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172 in a mk1, Superfatdan's very very long project....



Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
So i've had this car for nearly 4 years. I bought it from a member on here, Brad Harding, back in sep 2008.

1993 K plate Clio 1.8 16v with a Hybrid 2.0 bottom end.

This project has taken a long time (and still isn't finished! lol) owing largely to the fact that I have two small children, a wife that will be ill for the rest of her life and two businesses. Basically, I don't get much time! But this car is my baby and I don't care if it takes another 4 years, as long as its done properly.

I first saw the car on here way before that and as soon as I did, I sent him a pm stating that i'd buy it as soon as he was going to sell it. Two years on, he pm'ed me and I jumped in my wifes car with my dad and was off to Leicester as fast as possible...

Now, whilst it was a nice looking car, I can honestly say I bought this thing with rose tinted glasses.



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SO I drove it round like that for about 6 months. I changed the headlights from the awful angel eyes back to the originals.

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Then one day whilst out with a mate, he uttered the fatal words.... ''IT doesn't feel as fast as your williams''

And he was right. I just put it down to (at the time) also owning a 320bhp M3 so the clio feeling naturally slower. But him saying it made me realise that something was a miss.

So I rang three different ''specialists'' in renaults about a throttle body conversion...

Now I'm a simple man with a simple outlook. I wanted someone to quote me, I drop car off, I go back after some time with a fist full of pound notes and I collect my newly built fire spitting bodied clio... But no. Not one of these ''specialists'' even bothered to quote me.

Oh well, their loss!

So it was decided (during some stupid piss up!) that me and my mechanicwould do the engine swap from a 172.

So I went and bought a ph1 172 from a member off here that had been written off (lightly!)

We then transferred the following bits into the mk1 shell...

172 engine, Gearbox, clutch, driveshafts, bottom arms, discs, calipers, radiator, alternator.... I basically wanted a 172 in a mk1 shell.

Whilst doing it, I hounded Jordan Fox and chris Whiteley (off here) as they had already done the conversion so massive massive respect to them. When I eventually meet them, the beers are on me! My mechanic hates renaults, I am a car valeter so in the grand scheme of things, we needed help! lol.

Eventually, after one evening a month over the period of a year, I ended up with my mk1 172...

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But things weren't right. The suspension was shot to s**t, the exhaust was bodged and tyres were horrific.

SO I went and got a custom exhaust built from the downpipe back, then ordered some FK konigsport suspension (williams fitment) and then did a deal with a guy on here for some TD Pro Races with nearly new PE2's in 195-50-15. Sorted.




So I drove to work and back in it like that for about 6 months or so, covering about 1000 miles. There were a few niggles, but on the whole, it was good!
I figured out that the fuel pump wasn't up to the job, the suspension needed a pro to set it up properly and ideally It needed someone who knew 172's and mk1's to go over it.

Sadly, nobody was keen to help me so me and my track-day best mate decided that enough was enough, we'll do it ourselves!

My track day buddy is Sam, he's a lot younger than me, a lot cleverer than me and a lot more talented than me. And he's better looking... But he's a fcuking brilliant mate and has never given up on my car. He's come close a few times though..

Sam is the owner of this... http://www.cliosport.net/forum/show...rly-finished&p=8636150&viewfull=1#post8636150

While up at my mechanics one day picking a car up, I decided to have a look at the clio's underside as (stupidly!) even when buying it, I had never done it.

Well that day was a day i'll never forget...

It was rotten! There was rust everywhere. Despite being told that the car had new sills and rear wings, it had infact been bodged together with filler and mastik. I was mortified.

So after a long think, I decided to buy a 172 and break the clio, there was nothing else I could do.

But then, Whiteley from this very forum advertised his bare shell, complete with cage.
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So I was watching it on ebay, it got to the last 10 seconds and I stuck in a cheeky bid...

But i'm a prick and lost it by £20. FFs. :(

Down trodden and disheartened, I just put the clio to the back of my mind and got on with life. Even bought myself an Impreza to cheer myself up!

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Then, out of the blue, the new owner of Whiteley's shell had a change of heart! :D:D:D He wanted to sell me the shell as he had too much going on to carry on with it.

So, with no hesitations, me and sam jumped in the truck and drove the (very!!) long way to get my new shell.

So thats as it stands, I have a fully functioning clio mk1 with a 172 engine but a rotten shell, and a 95% rust free shell with no running gear.

Current spec of Rusty Mc Rustbodge:

172 engine with aircon and Power steering delete.
Clio williams subframe, ARB and steering rack (with ends looped to get rid of power steering)
172 brakes with DS2500's, Brembo HC's
Braided lines
Espace V6 Airbox with ITG race element
FK Konigsport suspension
Single box exhaust with 2.75" bore from front to back. 3" tailpipe.
Custom Renaulsport Seat, 3" OMP harnesses
Ktec/Vibratec engine mounts
RS matched inlets

And the lovely new shell that its all going in to this saturday/sunday.

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I have booked a track day for the 7th of june and have booked two days off work this week to get the grey car re-shelled...

Got my work cut out! lol.

So plans are...

This weekend: Paint engine bay gloss black, reshell car, scrap grey shell after stripping it for spares.

Do a track day with Burpspeed on the 7th of june.

Get interior of car painted gloss black, exterior will either be painted in original mk1 16v grey or wrapped in satin grey, i'm not sure yet.

Then, next winter I want to supercharge it, but thats a long way off yet.

Apologies for the essay, I will update with more pictures after this weekends work.

(providing my wifes home from hospital on friday!!)

Much love.
 
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  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Cool project, hope all goes to plan this weekend, sounds relatively straight forward if you have a complete working car to swap the bits over from, but things dont always go as they should of course!
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Its been standing (outside!) for the last 12 months so I'm fully expecting plastic connectors etc to be brittle and snap.

Thankfully I still have 4 other clio's floating about and the remains of the last one we broke so hopefully I have all angles covered.. .
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Are you sticking with the williams widetrack or going to swap to 172 (not sure if the other 4 cars include a 172 or not?)

If you are sticking with williams its worth swapping to R19 16v arms, they are a direct swap and have more caster.
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Are you sticking with the williams widetrack or going to swap to 172 (not sure if the other 4 cars include a 172 or not?)

If you are sticking with williams its worth swapping to R19 16v arms, they are a direct swap and have more caster.
I've got 172 bottom arms on a williams subframe. It did have williams arms but I bent them trying to undo the hub nuts! lol.

Great project :cool: I'll defo be keeping track of this. What colour is the new shell? I'm really liking it.
The blue shell has been painted in 172 cup (mondial) blue. Its fine for a track car, but this is my pride and joy so will be getting stripped off. Looks like its been rollered on! lol.
 
  53 Clio's & counting
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Fingers crossed it will get done before Wales mate, if I can be of any assistance/get in the way let me know x
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Sounds cool :)
Looking forward to seeing it at llandow, if I get mine there as well, with Russ too we'll have 3 of us representing proper clios, lol
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

3 mk1's will be some sort of record, surely??
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

I can't see that happening tbh.
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

How about if they are all non rusty still at the end of the day?
I reckon if we do a group buy on waxoyl we can probably manage to get all 3 through 8 hours of welsh rain without them rusting? Or is that too big an ask as well?
 
  53 Clio's & counting
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Yeah right, next you're going to tell me our sunroof's won't leak either
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

FLOL!

No mate, even my mk1 blinkers arent THAT severe.
 
  125D
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Big approve :approve: Good luck on the re-shelling!!
 
  53 Clio's & counting
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Lol! Mines leaking through the switch (Thats right, electric sunroof ;) ) though plan is to cut the roof off to get rid of the f**king thing!


I will be interested to see what yours is like when it's done Dan - even though iv seen yours a few times I never got the chance for a trip out in it, and I have not had the opportunity to go out in a Mk1 F4R
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

What are you expecting it to weight Dan?

800kg ish?
 

Robclio98

ClioSport Club Member
  225 powered mk2
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Awesome!!! I love projects like this :) good luck matey :)
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

What are you expecting it to weight Dan?

800kg ish?
Chris, the previous owner of the blue shell, weighed it at about 830kgs ish when it was F4r'd iirc. Don't quote me on that.

But i'm only having one chair, and i'll be using proper glass not polycarb, and i'm about twice the size (width) of him. Make of that what you will! lol.
 

Silent_Scone

ClioSport Club Member
  Evo 5 RS
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Defo will be following this. If you can get this to Wales you deserve some form of award.

I vote for it to be DUF's seats.
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Chris, the previous owner of the blue shell, weighed it at about 830kgs ish when it was F4r'd iirc. Don't quote me on that.

But i'm only having one chair, and i'll be using proper glass not polycarb, and i'm about twice the size (width) of him. Make of that what you will! lol.
So 800 ish without you in it, and 1.2 8v performance with you in?
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

PRetty much, although I am losing weight at the speed of sound at the moment so will look like Brad fcuking Pitt come the 7th of june.
 
  182/RS2/ Turbo/Mk1
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

PRetty much, although I am losing weight at the speed of sound at the moment so will look like Brad fcuking Pitt come the 7th of june.
Lol, good luck sticking with it :)

Ive lost 16 pounds in the last month, but its getting harder by the day to stay motivated enough to stick with it.
 
  RS175,595,205gti,172
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

PRetty much, although I am losing weight at the speed of sound at the moment so will look like Brad fcuking Pitt come the 7th of june.
Complete with dodgy facial hair?

Look forward to seeing this at Llandow :)
 
  172 Race Car
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

This HAS to be done for Llandow. Its the law
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

As long as my mrs is out of hospital by friday night, It will be!!
 

Rob

ClioSport Moderator
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Make it to Wales and I'll buy you a cider. Keep us updated. (like with actual pictures and s**t)


P.s I'm surprised you managed to make such a tidy and comprehensive thread, impressed with the computer skills.
 
  53 Clio's & counting
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Believe it or not, Dan isn't as Dumb as I look
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

LOL @ Russ.

I did it whilst the baby had her morning nap Rob. I was stuck for something to do whilst living my WAG lifestyle.

Looking forward to the weekend though. Can't wait to get stuck in!
 

Stu.

ClioSport Club Member
  lots of clios.
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Awesome project is awesome! Have a big love for mk1's so look forward to seeing this done. And I stick a vote in for painting it grey like the one you're breaking! :D
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Yeah, thats the favourite route to take. At least then my logbook etc will all match up.
 
  53 Clio's & counting
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

Love that grey mate, suits the mk1 so well, too bad there are not many mk1's in that colour left :(
 
  53 Clio's & counting
Re: 172 in a mk1, Superfastdan's very very long project....

His 2nd job of giving man bum love has nothing to do with this thread x
 


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