I started this project blog on the PSC website but thought i'd share it here as well as I will need as much shared knowledge and help as possible.
Just to take things up to where they are now i will add what I have posted so far in this thread and will then run the 2 threads.
First posted 19 April 2013
I'm yet another one of those sad old gits that had a 205 GTi when I was young and have now foolishly bought one as a project. I say foolishly because i've never even looked at a Hanes manual since I owned my last 205 around 18 years ago.
I've spent months looking. Got gazzumped several times, looked at a few dogs and found a few that turned out to be insurance write offs along with cars with mismatched engines etc etc. Some of those things wouldn't bother me if stories and some history had backed up but in most cases it was well hidden.
Anyway, i got talking to some guy who had his car on ebay. It looked clean, had history and the guy came across okay on the phone. Checks showed everything was fine, previous owner had kept the car 10 years and kept history. The car was listed in the wrong section. Not under cars or anything even slightly related to cars so it never sold. I had a few more calls and got a few more pics sent through from the owner. Eventually, in a moment of stupidity/bravery I decided to make the 300 mile trip to go take a look and most likely buy the car.
I flew from Glasgow to Birmingham on Sunday. Checked the car over. It was a bit rougher than i expected. Few small bits of surface rust on the body. From memory no worse than the one I sold all those years ago. 2 issues. The N/S inner wing had rusted through and the oil filler pipe had "melted" according to the owner (I should probably have just got back on the plane at this point, the guy knew even less than me). The inner wing can be welded so it wasn't a deal breaker for me and the oil filler pipe actually just looks like it's perished along with all the other oil pipes. So not being a fan of flying I decided to take the car, haggled the price down a bit more as it wasn't exactly as expected then set off on my merry way, 300 miles back up the M6.
Much to my amazement the car drove like a dream and I did the journey in one hit and one tank. All gauges stayed where they were, nothing fell of or burst into flames. It was a very noisey journey due to a stupid back box on the car but none the less I was amazed and very happy that I got home under my own steam.
First day having a proper poke around the car today. It leaks like a sieve. Found 2 leaks in the boot and need to drop the roof lining where I suspect there is another. As such all the soundproofing is like compost but thankfully I've only found slight surface rust under the back seats and boot floor. Under side of the car looks solid and from running my hand about under the carpet the footwells seem fine (carpet not fully out yet as I can't get the 2 torx screws in the seatbelt side runners out, oddly enough I remember having the same problem in my old car. broke a bit in one of the screws while trying so spent the afternoon drilling that out).
I have however made a horrible discover that I somehow never noticed yesterday. The N/S chassis leg is rusting. It's not rusted through nor is it turning to dust when I touch anywhere but I can't tell how bad it really is due to being an idiot. I know enough to know that a rotten chassis isn't good, here my knowledge ends. I also know a repair is well and truly beyond me and don't have thousands to throw at the car for the one repair. I'm really starting to get that "oh ****" feeling now.
A fool and his money as they say.
Some pics from the original advert
Now the bad.
Said this had melted but it seems fine after a clean
This pipe was like an old sock
offside wing not so bad
The hole from below
and the chassis leg above the gearbox looking up
viewed from the wheel arch