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Old 10-01-2017, 12:07 AM   #21
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Right folks, footered a bit at the car today, in between the rain. Had planned to look at the light switch but it was a bit too cold and wet. Anyway, tackled probably the most important job: Check the Plenum! Actually, not too bad of a job. I read a guide on the 75 forum and followed the steps handy enough. I must say I felt quite proud doing this, kinda like I’m learning and getting better at working on cars, albeit small jobs. But the main thing is I’m getting more confident to take on jobs like this.



This is one of the drain pipes which can also get blocked and cause water to leak into the Plenum, which if enough can fry the ECU! Yeah not what you want!



Took off this upper trim to gain access to the lower trim



Then prised out three of these wee retaining scuttle panel clips



This allowed me to lift the main scuttle panel and lift out the trim piece that covers the plenum



And low and behold, we have water! Although, it could be much worse, and it doesn’t seem to have caused any bother please God. As you can see, it doesn’t look like anyone has been in here in a while so it’s a good job I’ve spotted it now.



As you can see, she’s well and truly blocked! I managed to ‘borrow’ one of the rods that hold the carpet in place on the house stairs as it was the perfect length and width to break up all the dirt. I poked at it to break the dirt up, then pushed through it to the ground.



And so the result! A brave bit of water came out to be fair












A bit clearer and dryer looking.






And put back together


Overall I’m quite proud with today’s achievement. I’ve hopefully prevented this from worsening, however I will keep an eye on it, possibly invested in a plenum protector which reduces the surface area of the drain, allowing water to pass through but not leaves so it doesn’t get blocked again.
As Baxlin mentioned, I may do the spyhole mod which means I only have to remove the top trim and I can see into the drain and rod it out.

In the future, I will also give this trim area a deep clean as it could do with it.
So that’s one job ticked off, next up is replacing the rear light seals as I think this could be part of the flickering side lights. I ordered a set today, so should be here in the next few days. I also ordered two wee Rover Dealership keyrings and a Haynes manual. We’re getting there folks!
I’m going give it its first wash tomorrow with my new Microfibre madness Incredipad so expect photos of that.

As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll catch yous in the next update.
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Good man Rían. The Haynes manual is a great job, although I became stuck a few times (even with it) on my old 406 lol. In fairness that was more me than the book lol.

Can't wait to see the car all cleaned up. Make sure you take plenty of pics!!

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Looks as if the cabin filter could do with replacing too.
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Good man Rían. The Haynes manual is a great job, although I became stuck a few times (even with it) on my old 406 lol. In fairness that was more me than the book lol.

Can't wait to see the car all cleaned up. Make sure you take plenty of pics!!

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Haha I know the feeling Cooks I had one for the corsa, and they're great for some things but vague for others. Should help with wee jobs though.
Oh and don't worry, there will be more than enough photos haha

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Looks as if the cabin filter could do with replacing too.
Aye I seen that, although I thought I'd wait to get the damp cleared up in the car and clean some bits of mould so it's freshening everything at the one time.
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Top bit of DIY there Rían, bloody well done.

Looks like a nice example - I imagine progress is extremely comfortable (if not exactly swift) in her.

Best of luck with continuing to bring her up to standard.
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Great work there and satisfying knowing you're doing it yourself. Check out cable access rods on ebay. They can be had for a couple of quid and handy for jobs like that. They're like mini drain rods, about half width of a pencil, flexible and screw together depending what length you want. Mine get used all over house and cars.
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Top bit of DIY there Rían, bloody well done.

Looks like a nice example - I imagine progress is extremely comfortable (if not exactly swift) in her.

Best of luck with continuing to bring her up to standard.
Danke Barchettaman! Must say I was surprised that I was actually able to do it!
And oh aye she's a nice model, and comfort is very much its thing!

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Great work there and satisfying knowing you're doing it yourself. Check out cable access rods on ebay. They can be had for a couple of quid and handy for jobs like that. They're like mini drain rods, about half width of a pencil, flexible and screw together depending what length you want. Mine get used all over house and cars.
Thanks Darlofan! And totally agree! Such a great sense of pride like 'I actually did that'! Nice working through all these wee jobs. As you say it's so satisfying, to me it's what real motoring is about, and probably is something lost nowadays.

And thanks for letting me know about those cable access rods. Must check them out
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Keep it coming, nice work by the way.
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Keep it coming, nice work by the way.
Cheers Ibiza55

Anyway, no major news folks over the past few days, other than I'm gathering up a few bits and pieces. From what I've ordered, my Haynes manual, new rear light seals, and key rings have arrived, meaning the only thing I'm waiting on is a new key fob casing to replace the missing button on my own. Unfortunately, there is only one key with the car, may look at getting another one, but I think it has to come from Germany and is upwards of £150.















Gave the Rover a real thorough wash there the other day and I must say that I really do enjoy the big bus! If you ask me, they are a lovely shaped car.
I'll get the photos of that (there's an awful lot haha) posted in the next few days, as well as my experience with all the ValetPro gear, which really surprised me!

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Good man Rían. Gathering bits is very enjoyable, especially as the parcels arrive in the post.

Get the photos posted chum. Can't wait for the pictures chum.

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