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Interior needs a going over with saddle soap;


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Another reason to pull the cam covers off (oil leak) Or is it just from clumsy topping up? Meh.


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The wheels are wearing 215's for some reason and juding by the receipts it has been for most of it's life. They're also looking very dull, as are the (305mm) brakes;


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Shiney (post Dad's efforts) front wheel


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The os front keeps rubbing against the liner. The non GTA lights and used to be silver front bumper suggest front end damage but I think this is just down to the wing suppor/leg being twisted out of shape because the bolt in the bottom siezed.


IMG_7108 by chris147gta, on FlickrThe other side is equally grubby;


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The suggestion of a light front end is also evidenced by the headlights and the moisture in one of them. The front end is straight otherwise


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The front bumper needs some work;


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There's other bits to sort out too;


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And manky bits...



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looks like a bit of work and you'll have a pretty decent GTA is it cosmos blue?
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Good work so far. Are you doing the fuel rails now too?

And what made you buy a girl's car?
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looks like a bit of work and you'll have a pretty decent GTA is it cosmos blue?
It's a good un anyway! Yeah, i think it's cosmos, paint code is 428 iirc.
 
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Good work so far. Are you doing the fuel rails now too?

And what made you buy a girl's car?
Not ATM, don't have the gaskets!
 
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It's by no means clean, just cleaner... New stainless bolts fitted and various brakets have been cleaned up;


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I think the clean bits just highlight the rest of the mank...


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Replacement GTA headlights and 5000k HID's fitted.


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And the bonnet catch has been given a thorough clean...


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It's a good un anyway! Yeah, i think it's cosmos, paint code is 428 iirc.
Paint colour is on a sticker on the tailgate lid , nice work , car is a peach .
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Nice. The HID's make a huge difference and look good in the 147's.

Wish I had the techy knowledge you have to do this stuff.
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Sodding thing gave me a right scare a couple of days ago. Leaving some traffic lights I gave it a boot full of revs then changed up thinking the rev limiter had cut in earlier than expected. Next thing, MCSF!!! And a beep every 30 seconds.

Now, if you said to me this had happened to you, I would diagnose the fault as being the wiring to a coil pack. Particularly if you mentioned that you've had them all off to paint the cam covers... But el panic here was convinced it was cam timing, "it's jumped a tooth, it's not misfiring at idle, it's not showing mcsf at idle, it's jumped a tooth"...

It was a coil pack. And despite the seller's most sincere assurances that the belt and tensioner have been recently changed, it's having new ones just for my own peace of mind. (The tensioner doesn't look like its new)
 
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Love reading your progress threads Chris, always learning new things
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After playing 2nd fiddle to the 75 over the weekend (Still haven't been able to bleed the sodding brakes!) I was obliged to look at it last night. - Finished work and wandered over to my mate's garage to work on it.

Replacement front pipes fitted (flexi's were blowing)
New handbrake cables fitted (cable snapped sunday)

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Tonight I mostly fitted a denison ipod link and usb port;


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The engine mount I ordered yesterday afternoon from Autolusso turned up today (Thanks guys!) so I fitted that too, pic is of the worn out one (obviously)...


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And my Dad has been busy;


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You're sorting that car out properly

What's the 2 wires coming out from under the bulb holder in the last pic? Are you doing some angel eyes or reflector back-lightning or something, or is it just me being lost with 147 GTA headlights that I've never seen IRL?
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Thanks

My dad has retrofitted the projector lens to a standard headlight. The wires control a solenoid that moves the beam cut off out of the way on full beam (bi-xenon)
 
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My dad has retrofitted the projector lens to a standard headlight. The wires control a solenoid that moves the beam cut off out of the way on full beam (bi-xenon)
Makes sense that

I've got some brand new headlights still in the box, if I send them to you could you guys do the conversion at all?
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Aah, that possibility didn't even cross my mind. Good idea.

*getting crazy thoughts about gta'ing headlights and retrofitting projectors at the same time, wallet trying to crawl away and hide*

Where did you find the projectors? some generic model at a reasonable price or remnants of some other 147?

Edit: read your thread in the GTA forum and have full understanding if you don't say what projector you used

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Kind of. The car was fitted with OE xenons and has the levelling system. But it's been "modified" to take standard headlights. I had the day off today, spent 8 hours working on it with my dad but I don't feel like I've really achieved anything.

We started by taking the bumper off, again, and looking the original wiring to the OE xenons so that we understood what had been done.





On finding it my dad sighed and said "I'll go and get the wiring diagram"...

I've obviously got some problems with the clutch and this doesn't look good in terms of the gearbox's health;



But on further investigation it may be coming from elsewhere;



I also found another slight leak. - These newfangled alloy radiators don't appear to be worth it. The bottom rail is made of steel by the looks of it. It's corroded and the radiator looks like it has a leak from the bottom nearside corner. Ill be replacing that with a bogo copper one!

*wonders whether the thermal conductivity of copper is better than alloy.



Last time I looked at the clutch slave I did think about swapping it out but I can't remember if I did or not. Thought it would be worthwhile trying one before ripping the engine out to change the clutch and cambelt...





I took the pictures before apply pressure to the eazi bleed and before the lid on the reservoir started leaking brake fluid everywhere. #frantic 5 mins dragging the hose pipe out to wash it all off the underside of the car.

I knew the headlight sloshers didn't work from previous expeditions behind the bumper;

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Again my dad, rather ingeniously has repaired it *touch wood* using a bit of a core plug, some araldite and a hose clip. I thought I'd taken a pic of it but apparently I haven't.

The windscreen washers and the rear washer don't work very well. They're a bit limp at best. I thought it might be a problem with the pump but testing and replacing it has proven otherwise. We think it could be a problem with the non return valves but I can't see both of them failing.





Looking forward to fitting the projector lens lights tomorrow.
 
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Aah, that possibility didn't even cross my mind. Good idea.

*getting crazy thoughts about gta'ing headlights and retrofitting projectors at the same time, wallet trying to crawl away and hide*

Where did you find the projectors? some generic model at a reasonable price or remnants of some other 147?

Edit: read your thread in the GTA forum and have full understanding if you don't say what projector you used
Remind me, I'll pm you a link if the work out ok.
 
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So here's the repaired headlight washer;



And the new lights fitted;



Repaired air box;



We then went off looking at why the windscreen and rear wash wipe don't work very well. The front washer jets were just clogged with dirt, a blast with the air line has sorted them out. We also investigated the wiper mechanism;





Not a bad repair but the one my dad had repaired previously is a stronger job;





Bulk head was pretty grubby so I cleaned that up;





And what the hell is this heracey?!!!!




(It's an unused connection on mine but is, on some cars, connected to some sort of sensor related to the climate control and auto demist.)

We found the problem with the rear wash wipe when we opened the boot and found the bootlid was fu of water. The washer housing was cracked so that's been replaced with the new motor mechanism as the bit that was cracked was integral.

I then went to check that the engine would still start after all the playing we'd been doing. I did but with the MCSF warning. Hooked it up to fECUs and that showed a fault with the throttle pedal potentiometer. It will only read up to 25% of its travel. Interestingly it won't rev at all if you have your foot on the brakes. I would presume this is an inbuilt precaution just in case a fault causes it to say its 100% open.

I can tell you that removing one is a hatefull stand on your head job.
 
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Good job you're doing - respect to your dad too
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Good job you're doing - respect to your dad too

I'm 35 now and I still worry that his skill set will be lost. I'm trying to learn but accepting I can be wrong is still as difficult as it ever was.
 
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Loving this thread!! Be one tidy car when your done!
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