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#1 vxtmike

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 07:19 AM

So I’ve had my VXT since 2007 after two previous owners, it was on around 25k when I bought it (it was my first car at 22) since then it was my daily until three years ago, and I’ve loved it for all that time, trips to the alps, all around the uk (often loaded with climbing kit etc) and now it’s on 98k and apart from regular servicing endless abs sensor repairs and replacement and the odd sensor I’ve had no serious issues, it has been a car to use and it’s done this well.
 
so for the past couple of years I’ve been planning to get it resprayed but expenses such as moving house, wedding and a baby have postponed that, however I have now been put on gardening leave for my notice period between jobs so I have a 10 week window to get in it! This has made me realise that I should do everything I can think of under the clams before worrying about the respray.
 
on the to do list is:

  • new rad
  • new t7 heater
  • Suspension refresh
  • head refurb (valve stem seals)
  • vxr turbo
  • and no doubt endless bits and bobs I find on the way

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#2 vxtmike

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 07:55 AM

And so it began I decided to split the car down the middle and simply do front clam work then rear clam so I don’t need both off at the same time.
 
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Clam off - had issue with the bolt in the bracket below the windscreen on the drivers side managed or cut between the bracket and the clam so I have better access to remove this later

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After some swearing I managed to remove the old heater

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Then gave everything a clean

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An advert for replacing your tow bar, mine came out in two pieces

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New rad in ready to be fitted

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Now onto stripping the suspension off- no noticeable corrosion around the bobbins I’ve given it some healthy doses of acf50 around those areas whenever I’ve had the wheels off, just some light corrosion on the bobbins themselves

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Actually pleased with progress so far, a few sweary moments but not too bad

 



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Posted 01 June 2021 - 08:32 AM

Great thread. Following with interest

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Posted 01 June 2021 - 04:46 PM

Good work! The insurance must have been painful for a 22 year old.



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Posted 01 June 2021 - 05:24 PM

Good work! The insurance must have been painful for a 22 year old.


I remember my first year was around £1500 now it’s less than £200, one of the few benefits of growing old!




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