intercoolers, larger oil sump, Bosch high-pressure fuel pump, programmable ECU, Competition S2 clutch (which is much more usable than stock), and somewhere along the way we lost the CCs (where they go??). There's more too, but I'm getting tired of typing.

The end result is 630bhp & 540lb/ft of torque, with substantially reduced lag. It's not all gone, but that's part of the car's nature and I don't want it to be completely sanitized. We can get more power, but there's no point, it's already stupid fast. 0-100mph in ~7sec, which is about as quick as the Carrera GT. blink.gif Aside from going like stink and being great fun, it's a very comfortable ride, too. I wouldn't mind taking it on a road trip (if it actually had room for luggage).

Looks great!

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He's not too bad, at least he obeys me (when I'm in his line of sight) and knows that I'm Alpha of the pack. That wasn't the case when he first moved in, and he gave me all kinds of grief. There's not a more stubborn 7lbs of animal anywhere else in the world.

There are benefits to being gone for 10 days, existing projects get done while I'm away:




New... well, a lot was replaced, because the desert isn't kind to cars. Especially supercars that are never started and left to rot. redface.gif We received tons of help from Tom Larkin at Sterling Motors in Yorkshire, he hooked us up with a guy who had an XJ220 running gear (chassis + powertrain), but was missing everything else. In return for the parts we needed, we bought him a nice AC Cobra replica (complete, with 302). Trust me, it was the cheapest way, by far. What we did was essentially ship over all but the frame and body panels from England, one (or two) large crate(s) at a time. So the good news is, we have lots of parts for spares. Also we picked the brains of the guys at Don Law Racing, since they are the XJ220 racing specialists. We upgraded the brakes to bigger 6-pot Brembos, installed a new air-ride suspension system, rebuilt nearly everything mechanical, and fixed the electrical systems so that now they actually work (better than new). Also, we re-cammed the engine and enlarged it to 3.9L, reworked the heads, installed smaller Garrett turbos with larger twin intercoolers, larger oil sump, Bosch high-pressure fuel pump, programmable ECU, Competition S2 clutch (which is much more usable than stock), and somewhere along the way we lost the CCs (where they go??). There's more too, but I'm getting tired of typing.

The end result is 630bhp & 540lb/ft of torque, with substantially reduced lag. It's not all gone, but that's part of the car's nature and I don't want it to be completely sanitized. We can get more power, but there's no point, it's already stupid fast. 0-100mph in ~7sec, which is about as quick as the Carrera GT. blink.gif Aside from going like stink and being great fun, it's a very comfortable ride, too. I wouldn't mind taking it on a road trip (if it actually had room for luggage).


Excellent. A usable 200 with brakes! That should be bags of fun:D

 

What do the mods do to the collector value on a vehicle like that?

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So - Mecum would call that XJ220 "An all original example" - meaning, of course, that the entire car is completely new and unlike any previous XJ220... wink.gif
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So - Mecum would call that XJ220 "An all original example" - meaning, of course, that the entire car is completely new and unlike any previous XJ220... wink.gif

 :D

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I forgot that you had even bought that one; we hadn't heard about it in awhile. Do you have any major plans to bring it out to a track now that it's done?

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Thanks. smily_headphones1.gif

Holy s***, we get home and then it snows half a foot. So much for taking the car out again today, I was looking forward to driving it some more (there are still some little things to iron out), T'Pau blasting on the stereo. biggrin.gif This could be my favorite supercar, know doubt it's in my top 4. *sigh* I already miss the warmer weather.
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Excellent. A usable 200 with brakes! That should be bags of fun:D

What do the mods do to the collector value on a vehicle like that?

It doesn't matter very much, they're still only worth half of what they retailed for new, but recently prices have inched upwards. I still have all the original parts, we'll seal them up and put them in storage so it can be returned to factory condition, if necessary. The impact on collector value will be minimal, since we aren't modifying the body of the car at all. We were going to do more, but we banked on the added performance of just adding newer tires, and it worked. The amount of grip it has is colossal, and the brakes actually stop the car, but they still aren't like a more modern car of this class, so you do need to be a little more careful when going hot into a corner. Still, there's nothing "wrong", it's just different, and I love different. One things for sure, it'll dust any car under $150k, even a GTR, and do it with impeccable style. wink.gif I love the interior, it's so 90s, wrapped in thick leather.



I don't care if the seats weigh 120lbs each, they're as comfortable as any lounger. Also it has every option you could get at the time, including an in-dash CD, one of the first cars to ever have one (and one of only 23 XJ220s ordered with it, because it was a $3500 option).
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So - Mecum would call that XJ220 "An all original example" - meaning, of course, that the entire car is completely new and unlike any previous XJ220... wink.gif

They don't write the ads. *grumble* tongue.gif It does have all its original parts, they simply aren't all on the car right now.
Edited by Magick Man - 1/28/14 at 10:07pm
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There's a house for sale in my neighborhood - no snow here. We are having a cold spell - it's currently 52 deg F... wink.gif
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There's a house for sale in my neighborhood - no snow here. We are having a cold spell - it's currently 52 deg F... wink.gif


Sq ft? Got anything around there in the 10-15k ft range? I probably can't afford your taxes and I'd need to move around 30 people.
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Thanks. smily_headphones1.gif

Holy s***, we get home and then it snows half a foot. So much for taking the car out again today, I was looking forward to driving it some more (there are still some little things to iron out), T'Pau blasting on the stereo. biggrin.gif This could be my favorite supercar, know doubt it's in my top 4. *sigh* I already miss the warmer weather.
It doesn't matter very much, they're still only worth half of what they retailed for new, but recently prices have inched upwards. I still have all the original parts, we'll seal them up and put them in storage so it can be returned to factory condition, if necessary. The impact on collector value will be minimal, since we aren't modifying the body of the car at all. We were going to do more, but we banked on the added performance of just adding newer tires, and it worked. The amount of grip it has is colossal, and the brakes actually stop the car, but they still aren't like a more modern car of this class, so you do need to be a little more careful when going hot into a corner. Still, there's nothing "wrong", it's just different, and I love different. One things for sure, it'll dust any car under $150k, even a GTR, and do it with impeccable style. wink.gif I love the interior, it's so 90s, wrapped in thick leather.



I don't care if the seats weigh 120lbs each, they're as comfortable as any lounger. Also it has every option you could get at the time, including an in-dash CD, one of the first cars to ever have one (and one of only 23 XJ220s ordered with it, because it was a $3500 option).
They don't write the ads. *grumble* tongue.gif It does have all its original parts, they simply aren't all on the car right now.


Made the top 4. That's quite impressive. With that comfortable interior it would make a great touring car. If only it had room for an overnight bag or two.

 

At 3500 bucks that CD player better be audiophile quality:D

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Made the top 4. That's quite impressive. With that comfortable interior it would make a great touring car. If only it had room for an overnight bag or two.

 

At 3500 bucks that CD player better be audiophile quality:D

 

Will it play MP3/WMA files on a CD? lol 

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Will it play MP3/WMA files on a CD? lol 

I know this was posted in jest, but it's not likely that such an early CD player would have MP3 support. My '08 Jetta was the first car I've owned which worked with MP3 CDs without screwing up the metadata.

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Sq ft? Got anything around there in the 10-15k ft range? I probably can't afford your taxes and I'd need to move around 30 people.

Sure - here ya go, 22,658 sq ft on 11.29 acres:
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/256-Eucalyptus-Hill-Dr_Santa-Barbara_CA_93108_M14250-88760?row=2

Here's what you see out your back patio...




Also, here's one that's much cheaper, only 11,604 sq ft - but you also don't get the view...
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1664-E-Valley-Rd_Montecito_CA_93108_M26523-59668?row=13
Edited by billybob_jcv - 1/29/14 at 12:44pm
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Will it play MP3/WMA files on a CD? lol 

Hardly. hahaha I was surprised that it even worked at all (it's a Blaupunkt OEM), though it does take ~10-15 seconds to load a red book CD. The mechanism, however, is nearly silent. I'm probably going to swap it out for a Nav/BT/Sat DVD unit that will support all the various formats, just so I don't put any wear on the original. I can't imagine how tough it would be to find a replacement, talk about audiophile unobtainium. redface.gif
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Sure - here ya go, 22,658 sq ft on 11.29 acres:
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/256-Eucalyptus-Hill-Dr_Santa-Barbara_CA_93108_M14250-88760?row=2

Here's what you see out your back patio...


Only a 6 car garage? That's downright provincial. biggrin.gif
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Also, here's one that's much cheaper, only 11,604 sq ft - but you also don't get the view...
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1664-E-Valley-Rd_Montecito_CA_93108_M26523-59668?row=13

Hrmm, unfortunately the lot's so small that the house barely fits on it.
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