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TZD restoration.

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I'd be doing it now, but for the weather. Parts and bills have been arriving during the last fortnight and the current pile looks like a spend of around £900 so far and a bottom line of £1400 with a little luck and some begging for discount.
The job involves:
a new doseur and rear calipers. Reconditioned front calipers, discs, pads and pipes all round and new handbrake cables.
Driveshafts and oil seals.
Reconditioned hub assemblies, new wishbones, droplinks and steering joints throughout.
New or reconditioned struts and front spheres
New rear struts and spheres and new rear arm bearings.
Timing belt, tensioners and water pump, together with new engine mountings.
Then, when it has all been done, a new windscreen.
The kitchen floor is littered with boxes of new bits but the weather just won't let me, which is frustrating, deadlines are looming and I want it all done before Retromobile in February. It seems like a crazy amount to spend on a BX but I should get a few more years out of it with confidence, and I doubt if I could find another like it, so I'll get it done now, before the spares dry up. Although it is an extreme form of maintenance, I reckon that it is more restoration than repair (or maybe obsessive compulsion!)
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Money well spent imho Tom. You could buy another car for that kind of money that might need that much again spending on it. Plus you know your car, how good it is and exactly what wants doing to have it perfect or as close as.
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Exactly.....weather :roll:

Such a PITA in this country! Resto soudns good though.

I've spent about £1500 worth of spares on mine since I got it too.....although I only just checked the BX 16v forum garage to find out. Its more than I thought :oops:
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Tom, if you have a digital camera you couldn't snap a few for a record of its resto could you? As for posting pics up: register with Photobucket, and when the image(s) are uploaded all you have to is paste the address of the image (its the last one of the three under each pic in your gallery) into your posting... et voilá!
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Here here I would like to see that!

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I'll try to do that but the car is tidy anyway so apart from the windscreen, ther will be little to see. This is about renewing the things you cannot see but can feel and hear from the driver's seat. Does anybody know BTW if strut bearings and seals can still be bought? The alternative is expensive and I have previously reconditioned struts with complete success.
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Can't fault you. :D
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Post by Stewart (oily!) »

It will be great when you get it done, big easy pieces too, remove strut+hub, drag into warmer place, fit new bits, refit, repeat process, I did my conversion on the BX in the worst of January weather, mind you I did some work in last summers heatwave and that was just as bad.
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Sounds like a sound mechanical resto job to me Tom...good on yer...I seem to be doing the Severn Bridge way....by the time I've done the last part...it's time to start off from where I first started and I rekon I've just about finished my 1st phase...only taken 9 years...... :shock: so it will awwwl start again this summer when I do the clutch... :lol:
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Good luck with it Tom .....keep us informed on your progress.
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Work got started today with the offside front corner being attended to.
One driveshaft, wishbone, droplink, hub and brake flexible. Plenty more to do of course but the knocking noise has gone and so has the majority of the transmission wind up so the car now pulls away much more smoothly.
Next weekend will see a start on the other corner and Tom in a mate's garage, attempting to change the Doseur without pulling the TZD's Turbocharged engine out... If all goes well, then there will be some front of engine work done as well before the major work on the rear subframe in two week's time.Always nice to get a project under way!
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Be interesting to see how easy it is to change a doseur without removing engine, as I might have to fairly soon. Mines not the Turbocharged TZD engine though :lol:
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Yours will be a piece of cake but the TZD has both manifold and turbo pipes i the way. Removing the inlet manifold in situ from a TD looks like a great way of winding up in trouble!
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I wanted you to say something along those lines :D
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It can be done I know Tom as Andy lamb did mine without removing the engine. I think he moved the engine - probably by removing the top mount by the camshaft - as I recall he found it had disintegrated. I don't think he removed the small end of the bottom link as that was rusted on when I replaced it a couple of years later.

Somehow I'm sure he didn't remove the manifold or the exhaust pipe.

If you leave the rad in - some protection for it like a hardboard sheet may save grief.