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 Post subject: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:56 am 
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SOBIL's recce car Started 2012

Suzuki Swift MK1 GTI (SA413)
VIN#: AA335101719

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History(With a bit of my History as well):

This is my second GTI. My first GTI was the much loved charcoal MK1 previously owned by charcoal, Frankgos(Luke)and now Alexei. I had to sell it due to family commitments but always regretted it. A while after selling it I broke my wrist on my motorbike and was in the market for another car. And why not get another MK1!!!

I bought this car in desperation back in October 2007 after having gone to inspect another MK1 in Sydneythat wasn't as good as I was expecting. Disapointed at not having found what I was after I thought I would try my luck with another gti that was listed on the forums in Eildon. It was listed as being in pretty average condition but it turned out to be about the same as the one in Sydney but half the price. A week later I picked it up and the madness began.
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The major issue with the car was a clutch failure which turned out to be the gearbox not being bolted up to the engine. I ended up sorting it all out by replacing the clutch and gearbox, fitting mk2 seats(thanks again Dave), new carpets, fitting HID lights, a sports steering wheel, a stereo, and giving it a very good clean.

The car made it up to the redlinegti.com 2008 Canberra Cruise. This trip saw the first failure for the car which some of you may remember. I blew a drive shaft at about 10PM on the first night being an idiot in a carpark (*facepalm*). With the help of some friends we cut out some seatbelts from a mk2 and towed it to the driver training complex. The next morning a trip to the local wreckers saw the car ready to go by the first run on the skid pan. I blew the opposite drive shaft coming home but only an inner so managed to "limp" home ok(I'll just follow behind you all so I don't hold you up, kdroo? LOL).
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I continued to drive the car and frequented the hilly outer eastern Melbourne roads doing things that boy racers do and also used it as a daily. One night after being out in the hills "cruising", I was on my way home when a Subaru WRX lost control and slammed into the side of the car. The car took a hit to the RHR Wheel and pushed the wheel and panel work in a few inches and tore the quarter panel back into the rear bumbper. Nothing too drastic.

Before the car was even assessed I had a call from the Subaru driver 's insurance agency who said something along the lines of "due to the value of your car we will be writing it off and giving you a check for $500 which is the value of your car according to redbook." . I was happy for them to write off the car but definitely wanted a lot more than $500 for it. I gave them itemised expenses for the build and labour estimates for the work involved which came to a modest $4500. An assessor came to inspect it and was happy enough with my claim so they paid me out but also let me keep the car (double win).

The damage wasn't really that bad but I was over it. Something kind of clicked in me and the whole boy racer thing was over. I had enough of playing on the streets. I pushed out a couple of bent panels cable tied the rear bar back on, straightened up the pan hard bar and had it back on the road and just started driving it into the ground until I blew a gearbox (apparently they need oil) and parked it for around 6 months.

A new gearbox finally got fitted and it was back on the road for a short while..... The alternator decided to go over voltage just before failing resulting in a very crispy wiring loom and anything with a transistor being declared a paperweight. This left it sitting for another 6 months before I finally switched the loom with from another GTI shell of spares I had picked up from GTI4DR back when I was building the car up originally.

As it happens, I got given a red balloon rally day gift voucher for a birthday and went along for a bit of fun and loved it. I wanted to really drive again (And be a top rally driver.... LOL) and took the advise from one of the instructors and went and joined a CAMS affiliated car club.

At the first meeting I found out that the club was pretty dead but had a track up on Mt Cottrell where they raced Autocross (what ever that is said I). Around the same time I stumbled on Steve's post on his autocross results. I can do that I said and stuck a blue triangle sticker (made from strips of blue electrical tape) on the bonnet and tech screwed a fire extinguisher to the floor and went to give it a go. I lined up to give it a crack around this little dirt track (quite easily mistaken for a paddock) in front of me. How hard can it be I thought up until I had spun out half way round the track faced in the wrong direction parked on top of some tyres waiting to be towed out. By the end of the day I found myself on the bottom of the results sheet with nothing but a dirty car to go home with. Shocked... I'm not really as good at driving as what I thought. Still, for some reason I wanted to come back.
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I gave the car a bit of a tidy up and brought it up to scratch and went to a few more autocross events where I blew gearboxes, had electrical and suspension issues and was still not performing well. I blamed the car and decided to build a real rally car because that was what I needed to win. I left the autocross scene for the rest of the year and came back late in 2011 with a "rally" car MK1 GTI which was built using the front end from this car, leaving the shell up on blocks in the driveway where it was until last weekend.
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And now we Begin.

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 Post subject: Re: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:17 am 
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 Post subject: Re: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:28 pm 
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keen to see this MK1 resurrected :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:21 pm 
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Thanks Paul, me too.

As Mentioned by neo in this topic, the steering rack mounts have given way and need attention.

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 Post subject: Re: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:05 pm 
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Thats rough, I will have a spare shell available at sometime in the not too distant future if u need.

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 Post subject: Re: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:46 pm 
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Damn time moves fast.

I had engine dramas with my autocross car which took priority over this project and managed to get back on it this week.

Well I swapped over the steering rack mounts and seem welded them up so no more water getting in there now =] and gooped it up with sikaflex to boot

Scuffed back and treated a bit of rust and a mate came round and gave me a hand giving the engine bay a quick lick of paint.
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 Post subject: Re: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:43 pm 
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Well i have moved house built a rally car, repaired another one, raced a full season of autocross and done the state rally series since i last posted on this one. You'll have to forgive me for being so slack.

The car is currently parts storage as i have no shed. Most of the parts in it will end up going back on it.

The revised plan is to build it up with what i have got laying around. It nearly ended up as a g13a one weekend. i was also tempted to drop the gear from the g10 in too. Fortunately i came across a freshly rebuilt motor in a crate.... crate-motor?

So i pulled the gearbox off the g13a, gave it a good wash, and just whacked it on.

The only manifold i have is a mk2-3 with a sr20 tb and the only ecu i have is a microsquirt(megasquirt variant). So that's about it for now. But im keen. Looking for headers and a good (read cheap) pickup, ignitor, coil setup. I think a trip to pick a part is in order.


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 Post subject: Re: sobil's recce car
PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:32 pm 
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I honestly thought you where going rwd when I saw the firewall pic :D

love this model its so retro


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