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MK2 PH1 1.2 8v Clio Grande - Tidy up project


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Guy was buying a Hyundai i30 at work that we had up for sale. He wondered if we would give him anything for his Clio to save him the hassle of scrapping it.... we gave him £350 off the Hyundai for it, after a brief look round it I gave my boss £300 and it was mine! Someone came in looking for a cheap runabout a few hours later and offered me £500 for it but where's the fun in that?...

V reg - 1999
2 previous owners
51,500 Miles
FULL Service history




Gave it a quick going over at work on the ramp and its seriously seriously mint underneath, all it required was a high level brake light (faulty - more on that later!), Sump (badly corroded), inner ARB Bushes (perished), a set of wiper blades (looked original!) and a rear exhaust mount (collapsed) So last Saturday I done all of that and a full service since I was doing the sump anyway. - Put it though its MOT and it sailed with no advisories.

Brought it home to join the fleet!

It needed a high level brake light so a nice cheap pearl black PH3 spoiler was sourced:
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I managed to source a cheap set of ph3/Campus 15" alloys in decent condition on eBay. They were listed as all tyres needing replaced but I assume that was just the sellers get out of jail card as actually all 4 were ok, in fact 2x looked fairly new! but by the time they arrived I had already ordered a set of Hankook 195/50/15. No biggie as I knew they would look better on a lower profile tyre anyway and it meant having 4x matching new tyres.

I spent friday night on it since it looks like it hadn't been washed in years. It got the works!
  • a scrub including blasting out any gaps, seals, seams, arches etc
  • Tar removal using AutoSmart tar & glue removal
  • Clay Bar
  • Fallout removal using AutoSmart Red7
  • a blast over with the machine polisher with meguiars ultimate compound
  • a going over with AutoGlym trim restorer
  • Fresh set of number plates



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Saturday was time to fit the wheels. They got the tyres removed, a decent scrub then the new tyres fitted with some fresh valves.

It pissed with rain soon after doing the trim dressing on Friday night so it needs re done, but other than that I'm mega pleased with the results!

I've still to do the interior but started with a swap over to White dials from some other ph1 non RS. I stripped them all down, swapped the PCB from my dials into the white ones so the mileage stays correct

And how she sits tonight after a busy weekend, now with the trim restorer re applied.

Next weekend, onto the interior...


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Awesome, I loved my 1.2 Grande.

It actually sounded unusually good for a 1.2 with a K&N 57i on it, all I can put it down to is being 8v as the 16vs sound crap in comparison.
the airbox wasn't clipped on right when I picked it up and it sounded amazing!

its SLOW AS s**t though :ROFLMAO:

Smoothie Claymore

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1.0 Pandas are like that (1.0? 1.2? Can’t remember), the airbox looks like a dragster blower intake too.

They are not fast, but once you get them going and attack some corners they’re not bad at all tbh. Just no straight line ability.


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  Clio Mk2 Ph1 172
Love it Martin :love:

I've just got rid of everything bar the van, so a big empty drive now.
Miss the Ph1 but want to spend more time and money on the van 😁


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  Black Gold 182FF
Reminds me of mine... Dual optics overhaul the front so nicely. Might I suggest a Fabia splitter, clear side repeaters & ph2 rear lights - that'll be it perfect (y)

Your driveway looks like it could be a renualt dealership forecourt :LOL:


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Reminds me of mine... Dual optics overhaul the front so nicely. Might I suggest a Fabia splitter, clear side repeaters & ph2 rear lights - that'll be it perfect (y)

Your driveway looks like it could be a renualt dealership forecourt :LOL:
haha yeah the comments from the neighbours have got a bit boring on the subject! I've tried a few other things but nothing ticks all the boxes as well, and cheaply!


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Had to laugh at my Facebook memories from a year ago when I bought this, "its just a quick tidy up and shift on...."

Today I was removing a perfectly good pattern part exhaust (two piece thing - they always blow!) to fit a genuine one piece one from an 08 Campus Sport i pulled off at the scrappy.




Mr Trebus

Formerly known as Pot ltd Che
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  Whichever has fuel
Ooooh I love an RSI. I remember when I first got my 172 and and a guy in an RSI caught me off guard and it took me a good 2 lengths of dual carriageway to catch him. 😂
  Clio 1.6 16V
Have a soft spot for the RSi it's such an underloved version of the clio 2!
Can't say much as i have one myself. Looking forward to watch the "restoration" looks good with the vega wheels!


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Been plodding away with getting the donor car stripped, as soon as the shell is gone ill get the engine all prepped and then the 1.2 in and stripped!





Found the exhaust manifold was cracked, so that will need replaced (i had heard the blow and assumed it would be an exhaust flexi)


Funny enough the manifold has a cat on it, as well as a cat on the down pipe, ive never seen that before on a 1.6 clio, especially at ths age? ive found plenty on ebay for £20 odd that look the same minus the cat so that will be an upgrade for it!

parts are starting to arrive and get ready for the swap!


Been on a bargain shopping spree for it, i had priced up all the service bits for it and it was coming in quite expensive, given the low cost of everything for the car so far, but the benefit of a common engine that people are not overly interested in means loads of new old stock on ebay!
genuine timing belt kit for £50 (£100 online)
genuine aux kit £40 (£90 online)
LUK clutch kit £25 (100 online)