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Old 07-09-2018, 09:49 PM   #41
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Moving on from the rear...


Attacked the body with Dragons breath. It was surprisingly contamination free with not that much coming off. The rear quarterlight windows really need removing to allow me to get in properly to clean. Job for the weekend.

Wheels bled plenty but there's a lot of stubborn marks. I've a builder mate so will lob some brick acid at them and see what happens.

Door shuts cleaned up well. Couple of marks to deal with at the machining stage including a decent bird bomb on the driver's door...















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Old 07-09-2018, 09:54 PM   #42
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Last big bit for today was the engine bay. Whilst not that bad, it definitely needed a clean and has turned out very clean indeed. Again, G101, a brush and the pressure washer with an old drying towel covering the important electrics, it's started to come up very well indeed.



















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Old 07-09-2018, 10:01 PM   #43
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By this time, it was 18:30. I was properly hungry by this point, having had nothing to eat all day other than a sandwich grabbed during the fuel stop. A quick wash, rinse and dry off left me.with this:





She's clean but the paintwork is flat. That's nothing Mr 6" can't fix (and for once, I'm not referring to myself, more the new LC CCS 6" polishing pad for the Flex ). Let's see what tomorrow brings!
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:13 PM   #44
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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
Danny, yeah, I reckon they did.

Of course there will be something. Had I known I'd have bought this, I'd have stripped loads more off the other one. I've kept a few bits (master cylinder/servo/front suspension plus more).

I have to admit to a massive faux pax

I hadn't taken a key for it with me. Came back in, grabbed a pair of keys from the top of the shoe cabinet and went back out. Went to start the engine to check I'd not knackered anything and the key wouldn't turn in the ignition. 10 mins of wiggling and it still wasn't having it. Tried the other key, still no go. Getting worried at this point so went back into the house........only to see the two keys for the Xsara I've just bought on the table.

Yes, I've been trying to start it with the keys for the red one I've just finished breaking. D'oh.


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Old 08-09-2018, 11:03 AM   #45
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Hmmmmmmm.

Think I've found the reason for the exhaust sounding Like there are several angry wasps in it.....



Not sure why/how that massive dent got in it.....it's almost half the pipe diameter deep......

Deffo need to replace the cat.....
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Tracking, as expected was a country mile out. The steering was heavy, dog awful in terms of feel etc.... Had that sorted and asked on the off chance if they could balance centre less wheels. They could!

All 4 wheels done and tracking done and it's a MUCH nicer car to drive. Those Pirellis might have to be 'retired' though. They didn't get the name Ditchfinders for nothing and they ain't the best!!
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So after the tracking and balancing success, I went home and celebrated with a brew!

I then got busy with the deep clean. First stop, driver's side rear arch. I apologise now for the ordering of the pictures. Imgbb doesn't allow you to select which order to up load, making the most recent as the first pic, and swapping all the links around on a phone isn't happening......

So, jacked up, wheel off, arch liner out, and I'm faced with this lot:

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Doesn't look like it's been off anytime recently (if ever) and there's some muck in there. A healthy blast with the pressure washer, followed by a good scrub with a scrubbing brush and then a wipe.down with an old noodle wash mitt. Final blast clean and:







Much better. Cleaned down and refitted the arch liner and that bits done.
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Then moved onto the front arch. Same process.

Filthy before:









Same cleaning process and obligatory afters:









Pretty clean under all the muck this car....
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The wheels........

Hmmm, less said the better on these I think. I'd seen the state of the insides at the tyre place earlier. Solid brown is never a good thing.

Hit once with dragon's breath and pressure washed off. Hit again with Fallout as the Dragon's Breath didn't seem to shift much. The results weren't much better. The wheels, if I decide to stay with these, deffo need a refurb





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