Track ZR's replacement- race build R8 200 with ZR's heart!
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    Red face Track ZR's replacement- race build R8 200 with ZR's heart!

    Hi again I wasn't going to post this build on here as not a ZR but as no one has posted for about a month ive changed my mind.
    OK guys hopefully this will work with pics etc so here we go. I finally found a 3 door non sun roof 200 to start a trackday build with and hopefully progress onto some proper racing with since I got my National B race license at start of this year I've been doing trackdays for many years now using a few cars along the way those being a Evo 9 GT, Evo 7 RS Sprint, MK5 RS2000 and my MK2 MG ZR160 that will be the base for parts for this build which some of you may have seen on other forums. Anyway without going into too much of a history lesson will get straight onto the car I'm sure you will be most interested in. I've been looking around for a while for the right car and am sure I've found it at last. Its a one owner car with 68k on the clock, I got it from a trader who pulled it out of the owners garage since he passed away due to illness so its been sitting indoors since 2013 and thankfully for me its completely rust free so be OK to meet MSA regs. So here us the car in question.....

    WP_20170805_19_53_00_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr
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    WP_20170805_19_54_05_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr
    WP_20170805_21_01_27_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Thank god those pic's worked :cool Since the weather has been rubbish this week not got much down to it but i had removed the engine etc from the ZR ready to go into the 214 but got a hell of a lot to do yet so dont have a time frame but be nice to get it on a test day before winter hits......

    WP_20170806_18_17_03_Pro__highres by John Quincey, on Flickr
    WP_20170806_19_04_35_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr
    WP_20170806_19_04_47_Pro__highres by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Hope this thread will interest a few of you so will keep you all updated but as i do everything myself from building the engine, wiring, painting etc etc (only thing i dont you is mapping) im normally a bit slower than others but the plan in my head is basically the same look as a Rover 216 GTI Dunlop car, my colour will be White and Blue.... I think :unsure

    Got a bit of time on the car today at last, got the inside stripped with a bit of help from my boy (he has taken a shine to the R8, says when hes finished his Go Karts will race the Rover) and all the sound deadening etc out was way more than in the ZR.....

    WP_20170812_12_12_39_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    WP_20170812_19_57_00_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    WP_20170812_20_58_13_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    WP_20170813_11_52_14_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    WP_20170813_11_52_37_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Also started having a mark-up of where everything will go etc so can get the floor bars welded in ready for seats, get the wiring loom made, battery mounted etc etc....

    WP_20170813_11_52_57_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    And found a original GTI challenge sticker on Ebay.....
    InstagramCapture_4e7adad9-5958-4322-9c64-63032fcc526a by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Finally got bit done to the 214 today been so busy lately. Anyway got the car to work so i could remove the drive train and start mocking up for the new engine/wiring and will be painting the engine bay/front panel white before the 1800 goes in.

    Up on the ramp....

    WP_20170930_09_51_36_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Making a start....

    WP_20170930_12_24_33_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    All disconnected....

    WP_20170930_12_24_44_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    On the deck....
    WP_20170930_12_35_47_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    WP_20170930_13_33_32_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    And in the boot....

    WP_20170930_15_24_14_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

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    Looking nice, same car my dad had but like a baby blue color, great car on its build, very strong for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitetop View Post
    Looking nice, same car my dad had but like a baby blue color, great car on its build, very strong for sure.
    Thanks mate

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    Small up date everyone picked up some replace rear trailing arms and a ZS roll bar so can put on the rear discs off the ZR160, get them painted and poly bushed....

    WP_20171014_18_03_46_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Also finally got the steering column panel from a scrap ZR so i can drill out the spot welds and fit the mounting bracket to the R8 so can use the ZR steering rack and front sub frames....

    WP_20171018_19_46_59_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Hopefully can get it on this weekend so can get the engine bay painted and engine in next month..... fingers crossed

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    Keep forgetting to update thread here, not done much because of weather but i have been getting parts etc....

    3x different bumper....
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    WP_20170906_19_38_22_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Managed to get some hard to find parts, set of sill extensions and a GTI spoiler....
    WP_20171130_18_06_47_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr
    WP_20171130_18_17_25_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Get some adjustable camber arms but can only get 1-1.3 degrees so not much use to me got another set on way....
    IMG_20180122_201135~2 by John Quincey, on Flickr
    IMG_20180122_200319~2 by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Made a panel from fibreglass resin to allow the ZR front subframe/steering rack to be used on the R8, just needs smoothing ready for paint....
    IMG_20180113_201419~2 by John Quincey, on Flickr

    And gave it a wash :wink:

    WP_20171214_12_33_47_Pro by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Still no end to do but least things moving

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    Got the other camber arms today and glad to say they will work perfect got plenty of room for adjustment from standard to around -3 degrees (could go more with coilovers i think as trailing arm hits the lower shock body) So thats one job sorted on to the next hundreds

    IMG_20180125_190402~2 by John Quincey, on Flickr
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    First of the bushes came today, in this case trailing arms Going for Powerflex Black Series which is meant to be there motorsport compound. Cant believe how hard they are they are like solid plastic going to be a bumpy ride :mouthshut

    2018-02-08_07-28-26 by John Quincey, on Flickr
    Little update, trying my best to get ready for POL in some form anyway. Got the engine bay just about stripped ready to get it painted hopefully can get done next weekend.....

    IMG_20180311_162853 by John Quincey, on Flickr
    IMG_20180311_162913 by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Just need to finish sanding the panel for the ZR subframe rack to smooth it off, bearing in mind made it from starch came out ok.....

    IMG_20180311_164210 by John Quincey, on Flickr

    And finally got engine and gearbox on stands ready to paint before fitment.....

    2018-03-11_06-01-25 by John Quincey, on Flickr
    Got a bit done today fingers crossed POL looking like a go as long as weather holds out anyway

    Got the bumper flatted ready for temporary coat of Tempest Grey.....

    IMG_20180319_183447 by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Also got the gearbox painted.....

    IMG_20180320_184505~3 by John Quincey, on Flickr

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    Gave the ZR 160 rear calipers a re-fresh today ready to fit....

    2018-03-23_06-03-47 by John Quincey, on Flickr
    Got the engine bay painted today really happy with how it come out just didnt quite have enough to do front panel so will get that do tomorrow then can get the engine and gearbox in then just need to get the wiring looms made....

    IMG_20180325_180408~2 by John Quincey, on Flickr
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    Quick update, got the engine painted today so plan is to get the engine and box built back up and fitted tomorrow....

    2018-03-31_09-07-32 by John Quincey, on Flickr

    Then onto the wiring.....

    2018-03-31_09-07-48 by John Quincey, on Flickr

    This is only about 3/4 stuff will need not all has turned up yet but this is enough to get the engine to the bulk head done. Im using Deutsch DT series motorsport multi plugs to on the engine side of the loom to the car side so should the engine need to come out is just a case of disconnecting 2 plug and can lift it out with all wiring etc on it. I also got the factory terminals for the engine bay fuse box so can use the original multi plugs that plug into the bottom so theres no bodging needed i will just use the original plugs with new wires and terminals so my ECU can power the fuel pump, main relay etc etc

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    Ah man, that's top quality. Do with I had the same levels dedication.
    I watched your ZR build on theMGZR and I'll continue to watch this.

    I have a mighty need for ITBs!

    Keep it up man; I do like seeing progression!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Ah man, that's top quality. Do with I had the same levels dedication.
    I watched your ZR build on theMGZR and I'll continue to watch this.

    I have a mighty need for ITBs!

    Keep it up man; I do like seeing progression!!
    Thanks mate will hopefully have another ZR soon but not for track this time

 

 

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