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Love a 505, i had one identical to this maybe 5 years ago, it was formerly owned by the Venezuelan embassy in london although i bought it from an chap in West Oxfordshire, i drove it around my neck of the woods (Headington) for and ended up getting silly money for it via an african chap on Ebay, i still love these though so look forward to seeing its progress, or even on the mean streets of Oxfordshire!

Whereabouts in Headington are you?  I used to live just off Gladstone Road as a kid.

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Whereabouts in Headington are you?  I used to live just off Gladstone Road as a kid.


small world! i went to gladstone rd nursery, i'm on Shotover Hill now but in those days lived opposite Quarry Rec

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Happy new year everyone! Update time.


Right, I've got a load of photos to sort through and pick out the choice ones so I can then do a decent write up on 505 progress. So you'll have to wait!


However, here's some pictures of Lumberbus Minor - my 1986 305 GTX estate. I've had this for about 2 years now, a drunken ebay purchase. It had been owned by the same lady since new and had been used to transport her Airedale Terriers around - so it stunk of fancy dog. She had put just over 100,000 miles on it and had kept it serviced and intended to use it for ever. However, some plum pudding managed to reverse a truck into the front of it, caving in the bumper rather badly and other parts of the front too. It was limped home, then laid up for 9 months......until I came along. I rocked up on the train, with a rucksack full of tools, tape, cable ties, fuel hose, other sundries, Marlboro's and a battery booster along with temporary insurance.

A quick inspection showed, thankfully, my drunken gamble had paid off. It was virtually rust free, except for a crusty tailgate and one door which had gone along the front inside edge. The bumper had taken the worst of the crash, with the little valance panel above it also rather warped. However, chassis and radiator all remained present and correct, with no damage visible elsewhere other than a few bent tabs for grille mounts etc.

So, I stuck a battery booster on it and after some persuasion off she went and presently sprayed fuel all over the engine bay. A quick bit of new fuel hose later all was well, and with a "new" number plate cable tied to the ruined bumper I set off home to Oxford ..... via Portsmouth. Unfortunately, this trip was boring as hell because the car performed faultlessly!


Anyway, that was 2 years ago. Since then, I've sorted, cleaned, tidied, painted, had long and painful conversations with French breaker yards and baffled european couriers and this is how she stands.






The wheels are from a 205 1.9 GTi, I have the original GTX ones it came with but personally I think they look fucking shite.


When I bought it, the lady owner told me proudly that she had fitted a new carburettor some 5 years before. Whilst the right carb, a Weber 32/24 DRTC, it was not jetted correctly and the thing ran rich as hell and returned a miserable 19mpg. So I did what everyone should do, and fitted a Weber 32/36 DGV which is just better in every way. It took a while and a bit of head scratching to work out the throttle linkage and choke system, but eventually I managed it in a completely reversible way. She now goes like a rocket and returns 35mpg all day long. I have added the Mk3 Cortina Airbox mainly to annoy purists - that and anything with a Ford badge on it thats over 20 years old is instantly worth £1 million, right?





Being the GTX, it comes with all the luxuries like electric windows, grey velour upholstery, a rev counter and a really shit sunroof!







That's it for now. I hopefully have more photos from earlier versions, including when I picked it up, somewhere on a hard drive - my laptop shat itself over the festive period, probably due to the Baileys I tried to feed it. Consequently, I'm trying to find various backups of things at the moment.


Anyway, enjoy the 80's wagon win.



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Apart from me having a very different view of 305 GTX wheels, that is most excellent in every respect and a great save. Those velour seats are especially glorious.

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Wow! Love the 305, and what a genuine car. My favourite cars are always those which have a decent back story, and yours doesn't fail to disappoint.

Just one thing, as a few others have said - don't bin the GTX alloys - they just look so right on a mid to late 80's Peugeot. Here's one which used to belong to Carlo on here, but appears to be long gone, unfortunately.



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I love the coach line. 


Seeing this has motivated me to go and stick a heater in mine, which seems to have developed a leak behind the glovebox and into the footwells. Is this a common 305 problem?


Extra points for the 205 in the background too!

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Thanks for the kind words people! I'm currently sat watching the MOT tester go over it.....eek!


Heater matrixes on these old Peugeots always go, they rot out and then fill your foot Wells! A classic sign is if the air out the vents has a faint damp whiff of antifreeze. Luckily mine seems ok, at the moment!


I have been torn about the wheels, the ones I have are in poor condition and need a good refurb but seeing that saloon has swayed me somewhat!



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I love the coach line. 


Seeing this has motivated me to go and stick a heater in mine, which seems to have developed a leak behind the glovebox and into the footwells. Is this a common 305 problem?


Extra points for the 205 in the background too!


It's usually the drainage pipes that come from the scuttle area (where the wiper motor/linkage sits) that rot out and cause leakage into the footwells. It's a stupid design where the drainage hoses come through the inside of the car and out into the inner wing. 


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Right, it's sodding freezing in the shed so it's about time I wrote an update. So.... errr, update on fings wot i has dun.


Last time on LumberBus, I cleaned it and removed the crusty front wiper mechanism, plus some other shit.

So, the wiper mechanism was suffering from a chronic case of metal exfoliation, specifically the pressed steel bracket which held the motor and spindles. Tracking down a good one of these proved, unsurprisingly, to be a complete and total Michael Gove.




Further inspection of the bracket showed it was salvageable if I could remove the rotten mounting lug and replace it, either with one from a bracket that had rot elsewhere or by making a new one. A call to Dean Hunter of Peugeot Parts Spares Classic Bits Yorkshire French Car Wombles limited resulted in another wiper bracket with elsewhere rot being posted to me. I then set about removing the rotten lug from the bracket to use, and the good lug from the bracket to not use - or vice versa, I got confused several times doing this. Anyway, drill out spot welds, smack with cold chisel and clean up the leftover mess resulted in this:




And this




Then it was just a case of shot blast, spot weld, prime, paint and waxoyl. I have no pictures of this as it was dull as fuck and I forgot due to the mind numbing tedium. I do however have a picture of the wiper motor in bits, it was very sluggish and closer inspection revealed solid old grease in the gearbox, and dry spindle/motor bearings.




There was also a bit of gunk around the motor brushes.


I was quite surprised that it could be easily disassembled - just some M4 bolts, normally anything electrical with Valeo written on it is held together with a lethal combination of spit, Kleenex and one-hit plastic tangs there to break off and/or lacerate the unsuspecting "enthusiast". Anyway, a bit of panel wipe cleaned things nicely.




After that, I chucked it all in a tub of clean engine oil and left it on the radiator for 2 weeks to let the phosphor bronze bushes have a good soak. Then christmas happened and I got soaked in booze, so there are no photos of anything else to do with the motor! Anyway, it went back together and is now smooth as silk.


The complete linkage was then re-assembled and installed back in the car. I think you'll agree it looks way less shit now.




Next, the freshly repainted scuttle cover along with new washer lines etc. Again, stripping and painting this was more tedious than the time the girlfriend tried to talk to me about Lino colour choices for the kitchen floor, so there are no photos. The plastic trim cover also got re-dyed, which was tedious but very rewarding - I'm going to cry when I run out of Plasti-Care.





Then, I decided, rather unusually for me, that this dent in the passenger front door was annoying.






So, off with the door card and some careful persuading with a complete panel beating kit and a craftsmen's eye (rubber mallet with smeggy old duvet taped around it wielded by a bearded cretin) resulted in this.






Fuck off Boyd Coddington, I has skills too.


And now for something completely different......no, its not a larch - its the rattly tappets. There had been a horrendous oil leak from the rocker cover, so with new seals to hand (one for the cover, and one for each spark plug tube) I decided to whip it off to clean and replace and to adjust the tappet clearances as well as the poor thing was very clattery.





No real horror stories were found, just a bit of grime here and there. The tappets were WAY out, the exhausts in particular. The thickest feeler gauge I had was 20 tho, and that slopped about in there like a Cornichon in Paris Hilton. As Arnie will tell you, its all about the lift, and now I definitely have more! The rocker cover and surrounding area were all cleaned up, then it all went back together. This XN1 engine is a real treat to work on, everything is easy to access and well laid out and has been liberally sprayed in oil by all the various leaks - so nothing was seized.




Then, some different wheels got fitted. I have been "lent" these by a mate, who has got them for his utterly bollocks Subaru Brat (I really don't get it) so annoyingly I have to give them back. But that means the steelies are off and are being shot blast and then powder coated, I have a full set of Maxxis Van tyres to go on them which I got off of the bay for a steal. Its all about keeping that deep profile tyre to maintain the waft!




I really do like these GTi alloys, if anyone has a set up for grabs please let me know.


Steelies in the boot of the 305 and ready to go off for blasting (yes the plastic caps will be removed).




And that's where we are up to now.



Next time on Lumberbus: I try to fix the rear washer, an MOT station "inspects" the underside for "structural integrity", I try to get my head around the vacuum operated heater controls, I try to swap the speedo for one with definitely the same amount of miles AND I finally fulfil my lifelong ambition to get Peugeot Connect 4.....



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