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    My 1985 Peugeot 505 GTi is now off the road after thirty-three years of reliable service.

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    I would like opinions of how to restore this car to new or better condition.

    Should I farm the work out to individual specialists or use an in-house facility?

    My garage is not suitable for the work needed and arthritis has limited my spanner twirling.

    I live in Adelaide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacques de mort View Post
    My 1985 Peugeot 505 GTi is now off the road after thirty-three years of reliable service.

    I would like opinions of how to restore this car to new or better condition.

    Should I farm the work out to individual specialists or use an in-house facility?

    My garage is not suitable for the work needed and arthritis has limited my spanner twirling.

    I live in Adelaide.
    What needs to be done? Mechanical, body interior? Let's see some pictures!

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    The mind boggles if you are thinking of a bare bones restoration.
    How much are you willing to spend on it? What time frame?

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    You will not find a individual specialists that has an in-house facility for such different tasks such as , panel beating spray painting and auto electrical / air cond work.
    I think you may need to move the car to a number of repairers to get the car restored.
    More details would allow a more accurate reply.
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    fraceengland and I plan to strip yhe car, have the body shell stirpped of rust, bebuilt and painted.
    The motor and transmisiom rebuilt using as many original parts as possible, except, perhaps for the air intake, gasflowing the cyliner head and better exhaust. Other plans also.
    Of couse this will be expensive, but I have worked hard, lived quietly and never had to get into debt buying other cars.
    My bebe is hungry.

    Maybe two years. There are a lot of NOS in
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    What a great project and I say go for it.

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    I say go for it too. Do it for the love of it!


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    There seem to be so few genuinely nice 505s out there, I'd like to see a few more, plus, cant argue with thirty years service.
    I am always perplexed at people who are so quick to dismiss fixing up older cars, particularly ones that have been owned and trusted for many years.
    Apparently the "average Australian household spends 17K a year on transport" - FactCheck: does the average Australian family spend up to $22,000 every year on transport?
    A new Mazda 2 will cost you $15,000 and at the end of 15k you have a, well and Mazda 2....
    Imagine what your 505 could be with that kind of investment? or half of that? I'm sure it will outlast anything else you may invest that in, And it may very well appreciate in value (maybe) as opposed to the average 19% of a new car in the first year alone.

    Certainly off topic, but boo to the nay says...
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    88' 205 GTI/16V
    92' 505 Custom Turbo Wagon
    92' 205 SI
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    2 X 405 STI,
    405 MI16
    98' 406 Coupe
    406 2l
    91' 205 SI
    306 Style,
    3 X 306 GTI6

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    Do it and good luck. Personally I love the 505 so always happy to see a rejuvenation project.
    I wish I could undertake a similar plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Codman View Post
    I am always perplexed at people who are so quick to dismiss fixing up older cars, particularly ones that have been owned and trusted for many years.
    I would not dismiss it, but knowing exactly what is involved in keeping a mid '80s car on the road and functioning well, I would be realistic about the comment "new or better condition".

    Some components just cannot be rebuilt within sensible limits of budget…Seat cushions for example…Sure you can spend your bucks at an upholsterer and they can re cover and re pad them, but if the seat was made in the modern way by injected foam in a mould, it just won't feel the same.

    Items like windscreen wiper mechanisms, petrol tank float switches, interior switches door/boot hinges and so on are items that are not easy to buy and the best way to procure them is to have a paddock full of low KM wrecks, or know someone who has.
    I had that Paddock, and still struggled with some items which would be broken on every car.
    Can you buy new distributer parts, or is a conversion to electronic ignition on the cards??
    Even a few years back when i was re building my engine, parts were becoming more scarce.

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    If the car is basically good, then I say go for it, if it's been looked after rust will be minimal, the motors are simple and relatively cheap to rebuild, as far as parts go the majority of parts are still available new, mainly things like trim and some hoses are hard to get. The cars were so amazingly well engineered and built that so much original stuff still works like new, for example the vacuum control hoses for the heating and cooling are still like new in my car, at 534, 000 K/lm the distributor is still the original one, all the plastic is still good too, Good luck with the project.
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    Thank you for your reply. Many parts are still available from France and England. Unfortunately,the car stood in the Queensland sun for many years and the Sun kills cars.

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    Thank, you, Neil. My last 505 GR cracked the cylinder head at 600,600 km.

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    Merci.

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    Your kind thoughts and economic advice are appreciated by me.
    A Mazda? I like to think the old Peugeot has better road-holding and handling than any front wheel drive car.

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    As do I, it is an easy example however being such a high seller here now, also my partner recently bought one!
    Current -
    65' 404 Sedan,
    88' 205 GTI/16V
    92' 505 Custom Turbo Wagon
    92' 205 SI
    88' 505 GTI Wagon - PARTING OUT PM ME


    Gone -
    04' 206 RC (GTI180)
    2 X 405 STI,
    405 MI16
    98' 406 Coupe
    406 2l
    91' 205 SI
    306 Style,
    3 X 306 GTI6

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    Well worth doing...
    I had to make the bitter choice to pass on my 505GTI as a rebuild was way in advance of its value...and mine was still in good shape after 531000 km.
    Ask around for a few bits to check availability of unobtanium these days....I have a SII grill and a bag of GTI mag hubcaps, I think I still have an electronics module and other assorted bits.....$$$$

    Its things like headlights, indicators, switch gear and interior plastics that are rare....
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    If you look on Ebay you will still see many many 505 parts.

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