Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Taking Stock / In The Hood

OK, I guess it's time for another update! I'm working on my list of things to fix up. Without any kind of order, here's some pictures!

SPOT THE SPIDERWEBS! Does anyone know what this bolt is called? It links the door frame to the actual door, and I believe that a previous owner fitted the wrong bolts at some stage (they don't match). It's the source of the most awful crunching noise when I open the doors. They look different on white pug:

If anyone might know what part I need to order to get a set of these (one for each door) that'd be great. Please leave a comment if so.

You might be wondering how bad the roof on Grey actually is? Well... This bad...

So, buggered stitching, broken plastic parts, and a window that's so far gone it has turned red! The previous owner had patched it up with electricians tape to stop it leaking. 

I found a really great guide for 306 Cabrio specific issues here:

I've been following its advice on the removal of the roof. Takes a bit of work to fill in some of the gaps but without it I would have had a much more difficult time trying to work out how to remove the roof!

So this is Red pug with the roof in a state of partial-disassembly. The hydraulics are disconnected, so all that needs to be done now is the bolts that hold the roof assembly to the chassis need to be removed, and the roof position-sensor electrics unplugged, and I'll have a loose roof, ready to go on to Grey pug!

Finally, here's a pic of the three pugs:

Isn't that a nice sight?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Beginning

Welcome one and all to my blog!

I'm a guy who lives in Canberra. I run a shop, and I also work as a Photographer. I also build computers and game for fun.

However, I've decided that after running the fun out of photography and general nerdiness I needed something new to try in my spare time. Mechanical tinkering sounded like fun, and being a curious, 'work it out as I go' kind of person I thought I'd give it a go.

Since I already own a White Peugeot 306XSi Hatchback which I love to bits, getting something similar was appealing. So I started to look for the perfect car to work on. What I didn't expect to find was a set of twins!

So this is a tale of two Pugs. They came together from the previous owner. Grey Pug is drivable, 130k on the clock. It needs its soft top replaced and hood hydraulics repaired. It has a hole in the exhaust that makes it unroadworthy (in the eyes of the authorities), and it also needs a lot of cosmetic TLC. It doesn't look too bad with an instagram filter on it, though:

Red pug is the same year, and as far as I'm aware has had a similar life, though some of Red Pug's parts are in much better condition than Grey Pug. That can't be said for the engine, though!

Clearly, Red Pug won't be getting restored! PARTS CAR ONLY! I'm going to have to prevent myself from becoming too attached to it.

I already want to move the exhaust, some of the wheels, and the 'soft top' from Red to Grey. This list will grow as progress happens, of this I am sure.

I'll also need to get bits from eBay, wreckers, and elsewhere.

So, on this blog I'll be recording my endeavours to restore a 1999, Slate Grey Peugeot 306 Cabriolet. I'll be fixing all the problems that I know of - and probably some I haven't found yet - and posting my progress along the way.

Thanks for following, I hope to be entertaining, and informative too!