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16  Extreme Kits / Extreme 355 / Is this a extreme kit mr2? on: August 11, 2018, 06:32:14 PM
Hi guys.
Could one of you tell me if this mr2 Ferrari 355 is a extreme kit?


I went to view this car today as I quite fancy a mr2 Ferrari 355 as my daily driver.
It’s a nice example and one of the better ones I’ve seen.

17  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: August 04, 2018, 11:22:43 PM
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18  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: August 04, 2018, 11:21:26 PM
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19  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: August 04, 2018, 11:20:03 PM
Time for this weeks update.
I have been carrying on with the extra cooling modifications this week.
Now that I have made the intercooler mounting brackets it’s time to finish off the oil cooler bracket.
After giving the oil cooler base mounting a coat of paint I make a top mounting bracket out of aluminium.
I then mount the kenlowe fan on to the oil cooler.
Once everything’s mounted it’s time to get the oil pipes made.
A visit to a hydraulic hose company sorts that out. I opted for industrial hoses with a larger bore so the oil can circulate quicker.
Once fitted I then fit the oil cooler into position.
Perfect fit with the kenlowe fan hidden inside the air vent.
To fit a oil cooler to a mr2 you need a oil take off? The best and easiest method is to use a oil filter sandwich plate. This fits between the oil filter and the engine.
This is a perfect fit as having a racing exhaust manifold moves the exhaust out of the way and leaves enough room for the hydraulic pipes.
Now for the dipstick. With the oil cooler sandwich plate fitted there’s now no where to fit the dipstick.
As it simply swivels around when unbolted I make alittle bracket to hold the dipstick in its new location.
Everything fits perfectly. A oil cooler this big should provide plenty of cooling.
My next job is to fit the intercooler fans. I have fitted 2 kenlowe fans to push the air through the intercoooler.
Once fitted I then mount the intercooler into the car.
I made a small heat sheld out of some aluminium angle to help keep the exhaust heat away from the fans.
My next task is to plumb it all up. I’ve used 2.5” tubing on the inlet and 3” tubing on the outlet to the engine.
Takes a little time to get all the bends and angles cut correctly.
As the power is going to be increased the mr2 Turbo suffers from oil blow back. This is when oil comes out of the oil breather and back into the turbo inlet. To stop this you require a oil catcher bottle.
So I fitted a nice large aluminium one.
With all this extra plumbing and chrome the engine bay is now full and looks fantastic.
There’s a lot of pipes in there now.
Looks like a work of art.
To finish all this off I need to fit the wiring so I can control the fans from inside the car.
I’m also fitting a turbo boost switch so when pressed it bleeds off the actuator making the turbo work harder giving more boost and then more power.
So more next week.

20  Extreme Kits / Extreme ChitChat / August car show. Bring yours on: August 01, 2018, 09:03:31 PM
As I’m a member of the Royal County Car Club we are having a meeting next Wednesday evening 8th August 2018 at the Shire Horse Pub. Maidenhead. SL63QA.
We start to arrive around 7.30 pm.
Cerberus will be there amongst lots of other cars.
If your kit car is up for it bring it along. We would love to see you there.
21  Extreme Kits / Extreme ChitChat / Re: Agreed Value Problem on: July 29, 2018, 02:43:53 PM
I must admit this is the biggest problem with all kitcars, classics and alike. .
I’ve spent around £50k on cerberus including the purchase price but there is no way I will ever get that back.
The ebay auctions give a good indication of what she’s worth. The best I got was £28k which is no where near what I’ve spent.
Insurance payouts are going to be worse. Anything not to pay out. There bad enough with everyday cars not let alone classics and kit cars.
But this is something we are just going to have to swallow because that’s never going to change. 
22  Extreme Kits / Extreme ChitChat / Building something different on: July 29, 2018, 10:56:53 AM
Whilst carrying out a few modifications to cerberus I am still scoping my next big project.
What can I build next.
At the moment I quite fancy building a film car. Something famous from the movies.
So I’m looking into building my very own batmobile.
There’s quite a few different types ranging from the 1960s thing to the tumbler.
My favourite has to be the batmobile used in the bat man returns film with Michael Keaton in 1989.
This is one seriously long beast and will require a big donor car.
The first problem is finding a suitable donor car which has a long enough wheel base.
The batmobile would look crap if the wheel base is to short.
Looking around for what I could use for a donor there’s one that look suitable.
It’s a Japanese imported car called a Mitsuoka Le-Seyde.
The wheelbase on this thing is massive and would suit the batmobile body perfectly.
Does anybody here know of a easier donor with a massive wheelbase.
It must be a complete registered car and the chassis must not be chopped or altered so that the batmobile won’t need a sva test which is impassable.
Just a body kit like a dna Ferrari.
23  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: July 28, 2018, 10:42:12 PM
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24  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: July 28, 2018, 10:40:46 PM
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25  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: July 28, 2018, 10:38:58 PM
Time for a update.
As we have been basking in a 30 degrees plus heatwave I decided to take a week off work.
So this means I’ve had time to start fitting the performance modifications so I can increase the power of Cerberus.
So I started with stripping the car down by removing the turbo pipe work and old intercooler.
Upon removal of the old intercooler I found out that it was on its last legs and isn’t up to much cooling any more.
I plan is to fit a much larger intercooler behind the engine where I have a large area free. The intercooler fans will draw the air up from the floor and discharge it over the engine.
I also need a oil cooler. As this MR2 generates a large amount of heat from the turbo it requires a big oil cooler.
The MR2 does have a very basic cooler which works using the engine coolant but is no way big enough when running high boost pressures.
I plan to mount the oil cooler where the old intercooler was which is vented from the drivers side lower air duct.
The intercooler I have brought is the biggest I can fit in the engine bay. So it’s time to make a suitable mount.
It’s quite a heavy cooler with the fans fitted so it needs a sturdy mount.
I cover the cooler with masking tape to protect the vains on the cooler.
I offer up the new tubing to make sure I have all the correct lengths of piping.
Yep so I put them aside for later.
After a lot of balancing on blocks of wood I manage to get a idea on where it can be mounted.
Further down below is the rear engine mounting so is a perfect place to take a sold fixing from.
Using some thick strong steel strip I cut and weld a triangle frame so the intercooler can fix to it.
Once welded I give it a coat of paint.
I bolt the finished triangle frame to the engine mounting bolts and sit the intercooler on to it.
Now that the weight of the intercooler is supported all that’s needed is a support on the top to keep it in place.
For this I use some aluminium strip.
I make a simple T piece bracket so the top of the intercooler can be bolted to the back of the car.
Once all bolted the intercooler is solid and ready for plumbing in.
But I have to fit the oil cooler first so I remove it all again.
Now for the oil cooler I have brought a big 30 row aluminium cooler. Perfect for cooling that oil going around the turbo.
It’s a close size to the old intercooler so fitting it shouldn’t be a problem.
I remove the old brackets and weld up some steel box section and steel strip to the old bracket.
This will take the weight of the cooler and mount it perfectly in position.
Once welded I give the bracket a coat of paint.
I will now let it dry over the weekend.
When I mount the oil cooler I will need to make a top support so I will make one next week.
More to follow next week.

26  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: July 24, 2018, 08:05:33 PM
Time for a update.
Well it’s been a while since my last post so it’s time to update you all on what’s been happening.
As we all know that we are still basking in hot weather and we haven’t seen rain since the end of May.
It’s getting hotter and hotter and unfortunately cerberus has been suffering with the heat as well.
Whilst out in the hot sunny weather in traffic my clutch had started to play up again.
It got to a point where I almost couldn’t change gear and the clutch was biting at traffic lights.
It was time to replace the clutch master cylinder.
Fortunately on the mr2 it’s a easy job to remove. 2 nuts and a spring clip and it’s out.
Rather than getting another nackered master cylinder from the scrappie Toyota sell a rebuild kit to make it like new again.
Very easy to repair. A simple circlip and it pops apart.
Once it was rebuilt I refitted the master cylinder into the car.
The next difficult task was to bleed the system. The problem doing this is that the reservoir is so small. 2 pumps and it’s empty.
It took me ages to get all the air out but I got there in the end.
Sorted. The clutch felt great again. Or so I thought.
Now when the engine was ticking over and you press the clutch I got a squealing sound.
Even on the road, you change gear and you get a squeal as you press the clutch.
This one was very worrying. It sounded like the clutch bearing was failing and the bearing was squealing.
I had my mechanic friend pop over and he confirmed that it was the clutch bearing.
Shit! Cry
Now in a normal car this wouldn’t be a problem but in the lambo there is no room to split the gearbox so it was going to be have to be engine out again.
So that was the end of the summer for me and the car.  Undecided
One evening I decided to take a second look and got the wife to press the clutch while I laid under the car when it was ticking over. I bet she thought about driving off the axle stands when I was lying there. LOL
It was squealing away.
I was busy prodding around with a screwdriver and remembered I heard that sound before. It sounded exactly the same as a chain rubbing agains a chain guard.
Weird! As there’s no chain.
I jammed my screwdriver in between a metal plate under the gearbox and suddenly the noise stopped.
I released the plate again and the noise returned.
So I removed the small metal plate and there was the evidence I was looking for.
There was rubbing marks on the plate where the flywheel rubs against the plate when you press the clutch.
This plate must somehow much have become distorted with the heat.
So I gave it a good beating with a hammer to make sure it cleared the flywheel.
Once refitted the noise has now totally gone.
So the clutch is now as good as new.
Phew. That was a lucky escape. I really didn’t want to take that engine out again.

Now with the car all fixed I took cerberus out for a evening meal with the wife.
As we were out till late I finally got to test the HID xenon lights.
There fantastic. I can now see where I’m going down a pitch dark road. Finally.
As always the car draws a crowd in the car park as people want to watch me drive off. Cool

I have decided that Cerberus could do with a little tweek performance wise but need to upgrade a few things first.
I need to fit a bigger intercooler for the turbo and need to fit a big oil cooler to keep the temperature down when under higher boost.
According to mr2 experts I could increase the bhp to around 300 without to much trouble as long as I do these mods first.
So more when I carry out these mods.

27  Off Topic / General Chitchat / Re: Will we do it? on: July 17, 2018, 05:48:10 PM
Oh well. This sums it all up really

28  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: July 07, 2018, 11:37:20 PM
Time for a update.
Well now that the HID bulbs were fitted I was hoping that was the last of it.
Or so I thought.
I left the car out to get a suntan earlier on in the week and ended up having a problem.
It has been so hot the drivers side headlight lens actually melted.
Because these aftermarket lenses have been vacuumed formed out of low temperature Perspex it doesn’t take much heat to soften the lenses.
So the drivers side looked like somebody had sat on it. It was quite badly bowed inwards.
I had 2 choices. Remove the lens and see it I could straighten it using a heat gun or replace both of the lenses with glass.
When I first brought the car it had glass lenses but they look crap hence why I opted for new plastic lenses.
So I decided to remove the distorted lens.
I heated the lens using a heat gun. Resting it on the carpet so it’s nice and flat.
After a while the lens became flat again.
But it’s not perfect. It’s still slightly distorted but good enough until I get some replacements.
I refitted the lens and sealed all around it again using tiger seal.
It’s not noticeable unless you run your hand over it and you can feel the ripples.
So it will suffice for now.
For the future the car must not sit in the sun with the lights exposed for a length of time.
That’s it for this week.
I have a few niggles to sort out and I plan to make a few YouTube movies of the car soon so you can see her in action.
So more then.
29  Off Topic / General Chitchat / Re: Will we do it? on: July 07, 2018, 11:17:28 PM
Will we do it?
Err not half!
Looks like I now need to eat my hat.
What a match. I can’t actually believe how well we played.
Bye bye Sweden and take your volvos and Saab’s with you! Because there Crap!
So we’re through to play Croatia on Wednesday.

30  Off Topic / General Chitchat / Will we do it? on: July 06, 2018, 07:28:27 PM
Well it’s on everybodys mind.
Will we do it vs Sweden?
Unfortunately I’m not so optimistic and thinks we will get slaughtered. Like 6 nill to Sweden.
I’m sure we all will be watching.  Tongue
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