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[Car_Overhaul] Will1991's Steel Grey Spruce-Up


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will1991

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Hi all,

I've been a member on here a while and although my post count is low, the number of hours I've spent on here must quite easily be triple figures by now!

This is going to be a [pretty lightweight] project thread detailing what will be the sprucing up of my 205 GTI. Progress will be slow to start as I'm pretty busy at the moment and it's all pretty new to me, but please bear with!


Why 205 GTI?

For as long as I can remember I've loved the look of the 205 which combined with Group B rally vids on the TV was enough to get me started. Further influences were the 2 505 GTI estates my parents had when I was younger, the aggressive font ends of which I loved, along with the donuts my dad had one doing in an empty car park once. The next came from the Citroen AX I had access to once I'd passed my test. It was a 949cc poverty spec 'Dimension', which became a bit of a playground legend and car of choice for calling shotgun due to its unrivalled (compared to my mates Corsa's, Saxo's, Fiesta's and Polo's) B road pace. The day that car terminally failed its MOT was one of the worst I've lived through, not even the condolences helped.

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Throughout my time in the AX I wanted the same thing (lightweight, revvy and agile) but better looking and more powerful - it had to be a 205 GTI. Adrian Flux must have been utterly sick of me by the time I'd finished 6th form without actually buying anything or taking out a policy, given the hours I spent getting quotes on various retro hatches.


Buying my childhood icon

I bought my 1.9 Steel Grey with 53.5K on the clock in April 2012 having spent about 8 months sifting through classifieds and driving up and down the country looking for the right one. I saw this one on the net and within an hour of it going up I was on the phone with a viewing booked on the proviso that the car was not to be sold between now and then (the car was in Kilmarnock so would've made for an expensive disappointment).

With my dad in tow, we made a train ride up to Glasgow from Derby where we were met by the owner and taken back to see a really lovely example of a 205 GTI. A very thorough check ensued and all we could find was that the factory fit vacuum sunroof wasn't working. A test drive later the deal was done and I was now the owner of my childhood icon.

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It was totally original (ok, the slam panel has been repainted) including the Clarion stereo. It had a fully stamped history and was accompanied by a thick pile of documentation which revealed it had had a brand new interior from Peugeot in 2007 for the grand total of about £150! It had 3 previous owners and was imported from Jersey by the seller in 2010. His reason for selling was odd in that he'd been caught speeding in his Renault 5 GTT the previous year whilst on holiday in France, which had led to its confiscation, and him boycotting all things French.


Owning the GTI

Not long after its purchase I gave it a full service, had the cambelt changed (it had only done 2k but was 8yrs old), fixed the sunroof (broken T piece), dyed the bumpers and had the beam refurbed by Shenpar, before heading off to ride mountain bikes for 6 weeks in the alps.It returned with 56k on it, which is where it still sits today.

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I then came back to the UK to start work. I used the car for about 250miles before deciding I cared too much to abuse it in traffic jams every day, so I bought a 55 plate Subaru Legacy Tourer as a daily. This meant the 205 resided in my parents' garage in which time the parcelshelf was re-dyed, it had a replacement dash due to a very minor imperfection (borderline worth it), a new headlight, a working coin tray, new speedo cable, repro driving light protectors as well as a brand new but as yet unfitted front bumper (due to a very minor scuff). This left the interior looking as I wanted...

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It also benefited from a thorough clean, both in and out...

Before:
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After:
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My dad eventually got fed up of my car sitting in the garage while his S2000 had to sit outside, so I've since had to relocate it to its resting place for the winter and where most works will commence.


Plans

This car really is in excellent condition, I'm genuinely over the moon with it. HOWEVER, some of the stuff on this site is a terrible influence and as such I've got the urge to go further...

  • Deep clean of the engine and bay including a few bits painted up/plated without being brutally obvious. Some of the fully repainted blocks etc. on here from the full restos look ace but as this is pretty bloomin' clean anyway I'm going to refrain I think, to help maintain the originality of it.
  • Fit new clutch (as well as 1.6 flywheel?)
  • Refurb running gear - subframe, top mounts, arb, rear beam etc
  • Refurb brakes with new copper lines
  • Replace the two SMRs I have with Speedlines
  • Fit the brand new OE backbox Farmer sourced for me
  • Have injectors cleaned
  • Have the dizzy refurbed
  • Have the bodywork mopped and polished
  • Probably some other bits to tidy as I go

This is how it currently sits, soon to be up on axel stands, while I soak some bits in Deox C...

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I'll keep you posted.

Will


Edited by will1991, 17 November 2013 - 09:08 AM.


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pugdamo

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Stunning car,really like this colour.Good luck with the tidy up,keep the pictures coming.

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allye

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Beauty! Judging by your user name you're 1 year younger than me? Good lad! Great colour, the interior is crazy. Looking forward to your updates.



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MiniGibbo

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Christ that's in good condition as it is..!

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Very nice :-)

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artois7

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Number plate change?

 

Looks bloody tidy though!!



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will1991

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Thanks for the kind comments.

 


Number plate change?

That was the sellers private plate - it was given an age related one once I bought it.

 

 

 

Today I did a compression test before I stuck it on axel stands. I was going to do this yesterday but found I had a flat battery and I didn't manage to jump it...

 

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There was nothing to indicate I needed to test, but as it was going to be laid up for a while I thought I'd get one done. Following an overnight charge I got the following results: (Left to Right as you look into the bay, all psi) 215, 210, 215, 208 - which I understand to be pretty healthy?

 

 

Anyway, got it up and removed my old back box, which given that the clamp bolts had rusted solid, was a bit of a pain!

 

I also had a general look around the underside of the car and was duly reminded that the underbody brake lines had been replaced with copper not long before I bought it. Shock and ARB bushes are looking a little perished (although not bad for 23yrs old!) so think I'll renew these.

 

The boot floor is looking pretty good, but there are a couple of areas where the underseal is flaking and behind there's a tiny bit of very light surface rust. Am I going to have to take it all back?

 

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A further underbody musing; this is me looking up into the engine bay towards the gearbox...

 

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The fact that it's all exposed and oily doesn't seem right to me, can anybody confirm?

 

Will


Edited by will1991, 17 November 2013 - 08:11 PM.


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Banjo

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Jealous, best colour and low mileage, shame about the sunroof, bloody brits hey!



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I had the diesel variant of the very same model of AX as a first car :D



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allye

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shame about the sunroof

 

Still don't understand this. I prefer a sunroof all day long.



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pugdamo

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Still don't understand this. I prefer a sunroof all day long.


I agree,much prefer having a sunroof,i dont like the pop up ones but the vacuum ones are great

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I've got the same in the garage..by far the best colour imo. Yours is in better nick that mine though at the moment. lovely.

By the way I think the sunroof is an essential for a road car. I love it! 



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Banjo

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I enjoy the open airiness just not the way in which Peugeot did it, so damn ugly. They should of taken a look at vw's all steel effort and copied it, much the same as loads of other odd French designs like the stupid bumper bolts and rusting trim clips and floppy tilting subframes... Love steel grey tho, definetly the best colour ;-) 



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pugdamo

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I dont want anything on my car copied from a VW,full length vacuum sunroof with wind deflector,very 80's



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will1991

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I wasn't fussed whether the car I bought had a sunroof or not, but having had one I wouldn't be without now!

 

 

I've been really snowed under with work the last few weeks so haven't got an awful lot to report as will probably become apparent..

 

A couple of weeks ago I removed the rad to get a look at how grubby my engine was. It'd scrub up ok in situ but I think I'll whip it out at some point and give it a proper going over...

 

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I clumsily managed to damage the heat exchanger hose in the process so Baker BM can await my order.

 

 

 

Today I set about removing the beam. I probably made a bigger job of it than was deserved but got it down eventually.

 

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Everything came apart without too much agro other than one of the brackets to do with the beam clamp thing, on which I sheared a bolt - I'll have to get something welded up as a fix I suppose.

 

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A quick call to my brother and we had the beam in the back of the Legacy and home. I don't suspect my dad's going to be too thrilled about me bringing more bits of the car home so I've hidden it - do you think he'll notice?

 

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I'm hoping to get the bits I've currently got removed beautified over the next few weeks and make a start on sprucing the boot floor, so the next update should be better on the eye.

 

Will



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Loving this project! I too have a steel grey and it's such a beautiful colour especially when the trim is nice and black against it!

Keep the good work up

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In fairness and jokes at my expense i actually had to look twice before i noticed there was a beam under the bikes in that picture!



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For the sheared stud, look inside the car and you'll find the other side of it. Most straightforward way to repair is to drill it 5mm then tap an M6 thread. Then screw a button head from the inside pointing out, and lock it against the bottom of the thread, so you end up with a new stud pointing outwards. A stainless steel bolt is a good idea to prevent it seizing up again.

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will1991

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Thanks Tom, it's actually just a really bad/misleading photo. It's the lower one attached to the bracket I'm holding that sheared, rather than the one attached to the car.

 

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Ah OK got you. Easier repair then, grind off weld new set screw on.



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