Hi all, As Iíve now taken ownership of what was GrahamLís car, Iím planning to bring the car back to factory fresh condition.
Graham has done a great job in either fixing the nuances of a coupe and/or doing a number of jobs just right (wishbones being one of them :P)
My aim is to not really touch the engine/turbo, other than maintenance, itís more to improve the standard suspension and brakes, along with with fixing some cosmetic stuff.
So onto the brakes, whilst Graham has recently done brakes and discs all round, they are decidedly average, which is just how they are from factory. So at this stage Iíve bought some PFC pads that Iíll fit at some point before Xmas.
Iíve bought a complete new set of brake lines and flexi hoses from JBT, and have some ATE200 brake fluid ready to go.
Iím going to refurb the calipers all round and paint them red as the silver always looked a bit understated to me.
For the suspension stuff, Iíd initially ordered a full Koni set up, but when I found out you needed to butcher existing struts at the front to fit them, Iíve cancelled and bought the OSRAV shock absorbers, and then a set of Eibach springs with a 30mm height reduction.
Albeit these are made to order and I wonít get them until November ish
Iíve ordered a Ultra Racing rear ARB (23mm), again made to order but that should be with me in the next couple of weeks
Finally for suspension Iíve got the subframe bushes and rear arm bearings from FCSS, as Iíll drop the whole rear end and deal with tarting up the arms and get them painted.
For obvious reasons whilst I have all this stuff off the car Iíll check the chassis over and as a minimum Iíll treat all the underside to simply preserve what appears to be a rock solid chassis floor pan.
I have as a belt and braces approach , bought a new oil cooler and pipes from JBT which Iíll fit in the next couple of monthsÖ.
I need to refurb the leather seats due to age related wear, so Iíll post pictures in the next few weeks
The Eiffel towers are cruddy bit appear solid so Iíll repaint those, or if they are scabby, Iíll change them out for some new ones
Iíve fitted a special head unit off Amazon for £90, just so I have Bluetooth for hands free calling, but Iíll put some pictures up and tell you a bit more about it
Thatís it to start with, Iíll endeavour to post pics/progress and fix anything else I see along the way
I might have an hour tomorrow to fit the new bonnet latch Iíve bought from JBT, if I do Iíll post some pictures afterwards.
Iím still waiting for the Ultra Racing anti roll bar (23mm), which should be here in the next week or so, and then a couple of weeks later the OSRAV shocks are due to arrive.
Iím busy for the next couple of weeks doing some dads DIY at both my kids houses, but then itís payback when they help me drop the rear end of the car including taking off the calipers all round and start to refurb those as well
So Iíve degreased the entire underside of the car today including all the wheel arches in readiness to drop the rear subframe in a few weeks time. At present Iíve got the car SORN so it will stay Ďcleaní.
I noticed whilst under the car at some point someone has jacked the car up on the floor area, so Iíll try and pull the metalwork back out.
Also bought a new inner cable for the bonnet release, if itís not raining tomorrow Iíll refit that
Also bought some cable to do the fuel pump wiring mod along with the relay.
Also chasing ultra racing for the new anti roll bar, as itís been 4 weeks and countingÖ.
Firstly will post a load of pictures later, but had a full day of working on the coupe, and strangely remembered from 20 years ago the sequence of how certain things come off
Anyway the aim of the day was to get the turbo off, and get it checked as itís a bit smoky at times. What I found was the manifold was cracked on the 5th branch as well as on the collector area. So turbo will be done via a local specialist and the manifold will get repaired at work as we have the skills onsite to do this kind of repair
Depending on what the turbo people say will determine if I modify the unit further as itís got an Owen Developments logo on it, or if I just get the bearings/o rings done to stop the smoke, as thereís only a small amount of play on it
What I do remember is the poxy 8mm Allen key to loosen the idler pulley to get at the coolant bolt, so after sacrificing the crapiest 8mm Allen key I own itís quite easy to do.
I also drained the oil as the plan is to fit the aftermarket oil cooler and pipes, however Grahaml must have the strength of a gorilla as the sump bolt took all the effort of 2 of us to shift it, anyway itís out and oil is drained.
Eiffel towers on the front look a bit crusty but salvageable, so Iíll take the bumper off and treat those along with some other metal areas whilst itís all exposed
I cleaned a few parts off this morning, but found some of the bits need more time to get rid of all the rust
On the coolant pipe that runs near the alternator, I noticed it was cruddy to start with. After 8 hours of being in the tank itís cleaned up nicely, however there are now a few pinholes, so Iíll get those welded up at work
Had fun with misaligned manifold holes which meant some unplanned work , but the turbo and manifold are back on
That poxy bolt for the water rail :mad:, as Iíve removed the oil cooler bracket, I found it easier to remove the 3 bolts for the tensioner and then the m6 water rail bolt is super easy to get at
Iíve bought a new gasket for the water rail as a leak there means a whole chunk of work to rectify, and I used some RTV sealant to be sure that it will never leak!
In terms of drivers side wheel arch, Iíve acid etched primered everything thatís been cleaned up. There are a couple of bits such the drivers wing that need filling and painting properly, but I didnít want surface rust to form overnight .
Iíll try and get paint and stone chip done tomorrow, so I can then fit the new suspension stuff and new brake line
Iíve got the caliper off and all bolts and fittings loose, so during the week Iíll try and do the seal and paint overhaul
Just left the engine running for 30 minutes to do the obvious check for leaks etc.
So far so good
Just got to stone the drivers side wheel arch area, replace the brake line back to the abs unit, fit the wheel arch liner, fit the new shock and spring, paint and overhaul the caliper, bleed the caliper, put the wheel onÖÖ.
Plan for next the next at night is to continue with caliper refurbishment, and then at the weekend I have some surface corrosion on a few places around the underbody that I plan to clean up, apply rust treatment then stone chip the underside of the car