1978 Clubman - C16se
Posted 10 June 2010 - 08:30 PM
Posted 09 September 2010 - 08:41 PM
I'll hopefully be able to see it at Castle Combe at the end of the month, and I have offered to be technical advisor should any work involving the intricacies of the conversion be required.
So, until I either get another Mini or save the money up to buy this one back I shall declare this project thread officially ended.
It's been fun - that's all folks
Edited by Purple Tom, 09 September 2010 - 09:53 PM.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 07:59 PM
Edited by Purple Tom, 12 June 2011 - 08:00 PM.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:33 PM
Cheers! and its great to see something different, ive seen a couple of mk1 golf TDIs but not a corrado, looks brilliantly OEM too well done!
Posted 12 June 2011 - 10:02 PM
65mpg is a pretty much average figure to be honest. Cruising at 80mph sees the MPG drop to about 52-53mpg, but my 8 mile commute to work along A-roads yields about 77-80mpg. I can get roughly 900 miles from a 70 litre tank when just cruising about. Constant 80mph cruising sees it drop to about 750 miles, so its still a long way between fill-ups.
Performance wise, it's no slouch, but neither is it a racing car. It only has 90bhp at the moment but it does have 150 lb/ft of torque at 2000rpm. The fairly large FMIC helps to lower the inlet temperatures so makes the most of the boost and if I keep it singing between 1500-2500 rpm then it really does make good progress. It's important to remember that it isn't a petrol and that revving it above 3000rpm does absolutely nothing I'd estimate 0-60 of about 10 seconds which is quicker than when it had the 2.0 8V engine in. It'll be a different story once I start playing with it though, I'm aiming for 170bhp at the crank which should make it very lively indeed Obviously economy will drop when that happens but I reckon I'll still get in the region of 55mpg on average then.
Insurance - I had a 1.9 TDi Ibiza as a daily while doing the Corrado TDi, which was group 7. As standard, the Corrado 2.0 8V is group 18 so I was expecting there to be a major charge for doing the TDi conversion. Imagine my surprise when I rang up to enquire as to the cost and was told it'd cost just the admin charge to swap over! It turns out that they did the same as when I did the C16SE in the Mini - that is, quote for the engine, not the car. So I'm paying a premium for a 1.9 TDi engined car, with all modifications declared. Bonus I think it'll be about £350 next year once you factor in the increased premiums, although I am 26 now.
Hope that answers the questions
Posted 12 June 2011 - 10:41 PM
Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:58 PM
Posted 26 September 2018 - 06:23 PM
Well...bit of a thread revival I suppose in a way. It's not often you get to buy your first car back, but the opportunity came up so I took it. It's changed a bit along the way, cosmetically at least. Not a big fan of the colour personally but that can be changed at some point.
Here it is as I bought it, July 2018:
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Did a little bit of work just to quieten it down a bit and put it a little bit back to how it was pre-sale (apart from the colour) - black arch trim, lost the pin stripes and some custom 1275GT stripes:
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Then took it to Donington Park on an evening trackday and won joint car of the night!
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That's it for now, bit of work to do over the winter but it's just good to have it back. Still love driving it
Posted 27 September 2018 - 04:29 PM
Welcome back Tom, my doesn't time fly I quite like the new colour, its a bit unusual.
Posted 15 November 2018 - 10:49 PM
The subtle changes look good Tom and great news winning a prize...
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