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    Quick update, I've been stuck not doing much on the car since lockdown started (I'm still working a lot)

    I snagged a beaut leather interior from a nearby mate (once the lockdown rules were relaxed, social distancing was maintained.) That's now in, and it totally transformed the car.

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    It also reminded me how heavy the seats are, and so I'm already looking at replacing it all (down the line) with some decent lighter seats. 4 buckets if I can, then it'll be party in the front, party in the back.

    While in lockdown, I've also been fiddling with the electric fan with the goal of binning off the viscous coupled fan. As my car is non-A/C, it makes it a slight pain to swap it in; the radiator is smaller and sits further back in the engine bay, and the e-fan is bloody thick and fouls on the studs and the radiator at the same time. Unfortunately I can't cut enough off the studs to make enough clearance; I want to keep about 25mm of clearance from the back of the fan to the pulley.
    I've done all the wiring for the two speed controls, power relay, etc, so it seems a shame to not use the fan I have already. So, it's getting shelved for the meantime until I swap my intercooler out for a better one. As that's going to be shifted forward anyway, I'll then have space to move the radiator, and then the fan will fit. I considered getting a slimline fan, but I've spent more than enough money on this now and I refuse to spend any more on it when I have more important needs.

    I turned the boost up again (12psi ish) as that seems to be the sweet spot before the clutch starts slipping. It's still slow though, so an intercooler, clutch and TTV flywheel are probably my next go-fast bits on the list. I also picked up a 'junk' 530 head that will be a test bed for various brackets and porting practice, but it may also end up on the car as it seems alright, just a couple of broken or missing studs. Will chuck some photos up of it when I do the work on it

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    Result on the new seats!

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    yep! Made the interior a nice place to be!

    It's finally had the lowering treatment too, dropped 40mm on springs all round. Bilstein B4s in the back, GAZ gold -40mm adjustables in front. In addition to its pops and bangs, decently low without scraping on anything and it looks way better. the GAZ dampers do the job but they're bloody stiff even on the lowest setting, I took it for a blast on Dartmoor today and it held the road really well so don't see a need to go stiffer. I'll get some pics up.

    Also helped Woz pull his T5 engine out. Didn't get the replacement in as it needs a few bits swapping over. Hoping he'll let me steal the old one for nefarious 940 uses. The swap is pretty complicated so doubt it'll happen, but the thought of a RWD T5 is pretty nice.
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    Kept the old strut top mount as apparently originals are better quality than most new stuff. I swapped the bearings over to them, also allowed me to somewhat keep my camber settings. De-rusted and painted them to match the cam cover - literally a 10 minute paint job so it looks absolutely trash close up but the colour is right at least.. Also painted the struts, new balljoints, polybushed the control arm to radius rod bush. Didn't bother doing anything else as it was all fairly tidy and not shagged out.
    I also replaced the water pump, and killed my 20 year old radiator too, so got a new one of those in there. Wish it wasn't my daily as I'd have spent longer and got an alloy one fitted rather than one with crap plastic end tanks, but beggars can't be choosers.
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    Minor update:

    Wideband in.

    Rusty airbox and battery trays cut out and welded. Hopefully that's the last of the major rust on it, might have to revisit the sill at some point though.

    MOT passed, initially failed on a tyre and emissions. It was reading too lean so they failed it -__- despite watching the wideband bounce around 14.7 while doing the test. Fixed the exhaust leaks and chucked my old tune on it to get it through, now back to normal but it's got a high idle and is still learning so I've not been nailing it as much recently.

    Soon to sort out a proper exhaust for it as the straightpipe's charm has worn off. My wasted spark conversion kit has arrived from Fabian Bijlsma in the Netherlands, just need to make a bracket for the coil and ignition amp, but that'll be a mini project for the winter.
    Also hoping to fit my new wheels and do a better job of the arches at some point soon, but seeing as winter is approaching, I'm probably going to hold off so I don't ruin my nice wheels and summer tyres.
    Going to hopefully get a dyno run in once the exhaust is done, as there's been a fair amount of progress since the last one (155 wheel hp at 0.6 bar). Not going to pretend like it's actually fast though, it's just loud.

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    I forgot, I also cut the airbox open to use the 'cold air intake' that passes through the front wing. 10 minutes of brutality with a holesaw, now makes the whooshy turbo noises at a volume I can hear over that awful, awful exhaust.

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    Great update

    I do miss my old 940, was non-turbo but I did want to convert it, then the 850 came along so the 940 went. Shame as I wanted to know what more power felt like in a 940.
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    Your 940 project looks to be coming along nicely and I look forward to seeing more of your progress over the coming months. I had 2 740's and loved them, rwd drive and loads of load space where handy for me at the time, still miss them both in different ways.

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    cheers guys, it's a decent enough platform for this really, just a shame it comes with low horsepower from the factory. It's getting there! Have got my hands on a 3" turbo back exhaust for it now so the straightpipe will be going, and should hopefully make more usable power now I'm getting rid of the stock downpipe and hotside. More to come once life settles down a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jfxv View Post
    cheers guys, it's a decent enough platform for this really, just a shame it comes with low horsepower from the factory. It's getting there! Have got my hands on a 3" turbo back exhaust for it now so the straightpipe will be going, and should hopefully make more usable power now I'm getting rid of the stock downpipe and hotside. More to come once life settles down a bit
    Yes, things are rather crazy at the moment, life seems to be on a sort of hold (but not at the same time).
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