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[Car_Upgrade] 205 Diesel


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BERTMAN

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Well, I've just bought another 205. This time a Miami blue 1996 on a 'P' plate diesel non turbo. This makes it one of the last 205's to be sold in Britain! The reason why I have bought this is as I thought I would take my GT off the road at Christmas and give it the bit of TLC it needs, and that this would do the job of cheap run around until it returns. Also my sister needs a car and this will do as a temporary measure.

I bought this car cheap as it needs a new clutch, and has been sat for 6 months therefore also needing a battery....luckily i had a spare battery and the new clutch came with the car. Fitted the new battery and it started first turn of the key, almost on the first starter rotation! Hoping the clutch change tomorrow goes as smoothly.

The car itself seems reasonably straight with the odd dent and scratch. The paintwork is fairly terrible on the roof but other than that seems reasonable. Even comes with a CD player and with what I think are 106 GTi alloys. The thing that i don't like so far is rust around the windscreen surround which i've not seen before with 205's. Think ill have to sort that out sooner than later.

Anyway plans are:
New clutch
Oil Change
GTi valances
and I think ill also throw in an old XS interior that's taking up room in the shed!

then hopefully it'll be back to business for the old girl!

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Edited by BERTMAN, 15 August 2012 - 08:33 PM.


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Wow, a P reg! looks clean and tidy though



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does look tidy chap

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Looks tidy, but if you want my advice then just use it for what it is, e.g. do the clutch and any service stuff then leave it alone, its smat enough to knock about in with a set of alloys on, so don't let it suck your time and money away from the car you have bought this diesel in order to take off the road for some work. This is speaking from experience as I've done it myself in the past.

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Looks tidy, but if you want my advice then just use it for what it is, e.g. do the clutch and any service stuff then leave it alone, its smat enough to knock about in with a set of alloys on, so don't let it suck your time and money away from the car you have bought this diesel in order to take off the road for some work. This is speaking from experience as I've done it myself in the past.


Yeah I completely agree with you, and that is hopefully the plan! However I also from past experiences know that I am completely unable to leave a car alone haha. Luckily i have loads of spares i don't need so won't cost me any money. The only thing i will do however is put a GTi front subframe, wishbones and ARB as i HATE the base model ARB set up through the wishbones. The bushes always fail early and you can never find decent replacements.

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Yeah I completely agree with you, and that is hopefully the plan! However I also from past experiences know that I am completely unable to leave a car alone haha. Luckily i have loads of spares i don't need so won't cost me any money. The only thing i will do however is put a GTi front subframe, wishbones and ARB as i HATE the base model ARB set up through the wishbones. The bushes always fail early and you can never find decent replacements.


Don't listen to Tom, he told me to leave my White 205 alone! Hes

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Don't listen to Tom, he told me to leave my White 205 alone! Hes completely f***ing right!!



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Haha! Tom take your flat cap and slippers elsewhere this is a young mans topic :P

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Been there and done it!

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pah, mine is 6 years newer. Completely different :lol:

Edited by BERTMAN, 17 August 2012 - 07:37 PM.


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Those pictures are about 8 years old....!

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You turned a 205 into a 306? Wtf?

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You turned a 205 into a 306? Wtf?


Impressive

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Drop in a 1.9 DT with a bigger blower and gov modded pump should see the car right :P

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Drop in a 1.9 DT with a bigger blower and gov modded pump should see the car right :P


I think this is the inevitable outcome for this car. Using your project thread for inspiration actually! :) But for now it's remaining NA!

Well the car has been in use and has so far been nice and reliable, and cheap to run! Everything is not perfect however; there is a knackered CV joint knocking at the front, rust creeping along the top of the windscreen, and too much of a whiff of pug O.E standardness about the car :lol:.

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I really need to deal with this soon whilst its still solid! But first up is the disgusting interior that needs replacing with GTi stuff! I used the front door cards and centre console from a phase 1.5 gti, and the rear cards from my old XS. Sprayed them up black, and gave the plastics a going over with some black plasticare.

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I think they ended up looking quite good actually, much better than I was expecting!

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I then moved onto the seats and carpet and found a little patch of rust above the fuel tank. A little poking later and we have a pleasant little hole to view the ground out of. Also found a dent that looks like someone may have misplaced a jack but apart from that (and the windscreen) its looking pretty clean.

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I'll have this hole welded up by tomorrow, which will leave me time to deal with the next little problem. The floor was soaked! all of the underlay had to be thrown away and the water was mopped up. Going to have to do some delving into what might be causing the problem before I can put the rest of the interior in so this is how Im using the car for the next few days

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Another thing learnt didnt realise there even was a p reg 205 hahaha

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Yeah they sold them upto 1996/7. This one was registered on the 1st August 1996 so just scrapes a P plate!

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I cut out all the rust and had a plate welded in, then sprayed over with some rust protection. I had a slight problem trying to source 205 underlay that wasn't either soaking wet or just knackered. I even tried some newer cars but open air scrap yards and interior parts don't go to well together in my experience. So, I popped down to a local carpet supplier, had a chat with the owner and walked out £12 lighter with a load of underlay. It's roughly the same thickness (maybe slightly thicker) than the old stuff that came out, and looks to be of a similar kind of material but dosent have the bitumen-y backing of the original underlay.

Terrible quality pictures I know; the only downside of HTC ownership IMO, I'll gget some better ones up soon. Underlay during trimming...
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I actually covered more area in the end than the original underlay covered in the hope that it would make it a more pleasurable place to sit... and it seems to have worked as its even dampened out the odd rattle!

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and finished off with a set of very good condition seats removed about 7 years ago from my XS:

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Another thing learnt didnt realise there even was a p reg 205 hahaha

Youngest I've seen is a 205 Forever on an R-plate in the Reading area

I do agree with Tom though - if this is just to be a runaround, then fix what needs to be fixed and leave it as-is, concentrating your time and effort on the car that you actually want to keep long term. Otherwise, you'll plough all your time and money into this, and your other car will just sit there untouched and inevitably end up staying off the road far longer than it otherwise would have.

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Youngest I've seen is a 205 Forever on an R-plate in the Reading area

I do agree with Tom though - if this is just to be a runaround, then fix what needs to be fixed and leave it as-is, concentrating your time and effort on the car that you actually want to keep long term. Otherwise, you'll plough all your time and money into this, and your other car will just sit there untouched and inevitably end up staying off the road far longer than it otherwise would have.


The modifications to this car won't cost me hardly anything, even turbo lumps are cheap as chips; I have far too much 205 stuff lying around that I don't need so it'll go on this. My S16 is a daily driver at the minute and my other one is a long term so I don't mind spending abit of time on this.

I don't think i've even heard of a 205 forever, was that a run out 'special' or something? Akin to Renault 5/Clio Campus etc.

Edited by BERTMAN, 10 November 2012 - 05:02 PM.




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