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Old 09-04-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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Hey there,

here is my ride:

It all started as a 1.6 D-Series 5 Speed Mini Van several years ago... and i covered 40.000km with it.

After that I went for a new challenge:

B-Series with 4Speed Automatic Gearbox (S24a)
15" Rims
Big Brake with ABS
Shifter above steering column





The gearbox-design didnīt allow the Rover 114 Frame-Design and I wanted to use the converted wheel-hubs from the Rover/MGF (280mm Bigbrake with 4x100PDC)


So I had to create a frame from scratch.



The lower crossmember is from a VW Golf 2 and the lower triangle arms fit to the Metro Hubs.





To get the suspension in the right order, I had to check the wheel alignment while building.







I wanted to put the radiator into the rear frame, to have some more space for the later upgrade to a Supercharger + Intercooler.
Therefore the Exhaust had to End before the rearwheel.










The shifter:








Interior, now with some black vinyl on it.

...now, that i know that it all works and drives very fine, itīs time for the 1.8 swap.

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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wow veery good work
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #3
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #4
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Very nice!
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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I've never seen a radiator mounted like that. Nice work!
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:22 AM   #6
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Thanks guys

iīve found some more pics:

For Reinforcement I didnīt want a rollcage, so I weldet in a cabrio-converting Kit
Not displayed on the picture are the 2 square tubes welded in, on the "front edge" of the floorpan from strenghtning on the sides to the middle-tunnel.

These square-tubes are the points, where the rear of the lower triangle suspension arms are boltet with the frame to the body.








....some fine-tuning:



"forming" some tubes















65mm in diametre



The Interior of my Van, just 2 classic Recaro Seats with original Rover 400 Leather Trims.
The Steering column is a MK2? converted to match the 114 Steeringrack and is adjustable in the height.







The speedo is a normal smith 200kph housing with a jaguar electric speedo inside. I glued 11 magnets on the "middle" driveshaft with a electric pickup to get the right speed displayed

The Gauge in the middle has now a Display for the selected gear.

The ABS Block is fitted under the loading area, where a battery-box is.
The firewall is modified to have a metro brake caliper that feeds the system. (By the way, you donīt have to produce very less force on the brake pedal to hit your head on the windscreen )

Normaly I convert Rover 114 frames for non extended roundnose use, without firewall converting, but the whole automatic projekt was a little "letīs see how it works" and so most of the parts have to be painted/powder coated when I swap for the B18.



The frame has a lot of strenghtning on the back. The tubes going to the front are only to carry the engine, they arenīt needed for the suspension. The main Part is the shortened Golf 2 crossmember with the 2 Domes carrying the upper suspension arms with coil springs.


Backside with steeringrack and reinforcement from Domes to the lower part.

Whats now on the todo list:

-Valvecover has to be converted to be removable
-getting the additional 8mm height from the 1.8 Engine under the bonnet (Wing clearance, but i hope when i convert the valve cover i find some more mm)
-painting/powder coating the parts "underneath"
-"mapping" the ecu (has somebody a p28 automatic b-series ecu for me? )
oh yes... and: supercharger installation


olli

PS: ...what system do you prefer to use, when you get rid of the ignition distrubutor?

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Old 14-04-2012, 06:09 AM   #7
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He folks,

I finally got a Eaton M62 Supercharger (for 85€) and yesterday I "shot" a oldschool electric hacksaw for a hand full of euros... that would help a lot in future!



I "only" have to put 2 more Vtec Conversions on their wheels to get access to one of my car-lifts and then I can finally start to swap for the 1.8 into my Van.



How do I tell the autobox to shift at higher revs, might be a hydraulic issue?

Looking for parts:

-p28 automatic 1.6Vtec ECU

...i have to remap it and i need one for spare
cheers

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Old 22-04-2012, 07:06 AM   #8
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...some more pics:









... my Supercharger and some Aluminium Tubes arrived. Oh yes and a big package from US&A was dropped with some engine rubuild parts


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Old 22-04-2012, 01:34 PM   #9
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Hello mr-cooper. I was looking at your pics and was wandering where is your radiator taking fresh air from? Is the air flow under the car sufficient?

I'm asking cause my set-up is a lot less discreet and think the police won't like it For the moment it proved to be very efficient though. Link:http://www.16vminiclub.com/forums/sh...=radiator+boot
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Old 22-04-2012, 04:11 PM   #10
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Hello and thanks for asking,

I have added a 8cm Long piece of alloy plate(as wide as the frame is) "hanging" just before the radiator. Behind the plate you got less pressure so air is sucked from above the radiator thru it. (I have to shot a pic...)

Without the alloy plate the fan had a lot of work, now it works fine!

To put the radiator in the trunk was no option for me.

Now I have space in the front for the intercooler!

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Old 22-04-2012, 04:32 PM   #11
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... i am just working on some Details, so I took some pics:



Itīs just a 2mm Alloy plate that makes the trick.



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Old 22-04-2012, 07:22 PM   #12
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What mods have you done to the rear subframe and trailing arms to clear 15's ?

PS do I see a Metro front ARB fitted to the rear ?
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Old 22-04-2012, 08:13 PM   #13
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... converted the radius arms from the Rover 100. Added the complete Rear-Brake Plate with flange from the Honda CRX to accept the 240mm solid Disc brake from the Honda.

And yes, the "bar" is from a Rover 216 GTI (i think, i just got one out of my stock with a lot of swingbars) at the back. works very fine!

The front Wheel-flanges are rebored for the 4x100mm PDC... so i can fit a lot more Wheels as with the 4x95,25mm...

By the way... the Van has the ABS Brake system from a MGF fitted

PS: ... i see you got the watson frame in your car. I had a converted Rover 100 frame in my van for a while, but didnīt work with the autobox.
Can you tell me more about the DTA Ecu?
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Old 22-04-2012, 09:24 PM   #14
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you did very well.. I love 'Magnaflow" plate down there :P, the ARB looks interesting
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Old 23-04-2012, 12:40 AM   #15
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Love it! So much development on one car.

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