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Replacement daily hack!

Postby dgt » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:17 pm

Howdy all!

Replaced the current silver 406 with a regency red 406. 164k miles, drives beautifully, looks fantastic. I'm delighted :cheesy:

It isn't without it's problems (what car is? How boring that would be!) but they're minor and relatively easy to fix..... :lol:

So what's wrong with it?

  • Fuel flap not opening
  • Airbag light flashing
  • Damp inside
  • Broken foglight
  • Water filled tail lights
  • Clonking from the front
  • A small bit wobbly behind
  • A few dents

And a knackered turbo :frown:

However, I do have some other plans for it when it's running and finances permit:
  • Projector lights
  • Lowering
  • An unusual set of wheels
  • T25
  • A custom pump

And hopefully leave it at that :cheesy:

But enough yap, time for pictures :D

Starting with a walk around of the car
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The foglight damage
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Interior
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And the boot
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Needs a slight clean!

Always nice to see a near full toolkit :cheesy:
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Tail lights filled with water
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So the first fix was the gaiter ad ashtray, which was sticking
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Now with an ashwood ashtray :D
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Now, to sort the back out
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No point flutein' around with torx bits and vortex sockets, vice grips and impact socket
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And in no time, it's off
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They needed changing and are a help when changing the link rods (I found anyway)
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Time for an allen bit and vortex sockets...
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Then onto the eccentric bolt... No room and no room :(
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Didn't want to come out, so swung it round and out it popped
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Out with a new one
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Clean the bolt, nut and washer then apply copper grease
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And the whole lot flew on :cheesy:
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One side done
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To the other side, thought this looked odd...
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Yep, broken drop link
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Cable tied to the arb :roll:
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I got them out though
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The link on that side didn't want to play ball!
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Alas, same procedure as the other side and all on. Just needs tracking!

Onto the tail lights
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Lack of
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New(ish) ones
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Last for now is the foglights
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Beyond economic use!
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And painted the other side yellow :D
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A bit done, plenty more to do :cheesy:
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby lozz » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:26 pm

Looks alright that mate, 8)

Re: the projector lights, are you making your own, ?
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby jonsowman » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:30 pm

Good stuff, always nice to see D8s being restored :)

Fuel flap - search on here. There's a very neat trick with a clothes peg that will sort this out.
Airbag light - check wiring and connectors under the front seats for the seatbelt pretensioners. These are the cause of airbag problems 99% of the time. You'll often find that the wire has been rubbing on something and has abraded.
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby rwb » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:51 pm

What a lot of mud :lol:

Lovely colour -- one of my favourites. Nice interior too -- give or take the mud :wink:

How were the links to get off? Aren't they usually rusted on solid?

Where are you jacking? I read that trolley jack on the sills is naughty.

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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby lozz » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:54 pm

iused to use the Tow bar as ajacking point on the 1st 406 ihad, :supafrisk:

yeah the sills are very crush-able, altho tyre fitters dont seem to think so, :frown:
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby dgt » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:02 pm

Cheers for the replies! :cheesy:

lozz wrote:Looks alright that mate, 8)

Re: the projector lights, are you making your own, ?


I am indeed, now have 3 sets of headlights to play with!

I saw this one and said I must get a set made up!
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jonsowman wrote:Good stuff, always nice to see D8s being restored :)

Fuel flap - search on here. There's a very neat trick with a clothes peg that will sort this out.
Airbag light - check wiring and connectors under the front seats for the seatbelt pretensioners. These are the cause of airbag problems 99% of the time. You'll often find that the wire has been rubbing on something and has abraded.


I prefer the look of the D8 and the IDI setup :)

I had a similar problem with the other silver car, I just swapped modules and problem solved! However, the seats are coming out (I prefer the other seats with the lumbar support) so will check them out then :D

As for the clothes peg trick, I'll have a gander for it in a bit, cheers! :cheesy:

rwb wrote:What a lot of mud :lol:

Lovely colour -- one of my favourites. Nice interior too -- give or take the mud :wink:

How were the links to get off? Aren't they usually rusted on solid?

Where are you jacking? I read that trolley jack on the sills is naughty.


I was opting out for China blue (and still want one!) however this shade of red (regency red I believe) suits the car, hopefully staying wit me for a while :)

One side was alright to take off, the other side was a pig, I had to get out the grinder, not much room for error!

Twas jacking under the rear arms, it would be a crime to jack the sills, they're almost unmarked :shock:

lozz wrote:iused to use the Tow bar as ajacking point on the 1st 406 ihad, :supafrisk:

yeah the sills are very crush-able, altho tyre fitters dont seem to think so, :frown:


I've done that too with the other car.... :oops:
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby jonsowman » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:09 pm

See now mine is supposed to be regency red and they look completely different!

What's the paint code on yours (passenger side suspension turret)?
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby lozz » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:12 pm

What head lights are you using for the inside's. ?

imight make some for the 306, ive,been looking at some Fiat (polys) for the inside's.
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby dgt » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:22 pm

jonsowman wrote:See now mine is supposed to be regency red and they look completely different!

What's the paint code on yours (passenger side suspension turret)?


EKZ, Vulcan Red! Last time I listen to that so called expert :roll:

lozz wrote:What head lights are you using for the inside's. ?

imight make some for the 306, ive,been looking at some Fiat (polys) for the inside's.


I'm going to try a set of E34 lights, I conveniently have a set brutalised already :lol:

I've dismantled Marea poly's before, bit of an arse of a job.... Take H1's btw
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby jonsowman » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:27 pm

dgt wrote:
EKZ, Vulcan Red! Last time I listen to that so called expert :roll:



Ah that makes more sense. Vulcan is a lovely colour 8)
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby lozz » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:28 pm

Yeah thats the ones iwas thinking of, The fiat nightmare polyelepticals
thanks for the tip, iwill leave them alone then, :lol:
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby Ares » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:43 pm

Whats with the clear lights,is that a regular light milky plastic only really good cleaned or something else?
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby JD406 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:39 pm

dgt wrote:Cheers for the replies! :cheesy:

lozz wrote:Looks alright that mate, 8)

Re: the projector lights, are you making your own, ?


I am indeed, now have 3 sets of headlights to play with!

I saw this one and said I must get a set made up!
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I want to know how he put Merc AMG alloys on that car. Been wanting to to that for ages to my D9.
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby dgt » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:26 pm

JD406 wrote:I want to know how he put Merc AMG alloys on that car. Been wanting to to that for ages to my D9.


That's on the cards if I can afford to get the hub adapters made up, hence the unusual set of wheels I have lined up, Merc E class wheels :wink:

More stuff done today!

These look like they've never been changed :shock:
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Better
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The mirror was broken, so off with the glass
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Pull this one out of nowhere
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Looks better!
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Rebuilt the flap too, using the silver back from he other car and a clothes peg spring. Works a treat 8)
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After checking the main plug for the heater fan, I decided to have a gander at the switch itself
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And lose the radio in the process
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Contacts were ok... Next time it's the resistor or fan to look at...
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All assembled, minus that convenient phone pocket, where an MFD will reside in due time :cheesy:
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Then a bit of a disaster changing a side light: the tab broke :oops:
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At least I have lamps to play with...
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All over this!!!
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Plenty more to do :wink:
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Re: Replacement daily hack!

Postby dgt » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:09 pm

The other car is officially retired early, due to the power steering pump again. I can't be bothered!

So onto the replacement, I must press on asap... Starting with the headlights again. More pics and less yap from me!
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Needs refinement
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Turbo time
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And off
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Tis a KKK K14. Comparing it to another KKK from a van...
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Cleaned up
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EGR clean
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This curse of a clip!
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Xanti-fold :cheesy:
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Yes, I know it's the same, I just wanted to say Xanti-fold :oops:

Mankey
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But I got it cleaned
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Clip
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Cleaning the oil lines
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And union
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Onto the car
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Filthy
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Eventually
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Looks bad
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Sounds worse! :lol:

I took it apart to see why it broke
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Scoring
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Yep, snapped in the middle!

Removing a ball joint some muppet ruined! :(
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Disgraceful :evil:

Cleaning up..
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Better
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And using the proper tool, not a chisel!
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Well, to stake anyway...
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Shield
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Greased up
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Better
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Lamp
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No word on gaskets, had to make my own
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Refitting the whole lot
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Spacers
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Life savers :p
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Old and new
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Clean up
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Oil feed pipe.... An arse to fit!
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But fitted :)
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Exhaust
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Mounts
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Split actuator pipe
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ECU
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Almost there...
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Just the other side...
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Finally for now...
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Just track rods and drop links to fit. Then hopefully happy motoring for me once I sort the other niggly bits :cheesy:
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