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Old 12-09-2018, 04:00 PM   #51
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".....I also made a start on the cleaning......"

Shouldn't that be a job for your lass?
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Old 13-09-2018, 02:47 PM   #52
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".....I also made a start on the cleaning......"

Shouldn't that be a job for your lass?
Yeah right, more chance of hell freezing over

Anyway onto todays progress. Started off by removing the dual controls. Judging by the weight of them the car will probably perform a lot better Might try putting them on ebay, some one may want them



Then went onto stripping the scuttle out so I can start addressing the leaks. Covers off revealed more cruddiness



Pollen filter was removed, don't know how long that has been in there



but judging by the date on it, a long time



Also stripped out the passenger side again, this time going further and removing the ecu and relay box to reveal more dirt



Servo was removed the old sealent bead scraped off and everything cleaned and left to dry prior to re-sealing and putting back together





Decided to leave it to dry for the afternoon and over night (plus I had run out of time for the day, need to start thinking about getting ready for work )to ensure no moisture would be trapped where I am going to seal it. It isn't forecast to rain but as everything is opened up I am not taking any risks so wrapped the car up for the night



Tomorrow…. put it all back together
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Old 13-09-2018, 09:27 PM   #53
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Super - a job worth doing!


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Old 13-09-2018, 10:05 PM   #54
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seeing this reminds me of the one I got for my other half. We encounter the similar mayo under the cap as it seemed never to have been driver for longer than five miles is years. But as detailed long runs and oil change sorted it.

Couple of points re the leaks - some of which you undoubtedly know already:

Front passenger footwell - BCM cover, I didn't bother messing about with sealant etc and just bought a new one from VX - cheap enough and solved.

Drivers footwell - Brake servo - remove, re-seal and refit (the carsandcode blog above is what I followed)

Rear footwells and boot - Rear light gaskets - they are just foam and don't last, cost pennies from VX and fixed that issue.

If it drops a bit of coolant - check the water pump gasket they weep a bit

All in all mechanically very good but leaked like a sieve.....

Also - you can get a "service club" card from VX for free and get 15-20% off the list prices, when I had mine they done 5 litres of genuine oil for £20 which was handy

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Brilliant work! I'm amazed at quite a few things really, that the main bulk of the dual controls were left in there and I've never seen body filler on a sump before.

By the time your done, this is going to be spot on for your daughter! I've only got another 16 years before mine can get her licence lololol
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Brilliant work! I'm amazed at quite a few things really, that the main bulk of the dual controls were left in there and I've never seen body filler on a sump before.

By the time your done, this is going to be spot on for your daughter! I've only got another 16 years before mine can get her licence lololol
Thanks, I too am amazed by this car, 1st by some of the bodges and neglect then 2nd on the opposite end of the scale by how things like the air con blows icy cold and all of the electrics work!
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Everything was nice and dry this morning so got everything sealed up and started to rebuild



Another little mod happened along the way as well, I've replaced the standard 2 jet washer nozzles with Insignia fan spray nozzles. For the sake of 4 quid from ebay it's a no brainer.



NO pics of it all back together because it isn't Need to source the passenger side scuttle cover as the original is broken. Moved onto cleaning the carpet ready for refitting. After hoovering it looked like this



Drivers side naturally the worst



Gave it a good scrub with some diluted APC and a brush then a rinse with the hose before using the VAX to suck the water out which looked like this



First impressions are it has cleaned up nicely but I will wait until it is dry to fully decide if it needs more work.

Onto the rear arches, before looking pretty nasty with loads of caked on mud on the drivers side





Passenger side not too much better





A good blast with the hose removed most of it before attacking with the good ole APC and a brush to reveal





More interior cleaning and start of the wheel clean up next
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Old 14-09-2018, 05:18 PM   #58
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Check that the leak is cured before you put the carpet back in.
A pressure washer or even a watering can / hose will do the trick.
Nothing more annoying than having it all put together and the carpets are soaking after the first rain.
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Check that the leak is cured before you put the carpet back in.
A pressure washer or even a watering can / hose will do the trick.
Nothing more annoying than having it all put together and the carpets are soaking after the first rain.
Thanks for the reminder, I'll give it a test this morning
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