Vivat least vaguest.
Join Date: May 2016
OK, I have posted a small intro but for the speed readers - I'm fairly competent mechanically and have limited experience on a 147.
Situation - my July 01 147 (5 door, silver, 2.0 manual) was in the middle of a car sandwich, it will require new front chassis tips, crossrail, wings, bonnet, undertray, grille inserts, front bumper trims, front bumper padding, condenser, fan shroud, fan assembly, heatshield, O2 sensors. AC compressor block, AC dryer, rear hatch, boot floor and beaver panel, boot inner trim panel. I patched the fan back together and replaced the rad with a new Nissens, to keep it driveable. It's fully insured for a decent amount. However I really like it; it's been very reliable and I've become used to its interior.
So, in anticipation of a "total loss" with my insurers, I have picked up a February 03 silver, 5 door car - the main differences to me are its sunroof and Selespeed. This car has a busted cam belt and 50% more miles but relatively good body.
What I plan to do, is what I call a re-shell, basically using only the 03 car's bodyshell, glass and hung panels. The rest will come from retention of salvage on my 01 car.
Main questions are on the dash and harness. I can't find any good pictures online to reveal the dash structure. Also I don't know if the harnesses are one long "snake" from nose to tail, or if there are interconnects. And - whether the dash harness is an "either or" variety with plugs that may or may not be used depending on whether the car is manual or Selespeed. Certainly this is how the French like to do it.
I'm presuming that with the driveline and dash out, a pedal box swap is not insanely difficult, and the shifters won't be a hassle to interchange.
With the wiring, how many items are coded in to the body computer, and also how many store the mileage? Is the transponder matching code stored in the column hub, or is this just a "passive" component? I've further got some vague idea the VDC sensor box changed around 2002 - is this right?
I don't want to stay with the Selespeed partly because of concerns about the shift actuation fluid leaking into the gearbox. The accumulator sphere is no worry, I have a 150 Bar testing pump/gauge that could be adapted to bench test this item. Also, the hydraulic clutch is relatively light and has been trouble-free.
Cheers; look forward to any advice on achieving my preferred outcome.