wondered where this car had went,was owned by my dads next door neighbor.remember seeing it when it still had the jersey plates on it !
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[Car_Overhaul] Will1991's Steel Grey Spruce-Up
Posted 24 January 2014 - 04:55 PM
My beam's now finished! I stripped it of ancient crud before taking it apart, which proved fine other than that the arm plate seals were shot. I'd bought one of Tom's pullers for this but as it had been rebuilt fairly recently I didn't need it - I'd been looking forward to using it!
Bearings were protected from unwanted muck.
I then got the beam colour matched before taking everything back to metal and painting back up. I also had a load of bits plated and my bars powdercoated (not orange as they look in the photo). The result...
The hubs were rebuilt and rammed full of grease so they should keep going for a while yet. I've also still got some new Peugeot shocks to go on as well as new mounts so it should feel minty fresh once back on the road.
I've also had the brakes off so will be refurbing and refinishing them at some point soon hopefully.
Today I borrowed an electric siphon from the local garage (the owner is an absolute hero and said I can borrow whatever I need!) and transferred about 25 litres of Shell's finest into the Subaru. A far superior alternative to a mouthfull of unleaded!
I then dropped the tank and found the metalwork to be in pretty good shape.
I'll start on stripping and smartening the underside now before putting everything back together.
Posted 02 March 2014 - 09:36 PM
Right then, update time. The rear is back together and underside done! Woohooo!
So, the process involved in sorting out the underside was a messy and very boring one. Levels of enthusiasm started high - as is always the case when I get a chance to use my angle grinder - however that soon wained and as such I don't have many photos of the process due to being completely fed up after any given session. To be honest, it was all pretty good under there with nothing worse than surface rust to be found.
You can see in the above post how it started. This is it after my first [of many] evening sesh:
And after much much more grinding, treating, painting and spraying etc, this:
I originally thought about painting the boot floor body colour, but it seems really quite difficult getting a decent match for Steel Grey in a useable and affordable format. Anyway, I'm really pleased with how it came out in the end.
I decided that while everything was down I'd replace the 24yr old brake lines with some kunifer alternatives. I spent a good while replicating the originals and making all my curves were nice and smoooooth. I borrowed my friendly local mechanic's FIRST EVER brake flaring kit to do my flaring - it was like a hitman offering his son his first ever gun, a pretty special moment - it was pretty old school but made light work of it. He claimed its proficiency was because it was old.
I also fitted my lovely new HEL braided lines and painted the bracketry to finish off.
Local friendly mechanic also welded a new stainless bolt onto this bracket as I sheared the original. It's not pretty but it's out of sight so my botherd-ness level is low.
I also painted the heat shields and disc protectors, repainted my spare wheel cage in body colour, had a load of stuff zinc plated and gave my fuel tank a scrub down:
Anyway, yesterday I managed to wrestle the fuel tank back in place and fitted all my brake lines and the heat shields I could. It looked like this:
Then today, the beam (with new OE mounts)! I got my dad involved and actually it was fairly painless. Once bolted up I managed to fit my new OE shocks and the results were as follows:
I then popped my spare wheel back on:
On the whole I'm really pleased with how it's all come out, even if it has taken a while.
I'm just waiting on seals to sort the brakes and I'll now be moving up to the business end to start work!
Edited by will1991, 02 March 2014 - 09:42 PM.
Posted 03 March 2014 - 09:27 PM
Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:32 AM
Only noticing this project now!.. Beutiful example to begin with and the right kind to be keeping as close to original as possible!
Keep up the good work!
Thats the same old brake flaring tool my old fella has.
As for the kunifer, I used it front to back and found it fine to work with. As with any copper based alloy it work hardens very quick so try to get each bend done on the 1st attempt. It doesnt stay shiny for long either, but then again niether does copper.
Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:26 PM
Been a while...
I'm heading to France for work for 5 months next week so I've just been getting the car to a point where I can leave jobs finished rather than part done. Between the last post and now I've also spent a month in France so progress hasn't been the quickest.
Anyway, I'll start where I left it last time. Some photos of the underside and my beam taken in daylight!
Following all that I did a bit of work on the rear panel as there was a little surface rust. I took it all off and repainted and it came out really well, shame nobody's ever going to see it!
When removing the rear bumper I had to resort to sawing one of the T bolts off. So, when reassembling I improvised and made these which will certainly do for now.
I then fitted the genuine OE exhaust Farmer sorted for me and that's the back end about done.
I then moved on to the front subframe/suspension/rack etc. I whipped it all off and got it back home to work on...
I found that the OS wheel bearing was on its way out, as was the driveshaft intermediate (but that was my fault) so I replaced them with some nice new SKF items. I also replaced the wishbone bushes with OE pug ones while they were off and picked up some Motaquip TREs and droplinks.
I then got cracking with the stripping and painting. I had a couple of bits powdercoated and hardware zinc'd. I pretty chuffed with the result!...
When it came to the front suspension I thought really really hard about what I wanted to do. Originally I wanted the car to stay totally standard all round. After much to-ing and fro-ing I opted for some new Bilstein B4s and Eibach Pro springs (highly recommend Kam Racing by the way) as everything I'd read about this set up, combined with the new OE pug shocks I've fitted, was excellent frankly. I rebuilt the beam slightly lower than standard at the time so I'm alright there.
I really like the look of a slightly lowered 205 and as I'll be keeping the original components it'll not be a problem to put back if/when I please. The top mount stuff was zinc plated in dull silver to try and replicate the original finish and I fitted new OE pug stut top bearings and donuts while I was at it. Anyway, here is how they looked once put together (plastic sleeve now moved round on spring of LH strut in pic)...
Again, really pleased with these! I thought they were looking super fly until I fitted a set of these to my friends GT86 last week. Pretty pimp to say the least...
While all this was going on I refitted my fuel filler piping and and cleaned up the filler neck ring which is a nice detail. I hadn't really noticed it before...
I also cleaned up all of the underside brake and fuel lines and refitted them...
The other big(ish) job I got done recently was rebuilding the rear brake calipers. Rebuilding the handbrake mechanism was a bit of a pig but it all went together in the end and came out looking good. (Couldn't find a guide on here so if anybody wants any pointers give me a shout!) Some may say they're a bit bling but the the carriers were originally gold I believe and they look really good in the flesh (IMO). I popped a new set of Mintex pads in and got them on the car to get them out of the workshop!
I thought I'd better wash the car ready for tucking it away, paying special attention to the arches so they're now pretty much spotless. I'd forgotten how good it looked clean! I just want to get it on the road again and have it gleam in the sunshine!
I felt a bit down leaving it this afternoon, knowing I'll not get another look for several months. I guess I'll just have to spend my time gathering parts and working out how I'm going to go about cleaning the engine and bay up. Fun fun fun!
As I've said about a million times in this post, I'm really happy with my progress so far (even if it is a little slow). Can't wait to be in a position to give another proper update!
Edited by will1991, 31 May 2014 - 07:31 PM.
Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:17 PM
Couldn't help noticing how long the braided hoses coming out of the rear calipers are , they must be double the length of the standard ones , they look like they might rub on the wheel .
Posted 06 October 2014 - 10:23 AM
So I've now returned from France and having arrived back to a few bits and bobs I ordered whilst away I thought I'd get something done while I'm at home for a bit.
Having had nice new SKF bearings fitted to my hubs, they were cleaned up and refreshed. The same was done to the driveshafts but I have no photos of them at the moment.
I also put my front calipers back together using the OE Peugeot seal kits Craig had sorted for me. I also fitted my HEL stainless hoses and HEL stainless nipples. Poor photo but I'm pretty happy with these...
And bolted together (another terrible photo)...
I now need to get my engine out to move forward really. Anybody local(ish) got an engine crane they might be willing to lend me for a weekend?!!