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 February 2012 Newsletter ~ Issue No 36    
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Hi and welcome to our latest Newsletter. This  month we bring you more updates on the Jersey Rally, an amazing story from Sweden named 'Project Figaro', some cracking pictures of our members and even a story on women Parking!

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Sunday 12th February 2012
To celebrate the Figaro's 21st Birthday 'Nic' from The Figaro Doctor is planning a Fun Run. Starting at Epsom Downs Racecourse, the journey winds its way through the roads of Surrey and Sussex ending at Shoreham Airport. Read more

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News this month that our forum has now received over 10,000 unique posts is exciting. The site also includes over 2,000 technical posts, video help guides, help me posts all covering a massive range of topics. If you haven't visited lately it's well worth checking out... Click here    


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Project Figaro             

Many or our regular forum users will have read with interest the comprehensive posts from Swedish member Frederic. His story and pictures are so well documented we just felt we had to cover it within this Newsletter. The first of a series this month we see how he deals with leaks and cleans the carpets. 


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Jersey Itinerary Released      

Wow what a packed week we have arranged for everyone attending our Jersey Rally! We will explore castles, tour some fantastic country lanes, go bowling, dress up in fancy dress and even have time to visit some lovely pubs! I may need a holiday before this holiday!! Read more  




This is me Kevin! 

Yes I know I'm very sad but at the weekend my favorite pastime is polishing all that chrome!!

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 Women 'better at parking than men' NCP Study Suggests   

FOC Member Elayne Sanders proved on live TV that women drivers are better at parking than men. And who would argue as she parked her little pink Figaro perfectly!


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New Owner Questions

Can anyone help with the settings for the tracking on the Figaro. The fitters at Kwickfit today said they couldn't do it because they didn't have the settings on their database and, as it was Sunday, there would be no-one to contact to find out. Has anyone else had this problem and where can I find the answer!
Set it for zero (parallel) You will find more info on the links
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Does anybody know if the reflector part of the stop and indicator lights come off. It looks as if they should but I was not prepared to force them? If they do I could have them re-chrome painted a much cheaper option than replacement.

We looked at this on Iggy. As you say, it does look as though you might be able to prise out the actual lens part from the chromed backing. This is, however not possible as the plastic is too rigid. All you will do is snap the plastic. We tried several methods to do it and lots of patience but came to the conclusion it wasn't possible. My other half is a trained mechanic so has plenty of experience with these sorts of things too. In the end we opted for a really good used set from Figaro Bob (140 for the whole set). Not absolutely perfect but almost and a fraction of the new price. The other well known method is to use self adhesive chrome tape. If you cut the tape with a wavy pattern is disguises the edges and actually looks pretty good for a while too. Can be a bit fiddly but be patient and you can achieve a surprisingly good result for pennies.    

I am also now a new part owner of a fig! (Due to persistent nagging) it has been bought as a project and I am in need of advice. Firstly, the door locks seem a bit stiff where you pull with your finger. It makes it tricky to unlock the doors! Also the drivers window makes a noise when you press the button but nothing happens. Can someone tell me how to take the panel off to look and see if it's broken or just needs attention and also oil the lock parts inside the door please? 


i have just removed the door cards on mine and its easy to do. Firstly unscrew the chrome door pin (that thing that moves up and down when you lock the door). There are 3 screws (hidden by plastic plugs) on the arm rest / handle which need removed, 1 screw in the chrome trim behind the interior door pull, round about a few cream plastic gr omits that look like Philip's screw heads that need prised out and not screwed and then you can carefully start to pop out the 3 hidden clips on the open edge of the door card. once the card is freely flapping, you then need to lift it up wards taking the black rubber strip at the window with it, make sure you pull the door card out enough to clear the interior door pull. now you should be holding it in your hands and looking at the door thinking what you will do next. as for the lock problem, I would strip and clean everything but the window issue could be many other possibilities. process of elimination I'm afraid. while your in the door, you could replace those dodgy speakers that have fallen apart over the years! they are only bout 30 and saves doing a job twice.


About the people behind the Figaro Owners Club
MY CARMy son Daniel had always wanted a Figaro and after saving for years (plus a small contribution from his mum and dad!) he brought an Emerald Green one in May 2008. That was it - I was hooked too! Even now we spend many a happy weekend polishing her in the garage.

We just love all that chrome... After buying the car we started searching the internet for ownership help and advice and although a forum existed there was no real club so in December 2008 we started designing and building the web site which took around 4 Months. The club was formed in February 2009 and launched on 1st March 2009

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Kevin Fagan

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