Ali's Albi 197

Discussion in 'Projects/Progress Threads' started by Heppy997, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    Right, been lurking about on here for about 2 years now so thought I'd better start a thread! I've done a fair bit to the car recently so I'll try list it all in order, took photos at the time but never got round to writing a build thread. I bought an Albi Blue 197 in March 2015, fairly standard car, only mods were a Miltek resonated catback and an ITG intake. Was a student up until last year so most stuff was done on a budget! (and still is to be fair)

    Here it is when i first got it: IMG_0010.JPG
    Since then is benefited from the following:

    Faster 200 steering rack
    Toyo manifold with power flex mounts
    Corsa VXR Recaros
    Steering wheel retrim
    Android head unit
    Toyo Proxes which were swiftly replaced by PS4's all round:tearsofjoy:
    Discs and pads all round
    Fresh brembos
    Bottom ball joints
    Spax RSX coilovers
    All new drop links
    Sprint booster
    New fuel pump
    Projector lights
    Refurbed wheels and sprayed interior bits


    Done all the work myself as I like to keep it all dead cheap and I've usually got the time and tools. Plus its good experience to know your car inside out in my opinion, and you learn plenty. Not much experience of working on anything else but can't say these Renaults are particularly 'nice' to work on:tearsofjoy:

    Anyway heres a few pics of all the above:
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    Corsa Recaros, labour of love getting these to fit but they were cheap so they were going in lol. Ended up fabricating some brackets to mate them to the Renault runners. Then managed to wire them in with some Renault plugs soldered on in place of the vauxhall plug. Good job i did my degree in electronics!
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    Fresh pair of refurbed Brembos to bolt on
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    Did the inside trims same colour as the wheels. Turned out decent for my first time with a proper spray gun. Miles better than shitty rattle cans
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    New ball joint in, easiest part of the job
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    Managed to pick these up cheap as my shocks were shot when I pulled them out so thought I might as well upgrade while I'm at it
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    Had to drill the pinch bolt out, replaced it with a nut and bolt, how it bloody should be!
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    90% of my time working on this car was usually shite like this!!
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    Wheels were much in need of a refurb
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    Last on my list was a pair of projector lamps as they make the front end look so much better. Managed to swipe these off a normal clio for £70 delivered. Bargain
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    Few pics to show off my hard work:smile:
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    Then one day my brother decides he wants a clio too!
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    Drive out into the Peak District a few weeks ago with a few mates. Some tasty motors there but I think I had the most fun in the plucky clio trying to keep up!
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    And that's where I'm up to. The car is awesome now and really enjoying driving it. The only thing is the lack of power! So next on the list is a meg conversion I think.....
     

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  2. Wow those seats look proper. Good job with the rest of the car too

    Sent from my EVA-L09 using Tapatalk
     
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  3. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

    Herts
    197
    Great write up. Cars not wanting for much now!!
    Keep us updated on future progress.
     
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  4. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197 with boost
    glad you have decided to start a progress thread..your car and you deserve it..what a great progress since you bought it..the car looks much much better and i believe,it also drives much better with all your high quality upgrades..
    would be good to see it on a track or you dont plan on doing so??
     
  5. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    Thanks for the kind words Pav:smile: yeah I think I will do a few track days now, although my brother bought the black one to use on the track so might just use that. Keep mine nice then:tonguewink:
     
  6. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    Well, took the plunge and went to fetch this yesterday. Megane 225 engine and box on 60k and most of the bits I need for the conversion. Just need to get all the other little bits like decat, powerflex mounts etc. Then planning on doing the wiring and ecu myself to keep costs down :grimacing: IMG_6712.JPG
     
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  7. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197 with boost
    hope all goes well..:thumb:
     
  8. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Paid Member

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Not sure how i missed this. GREAT thread so far and LOVE the manly, greasy, proper up to your elbows in it pics too.

    You come from an age when men were men and hammers were hammers; and just get stuck-in......!!!! :sunglasses:

    New 60k lump sounds a good one. How soon are you hoping to make a start ?
     
  9. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    Thanks chaps. Yeah just get stuck in, learnt so much with these cars from just having a bash:smile:

    The conversion probably wont be happening for another month or so, I've had surgery recently and I'm meant to be sat on the sofa for 6 weeks, not lifting engines:grimacing: But it gives me chance to get together all the other little bits before I start, and sort the loom and ECU. Also need to ring my insurance up..:sweatsmile:

    Will keep you all up to date
     
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  10. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197 with boost
    looking forward to yet another conversion...are you going with a 225 or 250 turbo??
     
  11. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    Just a 225 turbo chap, although its a fairly new one, done less than the engine. I'm not too bothered about it being stupidly fast, so trying to keep it simple and fairly standard. 250-260bhp I'd be more than happy with
     
  12. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197 with boost
    clio is quite light compare to a megane so it will be faster than most meganes anyway..hope all goes well..
     
  13. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    Exactly mate, it will be my daily driver so doesn't need to be daft. just needs a bit more oomph! Ta, I'm sure i'll be in touch when it all goes wrong:tearsofjoy:
     
  14. Hi.
    If you need any help with insurance for this conversion then please feel free to drop me a line. I'd be only too pleased to try and help.
    Regards,
    Dan.
     
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  15. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    Swapped the VXR recaros for a mint pair of Clio 200 ones which i think are better. Love the yellow dot pattern, seems to go well with Albi blue. They are a bit firmer on the bolsters than the VXRs and I'm neither tall nor wide so they're much better for me. Managed to do a straight swap too so happy days!
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  16. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Paid Member

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Did you swap with Ben Peace on the fb group by any chance ?
     
  17. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    Manchester
    albi blue 197 with boost
    cant go wrong with a bit of a Recaro..:thumb:
     
  18. Heppy997

    Heppy997 Paid Member

    109
    Huddersfield
    clio 197
    I did indeed :thumb:
     
  19. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Paid Member

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Look great in yours buddy ! I think you're the winner......... :smile:
     
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  20. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    Awesome! Love the yellow dots!
     
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