Social Isolation jobs list on the R3 Vi

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Social Isolation jobs list on the R3 Vi

#1 Post by GTiJohn » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:00 pm

Now that we are being encouraged to limit our social contact to reduce virus spread I thought I'd get on with a three small, interior jobs that were going to be done at the now cancelled Restoration Show.

1) Replace the cabin pollen filter
Well it's actually fitting one, as the slot was empty when I got in there...

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2) Replace the heater resistor to make fan speed 1 work again
You can see why it might not have been working!

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3) Replace the worn gearlever gaitor
It had got a bit shabby...

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And now looks a lot better

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A bit of shoe polish has subsequently improved the shine. Yes, I've spotted that the grain is different but it now seems to match the one on the centre console.

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#2 Post by RoverRevival » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:43 pm

All nice easy touches which make a world of difference in ownership.
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#3 Post by StubbornPatriot » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:43 pm

Unfortunately I can't go anywhere near mine. They're both self isolating with corroder virus.
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#4 Post by RoverRevival » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:45 pm

StubbornPatriot wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:43 pm
Unfortunately I can't go anywhere near mine. They're both self isolating with corroder virus.
No that’s rust :laughing2
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#5 Post by GTiJohn » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:06 pm

First the small interior jobs and now the small exterior ones...

Before, with BRM grille and clear indicators.

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After, with original grille and orange indicators. Not necessarily better looking but original :angel

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Guess which parts are now for sale... :cool
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#6 Post by montegoman » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:26 pm

Much better!
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#7 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:51 pm

Looking good John!
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#8 Post by itcaptainslow » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:02 am

Looks great. Nice to see it returning to original!
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#9 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:55 am

I took advantage of the first warm day to change the seats back to the originals and am very happy with the end result.

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No pots of gold, or in fact anything, was hiding underneath the rear seats, confirming to my mind that they've hardly ever been used.

I did have a few moments of 'which is correct hand of seat?' as the rake adjusters are on the inside, but got there in the end. I also worked out that the Haynes manual is WRONG when it comes to taking the rear seat backrest out! To release the centre hinges mine states that the retaining bolt should be turned clockwise to release the inboard hinges when it is clearly anti-clockwise.

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I now have a rather nice set of MG ZR seats to sell and a passenger-side height-adjusting set of runners. These MG seats had height-adjustment on both sides but it wasn't possible to fit the CD autochanger (see separate thread) with that mechanism in the way.

I'm going to rapidly run out of jobs to do at this rate.... :slapme
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#10 Post by itcaptainslow » Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:10 pm

Those original VI seats are lush! Fitted to the 218is if I recall (remember how soft they were when my parents test drove one and ended up ordering a VI-wish I could find a mint, low mile example now) too. Fairly sure at some point the VI received the equally lovely half leather with red piping as standard?
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#11 Post by GTiJohn » Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:05 pm

itcaptainslow wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:10 pm
Those original VI seats are lush! Fitted to the 218iS if I recall (remember how soft they were when my parents test drove one and ended up ordering a VI-wish I could find a mint, low mile example now) too. Fairly sure at some point the VI received the equally lovely half leather with red piping as standard?
The Vi was strangely unloved when new, probably because it was rather understated and nobody could really work out what it was...

From launch in '95 the Vi had 'unusual' (aka never-used-again) Norse cloth seats only I think, but there was a range re-alignment sometime in late '96 that introduced the 218iS, which was a 'Vi minus the VVC bit', and put half-leather seats on the Vi.

There have been a set of half-leather seats on ebay for sometime for £175 but I have resisted as I can't really justify 3 sets of seats for one car and it wouldn't be original then would it? :angel
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#12 Post by GTiJohn » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:52 pm

Here's one for the purists! :laughing2

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This was just to see how much of a spacer might be needed to fit over the larger MG ZR front brakes.

It only needed a 2mm spacer for the wheel to clear the caliper but that was enough to virtually eliminate the central spigot engagement, so it's off again.

This central spigot is key to transferring wheel loads into the hub and relying on the 4 wheel studs to do this alone is not a good idea.

So fitment will have to wait until the brakes come off. Now can I wait until the re-timed Resto Show or not...? :wink3
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#13 Post by montegoman » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:40 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing your car with those wheels on John. I will then be able to sleep at night!!
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#14 Post by itcaptainslow » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:50 pm

Best and only wheels for the Vi!
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#15 Post by G.Watts » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:07 pm

That’s one lovely car,looking forward to seeing it when we’re all allowed back out.

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