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  1. One of the PO's MOT fails was for a sticking N/S/R caliper. This was probably due to a seized slider pin and although it was easily fixed I decided to replace all the seals in all the calipers anyway. The bleed nipple on this caliper was stuck solid and despite lots of heat cycles and penetration fluid it refused to budge and had to be drilled out. It was replaced with an adaptor and new nipple that came as part of a caliper repair kit. The iron based parts were cleaned with a needle gun and the alloy rear calipers were cleaned with elbow grease. New discs and pads were fitted of course.
  2. In between "important" jobs came the little nice to do ones. The aerial grommet had almost completely disintegrated and was replaced with one of eBay for next to nothing. The roof was given a good clean before it all went back together.
  3. The engine under-tray was not fitted to the car when I got it but the PO kindly dropped it off for me later. It was cracked and grubby so was thoroughly cleaned and stitched back together with wire ties. Again the plastic staple gun may be used on this. The side panels this is bolted to are missing some of its fixing so I still need to source those.
  4. A rather pricey air pipe had been "repaired" by someone with gaffa tape so a new one was ordered. It clips into the engine cover and this had been broken at some point by someone who presumably didn't know it was there when the cover was removed. The new pipe was the best part of £90! The engine cover was cleaned and I glued the pipe support clip hole back to the rest of it. I may revisit the repair as I now have a plastic repair staple gun and will probably reinforce the joint.
  5. The battery wasn't holding charge nor was it able to deliver the right current under load so I borrowed one from my stash just for testing but the retaining bolt snapped off as it was badly corroded as was the clamp. I removed the battery tray, drilled and tapped the bolt hole and found a suitable looking bolt from my spares box. The bolts and clamp have of course since been de-rusted, cleaned and painted. The battery didn't even work after using my clever recovery charger so it has been replaced with a new one.
  6. As I want the car tip top mechanically it was sensible to change the thermostat as the coolant was drained and access to it would never be better, the parts were ordered. Someone had been here before and had slobbered gasket sealant everywhere. The whole are and housing were cleaned before re-assembly.
  7. Whilst messing around with the oil filter housing I noticed that auxiliary air pump mounts were all broken so that the housing was resting on its bracket and buzzing rather loudly when running. I could have replaced these with new but the dealer wanted some ridiculous amount for them and I have had success with fixing these type of bobbins before with Sikaflex. Whilst this was being done I gave the rather crusty support bracket an good clean and a lick of paint.
  8. With all the gaskets ordered and delivered the front of the engine was cleaned and the filter housing and oil/water heat exchanger were all removed, cleaned and re-assembled along with a new oil filter off course. It all looked much better post assembly.
  9. The MOT list was as follows: Seized N/S/R caliper EML light (caused by a noticeable mis-fire) CV joint gaiter Serious engine oil leak N/S/F wheel bearing excessive play Exhaust leak When I came to actually start working on the car, of course the list got longer, and longer! A compression check and code read had me slightly concerned with multiple misfires and a very low dry compression reading on one cylinder. This came up with some oil down the bore so a quick glug of diesel was chucked down the bore to see if that would loosen any stuck rings. After
  10. As my project car heads towards an MOT I thought it may be worth documenting its journey with me. I always had more than a passing interest in the VR6 and even pulled one out of a Vento (Mk3) with a view to dropping it in my Robin Hood 2B kit car but I eventually sold it to someone on here as the conversion was proving much more expensive than I was willing to pay (I'm naturally quite frugal/tight/broke). But when a customer of mine was unwilling to spend the required cash to get his VR6 4 Motion though an MOT and then offered the car to me for £300 it was too good an offer for me to ignore (e
  11. @megadodo I see your VR6 12v never made it into your kit car, what was the project/what car were you trying to put it into? What stopped you and what did you use instead? Asking because we have just pulled a 24v VR6 out of a Galaxy and will be putting it into an Aeon GT2. I haven't found anyone who has got a VR6 into a kit car yet so would love to hear what happened.

    1. megadodo


      No matter how hard I tried I couldn't source the parts I needed to do the conversion to rear wheel drive for a reasonable sum with any level of confidence it would work, I was looking at well over a thousand quid for it all. I've currently got a V6 Mondeo engine and a Jag 6 speed box that just bolt together and are ready to drop in for under £500 the lot! Just need the time to do it! Being a self employed mechanic means I have no time for my own cars! I do have a Mark 4 VR6 Four motion behind my garage being brought back to life (slowly)so I haven't dumped the VR6 love quite yet! Are you posting the Aeon on any forums, I'd love to see it!

    2. Doublestout42


      Thanks, guessing that's the Duratec V6. They have been used in a number of Aeon's too. Are you building a 7 style car, westfield or similar? We are early stages, chassis painting and suspension work on the actual build and getting the loom out of the galaxy. We are going to start writing for the running reports section of Complete Kit Car. We haven't started posting online about the project yet but likely will do. We are planning to strip the VR6 down, do forged bottom end, cams/valves/springs and stay NA to start with so will no doubt be coming here with loads of dumb questions. We are total amateurs really, lots of ideas and enthusiasm but limited skills. We're learning fast!

  12. I have a 120k miles VR6 engine out of a Jetta, it was a good runner when removed from the car (car was fully serviced throughout its life) and was destined for my kit car. That isn't going to happen now. It has sat for some years under cover and still turns over freely So before I junk the lot does anyone want the engine and all the bits I removed? I have the loom, ecu, cat, AFM etc, must go as a job lot within the next month or its being weighed in. £50 gets it all.
  13. Okay folks, I'll do some piccies and post them asap.
  14. Hi folks, The time has come to get rid of all my unwanted Vento parts after I took the engine out for my kit car, I have run out of room and am never organised enough to put the stuff up here for sale or eBay. Still, rather than take it down the dump how best do I let members of the forum know that they can come and get what they want for free from Cambridge? I'm going to give it a month like this then it has to go to the tip. Cheers in advance.
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