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Thursday, 7 January 2010

Engine Cover

Step one: Park the car on a flat surface, leave the car in gear, and set the parking brake.

Step two: Open the convertible top approximately 24 inches; just enough to raise the rear cover to its highest point. Now remove the key from the ignition, to prevent accidental operation of the top.

Step three: Disconnect two tension rope the ball–pivots located on either side of the convertible top. Just pry gently, and they should pop right off. You may need to remove the convertible top hinge covers (if not now then later to access the Bose speaker plug).

Step four: Release the cloth cover. Gently pull straight down on the plastic cover, preferably right at the clip holders (there are two) one is shown below. By the way, that’s a “mid” strut bar.

Step five: Lift the top up and grab the attached strap to secure the back of the top. I used a bungee cord to help. You just want to secure the back of the top so it’s out of the way.


This is the access you’ll have after removing the speaker and carpet cover.

Step six. Remove the Bose speaker by rotating the four black twist – locks. They secure the Bose speaker. Then you can rotate it to get better access to the plug connection.


Friday, 1 January 2010


Staying in for New Year and decided to make Lobster & frites.  Checked out the fish monger at Borough Market and he put aside two nice lads.  On the way home I realised I'd forgotten to get them cleaned - bugger.  I'm used to a nice pink split in half preparation and was now faced with two very alive wriggling lobsters to deal with, or set free in the dock :).  Cue frantic google searches. 

Read a bunch of sites and decided on the deep freeze method which is supposed to quieten them down and then the knife in the head.  It worked I guess, it didn't feel very nice to watch something die and I don't know if I'd forget to have them despatched by a professional again.  

But, that was by far the best tasting lobster I've ever eaten, I guess it was the freshness ..

So for next time, if there is a next time here are the links I used :