Have you tried using a heat gun on the scuttle to bring it up? I bought a spare panel to play with some time ago and didn't have any success with it. It either did nothing at all or started to melt the surface. There was no middle ground. I was using a decent temperature controlled gun.
I used the Gtechniq stuff, it came up perfectly black with about 30 seconds work. Get a cotton pad, hold over the end of the bottle, invert, wipe pad over scuttle, boom.
alex yates Brands Hatch
Joined: 06 Mar 2014 Posts: 14689 Location: The Ribble Valley, Lancashire
I did it religiously that way for 3 years, then one day got sick of polishing a turd and after numerous posts on here from some well respected clued up members and on other forums I decided to try the heat gun and , err....'saw the heat' so to speak.
I was annoyed at the time as I'd sprayed my front bumper internal trim black that had faded white, only to find out I could have done that too with a heat gun.
Patience is the key. Keep it slow. It's like magic watching it and quite theraputic. _________________ 2000 Manual 996 C4 Arctic Silver Convertible
Joined: 21 Mar 2015 Posts: 5763 Location: Brighton
Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:03 pm Post subject:
Foam panel looks fine .. mice chew big holes in it and over time it can lift .. its held in place by Butil ( windscreen sealent ) .. yours seems solid though .
You remove that to replace the heater matrix .
Have a quick look under the inlet manifold as well .. look for leaves or the droppings you found as thats another place they love and there they tend to chew through wires .... knock sensor being the main one.
Judgeing by the corrosion on the tilt sensor pins then i think its had it .
there was a mod to fit a new system under the passenger seat as this corrosion is pretty common .
You can also remove it and code it off if not needed .
You HAVE to code it off though if removed .. it triggers the alarm in the early hours if not . _________________ .
I haven't had it up on the ramp to get underneath and assess the rust fully yet, but from what I have seen so far and from getting my head underneath it looks pretty good.
I have just about finished off cleaning up around the scuttle area.
New cabin air filter is also in place.
I have modified the battery tray so that I can fit on an SBS30 lightweight battery. These are a gel battery which are fantastic at producing high cranking currents, don't mind being discharged, and hold the charge practically forever. I have had one on my Westfield for years and use one to power my watch winder in my safe. I got a job lot of them years ago and many are still going despite being 20 years old!!
I have made up some brackets for the tray and will make up a hold down strap. Full details later. The tray is being repainted along with the alloy brackets and the alarm bracket.
The tray was rubbed down with a wire brush, degreased, treated with Jenolite, then cleaned again and painted with grey primer. It will be finished with two coats of humbrol enamel.
I also popped the engine cover to check for any other 'guests' . No evidence of any extra passengers in there.
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infrasilver Fast & Furious
Joined: 04 Oct 2010 Posts: 8010 Location: East Midlands
I decided to take the scuttle cover off to clean properly behind it, it would need to come off later for when the screen is changed anyway so no big deal.
Remove the screw each side under the small covers, along with the one in the centre. Take off the 13mm nuts under the covers which hold the wiper arms on, remove the arms. Undo the two screws behind where the battery sits, undo the electrical connectors for the heated washers and the water pipe for the washers. Then with the bonnet down wiggle it out of the way.
Whilst this is off I also removed the two diagonal supports to clean them up a bit, not that they are very bad, but this will also give me better access to the wiring loom which I will wrap in loom tape to make it look tidier.
I also had a problem with sticky knobs on my CDR22, this is a very common problem apparently. I pulled them off, cleaned the sticky off them with a combination of brake cleaner and IPA, then gave them a thick couple of coats of Plastidip. They look a whole lot better and are no longer sticky.
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MisterCorn Long Beach
Joined: 08 Jan 2011 Posts: 6491 Location: Nottingham, England
With the scuttle cover off I have had a better look at the foam. There is definite evidence of damage to one corner of it, it is also unglued along this edge. I wonder if this is the source of my water leak?
From looking at it the heater feed and return pipes need to be disconnected to get access to remove and replace the foam. So I'll wait until the coolant is drained when the engine comes out for this.
Battery brackets are just about done. There is one each side of the battery which are held in place by a couple of rivnuts on each side in the tray. The aluminium channel which goes along the top will screw in to a rivnut in the battery tray at one end, and in to one of the standard holes at the other end. I need to sort out battery terminals for the battery and to drill the two holes in the aluminium channel but you get the idea. I might paint it blue when I get more body work done.
I drilled an extra drain hole in the tray as the large rivnut fills the original one when fitted.
I finished off cleaning up the alarm unit and tilt sensor for refitting.
Seriously cold in the garage this week so haven't done much.
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Joined: 19 Nov 2012 Posts: 2829 Location: Bristol
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:25 am Post subject:
Great write up MC
Looking forward to watching the progress...
Joined: 21 Mar 2015 Posts: 5763 Location: Brighton
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:47 pm Post subject:
Foam panel replacement ..
Clamp both pipes , remove , you will loose a little coolant but no big deal .
remove old foam panel and clean the area .
Now the good bit ..
new foam panel is on a sheet of non stick backing .. dont remove it ..
tear out a large hole in the center so that the panel butil / sticky bit still has the covering on it .. then feed it over the pipes and into place.
At that point tear and pull away the covering and stick it down .
instructions dont tell you this and attempting to fit it with out this cover will be grief ! _________________ .
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