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2002 Xsara VTS
Yes, the belts only 18 months old though. As you say, cheap enough to do. Will go to Carl Grimsley to be sorted.
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All of the big bits with the exception of the engine (and I've a buyer committed to that at the end of the month) sold, and a lot of the small bits also sold or boxed up for spares for mine, it was pretty much stripped. The last job was to pull the dash, the heater matrix and blower motor and then the carpet and sound deadening, leaving a bare shell.

A stripped shell....

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I thought about rolling it onto its side but then figured this gave me just as much access. Engine cranes are great!

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Rather than try and cut individual sections, it was just as easy to cut a massive square. Didn't take long, maybe an hour or two with Tea stops....

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This morning, before the scrappers arrived, I took the last few bits off the Xsara. Couple of bits I'd missed from the towbar and then the spoiler and rear wiper motor (which strangely on the Xsara is rivetted in, not bolted) and then that was that. Done. The lorry turned up about lunchtime, the guy driving had a chuckle at how little was left, chucked a chain through it and promptly hiab-ed it onto the back of his wagon and was gone!

Over a brew, I got busy with some more interior bits. Finished cutting out the gearshift gaiter material sections (yes, it's not lost on me either...a gaiter that mounts onto a 4 sided piece of plastic, made from three bits of material..... typically french!). I'm going to have it sewn with the Citroen Racing colours of red and white.

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Then, inspired by jim and his Clio and the work he's done, I decided I wanted to use a few of the spare trim bits from the breaker and wrap them in a 4d carbon fibre type film...

First was one of the sill trims. Quite a complex shape, especially around the Citroen lettering and it's not perfect but, as another friend said, no-one is looking at it with magnifying glass...

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Spurred on by that, I threw caution to the wind and decided to wrap the entire dash console. In for a penny was a bloody awkward shape and probably took me three hours to finish. Lots of heating and stretching and shaping and trimming...

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Due to its shape, it's going to need an extra strip adding to finish the recessed section for the instrument binnacle but given the angles etc, the join should be fairly invisible.

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.

Tomorrow, it's about the brakes. The new front discs are on order, as is a fitting kit for the rear pads from the local Euros branch. New brakes format and rear, refit the seat and front bumper and then figure out how I'm getting it to CG cars ......
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True to your word you really didn't drag your feet stripping that Xsara. You know your way round these PSA cars pretty well now though.

The wrap looks great. Never tried doing it myself but am pretty sure it would look a bit of a mess if I did!

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Well done! Im fairly sure the phase 3 306s have the wiper motors rivetted in.
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Well, it might not go, but should it do so, it should stop now.

Picked up the discs and rear pad fitting kit this morning, had a brew and broke out the spanners.

The fronts were ugly. The pics say it all really but once I had the disc off, the inside edge was even worse. Definitely the right time for new....

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The inside face of the front disc. Lucky if there's been 50% contact.

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New gear fitted all round, front and rear but not before I periodically had to drain the reservoir of fluid. Usual thing....don't bother replacing the pads, just top the fluid up.....Rolleyes

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Anyway, the new stuff went on with no issues (right size discs this time) other than having to drill out a couple of disc retaining screws and looks much better. Oddly, my car doesn't have the wiring for the brake pad wear sensor, yet the one I broke, which was built two months before my silver one, did.....odd. Pair of scissors made light work of the sensor wiring.

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I then trial fitted one of the carbon bits I'd done.

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I think it looks alright actually!
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I have a fan that works as it should again!

The resistor pack arrived this morning. I fitted that to the fan unit id taken out of the breaker car as I figured it was easier to test if it was this pack by simply unplugging the wiring from the existing fan motor and plugging into the other one...

So ready to rock, I set about removing the one from the car.

Few trim screw clip things to remove to drop this piece of carpet.

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Small issue when rebuilding the fan motor. I couldn't get one of the connections in the sub loom in. Looks like the tab was slightly bent.

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Easy fixed.

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Carpet section out of the way and faced with this....3 7mm bolts hold the fan in. You can see one to the right of the fan motor in this pic.

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The other two were more difficult to access as you are pretty much doing it blind and by feel. Eventually all three bolts out and with some contortionist skills, fan motor out.

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Plugged the new one in, started up the car (fan only works when the engine is running) and it worked as it should. Same messing about to get it back in and then refitting the mounting bolts but all in all, including a brew, it took perhaps 30 mins.

Only jobs left to do now are the service (hopefully tomorrow) and the door card clips one they arrived from Poland (had confirmation they have been despatched)

Today was supposed to be a simple service task, taking an hour or so. I get the feeling nothing will run right for me and this car...

So, all the bits I need to service it (apart from the Mann filter, because this is a pic I took before buying the proper one). Oil, filter, proper OEM air filter and a copper crush washer for the sump plug.

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All was going well. Car jacked up, sump nut cracked and sump drained. All good. With a little effort, and assistance from a large pair of pipe grips, the oil filter was off, the new one one, sump nut replaced and 4.25 ltrs of new oil added...with not a drop spilt.

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Excellent. Started up the engine. Noisy lifter was noisy but there was another noise.......oh, that will be the 4.25 ltrs of oil getting pumped out from behind the oil filter all over the floor.

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Its a good job the neighbor was out on the front with his kids, because I'd likely have turned the air bluer than blue. As it turns out, I made a proper schoolboy error.

When I removed the old oil filter, it left the old seal behind. I didn't check. Screwed the new filter back on (with the old seal kinda just hanging in place on the filter screw thread mount) trapping the old seal, meaning no seal.....engine start and voila. Oil. Everywhere.

Speedy call to the wife to get some cat litter on the way home and another order of 5ltrs of oil from ECP.

Took me 90 mins to do a 22 mile journey, thanks to the joys of your local football team playing at home.

New oil added, car dropped off the jacks, oil level checked and topped up and car started. Noisy lifter was still noisy but as the oil warmed and got round, it shut up. Took it out tonight and blew any remaining cobwebs out of it. She's ready for the driving weekend.

I had the new VTS badges arrive today.

I never understood the choice of yellow for the 'S' part of the badge. To me it implies that's it's not quite a hot hatch....which I could understand for the VTR but not the VTS. Good job someone makes the badge I think this car should always have had.

As they arrived this morning, fresh from Rich at VehicleDecals (

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Side by side with an old badge.....

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The clips on the badges are very fragile indeed so to get them off, I took the whole trim panel off, giving me access to the badge clips from back. Took the opportunity to clean under where the trim had been and gave it a coat of Orchard Autocare's Speed Seal

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Badges back on...

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I think the red looks so much better, especially against the silver of the body.
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Stripped the Koni suspension that came off the breaker. Came apart easily enough.

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Now cleaning up a pair of hubs which I'll have powder coated which will go on when the suspension goes on.

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Decided I'd make the most of the break in the weather on Friday night and get outside and get some fresh air (work from home on a Friday, been cooped up inside all day because of the rain) and decided to swap the back plates over on the Xsara with the ones I'd cleaned up from the Rallye.

Not a massive job, just a bit awkward as you have to unclip the ABS sensors from the loom as they thread through a hole in the back plate. Bit of a pain to get to as they are tucked up behind the beam so have to jack up and crawl right under to unplug them.

Anyway, that done, I knocked the torx bit into the screws and used the impact gun gently and the nuts came out fine. Well, for the first one they did, until the torx bit gave up. Halfords Advanced too so will get it replaced, just annoying mid job. Anyway, they done make much difference but I know they are there and cleaner and better protected than what was there...

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Said chocolate Torx bit....

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looks really tidy and those new gel stickers are great. Is the carbon stuff in the interior wrapped or real? Doing a hard job telling with just pictures!
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What did you use to clean up the hubs Ben?  Deox again?
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(11-06-2019, 08:46 AM)Eeyore Wrote: looks really tidy and those new gel stickers are great. Is the carbon stuff in the interior wrapped or real? Doing a hard job telling with just pictures!

Yeah, wrapped with a vinyl film I got from eBay. Need to work a bit on technique still!

(11-06-2019, 10:35 AM)Mighty306 Wrote: What did you use to clean up the hubs Ben?  Deox again?

Yes, more deox c. I have a bit plastic tub in the garage now into which I just throw bits and come back later!
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