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Ben_W

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Post #1
I think a lot of you will have seen this via the Facebook page but for those who haven't, I've bought another GTi6!

The back story is fairly simple. I currently run a warehouse for a 3PL company, and my site is in Worcester. I live in South Leicestershire, so it's a bit of a trek across the M6/M42/M5.....70ish miles each way, 4 days a week. It's not great. I've got a company car, a Golf GTD, which has been great but racking up the miles at a rate of knots (73k in two and a bit years). I've been luck enough to get a job much, much closer to home. 17 miles each way Big grin

With only going to be doing circa 10k a year at most, I decided not to take the company car option, get something fairly simple and cheap and easy to run, something I was familiar with and run that for a year whilst saving a pile of cash for something nicer. A 306!

So pretty much the minute I'd decided that, a rather nice GTi6 pops up in Coventry!

A Ph3, late 2000, X plate GTi6. A fairly well known car amongst the 306 community, it appeared fairly standard, or so I thought. Couldn't figure out why I kept stalling it until I out something on the Facebook page and it turns out the car is a little more modified than I was told. Turns out it had a decent period of being maintained by Mr Grimsley and during that time, it had some fairly tasty suspension and brake mods, along with a lightened flywheel. That mostly got removed when it was sold to the guy I bought it from but it still has lowered suspension, roller bearing wishbone bushes, uprated rear beam, upper and lower strut braces, braided rear brake lines and the flywheel is still in there! That lot aside, there is a bulging history file, 124k on the clocks and generally, it's a very clean example.

Pics from.the Facebook advert:





















Needed a couple of bits doing immediately. The tyres, whilst still with lots of tread, were fitted in 2011 and it had done very little other than stand really since that point. The seller told me the side walls on the front had perished. The driver's side was awful. Not seen a tyre perish like this. I wasn't prepared to drive it home on this tyre so took one of my spare Rallye rims and swapped it over to bring it home.





Id ordered a set of Pilot Sport 3's in a 195/50/15 size from that seller on eBay to replace them.

So the car has sat at home not doing much really awaiting arrival of the new tyres. Been out for the odd drive (god those Firestone's are awful tyres but they are very old, hard etc) but nothing much.

Yesterday, it went to Carl's to have the tyres fitted and it MOT'd. Had the chance to have a good look underneath it too and generally, it's pretty clean underneath, stiffener panels have avoided the curse of the trolley jack etc. It drives so much better with the PS3's on, correctly balanced, and passed the MOT!

Other bits I've done so far are to replace the broken piece of trim on the filler cap...



A replacement from a breaker for £10 and....needs a bit of trim stuff to make it look better again but it's better than not having it!


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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 10:18
Ben_W

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B pillar sticker on the driver's door replaced with ones from Ricky

So, the start point....very worn, especially at the bottom right edge (apologies for the poor pic)



What a pain to remove as the original adhesive is pretty strong and there isn't much to get hold off. I eventually got a spare old hairdryer out to warm it up and soften thing which made life a bit easier.



Eventually got the old sticker off, leaving a lot of adhesive residue.





I'd already bought some adhesive remover from the local DIY shop and it did a pretty good job.



Applied the new sticker and I must say, as per everything Rich does, the replacement stickers were excellent, both in terms of quality and fit.



Inlet manifold, cam covers and upper strut brace all appear to have been painted or powder coated in a metallic graphite grey (they look nice actually) but the badge was missing from.the inlet manifold. Ordered this at the same time as the b pillar stickers..



Once home yesterday, it got a good wash and wipe down with a quick detailer.



Needs a full machine polish really. I've started but had a steroid injection in my wrist Thursday and it's been a bit sore so not had the chance to do any more.

Car will be going back to STD as much as poss. OEM front struts and springs already sourced, Peugeot wishbones found and I'll put new p bushes and ball joints in and then I'll be looking for a good rear beam, std ride height to replace what's on the car already. Have also sourced an airbox and snorkel to replace the ubiquitous k&n cone filter on the end of the air intake pipe!

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 10:25
alcon

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Post #3
thats all good and well Ben.....but what's happening with the Rallye??

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Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 10:51
Ben_W

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Post #4
Waiting for the better weather bud. Danny is keen to get back over to finish the welding. Once that's done, I can crack on.

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 11:04
alcon

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sounds familiar......I'm also waiting on a welder, keeps promising to come over and keeps cancelling!!

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Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 11:11
Ben_W

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Post #6
The welder isn't the issue! Danny is as keen as I to get it done...he's only free to come over to me at weekends and we've just not had a weekend where the weather is good enough or we e both been available.

Hopefully that should change with spring on its way

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 11:21
Joep

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Post #7
Looks great! Nice car!

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'98 Diablo Red GTi6
'99 Onyx Black S16

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Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 18:07
Ben_W

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Post #8
Wrist felt much better today so I got on with some more machining.

I started on the other rear quarter....the paint from day 1 on this panel has never looked right to me. Hazy, poor reflections etc. I had my suspicions it had been painted but I can't find anything concrete to prove that.



So, a little closer inspection and the paint isn't great at all. A lot of swirling and some definite holograms.





There are bits like this all over the car. Serious swirling, mostly along panel edges, around things etc. This is the A pillar around the wing mirror.



So after several passes with Menzerna 2200 on a yellow CCS pad, I got to a level of correction that I began to be happy with. Still some more work to do on refining etc but a definite improvement.



An unintentional 50/50 on the front wing from where I'd been machining the bonnet...



And then a couple of the end result so far, although by this point the light was crap and the photos didn't show much..





Still, tidied up and parked up. It's not a bad driveway to have (next door is now empty as it's a rental property so borrowing the drive for a while!)

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 8th Mar 2020 at 21:36
thugpuggin

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Post #9
Laurent Garnier's old 6 bought from just outside Bristol with bottom end gone. 55k For sale 29/09/07. Fat Rat and I went to view this back in the day. Jesus where does 12 and a half years go.

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Posted 14th Mar 2020 at 20:36
Ben_W

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Post #10
The bottom end bit figures......there is a receipt from a Peugeot dealer in the history, I'm sure from somewhere around Bristol, where it had the big end shells replaced and they advised the crank was in poor condition.

124k miles now and runs very well indeed. Not sure if it ever had a new crank...it's still a very nice car actually, be a bit nicer for daily use once I get the suspension back to standard.

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 14th Mar 2020 at 21:25
Ben_W

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Thanks for the lead on the user name though Jon. I've been trying to get in touch with Tony via Facebook (Carl Grimsley put me into him). There's been another owner between Tony and I (also called Tony!).

However, it would seem the lower strut brace still fitted is a Phillpm one and the lightened flywheel (along with the roller bearing wishbones) are from Rich W......

I just need to know the spec of the rear beam now. Carl seems to think its got a 30mm ARB in it. Would like to know if it's got anything else as that beam is coming off and a std one going back on.

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 14th Mar 2020 at 21:57
thugpuggin

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Post #12
It still looks as good as it did all those years ago when I viewed it. From memory it was standard from the owner in Rangeworthy/Bagstone so possible additions were from LG or later owner.

I do have a number for LG/Tony whether it works is another matter but I can send it you if you want to try.

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Joint Kent Leader

Posted 15th Mar 2020 at 00:30
Ben_W

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Post #13
It is still in very good condition. It's had a little paint in places and needs a little more in a couple of places which Carl will be doing for me once funds permit. The underside is also very clean, as is the interior. Generally, a very nice car, which is why I bought it!

It was tony that made all the mods, I know that much. Carl did a lot of the work for him. A lot of the mods (suspension and brakes) were then removed when tony sold it but as I mentioned, some of the bits remain.

If you could send me the number you have for Tony Jon, I would appreciate it.

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 15th Mar 2020 at 08:51
Ben_W

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Retro present for the 6....








Thanks to Rus Beresford for digging it out and wrapping it up.....less thanks to the arsehole at APC but it got delivered in the end!

New genuine fire ring kit for manifold to cat from Miles and thanks to the nobjockey Warren for the link to the new olive between centre section and back box.

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 8th May 2020 at 10:06
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I'll never look at that exaust in the same light ever again,..
Ben know's what I mean,.. Laugh my ass off

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Posted 9th May 2020 at 00:13
Ben_W

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Laugh my ass off Laugh my ass off Laugh my ass off Laugh my ass off

You love it!

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 9th May 2020 at 04:25
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gnrlee wrote:
I'll never look at that exaust in the same light ever again,..
Ben know's what I mean,.. Laugh my ass off


Hope that’s a girls hand with Nails like that Whistle ....love the exhaust Thumbs up
Posted 9th May 2020 at 18:39
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you should have seen what he did with it!!!! Laugh my ass off

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Posted 9th May 2020 at 19:07
Ben_W

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Day666 wrote:
gnrlee wrote:
I'll never look at that exaust in the same light ever again,..
Ben know's what I mean,.. Laugh my ass off


Hope that’s a girls hand with Nails like that Whistle ....love the exhaust Thumbs up


My hands are all distorted! Grafter hands these.

Dave had a fantasy about me 'polishing my pipe'.....

I made his fantasy a reality LOL LOL LOL LOL

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 9th May 2020 at 20:46
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Hi Ben, the 6 looks really nice, you do a cracking job with your polishing skills.

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Posted 10th May 2020 at 11:41
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Did this also feature in the fantasy LOL

Ben_W wrote:
(Carl Grimsley put me into him)


Beautiful car Thumbs up

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Posted 10th May 2020 at 12:51
Ben_W

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S8-Tom wrote:
Did this also feature in the fantasy LOL

Ben_W wrote:
(Carl Grimsley put me into him)


There's some things even my mind won't let me remember....LOL

Beautiful car Thumbs up


Thanks.... Be even better once this lockdown is lifted and I can finish getting it back to standard....

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 10th May 2020 at 18:04
Day666

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Ben_W wrote:
Day666 wrote:
gnrlee wrote:
I'll never look at that exaust in the same light ever again,..
Ben know's what I mean,.. Laugh my ass off


Hope that’s a girls hand with Nails like that Whistle ....love the exhaust Thumbs up


My hands are all distorted! Grafter hands these.

Dave had a fantasy about me 'polishing my pipe'.....

I made his fantasy a reality LOL LOL LOL LOL


Pmsl LOL

Looks a fantastic job Ben Thumbs up
Posted 10th May 2020 at 23:15
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Ben_W wrote:
Thanks.... Be even better once this lockdown is lifted and I can finish getting it back to standard....


Is the lightweight flywheel coming off? Hmm

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Posted 14th May 2020 at 11:42
Ben_W

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S8-Tom wrote:
Ben_W wrote:
Thanks.... Be even better once this lockdown is lifted and I can finish getting it back to standard....


Is the lightweight flywheel coming off? Hmm


No, that's the one mod that's staying. Firstly, I've not got the std one to out back on, second its a big ish job to swap, and third, well, I actually quite like the way it drives with it fitted!!

Laugh my ass off Laugh my ass off

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Cherry Red Rallye .... On going OEM spec resto

China Blue GTi6 .... Weekend toy

Black 208 GTi .... Wife's car now

Silver BMW 550i.... The executive missile

Posted 14th May 2020 at 12:55

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