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#1 Pandora

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:14 AM

Today we finally started the conversion that has been planned for some time,
(finally got enough time off to do it)

The plan is to fit a Swift GTI engine into a standard front end, the engine will be standard for now.

Frame has already been made to an extent that the engine can fit in it, but it still needs welding and engine mounts etc need making.

Today we stripped the front and fitted the frame ready to sit the engine in and make the mounts.
We took the old front off in 1 piece so we can use it to make sure the engine fits under the standard front.

Put the car in the garage ready to start the cutting:
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Front end cut off:
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Front end with parts removed:
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Subframe and engine removed complete:
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New frame bolted on:
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Slight clearance problem with the nuts for the RHD accelerator pedal:
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Tomorrow we will have the frame fitting better (removing the nuts)
and remove some other bits off the bulkhead, and sit the engine in place.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:19 AM

Today we finally started the conversion that has been planned for some time,


Are you sure about this?

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:25 AM

:gimme: Well it was me who wrote that post anyway :gimme:

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:26 AM

In that last pic it looks like the frame is yet to be finally welded?

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:31 AM

Frame has already been made to an extent that the engine can fit in it, but it still needs welding and engine mounts etc need making.


Switch on mate!


He didnt even write his own post!? Lazy beggar! And i bet thats not all youve done Ed

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:38 AM

Hes been helping dismantle it all. :gimme:

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 12:46 AM

Aww bless. Did you let him have his own screw driver as well?

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:38 AM

Now then lets set a few things straight here! I dont claim to know how you build a mini and im not affraid to ask for help lol. Now im busy pretty much all year round with my job and it leaves me no time to start a project like this. Its only because ive been made semi redundant that, we have chance to do it. And it has to be finished by the start february!

You see ed has come out off uni has no job and can do pretty much anything with his mini as you have seen! I've paid for tools that we both use, oils, fuel, and other things to. I do pay him, for things that he's done! And when we drive to shows i dont ask for money to pay for fuel. He is showing me how to do things and im helping him in other ways. And i started the topic, it's just it was on his computer and the pics were on it! SO THERE LMAO :gimme: we should have more pics tomorrow.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:45 AM

Yea, Im only jealous. Wish i had someone to do mine for me.

So as its going to be ready by feb, and well run in by Aug. Is Pandora coming to the 'ring?

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:46 AM

You wish!!! lmao trust me if i had the time i would!

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:47 AM

Hoping we can get it to Bingley I think its on the 28th? Correct me if im wrong but thats when we are trying to get it ready for.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:49 AM

Bingley!!!!!!!!! And i was thinking a end of feb being optimistic!


Good luck to you guys. Would be sweet if you made it

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 01:51 AM

Well its only stock for now and we have pretty much everything we need, apart from coil pack dont know condition of the fuel rail? but all we need is front end and kit. O and new hoses and filter.

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 02:17 AM

Yea i suppose. Are you using the stock ecu as well? And have got some new injectors as Ed borrowed yours

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 11:43 AM

Yeh ed has mine lol and staying with stock ecu. Tho we do need a new fuel pump as the mini one isn't enough. But when i take the head to be cleaned im going to see how much port n polish will be? We know how much the new cams will be about £400 as they will come from Oz. And their not regrinds either mmmmm cams




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