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The 205 has returned to base yesterday.

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In the brief time before the heavens open I fixed the few issues that I knew it had.

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First up new indicators have been procured .

The side mounting point for the passenger headlight had snapped so the headlight was insecure. Funky non gingercators were the cheapest option for £18 delivered

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You can see the mounting point snappage
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Someone had been in there before as connector had been replaced by spade connectors
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After a bit of fiddling it is all back secure
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A lack of tootage was dealt with next with a Mondeo horn donated by Mr Monkey - all tested then butt connectors applied

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To mount it, I used a bolt hole a bit further down. a659dc27c9b4e120b10e231e80c49dea.jpg

The indicators are a bit dicky - googlefu says it is often linked to the hazard switch.

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Pulled the fascia off and cleaned it out
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That seems to have sorted that issue.

Whilst there I had a probe of the dodgy heater control. When I pulled off the front this fell out
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I think it is the metal contact that sits behind the plastic wheel and completes the circuit
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Looking on eBay they are about £40 so once it has an MOT then I will change that out.

So as it stands with its new front face
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Left to fit are front discs and pads plus book MOT.

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Procrastination kicked in so rather doing my assignment the call of the 205 was heard.

The blower issue was on my mind. Taking the plastic dial off the front I could see where that metal bit fell off from.
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It is a copper spring which pushes on the metal element thus making blower work
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Cleaned up and a smear of Vaseline to hold the metal bit in place and reassembled.
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This worked we but I kept trying to optimise it
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It seems to be happy now and blows merrily although sometimes it isn't quite on full power.

Next up was handbrake warning light. It didn't come on with handbrake so would fail MOT.

Start with easy job first - handbrake cover off and get the switch
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cleaned up and tested and it seems fine


The issue was that the connector fitted under a metal cannopy I couldn't get at.

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Macgyver time and some flex was used to extend the connector to the switch.
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Then another piece of wire was used to fish it up and then crimped together
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That didn't fix it so next was brake master cylinder switch . That worked fine so left one culprit - dash bulb.


What a battle as the steering wheel has to come off and binnacle out. 60bff20fe82e256fc6cc23bdf1a89408.jpg

Just for this bugger
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Swapped it with a known one and

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Current state of play
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I am going to swap them all before putting it back - but have no more bulbs - trip to Halfords tomorrow I think.

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Putting my tools away I found a set of door locks I had bought for the pug.

Seeing as Bucketeer had spent quite a long time pretending to lock the car to throw off any burglars I thought I may as well fit them rather than watching the voice.

Interior door just pops off and get to the gubbins
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Pull off the metal retaining lug and out pops the barrel
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New one fitted and clipped back in19d5c34e3f69dcb57a1296a231a84a44.jpg765d33fa07b93bcf8190a9225a55fc71.jpg

All back together
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Both sides done so it is lockable now.

Also found the battery is loose so need to secure that for MOT man.

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I really like the little Pug....All that graft to get the handbrake light to work properly would test the patience of a saint though, and that's ignoring the other jobs. 

Hat purposefully doffed to you for getting stuck in!

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This morning I thought that I would see if I could fix the dash lights

The back of the binnacle
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This is the feed for dash lighting
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Cleaned carefully
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Reinstalled
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Didn't make a jot of difference. Voltage is just millivolts so not enough to get lights working. Continuity is good.

At this point I noticed smoke wafting from the back - the handbrake light bulb had gone as well plus stop light. I think this might have been the original issue.

Pulling some of the bulb holders shows this
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So looks like a new binnacle is probably the best best to fix it all.

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That might be a plan.

There is some melty bits on the track but testing continuity shows it is all connected
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Testing continuity on the back highlighted that some of the bulbs weren't making proper contact due to manky tracks and quite a few of the bulbs have blown.

Cleaned up the tracks and that improved things. Ordered a load of new bulbs so will swap them out before ordering another binnacle.

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Minor victory this morning. The golf buzzes at about 50 mph which goes away when you push the dash.  It is one of those noises that once heard, doesnt go away. 

This morning I stripped the front fascia out (about 15 min job) and tightened all the screws I could find. Trip to work this morning showed the buzz has gone ... very pleased and a small victory. 

Sadly I am suffering from Shiters Itch - the car is great, does everything I need it to, fsh and been well looked after  ... but i keep getting tempted to change it. Ignoring the fact I have a 205 in bits, a Rover being fixed elsewhere, Mx5 that wants some love. 

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The green bastard has been tamed by Northern Monkey!

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He pushed on to get it finished when I would have pushed it in the canal.

Anyone want to buy a starter classic car? Low mileage, new MOT ..


Will do an advert for car and classic tonight and get it up to sell.

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I bought a set of track tyres off GM for the little Mazda but the alloys were a bit crispy. The tyres kept going down and I couldn't use them for Autotesting as not on the approved list.

I have got a spanking new set of rainsports to go on, so took the opportunity to do a quick refresh

Before
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Sanded with hand sander, wire brush in drill, wire wool and wet and dry paper.

Getting the loose stuff off resulted in this
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2ps to cover the bolt holes
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Then couple of coats of primer
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You can see before at the top, during on the right and primered at the bottom
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When it dried it has pulled a bit more of the paint off so I will scrape that off tomorrow
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They are going to be black as I have been informed it will look best.


Outside currently looks like the early 90s
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Whoever convinced you black wheels were the way to go has no sense of style or panache. All the cool kids are rolling on primer white rims. 
He even offered to buy the black paint as I have got silver in stock...

White will show the brake dust up a bit too quickly!

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