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More on the Drop-top RX-7

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Re your article “Bargain RX-7 Drop-Top” Bargain RX-7 Drop-top ... I owned a locally delivered '87 Series 4 convertible back in 1993 when she still had low ks and was nice and tight. Everything about the car was great. The convertible roof was a snack to put down without getting out of your seat - unlatch it at the windscreen, turn the knob on dash, release latch on the folding roof and turn knob again. I never had the vinyl cover for the stowed roof – I didn't need it and it was AUD$800 to replace so I didn't bother. The boot was pretty useless. You could fit one bag of clubs in there and then put your buggy on the passenger seat (the missus stayed home). The heated glass rear window was so much better than the crappy plastic things in a lot of convertibles. With the roof up you could scream down the freeway with the interior staying quiet enough to hold a conversation. And that was the beauty of the car - freeway cruising. Though it handled like it was on rails, it was a slug in stop-start situations. Do a hill-start and you'd consider turning off the air-con. No way you could break the rear-end loose because the suspension and 205 Eagles were just too grippy. That and this one was a non turbo... Loved the car but she needed more grunt. And just when I was ready to look at engine mods, the wife tells me we needed to start looking at a bigger car. I thought she was just putting on a few pounds. At the right price I reckon the turbo would probably be a great car, just watch out for fuel bills. I drove mine daily from the Shire to Mascot and no matter how I drove, thrashing or cruising, she got about 13 litres per 100km.

Chris Lawson

02 Sensor for Subie

I have purchased from your shop an air-fuel ratio indicator kit. This will be used in an older Subaru EA81 to assist in tuning the engine - it will not be connected to an ECU. Will any second-hand oxygen sensor obtained from the wreckers work? Hope you can help.

David Skett

Yes, any good condition 0-1V oxygen sensor will work – just make sure you connect the meter to the signal wire from the sensor.

Loose Canon

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In your article on Comprehensive Insurance Insurance Premiums Explained in the 4th paragraph, you used "loose" instead of "lose".

Eddie Brennan

Well spotted! Now fixed.

Beep-Beep, Beep-Beep, Beep-Beep...

I would like to know how to turn off the 120 km/h speed alarm in my Mitsubishi Magna VR-X. It does not have a computerized system in the car and the owner’s manual does not mention how to turn it off unless you have it. Is it possible?

James Willdigg

In Australian-spec cars you need to push the speed set UP/DN buttons simultaneously to disable the alarm. We’re not sure if the alarm can be disabled in export vehicles.

Skelta Slip-up

Regarding the Skelta story Dissecting the Skelta - Part Two ... I'm pretty sure you'll find that the Skelta was having a good run in 2006 and not 2005 as the story states. I could be wrong though.

Brenden Smith

Yes, you’re right. Now fixed.

More on the Skelta

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The Skelta articles ( Dissecting the Skelta - Part One and Dissecting the Skelta - Part Two ) were interesting and it is good to see that we have people in Australia that can build vehicles of this calibre. But, without wishing to take anything at all away from Ray Vandersee, it seems to me that he has built a Lotus Exige. I was waiting for Part Two to see the Lotus beating price, but no...

One of the cars went to Britain, so maybe we'll get the Top Gear team's (ever so slightly biased!) British view of a colonial upstart.

And "Skelta"? As in Helta?

Barry Dal Herbert

Yes, it is quite similar to the Exige - both awesome cars. And, yes, it is Skelta as in Helta!

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