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First thing is did was give the inside a bit of a Hoover and scrub as it appears to have had a few roof down with pine needles in it , or perhaps it was Xmas tree transport?


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I’ve got a steam cleaner to work on the internal panels after seeing @Schaefft work magic on the e38, I need to find something to help lift the dirt out of the plastics - thoughts?

 

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The roof is manual from the factory I'm afraid, but the rubber quick release buttons for the deck lid are goosed.

Now I thought I'd fixed the window issue by soldering the big relay:

so it might be worth taking that out again and checking for more dry joints.

It was a great car in the 3 years I had it and gave no bother. The only thing that bothered me was that spares were very hard to come by for the 1.8 so hopefully you got the pile of bits along with the car that are specific to that model. If not, Donald Munn is the go to chap on Facebook.

If it comes up for sale again I might have to be a bit quicker on my decision-making skills!

 

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I thought I’d try the cheap fixes first so got myself a can of WD40 silicone spray and jetted the window runs with it, has made a fair improvement and shave about a second and a half of the close time of the passenger side but I think it really needs a new motor or regulator as it’s squeaky and slows badly.

I’ll get the multimeter out when the weather is better and do some proper tests.

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I also sprayed the silicone over the window by accident and wiped it off, it makes a bloody good rain x product 🤣

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3 minutes ago, Split_Pin said:

The roof is manual from the factory I'm afraid, but the rubber quick release buttons for the deck lid are goosed.

Now I thought I'd fixed the window issue by soldering the big relay:

so it might be worth taking that out again and checking for more dry joints.

It was a great car in the 3 years I had it and gave no bother. The only thing that bothered me was that spares were very hard to come by for the 1.8 so hopefully you got the pile of bits along with the car that are specific to that model. If not, Donald Munn is the go to chap on Facebook.

If it comes up for sale again I might have to be a bit quicker on my decision-making skills!

 

Ah, I see about the roof - I’ll see what I can find about the clips.

Indeed  the boot is full of bits and by god did I cry looking at part prices on fleabay.

Seems an odd design flaw with the rear light cluster that reversing light

bulbs heat or something cause the crack in all the units I’ve seen (for like £250+!)

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4 minutes ago, Ohdearme said:

First thing is did was give the inside a bit of a Hoover and scrub as it appears to have had a few roof down with pine needles in it , or perhaps it was Xmas tree transport?


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I’ve got a steam cleaner to work on the internal panels after seeing @Schaefft work magic on the e38, I need to find something to help lift the dirt out of the plastics - thoughts?

 

I use the steam cleaner on plastics as well, as long as you don't hold it in one spot for 10 seconds it won't damage anything. Normally you would apply some decent interior plastics cleaner before the steam treatment but most comes out with little more than the steam.

If you meant fabrics however, a carpet cleaner, drill brush attachment and carpet extractor will get almost anything out.

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3 minutes ago, Schaefft said:

I use the steam cleaner on plastics as well, as long as you don't hold it in one spot for 10 seconds it won't damage anything. Normally you would apply some decent interior plastics cleaner before the steam treatment but most comes out with little more than the steam.

If you meant fabrics however, a carpet cleaner, drill brush attachment and carpet extractor will get almost anything out.

It was the plastics, thanks.

Wife has a proper carpet cleaner and attachment Jobbie so it will be getting used when she’s out  and can’t tell me off for ‘skanking it up with my cars’

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  • Ohdearme changed the title to A car to (Princess) Di for… - Ohdearme’s turn of the century emporium
12 hours ago, Ohdearme said:

Overdue updates here…

I briefly had a yellow seicento with a leak somewhere and thogguht it’d fixed it, but this was disproven by a major storm and a major footwell puddle.

Moving the vehicle I got a shed lid of water down my neck from the sunroof so it might actually be that leaking, not the windscreen I fixed* with gutter mastic.

anyway it got roffled on New Year’s Day as I was trying to sensible and cut the fleet…

…except…

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You're right, it was the sunroof leaking.  It was full of moss and grot which was blocking the drain holes.  After clearing it all out and cleaning the drains it no longer leaks and the interior was soon dried out by a dehumidifier and fan heater.  Really enjoying it.  Nice little car.

Audi looks nice, too btw.

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18 hours ago, Erebus said:

You're right, it was the sunroof leaking.  It was full of moss and grot which was blocking the drain holes.  After clearing it all out and cleaning the drains it no longer leaks and the interior was soon dried out by a dehumidifier and fan heater.  Really enjoying it.  Nice little car.

Audi looks nice, too btw.

Glad you’ve got it sorted. It’s a brilliant little car. Something about a sporting that puts a smile on you face whenever you get in it.

And the fact it makes a racket while going nowhere fast 🤣🤣🤣

Audi also putting the all important grin on my face too…just need to sort those two warning lights before mot or hopefully bang it through on a lucky day.

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  • Ohdearme changed the title to Paint it Black… - Ohdearme’s turn of the century emporium

Aside from it being rather cold to be faffing with buckets of water and hose pipes, the wind and extended forecast of dry weather made for an excellent day to try and sort the roof.

Pressure washer didn’t really do much to clear the grot once it dried after my first go so I shelled out for some proper cleaner and restorer. 

Here goes…

Before 🤢
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Rinse the hood
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Pat down and paint on the muck shifter
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Attack it with the scrubbing brush

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Mmmm…green
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Hot water rinse
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Dry it, Paint it, Dye it and see what we get
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It takes up to three hours to go off, hence the dry spell being handy so we’ll see how it evens out.

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It looks a bit patchy in places despite three/four goes over with the dye.

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I think some of the patchiness is the age of the hood itself and streaks on the fold lines, a bit like the silver streaks you get when ironing your trousers like a fanny for the first time and ruining them cos your mum used to do it for you.

 

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