good quality (not volume) audio system in every tone range, SilentCoat the bodywork shell
make her look as good as new all round
find shock absorbers (not coilovers) that would have adjustable damping and rebound (optional)
de-cat (will be a bold attempt to gut it without opening up, more like gynecologist job, interestingly because no-one tried that before). De-cat is needed to reduce the needless backpressure for a turbocharged engine, in prep for stage2 remap, or at least 125brake map [update: no longer relevant due to new MOT rules. May '19]
☑ 16" Nimrods (thanks Andrew!)
☑ straightened and de-rusted bent sill
☑ de-rusted under the aerial (interior, above roof lining)
☑ calipers and drums paint do
☑ 65mm stubby aerial, so boot opens without scuffing the spoiler (radio reception is now sh*te )
☑ top mount tower water damage do
☑ nippy 120brake remap @pro_steve's HDI-Tuning !
☑ new numberplates
☑ AUX cable for stock cassette radio, also killing the noisy tape motor
☑ front bumper do
☑ AVOs rear shocks on, she now sits tighter on the road \o/
☑ endless exhaust alignments
☑ rear rustproven & undersealed with Dinitrol kit
☑ ~45mil drop on pezhdi's fully adjustable AVO coilovers, thanks matey for selling those!
☑ Coilovers are for track really, such a hard ride, that I got rid of the front ARB (made no difference)
☑ recon and fit disks rear axle from a GTi 138 of similar year (to avoid ABS comms problems, thanks @pro_steve for the tip)
☑ proper wash habit with 3 buckets and lamb's wool mitt
☑ 206 SW refurb disc axle from IMAxle (no sway bars)
☑ After driving around knew optimal height, ditched AVO coilovers
☑ Fitted Eibach lowering springs (30mm) and original shocks, ARB had to go back in
☑ FK Automotive smoke rear lights
☑ New windshield with grey top-tint
Finally found time to write what kept me busy last two years, and what's still in store for her.
The 2.0 HDi W-plate I got in March 2012 was cheap, mint, sports bumpers, only 64k on the clock, doing 40mpg no remap, low on insurance; who could ask for anything more?
There was a catch -- problems.. No wonder they sold her
She has been draining my pockets on suspension problems, top it up with two crashes on wet roads (yes, she's got the oomph and I haven't tamed the beast yet). I still managed to mod some bits (aiming for least money spent), so here it goes!
207's Monaco alloys with tyres from a friend at local garage (on a 206 looks like came off a truck :D)
The main problem was judder when braking, and when I finally found the cause and replaced the buckled wheel hub...
...crash! skidded into a Galaxy's ass..
Luckily, a friend quickly sourced needed bits from a phase 2:
Fun on the driveway:
I chose to stay with the old bumper with the horizontal grille: the hexagon ones look so out-of-place on a pug in my opinion -- read: front bumper strip has horizontal grille too ;P
Still lots and lots of bits waiting to be touched up/aligned/painted:
Got the silver bits quick-sprayed green...
...but ran into another unfortunate smack (again wet roads and myself an ole mucker driver, yet later found out that was a classic crash-for-cash trap using two cars -- always keep your distance fellows!! And only a fool breaks 2 second rule ):
Put myself to refurb as much as I could. PlastiDip spray the bumper before/afters:
I figured you can spray PlastiDip even on top of old layers of it (just sand off a little bit the scratches and the peels), and the new layer will cover it all up.
Headlight replaced and front bumper strip cable-tied:
The painter friend ran out of paint, so couple of layers of tuscany green are missing, as well as the clear coat - leaving those for next time
Couldn't wait to meet some of 206info fellows at FCS'13, and that also meant the car has to look pristine.
Bought 50 profile tyres, and decided to spend a weekend spraying remaining layers myself, with cans from Halfords. Lessons learned:
DO IT ONLY IF YOU HAVE:
I was "proud" only of the worst disaster - the tolerable under-bumper grille paint-do and the front bumper strip replacement from ebay matched KRU colour code just fine (not in the photo):
FCS was only 3 days away, so I decided to chip all in and the whole front respray got done by a professional (yes, he did it in less than 3 days, for £300, got myself waay out of pocket )
Months later the car became quite roadworthy, so next investment was £20 spoiler bargain. Though something was rattling inside it, and once I drilled it a bit open and spent half-hour jerking the bugger, a tooth-sized filler chip came out:
PlastiDipped (good stuff, as 4 months passed - not even one chip after daily trips on M4!)
I went for bumper looks (black plastic) as that's my chosen theme -- standard pug with budget kinks:
The spoiler chipped a couple of times at the beginning, I dabbed some tiger seal carefully, and it's now unnoticeable.
coming along nicely (may want to stop crashing it though) i remember seeing this at FCS. My car got abandoned in the 206info stand for the day as i spent all my time in the euro paddock with my mate and his saxo... this year im determined to stay with my car
1.1 106 - 1.4 206 sport - 206 GTi180 - Subaru impreza wrx - 1.6 206 XSI
Now : GTi 180 again - Build thread
Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:52 pm
Joined: Jun 20, 2012 Posts: 1057
Trade Rating: +1
Location: West Country
Cheers man, going crash-free now by keeping foot off the accelerator I remember your car as well good job! hope to boost mine for FCS'14
Well that car looks great,but it seems that you drive a bit fast on the roads..lol,but the paint done by a prof. made the car looks great again,but since you got the plasti dip in black,I saw that the plastic roof rails need some of it
I would love to tow this baby home for spares (subframe and nimrods would fly in first), but this labour I didn't plan so soon, short on money and space at the moment to SORN it in the garage (but probably could prep something up..)
What could you fellows advise?.. BTW I could ask a mate to tow a SORNed car down on M5 (with metal bar probably, better no ropes hehe..) - is that legal?
Unsure if this car is taxed/MOTd/SORNed yet (waiting for answer from deebee), but if it's all roadworthy could take out insurance for one day..
Are there 2.0s being broken frequently you reckon? I might want to wait for a phase two multiplexed one..
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Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 8:42 pm
Joined: Jun 20, 2012 Posts: 1057
Trade Rating: +1
Location: West Country
Hey a colour-coded mate just found and contacted me about what to do on his car, time to update the thread:))
Doing the car up just before FCS was pleasantly hectic, staying up late, getting up early, also: never paint car parts-by-part, or it will not blend in! In progress of swapping a painted door to see it won't match colour;) Good it happened a week before FCS!
Also took Timon's advice and PlastiDipped roof rails a bit with blending gradually half-way. Also rear spoiler needed another layer to refurb:
Even FCS Saturday in the morning the car wasn't yet ready as I wanted, but with help of Andrew and Adam we finally set off, t'was an awesome day, thanks everybud!!
Here are some after-wash pix. Those are crystals oli_aspinall, everything else I keep phase 1. Why? Just because I can ('t afford otherwise ) :
And some natural bits, loving the green On a roadtrip across Dorset:
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