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Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:50 pm

Thought it was about time i made a thread about my valver :yup:

Originally the car was a standard '85 GTX champagne coloured tho when i picked the car up it had been painted black (badly!) Managed to pick it up for the pricey sum of £200 which included nearly a full years tax and test plus the past 10 years worth of service history - pretty hard to say no to really!

As it looked the day i picked it up (August '05)
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The paint was bad, brush strokes up and down the 'C' posts and on the tailgate, originally i tried spraying over the black but it was pointless - the black would have to come off! Tried rubbing it down but whatever the paint was kept clogging wet/dry paper even when it was wet so as a last resort (and discovered by accident!) we managed to scrape the paint off with sharp chisels :!:

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Strangely enough underneath the black stuff we found the panels to be perfect and you could still see your face in them :scratch:


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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:02 pm

With the paintwork well and truly underway i had decided to fit remote central locking (had it on my old car and i got lazy using it all the time :chortle: ) To make it easier to wire up i took the dash out and was faced with a hell of a mess - i hate wiring :ire:

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After
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Much better!

While i was at it i also managed to find an early electric window kit, very easy to fit but had to put the switches in the lower console instead of the doors
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I like being lazy :yahoo:

By now winter had set in so work had stopped - don't do working in the cold as paint doesn't really like it!

By the following spring i had sourced a Kamei X1 body kit, the front valence needed some work as it had been smashed
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Luckily i was able to have it repaired and the kit was looking like new again :)


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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:14 pm

With the repaired kit in hand i set about getting it fitted to the car - i had already gotten the car into red primer (in the long run it wasn't the best of decisions.....)

Removing the original kit was pretty easy
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Surprisingly the arches were in great condition - no nasty surprises!

Got the kit fitted
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and the car sprayed up again
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I did think the red kinda looked good on the car :hugegrin:

By now the car had had a few more, smaller, mods done

De-badged rear hatch
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New steering wheel
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Bonnet struts
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Upper and lower strut braces
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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Funky Diver » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:21 pm

I love that look on the Rocco. Something about hte angle of attack of hte front spoiler, for me just that blended in would be a perfect front end.... might have to whittle one up out of GRP I reckon :)

And £200... even back then you'd have got a good deal. Never understood why folks brush stroke a car body. It makes no sense!

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I love the mixed look of disgust and determination on thisa pic!! lol



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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:27 pm

By now my short term project had changed completely!

I had found some early Audi brake calipers/carriers that just so happen to be of the 256mm variety :yahoo: Thought i'd do the job properly and found the bigger servo/master cylinder with the rear disc conversion - loads of parts!

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Looked great fitted
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While i was fitting the breaks i also had another, erm, slight mod to carry out....

Meant taking the old engine out
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then dropping the new one in and building it up
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Now it just needed spraying!


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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:43 pm

I'd been putting off having the re-spray done for around 2 years by this point - finally thought sod it and got on with it!

Got the car prepped/primed
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Then took the plunge and sprayed it
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A few days after i'd got the car back together it wasn't looking too bad
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The highlight of doing the work had to be getting myself featured in Skyrocket :vcool:
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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:50 pm

Now that the outside was sorted i had spotted another mod i wanted - electric sunroof!

Promptly sourced the parts and got it fitted
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Fit an internal aerial (i had filled the original hole on the wing during the re-spray!)
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a triple gauge panel
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Coilovers
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and some nice new wheels - complete with flush fit valves
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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 6:00 pm

The only thing i'd regretted so far was opting for the KR engine over the bigger ABF lump. With that in mind i managed to get an ABF bottom end for a decent price and a KR head to go on it - spent a couple of months stripping it down and rebuilding it (never want to have to lap 16 valves in again!!!)

So once again out came the old engine
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and in went the new 2.0 16v lump
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So much faster than the 1.8 16v!!

That just about brigs the car up to date :hugegrin:

As it looks now
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As for future plans - Ive never really been happy with the finish of the paintwork and now there is some slight rust showing through in both rear arches i'm using it as an excuse to re-spray the car again! Complete with new rear arches :vcool:


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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by markh » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:11 pm

Excellent work Dan, and the thread was WELL overdue mate !!!! :good:


Don't ask me....it was like that when i got here !
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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:14 pm

Cheers Mark!

I've been meaning to do it for months but kept putting it off :blush:

Probably missed loads that i've done too but the basics are all there :hugegrin:


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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by 83mars » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:14 pm

brilliant outcome for a car that cost 200 notes, thought the spraying outside in a tent is a bit weird, but credit where credit is due.
does a abf bottom end bolt straight to a kr head tho? no fiddling with fuel or timing or anything??
great job i must say, love it



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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Mon May 17, 2010 9:32 pm

Thought i'd give this a quick update :)

I somehow managed to drive the car over a bump in a field (went camping) and smashed the front of the Kamei kit :shocking:

Finally got round to taking it off to see how bad the damage was

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Not as bad as i thought but still not good :diablo:

Got the back filled (about 6 layers!) with fiberglass stuff

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and after that had dried overnight got the front filled

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Took a couple of hours of sanding to get it looking good and smoothed out! Now its back in grey primer and on the car

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Not a bad job if i do say so myself :chortle:

Plus i'd picked up a very nice exhaust (jetex??) off Mark - its bloody huge but sounds great! Actually quieter than the one its replaced and looks good :yup:

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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Birdy » Mon May 17, 2010 9:34 pm

Oh, and ive also fitted myself a tow bar...... :whistle:


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Re: Project GTX 16v X1

Post by Risocco » Tue May 18, 2010 6:37 pm

Think thats my old back-box dude. Wish I could have gotten the bleeder to fit! It is Jetex mate :chill:

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