Greg's Albi Blue Clio 200

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by Greg0986, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. mr freeze

    mr freeze Paid Member

    496
    manchester
    Alien green 200 cup
    Where did you get the discs from mate ?
     

  2. Greg0986

    Greg0986 Paid Member

    258
    Somerset
    Albi 200
    ALS Performance. DPD next day delivery too!
     
  3. mr freeze

    mr freeze Paid Member

    496
    manchester
    Alien green 200 cup
    cheers mate :thumb:
     
  4. Greg0986

    Greg0986 Paid Member

    258
    Somerset
    Albi 200
    So, went up to Aarons Autos on Saturday, 320 mile round trip, to get my swivel joints replaced and also had the engine oil and gearbox oil replaced.

    Luckily, only the passenger side needed doing (the side that hit the pothole). It drives so much better now, its indescribable. No more squeaking when turning etc.

    Bad side is that the top mounts need replacing eventually as they are knocking ever so slightly. I am tempted to try this myself. Has anyone else given it a go? Compress springs, take strut out and then replace the top mount and reinstall?

    Cars getting a lot of attention this month, its had new brakes discs and pads front and rear, two new Eagle F1AS3's up front, new swivel joint and new engine and gearbox oil.

    Next on the list is a new steering wheel, new alloy wheel to replace the slightly buckled one (maybe even get it straightened???), wheel refurb (budgeting £200 for all 4 powdercoated??) And eventually a new front bumper and new windscreen as I acquired an unfortunate stone chip on the way to Derby.

    These things are sent to test us... :rage: :pensive: :tearsofjoy:
     
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  5. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Moderator

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    The everyday stuff is always much-needed and as above - improves the day to day driving no-end.

    More to the point though: What colour on the wheels and got any ideas on the steering wheel :smile:
     
  6. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197
    glad the car feels better..think the suspension parts do suffer a lot on these..
    as you said the top mounts..if you have a proper gear..
    love when they are being treated to goodies :thumb:
     
  7. Greg0986

    Greg0986 Paid Member

    258
    Somerset
    Albi 200
    Bronze, white or gloss black.

    Bronze looks good, like STI's. White offsets the blue, but will put my OCD into overdrive every day as they are impossible to keep clean, and black looks good for a few weeks and then you start seeing swirl marks etc.

    I am edging towards black as I want the car to be black and blue, and for that, I need to spray the door handles and the bullets. But bronze is very tempting!


    For the steering wheel, I like Alcantara, but I am worried about how easily it will get dirty and matted. Perforated leather is also nice, but dirt gets into the perforations and then looks ugly. Smooth leather all round is a nice feeling, as I can let the wheel go per say and let it straighten from a corner if you know what I mean. Blue leather strip top dead centre though :wink:
     
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  8. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197
    all good and tempting options Greg..i wouldnt know myself which material to go for :poke:
     
  9. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Moderator

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Carbon Pav :smile:
     
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  10. Greg0986

    Greg0986 Paid Member

    258
    Somerset
    Albi 200
    I did see on a facebook page a mk3 steering wheel heavily modified. I think it was from Romania? I'll try and find it!

    Edit: Here it is, for you Pav!
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  11. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197
    do they make one?:good:
     
  12. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197
    what material did you go for Syer in the end??
     
  13. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    That looks awesome!
     
  14. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197
    looks good..it's been posted on here before..not sure my sweaty hands would like the slick/smooth surface though :fearscream:
     
  15. Big Ben

    Big Ben Paid Member

    Herts
    197
    @DS197 has a similar wheel. Don't think it's carbon though
     
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  16. Dystant

    Dystant Detailing Dale Paid Member

    Manchester
    Clio 200 CUP
    IIRC the guy who makes that wheel charges about £500, I'll try and find the post on here.

    Edit: here's the thread, few posts down.
     
  17. DS197

    DS197 Paid Member

    London
    Clio 197
    Yeap mine isn't carbon, but at half the price of the carbon one I can't complain :smile: The wheel looks better in person than the pic below.

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Greg0986

    Greg0986 Paid Member

    258
    Somerset
    Albi 200
    So I received my new lights from @DS197, and have sealed them up with aquarium grade clear silicone. Hopefully that'll prevent any water getting in in the future. I've left them in the airing cupboard so hopefully all traces of water are removed.

    New front passengers side light has been purchased. Is the motor separate? I mean can I take it out of the old headlight and put it on the new one?

    After this, just a new bumper :smiley:. Anyone know of an Albi bumper for sale? :wink:
     
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  19. Greg0986

    Greg0986 Paid Member

    258
    Somerset
    Albi 200
    So, spent the afternoon, IN THE RAIN, cleaning the car. Started with the wheels and then proceeded to do the paint in a break in the weather.

    Items used:

    Wheels
    Autosmart Smart Wheels
    Autosmart Autowash
    1" Sash brush
    Halfords Microfibre Glove
    Generic Microfibre mitt

    Paint
    Car-Chem 1900:1 Shampoo (cherry)
    Microfibre wash mitt
    Sonax BSD


    [​IMG]2 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]6 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

    Started by using my foaming trigger sprayer to spray Smart Wheels all over the wheels, then going at them individually. Smart Wheels is an awesome wheel cleaner, it pulls the dirt right out of the tyres. I can, in the summer, just spray and rinse and the wheels will be 98% clean. I used the sash brush to get stubborn spots of dirt and then used the Microfibre glove soaked in a bucket of Autosmart Autowash to clean the face, spokes and rear of the spokes. They came up a treat, even though they do need a refurb.

    [​IMG]9 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

    [​IMG]11 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]21 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

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    I then, after a break in the weather, moved onto the paint. It was filthy, I feel ashamed. I filled the rinse bucket up with just water, and the wash bucket with a dollop of Car Chem shampoo and agitated it with the hose and then dunked the wash mitt in. I picked up a fancy sprayer for the hose that's meant to be used for spraying fertiliser and other gardening liquids. I filled it up with Autowash (only £10 for 5l so no need to diltute) and then sprayed it over the car. It didn't do much apart from soften the dirt, which is what I wanted anyway. I didn't get the pressure washer out as it was pouring down and water and electricity don't mix...

    [​IMG]28 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

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    I sprayed the car and then did a two bucket wash. No pictures as I wanted to get it done asap before it started raining. It's lovely to see the top half of the paint and windows beading.

    [​IMG]35 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]39 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

    It's coated in Collinite 845, however the beading on the lower half of the car has started to diminish so I used Sonax BSD to bring it back to life. Beads brilliantly, but I miss having Fireball Hydrophobic Snow Foam. It made life so much easier.

    I also think a DA session is in order as it doesn't seem to look as shiny as some other Albi Blue's about (might be the light though?)

    [​IMG]40 by Gregory Berry, on Flickr

    In other news, I took the wing mirror covers off and wet sanded them with 1500 wet n dry, 2500 wet n dry and then polished them with the DA using Meguiars Ultimate Compound and then Auto Finesse Refine to bring it that gorgeous shine. It's now been coated in C5 (C1, C4 and C5 are the exact same product, don't know why one is more expensive...), which should mean it beads for years :smiley:

    New front light is on the way for a bargain price (I hope I can swap the motor over...), and I am planning my wheel refurb. I am just going to go with Black, as I want to make it Black&Blue. The door handles need painting, which will be in gloss black, and the bullets also, in gloss black. I also need to repaint the calipers where the pins are as I kept slipping when I tried to hammer them out a few weeks ago. Double sided tape is also on its way from eBay to sort out the rear quarter glass trim, as it's starting to come away. I'll save that till a nice hot day so the tape has the best chance to bond.

    The list of things to do is getting smaller, it doesn't feel like it though!
     
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  20. LOCKE

    LOCKE Paid Member

    Glasgow
    RB 182 Cup/LY 197 R27
    That's all I seem to be doing this time of year trying to keep on top of the cars. The roads are a mess just now.
     

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