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Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo #1642815
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In the October of 2019, I started making plans to get my Coupe back on the road. I hadn’t driven it since February 2018 when it was declared SORN and aside from the occasional start up and shift around, it had just sat outside accumulating grime.

After this little ‘trial separation’, we decided to give it another go laugh

I suppose a bit of an outline of the plan would make the below make a bit more sense so I would like to outline what I’m doing and how / why I came to these decisions. Some of this has moved on since but this is where I was back then crazy

Also, a bit of background might be in order. I tried a brand-new car by leasing a Golf R 7.5 Estate, wondering if the ‘all the car you’ll ever need - for sensible money’ really exists. For me at least, it doesn’t. Not enough drama when you’re on it, too thirsty when you’re not and it could be a smoother ride when you really want a chilled drive. I decided that, as I was going to keep the Coupé, I might as well make a project of it and emphasize all the qualities of the Fiat Coupé (for me at least).

Here goes:

I want to modify the car to make it handle as well as a Fiat Coupé can without creating a stripped-out track weapon that loses all reasonable usability on the road. Searching for inspiration, I read everything I could on track days special versions of normal road cars. (GT3s, Megane R26R, 695 Biposto, 360 Challenge Stradale etc.) If the Coop will be a second car, I am going to make sure I’m getting the most out of it.

This was the basic plan when I started and it's largely the same now...
• Full rollcage, two buckets seats
• Stripped of any unnecessary (according to me) weight
• The rear of the car will be carpeted to maintain a ‘factory feel’
• Full suspension overhaul and refresh
• Corner weighted
• ALL niggling issues will be sorted
• ALL rust will be treated
• New bodykit and full respray
• New soundproofing added to improve perception of quality
• Fully forged with bigger power will be the last step

As I started back in October, the first few instalments will be catching up, so here goes a month by month breakdown. I took random photos along the way, and made a few notes as I went to remind myself, so I’ll chuck them in as I go thumb

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October 2019

Back in October I was presented with the opportunity to have all my interior panels resprayed in gloss black. Since having the centre console and handbrake console done in a metallic black some years ago, I always wanted to change it to a proper gloss black (as it always looked ‘dusty’) and do the rest of the panels while I was at it. So, the following panels were removed and pulled apart (where required) and handed to the paint shop.

04/10/2019
The following interior came out and went to the paint shop:
Centre console
Handbrake console
Heater vents
Steering wheel cowl
Interior door handle surrounds
Ashtray
Ashtray surround

26/10/2019
This was the first day devoted to stripping the interior and I made good progress. The following was taken out of the car:
Remove rear seats
Remove passenger seat
Remove spare wheel
Remove toolkit
Remove jack
Remove boot base
Remove boot liner
Remove boot latch cover
Remove front door cards and speakers
Remove ski hatch surround
Measure headroom 3"
Remove gear gaitor

Notes
• Broken glass was everywhere. I had a rear window blow out a few years back and it seems a lot of that had found its way around under the rear seats and throughout the boot.
• The foam backing on parcel shelf had turned into what I can only describe as… mud. Very odd
• A fair-sized puddle was found in nearside haunch – tool kit was rusted
• Damp in both rear sides
• Flakes of rust in both sides rattling around
• Sound deadening cracked and flaking off
• Boot base and carpet against interior bulkhead soaked in oil / brake fluid / some other equally nasty substance that must have leaked out at some point
• I got rained off on this day
• Rear wiper delete plug shot out when I closed the door – that needed fixing properly with some sealant!

Re: Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo [Re: Trappy] #1642818
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November 2019

02/11/2019
More interior removed:
Removed lower console
Removed footrest
Removed driver’s seat
Removed box under driver’s seat
Removed plug under throttle pedal
Removed screw behind bonnet release
Removed ECU bracket
Removed carpet mini piece
Removed carpet
Removed sound deadening – Across front – damp on driver’s side, came out in chucks
Removed sound deadening – Across middle – dry but old and tired
Vacuumed interior – broken glass everywhere, blue plastic pipe things too?
All removed panels were thoroughly cleaned
Clean boot scrubbed clean– all-purpose cleaner, wipes, microfibre pad
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Notes
• ‘Mud’ and grime both sides in the boot, especially passenger side.
• Black foam back sheet behind pedals also damp
• Lots of small rusted patches found
• Weird letter box bottom right of the inside of the boot
• Bits in the vacuum need to be taken out – clips and fitting went in by accident

09/11/2019
Removed CD changer lead
Removed door cards
Removed rear seat belts
Re-build heater vents (after having been painted)
Identified all sound deadening in boot for later removal

16/11/2019
Removed under bonnet sound proofing
Removed boot lid sound proofing

23/11/2019
All carpets and cloth interior panels washed, cleaned and vacuumed

After seeing a number of 'plastic welding' tutorials on YouTube, I bought myself a soldering iron and had a go at fixing the broken screw holes on the back of my centre console and also to fix the tabs of the heater dial surround. Very pleased with the results.

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Re: Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo [Re: Trappy] #1642858
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November 2019 continued...

Here are some more photos I took when removing the carpet. The large fabric sound deadening was in a truly awful state...

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Re: Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo [Re: Trappy] #1642859
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November 2019 continued....

A few photos of the carpet when it came out.


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Re: Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo [Re: Trappy] #1642860
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November 2019 continued...

Afrer a quick vacuum you can see just how filthy it is...

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Re: Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo [Re: Trappy] #1642861
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November 2019 continued...

Carpet came up well after being held up against a wall and thorough cleaned with a Karcher and a few cleaning products. My pal's car port even had some perfectly placed hooks to hang it from! All of the interior fabrics were cleaned in this manner. The bonnet foam pads also got the same treatment as they were green...

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November 2019 continued...|

I took a few photos of the sound deadening in the boot that captures some of the grime and rust patches.

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Re: Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo [Re: Trappy] #1642864
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December 2019

It was over the Christmas period that the condensation and general damp issues really started to become a problem. It was often dripping wet when I went out there and no amount of drying the puddles kept it at bay. I had tried running the car up to temperature and leaving the heating on a few times but it wasn’t really touching it. Suspecting the water was getting in through the many holes left from removing seats, I went round and re-fitted any bolts that had left a hole to outside upon removal and finally fixed the rear wiper delete plug with sealant.

My headlights were then sent to Marius Petrescu for a refurb. I’d seen his work on the various Facebook groups so figured it would be worth a shot.

Here are a few photos showing the 'damp' shocked

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Re: Project Snoopy - Trappy's 20v Turbo [Re: Trappy] #1642865
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January 2020

MOT Prep smile

Up until now (as you will have seen) my project consisted of taking things apart and (hopefully) not losing the fittings... I figured it was time to get it back on the road so at least it could be driven around to have further work carried out.

Having received the headlights back from Marius, I was keen to get them fitted.

Here are some photos of fully refurbished headlights with gloss black inserts. Having fitted them, I quickly realised they weren't working properly. It was eventually diagnosed as faulty wiring on one side and a knackered HID on the other side. Knowing the car would fail on this, I took it over for it's MOT anyway...




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January 2020 continued...

MOT Failed spectacularly coffee

Do not drive until repaired (dangerous defects):

Offside Front Macpherson strut attachment bracket/mounting insecure and impairing directional stability (5.3.3 (a) (ii))

Repair immediately (major defects):

Supplementary restraint system warning lamp indicates a fault (7.1.6 (a))
Horn not working (7.7 (a) (ii))
Nearside Front Headlamp not working on dipped beam (4.1.1 (a) (ii))
Offside Front Headlamp not working on dipped beam (4.1.1 (a) (ii))
Nearside Rear Position lamp not working (4.2.1 (a) (ii))
Offside Front Integral body structure corroded to the extent that the rigidity of the assembly is significantly reduced inner wing (6.1.1 (c) (i))
Nearside Front Coil spring fractured or broken (5.3.1 (b) (i))
Nearside Rear Suspension arm pin or bush excessively worn (5.3.4 (a) (i))

Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):

Passenger seat(s) missing at time of test ()
Nearside Front Integral body structure is corroded but structural rigidity is not significantly reduced inner wing (6.1.1 (c) (i))
Offside Rear Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement (5.3.4 (a) (i))

Next step then was to get it booked in to have these issues addressed. Before then, I ordered four new LED lights from Classic Car LEDs and fitted those. No sense in mucking around with old eBay HIDs anymore.

After having the Welding carried out at the MOT station and a new BC spring fitted by Roger, Snoopy sailed through her MOT on the 28th January cool 2020 was going to be an epic year! laugh

Work carried out at PowerItalia:
New spark plugs
Reset airbag light
Headlight nut thread (this had previously snapped when I removed the headlights...)
Fix power supply to nearside headlight
New BC coilover front springs
New front springs fitted
Rear trailing arm bushes

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April 2020

March was a quiet month for the project. I spent most of the time soaking up puddles of water that were still forming on the floor of the car. Having already removed just about all of the fabrics from car car, it was time to address the last panel - the headliner.

The head liner was in a right old state. I removed the A and B pillar covers as well sun visors and front widow trim. I then broke the corner off the interior light panel removing it… grr

Warning, the following photos are grim sick


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April 2020 continued...

What I found above the headliner might go some way to explain my damp issues...

As I ran my hand across it, it pretty much rained blush

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April 2020 continued...

With the headliner off, I pulled the cover off and, after seeing if there was any way it could be salvaged, binned it. Next task with the clean off the headliner board.

This stuff came off without too much fuss using a stiff bristled tyre brush. Quite happy with the results. I have a plan with what to cover it with but that will come much later in the project.

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February 2020

Snoopy went in to Roger at PowerItalia for the next phase of 'maintenace' work
New door check strap
Bonnet release cable fixed
Full service minus spark plugs
Replace brake fluid (Motul RBF 660) and fix twisted flexi brake line
New Mobil 1 10W60
Replace power steering belt
Fit clutch cylinder mounting bracket
Nearside wishbone / hub, new bolt


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May 2020

By now Snoopy had only covered a few dozen miles, mostly being driving to and from various garages for work to take place. At the start of May though, she was starting to smoke. I was convinced it was turbo seals (smoke after idling for a minute or two) but after a few trips to Roger's he wasn't convinced. Eventually, she started to run rougher and rougher and so she was booked in for a proper inspection.

Before then though, I'd ordered a box of dry ice to remove the sound deadening. So with some new oven gloves (I figured insulation works both ways) I set to work

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May 2020 continued...

Some of the areas were a little more difficult to access, so I used one of those 'garment protection' nets for the washing machine. Filling it with dry ice meant I could hang it. Worked very well smile

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May 2020 continued...

Here are a few shots of the left over residue after having knocked all of the dry ice off


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May 2020 continued...

Having received advice from Jon from Foresnsic Detailing (awesome channel BTW - check it out) to invest in a bottle of Tardis to tackle large areas of tar, I then set to work spraying this all over the affected areas. It made short work of the remaining mess leaving a nice finish that was then cleaned up using Bilt Hamber Surfex.




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May - July 2020 continued...

While the Coupé was at Roger's having the intermittant smoking issue investigated, some more work was carried out.

I discovered that the front BC Coilovers damper setting was to full 'hard'. I had reduced this to full soft but asked Roger adjust the rear. I have no idea when this ws adjusted or by whom but it's a world apart back on full soft. Until the car is properly corner-weighted, I'll leave it here for a dregee of comfort. In theory, the ride will soften up when the cage is installed and the torsional rigidity is increased.

Front inner CV boot on both nearside and offside replaced.

The engine was then pulled apart revealing the extent of the damage. In a nutshell, it had melted piston number 5 and there was scoring on both cyclinders 5 and 1. Roger didn't have the workshop space to keep my coop while the block was being rebored and so we looked at other options.

We ended up calling some bloke called Joe who runs a business called F.C.S.S.? Apparently he has done some work on a few coupes before... laugh Anyway, he kindly arranged for the car to be picked up and carted off out West where it would have a fully forged rebuild this time. Back in the late noughties, after it melted a piston, I replaced them all with Wossners. At the time, I had a little less budget and so it was all done as cheaply as possible. This meant standard rods and was a regret of mine pretty much ever since. This time, it would be done properly.

As noted at the start of this project thread, more power / engine mods was firmly placed at the bottom of my list of things to do. At the 416bhp mark, the power was clearly far too much for the chassis. I had intended to sort the restoration side before attending to chassis, suspension and brakes but my hand was forced. Joe is now completing a full front-end resoration and engine rebuild (and answering lists of questions I throw at him on Mondays smile ). There are a few more 'while you're at it' goodies going on but I believe Joe is going to put together a post of his Facebook page at some point so I'll refer to that here when the time comes.

I expect the next update will come towards the end of August when the car is rebuilt and run-in ready for remapping thumb


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