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jord294

[Misc_Work] Unplanned Mi16 Restoration

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jord294

hi guys

 

for those who may be interested, here is a link to my current project

 

http://www.306gti6.com/forum/showthread.php?id=155712

 

without the help of one particular forum member, this project probably wouldn't of got as far as it has. so it goes without saying really,

 

thanks mate ;)

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welshpug

you mean you were being a lazy arse and let someone else do the legwork :P

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jord294

you mean you were being a lazy arse and let someone else do the legwork :P

far from it! i have my sources.

 

but parts for a 20 year old car are as you know, are very rare. especially when it's a specific model of car

 

i also prefer to use o/e parts, than pattern part s*ite

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farmer

Mei its a piece of cake when you know how !

 

Offers of Scotch Whiskey go far I must say.

 

Enjoyable read Andy.

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jord294

Can't wait to get the car back on all four wheels and booked in for m.o.t

 

Should only be a couple of weeks now

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Davy

Came across this the other day, but only got reading through it properly and looking at pictures last night. Thats a lovely big bus in a very nice colour!

 

Well done and looking forward to a few nice pics of it on the road!

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jord294

thanks for the comments guys.

 

i will keep updating as work progesses :)

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jord294

had a very productive day yesterday :D

 

all the new self-made brakelines fitted, and fitted perfectly, with thanks to servicebox which gave the measurements.

 

axle went back on with ease, and just have to get some rear discs today, before i can finish the brakes.

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calvinhorse

And no photos!

 

Swapped my axle yesterday but without the peugeot super long torx bit it was a bit of a ball ache!

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jord294

And no photos!

 

Swapped my axle yesterday but without the peugeot super long torx bit it was a bit of a ball ache!

will post some pics later pal, when the car is back on it's wheels

 

luckily my friendly local main dealer lent me their service kit for rebuilding and refitting 405/partner axles

 

**there are some recent pics on the above link**

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calvinhorse

Oh yeah, lovely!

 

What back shocks have you gone for?

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jord294

Oh yeah, lovely!

 

What back shocks have you gone for?

Just standard replacement for now mate.

 

I've lowered it 30mm with eibachs and kept the std bars.

 

I'll see what it drives. If ok, I'll leave it as is. Or may uprate at a later date with bilstein struts and thicker bars.

 

Won't get it on it's wheels today, as all local motor factors don't have rear discs in stock :(

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calvinhorse

I've gone from the weedy 18mm bars to 20mm bars and its brilliant, really happy with it.

 

Did you get the eibachs we spoke about? ;)

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jord294

yeah, got some eibachs

 

did you use a 20mm arb aswell?

 

eventually managed to get some rear discs today, so will get the car done tomorrow.

 

if i can at least get the brake system bled i'll be happy. then i'll fit the new front bumper and lamps, which will only take 10 mins :)

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calvinhorse

No I used a 21mm ARB with eibachs on the front.

it drives really nice and stays flat round corners, I'm not sure what size my front ARB is tho but I'd wack the 20mm ARB in the back and put the 21mm in at a later date so you can compare!

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jord294

Std front mi16 arb iirc is 22mm.

 

IF I decide to stiffen the car up a bit more, I'm more likely to use either 22mm or 24mm rear arb.

 

Will also see if I can get someone to make roller bearing wishbone bushes, like what's is used by a few 306 owners

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jord294

here's how i've got on in last couple of days.

 

had an issue sourcing rear discs, and lost a day because of that :(

 

new calipers, discs and pads on, with handbrake cables connected

 

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very, very happy with how the car sits!

 

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with thanks to mate of mine, we got the brakes bled eventually. BUT for some reason, i have good solid pedal when car is not running, yet once i start it up, the pedal goes soft.

i honestly can't see it being the servo, as the brakes worked perfectly before i started replacing braklines.

 

also found my rad fans aren't working, so will try a new switch. fans do work though, as i fed a direct 12v to test them.

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welshpug

these can be buggers to bleed, the Peugeot technique is to do it on a ramp with the rear weighted or strapped down to simulate a load, i.e, to pin the load compensator wide open.

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Miles

I hate to say allot of people say bleeding brakes on these can be difficult, But I've always found them dead easy with no issues at all via the normal way, the power brake versions are dead easy to bleed over the later system but thats the only advantage those have

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jord294

i did bleed the brakes with car sat on all wheels (good job i'm slim)

 

so should i put more weight in the back and try that?

 

although, when i bled the brakes when i first bought the car, it bled easy enough once i'd bled the abs unit first

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welshpug

yeah, I found bleeding from empty was a right faff, but just sorting out a single component once the system has been in use for a while and bled successfully previously not an issue.

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jord294

sorry for the delay in update guys

 

anyhow. as i couldn't buy new wiper arms, i had the original arms powdercoated. the finish is exceptional, and once fitted, was surprised how good the the washers work with the spray bars

 

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you probably read i had an issue with cooling fans not working, and what i thought was an issue with dim dip. problems rectified easy enough, and was much easier to sort with bumper off ;)

 

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once i was happy all front end electrics were working, i fitted the new bumper, and driving lamps, along with the s*it guards

 

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looks better every day

 

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Anthony

Cracking job you're doing as usual Andy - the old girl looks fantastic.

 

I really miss my old 405 - fantastic car in its own right, not just as a self-propelled engine in a 405 shaped packing crate :lol:

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calvinhorse

Looks mint, hats off to you

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jord294

Looks mint, hats off to you

Thanks

 

A couple of forum members have asked if I will sell once it's tested. I'd really like to see how well it drives before I decide anything ;)

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