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Big Steve World Cup Williams 🌍

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
Checked to see if the strut bar I’d bought was the right one..? BINGO!!
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Exhaust manifold off next:
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Came off without too much drama, and found I had a broken bolt and perhaps the reason the downpipe was blowing, you can see the sealing ring was damaged:
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Drilled out the broken bolt, and removed the damaged seal.

With the exhaust manifold removed, nothing looked too untoward with the remaining bits, just covered in rust and detritus:
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Engine bay loom and ECU then removed:
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Starting to look fairly clear in there now.
 

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
Breakdown continues, so I can get the engine out for a full going over.

O/S Wheel and driveshaft out tonight:
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And it appears there IS a bigger brake kit fitted to this car as advertised!! Never seen one like this before with little anodised aluminium brackets..!!
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It appears the standard Clio Williams calipers are present. I know people swap to the 172 wide track, for the Clio 172 Calipers… but how different is the 1*2 caliper carriers vs the Williams..?

Anyone know??
 

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
Whipped the Nearside driveshaft out this evening, and everything came out easily enough:
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As I’m stripping the car down, I’m keeping my eyes peeled for further signs of rust and saw the offside headlight area looked a bit grotty:
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So pulled off the offside wing and was greeted by a lot of rust, but thankfully it’s all just on the surface and passes the old screwdriver poke test! 🪛
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Would still say this car is in pretty good condition considering it’s age/mileage/history. Nothings scaring me off as yet..! 🤦🏼‍♂️
 

Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
Aren't they the old school 285mm R21 Taxi disc conversion bracket extenders? Used to have them on one of my 5GT Turbo's. I believe the other mod was fitting the 259mm discs and Valver calipers on the 5s?
 

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
Apparently the 21 TXI discs are near unobtanium now, so looking to go back to OE I think..
Swiped a full set of Ferodo DS2500 pads and front drilled/grooved discs off a chap off eBay for less than half price:
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So that’s made the decision for me on what I’m going to do with the braking system. 👍

Planning to whip the engine & Gearbox out tomorrow, will report back. 🔧 ⚙️
 

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
Planning to whip the engine & Gearbox out tomorrow, will report back. 🔧 ⚙️
Soon pulled it out this morning:


Engine looks in fairly good order, albeit a bit greasy & dirty:
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Whipped the gearbox off, and was greeted by an unknown clutch:
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With plenty of meat on it, but missing a small spring:
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Soon got the engine onto the stand:
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Engine bay needs some serious loving though 🤢
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Plenty for me to go at now… 😏
 

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
This website is going to be your new favourite thing ;):ROFLMAO:

Oh WOW!! Looks like I’m going to place a big fat order! Thanks @16v_paddy 🙏👌🏻

First order arrived today, and although the Taxman took his 20%, I’m still chuffed with the fact I managed to grab a set of the Bilstein B6 shocks that seem to be no longer be available on their website..?
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Also picked up:
  • Full OE Replica coolant set in the correct black rubber design (no glossy Silicone here
  • New reproduction O/S splash guard
  • 10x heat shield fasteners
  • 4 x Spark Plug insulators
#serviceparts 🤫
 

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
Switched out the under headlight trims from the headlights supplied with the car (which didn’t have the manual adjustment function) to a new pair I managed to come by.

Always like to use new headlights on my car rebuilds, as it really brightens up the front of the car:
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You can see how the new (outer) ones look LOADS brighter 🤩

Next I did a little DIY refurbishment of the starter motor heatshield:
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…with a roll of adhesive backed aluminium:
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It doesn’t make it brand new again, but has certainly given it a bit more rigidity and now stopped if fraying any more. 👍👍

I then whipped the oil sump off:
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Thankfully I found no big lumps of metal in the bottom of the sump, so things still looking healthy… (famous last words) 🙄
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Then I removed the timing covers:
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To show an OE Renault Timing Belt fitted that was still in good condition 👌

It was exactly at this point I was reminded why I always take the engines out when I’m doing work like this:
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Just look at the state of that lot!!! 🤮🤮🤮 It’s near impossible to fix this properly when the engine’s in the car… I want to try & make this engine oil-tight 🙏

Thanks for stopping by 👍
 

Big_Steve_T

ClioSport Club Member
Continued pulling the timing side of the engine apart:
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Belt and lower timing cover off:
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Then crank drive pulley:
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Still looking grease-tastic under there:
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Then whipped off the crank cover:
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ALL of the seals are leaking, so I’m going to get them changed.

That work started with a liberal application of degreaser and brake clean 🧼🧽:
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….made things look better:
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Now waiting for a HEAP of parts to turn up.. 📦

Thanks for reading 📖
 
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