I have finally bought myself another Williams (to keep this time I hope!)
http://www.cliowilliams.co.ukwww.cliowilliams.co.uk (and this forum thread) will be dedicated to its restoration, and the plan (hence the codename!) is to have it fully restored by end of March 2005 in time to take to the Nurburgring with fellow Cliosporters. Now then, when I say restored, I dont mean an absolute nut and bolt bare metal restoration....I mean take it all apart, replace whats tired, spruce it up put it back to together and get a nice result.....all for as little £ as possible...........hence all the work will be done by myself....new parts will be used where necessary, secondhand parts used where applicable.....
A bit about the car - its a semi-tired original, num 0057 which has covered 100 miles short of 100k. Its completly standard and original aside from an ageing stainless steel exhaust system (which is currently hanging off!). Its complete, runs drives OK and unusually has very very little rust - the only major area of concern being the tailgate. The usual rust spots (rear arches, petrol filler, bottom of B Pillars) display no signs of corrosion.
Having gone around the car with the camera (some pics following) Ive identified some initial problem areas........
Problems: Scratches to roof and boot. NSF wing broken. Tailgate corroded, requires replacing. Broken NS Wing Mirror. 1 Drivers door pin broken.
Remedies: Will go in for a complete re-spray at the beginning of next year. New wing/mirror to be fitted beforehand. New tailgate to be fitted. Remove door and replace pin.
Predicted Cost: £700-£800
Diagnosis: Appears in good order. Engine cuts out when cold, probably cold start sensor. Drives OK. Gear selection is iffy - initial look underneath indicates distorted selector rod. PAS is predictably noisy although quieter than most Ive heard, but still makes a bit of a racket. Brakes spongy.
Remedies: New discs and pads all round. Engine to be removed and cambelt & tensioners/clutch/alt belt replaced. May also replace PAS pump - also looking into manual steering conversion. Check (and possibly replace when engines out) head gasket and water hoses. Also whilst engines out bleed all brakes and replace master cylinder. Full service all fluids.
Predicted Cost: £250.00 (not incl PAS work)
Problems: Again none that stand out. Will replace suspension units with Clio Cup Suspension. Torsion Bar to be lowered one click. Uprated bushes to be fitted all round. Strut braces to be fitted front and rear. Roll cage is a possibility.
Unsure on this yet! Will probably remove rear seats/parcel shelf etc. Will keep front pass seat, but replace drivers with a proper racing seat. Unsure how far to take this at the moment. Start button to be installed (next to plaque). One seat rail broken to be replaced. Needs a good clean. Replace worn gearknob and broken glovebox door.
Got 2 sets of wheels with the car. Both fair shabby, but importantly none have gone pourous. Probably get one set refurbed in original gold and the other in the blue matching the car.
Replace. Unsure of item yet.
So there you have it.....a bit of an insight as to what we are going to do with this little Clio - a sort of restoration project with some track emphasis thrown in for good measure.....
PLease dont anyone contact me for the engine! Its not for sale!!!!!
If any of you have got any ideas etc then do let me know - Im going to fully picture and document everything and include it on the site so that others of you can follow procedures if you decide to replace somthing on your own cars......
Thats it for now....