Finally starting on my long awaited 205 GTi6 project. The aim is for a nice fast road car that looks almost standard and doesn't rattle your teeth too much, but goes much harder than standard. The shell went in to the body shop this week for its respray, and mechanical parts will start to go out to people for work shortly.
The plan is as follows:
- I've bought a s3 shell - '93 steel grey GTI that's had a very light front end hit. The engine, gearbox, wheels, power steer, disc rear beam are all gone but its otherwise very straight, has a good dash, comes with some new parts for the front end re-build and it's cheap. I've also bought a Sorrento s3 that's not as straight - it will be the donor vehicle for all the parts missing from the steel grey shell. Anyone after other parts, let me know!
- The grey shell's getting pretty much a bare metal respray - doors and guards off + most of the engine bay, inside boot etc being resprayed as well. I'll get the wheels from Sorrento refurbed, new bumper, new red trims, mostly new badges etc. It's costing a bit but will hopefully look beautiful when it's done.
- I've got a GTi6 engine with supposedly about 110k km on it. We'll check the head, fit warmer cams, do basics like cam belts, crank seals etc. I'm still a little uncertain whether to run with Peter T cams and Haltec or CatCam 106 cams and a Pug1off ECU chipped to match. The Pug1Off option is cheaper and much less work, but I'm suspecting the Haltec may be better in the long run.
- I hope to send the s3 gearbox from the Sorrento to Adrian Wuillemi for rebuild and 4.06 final drive. I've also got a Quaife to go in.
- The current plan for suspension is for slightly lower Eibach springs at the front (though I note Peter T's preference to reset standard springs) and Bilstein B6s all round. The rear beam will be rebuilt, possibly with GTi6 arms and PatPug's recipe of 21mm Torsion Bars, cut down 24mm rear ARB but with Group N rear beam mounts.
- For brakes I've got 206GTi front and back (ie, 266mm for the front) and will get braided lines all round and 23.8mm master cylinder.
- Gear change will have a short shifter and Miles gear rods.
- For the interior, there's a fairly good green interior to go into it, but I'm not certain if seats will match the planned standard of the rest of the car. And I'd really prefer red! Any leads welcome!
- I'd love to be able to retain the A/C, but I know that's likely to be difficult.
I think that's the basics. The respray is supposed to be done by end of October, which gives a little time to line up mechanicals, but it doesn't matter if things don't happen at breakneck speed as I'm still loving driving my Classic as well! I'll load up a couple of photos below of the shell as it stood this morning and the Sorrento about to be dismantled.
All very exciting! All suggestions welcome....