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Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 06:11:19 PM »
Nothing ground breaking here but I'm amazed at how the little jobs start to stack up and I wanted to keep a record, so here goes.

Bought in 2016 my car is a 2004 FL, Silver with aircon and black leather. First roadster and haven't looked back since!

It turns out I am owner number 9. The condition of the car was generally good so this didn't put me off.
A test drive revealed a slipping clutch, at which point I was ready to walk away. However, a deal was done that included two new tyres, handbrake cables, a new clutch, a year's ticket and (as it happened) 2xO2 sensors.

The history seemed to have had a 25k mile sabbatical, but it didn't seem to be burning oil and there were only a few things that I thought would need immediate attention. The history did show a recent water pump and new radiator which was a bonus.

First jobs were:

-Cleaned throttle body and removed slack from the cable.
-Toyo T1r's all round (went for 195/50/15 and 225/40/16)
-Replaced front discs and pads (old ones were...err...less than ideal)
-Air filter
-Spark Plugs
-Oil (5w30) and filter
-Replaced gearbox oil. This was a concern as when I opened the filling plug/hole fluid came gushing out. Somehow there was between 2.5-3L in there. I'm unsure if this has led to a subsequent weeping from one of the seals (on the list of things to do).
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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 06:26:44 PM »
Minor interior tweaks, mostly just a good clean.
I took out the rubber mounting bushes on the cage which has made a small difference to the feel of the shift (which still isn't great).
Obligatory knob shot.

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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 06:40:57 PM »
Cracking pics (except the discs  :) ), looks mint

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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 06:45:06 PM »
Cracking pics (except the discs  :) ), looks mint

Cheers Del, it's amazing what a cheap phone camera can hide!
Have been watching your thread with interest, looks like you've put some graft into yours.

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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 06:47:56 PM »
I admire your willing spirit that this will not be a project car...


... and that 3 posts in, here is a mod! ;-)
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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 06:54:47 PM »
I admire your willing spirit that this will not be a project car...


... and that 3 posts in, here is a mod! ;-)

I knew it wouldn't be any other way Stu, but it made it easier to justify at the time  ;)

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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 07:02:30 PM »
The tyres improved the handling but the struts felt like they had lost their edge.

Result (this was about a year ago):

-Copious amounts of black hammerite on suspension arms.
-Top mounts removed, repainted and greased.
-Tein S Tech springs and new KYB struts
-Replaced rear droplinks.
-New strut boots all round.
-Subframe cut/welded/sealed.


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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 09:25:37 PM »
Nice looking 2 - good work!

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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 09:45:37 PM »
Great work so far
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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 13, 2018, 10:35:14 PM »
I admire your willing spirit that this will not be a project car...


... and that 3 posts in, here is a mod! ;-)

I knew it wouldn't be any other way Stu, but it made it easier to justify at the time  ;)

Glad to see you have passed the denial stage. 😀
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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 15, 2018, 08:59:30 PM »
Fast forward a year...

Pre-cat anxiety got the better of me. There was no indication of damage but out they came in brittle white chunks. New gaskets for good measure.

Still on the list:

-Roof ears are letting the side down.
-Slight weep from one of the driveshaft seals.
-Brake fluid.
-Replace the drive/serpentine belt.
-Drive the nuts off it once the snow/ice/grit clears
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Re: Silver 2004 FL (the 'not a project')
February 15, 2018, 09:13:15 PM »
Once the springs had a few hundred miles under their belt.