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[car_overhaul] Miami16. The Story Of Slowly Progressing 205 Build.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:34 PM
You finished this yet? Or too busy going sideways in that roaring 6 pot?
Can't believe my login still works!
No i have not finished it yet Alex.
I need a final push to finish in 2011... not touched it for ages.
As Alex has mentioned I have been playing in a 328i sport coupe recently.
The 205 is now known as the drive ornament, I need to change that! I had a guy who delivers for Sainsbury's say it had been a year since he last delivered to us and he was hoping to see it up and running when he pulled up the road. He looked disappointed in me, the wife was in bits laughing.
So, brakes, cooling and electrics and it's done......
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:35 PM
Well the 205 got loaded onto a trailer and towed from the Midlands down to Dorset on Friday night. The first time it has been off the drive in 6.5 years (where does the time go?). Moving house in a couple of weeks so my hand was forced to get something sorted with it.
On Saturday morning it was driven over to Miles at Pugracing not too far up the road in Hampshire, to see if he can make some more progress with it than I have managed in the last couple of years.
Posted 04 June 2013 - 08:09 PM
Well it runs..... which is good news, so far so good on the engine rebuild. It has been run up to temperature tonight and there are a few niggles to sort I'm told.
Miles has been busy sorting this out for me.
Can't wait to drive it again it's been aaaaaaaaaaaaggggges.
Edited by skeggyrik, 04 June 2013 - 08:10 PM.
Posted 22 July 2016 - 04:06 PM
So I did a track day at Donnigton park in this 205 a couple of months ago and had great time. I wrote a little bit on that so will have to post it up.
A minor hiccough on the day was overcome (thanks to Anthony for some advice on that) but otherwise the car was faultless. Donnignton was a fair trek up from Bournemouth but the drive up was brilliant.
The alternator gave up on the way home which was annoying but hey. That has now been replaced with a new one and new battery so all is good again.
The car isn't getting much use now so it looks like I will be finally coming round to the idea of moving on from it and getting it sold.
205 prices seem to all over the place at the minute. No idea what to expect.
For sale ad will be going up once I've had some time to take some more recent pictures and gauge the market. The paint is suffering now, the lacquer has gone and it needs some attention. That is something I am not going to be doing in my ownership so it needs to go to new home. Other than that it should be a good car for the next owner..... will be a very sad after so long owning and working on it.
Pictures from Donnington below.
Posted 22 July 2016 - 08:23 PM
Posted 09 August 2016 - 01:17 PM
Had a go at the fading trim and bumpers on on the 205.
I have previously used some G Technic stuff with good results but the bumpers always looked faded and several shades lighter than the side trims.
Bought some of the Autobright Restore 2 Black Permanent Dye and tried the rear sections and rear bumper.
It goes on on really easily, wipes off the paint and the red trim easily and seems to give a good even result. I think with some careful touching up with something more accurate than the big sponge donut they provide, it will look very good indeed.
Before, looking faded and powdery
The rear bumper has really taken up the colour well.
I am pleased and will continue with it for the rest of the trim.
You can see the lacquer issues the car is now suffering in the above photo, it has crazed and looks almost matt at some angles. Can you tell the tailgate had paint in the past?!! â€‹
Edited by skeggyrik, 09 August 2016 - 01:19 PM.