Frayz’s Inferno orange 182 - Back in the old flame

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Nice write up on Pistonheads


It's great to see all of the work you've put into it,cracking car.
You must be delighted with the results
Thanks dude. 🙂
Ha, yeah someone else text me this morning to tell me about it. Very pleased and proud to have the old girl noticed.
I’m so pleased to have it back and have been loving every minute of tweaking it to what I want it to be.
Nice to have Pistonheads think so too. 🙂
 
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Haven’t had any time on the car lately due to other commitments but have at least started the strip down and clean up of the roll centre hubs. I’ve all new bearings and rose joints to fit when they’re reassembled. The plan is to get them fully stripped, blasted and plated before fitting.


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Hubs progressing.

All parts that required glass blast have been blasted. I was let to believe the bearings in them were almost new, and they probably were. However due to the corrosion i decided to replace them anyway. Glad i did as they were stuck in pretty damn tight and took a good 16 ton before they broke free of the uprights.
Seemed illogical to me to have them off the car and not fit new bearings so that what i'll do.

I'll chase all threads and hopefully get them to the platers soon :)


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Few more parts arrived.

New wipers, boot struts, ARB brackets, 197 RS badge and a cheeky keyring.
Although still no time to spend on the car, I did at least fit the boot struts which make the tailgate feel like brand new. Well worth it.

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Loving this social distancing, apart from feeling like death. Cabin fever has me doing little jobs on WZD that I’ve just not had a moment to do.

New genuine grille badge, amazing how much difference this has made as mine has a fine rash over it from 125k miles of enjoyment.


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Next was a new bonnet sensor grommet kindly donated to me from a kind chap on ClioTrophy.com, you know who you are, thank you sir.


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Lastly may result in the death of a few purists.
Removing a perfectly good genuine cup splitter to make way for a Fabia item.
Basically once the ASTs go on, the splitter will be even more vulnerable and at £250 for a genuine one, I think I’ll sandbag that in the garage for a £15 Skoda item.


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So, next little job was refreshing the tailgate emblems. I’d already replaced these about 7 years, but after 15 years the chrome badges were looking tired again.

I had deliberated at length over if I should fit the cleaner and more modern Renault Sport from the 197 cars. Or do I stay period correct with the original badges?
So much was this quandary I decided to buy both sets of emblems from Renault.

I haven’t polished the car since owning it as is just not had time. But with new emblems going on, the tailgate at least was a must.
So a quick soap, rinse, Iron X, and de tar. 2 quick passes with some Sonax on the rotary, an IPA wipe down and the tailgate was good to go.

I then spent probably another 2 hours blue tacking the emblems to the boot trying to decide what to do. Lol.
In the end I did opt for the newer emblems more compact, cleaner look as I fancied the change. I’m still on the fence about it just now, but I at least have the others if/when I change my mind.

Just need to get time to polish the rest if the old nail now.


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Havent polished the old shed since buying it back last June. Today I finally got some time to give it a jolly up.

Took a small walk around video on my phone, not the best quality but you get the idea

 
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