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cRaig

[car_restoration] My Longwinded 1.9 Laser Project

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cRaig

Well, I have finally started putting the car back together.


Started with the front suspension. New top mount kits from Peugeot, sandblasted original springs, then coated with plasticote to protect them. New Bilstein B4 dampers from Miles.
New Motaquip wishbones & droplinks.

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Engine bay cleaned, and the scratches and paintwork damage touched up. Started fitting the new stickers from the group buy biggrin.gif

 

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Powdercoated subframe, and ARB, new peugeot ARB Bushes fitted.

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Servo removed, cleaned and painted, new 406 Master cylinder and 205 reservoir fitted. Hope to run the brake lines over the weekend.

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New clutch and accelerator cables fitted, just putting off doing the speedo cable!

Cleaned & painted the inlet manifold, all bolts etc zinc plated, looks quite smart I think smile.gif

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Getting closer to putting the engine back in smile.gif Its just taking a while to get everything clean and just how I want it along the way smile.gif

Also got the doors built up (mainly to get the doorcards out of the way lol) with 405 one touch windows wired in and working smile.gif

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Rear quarter panel re-soundproofed, and interior rear plastics reassembled.

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Visible progress feels good!

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Tom Fenton

I'm not sure on the rear headrests, but the rest looks A1.

 

Did the car originally have air-con?

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cRaig

Thanks :)

 

Nah, Im fitting the aircon myself.

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james_pug

Looks amazing great attention to detail way more than I could be bothered with!, is there a cut out in the inner wing infront of the engine mount?

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cRaig

Thanks :) The cut out on the innet wing, is for part of the air con system, the gas collector/reciever pokes through the wing, Part of the pressing on a standard GTi inner wing is cut out to form the hole.

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ash mi16

looking good dude :)

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cRaig

Well, no interesting pictures today, but managed to get quite a bit done. My mate ran all of the engine bay brake lines, so they look all nice and shiny :) And the gearbox and engine are now mated back together, with a new valeo clutch, and a 1.6 flywheel inbetween :)

 

The to do list, for the rest of the year stands at:

 

Fit Headlight adjusters

 

Get the steering rack refurbished

 

Reassemble the gearlinkage with Baker BM gearstick bush, L linkage bush, short shift 'L' bracket, and Miles' gear rods.

 

Finish cleaning, testing, and recovering the wiring looms, with new trunking etc.

 

Finish sorting out all the heatshields & run new fuel lines front to back.

 

Then put the engine in :D

 

If I can get to that stage by the new year, I'll be happy, as it clears alot of space in the garage, having the engine in the bay!

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feb

Looking good Craig, great attention to detail, it will be better than a new car when finished.

 

I would agree with Tom about the head rests though.

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cRaig

Mm, I quite like the headrests, I think they look better in the flesh when the whole interior is in.. but fortunately Ive got the "spare" original seats up in the loft, so they can be swapped back :)

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Daviewonder

I like the headrests and would like to fit some to my 205. Do you show how you did it in this thread? I did read through about a year ago but can't remember.

 

:)

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cRaig

I like the headrests and would like to fit some to my 205. Do you show how you did it in this thread? I did read through about a year ago but can't remember.

 

:)

 

 

Notice your stickers worn with pride! :D Yeah, Im pretty sure there are pics in this thread, its basically a bent piece of bar making a slot for the headrest to slide into, therefore no adjustment. If i was doing it again, i would get the proper bit of metal out of a scrappy 205 seat I think, so the headrest "clicked in" properly.

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Daviewonder

Yeah I saw the stickers, looking good ;)

 

I'll have a read through again later once the Littlen is asleep :)

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cRaig

More progress at last. Spent my birthday putting the engine and beam back on smile.gif

 

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Shame about the crap mobile pics, but you get the idea smile.gif

The gearlinkage is so vastly improved. The new bushes and the short shift L bracket have made it such a positive, mechanical snickety change biggrin.gif

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maxi

This is probably THE BEST restoration effort on here. Big thumbs up!

 

Maxi

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Lan

this has got to be better than when it rolled of the production line

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cRaig

Haha, thanks, what i lack in skill I make up for in determination :P

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cRaig

Managed to get quite a bit more done in the last few weeks, mainly researching and buying all the bits I had put off (student loan has recently arrived.. biggrin.gif)/forgotten about. As I speak the dizzy is being refurbed by H&H, MadProfessor has ASNU cleaned and serviced the injectors, and Mr Tom Fenton has refurbed the steering rack, with new oilite bushes replacing the no longer availaber bearings.

While all that has been going on in the background, I have been working on the engine bay mainly, finishing cleaning, testing and recovering all the looms, resoldering and heatshrinking where necessecary.

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Bought few new smart things-a Stant racing expansion cap, has a little lever which releases any pressure down the overflow before you can take the cap off (learnt my lesson after getting a facefull of hot coolant.. tongue.gif)

 

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New braided hose to smarten up the engine bay

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Cleaned and UPOL plastic painted the fuel tank. Coupled with powdercoated ring and zinc plated bolts, and new fuel hoses it looks quite smart.

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Mostly remade the 'brown multiplug of doom' sensor loom, fortunately my plug was actually in remarkably good condition, so have kept it, just with new wires, spade connectors and re-taped/covered.

Same process for the other mini looms in the engine bay, but was more cosmetic work and cleaning connectors, as the looms havent had as much of a hard life as the sensor loom

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cRaig

Sandblasted, tig welded to sort the usual crack, and ceramic coated (by camcoat in warrington) exhaust manifold fitted. Finished off with stainless steel studs, and stainless lock nuts. New peugeot exhaust gasket kit. (just got the main exhaust section to buy now..)

 

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Front suspension finished off, with a pair of driveshafts off a 50odd thousand mile pair, only needed a good clean, zinc prime and paint. (even fitted the little balljoint protectors on the wishbones! tongue.gif)

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The good old rusty water pipe has had many coats of primer inside and out, and then finished with frosts steel paint, and some stainless steel socket head screws and washers to secure it.

 

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Shiny brake lines run smile.gif

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Alot more still to do, but now progress is fairly visible, I feel alot better about it. Here's to a finished 205 this year! biggrin.gif

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Miles

Looking good, Quick tip on the loom, the oil temp wire is worth wrapping or using a some heat resistant tube, I tend to do the same with the main loom out of the bulkhead thou nothing like OE but it keeps the heat off the wires

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dave205

Were did you buy that braided hose from and what size is it?

 

Stunning attention to detail aswell btw! It'll be better than when it left the factory?

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feb

Fantastic attention to detail Craig, probably the best original 205 in here!

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cRaig

Thanks guys :) Its nice to have a bit more enthusiasm for hte 205, and really push it forward.

 

Were did you buy that braided hose from and what size is it?

 

Stunning attention to detail aswell btw! It'll be better than when it left the factory?

 

 

The hose is standard braid over rubber 9mm x 14mm hose, bought from this chap on ebay

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Tom Fenton

Hi Craig

Pictures look good, I was going to suggest we could park my laser 1.6 next to your laser at Pugfest, however looking at the pics I am not so sure now, as it will make mine look shabby!

 

Rack is ready for courier tomorrow

 

Thanks

Tom

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