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Post  gtpswift on 26/11/11, 10:47 pm

what does this do?
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Ok I know what they do and where they go...
Now you see why I need injection stuff. need standard injection to get through MOT then on with those throtle bodies

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Post  swifty on 30/11/11, 10:39 pm

How did u mount the side skirts ad in on the gtis they that lip for it to hook onto
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Post  gtpswift on 30/11/11, 10:51 pm

your right there is no flange for mounting the side skirts, they will sit there OK without it if they are straight and secured properly or you can get a GTi sill flange and weld on or get something similar folded up and pop rivet it on.

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Post  JDOG on 31/12/11, 02:27 pm

any updates?

did you buy the whole engine off typhoon then?

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Post  gtpswift on 02/01/12, 10:59 am

no updates...have been touring the country in it again, from orkney to hastings and wales to southend on sea, done 7000+ miles and only needed to push start it once as I left the lights on.
Yes I bought that engine, been collecting standard injection parts to get through MOT then decided to export it all to australia so wont bother getting it running here. will cost 25 pounds to ship the engine so its ano brainer, wait till I have a warm fully functioning garage and do it there.
it will be easier to register withthe original standard engine in oz anyway and I couldnt find a ECU that australian tuners could use that had the right fiunctions for the right money here so its best to wait.
cheers for asking.
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Post  gtpswift on 17/08/12, 05:40 am

It arrived and now while in the warm garage I discovered rust. damn pommy cars the entire right hand sill was rusted int he lower seam taking out the floor and outer sill. so out with the grinder for some exploratory cuts
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then the action cuts

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Then some hole filling
inner sills
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outer sill
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some final welding and seam sealer and this repair is ready for paint of course I also discovered this
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so this is next for repair. Thankfully I have found a rust free 1998 wreck that has donated all the loverly purple bits
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Post  Ryan... on 17/08/12, 01:05 pm

Common place for rust to sit! sits in the lip between the sil + floor

every single swift ive had for 89 plates to my 02 is the same!

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Post  gtpswift on 17/08/12, 02:25 pm

its common on lots of euros. Its the salt on th eroad. its strange though as its only on the drivers side, passenger is like new.
never seen it in Australia models.
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Post  gtpswift on 26/08/12, 11:19 am

Onto the next bits of rust, this mornings job!
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Thanks again purple cino
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new panels prepared
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Like a new one
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while I had the wire brush out in an anti rust campaign I thought Id decorate the disks.
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will do a bit of bodyfilling next weekend and close out the front chassis rail with the next new panel
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I have collected new front and rear arms as these look scabby and am possibly after a new AWD rear subframe...If mine is actually bad as it looks scabby too. As I said Damn british roads!!
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Post  gtpswift on 16/09/12, 09:27 am

finished the sill off and discovered a bit of rust in the rear panel
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so thought 'while im here' and out with the spot weld drill
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then trial fit the new one...well rust free second
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also finished off the sill and primed and seam sealed for that ever lasting feeling
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and been painting things black again
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there is no way the compliance engineer is goint to have anything to complain about
so pulled the rear subframe and discovered this
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so of to the sandblasters to see what remains after a good dose of abrasive blasting.
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Post  gtpswift on 24/09/12, 01:55 pm

had a good day with the welder,
rear panel all watertight and solid,
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also managed to finish the underside with stone chip paint, best job ever had so much fun with deadener gun I just bought, went looking for things to paint...



also finished epoxy coating the rest of the rear suspension parts, subframe, arms, sway bar and brackets.
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Post  STEVEGTI on 24/09/12, 08:16 pm

love a bit of restoration Very Happy

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Post  gtpswift on 15/11/12, 10:57 am

All finished and sitting pretty next to the escort
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Thanks for looking

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Post  Almondo74 on 15/11/12, 04:54 pm

I was thinking about painting my justy matt black just wondered what it would look like, id say pretty nice tongue , it doesnt look out of place at all. just needs clear side repeaters and indicators maybe some 13's Cool
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Post  gtpswift on 15/11/12, 10:53 pm

Not a chance of 13's, wont fit the front brakes anyway and in my opinion never look right!
the escort never had 13's and now its going to 15x8 and 15x9's

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Post  tomy_bcn on 18/12/12, 07:12 am

change wheels with the scort and fap! Very Happy

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Post  gtpswift on 25/05/13, 09:37 am

Stripped the mismatched seat base fabric
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zip ties and contact adhesive the matching one is pulled tight
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and it fits
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matching trim for first time since I first bought it front seats from UK rear seat uppers from Sa base skin from QLD.
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Post  gtpswift on 24/01/15, 12:45 pm

has come along a bit lately.
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Post  daviie on 04/02/15, 11:15 am

Cracking write up that, loving all the fabricating work not a big fan of Matt paint but the gti does look good in it.
What ever happened to "it's mad" cultis gti 4x4 do you ever hear of it down under nowadays?
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Post  STEVEGTI on 07/02/15, 11:27 am

great too see your still going on with this i remember it in london years ago Smile

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Post  gtpswift on 08/03/15, 04:42 am

Was waiting on a few things for the escort , had a week while I waited, thought Id swap the engine in the subazuki. Baby is only 4 weeks away thought Id bring it home from hospital in a flame shooting swift.
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As it turned out the parts I was waiting for took 3 days and the engine transplant has been a marathon

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Post  gtpswift on 21/05/16, 09:44 am

bit of an update,
car was eventually dynoed, only one small fire as a result of a tuners mistake, a few teething problems but it runs well
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100.2 hp at the wheels
turn up the volume
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with its baby sister
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still little cars by todays standards
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new chin spoiler
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Post  gtpswift on 06/07/16, 07:47 am

Given I hadn't been trackside for too long I thought id take the subazuki to Mallala for a quiet sunday drive.
Its first Australian track day wasn't kind.
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It handled great, the AWD obviously working under certain conditions, the tyres were wonderful, given they are cheap but new Achillies 123 and the brakes, wilwoods on big disks were magnificent.
It made good power and was making good speed.
But the third session ended in catastrophic engine failure!
selecting 4th just before the main straight kink circa 180-190 kmh and it went pop. I pulled over as soon as possible as the cabin filled with smoke and everything behind me disappeared in smoke
Small fire was extinguished by the marshals over the cat converter when they arrived, and I was towed back to the pits.
I couldn't see anything wrong, and first though gearbox, given when it happened, which made me sweat as its the rare AWD unit. so thought Id see if it turned over, which it did, so I turned the fuel on and started it, which it managed and ran, but didn't sound healthy, Oh shit it is the gearbox I thought!
Popped my head under the bonnet and was promptly covered in oil...not gearbox oil!
killed it and removed the throttle bodies giving access to between engine and firewall. found this in the pool of oil
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looked closer, and found this
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and poked around and retrieved this
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I'm not an expert but this looked different last time I saw it.
Looks like rod bolt failure, 2000rpm below claimed redline all day!
The head looks like its survived, number 3 piston, with failed rod has evidence of strike so I'll replace the 4 valves, probably all 16 while i'm there.
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stripped the old engine to see whats reusable, short answer...not much!
block holes make good place to lock crank
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couldn't do much more damage!
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So looks like rod bolts have stretched on number 3
crank journal has been hammered until rod bolt broke, peeling conrod cap off smashing sump and then the crank freed itself and next time round punched the rod out the back of the engine.
the piston has somehow triangulated the bore at the base and as you see distorted itself like techtonic plates there are probably 10 cracks or tears in the remaining piston.
shrapnel has littered the engine, half a rod bolt is wedged between cylinder wall and oil journal, such I cant move it, the head has taken a hit and bent 4 valves, cams are being tested as I had solid lifters, lifter buckets may also be toast.
the girdle braces were sheared, and 3 pistons have shrapnel marks around their skirts. so much for reusing the Arias!
So its f....ed!



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