The latest copy of Retro Ford magazine should hit the shelves in the next few days. My article on fitting longer wheels studs, a new front splitter, and adding the front wheel speed sensors came out great, and the pictures I provided came out quite clear. I'm looking for suggestions on what to write about next, so if you have any ideas, let me know, either via the zetecinside facebook page, or email.
Quaife has just announced the Sequential version of the IB5 gearbox, that fits on the Zetec, CVH etc. I run the IB5+ Sequential box (on the Duratec engine), and have done since 2011, without any issues, and the same internals are now in the IB5 box. And its a good price too! Head on over to Quaife for more details.
I travelled back home last night to see Al Murray as The Pub Landlord, in Loughborough Town Hall. What a brilliant comedian. He had everyone rolling around the aisles, the material he used was based on the responses from the people in the front two rows, as he ripped the p*ss out of most of them based on either their names or their occupations, and who they were sitting alongside. Very enjoyable. And I highly recommend seeing him live.
The new car is going great at the moment. I'm getting almost 60mpg, if I drive it in ECO+ mode, and of course refrain from squeezing the right pedal. But when I do, the slick 8 speed automatic gearbox does a magnificent job of getting the power down through all four tyres. Its a stunning car, and makes the journey to work and back very civilised. I especially like the USB Media feature, allowing me to copy mp3's to a memory stick and play them through the car radio. The adaptive M-Sport suspension makes for a hard ride, but that only happens when I press the Sport button, and the damper settings are electronically altered. And the 19in rims give it a really cool stance. Maybe I should lower it, but that may ruin the ride.
I started a new job on September 1st. So thats good right? An income, getting back in to an office environment, racking up expenses. Well it would be, if I weren't spending so much time away from home, and so little time in the garage. What it does give me is time to tweak the website, to make updates and add additional content. And I get time to read the forums, and see what everyone else is up to. Hoping to make a few trips out to see people too, and the Westfield Car Club holds a monthly pub meet a few miles down the road, so Thursday night I'll be making some new friends and hopefully seeing a few modified cars in the process. The new car is turning out to be a delight to drive. I managed 51mpg on the first tank full, which for a 3.0d is very good. I've not managed to find a tow bar yet, though I do now have several websites bookmarked with some very attractive prices. I'm contemplating fitting it myself, but the wiring looks quite complicated and I dont want to void the cars warranty.