I didn’t think it was too bad until I sat in some which had been tweaked! Then realised how awful it was. Lowered seat bases, longer gear stick and lowered steering column is game changing in my opinion JonAm I the only Clio driver that thinks the standard seating and steering position are perfect
It was already painted when I purchased the car David. I mean I could lie and say some high temp engine paint. Which is what I would’ve used. But it’s likely emulsion. To be fair it’s an OK job. I just bought another engine mount to paint myself as the previous owner did a s**t job of thatWhat did you paint your rocker cover with Ian?
Well I can’t say I have a problem with it. Will see when I fit a smaller wheel soon. But if it does block the binnacle it’s only going to hide warning lamps which can’t be a bad thingGreat updates.
I tried lowering my steering wheel and I just couldn't get on with it. The wheel seemed to block the speedo and rev counter for me, so I removed it. That said I do have a (smaller) sabelt wheel.
That engine looks lovely and clean.
I don’t think this had ever been removed from the car mate, so I’d say it’s as it left the factory yes.Good work on this, it lookS far cleaner!
On this pic, the fixing for the ecu brace looks like a small torx bolt that goes through the rear. Mine has a big (M6?) bolt through the front and it doesn’t sit well. Is this is how they came from the factory? If so then it explains why mine looks like s**t and doesn’t hold very well.
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Those rear Xenon headlamp balancer thingy majigs are a precious commodity. Can't even get aftermarket ones now.Almost brings me up to date. I have stared making a false floor for the boot area now the rear seats have been removed, needs to be carpet next.View attachment 1578215
But urgently it’s stripped out, to get the rear beam dropped! Those long term readers will remember I had a rear beam refreshed last year…well I’m finally getting around to sorting the rear end! Check this s**t show out! View attachment 1578216View attachment 1578217View attachment 1578218View attachment 1578219View attachment 1578221View attachment 1578222View attachment 1578224
Seriously kids, take care of your underside. My car is remarkably straight up top. But it’s also remarkably crusty underneath. More updates will follow as I’m in the swing of things now!
They are indeed, I cleaned mine up. The ball joint/pivot is a mess, so I’ve done what I can. I’m sure I could perhaps replace that part. But I daren’t delve too deep with it for risk of breaking the bloody thingThose rear Xenon headlamp balancer thingy majigs are a precious commodity. Can't even get aftermarket ones now.
I know what you mean. Mine looked so fragile i didn't think it would last another year. In the end i took a deep breath, stripped it all down and it might last a few more years now. Beyond that it's life without Xenons.They are indeed, I cleaned mine up. The ball joint/pivot is a mess, so I’ve done what I can. I’m sure I could perhaps replace that part. But I daren’t delve too deep with it for risk of breaking the bloody thing
Thanks mate, to be honest I did think about drilling the existing arm out and making something similar. But to be fair I’ll run with it now until it breaks. But given I hardly drive it that could be yearsyeah those xenon level sensors are fragile beasts. When I did my axle bushes before Christmas, the ball joint on the axle had already broken off, so this meant having to drill off the ball joint on the level sensor:-
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Then had to resort to an aftermarket solution courtesy of eBay; actually turned out to be a really nice bit of kit & a neat solution (I say this having not driven the car since fitting it, but it looks like it will be fine ):-
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so just something to consider gents if you need an alternative solution at any point.
Me, an optimist, ignoring this advice and believing everything is OKSo just about got the underside stripped now. I need to drop the fuel tank really, as I can’t repair all the corrosion with it in the way, plus I need to replace the crusty bolts holding it in! So has anyone dropped the tank without disconnecting fuel lines etc. perhaps then swinging it forward out of the way? I don’t want to be angle grinding under the car with an open tank.
so after a prod around with a chisel scraping off surface rust…it looks worse then it actually is. Nothing structural, so no welding needed thank god. But it needs sorting. Another couple of years and it would be gone. I keep saying it, but please guys have a proper prod around your car. It’s amazing how much is beer the seam sealer and underseal.
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