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2018/07/27 15:24:48 (permalink)
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RS2000 Reverse Build Thread

Hey Guys,
 
When I started my restoration I had every intention of doing a build thread as I went along. This didnt happen so instead thought i would do a reverse build thread. Firstly to everyone on this site who i have hassled for information etc, thank you. Its amazing how sometimes the smallest tip/trick shortcut can make the difference. Lot of people here have helped and it is very much appreciated.
 
So, build summary. 3 years from start to finish. Bare metal resto mod of a 1980 MK2 RS2000 coupe. Original colour was red but was ditched for a custom blend of Ford Olympic Blue. The goal was to create a back road blaster. Not fully stripped but light on details and keep it as simple and as raw as I could. The other influence is that this is my daily driver. That may change down the track but for now I want to be able to get in and drive all day everyday. Going to be a long hot summer :)
 
Build summary:
 
Purchased off ebay sight unseen, fully stripped and on a rotisserie. Most parts included except for engine/wheels.
Body/PaintDone by Carl at Aces Garage in Caloundra. Man knows his business. Made it way to pretty for what i plan to do to it.
Shell is almost unmodified except for GRP4 gearbox tunnel, aerial delete and mods to suit standard door cards. 
Engine: Stock Blacktop Zetec with Stage 2 retro ford conversion kit. OMEX ITB's with OMEX 600 ECU. Ralloy radiator.
Drive line: Rebuilt Type 9 5 speed with Quaife short shift. Quaife LSD Diff. 4.11 gearing i think.
Brakes: Custom 'P.Dunstan' pedal box assembly with remote reservoirs. Alcon 4 piston front calipers, Nissan R31 disc conversion.
Suspension: Coilover front struts, single leaf rear end. Gaz rear shocks. 
Wheels/Tyres: 13x7 JBW 4 spokes. Tyres are 185/60s R888. Have a set of 205/60s but had some space issues. Hope to make these work down the track.
Electrical: All new loom from UK supplier.
Exhaust: 2 1/2 Stainless custom system with cat converter.
Interior: Aldridge standard door cards, hood lining and rear seat cover. One of my favorite mods was the standard door cards. Love the exposed paint at the top. Group 4 spec gearbox tunnel (done by previous owner). Velo fixed back seats. No carpet, insulation etc just some mats.
 
Engineering/tuning done by Stewart Reid in Redcliffe. Dyno'd @ 146hp at the wheels. Mod plated to suit engine, brakes etc and registration as a 2 seater. 
 
Been on the road for about 3 weeks and have logged close to 1200km. Lots of little gremlins that are being sorted but no major issues to date. No break downs either which is a surprise... 
 
Will add more details as i remember. Will also add some more photos of the build...
 
//Lee
 
 
 
 
 
 
post edited by Lee - 2018/07/27 15:28:15

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    Lee
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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/27 15:26:36 (permalink)
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    More Photos

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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/27 16:32:22 (permalink)
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    Absolutely awesome Lee. It looks like a very professional build.
    Weekend blaster? Yes please.
    Show car? Yes please.
    Daily? NOOO.
    Get a cheap ford fiesta for the daily grind and save this for the trips to mt. Glorious.
    More pics and info. Yes please.
    Cheers,...ron.

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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/27 16:58:00 (permalink)
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    Cheers Ron. I live on the Sunshine Coast so daily driving is not stuck in bumper-bumper traffic or the like. Will see how it goes. As for 'professional' build, far from it. No mechanical experience before this build. Biggest thing I have probably done myself before this was install coil overs in a WRX. Lots of learning. Lots of doing things 2-3-4 times but that is how you learn.
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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/27 18:13:15 (permalink)
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    Mate this is awesome and how i would love to have mine turn out one day. The colour is damn nice and suits the car perfectly. Really digging the minimal carpet also, because everything is very neatly presented it holds it all together pretty well.

    What alcon kit did you use for your front set up? im a huge fan of brake porn so post up some photos.
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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/27 18:50:43 (permalink)
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    Awesome car. Love the colour and minimalist look. Bet it goes like stink with that zetec too.
    Keep the pics coming. Drew.

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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/28 11:00:09 (permalink)
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    Impressive build - well done!

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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/28 17:10:03 (permalink)
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    Couple of early body photos.

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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/28 17:14:42 (permalink)
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    The Alcons front calipers are the clh304 model. Bought off a member here who planned to put on his escort race car. In the end he kept 15" rims so could go bigger brakes. I wanted to run 13s and these were the biggest I could fit. Also came with 2 piece rotors and alloy hubs. Expensive package but as always, you get what you pay for. Different to drive without a booster but stopping power is there. Especially in a car that weighed in @ 900kg full road spec....
     
     
     

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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/28 18:14:40 (permalink)
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    The shell looked pretty good to start with, bonus.
    Any hidden nasties when you stripped it?

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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/28 21:24:11 (permalink)
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    Mate that is brake porn, any photos of how they mated to the strut? looks like its a drill your own kinda deal
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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/29 07:09:43 (permalink)
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    Hey Drewdog. Yeah the shell was pretty solid. C pillars took a bit of cleaning up and Carl has welded in some drain pipes so that water collecting in that area drains though and doesn't sit and collect. Few other bits and pieces but all the panels are original.

    Yeah Robbie the calipers come with a blank lug. Got the holes drilled/tapped and some excess material removed to suit.
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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/29 20:29:25 (permalink)
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    Hi Lee,
    Very nice job.  Reverse build thread are fun, aren't they? The build thread on my RS was done the same, started just before I finished the car.  Makes you realise that one could have take a lot more photos to record it all when comes to the time to show how everything was done!  By the way who supplied the loom, how close was it to the Oz version, considering that some parts of the engine bay are reversed, a mirror image?
    Cheers,
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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/30 14:34:53 (permalink)
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    When it comes to having plenty of photos, that is not a problem. I have 800+ starting from the beginning all the way through. So just wading through them to pick out the good ones...
     
    As for the loom, well that was a bit of a saga. Done by Richard from Rapid Fit Looms in the UK. Just clicked on the webpage and it didnt go through so he might not be in business anymore. The product itself is pretty good. He made a couple of mistakes but but nothing dramatic. Location wise, 95% good. Obviously some differences but was easy to modify to suit. The biggest problem was the connection from his loom to the indicator/wiper stalks. The ford plugs are no longer available so he explained to me people normally send over their plugs and he patches them into the new loom. No problem. Except he didnt tell me at the start. I only found the problem when I went to install. Then when I sent him my plugs, never got them back. I lost count the amount of times he told me they were in the mail. In the end, someone on here was kind enough to sell me the plugs that i now didnt have and I patched them in myself. It was a shame again the product was decent, pricing, not too bad but he was just a pain to deal with. Worst transaction I had for the entire car....
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    Re: RS2000 Reverse Build Thread 2018/07/31 17:26:14 (permalink)
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    Post more photos mate, i keep coming back for more of this thread!
     
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