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Finally I had some time with the Clio today. The good news is i’m finally going ahead LSD so I pulled it out the garage.
In preparation for the gearbox removal I took the bonnet and the bumper off....... and the wings........ and the side skirts! It’s fair to say I got carried away but the reason for this is I want this to be the last time the car comes apart except for routine maintenance. Once the diff is in I just want to use it.......... and then finally get a 996!
Some areas of concern showed up. I need to rebuild the jacking points and remove and paint all the rust areas.
I also want to sort this area out around the battery.
Parts are arriving ready for when it gets put back together. I now have OEM service parts and gaskets for the inlet. Santa also bought me a proper cover for the inlet cone.
Now it’s time to book a weekend in and get that gearbox’s out at last
I've had time today to remove some more bits ready for the gearbox to come out. Hopefully this is happening tomorrow but I think my mate/mechanic has got the man flue so we'll see.
The cars up in the air now so I've removed the front wheels, arch liners, radiator and ECU bracketry. To be honest there's a lot of corrosion about so whilst the gearbox is away I'll tackle this as best as possible.
I've also been spending! First up was a new off side side skirt as I damaged the current one when the car slipped of the jack many years ago. £30 delivered in the same colour, not bad. Next up was a second hand KTec induction pipe in black. This is no show car but I thought this would compliment the powder coated inlet bits when cleaned up.
Last up was a big surprise...………...EPAS
I've never had an issue with my standard hydraulic power steering, in fact I liked it! But I've seen many play up so I'm probably on borrowed time, After seeing the oil on the outside of the pipes today I now know I was on borrowed time!
I did want manual steering. Remember the blue race car has this and I hated it. So whilst everything's out I'll convert the column and rack. Problem now is do I pull the subframe out and refurbish/paint this?! The list goes on and on and on and on...…...…...…...............….
Sad news - the gearbox is in the car due to illness
Good news - I’ve invested in an engine hoist.................... to remove the engine and gearbox this weekend
The more I looked at it the more I wanted to do so taking the engine out seems the simplest solution. I’m not going proper OCD with it but whilst it’s apart I can tidy a lot of bits and also remove a lot of bits I no longer need.