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Your cars / Re: MY RAIDER
« on: 22:45, Thu 28 April 2011 »
Just bought a full piston and liner set, bottom end gasket set, timing chain and tensioner, oil pump re-furb kit.
Sorn'd again this week, 2nd year off the road now, but i will get the engine out soon, (bloke at work lending me a hoist).
Need to find a good engine machine shop for cleaning the block, head skim, crank bearing re-grind etc in the Bournemouth area, K-Tec are close but i want to keep it cheap so will look around.
The next items will be the rest of the engine internals, cam, followers, thrust/ main/ big-end bearings once the engine is apart, the stripping/ building i can do but will leave the cleaning/ grinding to a specialist
Bodywork will have to wait!

Worked perfect and now I know what to look out for....

But this below is what a Renault 5 GT Turbo should look like:

Perfect, this is how mine will end up looking like and I'm off to see Bob tomorrow at CGB
Good luck, i had good service from CGB when i bought a lot of parts from them!

Renault 5 GT Turbo / Re: hot earth lead?
« on: 22:05, Fri 26 March 2010 »
A mate had a similar prob with his engine earth strap being high resistance so cleaning everything up can only help!

Renault 5 GT Turbo / Re: hot earth lead?
« on: 21:43, Fri 26 March 2010 »
Take the earth lead off, clean up the terminals with scotchbrite or emery, clean up the engine/ chassis/ battery earths, reassemble with a bit of vaseline on the terminals.
Iirc there is another engine earth cable on the right side ( drivers side visible from underneath), try again.

Your cars / Re: MY RAIDER
« on: 20:29, Fri 26 March 2010 »
Started the Raider up today for the 1st time since last summer, had to move a tool box roll cab out of the garage so reversed the 5 onto the drive and then put it back in before the rain started again!
It started 2nd go (remembered it has a manual choke), ran it for a couple of minutes till it was off choke and idled ok.
Hopefully i will start to start to rebuild/ renovate it this year as i  now work back in Bournemouth again.
The Clio 182 is going ok, new cam and aux belts fitted, K-tec exhaust and sports cat, just about to buy an RS Tuner to liven up the performance a bit! The ride and handling on it are great( cup pack suspension) but the steering is a bit crap, i will keep it as a daily driver for a while.

Your cars /
« on: 18:21, Sat 09 May 2009 »
Also the oil pressure seemed a bit too high on the 5 on the last couple of trips, the 1 way valves on the back of the manifold for engine/ brake servo operate ok but there is oil residue coming from the turbo boost controller outlet pipe(bleed valve). There is no mixing of the oil/ water, ie no mayo under the oil filler cap.
The 2 restrictors in the engine pressure vent pipes are ok, i took the spark plugs out and found the no. 2 plug was browish compared to the other 3 (white/grey), all 4 used to be black/carboned with the group'a' carb but since the change to the standard carb with different jets it used to run fine.
I think the head gasket maybe at fault as there is no sign of any external coolant leaks.
There is a major oil leak from somewhere around the oil filter, cooler pipes area, i changed the oil filter about 1 month ago and i have done this job loads of times before with no problems, maybe a filter seal problem! Will have to investigate further

Your cars /
« on: 17:13, Sat 09 May 2009 »
Well the 182 feels like a jeep/bus compared to the go-kart like Raider, obviously with the power steering and abs it will take some getting used to but it seems ok for a daily driver so far.
The Raider will never die, it just needs some love and attention to make it fast and reliable again, when work and finances allow it. Too many problems have appeared at the same time and with the Mot due soon it has to be taken off road.
I need to change all the coolant hoses for silicone types for reliability, i want to take the engine out for an overhaul, new pistons/liners/bearings etc and balancing, the MD28 turbo needs replacing- for bigger and better type, new radiator, maybe a fmic, the bodywork needs a lot of work with all the rust and dents on it, all these jobs will take a bit of time.
I have replacement inlet and exhaust manifolds that i will have a go at matching to the gasket/ head flowed and cleaned up, new valve guides if needed, i have a group 'a' headgasket kit and valve stem seals to fit.
 I took the head off once before at 73000 miles when the original T2 turbo blew up but have never taken the engine out, so that will be fun.
Having driven the 182 for just over a week now i must say that it is better than the 19 year old 5 as far as early morning starts ie cold starting are concerned, the suspension is firm but not crashy like the Spax setup in my 5, the window winders work 100% of the time, it is a bit more relaxing to drive but not as exciting!

Your cars /
« on: 01:29, Mon 04 May 2009 »
Just SORNed my RAIDER yesterday, the mot was due soon and there are too many problems to sort it. I was using it every day and last year i was travelling from Bournemouth to Heathrow for work on a 4 on 4 off shift (90 miles 1 way) and this year from Bournemouth to Southend Airport (160 miles 1 way).
The poor old 5 (107000 miles) was just hanging in there but with a lot of vibration from a driveshaft, very noisy wheel bearing, coolant level dropping on every trip, blue smoke from the exhaust, noisy turbo bearing, a few other problems aswell it was time to put the 5 into my garage so i can spend a bit of time on it.
Going up and down the motorway with one eye on the temp gauge and the other on the oil pressure gauge wasn't what you would call fun, wondering if i would get to the other end ok!
Anyway, just bought a black 54 reg Clio 182 full fat with cup packs, if it lasts as long as the 5 i will be more than happy! I see K-Tec are selling a low pressure turbo diy kit for about 2500 to get 215 bhp for the 172/182 Clios, based on the Garrett GT28 ballbearing turbo, looks interesting! mmmmmm.

General Chat /
« on: 18:13, Mon 10 November 2008 »
Sorry people, the sarcasm is a personality trait, anyone know the transmission date?

General Chat /
« on: 19:02, Sun 09 November 2008 »
5th gear, normally on channel 5, thats the 5 button on the tv remote!

Renault 5 GT Turbo /
« on: 00:17, Sun 09 November 2008 »
Press the clutch pedal down several times to make sure the self adjusting cam on top of the pedal is ok, also the cables tend to stretch, my old cable was about an inch longer than a genuine Renault new one, which when i fitted the Renault one cured the problem after my clutch plate change!
The old cable was a Renault part but it had been on the car for many years, the original cables used to break regularly then Renault changed the pedal mechanism design for RHD cars.

General Chat /
« on: 23:42, Sat 08 November 2008 »
One does ones best to be articulate but the finer nuances of grammar and spelling tended to fade after i left school in 1981.
However, i feel a basic grasp of communications skills and spelling should be drilled into todays yoofs so that they can become positive members of our society, and hopefully we can understand what the f**k they are talking about!

General Chat /
« on: 23:14, Sat 08 November 2008 »
My Raider has been to Millbrook, unfortunately it had to sit in the car park while me and my old boss tested a load of vauxhall company cars for evaluation.
There was a great banked circuit, hillclimb, and suspension test area back in the 90's, will be interesting to see what it is like now.

General Chat /
« on: 23:00, Sun 02 November 2008 »

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