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Thought its was about time I posted up a build thread on here :)

Anyway some of you already know the car from UK-MKIV's or from shows, etc.

It started out as a standard well spec'd early AUE engine'd V6 4motion, here's the photo from the autotrader advert from when I picked it up back in 2008!



And here's how it looked in April before we started on the R32 conversion:



Mods to date before the engine conversion are:

Miltek Sports CAT's and CAT back exhaust
Carbonio CAI
Neuspeed upper front strut brace
S3 lower subframe brace
R32 wishbones, hubs, brakes, shocks with Eibach Springs
Eibach ARB's
Goodridge braided lines all round
Genuine BBS CH 002's (for sale)
Eibach 15mm spacers on rear
Forge adjustable rear arms
R32 peddles, dash trim, handbrake, steering wheel
Beetle Sport door pins and gear knob
Bora R genuine front bumper
Votex side skirts
Joey Mod headlights

Probably missed something out!

Check out my build thread (in my signature) for photos during the various stages, I'm not going to repeat them here.

Ok so now on to the interesting bits!

I gave the R32 engine an overhaul in my garage. This involved changing the chains/tensioners, oil/water pump, refurbed alternator, new aux belt, new thermostat, metal crack pipe and new gaskets all round. Also removed the SAI (well it wasn't with the engine) so got Si to make me up an adaptor to remove the SAI valve on the back of the head.



Took the car down to Monkey & Jimbo's unit to get started on the engine conversion:



Engine out (thanks to Monkey)



Subframe, manifolds and sports cats removed



Subframe tidy up



Wishbone preparation for poly bushes and DEFCON inserts



All built up with new clutch



It's in! Bolted up to Miltek 6 branch and decat's



Gave the inlet a lick of paint



All fitted up with new expansion tank and Porsche water/oil caps



Got some Porsche 996 Turbo calipers, 2 piece disks and Ferrodo DS2500 pads to put on but they wouldn't clear my BBS CH's without spacers and that made them poke too much :-(



So had to get some new temporary wheels to clear them

 

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Looking nice
a lot off work.
 

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What a beauty, loving the polished valve cover with the black manifold over, really nice touch!
 

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What a beauty, loving the polished valve cover with the black manifold over, really nice touch!
Thanks! TBH it looks a lot better than I was expecting, have been trying to find another rocker cover so I can get it powder coated satin black, but won't bother now
 

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Small update after buying some bits from ***** from ClubGTI at GTI International on Sunday.

Managed to pick up some new wheels with adequate caliper clearance, don't require spacers and look very similar to BBS CH's. I'll let the pictures do the talking:






Wheels are Compomotive CXT 18"x8" ET20.

Also got a set of used Toyo R888's from ***** as well for my next (dry) track outing.

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Small update, it starts! But cuts out due to the immobiliser


Anybody on here close to Glastonbury able to help out with sorting this on Saturday? I think I need the SKC to be read from the engine ECU, already have the SKC for my clocks.

Ill make it worth your while if you help out


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VR6Rich said:
Small update, it starts! But cuts out due to the immobiliser


Anybody on here close to Glastonbury able to help out with sorting this on Saturday? I think I need the SKC to be read from the engine ECU, already have the SKC for my clocks.

Ill make it worth your while if you help out


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Alrite shag I know a person that fixed my car after a member wiped my clocks by mistake but can't get it done tomorow. Do u want contact number?! He is based in clevedon....feel ur pain man had same problem!!

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Couple of updates:

First thing most importantly is it runs! Turns out I only needed to swap my key blade to the key fob I got with the ECU/clocks for it to not throw a tantrum! Sounds awesome but a water leak needs sorting out before I can try it on the road. Also the auxiliary water pump is making a racket so needs to be replaced.

Secondly I had a couple of deliveries today:



Needed new hoses as the ones supplied with the Porsche brakes weren't MK4 ones so wouldn't secure properly. Also need more fluid if I'm swapping the lines.

Hopefully if we sort the leak(s) out, replace the auxiliary water pump and sort the brakes I could be driving it at the weekend


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