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Old 15-04-2017, 08:39 AM   #1
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20vKarlos' - Renault Clio 172 - Track Car Project - Possible Disaster



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Hi all,

It's been a while since I've posted, but I thought you'd all like to follow the build process of my Clio 172 that I am turning into a track only car.

I've got a lot to bring you all up to speed with as I've owned the car for a few months now.
so I'll put a large post up now, then another large post in 24-48 hours to bring you to where I'm at today.


Firstly, the advert...










The one that makes everyone chuckle...




So, I placed my bid with seconds to spare and won it!





Well, long story short, I'd forgotten to Reg check the car... it was a Cat C ...

So, I called the seller and told him to keep it. He asked how much i was willing to pay for the car if running, I gave him my price and told him that I wasn't going to travel if he thought I'd pay more, however I also told him that the price would be next to nothing if the car didn't start!
So, with a price in mind IF THE CAR STARTED, I went to pick it up.

It didn't start! I wasn't happy told the lad I wasn't interested and the price just plummeted to £100.

As I was walking to the van I'd rented, he says, "to give my grandparents their garage back and so it's not a wasted journey for you, you can have it for £200"
I thought about the cars worth in panels and parts and thought, WHY NOT! It's worth a punt!

So we loaded it up.




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Next...

The plans

Stage 1

*At this point, the car hadn't started, nor had I looked at the car for a couple of weeks whilst I waited the keys to my Unit.*

The "plan" was to throw it through an MOT if it started, Just to see what sort of things it would fail on

Well, to be honest stage 1 never really existed... my plan went out of the window... but it will be Serviced and checked over by a fully qualified mechanic before it sees the track and it's also getting a LOT of new parts!

So here's a maintenance list.

- Needs Tyres (these will be chosen after wheel choice)

- Brakes -
- Front Discs *Purchased*
- Rear Discs and bearing kit *Purchased*
- Hub Nuts *Purchased*
- Ferodo DS1.11's - Front *Purchased*
- Ferodo DS2500's - Rear *Purchased*
- Braided lines *Purchased*
- Brake Fluid *Purchased*
- Change Filters
- Change Oil
- Spark Plugs *Purchased*

It will have also get a new Cambelt, Aux Belt, waterpump & Dephaser when I rip out the Air con

Track Prep
It's already started, but the main plan is to..

- Fully strip the Interior *Done*
- Two Bucket Seats *Purchased*
- Set of Harnesses *Purchased*
- Steering Wheel & a boss *Purchased*
- Replace Xenon's with standard lights *Done*
- 15" Wheels
- Track tyres

I'd quite like my first experience in my own track car to feel Standard/rubbish in terms of setup... my reasons behind this are as follows... If I put an upgrade like a Rear Anti-Roll Bar onto the car, I want to be able to feel/hear or see the difference that it's making. So although the car is having a HUGE transformation currently, in terms of the engine and running gear, the car will still be as it was when I bought it... for its first track day.


Future list of things to do.

- Coilovers
- Rear Anti-Roll bar *Purchased*
- PMS Strut Brace & Top Mounts
- Engine mounts
- Gearbox Mount
- Dogbone Mount
- Polybushes everywhere
- Gear linkage kit
- Clio 182 Exhaust Manifold
- Potentially a fair few other parts

I'd quite like to put a cage in the car, but that won't happen for a fair while.

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Next...

We finally got in... TEMPORARILY!!

Due to having to wait WEEKS for access to the unit, the car got a clamp!
So I told the landlord that he had 24 hours to get me a parking space,
or he would be paying a storage fee whilst I waited for them to sort the issue with the doors on the unit... more on that later in the Garage Section


He agreed to let us 'store' the car in the unit whilst building works were taking place.

Whilst waiting for the works to begin on the Unit, we managed to get a fair amount of things done with the car...








Bumper off



That's nice and straight mate!



Some new (used) parts arrived



Then we got cracking on the tear down.












We did however find why the car wouldn't start.
Thanks to the guys on ClioSport for their help on this!
We had to replace the ECU, UCH & Ignition barrel, once this was done, we took the donor key and fired the car straight into life!


Here I am replacing the UCH, the last piece to our puzzle.
COMFY...NOT!!



You'll hear me shout "GET IN" in excitement

https://youtu.be/_SYUQTfCnZQ

We then got the call that work was starting,
so we left the car all tucked up (we closed the bonnet) and left not knowing how long the wait would be...



We had no access to the car for just over 1 month.


Before



After



So, two weeks ago, we got the keys to our Unit! FINALLY
We had only been waiting since the 28th November

That's all for now...
You'll have to wait until the next update to see how far we've come in the last two weeks.

Thanks for reading if you've got this far.
Any comments and criticism welcome


Karlos
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Old 15-04-2017, 09:08 AM   #2
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I'd say you did well to get that for £200, considering your max bid was £760

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Old 15-04-2017, 10:29 AM   #3
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Well done bud, good buy by the sounds of it. Congrats on finally getting the unit.
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Old 15-04-2017, 11:47 AM   #4
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Brilliant. Look forward to seeing updates matey. Subscribed now.😀

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Congrats on the unit and regardless, that is a steal for £200.

Wish I could find those bargains.
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I'd say you did well to get that for £200, considering your max bid was £760
I think so too bud... but as you'll see, I'm glad I got it that cheap, as it's now got to the expensive buying stage


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Well done bud, good buy by the sounds of it. Congrats on finally getting the unit.
Can't wait to start putting it back together now.
As for the unit, it's been a long time coming

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Brilliant. Look forward to seeing updates matey. Subscribed now.��
I shall try and keep you all up to date from now on

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Congrats on the unit and regardless, that is a steal for £200.

Wish I could find those bargains.
It was purely luck that I managed to get the car started, well, educated luck ... otherwise it was a £200 Scrapper that I'd have stripped for parts

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Let's bring you all up to date


So, to follow on from the last update...
we got the keys and it was time to get the floor and walls painted.
Also setup the new Shelving.
**Nothing is in its final place yet so organisation is at an all time low**





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So, the next step was to empty the Clio out!
Up until this point, it had basically been our storage area for parts that we had ripped out of the car!





Everything from the interior has now been binned.

So with everything out and being equipped with one of these...





... I spent a little while tidying the car up.
I started at the rear of the car, mainly as the wires all connect up at the bulk head or passenger footwell so working forward was best.

I took the spoiler and aerial off to remove the rear washer hose and re-seat the rubber mounting point on the Aerial.
Whilst I was there, I gave the dirty areas a quick going over with G101.








I also spent a good hour snapping all of the old clips out of the car!
They wouldn't come out in one piece!
(I'm pretty sure Renault make them like this for more after-sales)

Once that tedious task was completed, I moved on to the Dashboard.
I got rid of the centre console clock, the radio and also the entire carcass of the dash was ripped out.











It was then time to get the interior loom out.
Why?
Well, I'd got this far to remove the Airbag loom and I didn't want the Airbag light on constantly.
As it would only put a light on the dash due to the seats not being used.
I figured I was best removing wires whilst the loom was out of the car.





So I labelled all of the connectors and pulled the loom out!





It's quite tidy once everything is out 👍🏼





I then cut out the first lot of wires and the pile was bigger than I'd expected it to be.





So I figured it was probably a good idea to plug it all back in and fire up the car.





It started first time and it was then apparent that i could've taken the clock/temperature display in the centre console and the Alarm out.
The alarm siren weighs about a kilo on its own and the clock just wouldn't be useful anymore!

So... you guessed it, the loom came back out and it has now been cut for the final time.
Well I say final time, but if I remove the Aircon and heater, then I shall have a few more wires to chop out!

All that is left to do with the loom now, is tidy up all of the connections and then wrap the loom up for extra tidiness.
It'll then be Zip tied into place


Final cut on the loom.





How the car looks currently..





The eagle eyed among you, will have noticed that I've removed the sound deadening.









Whilst I was removing the Siren for the alarm, I had to remove the washer bottle as it was in the way.
So whilst I was there, I modified the washer jets.

The jets won't (shouldn't) 'burn out' as they spin both ways for screen wash propulsion

Rear jet (no longer needed)





Front Windscreen (Still functioning) and Headlight washer jets blanked the ghetto way





The only part that I'm having a major breakdown over, is this sodding thing!





It's the dreaded ISOFIX bolt that nearly every clio owner that wants to remove their seats has a struggle with!
Mine was eating through Torx bits and it's even eaten two drill bits (they were rubbish to start with) so now it's time to buy a grinder!
IF THERE IS A GOD!
HE NEEDS TO BE LOOKING OVER ME WHEN I HAVE A GRINDER IN MY HANDS!


Well, that brings us up to date with the build although it's been slightly abbreviated... however, there's a lot more to come and there is also a little more that I'm sure you'll all enjoy to see!


NEW TOYS AND GOODIES!!!!

Bucket Seats have been ordered... they'll be here shortly I should think (on back order)
Extra low subframes have arrived
Harnesses are ordered and will arrive shortly
Wheels & Tyres will be ordered soon
Few other parts will also get added to the list at some point


This is my favourite part so far
OMP Targa Suede




OMP Boss Kit








Shall I go fibreglass bonnet???





Whiteline Rear Anti-Roll Bar





Once on track, I plan to stay on track





Hopefully this will be handy





Thanks for reading again guys!
Any comments and criticisms are welcome as always.



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Guess there's no going back now
Are you fitting a cage ?
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