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Old 29-09-2016, 09:38 PM   #1
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Matts Racing Blue 182

Hi all
Some of you may remember remember I used to have a silver Clio 182. But this sadly got written off earlier this year.
So I was on the hunt for another one. I joined Cliosport.net to see what was about and found a 67,000 mile racing blue 182. So I flew from Devon to Newcastle to pick it up.
It drove ok and was exactly as described so a deal was done and I drove it 6 hours back home.

After about a month the car started smoking under high revs and was drinking oil and misfiring due to the burning of engine oil. It was nearly using a litre for 50 miles.

So it was going to need a engine. Luckily for me I brought the silver 182 off the insurance company as I wanted the wheels and exhaust. So I set about removing the engine from that.





Engine removed ready for stripping down for paint and powder coating. But things took a bigger turn for more power and to refresh the engine.
First things were to remove the head to replace the stem seals. Relapped all the valves with a new head set ready to go on and I could give the head and block a paint.

I removed the gearbox to be sent away for a full rebuild a new clutch will be going on. Replaced both the front and rear crank seals

All the brackets and alternator and air con compressior were painted.














So whilst the head was off being skimmed I thought to myself I may as well change the piston rings and uprate the rod bolts with some arp bolts. So out came the pistons for new rings and bolts. The bores were honed.



Oil pumped removed ready for a new one later on.



Piston removed.



Bore honed with new piston rings and piston in.



Quick pic of one of the pistons.



ARP rod bolts ready for fitting and torquing.



New oil pump on



Well this is where things went out of control. I ended up buying updated performance cams and uprated valve springs, a lightweight flywheel, a performance inlet manifold. Induction kit. Performance ignition leads.
So when you put all that together with my parts back from the powder coaters you get something like this.



So with the engine finally built up it was time to remove the old engine to fit the new. So hopefully it was all good.

Old engine removed.



New engine in with forge red silicone coolant hoses.



All built ready for firing up.




The car has now been mapped and has done around 600 miles of running in. It had to have the rear crank seal done again as it leaked. I wasn't at all happy. Turns out there is a special tool for installing them and I couldn't find borrow or buy the tool. The car went to SJM automotive a Clio specialist who mapped it and did the seal and it's all dry now. He did a compression test on all 4 cylinders before mapping where it made 214psi per cylinder. So next on the list is to get it dyno'd once run in.

Here's the spec and some final pics.
SM inlet
438 Cams
KTEC lightweight flywheel
Uprated valve springs
New oil pump
New valve seals
New piston rings
Gearbox rebuild
ARP rod bolts
New seals.
New cambelt kit and aux belt kit.
New water pump.
New dephaser pulley.
New clutch.
Magnecor red leads.
Ram air filter.
PMS short shift
Forge coolant hoses
New head gasket and head bolts.
Reaction front seats.
Rear seats removed.
Decat
Show cage.
PTFE inlet gasket

Think that's about it. Here are some car pics.





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Good effort!!!! I've had 3 Clio 182s and loved every single one.
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Looks superb.

If you don't mind me asking, what were your costs - buying the blue one, the writ off, and the work/parts etc?

Really fancy buying one of these in future as a garage queen.
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Good effort for an afternoons work Matty.

I jest I know how much you've put into this pal time wise and monetary, you should be proud of your endeavours
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This thread is full of win, good work. Although, you NEED a new coolant tank to go along with the bay Only about £12 off Euro Car Parts.


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Nìce work matey.
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Looks superb.

If you don't mind me asking, what were your costs - buying the blue one, the writ off, and the work/parts etc?

Really fancy buying one of these in future as a garage queen.
It's cost me too much really. The car was £3000 so I think all in all it has cost me around the £6000 mark to get it to where it is today that includes buying the car. You will always pay more for the racing blue colour compared to other colours like black and silver.

The car will be having a full damp sand soon to finish it off. The paint is covered in swirls but at the moment I'm just enjoying it.
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Nice job! Who makes the inlet manifold?


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Old 30-09-2016, 03:08 PM   #9
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Nice work, that engine looks great.

What was wrong with the original engine for it to fail, given it was relatively low mileage?
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Looks like an RS2 to me?


Love the car. A life goal is to own an rb clio.

Was close to doing a homage mk3 cup with gordini stripes. Alas, never happened.

Love this though, will be watching with interest.

Are you looking to screw some more power out of it then?
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