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Clio 182 Track Car & Daily Projects



Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
The weather was determined to stop me finishing the car today with hail and rain pretty much the theme of the day.

I plowed on regardless and got the new radiator and hoses in. You can see the old rad has seen better days.

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Picked up a Nissen radiator off EBay via Denmark. Took 6 days but for £60 it was worth the wait.

Got the inlets on, bled the radiator, then stuck some new genuine gearbox & engine oil in. Battery on and 4 turns later it fired up.

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No more photos as it literally was dark by the time I finished but it drives superb. I never knew a clutch could be so light on one of these.

I’ll be driving it to work all week so fingers crossed nothing falls off, but so far so good.
 

Andy P

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172, Clio 220 T
Yeah I agree. I tried to get a new one but you can’t get them anymore.
That's annoying. So many parts now NLA. I was lucky I bought a lot of new parts over the 8 years I have had mine that are now NLA.

I bought a genuine one which the part number was 7701470460, pricey but I like genuine where possible.
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
A lap from Croft last week. Had some really good laps as there wasn't much out on circuit so could get a nice rythmn going. According to my Go Pro this was my PB which is good as everytime i go there i seem to improve slightly - just a confidence thing being old and all that - unless it's raining of course :ROFLMAO:

I might invest in some proper data logging equipment for 2022 to take the guesswork out of it.

 

Brigsy

ClioSport Club Member
  Kangoo 172cup
Decent lap, its class when its quiet as can get loads of hot laps in. One of my mates was there and said there was hardly anybody booked on, i was going to come over but fully booked at work.
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
Decent lap, its class when its quiet as can get loads of hot laps in. One of my mates was there and said there was hardly anybody booked on, i was going to come over but fully booked at work.
Yeah I couldn’t believe it Jon when I saw how empty the garages and car park were. I think in the afternoon there was 6 cars on circuit at any given time. One of the best days I’ve had there. What was your mate in?
 

Brigsy

ClioSport Club Member
  Kangoo 172cup
He was in the silver megane 225 on turinis, usually goes out for endurance sessions on track.

Im a bit gutted that i didn't make a trackday there this year, but should be fully prepared for next spring fingers crossed.
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
He was in the silver megane 225 on turinis, usually goes out for endurance sessions on track.

Im a bit gutted that i didn't make a trackday there this year, but should be fully prepared for next spring fingers crossed.
Ah he was in the garage next door to me. I was chatting to him later in the day after following him and an ST Fiesta around for a few laps. He can certainly pedal a car that's for sure.
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
2 weeks and 400 miles later after fixing the oil leaks/cleaning the engine, it was time to check if my work was up to standard.

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Super happy to see no leaks and the last major milestone complete for this project.

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So that’s pretty much it for this car, just general maintenance to do. Only took me 4 years to finish it 😂 but I’ve learned a lot about these cars and enjoyed it at the same time.

Thank you to everybody that’s helped me sort out parts, given sound advice and commented in general.

Now it’s time to focus my attention on my latest project, my 182 RB, and get that up to a high standard.

Thanks for reading 😊
 

Andy P

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172, Clio 220 T
Yeah it’s split. I’ve packed it with grease so it’ll be right. Yeah coolant bottle makes all the difference
Another part that is difficult to get and is very expensive now after a quick google, Part Number is 8200136186. I bought a new one for £16.56 and then proceeded to fit the old one🤦‍♂️. So have decided to keep it as spares. If you are wondering how I know all these part numbers, every part I have bought new I have added the part number to an excel spreadsheet. 247 genuine new parts replaced in my car and about 100 non genuine where I couldn’t get genuine parts.
 
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Andy P

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 172, Clio 220 T
Looking forward to seeing how the RB comes out.

Wiish mine was half as good as yours. Top job.👍
 


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