dynamytedan Posted March 29, 2011 Author Share Posted March 29, 2011 (edited) its been a while scince i last posted here , but heres the update (if anyone is still interetsed i dont know but here it is) i finally overcame the rubber hose nonsense and payed £100 for the super duper stuff (its now on ebay for £30ish per meter) carbs have been secure and seem reliable . altho performance can differ alot depending on ambient temperature and engine temperature . i crashed it , got wedged inbetween two cars , missing the front and jamming up against the os wing and door , and the ns wing and floor behind the wheel . the poor renault megane has its wheel and driveshaft ripped clean out and bent double . i drove away ...just about . got it fixed 2 wings and tracking . got a bit from the insurance also with special thanks to Ian my local area rep for providing a realistic valuation to the assesor . shortly after that i had a motorbike mechanic balance the carbs with his fancy expensive tool for £30 . he had to take off the airfilter to see what he was doing . even though the tool said it was balanced it was running lumpy ... i took it on a run to kent and back , it was going quite well . comng home from work the nextday it went bang chug chug chug chug klonk klonk klonk and just about everyother bad sounding noise you can think of . turned out he didnt remember to tighten the screws under the air filter , one fell in and smashed the bloody piston to smitherines , peppered the head and valves.... really fekkin it up big time . so i bit the bullet and fixed it , even though it was probably more cost effective to go for a different engine . it had 4 new pistons , rebore , crank grind ,new bearings and bolts ,another head with new valves+guides+seats , new tappets , gasket set , bolts ,new belts and pump ,new calibra turbo clutch , almost the whole lot. £1000 or there abouts and a hell of a lot of work . took a bit of time but got it all together again , and its even better than before . the front wheels come off the ground when i accelerate!!! in my dreams haha next ive had new springs and adjustable rear shocks , just incase i need to moove a caravan ive got a compleat front subframe sandblasted poly bushed and painted , recon rack ... ready to fit ive welded the floor up and bulkhead inner arch areas both sides, rear arches sill sections inner and outer , sanded it all , treated whatever rust , hammerighted the whole floor white and the spare wheel well black . lost the pictures but what we did really looks the buisiness and hopfully will make it all last a bit longer . still a few niggles round the rear arches to weld up , likewise the lower rear corners i bodged up ages ago .... elegance side skirts all preped and ready for fitting , making that full respray ive always dreamed of looking like a possibility sometime this year . another back axle with discs in the pipe line .... in the meantime exhaust blowing again , and my replacement engine and gearbox mounts are far too solid , lots of vibration and noise ... brakes need ...somthing dooing so i put a new stereo in and new speakers on the back shelf insted sounds great still need to lead the roof and prep the 400 bonnet for paint ....the list goes on... may actually tackle the chassis rails while the subframe is off??? can of worms i think ... im getting there , still got the bug , still lovin the ol manta... gets better every year . must join up to the club again , been too long . Edited March 29, 2011 by dynamytedan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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