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[Car_Upgrade] 205 Rallye Mi16 Road/hillclimb Build
Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:54 AM
My name is Andrei, I'm 26, I'm from Romania and I'm an engineer. I've had my Peugeot for close to 2 and a half years now and thought it's time for it to have its own topic. It's been an absolute money pit, but also a source of great joy in the little time it's actually been working.
It's one of the 1000 1.9 Rallyes made for the German market, manufactures in 1990. Bought it with a knackered engine and replaced it straight away with an Mi16. My plan for the car was to do tarmac hillclimbing so I put in a bolt in cage and a bucket seat and harness and this is what it looked like shortly after I bought it. The hole in the bonnet is for the carbs. Bought the engine with no management and these kind of engines are extremely rare around here.
Unfortunately the engine didn't last long and on one of those hairpins this happened:
Rather than try and rebuild the Mi16 I bought a cheap V6 and attempted a conversion:
But realised when the conversion was 90% done that there would be no way I could hillclimb that so decided to return to the Mi16.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:09 AM
Was on a budget as always so I reused the piston rings. Engine had good compression before so didn't see why I should change them. I rebuilt the engine in my room between Christmas and New Years because it was too cold to work in the shed.
Before rebuilding the engine I decided that If I'm going to try and find some sponsors this year the car needs to look a bit better, so I stripped it, cleaned the rust, rust proofed it and resprayed it.
And bought some T16 decals from John Goodhand on here.
(This was a stage I did with the leaky Mi16 which I ended up destroying on that day.)
Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:13 AM
Engine runs sweet, but a bit rich on cold idle (black smoke with petrol smell). Once it gets to temp it's perfectly fine, no smoke at all. Very pleased with my first engine rebuild.
Waiting for my new suspension, Gaz GHA fronts and Gaz Gold rears. They'll arrive in aprox 3 weeks. It's all I could afford at the moment, but will upgrade to Gold fronts or Bilsteins later this year. The suspension I have at the moment is rock hard and too low to work.
After this I'll get it MOTd and run the engine in and the plan for the summer is more hillcimbs and lots of weekend blasts over the Transfagarasan pass. Misty:
And view from the bottom:
These are pictures I took last summer when I was there in the Focus. It's the same road that Jeremy, James and Hammond were on when in Romania. Getting goosebumps thinking about thrashing the Pug around those bends.
Edited by unariciflocos, 23 March 2011 - 11:30 AM.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 01:49 PM
As for the road, the first and second pictures are taken somewhere at 1800 m altitude and the plain you see in the background is maybe at 300 m altitude. It's impossible to describe what you feel when you're actually there and no picture will ever do that scenery any justice.
And to quote Jeremy : "From above it looks like every great corner from every great racetrack in the world has been knitted together to create one unbroken grey river of automotive perfection."
Edited by unariciflocos, 23 March 2011 - 01:53 PM.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 06:48 PM
Jon, if you're ever around I can take you for a spin.
Posted 27 March 2011 - 06:19 PM
Also did two things of which I'm proud of : I wired the fuel pump through the normally open contact in the main cutoff switch and wired the brown connector of the fans to a switch on the dash so that I can start the fans manually from inside the car at either half or full speed.
Had to take the cage out for the MOT and gave it a good wash. It's booked for the MOT tomorrow at 8, will have to see how it does. Wish me luck!
Edited by unariciflocos, 27 March 2011 - 06:35 PM.
Posted 27 March 2011 - 07:11 PM
I'm not allowed to have a cage, I need to have the full interior, all seat belts, can't move the battery... Let's just say tomorrow is a day when I'm glad there is corruption in Romania... I just hope to get some races this year so that I'll have the log book and I can register it as a race car.
The car will get absolutely NO abuse until I make my sump baffle, lost two engines to surge, won't let it happen again.
Edited by unariciflocos, 27 March 2011 - 07:19 PM.
Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:19 AM
Gave it some beans after that to compensate for the frustration. It looks so lovely in the company parking lot.
Posted 03 May 2011 - 09:20 PM
Got to the bottom of my 3000 rpm idle:
It was 500 km after the rebuild so I re-tightened the head bolts and broke one of the rocker cover studs... will have to tap that out and replace it.
Also took a compression test which didn't give the best results. I now know I shouldn't have reused the rings in my rebuild.