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Project: Nick Frost 172

Discussion in 'Clio Projects' started by JP83, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    So it's finally happened....

    Nick Frost has gone and got himself a 172! After a 2nd trip to Llandow this year (August 2014), enough was enough.
    Ever since being taken out in a Renault Sport Clio, I'd had a hankering for one.

    The plan was to buy one on the cheap (very cheap!), and slowly build it up from scratch to something road legal, but fit for the track.

    Money was put aside, and a budget of £500 was set for the car. I began looking for Clio's mostly on eBay. Mostly because the stuff on here is very nice and it'd be a shame for my grubby hands to basterdise it.
    I found a silver 172 on eBay, located in Ampthil, Bedfordshire, and saved it to my favourites.

    The days counted down, and I thankfully got a decent last bid in. For the grand sum of £377.26, I owned my first Renault Sport. Fantastic!

    Today, I headed over to Ampthil to meet Jamie; the seller. Turns out the clio was already sporting some ClioSport.net stickers - the keyring is also the bottle opener one from the membership pack.

    Jamie himself he told me, used to race in tin tops as well until a couple of years ago. If anyone knows the car, I'd gladly listen to any notes on it's history.

    Saying that, Jamie handed me the V5 new keeps section, along with a red folder which contained a fair bit of the car's history.

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    It failed it's last MOT earlier in the year by the looks of things. Nothing major, and stuff that can be sorted as the car is being stripped down.

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    The plan, in it's simplest terms:

    Strip the interior
    Remove engine
    Diagnose and fix gearbox issue (geardbox diff circlip has gone, so the car has no drive)
    Tidy engine bay
    Sort out the suspension (missing rear shocks for a start)
    Bucket seats & harnesses
    Roll cage
    Free a few more ponies from the motor - originally thought of stripping it down and going to work on it, but if the motor is strong as it sounds, then I'll hold fire.

    A few pics of the beast as it is today in it's new home...

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    Being new to RS ownership, there will be lots of questions and asking for help. I'm pretty good with a spanner (except wheel studs Tony Hunter), so will be craking on with the stripping (Ooh err) myself.
     
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    Yes JP !!!!

    Good man.
     
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    Good man, looking forward to seeing it in bits :wink:
     
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    welshname ClioSport Club Member

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    Best of luck. These cars aren't actually that difficult to work on if you've got common sense.

    Will keep an eye on this.
     
  6. Cub.

    Cub. ClioSport Moderator

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    Great work man! Bargain purchase aswell!

    This is going to be good :smile:
     
  7. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Oh snap! :tonguewink:
     
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    Subscribed! Well done JP!
     
  9. Tony Hunter

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    You fool. :wink:
     
  10. Paul.M

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    Great buy matey.

    I'll be keeping an eye on this one too! Best of luck.
     
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    Awesome!

    If you have a weekend of cracking on with it (Engine/Gearbox removal maybe?) I'll be right up!
     
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    Nice one Frosty!
     
  15. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Funnily enough I was thinking of a get together at chateau du Pape!
     
  16. AlexW

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    Just supply me a McDonald's and some booze, and I'm in. BTW, I owe you a beer, as you're suggestion was spot on!
     
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    Good work JP! :smile:
     
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    Looks good for the money :smile:
     
  19. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Rear seats out quickly this morning along with the isofix bar. The bolts on the latter were a bar steward to undo!
    I had to stop as it's my nieces 8th birthday party too, and I'm full of cake now.

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  20. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Bit more work tonight. Front seats out and a bit of carpet out. cat171

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  21. Tim.

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    Are you aiming for any particular date, John, or it'll be ready when it's ready?
     
  22. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    I've not set anything in stone to be honest. It'll all depend in budget and what is found along the way.

    I won't be able to spend in anger on it till after Christmas so if llandow goes ahead at the end of next year, that'd be a good target date.

    Could probably do with someone knowledgable on these cars to come check it out. I was thinking of a get together to christen the car.
    (Although due to the elf stickers on the mirrors, mum and bro have already named the car "buddy")
     
  23. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Why oh why would renault glue their door cards in?! Rank...

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  24. AlexW

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    So they don't rattle!

    Trust me, Newer Renaults/Dacia's are much worse!
     
  25. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Mine don't rattle on my mk3!
     
  26. JP83

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    Bit more work tonight getting the last of the carpet out.
    Discovered that my passenger footwell is soaked. Taken it all out along with the foam. Will have to investigate under the scuttle panel and a/c drain.

    Also found this 8" long piece of wire sticking out the floor. It goes right through the floor pan.

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    Oh, and this little led. Aftermarket alarm?

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    Don't touch the red wire!!
     
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    That red LED is in all of them, it flashes when the car's locked,
    because there's nothing like a tiny blinking light to sh*t the car thieves up.
     
  29. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Really? It look really shoddily put in too! I suppose it is a Renault though...
    Tony Hunter - too late! I took it out, got scared and put it back again!
     
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    What a bargain! Good luck with project. Hopefully see you and the car at Llandow some time. :smile:
     
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    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Cheers dan. It'll need a bit of work and a few goodies but it was proper cheap!

    Lol tony!
     
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    Alarm is Dock fitted, all the proper UK vehicles got them. Never fitted well tbh.
     
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    That Red cable is probably for an AMP mate. Why anybody would run it under the car is beyond me though.
     
  35. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Yeah, I guessed it might be. There's some extra speaker cabling that had been run from front to back too.

    Yesterday I spotted a small patch of oil on the garage floor too, and it appears to be coming from gearbox. It's all coming apart anyway at some point.
     
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    Selector shaft seal, mine does it too,
    i've decided it's just easier to top it up every couple of months.
     
  37. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    So I've done barely anything on this car in about 2 months.
    Sudden bills and lack of time mostly. However, come new year dosh should start rolling again. Anyways...

    Started stripping the sound deadening this morning. Drivers side done.
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    Eurgh... Weighed the first large patch of it, and it was 600+ grams. Still, I'm fat so it won't make a bit of difference! Lol.

    Battery is to be relocated, so that frees up space for a decent filter.
    Anyone got recommendations on a silicone elbow to go from the throttle body? 45 degrees I assume and perhaps use a bit of stainless tubing to elongate it?
     
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  38. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Got a few bits too before the bill came in for the house!

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  39. AlexW

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    This needs cracking on with! If I was local, this would be stripped by now.
     
  40. JP83

    JP83 South Central-Oxfordshire ClioSport Area Rep

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    Haha. I know dude.

    Is this a standard mount?

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