Hi..been a long long time lurker here. Ive been into "retro" cars before they were retro! Had a capri...Put in a 2 litre pinto and sierra 5 speed box, had a a few beetles, built one from the ground up and then crashed it into a fairground ride at bug jam 15 years ago!!. Had some more VW's, fastback, karman ghia. Then had an Opel manta with a cavalier 130 engine on twin 44's, then put in a calibre turbo engine in! A Renault 5 turbo and the 1.9 version, forget what that was called. So this is my 82 panel van ive had for 3 years after going to Uni etc etc and living in London I wanted to get a van I could put motorbikes in. So got the van but havnt got the motorbikes yet!
It had a subaru 2.2 NA engine put in, lowered 70mm and fake merc mono's and a bit tatty with mismatching porsche seats!
Then I made it more tatty!
The engine install was pretty bad, it uses an adapter plate and had a really botched exhaust and the wiring was shocking!. So first thing was to change the exhaust.
had a backbox laying around so with that and a cheap stainless system off ebay I came up with this.
It hangs too low and is ridicoulously loud! too loud, sounds like I thave 1000 hp instead of 130! So will need to change this!
Post by paulvandenton on Jul 31, 2013 17:10:18 GMT
Hey scottishvanners I know what you mean that's exactly why I wanted it like that, only trouble was it handled terribly! Plus it didn't stop very well either, being the early version of this van it has late bay brakes! and they are are sooooo bad. I bought a crappy second hand calliper from ebay was like 40£ and when I received it it was like it had been buried in mud for a million years and a dinosaur had wiped its ass with it!
So pricing up just replacing the brakes with new stuff and seeing how exspensive it was gonna be I decided to upgrade!
New disc! vs old
Had to get new stub axles!
As the discs have the hub intergrated into them I machined down a disc and made it into a hub that can accept the new disc
Sourced some 996 callipers. Now the trouble I had was that the 16 wheels wont fit over the discs and callipers so I needed something bigger!
Nice one man! Seems to go fairly well from the video, and it sounds a lot nicer than my T25 with a mk3 golf gti engine in. Mine has the later brakes which TBH are good enough, even when I'm driving like a twa t, but I never have a lot of weight in the thing.
So I picked up some cheap wheels, Porsche cayenne turbo wheels can be had for peanuts but they have a massive offset of 57mm if I remember correctly. Got these wheels that were meant to be refurbished! but were actually just primered and not very well at that! if you breathed on em the paint would come off! Typical ebay purchase!
Quickly tried them on and did a very fast photoshop lowering!!!! sorry scottishvanner!
As the tyres it came with were totally illegal and not the 5mm or so as described I decided to get them powder coated. Made some quick tests.
For some reason I wanted to get them neon pink, but couldnt find anyone locally that would do it so I thought white might be nice!
The only thing left to figure out was the offsets, they needed to be sorted as they stuck out too far at the front and were too far in at the back.
As I was about to change out all of the front hubs and brakes etc I did that first to see what I was left with.
So I continued with the brake set up, got some brackets made up as the porsche brakes are radial mounted so got out the CAD and got some brackets machined.
It worked out pretty well as now the front wheel tucks nicely under the arch.....important for future plans!!
Hi cobblers, Ive been following your thread for a while, yeah its not too bad the 2.2 engine and it fits so very neatly in the engine bay. My brakes were bad mostly because they needed replacing and I'm sure properly maintained brakes would of been OK but I have some plans for some big power
Thanks Grizz, love your pickup by the way! I want some american iron next, I go to the Ace quite abit on hot rod night!
One thing that bugged me quite a bit was the dash, when I originaly got the van the dash was covered in weird VW related tat! like weird toys stuck onto the dash and some things even drilled into it. I hate all that stuff, It didn't even make it all the way home as I pulled into the services and ripped it all out and chucked it in the bin!.
Which left me with this sorry looking dash with holes and black gum and all sorts of mess on it, so I decided to give it a little freshness!
Stripped it all back with one of those paint stripping discs, worked pretty well all though the lidl grinder I borrowed nearly melted!
Welded up the stereo hole.
My Intel clean room I use for spraying! lol. Primed.
Marking out for the gauges.
I thought I was being smart by filling it all then priming the stereo hole panel so I could get it all super flat and then cut in the gauge holes after!!
It wasnt the best idea Ive ever had!
Seemed that my hole cutter had one good cut in it, otherwise it takes too much time to cut and gets pretty hot, and melts the filler!
had to sharpen the hole saw with the grinder!
had to finish with the dremel.
Its in though!
Next paint!! and this!
Paint! had a little problem with my setup, it spat out what looked like water into the paint despite having a water trap, it was a hot day and the water trap is only small.
Got quite a few runs though and loads of orange peel! Also I nearly slipped and accidentally kicked some bits into the lacquer !! So not a great job! But I can't expect anything else from the conditions I'm doing it in, but its a million times better than it was.
Will redo again when I have a garage! I've learnt loads from doing it o hopefully won't make the same mistakes again!
Will cut it all back and see if I can smooth it all out alittle!!
Sorted the dash out, rubbed it down with 1500 and then buffed it out with some G3 and then some polish I had.
Post by paulvandenton on Jan 19, 2014 17:42:54 GMT
Strarted up the van this morning, seemed a little louder than usual!
That is stainless steel believe it or not? that's right you don't believe t, thanks ebay! its all brittle and totally knackered. THis exhaust was a temp fix anyway as when the airbags go on it will hit the floor. Anyone here ever made 2 into 1 mergers?