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    Hey Froggers!

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    After being a forum lurker for many years, I've finally decided to pipe up.

    The reason?

    I've bought not one but two 99' 306 Cabriolets on the cheap and I'm going to fix the half-decent one up!

    I'll post progress updates here but detailed bits will be on my blog here.

    Cheers,
    Julian
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    Good on you! Good luck with it. I don't remember a restoration of a new car before...

    How are the soft tops looking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Good on you! Good luck with it. I don't remember a restoration of a new car before...

    How are the soft tops looking?
    Yeah I guess one kinda expects that a restoration is something that happens to much older cars. This one needs some TLC and I know the 306 is a nice drive from my XSi so I thought 'why not'? I wouldn't quite call it love at first sight, but when I took the blue one for a quick spin I got a bit attached...

    Car 1 is mechanically pretty good from what I can see, but the soft top needs replacing. The hydraulics on the roof are iffy too, so all up the roof is where most work is needed.

    The roof on car 2 (the one that doesn't go) is in way better condition (i.e. not yellow and cracked!) so I'll be putting it in car 1! Same goes for the exhaust, car 1's has a leak that's going to mess up my roadworthy check!
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    Sounds great! I just finished getting a 2001 306 Cabriolet up to shape myself! (Well it's rwc and registered, still needs some stuff done) I really like the car, it drives nice, looks great and the roof works perfectly! I'm now going around it trying to make it a bit more airtight with the roof up! I too had an exhaust leak to fix, So it took it the exhaust guy and had a sports muffler fitted it sounds great now!
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    Whoa the silver looks excellent!

    If I can get all the more minor cosmetic stuff (and any unforeseen mechanical work) done under budget I'll consider getting the paint re-done. I know it can be hugely expensive, but the clear coat has lifted in a few places and it somewhat spoils what is otherwise a very pretty car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    So it took it the exhaust guy and had a sports muffler fitted it sounds great now!
    Haha that'll turn heads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oversampled View Post
    Haha that'll turn heads!
    It's not really loud a little louder than normal but not bad, it passed the rwc after the exhaust was done (So it's legal). It's just got a nice note.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oversampled View Post
    Whoa the silver looks excellent!

    If I can get all the more minor cosmetic stuff (and any unforeseen mechanical work) done under budget I'll consider getting the paint re-done. I know it can be hugely expensive, but the clear coat has lifted in a few places and it somewhat spoils what is otherwise a very pretty car.
    Yeah it looks good now but when I got it was a different story! Luckily most of the minor cosmetic stuff is the same as 306 hatch so that stuff isn't too expensive. But painting is always pricey!
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    An update on the 306 Restoration! Pug-storation

    In there I ask if anyone knows what this part is called:
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    It's the bolt (for want of a better word, lug maybe?) that connects the sprint that holds the door in position to the chassis. I'm pretty sure that the one previous owner has replaced with isn't to spec - the door gets stuck and then makes a horrible crunching noise as you open it. If anyone knows what this part is, or where I can get it, it'd be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oversampled View Post
    ...and then makes a horrible crunching noise as you open it. If anyone knows what this part is, or where I can get it, it'd be appreciated.
    Thanks!
    Julian
    i thought all high mileage pugs and Citroens from the '90's made that noise. At least everyone I have owned has.

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    Pin for door arrester, cheap and available, at least in Brissie, try the parts guys as listed, pm me for the one I used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    Sounds great! I just finished getting a 2001 306 Cabriolet up to shape myself! (Well it's rwc and registered, still needs some stuff done) I really like the car, it drives nice, looks great and the roof works perfectly! I'm now going around it trying to make it a bit more airtight with the roof up! I too had an exhaust leak to fix, So it took it the exhaust guy and had a sports muffler fitted it sounds great now!
    I agree that they drive very nicely! Was told (unprompted) at the Canberra French Car Day by a pink beret wearing PAC member that they (pointing at mine) "drive like shit"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackC2 View Post
    I agree that they drive very nicely! Was told (unprompted) at the Canberra French Car Day by a pink beret wearing PAC member that they (pointing at mine) "drive like shit"....

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    Yep but even though, I'm now forced to sell mine with moving into a much smaller block :-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by cav91 View Post
    Yep but even though, I'm now forced to sell mine with moving into a much smaller block :-(
    That's just wrong! Well, do something good with the cash!!
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