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Pete's budget Ph1 track build



Been on CS for a few years now and started with a titanium 182 which was slightly modded but remained my everyday runner. Then I was seduced by a Liquid Yellow R27 and the 182 went before it was completely finished. Last year my circumstances changed and the 197 had to go to suit my work situation, enter the Panda. Having modded the Panda and took it to Llandow for a damn good track thrashing, realised that I wanted a track car. So the search began for something suitable. After a lucky escape from a right shed on ebay I found the current car on here. Went along to Chichester to look at it and bought it on the spot.

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Previous owner had made a few mods to it:

Air con delete
Aluminium bonnet
Lowered driving seat
Eibach sport springs
Aluminium radiator.
Powerflex stainless exhaust

Was a good starting point but came without any service history. So had the cam belt done and a check up mechanically. Still need to sort out the crank sensor problem but currently living with the excitement of not knowing when it is going to start. So will order the new sensor and fit in next week.

Drew up a list of what I wanted to do and spoke with my son about what we are able to do ourselves. Then began the hunting down of the parts to complete the build. Finally managed to get out this week and begin stripping the car. Most of the rear interior was out and today has been spent doing a lot of cleaning and tidying bits on the car.

Pics to follow.
 

Paul172sport

ClioSport Club Member
  Sunflower Ph1
looking forward to seeing the results of your efforts and how your project develops.
if you ever need a hand with anything just ask.
 
Right finally sorted out my Flickr account and posted pics up on there.

Paul, cheers mate, I've got a fog lamp for you.

Daniel you're cool now, at my age you'll be sub zero.

Fletch, I've only just ordered the coilies. Should be here end of next week.

As in first post strippage started on wednesday night and finished off today and cleaned up the mess under the seats and in the boot.

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Rear doorcards inserted

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Rear windscreen wiper and motor deleted and covered.

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Rear spoiler had been assaulted by sandpaper and had been badly sprayed years ago. So came up with this as a theme idea to make it stand out a little bit on track. I know it's a marmite mod but meh who said you acquire taste with age.
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Whilst we were spraying some bits we thought we might as well do the mirrors as well.

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Fog lights removed and surrounds colour co-ordinated. Tow sticker added.

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Well that's about all we managed today. Tow strap to be put in next week. Hope to finish the interior next weekend.


That is: Cobra seats
Harnesses
Roll cage

In the pipe line: Brakes
Coilovers
Top Mounts
camber bolts
Top engine mount
Full suspension geometry check
oil catch tank
tyres
Re-furb wheels
Crank sensor

So still some work to do before Llandow in March. Rolling Road in February to see how many of the horses have escaped.
 

Paul172sport

ClioSport Club Member
  Sunflower Ph1
Cheers for the fog.

Liking the carbon rear cards and looking forward to seeing it caged up too.
 
Looking great Pete!

Many miles on it?

Oh I have 2 spare crank sensors if you wanna try?
Cheers Russ its on about 114,000 miles so still running in. My son is going to see if he can order the parts through work but thanks for the offer.

Looks good Pete.

If the crank sensor is the issue make sure you get the updated sensor and loom from Renault.
Cheers Tim, I've got my Tim on the case tomorrow and he knows to get the loom. Do you know if we need a wiring diagram or is it fairly self explanatory.

Where did you get the rear wiper bung? Got to love the phase 1s :D
Thanks Eddy, the bung is home made by my son. The whole theme of this project is to do as much of the work as possible on it ourselves.

Although, it is handy to have a son who is a panel beater /paint sprayer and vehicle technician by trade, He loves playing about with cars and has built some cool ones in his time. As he's trying to save up at the moment he wanted a project that kept him in and didn't mean putting in his money. So enter Dad with a tight budget and some ideas for him to bring to fruition. I said he could drive it on a few track days as well. That's if he doesn't go down the drift route with his MX5.
 
  Clio 172
Looking good Pete I'll be following this thread with interest. Doubt I'll be seeing you at Llandow but hopefully bump into you again later in the year. I have a few plans for my flamer this year just need to see how they pan out.
 

TimR26

South Central- West Berks
ClioSport Area Rep
Cheers Tim, I've got my Tim on the case tomorrow and he knows to get the loom. Do you know if we need a wiring diagram or is it fairly self explanatory.
Renault replaced mine but I think it's just a case of cutting the two wires to the old connector then soldering on the new loom.

Have you tried cleaning the crank sensor up as that should work as a temporary fix?
 
  Mk2 Escort
Here he is! Been waiting for this project thread mate, car looks really good. Will need a nandos meet soon when the paxo is back on the road.
 
Nice one Pete. Should be an interesting thread :)

You coming to CSS this year or you going Le Mans with the other lads?
I'm going to Le Mans and gutted that I'll miss CSS, although three years in three different cars would have been an achievement. I'll see you at Surrey Rolling Road, Mark.

Nice one Pete. Could do with better steering wheel ;)
If only people weren't so forgetful I would have one. :rasp:

Looking good Pete I'll be following this thread with interest. Doubt I'll be seeing you at Llandow but hopefully bump into you again later in the year. I have a few plans for my flamer this year just need to see how they pan out.
Would be good to catch up mate, what plans have you got for the flamer.

Ordered the TDC sensor today (with the loom) through my son's work. Hope to fit it next week. Phoned Larkspeed this morning to chase up my seat subframes. They rang me back later on this morning and said "We've spoken to Corbeau and they are making your frames today and will post them out tomorrow." Didn't think much about this then it hit me. I ordered Cobra subframes :banghead:. So don't expect I'll be putting the cage or seats in this weekend. At least the coilovers and AST top mounts turned up today. Just waiting for the rear strut brace.


Forgot to put new tyres on the list of parts to order, thinking of my favourite Toyo T1Rs as they are reasonably cheap at the moment.
 

Paul172sport

ClioSport Club Member
  Sunflower Ph1
What wheel are you after Pete? I've a momo in garage doing nothing. Il link a picture up tomorrow.
 
  Clio 172
I can't reveal plans for mine yet Pete as if I do they will no doubt go pear shaped but it goes in hand with my cambelt change due this year.
 
Finally the subframes arrived today and I did a dry fit tonight to make sure that it all went together well.

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Not half as high as I thought it would be. Won't be able to fit it all until next weekend after surrey rolling road. Can't wait to complete the interior.
 

Paul172sport

ClioSport Club Member
  Sunflower Ph1
Seats look nice mate. Good and supportive.

When you fit aftermarket ones can you make them more line with the wheel rather than the off set Renault position?
 

Cub.

ClioSport Moderator
Making great progress with this Pete, looking forward to seeing it at SRR and in action at Llandow. You bringing it to Basingstoke? What cage have you plumped for in the end?

ps. Nice boot net ;)
 
Doubt if it will be going anywhere soon after today. New TDC sensor and loom fitted today and worked fine at the garage, collected it, drove it home and bingo, failed to start, same old problem. Left it for an hour, went back and it started first time. Ran it up to temp, switched it off. Went to re-start it and nothing happened. Left it for an hour and it wouldn't start. Anyone want to buy a non starting half stripped Clio. Oh the joys of Clio ownership. will not be doing anything else to the car until I have sorted this problem out.
 
Doubt if it will be going anywhere soon after today. New TDC sensor and loom fitted today and worked fine at the garage, collected it, drove it home and bingo, failed to start, same old problem. Left it for an hour, went back and it started first time. Ran it up to temp, switched it off. Went to re-start it and nothing happened. Left it for an hour and it wouldn't start. Anyone want to buy a non starting half stripped Clio. Oh the joys of Clio ownership. will not be doing anything else to the car until I have sorted this problem out.

Oh no. :dapprove:
 
  172 Race Car
Well if it doesn't crank then it wasn't the tdc sensor. Would still turn over with out one. Who told you to change that ffs!

So. Not cranking it won't be tdc sensor or immobliser as it would still turn over just not fire and the led would flash fast. Have a look at the trigger wire connector on the starter motor. They are a shitty push on one and corrode easily
 
  53 Clio's & counting
Agree with Jay, check the starter - it has to be something that is causing the starter motor to not physically engage if when you turn the key it does nothing.

It could be the starter is a bit leggy and doesn't like working when it's hot - I have a spare one if needed x
 
  172 Race Car
Check its got a heat sheild, could be getting too hot after a drive and then cooling down and working again
 


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