@johna

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New South Wales, Australia
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New Eleanor Ford Mustang project for B is for Build

johna posted a discussion 1 month ago
Today B is for Build announced their next project -- a car that looks like "Eleanor" -- the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback out of the Gone in 60 Seconds movie -- but built out of a 2015 Mustang GT...
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The Abandoned Catalina Park Raceway in Katoomba

johna posted a discussion 1 month ago
Despite living only 15 minutes away for the last four years, today I finally went for a walk around the remains of the old Catalina Park Raceway in Katoomba (Sydney Blue Mountains). The racktrack...
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Magazine article comparing 1986 Toyota Celica and 1960's Toyota 2000GT

johna posted a discussion 2 months ago
Another one of my favourite magazine articles is from the February/March 1986 issue of Sports Car World (Australia). For the introduction of the ST162 Toyota Celica, SCW compared the Celica to a...
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Bucking/surging problem with my 1998 BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 months ago
For a week or so now I have been noticing a problem when driving that most occurs when going down hills where I can feel the car bucking or surging. I also noticed that sometimes it would idle at...
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Nikko Brothers 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R stolen

johna posted a discussion 2 months ago
On January 9 Nikko Brothers posted on their Youtube community tab that their 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R was stolen. In a later video they said that they had taken the car to show a prospective...
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Tavarish cancels SEMA 2020 supercar project

johna posted a discussion 3 months ago
Tavarish had planned to build a one-off supercar based on a wrecked Superlite SL-C that he had already bought, combined with some body parts from a Lamborghini kit car he had also already obtained...
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Review of Max Power V8 Frameless Car Windscreen Wipers

johna posted a discussion 3 months ago
This time when I needed new windscreen wipers I thought I would give the modern, all plastic, frameless style wipers a try instead of the traditional metal frame wipers. As usual, I hopped onto...
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My supercharged 318is hits 3000,000km

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 3 months ago
Today my 1998 BMW 318is reached 300,000 km (186411 miles), and is still going strong. Not bad for a car with an aftermarket supercharger fitted for most of its life. I haven't updated on the...
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How to look up BMW specifications from an Australian number plate

johna posted a discussion 3 months ago
Sometimes when you are looking at BMWs for sale you might want to look up the original specifications -- things like what equipment and options came with the car when new. This is easy to do if...
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Youtuber Junkyard Dave suffers major setback when lift fails and destroys car

johna posted a discussion 4 months ago
A popular car rebuilder on Youtuber suffered a major setback on his latest project when the vehicle lift he was using broke and his project car fell to the ground. Junkyard Dave has been working...
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I hate "Building a car in ten minutes" videos

johna posted a discussion 4 months ago
Who started this annoying trend of videos where a series of car build videos is compiled into a single short video titled something like "building a car in ten minutes"? I think it may have been...
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Built Youtube channel going downhill?

johna posted a discussion 5 months ago
I was a latecomer to the Built Youtube channel, only finding it when Caleb was working on the Audi A4 wagon that he eventually gave away to one of his subscribers as part of a competition. The...
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What's with cars with hidden rear door handles?

johna posted a discussion 5 months ago
Am I the only one that thinks all of these cars with hidden rear door handles don't look right? I think this trend started with the 1997 Alfa Romeo 156, but it is now quite a common feature to...
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What happened to the Street Bandito Youtube channel?

johna posted a discussion 6 months ago
Street Bandito is a popular automotive Youtube channel with over 70,000 subscribers. Their first video was published on 17 August 2017 and after a while they starting posting 1-3 times a week...
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A Youtube channel that deserves to be much larger: INITIAL DWEEBS

johna posted a discussion 6 months ago
It always intrigues me how some Youtube channels grow and some don't... Youtube algorithms work in mysterious ways. I came across a channel that has been around for close to a year and has...
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Cheap Chinese eBay Dash Cam (DVR) Review #2

johna posted a discussion 7 months ago
After my last cheap dashcam failed I decided to buy another cheap one off eBay. This one is a good size - even smaller than the last one - and fits nicely behind my rearview mirror. It also has...
johna posted a reply 2 months ago 1

My Volvo story

johna posted a discussion 7 months ago
Back in 2007 I was looking for a new car and came across a bright blue V40 at a dealer in Sydney. I wasn't looking for an automatic, but I kind of fell in love with the V40 shape and that particular...
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A Youtube car restoration channel with a difference

johna posted a discussion 7 months ago
Youtube is full of car restoration videos but I just came across a very unique video from a channel called SOUP . Classic Motoring - www.youtube.com/user/TheeKookTube. The video is a restoration...
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Best of the car rebuilder Youtube channels

johna posted a discussion 8 months ago
Goonzquad (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwO_xoYm2vjhu4kZSxFO5mA) Goonzquad is a huge channel and follows two brothers who rebuild cars and trucks. Their projects have included a few Jeeps,...
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I installed an eBay short shifter on my BMW 318is and I hate it

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 8 months ago
I recently bought a short shifter for my 1998 BMW 318is off eBay (or maybe it was Aliexpress). After watching various instructional videos on Youtube on how to install it I gave it a go myself...
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BAPMIC BMW parts review

johna posted a discussion 9 months ago
I've recently come across the brand BAPMIC when shopping for BMW parts, and they are usually some of the least expensive parts available. Are they any good? Who are BAPMIC? According to their...
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How to remove 1998/1999/2000 Mercedes-Benz W202 C-Class door cards

johna posted a discussion 10 months ago
These instructions relate to the later model W202 C-Class. Early models (1995 - 1997) have different door cards and no door-mounted side airbags so a different procedure is involved. I recently...
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Best of the car Youtube channels: Australian Edition

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
Following on from my post Best of the car Youtube channels I thought I should cover the best of the Australian Youtube car channels. Like my other post, I'm ignoring the large channels that...
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Best of the car Youtube channels

johna posted a discussion 11 months ago
Everyone already knows the big Youtube car channels but here are some of my favourites that you may not know about. Invincible Extremes Muscle Cars Garage (https://www.youtube...
johna posted a reply 7 months ago 2

I bought the cheapest brake rotors on eBay

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 11 months ago
I know people say you shouldn't skimp on something as important as brake parts, but I had already bought a set of reputedly good quality DBA HD rotors hoping to fix a break vibration issue on my...
johna posted a reply 12 months ago 1

If you like videos of high speed driving on public roads...

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
If you like videos of people driving at high speed on public roads then you might like to check out the Anton Koen channel on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDPicZC2OZKhd4ZhpeS1Mlw)...
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What I'm watching this week on Youtube: Reponut

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
You may have seen the "reality" TV shows about car repossession, but Reponut (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7hVAuM_Bf4IWX2GwTqiqA) is the real "reality". Reponut (Matt) has been filming his...
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Airbag warning light on intermittently

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
As per usual, I fix one problem and another appears. This time the airbag warning light came on for a moment, then stayed on, then was off the following day but came on again momentarily. I...
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Bendix Euro+ brake pad review

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
I bought a set of new DBA 4000 series heavy duty rotors and Bendix Euro+ pads for the front of my BMW E36. After a month or two I started feeling vibration under braking, which progressively got...
johna posted a reply 1 year ago 1

Doors hard to open

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
The passenger door has been difficult to open from the outside for a long time now. Sometimes it would only open if you pushed against the door. But it wouldn't open at all the other day, and the...
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Radiator replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
I noticed the other day that my radiator expansion tank was empty so filled it up and the next time I drove the car it was empty again. I had a look for leaks and found a trail of coolant under...
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Cylinder head cover gasket replacement

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 1 year ago
There was oil around the exhaust side of the cylinder head cover gasket and also in one of the spark plug tubes so time to replace this gasket. I last did one of these on my first E30 318is and...
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Instrument cluster repair

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 1 year ago
The digital displays on our Mercedes have been getting worse over time and were at the point where you couldn't see the time or the outside temperature, and it was difficult to see the mileage...
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What I'm watching on Youtube this week: Tow Truck Operators

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
I am not sure why, but it is often entertaining to watch other people work. Maybe there are just some more interesting jobs around than a web developer :) Lately, I've been enjoying watching...
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Review of International Auto Parts Australia

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
I recently needed some BMW parts and, as usual, was looking for the best possible price. I often buy from Clickable Automotive but they were out of stock of one of the parts I needed, and don't...
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What I'm watching on Youtube this week: car repair and car theft videos

johna posted a discussion 1 year ago
This week I came across two YouTube channels that I am really enjoying. South Main Auto Repair LLC (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtAGzm9e_liY7ko1PBhzTHA) is a small car workshop in New York...
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How to find out the selling dealer on a Carsales.com.au advertisement

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Don't you find it annoying when you are looking at a car for sale on Carsales.com.au and you don't know where the selling dealer is? Sure you can type in your postcode and they will tell you that...
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On The Move Australian VHS Video Magazine from the 1990s

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
On the Move was an Australian video magazine produced in the 1990s. The hosts were Wayne Cantell and James Laing-Peach, and also featured Jo Kelly. I am not sure how many issues were produced,...
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Torque ABC TV series from 1973-1980

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Torque was an Australian television series that ran on the ABC from March 1974 to 1980. The show featured road tests of cars, information about automotive products and the Australian automotive...
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Thunder Races TV Series

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Thunder Races was a UK TV Series hosted by Adrian Simpson where three teams built a car for a particular challenge over the space of a few days then competed against each other in a race. Series...
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An overdue oil change

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 2 years ago
I finally got around to doing an oil change on the Mercedes. It has been a while since I did one on this car so I had to Google to see which side the sump plug is on so I knew which side of the...
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Treated my car to an engine, gearbox and differential oil change

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I had been hearing some unusual noise from the rear which I thought might be the differential possibly low on oil. Also the gearbox sometimes doesn't spring in and out of fifth gear. First was...
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New car for wife

johna posted about 2000 Mercedes C200T 2 years ago
We bought this 2000 model Mercedes-Benz C200T for $3,400. It had travelled around 220,000km. It's white with 5-speed automatic transmission and black leather interior, including built-in child...
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Top 10 Books for Car and Motor Racing Enthusiasts

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
Here's my top ten favourites from my automotive book collection. Most of the books are probably now out of print but available from the usual sources as pre-read copies. 1. Cannonball! By Brock...
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Cheap Chinese eBay Dash Cam (DVR) Review

johna posted a discussion 2 years ago
I thought it might be fun to get a cheap car dashcam so I could record some of the interesting things I often see on the road and share them with Dash Cam Owners Australia on Youtube (one of the...
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My 1995 BMW M3 (E36)

johna posted about 1995 BMW M3 2 years ago
Back in 2003 I was shopping for an E36 325i manual coupe and not having much luck finding a good one. After a while I decided to up my budget and also look at 328i coupes. Still no luck and...
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My 1990 BMW 318is (E30)

johna posted about 1990 BMW 318is 2 years ago
I bought this 1990 BMW 318is from a dealer on Sydney's Northern Beaches. From memory it was around $17,000 (Australian Dollars). At the time it had travelled about 135,000 km and I sold it around...
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Intermittent loss of power issue with my BMW 318is

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 3 years ago
I started having some trouble with my supercharged BMW E36 318is a few weeks ago. Firstly the car smelt strongly of fuel, and then it started losing power or stalling while driving. I kept a...
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BMW E36 window stuck in open position

johna posted about 1998 BMW 318is 3 years ago
My passenger side window on my 1998 318is coupe has been stuck in the closed position for some time. I can usually get it going by removing the door trim and then hitting the window motor with a...
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My all-time favourite magazine article

johna posted a discussion 4 years ago
My all-time favourite magazine article is from Wheels (Australia) March 1990 issue and is "An old dog or a new trick" by Paul Cockburn. It's a comparison test between the Mazda MX5 (just released...
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