1978 Clubman Estate - Pro-motive R1 Conversion
Posted 02 May 2008 - 04:45 PM
My name is Andy.
I bought this little minter on the 22nd of April 08.
He is in superb condition with little to no rust
The chap I bought him from has got a Blue Watsons V-Tec conversion in a Clubby Estate and decided he wanted standard back doors, as he had a one piece fibreglass! Little bit of swapping later and now I have it
The fibre door is laaaarvly and light but blue so will need spraying (Pictures to follow)
I have decided to buy Darren and Phil's R1 engine conversion kit with the Quaife LSD and K&N Filter.
So yesterday took the trek from Sunny Norwich to Birmingham and picked it up (Thanks Damo for co-piloting)
Oh what a work of art! It is beautiful! Big thanks to Phil and Darren (even though he was away ).
I bought a 1999 4xv R1 Engine, loom and all other ancillaries in late Feb. Although it is still at my friend Pauls workshop so pictures will follow when collected.
I have decided upon Bucket seats which I picked up on eBay last month. They were Â£70 the pair delivered! Comfy, reclining and on sliders! oh and they fit... just. Have some ali 2x2 box which I am going to use to fab some sub frames. (pictures to follow)
So this is it! go go go! Ever so excited and I will keep all informed of progress!
Posted 04 May 2008 - 06:40 PM
Posted 04 May 2008 - 11:44 PM
I was just having an offer up to see if the bucket seats fit, and I was faced with four layers of that nasty tar stuff...
The only trouble was that where it had been fitted, they had not pushed down into the grooves, so any wet that came in had been sitting under it with nowhere to go!
This had caused a little bit of surface rust but nothing severe!
So loads of scraping and these two carrier bags full of tar later...
and we are 4kg lighter! I Know this stuff is also for sound proofing but hey ho
Also have removed seatbelt buckles and inertia reels as I am having 3 point harnesses.
Whilst on subject of seating etc here is a picture of one of my buckets...
Whilst removing the tar from floor I took the decision to remove the little metal box and rear seat support from the exhaust tunnel, as i didnâ€™t have any need for them and it will aid me getting the seats as far back as possible.
Enter Mr Angry - the grinder
Just gave the bear metal quick flash of hamerite smooth black to seal up
I also have a picture now of the fiberglass single back door, which will be yellow soon
Thatâ€™s all for now. Should be playing again next weekend!!!
Thanks for comments Ro8bieg and chubby blue
Edited by progeny, 04 May 2008 - 11:49 PM.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 01:21 AM
Edited by JohnnieP, 05 May 2008 - 01:25 AM.
Posted 05 May 2008 - 10:16 AM
Posted 05 May 2008 - 11:00 AM
That's a gorgeous clubby estate you've bought
Good luck with the project.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 02:34 PM
Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:16 PM
Posted 17 May 2008 - 05:06 PM
Well its spread all over my garage floor as we speak so I'm sure Andy will be updating soon.
Any updates Andy ??
Still the coolant pipes from the head are very shiney now (pity they've got to be cut and welded DOH!!!!!!)
Just keep Damo away from that Auto-sol I'm sure he's sniffing in as much as he's applying
Posted 17 May 2008 - 07:37 PM
Posted 19 May 2008 - 01:46 AM
Sorry for the delay in the updates!
Last weekend was setting to mount buckets. After allot of higery pokery I took the decision to get grinder happy, and Mr Angry came out of its little cave.
The side pockets which house the inertia reel were really dictating to me where I had to have the buckets.
After Mr Angry
Oh what an improvement! SO much more space and now buckets are spot on!
Weighed the cut out metal to just over 4Kg! so that is 8 in total after floor tar
Ok Moving on to the bucket seat fixings.
Decided upon making a bracket and welding behind the front cross member for both sliders. The rear of the sliders to have 2"x2" box and bolted threw the floor.
Made the brackets out of Suzuki Vitara radiator mounts which were cleaned and cut to look like this...
Then cut and bended to desired angle and welded...
Then welded behind the cross member...
Thanks so much to Damon for suggestion and welding!!!
Was then faced with a wee problem in mounting the rear of the harness.
Needed to find somewhere to mount to where if the worst were to happen, lets say a head on collision, the shear force wouldn’t just rip the bolt out from the surrounding area.
There are two methods I could use.
1 Finding somewhere suitable and putting a thick plate below and bolting
2 Fabricating something stronger than the above
Bearing in mind the rear part of the harness needs to be at 45 degrees to the back of the bucket and it is not only me, but my passenger I need to be concerned about.
Number 2 it is!
So while thinking it over, came up with a dual purpose piece of fab work!
A harness mount which when made and welded will also act as a rear strut brace!
Just so happens I had a 2x2" length of ally box 39 1/2 inches long, seriously what are the chances?
I used it to create a rough idea. I will buy some 2"x4" mild steel box, and shape the first 2 inches to the rear of the shock mount leaving the rear 2 inches flush against the wheel arch and seam weld along every edge.
It will result in not only a really strong reliable harness mount but will stiffen up the back end!
Another bonus is more metal and wood had to be removed, so the rear harness mount should balance out (weight wise).
I removed the mounting panels for the wood which sits over the spare wheel well and also the wood
And more silly tar under both panels, which had started a little surface rust around filler neck. I hate it with a passion.
Weight of the panels including tar underneath - 3kg
Weight of the wooden panel - 5kg!
So we are up to 16kg of weight lost. Oh I cant wait to weigh the engines
oh about engines...
Oh its larvly
Gave it a bit of a degrease first and removed pipes for welding. pics will follow of pipe welding.
The pipe on the right was the same as on left until Damon attacked it with love, care, attention, auto-sol and an obsessive compulsive disorder
That is all for now. I will be playing again at the weekend and will keep updated!
Johnnie thanks so much for use of the garage!
Damon cheers for welding and advice!
Thanks all for comments!!
bonnet de deuch
Posted 19 May 2008 - 08:27 AM
Coming along at a good pace, can't wait to see it finished!
Posted 20 May 2008 - 09:21 PM
Had a spare evening so as I picked up the metal for my strut brace come harness mount on Monday and it was taking up too much space in the van I thought I would shape it to the shock turrets ready for welding on Saturday.
Got the 2"x4" 39.5" long metal from a superb place called K.Rackham & Son Engineering Clicky
Sorry for the quality of pics as it was getting dark
One downside to this is it is 6KG!!! But in the grand scheme of things it will be worth it.
So we are down to 10kg saved now.... watch this space
Forgot to post piccy of the new steering wheel... thought it was appropriate
Tis all for now.
Will be posting again at weekend hopefully!!
tout ` l'heure
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