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Pistachio's Racing Blue 182 Project Thread



Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
I thought I should start a thread to keep track of what I've done and need to do. I bought this RB last week from @JPJ89 at 104k miles. This is my second 182. I've missed my BG ever since I sold it.

I still really need to get some decent pictures but these will do for now

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Snappy retrimmed steering wheel
Powerflex dogbone lower engine mount
Eibach Sportline springs
172 cup turini's
Miltek cat-back

Since I've got it I've fitted a new head unit, disconnected the alarm because it was playing up and adjusted the boot catch as it was showing as open on the dash.

I've ordered some touch up paint from Autopaint to try fix a few stone chips. And I've got a headlight restoration kit sitting here for when I can be bothered. The plates are a bit faded so I'll probably replace them at some point. Maybe get a 3/4 front plate actually


The seatbelts need a clean and the bolster restitched. The seats are in decent nick apart from that
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I'd like to replace the chewed up pedals too
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I've also looked out the part numbers for the non sport interior parts to replace the sticky bits. I haven't decided if I'm going down that road yet though because it's never going to be a show car
 

20vKarlos

ClioSport Club Member
Don’t buy T-Cut if you want to Remove the scratches mate, t-cut will only fill the scratches.

To remove them you’ll need to use a cutting/polishing compound with some elbow grease or a machine polisher.

Looks like a nice example, are you going to get the seat re-upholstered or are you on the hunt for a low mileage seat?
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
They were scuffs. I don't know why I said scratches. I might get some cutting compound though because there is a long but light scratch running down the drivers door. Can you recommend one?

I'm just going to get the stitching repaired on this seat thanks
 

Louis

ClioSport Club Member
Don’t buy T-Cut if you want to Remove the scratches mate, t-cut will only fill the scratches.

To remove them you’ll need to use a cutting/polishing compound with some elbow grease or a machine polisher.

Looks like a nice example, are you going to get the seat re-upholstered or are you on the hunt for a low mileage seat?
The seats are common to go there, it's down to the tilt release pull. The mechanism strains the stitches, mines the same but not as bad!
 

Sunglasses_Ron

ClioSport Admin
They were scuffs. I don't know why I said scratches. I might get some cutting compound though because there is a long but light scratch running down the drivers door. Can you recommend one?

I'm just going to get the stitching repaired on this seat thanks
Where you located mate? I’ve got a machine polisher and compounds.
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
I'm polishing my headlights just now but the rain keeps interrupting me! I've sanded and just started polishing the right one. I'm going to have to get the flies out of it somehow

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Double taped for safety
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The scary part
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And wet sanded with abrasive sponges. I've still to go over it with compound
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Louis

ClioSport Club Member
To get the flies out try just an airgun through the back. Keep blasting and obliterate them haha.

Either that or take it off and all electrics out and flush with distilled water and dry thoroughly. Refurb looks good
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
All polished up ?

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Don't buy masking tape from Halfords. Took me 20 minutes to get this off
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Pretty happy with how it turned out. There are some marks on the inside of the lens but I can't do much about that
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The other side came up good too
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Then managed to get the car washed just in time for the rain to come on ?
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Looks great with the new size plate on the front and headlights cleaned up, nice to know it’s being looked after! ?

Also the sticky interior parts, they bugged the life out of me and was never sure what route to go with them, especially the inner door grabs!
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
I got a few of the non-sticky interior bits swapped over today. I didn't have time to get the lower dash out though so the heater controls will have to wait

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I swapped the top dash too but I'm not sure I'll keep it. It's a bit scuffed up and doesn't sit flush in the middle.

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Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
Looking good so far dude!,

makes such a difference swapping out them scratched soft touch trims for the non soft touch ones, really need to do the same to mine at some point lol
Thanks! The door pulls especially are so worth doing. They only take 2 minutes and it's something you notice every day.



I've been having some problems with the exhaust. I thought replacing just the cat would be enough, but the flange on the manifold is pretty thin and wont last long. The heat shield is also rattling inside the engine bay, plus the two rear hangers are shagged. The centre silencer is also touching the tunnel. So I've booked it in to Rentec next week who are going to drop the subframe, remove the manifold, weld on a stainless flange and of course sort the above issues.

As well as that I want to take it to a PDR place to sort some minor dents. Maybe touch up some stone chips too. I'm off for 2 weeks now so I'd like to get everything sorted before I go back.

Oh and I also drove over a kerb, putting a slight bump in to one of the turinis, so I'm on the look out for one
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
New stainless flange for the manifold. Should last a while! Second hand cat fitted too

Before
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After
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And fitted the new bullets today. The colours tie in so well!
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For anyone that doesn't know how to remove them. Take off this bung in the door
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Push this clip outwards and prise the strip towards the rear of the car. Then just unclip the bullets
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Other side fitted. Don't worry I will wash it ?
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Darren61

ClioSport Club Member
New stainless flange for the manifold. Should last a while! Second hand cat fitted too

Before
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After
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And fitted the new bullets today. The colours tie in so well!
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For anyone that doesn't know how to remove them. Take off this bung in the door
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Push this clip outwards and prise the strip towards the rear of the car. Then just unclip the bullets
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Other side fitted. Don't worry I will wash it ?
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Thanks for the tip, just sorted mine ?

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Louis

ClioSport Club Member
New stainless flange for the manifold. Should last a while! Second hand cat fitted too

Before
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After
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And fitted the new bullets today. The colours tie in so well!
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For anyone that doesn't know how to remove them. Take off this bung in the door
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Push this clip outwards and prise the strip towards the rear of the car. Then just unclip the bullets
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Other side fitted. Don't worry I will wash it ?
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Flange looks good! Where did you have this done mate? Did they have to drop the manifold down or just do it all in place?
Mines ruined on the flange and needs changing but was going to have a v-band put in, but this might be as easy.
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
Flange looks good! Where did you have this done mate? Did they have to drop the manifold down or just do it all in place?
Mines ruined on the flange and needs changing but was going to have a v-band put in, but this might be as easy.
Rentec in Edinburgh. They dropped the manifold then sent it somewhere to be welded. Don't know where. A v-band sounds good, but I like that it is standard so I can swap out the cat if I want to without any other work
 

Louis

ClioSport Club Member
Rentec in Edinburgh. They dropped the manifold then sent it somewhere to be welded. Don't know where. A v-band sounds good, but I like that it is standard so I can swap out the cat if I want to without any other work
I see! Just a shame it's a pain in the arse to drop the manifold really! Seem to have done a great job, i was struggling finding a suitable flange that matched OEM but they seem to have done. Agree with the ease of fitting a cat, that's the one thing I dislike about going v-band, You'll have to v-band everything!

Car looks really good, loving the little USB in the glovebox. Very OEM +
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
I see! Just a shame it's a pain in the arse to drop the manifold really! Seem to have done a great job, i was struggling finding a suitable flange that matched OEM but they seem to have done. Agree with the ease of fitting a cat, that's the one thing I dislike about going v-band, You'll have to v-band everything!

Car looks really good, loving the little USB in the glovebox. Very OEM +
Thanks for the nice comments! ?

Yeah it is a lot of work. They had to drop the subframe to get it out. I'm very happy with the welding, although I can't say I'll be hurrying back to Rentec any time soon. I put it in to do 4 jobs and they only did 2
 
Thanks for the nice comments! ?

Yeah it is a lot of work. They had to drop the subframe to get it out. I'm very happy with the welding, although I can't say I'll be hurrying back to Rentec any time soon. I put it in to do 4 jobs and they only did 2
Top work, nice to see it looking so clean with the door bullets on at last! If you are looking for somewhere to work on it I highly recommend SWR in Stirling, they know the car inside out and are excellent! They carried out the full suspension refresh amongst all the other servicing bits, brakes, alignments etc.
 

Pistachio

ClioSport Club Member
Top work, nice to see it looking so clean with the door bullets on at last! If you are looking for somewhere to work on it I highly recommend SWR in Stirling, they know the car inside out and are excellent! They carried out the full suspension refresh amongst all the other servicing bits, brakes, alignments etc.
Yeah they did the timing belt on my old 182. I think I'll be going to them in the future
 


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