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Old 07-09-2018, 04:07 PM   #31
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Happy days, good buy then. What are your plans with this one, will it be a keeper or are you selling on after a bit of tlc?
Get her properly clean and keep it! Be worth sitting on this for a while I think and it gives me something else to do while the Rallye is ongoing.

Has a massive pile of history. Has every single MOT certificate bar one. An old V5 so I have the names and addresses now of all the owners.....a lot to go through!









Big clean planned for this weekend!
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Old 07-09-2018, 04:11 PM   #32
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Should keep you busy for while, whilst the parts are rolling in for the rallye then.
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Old 07-09-2018, 04:21 PM   #33
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apart from the square of black tape on the instrument binnacle covering the engine management light
Owned a 307 xsi that had the engine managemnet light fault for years, Also covered up with black tape to get through the mot

Could get rid of it with plugging in to diagnostics but came back a few days later.

It was a pretty common fault
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Old 07-09-2018, 04:37 PM   #34
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Yeah, the owner said it came on before the cat was replaced. Put the tape over it as it was distracting at night.....!

Taken off now. Need to get some tardis on a rag and remove the adhesive residue but all.good otherwise
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Look forward to this one!


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Subscribed - I am also looking forward to this one!
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:34 PM   #37
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The clean begins!

We got the car home at about 14:30. A well earned brew whilst I perused the paperwork and then we went to pick our daughter up from school as she had come back from a weeks residential trip. Not ashamed to admit we missed her! Of course, we went in the Xsara!

So, home from that and a good, close look around the car. Typically dirty in the usual places...and a few other bits noted. The wheels are awful up close, I'll attack them with a fallout remover but .not hopeful. Add that to the fact some stupid tyre monkey has used knock on weights, I smell a refurb coming on possibly. Other normal bits, embedded filth, a knackered driver's side window scraper and a boot full of spares. I better get busy.....

























More updates to follow!
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First port of call was the rear (I'm an ass man ). Boot shuts and round the rear lights were typically filthy. Attacked with a 1:10 mix of G101 and a Valet Pro brush.





























Some of the green gunk was pretty hard to shift. It places is looks like it's still dirty but it's not. It's cracking in the seam sealant which is either black under the paint or has dirt stuck in it.

Everything was cleaned up, including pulling all the crap out of the joints in the rear lamp units and then refitted.
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I love getting stuff like that home. Trouble is your mind ends up going 100mph and you feel you have to restore the whole car in a weekend.

Take your time mate and keep us all updated. At least it's mot'd so each improvement can instantly be felt on a drive afterwards
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Btw, did they also do a VTR in these?

What's the betting there will be something you wished you had kept off the breaker
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