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One Owner 1.9 Gti Phase 1.5 Re-Commissoning


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Yep and a cracking job they did. Just waiting for some dry non salty roads to give it a run out :)

 

Aiming to take it on the Friday route of the PSOC Yorkshire weekend at the beginning of April and then to Scotland to do the North West 500 route with a group of Caterhams in June.



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then to Scotland to do the North West 500 route with a group of Caterhams in June.


Let us know how you get on with the NW500 - it looks to be very good from what I've seen/read and I'm thinking about doing it myself later this year :)

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Finally got around to fitting up the wheelarch trims with starlock washers, didn't use Peugeot ones just got hold of a load from a teddy bear shop(!) for £1.95 including postage. Replaced the rear bumper side mount bolts and rubber buffers with  a set of new ones from the bloke in Czechoslovakia off e bay. Then had a look at the front bumper slider bolts and rubber buffer, well the buffer was like new but the top hat nut/washer thing had totally dissolved. Couldn't be bothered waiting for a new set to come from Czechoslovakia so I bought some M16 stainless steel washers and some M8 stainless bolts along with M8 motorcycle fairing rubber nuts, Using the original rubber buffers it looks spot on and cost me about £6 with enough to do three front bumpers.

 

New hatchback struts fitted, along with an interior light switch (the one in the A panel by the door stop strap). Other than a few electrical glitches it's all finished and sitting under its cover. Not got any excuses to go in the garage I'm getting withdrawal symptoms !



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Couldn't stay away, fed it half a tank of super unleaded and some injector cleaner. Going for a sneaky run down our state road tomorrow when everyone's at work tomorrow before it gets taxed on 1st March.



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Whisper-ok we won't tell anyone-mums the word

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It didn't rain so I avoided doing some decorating and had a tootle up and down our estate road. Took some photos, thought it looked rather good and then thought what am I going to do with it? It's got 11 months MOT (passed with no advisories),  179,990 miles (about 10 miles in the last decade), FSH and I've only one garage for two 205's. Maybe I'm just having one of those days?

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Mmmmmmmmm shiny-love it

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I've only one garage for two 205's.


The man maths answer is to have a bigger garage that'll hold two 205's.... :D

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The man maths answer is to have a bigger garage that'll hold two 205's.... :D


We are looking at moving at the moment but trying to find something with a double garage in a place where I can start up my Rallye without having to push it 100 yards to the road (which I have to do on early mornings as the pops and bangs really annoys the neighbours and her indoors) isn't easy. Even considering selling and going into rented until we can find something. As it stands I've two 205's in separate garages and it's a 120 mile round trip between the two. I've got access to an industrial unit nearby but it would get nicked from there and the thought of storing in a barn just doesn't appeal.

Oh and I have a totally irrational desire to buy a Caterham. My brother has one and it is such fun, but knowing me I'd get bored of it within 12 months.

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Just driven it on dry roads before it rained and boy am I pleased it doesn't rattle at all even over speed humps, the original gearchange is still smooth and no more slop than new, engine idles beautifully. It's taken a while but was worth the effort. Oh and it had less miles on than I thought as it just passed 172,000 this afternoon.

Insured it this morning with Hagerty, covering this and my Rallye, dead easy, no problem with me swapping them between my two garages, agreed valuations etc etc. Maybe not the cheapest but I've heard lots of good things about them.

Would love to have picked my son up from work this afternoon but it started to rain.

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The GTi is looking great 👍

Should the want for a Caterham get worse and you have to let go of one of the 205s I'd be happy to buy the rallye 😁

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Aye right-your mam was such a grump when I dropped that block off for you that she'd eat you alive if you got yet another one
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Got the flip top tray and another bit of the dashboard signed by Ari Vatenen at Race Retro today, so that'll increase the cars value by 50p. Quite surprised that he recognised the bits were from a 205 so he must have done it a few times. What a lovely bloke!

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I've managed to clock up 600 miles in the last two months including a day of the PSCUK Rallye North Yorkshire. Don't want to tempt fate but absolutely no problems to date and it gets better and better every time we take it out.Today's trip out was a run out to Hartside Cafe near Alston to meet up with about 100 other classic cars for a photo shoot with Practical Classics magazine. Low point of the day, but very amusing was an idiot in a really nice Honda  S2000 who drove out of the car park, full throttle 540 degree spin and I'd guess £3k's worth of damage to his floor and sills...

 

Off to Total Retro show at Kendal tomorrow.

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Have now clocked up 1,000 miles since putting it back on the road. Had a slight rattle from the front end on rough roads, so I assumed the original arb drop links were worn. Spent weeks tracking down some TRW ones. However when I came go change them, there was nothing wrong other than a loose nut on the part that bolts to the strut....

It's getting smoother and smoother all the time as everything beds in and I'm now confident to take it anywhere without worrying about 1987 bits failing etc. Did 250 miles on Saturday and it just feels like a new modern car with heavy steering, loads of glazing, thin pillars and light weight. Ok it does feel a bit less rigid than a Golf!

Took it to a local car show yesterday, had only been there 15 minutes and was approached by a very keen Escort RS owner who wanted to buy my 1.9. I stopped him at £20k

My sister and her family came along for the day and she was amazed at the interest in the car.

Edited by 205Rallee, 03 July 2017 - 06:55 PM.


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Have now managed to scratch the Caterham itch and decided I'd get sick of one of them after a month or so but now have another plan so the Pug might have to go. PM me if interested but it would have to be  a really good offer. It'll never end up with the dogs on e-bay and I'd rather it went to a Pug enthusiast.