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SPAZTEC DEVELOPMENTS - ANYONE WANT A 106 BUMPER? 22/10


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#91 ONLINE   Vince70

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:43 PM

I live in Bexhill also so might see your car about when driving my compact.
It looks a fantastic car for the money and for £150 it’s a no brainer and I love the colour.
The place to check for rot is under the plastic jacking covers ( if the car hasn’t lost them)
under the sill as these trap moisture and dirt and also check the rear arches.
If it’s running a bit lumpy it’s worth taking the idle control valve off giving it a shake and squirt with some carb cleaner.
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Posted 23 September 2017 - 10:27 PM

The gearshift thing is fairly normal, they are all the Getrag 250G unit on 4 cyls. 

 

£150? Not too sore I guess.

 

 

But. It's an old Compact so more than likely it will need rear beam bushes and brake pipes doing. You need to make sure the front balljoints are okay, the sills around the circular rubber pads aren't fucked, the ABS light comes on and off again, not rotten around the front ARB mounts and the airbag light behaves. £150 could turn into £350 plus before you know it. If all is okay here and it passes an MOT, all will be well. They're very good cars.

 

That is a Lux model btw - half coded bumpers, front fogs, sunroof and alloys. Compacts were built in a different plant to most saloons and Tourings and the paint choices could vary. This purple and Alaska blue were not used on the others.


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Posted 24 September 2017 - 04:52 PM

YOOOOOOOOO. Let's have ourselves a bit of an update shall we? 

 

So as you may have seen me allude to in the News 24 thread, I pulled the trigger on this fairly ratty E36 Compact, partly because I felt it was well worth saving and partly because I'm psychologically unsound. 

 

The car had been sitting in a garage for the best part of a year and then had been moved about a month ago and left half way inside a small hedgerow up the back of a pub car park. Whilst it was sat there the MOT expired which is annoying as if I had known about the car two weeks earlier I could have driven it home. But I didn't, and so whilst I luxuriated in the ivory tower of my office a couple of days ago, I dispatched Scotty and Martin down to Bexhill in their Q-plate Transit flatbed with nothing dodgy about it at all to drag the Compact out and meet me back at Spaztec HQ with it on board. Here's an ACTION SHOT.

 

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So the car duly arrived. No photos of the unloading because by the time we finished mincing about it was pretty dark and I was more interested in playing with the winch on the Transit. This was Wednesday night and I was tied up for all of Thursday-Saturday due to work. I knew from before that the car seemingly ran well and was generally tidy, but the paint was flat as a witches tit and I was unable to drive the car due to the lack of test.

 

Tl,dr: It took me until today to get around to giving this a good look over. So here it is in all its faded Germanic glory.

 

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The story goes that some smelly mutant fucknugget keyed the car up on pretty much every panel a few years back, the previous owner liked the car enough to deem it prudent to have a full respray done in the original Violettrot 2 paint. Unfortunately whoever did it hasn't done a great job with the lacquer hence it ending up like a red Corsa B. 

 

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The bootlid seemingly escaped the vandalism so wasn't sprayed, here you can really see the difference. 

 

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Standard 90's German fare for the interior. Black with more black. Not my favourite but it is very clean and everything feels very solid and high-quality compared to an Escort or Mk3 Golf. The only things I can find that don't work are the fan on setting 1. 2, 3 and 4 are all fine and Scott warned me not to open the drivers window as it has the common E36 issue of some broken retaining clips on the regulator. I'll replace those sooner rather than later as not being able to open the window is going to hinder me when I'm buying my tickets to take this round the Nurburgring in six minutes flat.

 

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The electric sunroof does work though. I do like a sunroof, apart from when they leak on me. Which as we know from earlier in the thread, is FUCKING ALWAYS.

 

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Here's the lump. This is an earlier 316i Compact, so it has the 1596cc SOHC M43 engine mit cam-chain with 102 BHP. The later 316i had an 1895cc version of the same unit with a bit more torque. My last Compact was an E46 325ti so I'm not expecting this one to set my hair alight when I get it on the road, but more than adequate for daily duties. In fact I think these 4-pot E36's make a very good deal of sense second-hand as they're a quality bit of kit without the running costs and complexity of the six-cylinder cars. That said, if anyone wants to swap this for a 328 manual saloon I wouldn't say no. The engine starts fine and runs well if a tiny bit lumpy, although I'm inclined to put that down to where its been sitting about for a year. I'll clean the ICV out as Vince suggested in his above post and see if that improves matters. It's very minor though and the engine seems a good'un. Clutch seems fine and aside from the aforementioned 1st gear stiffness which I'm putting down to TADT,S, the mechanicals seem fit and well.

 

Rot-wise, there is very little. A couple of blebs on two of the wheel arches and a rusty stone chip or two on the leading edge of the bonnet seems about the worst of it.

 

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Hardly the end of the world, I'm sure you'll agree. All in all I was feeling reasonably pleased with it, so this afternoon I decided to give the paintwork a bit of a crack and bought a small bottle of T-Cut to see if I could bring it back to life at all. I'm about as far from a Detailing World Twelve Bucket Facist as its possible to get, but I thought I would see if I could get the old crate looking a bit more presentable before I started getting snotty letters from the Hastings middle-class nosy cunt neighbourhood watch and wife-swapping concern. 

 

I have to say, I wasn't particularly confident that it would make that much of a difference and approached the job feeling initially a little blasé about it. On the T-cut bottle it states "TEST AN INCONSPICUOUS AREA FIRST"... O RLY?

 

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A big patch right in the middle of the bonnet should do for a start.. Here's what I began with..

 

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A few minutes later..

 

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It was actually having much more of a positive effect than I had expected. So I carried on and soon after the bonnet was looking rather better...

 

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I yarked on for a bit longer and did both front wings and the door tops. After that it was time to take the dogs out, so I ceased operations for today.

 

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I'm pretty pleased with the results so far. It's much better than I had expected. If it hadn't worked I was just going to start telling people I'd specified special order matt paint like one of those lads on Youtube. 

 

 

 

I live in Bexhill also so might see your car about when driving my compact.
It looks a fantastic car for the money and for £150 it’s a no brainer and I love the colour.
The place to check for rot is under the plastic jacking covers ( if the car hasn’t lost them)
under the sill as these trap moisture and dirt and also check the rear arches.
If it’s running a bit lumpy it’s worth taking the idle control valve off giving it a shake and squirt with some carb cleaner. 

 

Cheers Vince, It is a nice colour - I like it a lot more now that I'm starting to see it how it is supposed to look. Jacking point covers are in situ, no rot apparent in that area. Cheers for the tip about the idle control valve. I'll give it a bash, I think a good Italian tune up will do it the world of good once the MOT is done. There's a really Hellrot (I think) 318ti that I've seen around the manor, its lowered with what I think are E90 wheels on. I think its a V-reg. Is that yours?

 

 

The gearshift thing is fairly normal, they are all the Getrag 250G unit on 4 cyls. 

 

£150? Not too sore I guess.

 

 

But. It's an old Compact so more than likely it will need rear beam bushes and brake pipes doing. You need to make sure the front balljoints are okay, the sills around the circular rubber pads aren't fucked, the ABS light comes on and off again, not rotten around the front ARB mounts and the airbag light behaves. £150 could turn into £350 plus before you know it. If all is okay here and it passes an MOT, all will be well. They're very good cars.

 

That is a Lux model btw - half coded bumpers, front fogs, sunroof and alloys. Compacts were built in a different plant to most saloons and Tourings and the paint choices could vary. This purple and Alaska blue were not used on the others.

 

Ta for the info Rev. I didn't know it was a Lux model, I thought that was only an E30 trim level to be honest. 

 

Hopefully I'll be able to get the rest of the paint sorted out this week, the interior needs a good go with the hoover. I'm not sure when I'm going to MOT it yet because the MOT on the Pug isn't due until Dec 8th. So current plans are to get the 106 MOT'd as early as possible (30 days before due, so 8th November) and then tuck it in the garage whilst I accrue the new engine and necessary bits I need for my conversion. Ideally that's when the BMW will take over commuting duties and I'll swap the insurance over to it from the 106. Therefore I'll probably have to chuck the BMW in for a test at some point next month. I also need to submit a V62 for it, as the logbook has gone AWOL as per usual. 

 

OH SHIT. Almost forgot the obligatory pez station and Woolard shots. 

 

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 04:36 PM

If the beam bushes are gone (there should be a 10mm gap between the axle carrier and the lower retaining plate) then you can either swear profusely whilst you take half the car apart and use your expensive special tool to change them, or you can remove the lower retaining plate, insert a 60 or 70 mm exhaust rubber either side of the axle beam (the top rubber needs cutting) and refit the plate. That's what I did years ago on old E28's and so on and I've done it on my 318Ti. Cost = two pounds, and it works by calming the axle solidly but still with enough flex. Yes it's bodge but it's a P reg Compact. 


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 05:36 PM

If the beam bushes are gone (there should be a 10mm gap between the axle carrier and the lower retaining plate) then you can either swear profusely whilst you take half the car apart and use your expensive special tool to change them, or you can remove the lower retaining plate, insert a 60 or 70 mm exhaust rubber either side of the axle beam (the top rubber needs cutting) and refit the plate. That's what I did years ago on old E28's and so on and I've done it on my 318Ti. Cost = two pounds, and it works by calming the axle solidly but still with enough flex. Yes it's bodge but it's a P reg Compact.


Noted. I’ll have a good look at the beam when I can get the car up in the air. If it’s fucked I will follow the above procedure.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 07:01 PM

I don't know how I missed this thread when it started, but I did and it's a great read! I live in Bexhill (well Little Common) so if you've not finished the polishing that it looks like you're doing by hand, I have a DA polisher you can borrow if you want.

 

I'll look out for both the Pug and Beema assuming you aren't miles away. I'm either on a Bianchi bike or in black Citroens of the XM and C4 VTS variety none of which are that numerous around here.


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

Hi Fakeconcern
I always see a real nice XM parked up in little common with what looks like an LM leak parked in the road opposite Tesco is it yours.image.jpeg

My Compact Dougie Is a Hellrot Ti on a R plate but I did also have a real nice P plate Hellrot 316 before that but I only managed to keep it for a couple of days before I had to sell it to my father so I've had a couple which I would drive around the Bexhill area in and still use the R plate as a daily driver.
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Posted 25 September 2017 - 08:37 PM

Hi Fakeconcern
I always see a real nice XM parked up in little common with what looks like an LM leak parked in the road opposite Tesco is it yours.attachicon.gifimage.jpeg

My Compact Dougie Is a Hellrot Ti on a R plate but I did also have a real nice P plate Hellrot 316 before that but I only managed to keep it for a couple of days before I had to sell it to my father so I've had a couple which I would drive around the Bexhill area in and still use the R plate as a daily driver.
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Hi Vince, yep, that's mine it did sit there for quite a while and a tiny bit of LHM or oil goes a long way! Next time you're there knock on the red door opposite and Mrs Concern will tell you to bog off* I don't think I've seen you around, but Beemers all look the same to me (hides) even though I once had the use of a green 3 series estate with the same front as your compact.

 

 

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:52 PM

It looks a really nice car and looks immaculate and really stands out that's why I took the picture during the summer but never got around to putting the picture on here and never thought it belonged to an Autoshiter.

I was going to put the picture on the Sussex spots thread.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:17 AM

I don't know how I missed this thread when it started, but I did and it's a great read! I live in Bexhill (well Little Common) so if you've not finished the polishing that it looks like you're doing by hand, I have a DA polisher you can borrow if you want.

 

I'll look out for both the Pug and Beema assuming you aren't miles away. I'm either on a Bianchi bike or in black Citroens of the XM and C4 VTS variety none of which are that numerous around here.

 

Cheers Mr Concern! Always nice to hear that folk are enjoying reading what is essentially the sad tale of a man who regards the bodily restoration of a base model BMW with a trade value of less than eighty pounds as a reasonable use of his time and resources. I think it will look pretty smart when its done though, so I'm probably going to MOT it, blezz it around the place for a bit and then it'll probably find itself up for sale. Your offer of the DA is most kind, I suspect that I'm going to need to do the whole car again to get it looking really good. I did find some G3 in the house last night that I had forgotten all about so once I've finished this round I may take you up on that. I don't recall your XM but I think I've seen the VTS floating about.

 


My Compact Dougie Is a Hellrot Ti on a R plate but I did also have a real nice P plate Hellrot 316 before that but I only managed to keep it for a couple of days before I had to sell it to my father so I've had a couple which I would drive around the Bexhill area in and still use the R plate as a daily driver.
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Ah no, I'm thinking of a different Hellrot car then. But yours is looking very smart, I do like the twin cam in those ti's.



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:19 AM

Looking at the picture of that stereo Dougie its looks like it was an the original unit fitted as a dealer option as this one is the same year as yours also has the a similar unit so it might be worth a few quid.
I think the early cars didn't get BMW branded stereos.
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Some radios can be a right faff to fit to a compact as well as there's not much room around the back to get them to fit flush.

Also I borrowed a Boston Green E36 318 this morning (it was my old car) and the gearbox was the same as the others in when at traffic lights etc I had to put it in 2nd before engaging 1st gear.
It's such a habit now that I don't know I'm doing it.
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:41 AM

Looking at the picture of that stereo Dougie its looks like it was an the original unit fitted as an option as this one is the same year as yours also has the same unit so it might be worth a few quid.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/192316178096
Some radios can be a right faff to fit to a compact as well as there's not much room around the back so to get them to fit flush is a pain.

 

It could well be an original unit fitted by the dealer. I'm not sure at what point BMW started supplying a radio as standard equipment? 


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:43 AM

Opps sorry I was editing my message when yours came through lol
So how's the E36 coming along.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:53 AM

The E36 I was driving today is a 96 and very high spec with computers and stuff and that's got an original 90s Sony headunit so your right I think it was down to the dealer what went into the dash.

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:16 AM

Opps sorry I was editing my message when yours came through lol
So how's the E36 coming along.

 

It's currently in exactly the same state as it was at the end of last weekend. The day job is keeping me busy at the moment, I'll be back on it on Saturday with the paintwork. Current plans are to get an MOT on it when I'm back from France which will be the second/third week in October. I'll probably use it to commute in for a a little while just to make sure there aren't any major issues, but it doesn't feature in my long term fleet plans. So it'll probably be moved on with a long ticket for max sale-ability. 

 

The E36 I was driving today is a 96 and very high spec with computers and stuff and that's got an original 90s Sony headunit so your right I think it was down to the dealer what went into the dash.

 

Both my previous E36's were '99 V-plated and both had BMW branded units like this.

 

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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:31 AM

It's currently in exactly the same state as it was at the end of last weekend. The day job is keeping me busy at the moment, I'll be back on it on Saturday with the paintwork. Current plans are to get an MOT on it when I'm back from France which will be the second/third week in October. I'll probably use it to commute in for a a little while just to make sure there aren't any major issues, but it doesn't feature in my long term fleet plans. So it'll probably be moved on with a long ticket for max sale-ability. 

 

 

Both my previous E36's were '99 V-plated and both had BMW branded units like this.

 

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These were standard dealer fit, and are increasingly valuable. Reckon on paying 80-100 quid for a mint one that's fully working. The concours bufties love 'em, and they are a very good radio to be fair. Made by Philips.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:56 AM

These were standard dealer fit, and are increasingly valuable. Reckon on paying 80-100 quid for a mint one that's fully working. The concours bufties love 'em, and they are a very good radio to be fair. Made by Philips.

 

I seem to recall the coupe I had also had a BMW CD-changer fitted, it was one of the last E36's with the sport bodykit and leather interior. Nice car, but the twin-cam motor was much better suited to the Compact. 


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:14 PM

WORD UP. 

 

This morning I woke up with some sort of gruesome disease that had kindly been donated by Ms Fourspeed overnight. But as we all know, terminal illness is no excuse for slacking off on shite-fettling, so T-cutting continued as promised. 

 

Last time out I had done the bonnet, the two front wings and the door tops. I'm fairly pleased with how its looking after a week has passed, I wiped off some of the dust that had settled on the bonnet with a wet cloth.

 

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MORE BEADZ THAN A LAGOS MARKET STALL M8.

 

Anyway, I then set to with the drivers door. The lower half of the paintwork on the car is actually alright, its the upper sections of the doors and the rear quarters that have suffered the most. 

 

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Then onto the rear quarter panels.

 

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A short while later I had finished one-side of the car. Here's a local man reacting to the news.

 

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And the car itself looking a bit Jekyll and Hyde. 

 

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At this point I must apologise, as my dear Mother always taught me to do, for the state of my lawn. But as I'm sure you'll understand, polishing the living fuck out of a twenty-one year old overpriced Cortina which cannot be driven on the public road takes precedence. 

 

With that in mind, I turned the car around (probably the furthest I've actually driven it) and began to get physical with the passenger side. 

 

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Much to the horror of Giorgetto Giugiaro I then proceeded to do exactly the same thing on the other side. 

 

And so it came to pass that the T-cutting was completed, and I did look upon my work, and I saw that it was good. But I also saw that it could be better. The finish is still a little patchy in places especially on the worst affected areas of the paintwork. So I will be needing to give the car another going over, I would have cracked on, but I had run out of T-cut by this point and I had no desire to drag my (literally dying) carcass over to ECP or Halfords for some more so I put my 19 buckets back in the garage and moved onto some other admin work that I had been meaning to do on this car. 

 

The NSF tyre had been a bit soft when I got the car and over the week had gradually gone totally flat so I thought I would see if it would hold any air at all. Here is the subject in question. XZIBIT A.

 

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There were DRAMATIC SCENES when I realised that the foot-pump I thought was in the garage was actually in the boot of the Ford Ka which was being stored off-site. But the situation was resolved when my brother had a look in the spare wheel-well of his Hyundai i10 to find that they thoughtfully provide you with a 12V compressor, if that isn't a reason to find a diplomatic solution and prevent war on the Korean peninsular, then I don't know what is. 

 

That said, we fired up the BMW and attached it to the tyre (confirming that for the first time in about six years I've bought a used car with a functioning cigar lighter!). It blezzed away for a good five minutes or so to little effect. I switched it off, disheartened that I was going to need to shell out 25 groat on a new hoop. My bredrin then suggested we put the spare wheel on. To be honest, I hadn't actually considered this as I always just assume that the spare on any twenty year old car is either missing or fucked. But I decided to look in the spare wheel well anyway. 

 

The spare on these is stored under the boot floor a la 106, and a quick visual confirmed that it was present but fucked as expected. I left it in situ and lifted the boot carpet to see if the jack was still there. It was all present and correct, but I also discovered something else VERY EXCITING*.

 

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What the shite gods taketh with one hand, they giveth with another. Two nice new number plates! I was going to have a new pair made up for the MOT anyway as the originals were looking pretty rubbish. But they have in effect saved me the money I can now use to buy a new tyre. HUZZAH.

 

Whilst I was feeling lucky and poking around nooks and crannies of the car I decided to open the glove box and see if there were any Rolex watches or any naked supermodels in there. No dice, but I did discover the original BMW handbook and service books were all still with the car. The service book had a fair few stamps in and confirmed the last service in 2014 at 89k. GOOD.

 

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Nowt in the way of invoices or details mind, so I'm not sure if KGF will be buying this one for their stock. 

 

In other developments the Puglet is still razzing around the place on a daily basis and being generally excellent. Here it is with the E36 staging a re-enactment of that old Mini advert off of the 1980's. 

 

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In recognition of the fact that I have now covered over 2500 enjoyable miles in this car, I bought it a present. 

 

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Much better nick than the existing bumper, £30 off the bay. BARG. It'll probably not go on until the new engine goes in mind, which I haven't actually bought yet. But more about that later.

 

CHEERZ. 


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:58 AM

Over the last week or so I have noticed that the Peugeot has developed a mildly irritating squeaking/squealing sound which appears to be coming from the OSF corner. I've had a look at the tyre and can't see any obvious issues there but it's definitely coming from down there somewhere. It only occurs when the steering is around the straight ahead position, and only after driving for more than say 5-10 miles. Its a constant squeal when going straight on but stops as soon as the wheel is turned in either direction. Braking doesn't seem to affect it nor does it change when going over speed humps etc.

 

Any ideas what the cause may be fellow 106-lickers?



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 07:12 PM

It's the mechanical brake wear spring thing ?



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:41 AM

It's the mechanical brake wear spring thing ?

 

On closer inspection it looks like it might be driveshaft/CV related. The noise does seem to build with speed.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:11 PM

The funny noise has now become a secondary issue.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 12:35 AM

TADTS. I had an S1 Rallye a few years ago, bought at auction. It came with a fat wad of history. I looked through it one day when I was bored, and in its 54,000 miles it had had no fewer than 3 replacement head gaskets. It must have been a proper friday afternoon job to be fair, no wonder the owners got shot of it at a local shonky auction house!

 

Edit: I saw a comment on a 106 forum when I had it, along the lines of "the TU is a tough little lump that'll do big mileages, assuming you treat the HG as a normal service consumable". I gather that as HG changes go, it's a relative piece of piss to do.

 

Edit 2: I don't know if it's still the case, but the 1300cc Rallye lumps used to be dirt cheap secondhand, because lots of them had been ripped out in favour of the 1.6 16V. You could look out for one rather than a 1.4...



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:31 AM

TADTS. I had an S1 Rallye a few years ago, bought at auction. It came with a fat wad of history. I looked through it one day when I was bored, and in its 54,000 miles it had had no fewer than 3 replacement head gaskets. It must have been a proper friday afternoon job to be fair, no wonder the owners got shot of it at a local shonky auction house!

 

Edit: I saw a comment on a 106 forum when I had it, along the lines of "the TU is a tough little lump that'll do big mileages, assuming you treat the HG as a normal service consumable". I gather that as HG changes go, it's a relative piece of piss to do.

 

Edit 2: I don't know if it's still the case, but the 1300cc Rallye lumps used to be dirt cheap secondhand, because lots of them had been ripped out in favour of the 1.6 16V. You could look out for one rather than a 1.4...

 

It certainly does seem to be a case of TADTS. Although it has to be said, I've never seen one go quite as spectacularly as this did. Original Rallye lumps are rocking horse poo, and are shooting up in price like the cars themselves sadly.

 

So yesterday evening I left the office to drive over to Rye, where I had plans to meet a pal for dinner. I'd been buzzing along minding my own business when about a three miles from my destination I could hear this odd gurgling sound, a bit like when you pull the plug out of your kitchen sink. This car has always suffered from a bit of sludge in the expansion tank, but it was never a huge amount and the coolant inside the tank was always pretty clean. As any fool know, this is pretty typical of a TU engine so I wasn't overly worried about it. I just checked the coolant level once a week (actually last checked two days ago, never seemed to change) and kept an eye out for mayo under the oil filler (never saw any). 

 

Fortunately for me, the friend I was going to see happens to run a workshop over that way and I had planned to meet him there anyway. I didn't have the 'UR ENGINE IS FUCKED M9' light on so I kept on keeping on. As I was plodding down the lanes leading up to the yard the gurgling was getting louder and the car was definitely down on power despite seeming to actually be running alright. I limped down the track into the yard and as I pulled up outside the unit the engine cut out. I jumped out and found the dreaded coffee cream was literally raining from under the car. Under bonnet inspection revealed that it had managed to push its way past the header tank cap (!) and was making a nice mess on the floor of the yard. 

 

It was at this point that Stu poked his head around the door of the workshop which he had been locking up, looked at the car, looked at me, looked back at the car and the growing pool of sludge that was flowing from the underside, laughed his head off and went back inside. I had expected nothing less.

 

I had abandoned the car in the middle of the yard when it cut out so I needed to move it. Aside from the gurgling, there had been no untoward noises when the engine cut out, it was almost as if I had turned it off using the key. So I jumped back in reasoning that it wouldn't hurt to move it under its own power the 10 yards to where it needed to be. Turned it over as normal.. starter motor whirred for a split second, there was a dull thunk and then nothing. BALLS.

 

I'm suspecting it may be seized, I'm working today but Stu is going to get a breaker bar on the crank pulley and see what the score is. More news as and when I have it. 

 

tl;dr: Head Gaskets blown: 1, Shite owned: 2, Shite roadworthy: 0.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:52 AM

I have just received this photo-intelligence from my man on the ground. It’s still dribbling out!

I jetted the ground clean last night so this is what it’s dumped in the meantime. It must be very close to empty now considering the pool I cleaned up yesterday.

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He’s about to get stuck in with the breaker bar and see if there’s any movement.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:42 PM

Update: Seizure confirmed.



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 01:53 PM

That sucks. Bloody cars.

Hopefully a new engine won't be too hard or expensive to find. If that's your plan...

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:20 PM

Update: Seizure confirmed.


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:42 PM

XUD9TE hopefully. Imagine that.....

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 03:07 PM

That sucks. Bloody cars.

Hopefully a new engine won't be too hard or expensive to find. If that's your plan...

 

 

XUD TURBO TIEMZ

 

 

XUD9TE hopefully. Imagine that.....

 

I was thinking more along the lines of a mid-mounted RWD 3.0 TDV6 HDi out of a 407 Coupe with a Nissan GT-R Hybrid turbo and sequential gearbox from Tim Harvey's 1998 BTCC Peugeot 406 but eBay searches have so far proved fruitless. 


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