My Peugeot 305 Estate With a Xantia Heart

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Xud
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My Peugeot 305 Estate With a Xantia Heart

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Hi, im new to the site, but not new to Peugeots/Citroens. After passing my test almost 10 years ago ive owned many 106's, ax's, saxo's, 306's, a 205 a 309 and a C15!

My latest project is a 1987 Peugeot 305 Estate Gld

I bought the car last year from a lad in Gloucester. Heres a picture from the day. My mate took me down in his ZX

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As you can see from the pictures it had been lowered substantially but mechanically everything was original. The engine had covered 194k miles and was still sweet as a nut.

To lower the car, the C15 style horizontal rear axle had its springs cut in half so it was sat on the bumpstops and it had peugeot 306 lowering springs up front which also had some coils removed.

It stayed like this for a few months until we decided we wanted to do a european roadtrip. With 4 lads and a load of gear on board i decided that a bit more poke might be necessary.

I was offered a Citroen Xantia 1.9 td for £130 so i couldnt really turn it down!

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It was cheap as the body was rotten and the guy selling said it was down on power. I guessed a blown boost pipe and was right, the pipe coming off the top of the turbo was split. The engine and box were spot on and made an ideal donor for the 305.

Engine out of the xantia

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And ready to go in the 305

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And fitted!

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I now had a few issues!

1. Intercooler. Could have used a 306 top mount setup but was tight for space. So decided to go for a front mount intercooler
2. Xantia inlet manifold fouling on the brake master cylinder.

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Had to shorten the manifold and have it rewelded

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The inlet manifold now fitted! And i could pipe up the front mount intercooler

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A lot of the xantia pipework was reused but i had to make up a bit from some ali pipe and silicone connectors.

For the trip round europe I had to raise the car. I fitted 206 coilovers to the front of the car and a 2002 citroen C15 rear axle at the back. I also got a set of roof bars, a roof rack and a roof box! And a set of 306 alloys

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Bye bye xantia!

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Fuel for the trip

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And my mates BX which also joined in on the fun around europe

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Couple of pics on the road

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Both cars made the 3500 mile trip with no major faults!!!

Now the car is back i wanted it low again, so i decided to lower the car a little more professionally than before.

The c15 axle was modified first by removing two metal collars which space the spring mount within the axle. This meant the spring was less compressed. I also trimmed 3/4 of a coil for the spring until I was happy with ride height and it was not sat on the bump stops! New brake pipes and handbrake cables also fitted.

Up front the 206 coilovers were lowered as low as possible but it still wasnt low enough so i have removed the helper springs and wound them right down.

The front end has also been treated to new arb bushes, wheel bearings, bottom ball joints, rear wishbone bushes, top mount bearings, bottom engine mount, 206 front calipers, new discs and pads.

The car now looks like this

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The perfect height in my opinion! And ride comfort is still OK!

The rallye steels are soon to be changed for some 14" 7j wide weller steels

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So the specifications as it stands at the moment!

1987 Peugeot 305 Gld Estate
1.9 td DHX XUD9TE engine from Xantia
9mm Bosch Fuel Pump which has been gov modded and has a ground LDA pin
GT15 Turbo with large Ali Front Mount Intercooler
12" Slimline Fan
New Radiator
Group N Gear linkages
Debackboxed with side exit pipe
Aftermarket Air Filter

206 Pro-sport front coilovers, Modified C15 Rear Axle
Peugeot 206 calipers, with 305 266mm discs
306 22mm master cylinder with 406 resevoir to clear pipework

Interior - Standard except for a few extra gauges

Wheels - Set of S2 rallye steels with 165/65/14, and a set of 14" 7J Weller Race Steels with 165/65/14 tyres

Next even on the calendar is French car Show next weekend where I will be with the 306oc.co.uk forum

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Re: My Peugeot 305 Estate With a Xantia Heart

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Nicely done with the engine transplant, and the choice of fuel :D

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That is some nice French Shenanigans there. I don't get the lowered thing.
Wanted: Garage to let. Must have very low roof to suit my car. I prefer a garage that I can crawl into.
Will pay extra for a very low garage :lol:

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lexi wrote:That is some nice French Shenanigans there. I don't get the lowered thing.
Wanted: Garage to let. Must have very low roof to suit my car. I prefer a garage that I can crawl into.
Will pay extra for a very low garage :lol:
Reminds me of a BX advert where the driver gets home and remotely opens the garage door, but it breaks part way up so he just lowers the suspension and drives under it :)

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What a WASTE of a Xantia estate though!!

Potentially goot strut tops.
Doors
Mirrors,
Interior trim

Hydraulic parts.

Were these all wasted?

Other then that, you beat me too it, Im a big fan of the 305 and it did miss out on the XUD turbo engine which was a shame. Im not against transplants, but dont like seeing so much of a donar car going to waste.

Thats well sorted the 305 estate! I like it, though Im also a stickler for originality, and prefer the 305 on normal height. Each to their own. I bet it goes damm well, as they are far lighter then S2 xantias!

Beat me to it! Well dont. Nice Alloy welding on the inlet too. Did you swap the Xantia TD pump for the earlyer NON ECU controlled Bosch pump too??

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Re: My Peugeot 305 Estate With a Xantia Heart

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Hi m8 it looks that you're using an Bosch AS3 pump, that haves electronic timing advance, did you add the Xantia ECU to the 305 ?

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No thats an earlyer NON ECU Pump fitted there! Im sure.. you can tell as theres no throttle position sensor, or armour over the stop solinoid..

With an early pump theres no need for a ECU. By Early, XUD engines in 1993 to late 1995 cars possibly early 96 dont have ECUs/

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Re: My Peugeot 305 Estate With a Xantia Heart

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That engine donor was an S2 Xantia so it would originally have had an AS3...

The early shot of the engine shows an empty pump cradle.. That suggests the pump has in fact been swapped.

One thing missing from the pump as fitted in the later pictures is the electric cold advance device....

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Re: My Peugeot 305 Estate With a Xantia Heart

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The bosch pump was an earlier unit without the ecu control.

Engine now sold, and next plan is a 110 hdi from an 02 Xsara!

Watch this space!

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Xud wrote: next plan is a 110 hdi from an 02 Xsara!

Watch this space!
I will be, as I'm sure many will :-D

Now that is a good upgrade as the 110HDi is a world away from the XUD.. It is an excellent engine. Electrics might be a bit fun though unless you can get the ECU unlocked otherwise you'll need keys, CPH, ECU and transponder from the donor vehicle.

Will you be using an ML5 gearbox or a BE3? The 90HDi did use the BE3

I'm thinking the ML5 might be a bit big to fit in the 305...