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Post by Toad on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:06 pm

Stu's been on at me for a while to get a thread up, so here goes...

Back in June 2007 I was working in Fareham and kept noticing a white corrado VR6 in a car park, as the weeks went on, I noticed it didn't move, then it's tyres began to get soft.

One night I dropped in, gave it a snuffle over and left a note on the windscreen asking to buy it. The next morning I had a call, turned out that the VR had been taken in Part Ex by the car sales place opposite, and they couldn't sell it. They'd been using it as a runaround, but it had a water leak, an oil leak, flat battery, the bonnet was jammed shut and the sunroof half open, it was also collecting parking tickets at an impressive rate.

I whipped the grill out, popped the bonnet and started her (not realising how little oil was in it...) drove back and forth a couple of times, noted the black leather interior, and put the £400 asking price straight on the switch card...

Here's how she looked when I got it...

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I fitted a new radiator, oil pressure switch, thermostat housing, second hand coil pack and some better ht leads, and pretty much ran her as she was for 6 months.

There was always a timing chain rattle, which I assumed was the chain on the rivets, and 5th gear didn't really work.

Eventually it made a particularly bad noise on startup, and I parked it in the shed at my parents until I saved up enough money to repair it. It's still there... Laughing

I have started to work on it now though...

i currently own;
a set of Magnecors
A head from a vw cup car
a set of schimmel 263 cams
a bmc cda,
a set of koni T/As,
a trimsport rear strut brace.
a set of 288 brakes
a set of black speedlines
a new front bumper.

I hopefully will own in the near future;
a shrick inlet manifold,
a 6 branch exhaust,
new wishbones,
new bushes front and rear,
some tins of paint.

I'm sure theres plenty more for both lists, but I'm a bit blank at the moment...

I started taking a few bits off the engine the other day and found a single upper timing chain, as used on late VRs. Since discovering that I've worked out that it's had a replacement engine, sometime after April 2001 judging by the casting marks on some parts I found.

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The front guide was broken and the tensioner bolt was knackered, only sticking halfway out.

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I replaced these and started the car, but did drop a section of guide further into the engine.... After starting, the rattle that had been prevalent before was still there.... sounding like the clasic knackered tensioner marbles in blender sound, with a rythmic clack clack every so often. Decided that it's probably a knackered chain, as it's only evident under certain conditions, so, I'm going to remove the engine and change both chains, and lower tensioner setup. Replace the gearbox, fit new wishbones, respray the subframes, remove, shotblast and respray and rebush the rear beam.

Not sure about the 263 cams yet, might fit them... The head will stay in storage until I save some more cash, migth even buy and refurb a 2.9 bottom end and build the engine up as I'm not sure what block I have, it could be 2.8 or 2.9, I just can't find marks for it.

Been sorting the interior, before moving onto paintwork and engine, and migth have decided tonight to get someone else to spray it... There are too many little rust spots on the paintwork, there's a big dent and the leading edges of the wings are pretty bad.

On the plus side it is a pretty solid car, built very late in the production run and the people who swapped the engine seem to have done a good job. Smile

Here are a few shots of the car and the stuff I've been doing recently...

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New Wheels

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White painted calipers and carriers...

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Moonroof.

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New speaker loom, just needs solder and heat shrink.

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Sound deadening part finished in this photo. I did complete the car today Smile

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Demonstrating the towing abilities... It does have a towbar, but I ripped the dodgy wiring out today...

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And a GT35R sat in an RX7, just for something different.
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Post by junkie on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:12 pm

Your 1 sexy **** Tom, lucky guy, and those pics on FB are very messy mate lol.
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Post by Toad on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:18 pm

Hahahahaha.

Every pic of me on facebook involves me sweating like a Deviant.

Gonna do the chains and tensioners during November I think, will try to get lots of pics for this thread.
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Post by MillSpeed on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:26 pm

YEAH! More RX7age!


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Post by mrbeige on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:31 pm

Good work! Good work

Whose is the RX7?

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Post by Toad on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:35 pm

Yeah, a bloke i used to work with, gonna bang him an email about this forum, he did it all himself, was quite impressed! Think he's got a thread on MRC.

The V mount FMIC was good, could feel the temp gradient across the intercooler, and the inlet pipes were lovely and cold.
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Post by dirtytorque on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:42 pm

lots of cold garage winter nights ahead of you there mate.
A few of us in the same boat. santa
Something to do eh?!!
.. it's better than dogging.

luving the random rx7 plug.
More pls.
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Post by Toad on Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:49 pm

Well, it shouldn't take long, couple of hours to rewire the stereo and refit the interior. Then the chains and tensioners will take 2-3 days including removing and refitting engine and box, front suspension will take half a day, rear beam and new brake lines will take a day or two.

So, should get most of it done in November.

Will repaint it, and do the rear beam and brakelines while the engine is out I think.
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Post by junkie on Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:04 pm

I think it would be a good idea to post up in the specialist tools your special tools, and no keep those your thinking of for your deviant self.
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Post by mic_VR on Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:21 am

Nice little motor there Tom, only wish there was more pics of you as well....

Loving the white calipers and carriers, bit unsure when you told me your plans but they do look awesome. If my car is anything to go by you'll love the extra stopping power of the 288's.
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Post by Toad on Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:10 am

junkie wrote:I think it would be a good idea to post up in the specialist tools your special tools

That's a good idea...

Quick list of everything required. I'll try to do a proper write up of how to remove a VR6 engine and box.

I do tend to use a tractor rather than an engine hoist though.
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Post by Toad on Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:01 am

Not exactly an update on the car, but, hopefully I will be renting part of a workshop from a mate for the foreseeable future. Concrete floors, well lit, 4 post lift, 10 minutes from my house rather than the 30 minutes that my parents is. Smile

Hopefully will encourage me to get on and do some work on the car in the evenings.
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Post by mrbeige on Sat Nov 29, 2008 9:21 am

Fair play, I didn't realise it had a 4-post lift as well Shocked

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Post by Toad on Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:01 am

Smile I imagine it'll be in use a lot of the time, but will be handy for a few jobs.

Might see if anyone wants any work doing, servicing etc, to help pay the rent.

Guess I'll find out tomorrow for sure. Smile
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Post by boost panda on Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:12 am

Ace! Keep up the good work mate, anyone who has 2 corrados is a bit of a ledge I reckon Very Happy
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Post by Toad on Fri May 08, 2009 11:57 am

Well, started to strip the VR, will post pictures later, but the engine and box are out and awaiting attention.

To get them ready to replace I need.

To buy a set of tappets, cam trigger wheel and some new bolts.
Buy a new clutch and flywheel
Buy new oil pump & sump gasket.
To clean and repaint the block.
Swap timing chains, fit new flywheel and clutch.
Fit spare gearbox.

I have bought the following:

Both front subframes, repainted and rebushed,
Both front wishbones, repainted and rebushed,
Refurbished PAS rack with new TREs,
Both front hubs, powder coated and fitted with new bearings,
Rear beam with powerflex bushes, repainted, and fitted with Eibach 25mm rear ARB
Complete set of solid brake lines already made and bent to shape,

All from Pete_Griff who sadly decided o break his R32 project. Crying or Very sad

Plan is to get on and steam clean the engine bay and make a start on the paintwork. Then fit the new running gear straight into the car, ready for the engine and gearbox to go in. I've decided to sell the VW cup head I bought last year. Need the money really. And will try to sell my subframes etc to someone doing a VR6 conversion to a mk2 or suchlike...

Hopefully going to collect the parts from Pete soon, but the new Landrover (4000 miles) has just started destroying it's rear diff. The dealer couldn't supply a vehicle for us to use while it's fixed, so it's come home again to cover a couple of hundred more miles until they can supply us with something to use. Mad Really disappointed with the service from the dealership with cockups over dog guards and the fact it wasn't really an ex-demonstrator vehicle as we were told.

In the mean time, I swapped the timing belt and water pump in the 16v today. Would have it running tonight but found a split elbow in the intake piping so waiting for the part to come in to the dealership.

Water pump didn't really need doing, but while I was ferreting around down there I thought I'd just as well. Believe the thermostat elbow was leaking, and hope that replacing it will sort my random coolant loss out...

Will upload some pictures soon...
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Post by dirtytorque on Fri May 08, 2009 4:04 pm

two on the go your mad. Smile

Keep us posted.
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Post by dukest on Sat May 09, 2009 2:58 pm

i seem to have 2 on the go now as well, not really sure what to do with which! and i am being goaded into a 3rd, but at least one, if not both, has to be broken.. Sad

all that powder coatedness is very good though.. Smile how does the gearbox look tom? still ok?

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Post by Toad on Wed May 27, 2009 12:46 pm

Well, I've been doing some other stuff...

Aaaaaaaaages ago (a year ago this weekend...) I bought a set of Konis and springs.

Decided to clean them and repaint them. Used Zinga Zinc paint on them which I had been told was brilliant. In a word it's ****. It just wouldn't stick to the shocks. I persevered and painted it with hammerite, then gave up and bought another set.

Anyway got the repainted units out the workshop and decided to put them back together, did scrape quite a lot of zinc off of the bodies, but I'll paint over it. I don't think I'll use these ones on the VR, but they'll be handy spares on the 16v.

I've also used a lot of hammerite on the calipers and carriers after the white VHT paint I used on them proved to be **** as well. Summer 2008 was not a good year for paint purchases.... The hammerite has lasted well on the 16V callipers, and with a few more coats and more time to go off than on the valver I think they should be ok.

I put the last of the paint on them this evening so will get pictures at the weekend.

Also planning to fit the new front subframe and front shocks/springs this weekend, as well as solid brake lines, and a few other little bits and pieces. Smile
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Post by boost panda on Wed Jun 03, 2009 4:51 am

Top updates mate! Shame mine is still in bits, I'd pop down (although I don't know where you live now! ha ha.)

Moonroof is looking really good too, I may have to look into that... oh crap, there's my masochism flaring up again.
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