I thought we would be spending the day by the pool today and given that I’m waiting on brake fittings, figured I’d relax for the day.

Last minute, family plans changed and Susan and the kids decided they’d spend the afternoon at the cinema.

Yesterday I picked up a cheap electric pressure washer from Home Depot to clean the deck at the back of the house, today decided to try it for car washing.? Here’s my ‘daily driver’, 2005 Dodge Magnum RT AWD.? Even with 208,000 miles on her, she drives like a dream and I love this car.

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The red devil horns are the only clue that she’s a bit of a ‘sleeper’.? Stock 5.7L V8 Hemi but with a Diablo custom tune, timing changed to take 93 octane fuel and with a much more aggressive gear shift than normal.

It’s amusing to note that every car I’ve ever owned has had a progressively larger engine:

1960 Ford Anglia 105E : 998cc (not even 1L!)

19xx VW Golf L?: 1.1L

19xx VW Golf 16v GTi: 1.8L

1996 TVR 400SE: 4.0L

2001 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra: 4.6L

2005 Dodge Magnum RT AWD: 5.7L

20?? Factory Five Mark III Roadster (1965 Shelby Cobra): 5.8L


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One day that license plate WILL be on the Cobra!

With bodywork being le mot du jour, I thought it about time I had a go at the seams on the roadster. The Mark III are renowned for their appalling seams between the moldings.? The Dremel with a sandstone wheel attachment made easy, if not incredibly dusty, work of it.

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The idea is to get all the gel coat out of the seam and enough of a ‘valley’ that I can fill with some heavy duty compound and sand smooth. The Dremel got out about 80-90% of the gel coat.? It’s easier to see when it’s wet – hence the wet rag.

25. May 2015 by Jens
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