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31  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: July 09, 2017, 11:52:13 PM
Time for this weeks update.
This week I spent the whole week painting, sealing and underselling the whole underside of the car.
Taking a lot of bits off, painting them and refitting them and Simply laying under the car armed with a paintbrush.
Every nook and cranny has been painted.
This has to be probably one of the most boring jobs you can do to a car.
The ramp has paid for itself now. It's much easier to simply sit under the car and paint away.
I think the finished result is worth while tho.
I have put before and after photos so you can see the difference.  Cool

This week is going to be interesting.

On Tuesday I am having a mobile tyre fitter over to replace the 2 front tyres and perform a mobile laser steering tracking.
There isn't a garage anywhere around here that has a ramp that's sunk into the ground that performs laser tracking adjustment. You simply can't get the car up on th the ramp. So there's a firm that comes out to do it instead.

On Friday it's finally time to take Cerberus for its first real MOT.
It's time to get her on the road.
I can't see how this time they can find anything else wrong. Everything has been done.
But knowing my luck they will find something so more next week.

The photos below are of the underneath before any work has been done.
Looks like a right pile of shit.
32  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: July 01, 2017, 11:09:04 PM
Time for this weeks update.
I haven't had much time this week to do much to the car as I have been at work all week.
But today I managed to get a few bits done.
This week I ordered a complete mr2 blue silicone hose kit. As the intercooler hoses have blue couplings it looked alittle odd with cheap old black hoses so I have decided to upgrade the whole lot to match.
The mr2 turbo has a lot of hoses with various sizes and lengths so it's quite a big kit.
Because this mr2 has been streched I needed a few extra custom hose lengths for the radiator and heater hoses.
A long slow job changing hoses. I try to keep the clamps under the hoses to keep it all looking tidy.
I ran out of time to finish all the hoses today but it's certainly getting there. The engine is now looking rather fantastic.
On Friday my welding buddy gave me back my exhaust system. All now perfectly welded. He also put some silver vht paint on the only mild steel part the cherry bomb to give it some protection. The rest of the exhaust is stainless steel so it shouldn't rust.
I will fit the exhaust next week. Can't wait to hear it as it's my own design using 3" pipework with just a cherry bomb to silence it.  Shocked
Next wednesday my fitter friend is coming back to finish off the other Jobs that require attention.
bleed the brakes, adjust the handbrake and replace the front ball joints.
Hopefully finally get the car off this ramp and back on its wheels.
So more then.  Smiley
33  Extreme Kits / Extreme ChitChat / This is the best I've seen on: June 27, 2017, 08:05:19 PM
You know when your scoping fleebay looking at stuff and suddenly something amazing pops up.
Well this one has to be one of the best sales this year.
Anybody fancy a origional used in on of the actual films.

Here she is

34  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 24, 2017, 11:24:59 PM
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35  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 24, 2017, 11:23:31 PM
TIme for this weeks update.
This weeks tasks was to carry on refitting the engine, chassis parts and finish building the exhaust system.
On Wednesday my fitter friend came over and refitted a lot more parts.
As it was the hottest day of the year so far I was glad I had the white tent for shade but we still cooked.
He brought the wheel bearing struts back as we decided to renew them whilst everything was off the car.
It was a good time to change them as they have a lot of stress on them due to the huge wheel spacers.
The bearings have to be pressed out using a hydraulic press.
Now that the struts were back in place we fitted back the shocks, brakes and drive shafts.
We will bleed the brakes and clutch at a later date.
Finally everything was back in place but I made a big bo bo.
When I fitted the exhaust and tack welded it up last week the drive shaft was not fitted. My exhaust pipe just happens to go straight through the drive shaft.
Oh well looks like I need to re design it.  Cry
My intercooler piping kit arrived during the week so we fitted up the rest of the turbo plumbing.
We have new blue pipe joins and polished aluminium tubes.
The engine bay is now looking fantastic. Much better than the old rough crap engine.
It's not finished yet. Still a few extra blue pipes to change.  Cheesy
Finally I turned my attention to the exhaust.
I need 3 inch tubing. My cherry bomb silencer and the flexible joint. So it was back to the drawing board.
I decided to relocate the flexible joint to the down pipe from the turbo. This makes the whole area below the sump clear for the cherry bomb.
After a lot of swearing, cutting and grinding I had all the curves and bends in place.
The worst part was to make sure it clears the subframe and anti roll bar.
I had to re position the rear twin exhaust hanger to get it perfect.
I tack welded all the joints into position to keep everything in place.
I'm taking the exhaust to work on Monday to get my welding mate to professionally weld the joins.
My welding is like pigeon shit and is no good for exhausts.
I can't wait to start the car for the first time to see what it should sound like with all the modifications.
Hopefully one day next week I will get to turn the key.
Next weeks tasks is to carry on painting the chassis so I can get the car off the ramp soon.
So more next week.
36  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 17, 2017, 11:00:29 PM
Last few. Barrrrrrttttt bang goes the grinder  Huh
37  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 17, 2017, 10:59:31 PM
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38  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 17, 2017, 10:53:00 PM
Time for this weeks final update.
Well the engine is finally in. Still loads to do tho before we can turn the key.
It took us 1 day to remove everything but has taken us 3 days to get it back in but it's still not ready yet.
But even tho it's not finished yet the engine does look rather fantastic.  Cool what a difference compared what it did look like.
We just had enough time on Friday afternoon to refit the rear subframe..
I hit a small snag with the rebuild. We noticed that because I have a very nice stainless steel exhaust manifold the inlet of the turbo is almost touching it.
As it gets really hot there the turbo inlet pipe would simply melt or catch fire.
So I need to make a few modifications. I need to get the turbo inlet away from the exhaust manifold.
For this there is only one soultion. I needed to clock the turbo. Don't know why it's called that but anyway.
Clocking the turbo doesn't have any thing to do with performance it's just simply rotating the whole turbo inlet housing. In my case to rotate it away from the exhaust.
On this turbo it has a extra bolt hole vacant so this can be done so I won't need to modify the actuator mounting.
Quite easy. Remove the huge circlip that keeps the housing in place. Rotate the housing to its new location and refit the circlip. Done. It's now well away from the manifold.
The only downside to this is that all the old intercooler pipe work no longer fits so I will have to buy a collection of 2" pipes and joins so that I can custom make new pipework.
Today I decided to start reassembleing the new 3" exhaust system. The diameter of my old exhaust is not large enough for 300bhp+ so I need to build a new one.
I really want to make the car sound unique especially when ticking over. Quite difficult with it being a 4 cylinder.
If you get it wrong it will sound crap like a shitty old tractor.
I have done loads of research with this and have decided to straight pipe the exhaust out but with a 12" cherry bomb silencer in the system.
I love cherry bomb exhausts. They cut out the crap notes from the exhaust and let the good ones through.
But it is a lot of trial and error so fingers crossed.
I brought a selection of 3" mr2 turbo pipework from eBay a while ago ready but I am going to still use the origional tailpipes as they are perfect murcielago replicas.
We have a stainless steel decat pipe and a flexible joint. Nothing to do with the decat pipe so it's simply fitted.
The flexible pipe is alittle long so I chop a few inches off each end to get it in the correct position.
Once it's trimmed I fit up the cherry bomb.
I'm only tack welding the exhaust parts into place as it will require more professional welding. For this I'm taking the exhaust to work and get my welding buddy to weld it properly.
So I tack weld the cherry bomb and pipes into place.
As I'm getting close to completing the joints my angle grinder starts making some strange noises. Then it starts to smoke.
Oh well only one thing to do. Let's blow it up. So I place it in he middle of the lawn and switch on from a distance.
Barrrrrrrrrrrrrrtttttt bang it goes. With a big cloud of smoke. Time to buy a new one.  Grin
With the lack of a angle grinder I decided to call it a day.  Only a few tack joints to finish.
Next week it's back to work  Roll Eyes but I plan to finish off fitting the exhaust. Plumb up the turbo and hopefully start the car.
So more then.  Wink

39  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 15, 2017, 08:17:45 PM
Today's update.
todays task was to refit the engine as it was now fully reassembled.
We are fitting the engine in 3 separate parts. 1 main engine and gearbox, 2 subframe and 3 driveshafts.
Doing it this way makes everything much more manageable as the engine is so heavy.
So 1 engine here we go.
First job was to lift the car up nice and high using the vehicle lift.
We place the engine and gearbox on my trolley and wheel it into position.
Then simply lower the ramp and crane the engine up into position.
As we crane it into position we simply refit the bolts on the engine mountings and it's in.
Now that the engine is held in position we simply start refitting everything. Pipes, tubes and leads.
It does take all day to get this far.
So now the engine is in, tomorrow's task is to refit parts 2 the subframe and 3 drive shafts.
Hopefully get the exhaust refitted and turn the key.
So more tomorrow  Wink
40  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 14, 2017, 08:10:35 PM
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41  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 14, 2017, 08:09:23 PM
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42  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 14, 2017, 08:07:54 PM
Time for a update. 
This week I will be updating daily to keep the posts shorter but with loads of photos.
I'm on holiday for a few days so it's time to rebuild the engine and get it fitted.
My fitter friend is supervising the work so let's get cracking.
Time to get all the parts out ready.
We have a nice new hybrid Turbo.  Shocked Lots of polished aluminium parts  Shocked stainless steel exhaust manifold  Shocked a new clutch and other various new parts to complete the build.
The sun was shining and the front of my house is a sun trap so I set up the gazebo for some shade.
First job is to replace the clutch. Once the gearbox was drained and removed we discovered that the original clutch is totally nackered. It was so worn it was amazing that it wasn't slipping. So we fit a new high performance clutch and other parts.
Now the gearbox is back in place we start reassembling the engine.
First part is the new stainless steel exhaust manifold. Shocked you can clearly see how much better the manifold is and will make much better flow in terms of performance.
Once the manifold is fitted we refit the polished cam cover and inlet manifold.  Shocked
Its a Kripton factor working out where all the parts go with all the pipes etc but everything goes back into place.
We replace all the gaskets with new ones as we go.
One last part to fit and that's the turbo. It fits the new manifold perfectly.  Shocked
Now that everything is fitted the engine looks fantastic  Cool all the polished chrome and aluminium.  Can't wait to see it in the car.
Every serviceable part has now been replaced. New everything.  Cool the cambelt and water pump was replaced a year ago so that has already been done.
So the engine is now ready for fitting.
That's tomorrow's job So more then.  Wink

43  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 10, 2017, 07:49:17 PM
Last one
44  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 10, 2017, 07:47:34 PM
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45  Extreme Kits / Extreme Murcie / Re: Cerberus here we go. on: June 10, 2017, 07:44:08 PM
Time for this weeks update.
Firstly. Yes I could completely strip down the suspension and get everything shotblasted and then powder coated.
But to do that I would have to renew every joint and to be honest you have to draw the line somewhere.
I'm more interested in getting the car on the road now as summer is here.
My task this time around was to tidy up the engine bay as it looked like total shite. Along the way I have had to get some extra welding done. The best way to do that is to remove the engine.
Whilst the engine is out you might as well give the engine and gearbox a overhaul. Which I am doing but with a few extra bits with getting all the parts polished.
Maybe next time I will renew all the suspension parts but until then a good scrub to death with a wire brush and a sloping of hammerite will suffice for now.
So this weeks task was to paint the engine bay. Firstly I remove all the old fibreglass sound proofing that was hanging loose and torn on the bulkhead.
Once removed your left with a naff white finish. So all this needs painting. After a good mornings masking everything I was ready to spray.
I used the thick stone chip spray paint for this job. Black paint everywhere including all over me.
I leave everything to dry overnight.
The next day I gave the stone chip a good coat of satin black spray paint to give a better finish. Then again left overnight to dry.
I had a box full of hoses from the engine of the car. They were absolutely minging. What's the best way to clean all the hoses and pipes? Wait for the wife to go to work and shove them in the washing machine.
Tadda. They have come out like new. Sorted. Just don't tell the wife. Grin
Now everything was dry it was time to remove all the masking to reveal a much more tidy bulkhead.
The next job was to paint the back of the engine cover. It was covered with orange overspray and looks crap so once masked off I gave it a good coat of satin black spray paint.
To finish off I hand painted all the steel panels in the engine bay with satin black hammerite and painted the rear wheel arches to match.
Whilst I was sitting under the car painting I had a couple of visitors drop buy to check on my progress. One of the perks living close to the river. A couple of slices of bread and there off.
Anyway now the whole rear of the car completely painted. It looks so much better. All nice and new.
It's almost time to refit the engine.
My fitter friend is supposed to be coming over on wednsday to re assemble the engine. Fit all the polished parts, new Turbo, clutch and everything else ready for fitting and then Thursday hopefully we are going to refit the engine.
So lots of updates to follow.
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