All Things V6...

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Well, completely out of the blue and completely unexpectedly I've joined the C6 fold again...

This time I've bought a 2007 Storm Grey Lignage. The only options it appears to be missing is the rear lounge pack and the sat nav.

Oh yea... it's missing 2 cylinders as well!

That's right, it's the first 4 cylinder car I've bought in years!! Will post some pictures at the weekend once it's been cleaned. Next question is... Can I live with a 4 cylinder!?!? I guess only time will tell!!

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David, I'm shocked :shock:

Only four cylinders :shock: :roll: :?
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I'm looking forward to some pics David.

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Teaser pictures... Got some things I want to do to it and all will be revealed in due time :)

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Oh and believe me there's a GREAT deal more to this story.... :rofl2:

And yes....... I'm involved too......... :roll:
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DHallworth wrote:Got some things I want to do to it
I guess one job is to replace those number plates David. they haven't half faded :wink:
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CitroJim wrote:
DHallworth wrote:Got some things I want to do to it
I guess one job is to replace those number plates David. they haven't half faded :wink:

There's a few small issues Jim, Nothing insurmountable though. :-D
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That does look nice David.

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WANT! WOULD LOVE.. CANT HAVE ...... Yet... :-(
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They're 18" wheels on the C6, Mike.

The 2.2 usually has 17" but this one has the upgraded 18" wheels as per the 2.7.

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Well... here's the story that goes with the C6...

After selling my old C6 in 2010 I've been hankering for another one on and off for a while now. I saw this car at auction that needed a bit of work done to it, so I bid on it, won it and had it delivered to Glasgow :)

After doing a bit of digging on the forum it turns out that it's a C6owners.org's old car that had hit a kerb on the A1 and triggered all of the side airbags and puncturing the tyre. It was deemed uneconomical by the insurance to repair, presumably due to the cost of the airbags and a replacement wheel and tyre and was categorised a a Cat D write off.

I put the spare wheel on it the day it arrived and got it on the ramp to have a good poke about underneath it. I'm pleased to report nothing obvious is bent. I know a local MOT tested who has also been to see it and has confirmed that nothing under the car is damaged thankfully so it can't of been a particularly hard hit to the kerb. After looking on the internet, there's quite a few reports of side airbags going off when hitting kerbs, especially in cars like Clio's etc.

The car was filthy when it arrived so I gave it a quick wash and took some pictures of it...

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The interior is in good condition but was pretty dirty when it arrived...

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Initially I wasn't sure what to do with it, if there was damage underneath it I was going to break it for parts to help others keep their C6's on the road, however when I saw it and drove it, I've decided that it's in far to good a condition to break. Steve (Trainman) visited the other day and had a drive of it as well and commented that it was lovely to drive.

Anyway, the airbags have been ordered, the first one to arrive was the drivers seat airbag so that was tackled today...

A big thanks to C6Dave who sent me the pages from the manual, I was able to strip the seat down, replace the airbag, rebuild the seat, and then clean it and condition it with leather cleaner. It now looks great and smells amazing :)

Here's the seat removed from the car, sitting on the kitchen table waiting to be repaired...

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You can reach inside the seat and remove the airbag from the frame...

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Once all the necessary fixing are undone and removed the cover lifts off the seat...

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The casing for the airbag separates into two pieces...

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The beige part mounts to the seat first allowing you to slip the cover over the seat...

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The outside cover (black one) then clips on once you've got the back cushion reattached to the seat...

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The seat was then cleaned with Gliptone leather cleaner and has had two coats of Gliptone leather conditioner rubbed into the seats...

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More progress reports to come once the other airbags arrive :)

David.
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Nice work on the seat David.

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Good to see it fixed.
That'll make a lovely motorway mile muncher.
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Well, a load more progress has been made today. Both curtain airbags have been replaced, the O/S rear seat airbag has been replaced, the passengers seat airbag has been sourced and ordered and I've had to order a new piece of trim to fit the N/S rear seat.

I'm aiming for an MOT on Friday afternoon so lets see how we get on :)

Anyway, here's a few pictures of the new airbags, and the old ones side by side...

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First airbag to be tackled today was the O/S rear seat airbag... This airbag had broken the old piece of trim that it sits in when it had triggered so I'd ordered a new one to fit with the airbag.

Broken bit...

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The new airbag was mounted into the new piece of trim...

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And then they were both fitted to the car...

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Unfortunately when I went to fit the N/S rear seat airbag I found that this piece of trim had been broken too, this time it was the fixing points for the screws that had been sheered off the trim rather then the trim being snapped. This part has been ordered today and will hopefully be here fairly quickly.

Next up were the curtain airbags.

I've not really got any during pictures of these as it's an awkward area as you're working behind the headlining. The new bags are all installed, these were the easiest of them all really, metal brackets that just clip into place! Anyway, here's a few completed pictures...

Near side...

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Off Side...

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The passengers seat is now stripped awaiting the delivery of the replacement airbag tomorrow. The leather has been cleaned and conditioned this evening as well. This seat was utterly filthy compared to the drivers one which was pretty clean. Here's the water from the front passengers seat...

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I was a bit concerned about the crease in the headlining so I gave the local coach trimmer a call. Apparently they should disappear given a few days time now the headlining is back where it should be. Sitting in the sun will help this as the heat in the car will soften it a touch according to him so I'm hoping once it comes out of the workshop it'll sort itself out :)

The airbag ECU needs to be dealt with as well... Insurance companies have to fit new airbag ECU's to the vehicle. Whereas there are companies who can reset the module which means it's much cheaper. The module from this car was sent away this morning and should be returned on Wednesday ready to go back in and get everything back up and running again!

The airbag ECU is located under the centre console, in front of the gear lever. It's quite a strip down process to get to this...

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Whilst both front seats and the centre console were removed I took the opportunity to give the whole car a good hoover as it was pretty filthy inside it. The carpets have all come up looking great :)
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Lovely car David. Look at the quality of the seats!
That dish with the dirty water? have you checked for baby gravy? :rofl2: