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Swapped the seats this morning, can finally get into the back from the drivers side

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New seats are looking good, nice job of cleaning them up.

For future interest it’s quite easy to remove the covers, you just need a decent set of hog ring pliers and some spare hog rings to reinstate. Then you can pop the covers in the washing machine, job done.

Makes for a good opportunity to install heated seat pads too!
 

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Discussion Starter · #83 ·
Little bit of cosmetics today, first up I repaired the clips on the upper bonnet grille to save me having to buy a new one, gorilla epoxied them in place and they appear to be pretty solid
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I then used some cheap vinyl wrap I got off Amazon and had a go at wrapping the piece, for a £10 piece of wrap it went on surprisingly well, not fantastic but that’s more down to me but more than passable
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And the bottom bar to match
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as I was happy with that I also wrapped the headlight rings so they would be gloss to match the grille as opposed to the Matt black plastic dip paint that was currently on them (before the headlight ring wrap)
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And after, The final piece was the perforated vinyl over the spotlight lenses
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really pleased with how they have turned out for a couple of hours work and £10!
 

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Discussion Starter · #84 ·
Bit better picture of the whole car

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come a long way since I got it in March
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Discussion Starter · #85 ·
Juat spent a few days at the caravan in cumbria, went up in the diesel, 160 mile each way on the motorway and used it as a run about so another 50 or so miles on top without missing a beat, all for £30 diesel, averaged 62mpg

I think I might look at getting the DPF back on it soon and seeing if the additive bag is empty or even active as I’ve had no warning lights to say it’s empty and it’s done 155k miles so it should be at the end of its 2nd bag at least

the only other issue I have is a pipe that I snapped and reglued when I was taking the old air box off back when I got the car came off again the other day while I was fiddling with the airbox again to stop it rattling on the strut brace, it’s the vacuum pipe for the brake servo that runs off the end of the engine, when it snapped I lost all brake assistance and the pedal went rock hard, luckily it was before I set off to cumbria so I managed to reglue it again and put some cable ties around it to double secure it but it’s something I need to swap pretty urgently incase it goes again on the road, I’m struggling to find it in the mini parts catalog on line as I don’t know if it’s a no engine part, brake part etc so I don’t know where to look for it, I’ve not found anything obvious in either parts lists
 

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comes with vacuum pump
 
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Discussion Starter · #87 · (Edited)
Found one on eBay, this is the part that’s broke, hoping I dont have to buy a whole pump but at less than £30 it’s not a bank breaker if I have to, could swap it at the same time I do the rocker gasket (and maybe injector seals)

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Discussion Starter · #88 ·
found just the connector on ebay


my only other concern is now is if the broken piece of connector pipe has glued itself to the inside of the vacuum pipe, if so ill need to replace that too!
 

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Coming along really nicely this for a car that’s been kept completely standard 😜 😂😂👍
It all went downhill when my workmate told me he had a garage full of styling parts for it

one thing I have done with this one is keep all the original parts so if it does die on me and I have to scrap it at some point I can bolt them back on and flog the performance bits separately, normally they are straight up on eBay and gone within minutes of swapping them out!
 

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The vacuum pipe adapter finally gave up the ghost earlier so I’ve had to park the car up until the bit arrives from eBay on hopefully Thursday so I can change it

luckily I’ve got a hire car tomorrow for work and the bike on the other days
 

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Swapped the broken pipe earlier today, couldn’t get the old one out so took the vacuum pump off and discovered a torx screw underneath

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off with the pump
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clogged up little filter, any idea what it doe
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all cleaned up
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and back on the car with the new pipe in place
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The airbox had been loose and rattling about for a while too as the mounting lugs and rubbers were missing or perished, I managed to improve with a bolt screwed up from below the broken lug so hopefully now it won’t rattle about (which is what caused the pipe to snap originally
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I was going to have a look at the joints on the turbo to see where it was loose due to the spot on the heatshield but I couldn’t get the shield off so gave up, that can be a job for carsorbikes when he does the DPF for me
 
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