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Old 15-04-2016, 05:08 PM   #21
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Coolant Issues.

The state of the coolant and the expansion tank have been anoying me since i purchased the car, the previous owner had decided to use the dreaded rad weld!

First off all got the car on the drive so not to get the garage all wet!

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Old expansion tank and yummy coolant.
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Out with the old.

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God dam rad weld!

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Thermostat out to change.

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I attemped to clean the tank but it was pointless so popped to ECP to grab a new one and some rad flush

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This was the water after the flush! Excuse the oil that came from my dirty bucket and not the car.

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Filled back up with G13

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Hopefully the coolant will stay clean now, i flushed the system about 5-6 times so im now a master at removing and reinstalling the thermostat!

Knowing my luck now ive removed the radweld something is going to start leaking! But i would rather do the repair properly! People who use radweld should be shot!
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Old 15-04-2016, 05:15 PM   #22
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So I spent a full day on Sunday giving the Fabia a good exterior detail.

Sorry but no before pictures because my DSLR battery was dead!

New goodies to add to the collection.

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Started out by giving the wheels a pre-wash with normal wheel cleaner, as you can see lots of burnt in break dust.
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So time to test the Iron-X

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WOW

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Well after a quick sponge over and a rince this was the result!

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Looks like i have found my new wheel cleaner from now on! Im hoping to get the wheel's refurbished in the next month as they are starting to show their age!

I then washed the car with the two bucket method and a wool mitt using some Demon Wash Snow Foam shampoo.

Then i proceeded to clay the car with some Bilt Hamber medium clay.

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Well i found some smart repairs that's for sure!

Car after claying

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Then i washed the car again with the two bucket method.

Next stage was polishing, boy i need to buy my self a DA machine!

Chemical Guys - EZ Glaze with Acrylic Shine II
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After a fair few hours hand glazing!

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I then cleaned all the glass inside and out with Rain x 2in1 and it will also be sealed.

The trim on the car was treated to Auto Finesse Revive, yet again very nice product. Sorry but no pictures of before and after as i was running out of time!

Next up giving that fresh glaze some protection.

Gtechniq C2 - Liquid Crystal v3

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Lovely product goes on very easy and the protection is meant to last up to 8 months, we shall see about that! Beats waxing any day!

Once i had sealed the car the tires where treated with Demon Tyre shine and refitted my grill the exterior was complete!

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Hopefully give the interior a good going over next week!

Well it rained last night. Looks like the Gtechniq C2 - Liquid Crystal v3 did a cracking job! Look at these beeeeeds!

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So that's this thread up to date now, will keep it updated from now on
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Old 15-04-2016, 05:23 PM   #23
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Great thread

I thought you'd have bunged some new centre caps on though while the wheels were off?
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Old 15-04-2016, 05:23 PM   #24
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Great thread. I remember my 1.4 brakes were like limpets, these must be awesome.
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Old 15-04-2016, 05:30 PM   #25
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Very interesting read, you seem to be very capable around the mechanics, car looks very good in the last few pics, the Skoda seems to cover the miles well too.
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Old 21-04-2016, 07:22 PM   #26
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Rear Brake Upgrade.

So since i upgraded the front brakes the rears have looked tiny in comparison, so just by chance a local set of 256mm rear brake setup off a Octavia VRS popped up at a very cheap price.

Here they are when i got them home!

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So started on removing all the parts.

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No problems in removing the sliders, nipples and the pistons moved free.

Start of the clean up

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Krust to remove some of the rust.

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After

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Gave the carriers and calipers a blast with the dremel

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More Krust

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Leaves a paintable surface.

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Clean up of the discs.

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Then painted VRS Green

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Gave the outside of the vented discs and centers a quick spray in silver to hopefully stop the worst of the rust.

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Got some updates to put on later tonight
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Old 21-04-2016, 08:52 PM   #27
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Very nice work. Were both front and rear brake upgrades straight bolt on efforts?
The rear brakes look much better, looks like more time was spent on the prep for painting.


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Old 21-04-2016, 09:39 PM   #28
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Great thread and a very tidy motor nice write up too
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Old 22-04-2016, 04:13 AM   #29
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Awesome thread and a tiny little car you've got there. I remember changing the coolant tank in my Golf for the exact reason. Great job with the brakes too. Any future plans?
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Old 22-04-2016, 11:21 AM   #30
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Very nice work. Were both front and rear brake upgrades straight bolt on efforts?
The rear brakes look much better, looks like more time was spent on the prep for painting.
Yes i was in more of a rush with the front due to having very poor brakes and needing to get them sorted.

The rears are still not the best but they are a improvement, painting in my cold garage has played hell on the paint. Looking to touch them up when it gets warmer.
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Awesome thread and a tiny little car you've got there. I remember changing the coolant tank in my Golf for the exact reason. Great job with the brakes too. Any future plans?
Wheels refurbishment and now the brakes are sorted more power!
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