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Already thought about it chaps.

Unfortunately the discs are bigger on the 407 Coupe then they are on the 406 meaning that the Brembo's won't work :(

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The discs are 300-309mm IIRC but the issue is you need the 17" alloys and a small adapter plate making as they are 100mm hole to hole and the 407 is 150mm hole to hole :)

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Front discs on the 407 Coupe are 330mm diameter. The wheels are 18".

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Should be fine with just an adapter plate then David :)

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Well the brakes on the 407 are done and the car is totally transformed now. Brakes feel better then they have done for a long time.

Davie turned up this morning to pick up the 4HP20 to go to Jim, Xantia V6 Steering Rack and Xantia Dashboard to go to Handyman. I took him out for a run in the Activa while the was here. The car ran beautifully and cornered perfectly on some of the roundabouts locally. However things had a turn for the worse when we got home.

Usually I drive around the back of the house and turn around before reverse parking. This morning though the 406 Coupe was round the back whereas it normally lives at the front, one of the Range Rover's that usually lives in the garage was outside, my brother was visiting and had his van on the yard and Davie's car was there too meaning there was no way I was getting turned around.

As a result I reversed around the corner of the house and was watching in the passengers mirror for some metal tubes that were sitting beside the passengers side of the car, I totally forgot to look in the drivers mirror or I'd of seen the 407 parked there :( When I finished doing the brakes last night I'd left it about 8 inches further forward then I would normally too so it was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was such a light brush it barely made any noise and I didn't feel a thing, I just glanced in the mirror and saw it.

Anyway, result is a couple of small marks on the 407 bumper which have mainly polished out tonight however the Activa has a few scars :(

There's a scratch along the rear bumper, wheel arch and the back drivers door. There's a little bend on the fold on the wheel arch too. Thankfully it's not actually damaged the door, the rubbing strip seems to have done it's job. Since taking the picture I've washed and polished the Activa and it's not as bad as it looks in the picture.

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There's been a few marks on the Activa that I've wanted to have sorted since I've had it, there was a scratch on the bottom of the front bumper, and a couple of the door trims were a little scruffy so I've made the executive decision that I'm now going to have the whole car resprayed.

Mechanically this car is immaculate, there's not a spot of rust on it anywhere underneath. It's now got the V6 on it and it's the car I want it to be. The interior is spotless too so I might as well get the bodywork spotless and then it'll be a concours Activa V6.

By the time I've done this I'll probably have spent in the region of £3,500 on the Activa this summer however once it's finished I don't think there will be a better Activa in existence. Problem is I'm going to be scared of using it when it's done! :(

On the XM front, a week ago on Monday past it sailed through it's MOT without even an advisory. On the way home from the MOT something came flying over the crash barrier and hit the front of the XM. It was almost like a piece of wood. I initially thought it looked like a giant green crisp packet but the noise it made when it hit the car was horrid. I got home and inspected the bonnet for dents but couldn't see anything.

The other day when washing it I found a graze on the nose cone just beside the Chevrons along with a small chip on the top edge following into a small scratch on the front edge of the bonnet. I know it was caused during that incident as the scuff had green paint on it. It's barely noticeable but now I know it's there it's going to infuriate me. :(

Anyway, I've decided that for the rest of the weekend I'm driving nothing other then my work van as if anything happens to that it's not my problem!

David.

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Thanks to your good self and Davie for the gearbox David and I'm so sorry to hear that it indirectly caused a small scar on the Activa :twisted:

Still, it gives that opportunity now to sort out all the other small blemishes and make the Activa a real stunner!

I gather Davie really enjoyed his run out in the Activa. I no doubt will hear it first-hand today!

Good idea to use the works van this weekend :wink: Especially what happened to the XM :evil:

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Well the 407 went in for it's pre sale spruce up at the local detailer this morning. It looks great and as stupid as this sounds, it looks blacker now! After seeing the results outside and inside I really don't know if I want to sell it. However, Cheryl has told me that I need to finish doing my house up.

Apparently if I can come up with the readies to do that, I can keep the car, however, if a buyer comes up with the readies first then it's got to go :cry:

The results speak for themselves :) I didn't get a chance to get some decent pictures of it as the sun faded and the rain started.

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Looks grandiose that 8-)

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Indeed, it looks very lovely :-D

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Well, it's a sad day indeed... Pending collection the 407 Coupe is sold :(

I spent all of last night talking to Cheryl about it and I'd near as dammit come to the conclusion this morning that I was going to withdraw it from sale.

Anyway, I got a text message from the chap I'd spoken to on Monday evening about the car to say he wanted it and that he'd be here next Thursday morning to collect it :(

Pretty gutted it's going to be honest as I really do like it. However, it's going to a really good home so all isn't lost.

It now also leaves a space on the driveway. Do I fill it with another V6, do I buy something Diesel to use as a hack over the winter, or do I do something totally stupid and go and buy something ridiculous? :roll:

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Cheap diesel winter hack! :p

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KP wrote:Cheap diesel winter hack! :p
With all this Diesel nonsense you keep going on about I'm beginning to think you're sick in the head!!

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I might know of a Triumph Stag in the Woking area!

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Ha ha, I have 2 diesel and 2 petrol cars currently on the driveway and 2 other diesels at my dads and just got my brother to get a xsara hdi110 that appears to have a gearbox leak so I'm not biased just for plenty of exposure :D

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I just cannot get on with Diesels. They've got such a narrow power band, they sounds noisy and rattly and run on jungle juice that stinks.

People always tend to want crazy money for them too. Another V6 that's cheap to buy will do me fine as with the mileage it'll do a tank of petrol will last me a month anyway.

David.