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Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:19 pm PostPost subject: VX220 Turbo Project
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Thought I'd start a new project thread for the new car.

The shell a 2.2 NA Vx220,
It was a cat D write off when the last owner bought it, fitted a 2.0 Turbo and entered TOTB in it. It was put back on the road and VIC checked etc.
He then decided to brake it for parts, I bought the shell about a month ago to put my engine in and get it going.

The front and rear calms are away to repair as both were quite badly damaged. will get some pics when I can.

Heres how it stands just now.



Lightened doors


Safety Devices Cage



Nitron Suspension



Biggest Challenge on the car will be the wiring. It used to run on Autronic, so the loom was cut and shut to make the systems work. Then the previous owner stripped the loom back to remove all unnecessary wiring (stereo, heaters, door looms, abs, etc etc)

I'm still wanting to use the car on the road and actually use it to go places, so Ive bought a full car loom from ebay to try and fit some stuff back in such as heaters, stereo, central locking.




Plans are to strip the suspension off it, get all components powdercoated and fit new ball joints and bushes.

Put it back on its wheels, get the engine in and running and try and sort out wiring.

Last thing will be the bodywork fitting and then paint. Not sure on a colour yet.



When prepping the engine to go back in I found that the headgasket was away between cylinders 1&2, so head is off just now waiting on new gasket to arrive, should be back together by the end of the weekend I hope.
Its a pain in the arse having to do it but at least it lets me look at the pistons. Its good to see not a mark on them (no DET marks etc) so happy with that.




Will get more Pics as it comes along. Very Happy
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Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:09 pm PostPost subject:
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Good luck.
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Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:22 pm PostPost subject:
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Hope you got it cheap Smile

What engines going back in, the NA 2.2?
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Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:50 am PostPost subject:
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Thanks Dave.

I got it cheap enough foz, It's getting the engine and box from my Astra in it. So 2.0 turbo and 6 speed box.
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Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:53 am PostPost subject:
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Excellent project.

While its engine is out, could you give me a couple of measurements please? Front firewall to the rear perforated cross member and front firewall to driveshaft centre line?

Im 90% sure the audi v8 will go in one of these, just depends how much room has to be made.

Good luck with the rebuild.
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Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:17 pm PostPost subject:
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Looks Really Good,

Best of luck with getting it finished,

I personally cannot wait to see it on Track Smile
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Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:53 pm PostPost subject:
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Looks awesome Craig, will be mighty quick once you've finished it.

Hopefully see it out and about after the winter!

Good luck!
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Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:12 pm PostPost subject:
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OlberJ wrote:
Excellent project.

While its engine is out, could you give me a couple of measurements please? Front firewall to the rear perforated cross member and front firewall to driveshaft centre line?

Im 90% sure the audi v8 will go in one of these, just depends how much room has to be made.

Good luck with the rebuild.



Which one Laughing

The engine might, add a gearbox and..
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Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:15 pm PostPost subject:
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The ahc/abz 4.2 job. With the ob1 gearbox it's only 1190mm front to back.

I know from firewall to bumper that will fit but I'm wondering about driveshaft fitment through the current "hole".
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Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:56 pm PostPost subject:
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Thanks guys!
never got the head back on this weekend due to other stuff being on but I did manage to change the stem seals and lapped the valves in again, so will get the valve springs back in and get the head on a night this week.

I did find out the cause of my smoking though. Lesson learned, don't use cheap valve stem seals Rolling Eyes The seals had gone hard and the actual sealing lip had broken off, just sliding up and down on the valves, these had only covered 10K miles or so....smokey smokey


OlberJ wrote:
Excellent project.

While its engine is out, could you give me a couple of measurements please? Front firewall to the rear perforated cross member and front firewall to driveshaft centre line?

Im 90% sure the audi v8 will go in one of these, just depends how much room has to be made.

Good luck with the rebuild.


When you say front fire wall, do you mean the fiberglass bit just behind the seats? This could be cut and removed to give a few more inches for space but you might get a nice suntan with a V8 just inches from your head lol. I'm guessing the turbo sitting just a few inches from my back will be pretty toasty too. Very Happy cant wait
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From that black plastic cover back would be great, thank you very much.
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Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:59 pm PostPost subject:
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So thought I'd better bring it up to date since I've hardly had 10 minutes since christmas to do anything other than work and work on the car.

Got the engine built back up, this time with decent VITON valve stem seals, hopefully this should stop it smoking on track!



Added some extras again, building on what the Astra had in it

Changed from a Cometic head gasket to a Genuine GM head gasket
Fitted a baffled sump
had the manifold and turbo coated at zircotec to reduce bay temps









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Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:15 pm PostPost subject:
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New Radiator, old one had a hole in it.



Bought and installed a charge cooler system



Ran brake and clutch lines through the car, also fitted a bias controller.


Tidied up a bit!


Removed the whole car loom and replaced it with a VX220 turbo loom fom ebay, was an absolute beast of a job!

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Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:59 pm PostPost subject:
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I had read up that these were quite bad for Galvanic corrosion between the Alloy tub and the steel rear end, so we removed the rear end and coated the shims to stop any corrosion from happening before the car was properly put on the road.





gave the suspension a dickie up, nothing special



Fitted the seats and harnesses



Got it out a drive under its own steam!


Fitted my boost controller


Went to see Russ at PHQ on Friday there.

The car made 273@ wheels with 260 odd torque i beleive at 1.1 BAR of boost. Mega chuffed with that. It should be nice and competitive on track I hope.



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so.... i thought it wasnt going to be ready for Round 1?

Looks nearly there Smile
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