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G.Man

posted on 13/8/05 at 08:47 PM Reply With Quote
I Bought a VortX RT+

Whew hew.. what a day...

After spending time with both Grant at Luego and Marc at MNR... Haggling a lot, I have got myself a cracking deal on the RT+ with full Raceleda front end, Radical Spec Inboard Protech Shocks and an LSD...



It was a choice between (what I considered) a done deal on the Viento, with its spacious cabin and purposeful looks, practical for road use whenever, or a road legal track day tool which fitted me like a glove...

Neither was a bad choice, Grant's attention and service was second to none, but the drivers car won the day....

I cant wait til mid october







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mookaloid

posted on 13/8/05 at 09:11 PM Reply With Quote
Good Choice
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Winston Todge

posted on 13/8/05 at 09:50 PM Reply With Quote
Marc and Chris will certainly do everything they can to make you happy. They produce some awesome cars...

You won't be disappointed especially with that lump in the front!






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G.Man

posted on 13/8/05 at 10:07 PM Reply With Quote
Car is coming mid october assuming I can get the engine to theirs for fitting before it goes for powder coating in time...

mmmmm yummy

can I make 900 bhp per tonne tho???







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Dillinger1977

posted on 14/8/05 at 07:33 AM Reply With Quote
good choice !

i was lurking nearby when you ordered it, picking up bits.
(i was the fella saying 'I hope you dont choose orange!!'

cossie lump eh? bejesus, that'll shift.

you'll enjoy the build, theres some lovely improvements MNR have made to the car in its development which helps the person building it!

[Edited on 14/8/05 by Dillinger1977]





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G.Man

posted on 14/8/05 at 07:51 AM Reply With Quote
I am sure the build will be fine with Marc on the other end of the phone..

With his pedigree from racing, I am sure he has built this car to be a track tool..

Chris was great, thoroughly going through my spreadsheet and ensuring I had all the parts...

Gonna be lots of fun, to build and drive





[Edited on 14/8/05 by G.Man]





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andy d (rizla)

posted on 14/8/05 at 12:20 PM Reply With Quote
nice one matey
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G.Man

posted on 14/8/05 at 01:47 PM Reply With Quote
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nice one matey


Hehe as MNR's "busiest rep" I knew you would be impressed...







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posted on 14/8/05 at 07:51 PM Reply With Quote
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Hehe as MNR's "busiest rep" I knew you would be impressed




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G.Man

posted on 18/8/05 at 06:15 PM Reply With Quote
Well its been a busy week, started to prepare the engine for removal, cleaned the engine loom and labelled all the connectors...

Aquired some parts from a couple of guys on the turbosport forums, namely:-

NIP 803 bosch green injectors
-34 Wastegate Actuator
Stage 3 chip, good for 350 BHP
Greddy Profec Type B II Boost controller
3.5 Inch bore downlink and muffler (from a crashed sylva phoenix)
Bailey Dump Valve

Rear brakes are off ready for blasting and painting...

Colour charts came through and managed to get the wife to agree to yellow with carbon effect front wings... woohoo

Found a local scrappy who will take shell away for free....

rest will have to wait for some assistance and that will be after my hols now...







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andy d (rizla)

posted on 22/8/05 at 06:13 PM Reply With Quote
yellow with carbon wings.........hhhmmmm

where have i seen that before

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G.Man

posted on 3/9/05 at 05:57 PM Reply With Quote
Ah back from my hols, and should have plenty of building time now, as had 2 break ins while I was away, stole my 1000+ dvd collection, and my 42inch plasma, so my only fun will now be in the garage.... They wont have much fun tho, as they forgot the tuner/control box for the plasma... lmfao stupid pykees...

Jet washed the engine today and removed the engine loom (not in that order) from the donor, so that will make the engine removal an easier/cleaner job..







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Volvorsport

posted on 3/9/05 at 07:35 PM Reply With Quote
what u doing for an intercooler ?





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Avoneer

posted on 3/9/05 at 08:12 PM Reply With Quote
How about that bright orange that was on display at Harrogate?

Pat...





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G.Man

posted on 3/9/05 at 09:05 PM Reply With Quote
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what u doing for an intercooler ?


Current intention is to use stock intercooler (sapphire 2wd) but cant say for certain until I see how radiator/nose/chassis area looks when its all in the same place....

May have to do some sort of bonnet scoop with a panel intercooler of some sort...

I am remaining open minded...







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G.Man

posted on 3/9/05 at 09:06 PM Reply With Quote
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How about that bright orange that was on display at Harrogate?

Pat...


That orange and also the lime green has just entered the fight at a late stage....

Decision will be made this week fer sure...







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Volvorsport

posted on 3/9/05 at 09:08 PM Reply With Quote
was curious , mine will be front mounted 300 x 400 core last time i measured it .





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G.Man

posted on 5/9/05 at 09:36 PM Reply With Quote
It appears that the MNR rad is an angled instalation, and often has an oil cooler underneath...

I am going to look at either putting the intercooler under the rad and ducting the cool air thru it before it gets to the rad, or using 2 smaller intercoolers side mounted with air ducted in from the side...

Until the engine is in the car its all speculation, as I may just go for a smaller intercooler for road use, and use an aquamist system for the track...

I am remaining fairly flexible at present, and due to the sale of a few more items of "older" hobby gear, I am getting more funds together to get the engine reworked... Am looking to achieve a higher compression, faster turbo spin up, motor now... That way the engine will be nicer to drive thru the corners and wont want to kick me in the butt as I get on the power...

Still wont have much more than 350 bhp, but will be less reliant on the turbo boost for normal road use...

The next item on my agenda is Lambda controlled fueling tho....

Anyone want to buy a nice little old lady







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clutch_kick

posted on 5/9/05 at 11:09 PM Reply With Quote
Hello G.Man (and everyone else for that matter) .. i'm a newbie on the forum ... hoping to get my hands on building a Vortx RT in the near future.

Regarding the Intercooler. I intend on fitting a turbo'd engine also. Side mounting the intercooler could be a solution where space is scarce. However if you do a bit of homework, you'll find out that an intercooler will allow enough aiflow through it to cool the radiator. I had 3 radiators on my Celica GT4 all fitted infront of each other, and i never had any overheating trouble.

The major point you must look into is adequate airflow from the nose cone to where it counts, which is pretty much everywhere under the bonnet in a turbo unit. Remember the turbine side of the turbo will be glowing cherry red under heavy boost. So you need to figure out some bonnet vents to create a negative pressure to the rear of the bonnet, which will cause a suction effect on the nose cone duct.

That should keep things cool and enable you to mount your intercooler in the front, ahead of the radiator.

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G.Man

posted on 6/9/05 at 07:29 AM Reply With Quote
Hey Clutch

Thanks for your reply, and yes, you're right, airflow under bonnet will be critical, along with a heat shield to protect the fibreglass from the cherry red turbo...

You are spot on about the airflow thru the intercooler and then the rad, the main problem is routing the intercooler hoses to get it infront of the MNR rad, which is a particularly large model...

I have been considering ducts in the top of the bonnet/nose to facilitate an "in at the front, out at the rear" airflow but again, until the car is here and being built its gonna be impossible to decide on a final course of action...



Yesterday evenings work consisted of:-

removal of the engine wiring loom including labelling
removal of the propshaft
removal of the 2wd turbo manifold and turbo (smaller 4wd version being sourced)
removal of the starter motor
removal of a few gearbox bolts (3 more to go)





[Edited on 6/9/05 by G.Man]





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Volvorsport

posted on 6/9/05 at 08:58 AM Reply With Quote
all volvos come with FMIC !! - a bit industrial tho for locost use - hence the need for a custom one

piping is of course the trick , mine will be top/bottom





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G.Man

posted on 14/9/05 at 05:55 PM Reply With Quote
Well engine and gearbox are now sitting on the floor of my garage...

Was hoping to have it collected by Marc/Chris on their way to kitcar live, but thats gonna depend on the fuel situation... ie whether they will be there or not...

Once this is delivered then its just strip a few more donor parts, and then wait for delivery of the chassis kit...

Once thats sorted, I can send the engine off for its overhaul...



[Edited on 14/9/05 by G.Man]





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G.Man

posted on 15/9/05 at 09:46 PM Reply With Quote
Well today has been a mixed day...

Got my engine ready to take to brands, lots of work, still can't fit it in something so it wont damage my car en route..

Chris told me I can have a ride in the demonstrator at brands...

I'll leave you to work out which was the good news and which was the bad news...



[Edited on 20/9/05 by G.Man]





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G.Man

posted on 20/9/05 at 03:03 PM Reply With Quote
Some pics of my items to be installed in the car as it comes...




The side that gets all the heat from the turbo



The clean side.. ish



803's, -34 wastegate actuator, 3 bar MAP sensor, Bailey Dump Valve



Newly built T34 Turbo with 360 degree thrust bearing, as stock turbo had cracked exhaust housing.. sob...




3.5 inch exhaust and downpipe from turbo (off a sylva phoenix so may require slight mods...



Spanky new Fast Road Organic Clutch with heavy duty coverplate and release bearing (A bargain at 121.50 delivered)

Off to MNR at the weekend to deliver the engine allowing Marc to finish my chassis ready for delivery next month...

Chassis number 69... lol







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Winston Todge

posted on 20/9/05 at 03:49 PM Reply With Quote
That is gonna be one serious bit of kit...

Over 300 bhp and the demonstrator had 'only' 170... You are gonna need some big cahunas to drive this thing when it's done!

What's the approximate weight of the engine and turbo all up?

Chris.






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