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  1. Well in Dec of 2020 I had some parts sent to me and DPD claimed they couldn't be delivered. Something about "incomplete address"... By doing a few online tricks I found out they had asked the seller for a new address but she was away. (she had given me a different number than I had received through the intermediary selling site...) So I tried writing messages, emails and calling any number I could find.. Nothing... Finally I resorted to something I can count on one hand I have done in my life: Shaming I went to their Twitter and facebook accounts as them where my stuff was. The immediately asked me to private message them and it arrived in two days. (should have been one day but they claimed I wasn't around which was utter bull$hit as I was working from home). I asked repeatedly for an explanation and never got one. Looks like you might have to shame again...
  2. To avoid this thread going into a spiral for Brexit nonsense I reckon people should google about what the deals do and do not include... 🙂 Personally I liked cinemas and other things limiting the number of people going in. Germans, in general are horribly habitual. My Mom knew it was 10 am on Saturday because the neighbor was washing his car (technically not allowed...), it was 10:30 because he was trimming the lawn and 11 because his wife was cleaning the window sills... Back when we were in the office people complained about long lines at lunch... whereby "lunch" was only from 12:00 to 12:30 .... if you went just before 1 PM and you could sail through... Same with traffic jams. If we left the house at 8:20 we got to work in less than 10 minutes. If we left around 8:30 we would get stuck in at least a 20-30 minute traffic jam. We basically left it to 9:15 or later and sailed through... Same thing at the various outdoor pools and swimming holes... I liked having more space. I am not anti-social. Germans are though! 😄 🙂 After the initial drought paper products we have not had wont for anything since say May of 2020...
  3. Thanks! The most problems I had heard of was randomness in what does and doesn't get caught up in customs. Two guys literally ordered the same part on the same day and one had to pay extra and the other didn't! Seems to me the ones who have benefited the most have been the couriers as they are charging anywhere from 5 to 50 of your local currency per shipment even if things are "tariff free". At least this might take a little bit of the randomness out of it... I had heard however that some industries were getting extended grace periods (mostly in the food industry) until October as Brexit PLUS Covid was just too much to bear... One Spitfire driver's wife works at customs here and she basically said there are so many probs on this end what with staffing, illness etc that they are waving things through... There was a special on the BBC (I get FreeSAT as I am far enough West and have a large enough.... dish...) about Brexit and how things are going. They highlighted all the great new trade some companies were doing (mostly fish and food) because the EU was being very annoying with paperwork. The only thing I found slightly odd is they had begun trading with countries with which the UK had no special agreement (at the time of filming) so they had to meet the same rules as were in place when the UK was within the EU. That has changed though to be honest. I had read about a new Canadian, Australian and US accord not too long ago. No worries though, once Blue Lightning is back on the road in 2-3 years' time I will darken Her Majesty's shores with my American drawl!
  4. Fight whine with wine... of course not while driving.. 🙂
  5. Or if you have a club start a library...
  6. So having taken out my fourth Spitfire window I finally figured out how to do it without breaking or losing any parts!
  7. We'll get there in the end. 🙂
  8. A great idea but I am always a little leery of sites that don't provide a physical address for the head company .....
  9. About to tackle the doors on my 1500 "Bitter Lemon".... so far everything I thought would be hard (exhaust, radiator etc) has been easy and everything I thought would be easier (heater hoses and connections) have been hard!
  10. Dash fascia off "Bitter Lemon"... taking exhaust off as the local skip is open today and they take metal...
  11. 2 weeks' of vacation to tear "Bitter Lemon" ('75 1500) apart and figure out how to make one car out of two. 🙂
  12. Please note parts are currently in Germany... I bought a 1500 Spitfire just for the body and have no use for the motor or anything that has to do with it. See pictures for the state it is in. It is a Californian car so the cylinder head is different than most 1500s (low compression) and it has Air Injection System, Exhaust gas recirculation, automatic choke and a catalytic converter. I have no idea if any of it works so no guarantees, no returns! I don’t need anything that has to do with the motor so the radiator, fuel tank, fuel lines etc. can all go. I am willing to deliver anything within a 100 km of Heidelberg (that includes Alsace and if I have to Basel). If I have to I will get a “cherry picker” engine crane (you pay for the rental) and remove the block. Otherwise I am willing to send parts anywhere if buyer pays for shipping (From Germany!) . I accept wire transfers and PayPal. It all must go by 1 October or it gets dumped as the rent on the garage runs out at that time. If interested send a private message. Je peux aussi répondre en francais s’il faut… Again: No guanratees, no returns! Photos: https://slotcarp.wordpress.com/1500-motor/ Ich habe einen 1500 Spitfire wegen seiner Karosse gekauft. Den Motor brauche ich nicht. Zustand, siehe Bilder. Wie man sieht hast das Ding das Air Injection System, Exhaust gas recirculation, automatisches Choke und einen Katalysator. Achtung Kalifornien Auto, Zylinderkopf ist entsprechend „angepasst“. Ob es alles funktioniert kann ich nicht sagen. Alles, was mit dem Motor zu tun hat brauche ich nicht, den Kühler, Tank, Benzin-Leitungen etc. kann alles weg. Alles ist gegen Gebot und muss bis zum 1 Okt. Verkauft werden, sonst wird es verschrottet. Dann läuft die Miete für die Garage aus. Ich kann alles selber abbauen (bis auf den auch der Motorblock: Ich habe keinen Kran) und innerhalb von 100 km von Heidelberg liefern (bis zur französischen Grenze [Elsass] und bei einem entsprechenden lockerndes Angebot auch Basel] . Mit Motorkran kann ich auch den Block transportieren (evtl Kosten Übernahme). Sonst kann alles verschickt werden gegen Übernahme der Portokosten. Auch International. Überweisung oder PayPal möglich. Keine Gewährleistung, keine Garantie, keine Rücknahme. Bei Interesse PN/DM an mich. Fotos: https://slotcarp.wordpress.com/1500-motor/ Je peux aussi répondre en francais s’il faut…
  13. I have a California Spec 1500 engine I also want to get rid of... but I am in Germany...! 😄
  14. We had that recently here... Headline read "Vaccines set to expire soon!" but in the text they stated they were being shipped to Egypt to vaccinate people there.... Don't get me started on sensationalism...
  15. That was what I was thinking: Soak the oversized ones so they then fit "properly"....
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