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MGmike   
Thu Jul 06 2017, 05:06PM
Joined: May 21 2017
Member No: #3151
Location: South Queensferry
Hmmm interesting! Thanks for the info. vaho.
I might need to rethink my strategy.
What a superb place and people we have on this forum. Very much appriciate the insights from you all.

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 321dave (06 Jul : 22:53)
e3steve   
Thu Jul 06 2017, 06:20PM
Joined: Jan 21 2013
Member No: #1163
Location: Warsash, Hants & Palma de Mallorca, Spain
vaho wrote ...

For illustration one of my broken plastic connectors:



I've suffered the same issue; all coolant hoses duly replaced!
MGmike   
Tue Aug 08 2017, 04:57PM
Joined: May 21 2017
Member No: #3151
Location: South Queensferry
Okay, a quick update…

I finally got back in the garage to make a start on the list…

After a bit of a struggle the gearbox (boy that is a heavy bug**r) its back on the engine and I’m now attending to the other end. The oil leak mentioned above has been tracked to the rear bank Camshaft seal, so that’s on order for the weekend!

Crankshaft seal, water pump, stat housing, inlet tank all replaced and timing belt ready to refit after cam seal.

Managed to break the front pulley (don’t ask! ) and the sensor on the front of the engine, the one with all the small vacuum pipes which also disintegrated as expected when touched (also on order and expensive!).

With a bit of luck, the lump should be degreased and ready to go back in by the end of Saturday.

The question is; back in to where!

It seems C6s are like London Buses! You wait for one to turn up and two come along together….. I’ve now acquired a second C6!

This one is a silver 06 Lineage with black interior that’s had its engine robbed for a RR Sport! I was assured it was a fully working model with only a cracked driver’s door glass (so he said!). But it was cheap and has four half decent tyres and a few other bits I can use.

My dilemma is; do I drop the lump in the 06 and hopefully be up and running sooner or continue with the 07 Exclusive and use/break the 06 for spares? I suppose a third option is to track down an engine and repair it for re-sale but with C6 prices so depressed I have excluded this.

Guess I’ll resolve which option to take over the next couple of weeks.

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 cruiserphil (08 Aug : 17:44) , e3steve (09 Aug : 07:47)
MGmike   
Mon Oct 09 2017, 07:45PM
Joined: May 21 2017
Member No: #3151
Location: South Queensferry
Ok, it’s about time I updated things a bit…

Recommissioning the star ship CP07 is becoming an epic…. Mainly because I’m getting less than one day per week to work on it, what with work and family things. Add to this my lack of experience with all things C6 and you can see why it's taking a little longer than expected!

So, how am I doing with the list…..
Well not bad I think. Engine is back in with the replacement gearbox fitted. Thanks again to Robert at B.L. Auto’s for a little bit of advice to get the gear box out of park position to allow me to rotate the torque converter to bolt it back to the flywheel.

Before putting it in the following work was carried out:-
1, new timing belts and pullies (both ends)
2, replacement thermostat and inlet housings
3, none drive end oil leak traced to rear bank camshaft seal (replaced)
4, crank seal replaced (twice as I nicked the first one and didn’t want to take the risk of it leaking)
5, new water pump and coolant/antifreeze
6, both front and rear gearbox mountings replaced
7, one lower stub axle support joint replaced
8, engine bay degreased
9, heater pipe replaced (decided not to go all the way and replace the remaining pipes because of the escalating costs! If/when it’s back on the road I’ll do these as part of a rolling resto!).
10, new vacuum pipes across the top of the engine with sensor/actuator on the timing belt cover.

Engine is running (if a little roughly) and more importantly, the car goes back and forward as it should. I haven’t had it on the open road yet to fully check the box out but I’m quietly confident it will be okay!

Last weekend saw most of the remaining front end panels fitted (well there was no point putting them all back if the engine had to come out again was there!) and Murphy made an appearance again! I think I mentioned buying a second C6 for spares, well, I decided the use the headlamp unit as the original has a broken mounting. You guessed it, that has a broken one as well! Back to plan A and repair one of them.

Lexia has been out to reset the “ DPF additive low” error (just got to check the tank has been refilled as the PO said).

Next up is the rear ABS sensor, front brake pads, wheels and tyres off the spares car. Then it’s on to the rear end and bumper removal to repair the supporting metal work and then fix the A/C, although that might need a pro to confirm what caused it to lose all its gas and on to the MOT!

The rough running needs looking in to at some point. It’s hunting when cold and stalls if you lift off the throttle e.g. when reversing over something. It seems to settle down when warm but I need to give it a bit longer to be sure. I’ll probably get the MOT and wait to see if any new error codes appear before looking further.

Oh, and I got the driver’s door switch wet and now one on the window switches has packed up

At this point I'm really pleased I bought the spares car! Who knows I might even have some bits left to sell to cover some of the costs!
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cruiserphil   
Tue Oct 10 2017, 06:43PM

Joined: Jan 24 2010
Member No: #38
Location: Celbridge
Well done Mike!

What a mammoth amount of work.

Just a point on the stalling when cold when releasing the accelerator at low revs. There was a software update for this. Our ex C6 suffered from this effect. I remember getting the suspension software updated for the pitching issue and my friendly local independent advised that when updating the car for the suspension it also took an update for the injection system. After that I noticed the stalling when cold never happened again.

Best regards,

Phil C.
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 MGmike (10 Oct : 18:56)
MGmike   
Tue Oct 10 2017, 07:25PM
Joined: May 21 2017
Member No: #3151
Location: South Queensferry
Thanks Phil, good to know and added to the list 1x software update!
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 cruiserphil (11 Oct : 10:58)
MGmike   
Tue Nov 14 2017, 10:46PM
Joined: May 21 2017
Member No: #3151
Location: South Queensferry
Captains log starship CP07 Nov 17, mission; recommission

Just when you get a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel some [%*^#@!] chucks a grenade in and causes a roof collapse!!!

I’ve been working through the list and was doing well, or so I thought!
The driver’s door switch was donated from the spares car and is working, partially. The front window one touch action isn’t working and I guess I’ll check that out later.

I’m now an expert at removing the fuel tank after doing it twice in one day! Once to change the left rear ABS sensor only to find when checking with Lexia that the right sensor is duff! Either the old grey matter is playing tricks on me, or the right ABS sensor went off in the intervening weeks. I’ll go with the latter until proven otherwise.

Whilst messing with the tank I checked if the PO was truthful about the EOLYS tank refill and to my surprise…. He wasn’t! I’ve added a litre to see how we go.

The rear bumper has been off (well the drivers side has) to inspect and repair the “crash damage”. I defy anyone to remove it without breaking the attachments down the rear arch joint. A rubber mallet made swift work of pushing out the mounting point and restoring the alignment as well as knocking out a small dent in the qtr panel. It’s not perfect but it is a lot less noticeable.

Brakes have been checked, front pads replaced and new fluid run through whilst bleeding. I checked the rear anti roll bar drop links while I was under the rear end and one of those had a little play! Fortunately, the spares car had an almost new one to donate, saving a few pennies.

So, wheels and tyres off the spares car and on to the MOT! Err well no! Someone kindly punctured the side wall of one of the tyres so that’s scrap. I’ve moved the unused spare steel and two usable units over for now but I guess at least one and probably two new tyres are added to the list.

Then the grenade was launched! MOT was booked and I was doing the last few checks only to find the headlight washers aren’t working and the MIL decided to illuminate! Lexia says ….. Rear EGR valve stuck!!!!!! Oh how I’m looking forward to a few hours lying across the top of the engine to replace that, not! I knew I should have done it when the engine was out!!!! Ho humm on we go!

I’m now aiming for an on the road date of 1st Jan but, as with any major project, this remains fluid!!

Thanks to all on this site who have posted either technical documents or tutorials as without them I think I would have turned this in to a “breaking for spares” car long before now.. I’m now past the point of no return so will push on to the finish, even if the costs end up being more than it’s worth. Hopefully I’ll get a few years of enjoyment out of it without any other major expense (wishful thinking I know)!
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321dave   
Tue Nov 14 2017, 11:09PM
Joined: Sep 09 2011
Member No: #614
Location: Dublin
MGmike wrote ...

Captains log starship CP07 Nov 17, mission; recommission

Just when you get a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel some [%*^#@!] chucks a grenade in and causes a roof collapse!!!

I’ve been working through the list and was doing well, or so I thought!
The driver’s door switch was donated from the spares car and is working, partially. The front window one touch action isn’t working and I guess I’ll check that out later.

I’m now an expert at removing the fuel tank after doing it twice in one day! Once to change the left rear ABS sensor only to find when checking with Lexia that the right sensor is duff! Either the old grey matter is playing tricks on me, or the right ABS sensor went off in the intervening weeks. I’ll go with the latter until proven otherwise.

Whilst messing with the tank I checked if the PO was truthful about the EOLYS tank refill and to my surprise…. He wasn’t! I’ve added a litre to see how we go.

The rear bumper has been off (well the drivers side has) to inspect and repair the “crash damage”. I defy anyone to remove it without breaking the attachments down the rear arch joint. A rubber mallet made swift work of pushing out the mounting point and restoring the alignment as well as knocking out a small dent in the qtr panel. It’s not perfect but it is a lot less noticeable.

Brakes have been checked, front pads replaced and new fluid run through whilst bleeding. I checked the rear anti roll bar drop links while I was under the rear end and one of those had a little play! Fortunately, the spares car had an almost new one to donate, saving a few pennies.

So, wheels and tyres off the spares car and on to the MOT! Err well no! Someone kindly punctured the side wall of one of the tyres so that’s scrap. I’ve moved the unused spare steel and two usable units over for now but I guess at least one and probably two new tyres are added to the list.

Then the grenade was launched! MOT was booked and I was doing the last few checks only to find the headlight washers aren’t working and the MIL decided to illuminate! Lexia says ….. Rear EGR valve stuck!!!!!! Oh how I’m looking forward to a few hours lying across the top of the engine to replace that, not! I knew I should have done it when the engine was out!!!! Ho humm on we go!

I’m now aiming for an on the road date of 1st Jan but, as with any major project, this remains fluid!!

Thanks to all on this site who have posted either technical documents or tutorials as without them I think I would have turned this in to a “breaking for spares” car long before now.. I’m now past the point of no return so will push on to the finish, even if the costs end up being more than it’s worth. Hopefully I’ll get a few years of enjoyment out of it without any other major expense (wishful thinking I know)!



Hi Mike,
Well done for persevering. It can be frustrating, but in the end you get it all running sweetly. The headlight washer in my case was down to a blown fuse under the bonnet. And was grand after changing it out. EGR issues again are really common, but they can come at any time really. My restoration is still on going as I've limited time to effect repairs when needed, but the car has still done well. No harm also in increasing the oil change frequency to half the official recommended intervals to look after the engine as well. Not to mention also the gearbox fluid changes. But well done, and best of luck with the MOT.
MGmike   
Wed Nov 15 2017, 08:04PM
Joined: May 21 2017
Member No: #3151
Location: South Queensferry
Thanks Dave,
yep, I'll start with the fuse and work out to the washer pump. Knowing my luck the bumper will be off again at the weekend!

I've read a lot about the EGR valves and realised it could go at anytime, especially given the poor care the car seems to have had in it's short life.

I change the oil in my C5 at 10k intervals and it's now about to hit 150k with no problems EGR or other oil related components. The C6 will get the same treatment and I'll probably replace on 2.5k intervals for the first 10k just to give it a bit of a clean out. I might even be tempted to run one of those engine flush products I've seen but never used.

Gearbox was changed out (see earlier posts) with new ATF, so all good there for another 50k ish (I hope ).

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