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Keeper 182 Project



scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Hi All,

14 years after joining the forum for the first time I find myself back into Clio 182 ownership & my new project – Clio 182.

A little background on my cars, my first Clio was aged 17 when I picked up a Phase 1 172 reg no W872 VOO. After 6 or so months moved into a 182 Cup LT05 LWS which I loved and for me left a mark as ‘the’ car I would love to own again.

Since the Clio’s ive had a pretty varied history from Nissan s14a’s to plenty of E46’s, EP3 Type R and more recently a Catherham Seven 310S.


Since then the need for more practicality has settled me onto a W204 C63 Estate


Ive always had the urge to get back into a Clio 182 for good however. For me it was the car that started it all and over the past few years and with prices increasing I knew if I didn’t act soon I would have to accept the opportunity had passed. I didn’t want to buy one completed so instead was looking for a project car and managed to find the car on Copart of all places!

The car is a Clio 182 with both cup packs (I think) 05 plate with 2 owners from new and 83k miles. The car is HPI clear but had outstanding finance on it when I purchased it so I presume it was repo’d as it also had no keys and was locked.

It had its last MOT in 2018 and since then had basically sat in a field, as you will see going pretty mouldy! Heres the Copart pics from the listing:



 

scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Also a nice surprise in that the car has a Scorpion RS cat back exhaust which in truth would have been the exhaust I would have chosen anyway :


And then after literally an hour and a half of jetwashing I managed to get the car into the garage looking substantially cleaner than before!



Some more updates to come but the plan initially is to disinfect and clean thoroughly. Then get a key made up and see what condition the car is in mechanically. I plan on replacing suspension, brakes and polybushing where I can.

Thanks for reading in anycase, look forward to getting back into the forum 😊
 

scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
There's plenty left to get to that's for sure! The smell was genuinely unreal, I half expected to find something decaying in the boot!
I'll do a proper update but there's been a lot of white vinegar used to kill it all off and scrubbing to stop it from smelling like a fish and chip shop!
 

scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Little update today,

I had no keys with the car and unfortunately didn't find any when going through the it for the first time. Although I did find a load of cleaning bits and a Vibe active 10“ subwoofer...! (which will be for sale if anyone is interested)

In anycase got a new key cut and decided to see if we could learn more about the engine


Not a fan of the paint on the inlet manifold so that will be removed aswell as the induction kit in favour of a standard airbox


No mayo on the filler cap and was surprised to see the oil didn't look too bad either! Not bad considering it's been sat for a few years


Coolant still looks green in the header tank also so maybe a sign its had a change recently ish...

After a quick assessment we decided to try and start it and couldn't quite believe my luck when on the first try and the old fuel it started right up!!

Better yet no lifter noise/smoke to speak of however the alternator was smoking and we have discovered is not charging the battery so I'll add that to the list when the belts and dephaser is done 👍
 

scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Managed to get some seat cleaning time in over the weekend. Used some white vinegar and steam to kill the mould and then various autoglym bits I had to get rid of the vinegar and make it smell new again.
Pretty happy with the results. Some before and after pics
Also when refitting the seats I ditched the spacers and mounted the seat in the car rather than on it. Difference is huge, I can't believe I never did this on my previous clios!
Hard to see the difference in a pic but I know you all know the difference. Also seat still slides back and forth which is nice considering I didn't cut the carpet 👍
 

scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Also replaced the halfords aerial with a plain black one. I'll never use the radio so not too worried if it works just that it's neater
Also found some blue footwell lights... These will be removed and burnt
And lastly replaced the number plate lamp with a new Renault unit
 

scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
My plan is to work my way through some of the smaller jobs whilst collecting parts to get the belts, dephaser etc all done hopefully in a few months time
Where do people recommend for genuine OE parts? RPD/Ktec?
I've hopefully lined up an ex Renault Master tech who is happy to do the work also which is a relief!
 

scash88

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Little update, been finishing scrubbing up the interior, headlining is now completely clean and mould free after 3 sessions with the vanish oxy action.
Also been doing the seat belts...why Renault chose light grey is beyond me 😂
Here's the drives vs rear seat to show how manky they got
After
Also managed to pick up a set of turinis, they have been rattle canned satin black so need a full refurb in anthracite and also one has a small dent so needs a minor repair but I got a very good deal so can't complain.
Also came on some Avon ZZRs with 5mm or so left! Considering selling the standard rims and maybe the Avons in favour of a bit more of an all weather tyre if anyone was interested
 

16V F7R

ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 16V
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And Clio interiors! Kim and Aggie sprung to mind 🤣 Nice work that is scrubbing up nice👍
 


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