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Tom Fenton

Laser Green 205 1.6 Gti

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speno

Why not leave at my house ;o)

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Tom Fenton

Sounds OK, will you leave me Porsche to use instead? LOL!

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Anthony

Cheers Spen, I do enjoy driving it, its fun to drive, OK its not the quickest thing out there, and you have to work at it, which makes it all the more enjoyable. In honesty I don't just drive it, I drive the wheels off it, thats what the 205 GTI has always been all about!

Hear, hear!

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camgti

Great worte up Tom.

 

Ive just spent the past 2 days reading each page.

 

Sorry to hear about John and the 106. Things happen for one reason or another though.

 

I have an old friend who is leaving his 205 with me when he goes (ill pay his son for it!) and its in the same shale with half the miles. I hole one day I will keep it looking like yours.

 

Even here in OZ they are starting to fetch silly money and they are rare as. I too would be worried about parking it. You could always fit a tracker to it. A tracker wont help grandma having a head on with it when parken because shes having a heart attack.

 

Great job. Gald to see you enjoying it.

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Tom Fenton

So an update here. First off I've spent far too long thanks to Photo Bucket reviving this thread. But I enjoy reading it myself as its a nice diary of the progress.

 

Hopefully most photos are back to where they should be now.

 

Anyway fast forward from last October. The car stayed in hibernation this year until early June. What with the 206 GT to keep me busy, and my red 205 turbo I had plenty on with cars as it was.

 

So as "found" early June! Nice to be able to tax the car and then go and drive it home!

 

36423558445_97fa77e44e_z.jpgUntitled by Tom Fenton, on Flickr

 

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Not a huge amount to do to the car these days, which is nice, or so I thought...

 

I had a few jobs in mind I wanted to tackle before Pugfest. My polished cam cover cost me a mark or two, as did my wheels as the centres were not diamond cut, those of you with good memory will remember I baulked at the cost when I first did the work on the car back in 2014.

 

So I had a spare cam cover bead blasted and then lacquered in a matt etch lacquer from Frosts specifically for bare alloy castings. The finish looks good and should protect the surface from corrosion.

 

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I got hold of another set of wheels and got them refurbished and diamond cut locally for a Yorkshireman acceptable price. However this wasn't as straight forward as it might have been, I had the wheels done a few weeks in advance and they then stayed wrapped in bubble wrap awaiting swapping tyres over. When I unwrapped them a few days before Pugfest to do this I found the rim section was dry lacquer on the majority. The place that did them were in fairness very good about it and sorted them out, but it was looking a close run thing with Pugfest only a couple of days away in the end.

 

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Next up was Cal's wedding. Sarah was going to the wedding in a white 205 from her parents, I asked what the bridesmaids were doing, another 205 had to be done! A grand day out and no mistake.

 

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Anyway, as I was just saying, not much to do, famous last words....

 

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On the way home from the wedding the following day all of a sudden the temp gauge started running hot. Its never done this. To save me typing the saga out its documented in this thread-

http://forum.205gtidrivers.com/index.php?showtopic=170906

 

In summary I ended up changing (in order) the thermostat, the expansion tank cap, the coolant sender for the dash, mucho flushing out, the water pump, the rad fan switch, and the thermostat (again) which finally cured it. With all this in the couple of weeks before Pugfest when I really wanted to be cleaning it and not chasing a fault.

 

With it running right, I could go back to my show prep.

 

Bearing in mind the engine and box has never been removed from the car, the sump and the gearbox end cover were looking a little shabby.

 

The gearbox end cover had a light shotblast and then a scrape of gobbo to lose some of the bad pitting. Sprayed in a matt silver engine lacquer it then went in the oven to cure it off whilst the wife was out :ph34r: !

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The sump got much the same treatment, DA'd off and then painted, although it wouldn't fit in the oven!

 

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In between all this I had a day out of the pre Pugfest cleaning days and went and picked this up, non sunroof Graphite grey F reg 1.9, owned by Barry a now retired work colleague for the past 19 years. Largely original and unmessed with, it needs a few bits doing that I'll get around to as and when.

 

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Next up, tyres swapped and the diamond cut wheels on the car

 

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Some more cleaning, we had to do her MINI first...

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Finally about as ready as it was going to get! I do like this photo.

 

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Tom Fenton

So Pugfest time.

 

In addition to the work on the green car it struck me as a good idea to take more than one. Thanks to fellow Yorkshire & Derbyshire Bastards members Calvin and Steve we had a convoy!

 

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And so to Prescott. Nice to have all 3 there I must say. The usual BBQ Beer and Lawnmower activities on Saturday afternoon/evening.

 

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Sunday morning got the car into place and started the usual re-cleaning. At this point the spirited drive through Warwickshire and Gloucestershire with our youth chasing me didn't seem such a good plan trying to get rid of the dead flies.

 

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A nice thing this year was the judges were doing their thing starting at 11am. This meant rather than spend nearly all day rubbing away with a cloth there was a couple of hours to do, and then I could relax and have a wander round the show.

 

I'd love to say I was chilled out and not bothered by the outcome but that would be a bare faced lie! 2015 3rd place show and shine standard, 2016 2nd place show and shine standard, so for 2017 I really did want to bag the top spot.

 

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Chuffed didn't cover it really, seeing as in 2015 I put it in the judging last minute just to see how it did, I'm mega pleased with how the car has come on, even though I still look round other cars and think they are better than mine, I guess we all do that to some extent as you know every last defect on your own car.

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Tom Fenton

So following Pugfest not an awful lot else to write.

 

Ashover show was next, a good day out as per previous years.

 

36255144422_42e69beb1a_z.jpgUntitled by Tom Fenton, on Flickr

 

Next up is the Rotherham show early September, Paul and I enjoyed this last year, and I won 3rd place in the post 90 class, so be interested to see if I can improve upon this.

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calvinhorse

A well deserved win at pugfest, this car is absolutely stunning, credit to you mate

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acox99

Where does your gauge usually sit? Mine is rock solid mid way weather it's driven hard or pootled about.

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Tom Fenton

If you number the "dashes" 0-1-2-3 etc then it used to run between 3 and 4. It now runs on or just above 4. But with the faulty stat it would go right up to nearly red as the water wasn't circulating through the radiator properly.

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acox99

About the same as mine then. I put a higher temp stat in mine as I found it used to run too cold.

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Andya

Loving this thread, the diamond cut wheels look great!

 

Would the Goodyear tyres have been original fitment when new? I want to get a second set of wheels and tyres and want to try to get what would have been fitted as standard or as near as possible?

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Tom Fenton

Pirelli or Michelin I believe would have been standard. However, I am much more interested in how it drives than what would be the correct tyre, so I went for a choice between the only two "A" wet grip rated tyres in the correct size currently available, which are a Continental or the Goodyear. You can probably still buy a Pirelli P6000 but they are utterly dreadful. The only Michelin in the size is an ECO based tyre, I wanted performance not economy hence the Goodyear. If you look you will find that the choice of new tyres in 14" is not that plentiful any more.

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welshpug

I would not be surprised if the Newest iteration of the Michelin Energy grips as well as the MXV did back in the day, a friend did try them on his gti not so long ago wand was pleased with them.

 

Granted, probably not suitable for a modified 205 but quite good on a standard one.

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Tom Fenton

Not a great deal to add here really, little green car went into hibernation in September, I wasn't using it much with the red turbo on the road, and the weather was starting to look iffy anyway.

 

A few small jobs completed, one of which was a long time coming, that being the drivers window mechanism. Put simply it was just worn out, but the effect being that with the window fully up, occasionally it would unwind itself about half a turn. Usually at motorway speed at night, just to keep you on your toes! Bought one off a guy on here and a simple swap over.

Next is the reverse light switch, I'm getting bored at the moment of changing stuff like this, it was new when I did the car 3 years ago as it didn't work previously, the replacement has decided to stick on all the time, so it got unplugged. New one in my possession so I'll change it at some opportune time.

 

Anti freeze was the other job before putting it away, it was on a very weak mix after all the cooling system debacle, so dropped it and refilled with expensive pre mixed CAT extended life coolant. If its ood enough for huge plant machinery its good enough for my 205.

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