Okay, the missus is out tonight so nothing better to do that pull some more bits of car off. That heavy soundproofing in the front footwells looks a prime candidate, let's have that off.
After a quick look it becomes clear this is a dashboard-out jobby. Bit of Googling, people tend to reckon a day or two for a dash-out, dash-in. But we're keener than that, so let's see what we can achieve this evening. It's important that you've indulged in a Burger King for lunch as you won't have time to stop for dinner if you want this done tonight.
Let's start with the easy bits - centre console. I've had this out before on a previous 306 so have a rough idea where the annoying screws are.
Next let's tackle the steering wheel and accompanying guff. Everything's held on with either torx screws or a 10 or 13mm nut, so nothing takes too long. Did find this button though, anyone know what it does (did) and whether it is (was) important?!
We won't worry about that for now. Best just try starting the car to make sure nothing's broken yet - it's all good. Continue.
This is essential to the operation of the airbag:
But over-keen steering wheel removal hinders it somewhat:
Clumsy. Can someone who has one still whole just confirm for me, with the ring flat with the attached wire pointing away from you and the terminals to the airbag towards you and at the top, which wire goes to which terminal? One terminal is marked green, but the wires are white and blue. I'm assuming the terminal on the left marked with the colour is the one with the coloured wire attached? I'll solder that back up once someone's let me know.
Unplug anything that'll unplug, try and remember where it went. The dash is then attached by a few cheeky nuts from the other side of the bulkhead, which means removing the windscreen wipers. Never done this before, but I bet they're held on with a 10mm or 13mm nut. Oh look, they are. Laters.
Take out all this plastic crap:
Then remove the entire wiper motor and arms and stuff:
Around this time you'll be starting to wonder what the hell you've done, and you'll know deep down that your car won't work ever again. Let me save you the worrytime and set your mind as rest - you're absolutely spot on. It'll probably be nadgered, stuff won't work any more. But it's nothing you won't be able to fix, man up and get on with it.
The top glovebox comes out with the obvious screws (which incidentally dematerialised between me removing them and coming to put them back later, be careful yours don't do the same). The bottom one has hinge pins which are removed with snipe-nosed pliers, the door with then come away.
Remember you haven't disconnected the battery yet, and that this might be a good idea.
It was around this time that I decided the heater matrix pipes were what was stopping the dash from coming out.
BAD MOVE IDIOT.
Imagine how annoying it'd be to snap off both the coolant pipes going to the matrix.
Bugger bugger bollox and bugger. Oh well no time for tears - for now we'll just lop the end off one of the pipes and double it back on itself; this shouldn't affect the engine cooling but I'll have no heater in the car. Heaters are for girls anyway. I'll see about getting the piping replaced tomorrow as it's all a bit tight and kinked as it is, so I'll look forward to the conversation with Peugeot tomorrow
"Hi there, I've completely screwed a coolant pipe and I'd like you to do the same to my credit card!"
"Certainly sir, that's a 50p component so that'll be �72"
Still, at least I haven't just dropped a screwdriver down the back of the exhaust manifold. The increasingly downtrodden optimist in me takes a peek to see if it fell through to the floor, but we know deep down that we heard no thud as it did. So now my car's p*ssing coolant everywhere and has a screwdriver inserted about its person. This is what I'd describe as "not an ideal situation". Out comes the jack and axel stand. Queue one magnetic pickup tool and we're golden. Back to the job in hand.
The dash will pull out far enough to get to most of the sound deadening anyway. There are a few cables holding it back but most of them will break if you pull hard enough anyway, so I wouldn't vex yourself too much disconnecting every last one.
You won't be able to get out all the deadening as much of it requires complete removal of metalwork and the heater matrix, but the vast majority will go, saving you a good few kilos. Once you've gotten out as much as you can, put everything back where you found it, constantly reassuring yourself that all the parts and screws you have left are from parts you've removed.
And there you more or less have it. Top up the coolant to replace the litre or so that's hanging out on your driveway and pray to whichever God you least disbelieve that the car starts and that everything's fine and turn that key.
Ignition on, and oh my word - a nasty, nasty noise coming from the back of the car. I know full well the only thing back there is the fuel pump, and that's not the kinda thing you want making noises like that. Noise stops. Noise comes back. Realise noise is the rear wiper on dry glass, which you've knocked on accidentally.
Change pants, continue.
Well bugger me if the car didn't start first time. Genuinely, I was not expecting that. Quick check reveals the blower doesn't work, which is no surprise. I remember disconnecting a wire thinking "hmm, mustn't forget this one" then not being able to find it later and giving up. We'll worry about that some other time.
Oh arse buggery, no indicators or hazards; that's annoying to say the least. I tell you what else is annoying, and that's not being able to find the fusebox cover that lists what the fuses are and having to pull out and check every single fuse just to find they're fine.
Start pulling out the centre console again to find the plugs for the hazard switch and rear heater and exactly the same, and that they're on the wrong way round. Flip reverse it, and we've got our flashers back.
Take car for a little spin up the A12 to make sure nothing overheats and everything works and we're all gravy. Hopefully getting a sunstrip put on tomorrow so I can get rid of the visors then replacing suspension and installing strut brace. Brakes sound like something an amateur should be fiddling with, so I'll get those ordered up too.
All in all, what a pain in the ass job that was. Still, four and a bit hours work for a few kilos off, I consider that a job well done. Only a minimal amount of blood spilled, only one part to replace and one to fix. Sorted.