My Glanza V - the car that started it all

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    Roll all the way back to 2006. I started working part time and someone I worked with had a white one. What followed was a 4 year obsession of gathering information and saving and finally, on May 29 2010 I finally got one in red and relatively stock. As a side note here: this is the last time I will ever buy a red car. It’s rare but has now faded and is a bastard to keep it red.

    I have now had this for 9 years and every so often more gets added to it
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    Just before getting the car I picked up a cheap and cheap fuel boost gauge. It did the job it was supposed to after doing the classic ‘free extra boost’ mod of swapping round a couple of hoses and removing the hi/lot boost setting. However within a couple of weeks clutch number one shat itself and the car got an Exedy organic.

    On to the photos a month after getting the car I got a HKS silent hi-power cat back, Zisco manifold and found a TRD gear knob in Japan. At some stage during the first few months the car got a decaf too. And that’s the way it stayed for a few months.
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    October 2011 saw the next purchase: FTO seats, £80 delivered from Devon and a pair of Sparco harnesses. As much as the old git used to complain about helping me work on the car he was always disappointed if I didn’t need him.
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    Unfortunately my photos have got in a muddle so you’ll have to stay with me on this one. June 2011 I managed to bag a Blitz front mount. A thing of true beauty. Only to have the old git chop up the pipework a month later to fit my TD04 kit.
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    A year after buying the car I got bored of the power it was putting out. So I got a TD04 kit, me and some mates fitted it and me and the old git kit up some Blitz pipework. About a week later I got fed up with hitting the savage fuel cut these things have and got a Blitz boost controller. Not before nearly putting a friend of mine through the windscreen when we tested the car.
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    2012 saw some new wheels and plasma dials but up until 2017 not really much happened with the car. I got my s14, did some work on that. Smashed it up and started that rebuild.
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    2017 rolled round and I finally got round to getting rid of the monster can I was using as a catch can and get the cam cover modified. I set about fabricating a catch can from some stainless I had kicking around. I could have purchased one for a lot less effort than this took to make but I’ve been around engineering since I was a kid and enjoy fabricating stuff.
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    After a while of making a lot of noise the Walbro shat itself. So I replaced it with a far superior 340lph ethanol ready pump. Can’t fault this thing, decided to replace the Walbro on the s14 before that died with one of these as well.
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    Later on in the year I decided to do a few bits in the interior. The old shifter boot had degraded and I was fed up with the bare metal in the back of the car
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    That brings us nicely to September 2017. I booked a week off work to get a few odds and ends done. The company I got the cam cover modified by charge extra for fully cleaning them and fitting new baffles. As part of the service they highly polish them. It wasn’t cleaned at all. And as you can tell by the previous photo it was anything but polished. So I set about in a Naoki Nakamura colour scheme.
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    Whilst I had the time I decided to repaint the rear bumper and repair the JAM splitter. Over the years the front corner and middle have cracked and needed fibreglass and filler to repair them as well as the back outer sides completely rebuilding. For someone who’s an electrician and has never done this more major bodywork before I was quite happy with the result and the colour match. I will at some stage be respraying the whole car.
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    October and I decided to heatwrap the manifold. The Exedy hadn’t been a bad clutch but this was the straw that broke the camels back. So me and my brother in law changed the clutch to a stage 4 competition clutch. For this size car it’s pretty savage
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    The odd bit of maintenance here and there and a bit of a clean and tidy in the engine bay.
    I got given a K&N air filter from my brother in laws TR8 as he decided to run trumpets so I changed the faithful mesh to a filter behind the front grill.
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    I had heard rumours that Tegiwa harness bars could be fitted with a bit of modification. Never one to shy away from it, the Christmas sales were on so I accepted the challenge and this arrived early 2018. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be, I just machined a few spacers and it fitted straight in.

    I also replaced the anti roll bar mounts and droplinks to Superpro polyurethane items
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    I’ve had some fuelling issues for some time So I set about trying to chase the problem. I ordered this direct from Japan just before Christmas and in the middle of January it finally arrived. As it turns out that isn’t the issue so I’ve rebuilt and cleaned the Sytec and that will go on to the s14.

    I got some powerflex panhard rod bushes to eliminate some of the rear end slip and this has worked quite nicely
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    February rolled round and I was scratching around for a couple of jobs. I’ve never liked how much slop there was on the shifter cage, so I had a look and the rubber mounts that fit on the top and bottom had perished. So I made some solid ones. Slop: gone.

    The car has always had a hole in the of the centre console controls. So I tidied that up with some carbon fibre plate I had laying around from my RC days. Blanked off the mess of the double din stereo with it and removed the A/C controls too.

    Whilst I was at it I had a couple of bulbs that had blown in the heater controls, so I converted the whole thing to LEDs.
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    20 year old engine mounts: meet stage 4 clutch. They had a good innings but all 3 had broken.
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    So once again not much happened with that car for a year until February 2019 when I rebuilt the turbo that was smoking quite a lot. In hindsight I should have gone for a TD05 but there we go.

    As the turbo was off I set about porting the turbine housing. As you can see there is quite a difference between the housing inlet and the gasket.

    After I highly polished the housing and smoothed the step in the compressor inlet and polished that as well.

    After I rebuilt the turbo, got it balanced and replaced the heat wrap I’d removed as well as heatwrapped the downpipe.

    The results were great. It comes on boost a bit faster but a lot stronger that it did.

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    Bit of a side note but an interesting one for some I think.

    Suitably impressed with my results I got asked by my brother in law to port the heads on the TR8. Now up until this point I was confident in my results, however this engine I was not so happy to work on.

    The TR8 was never released in the UK, there were if my memory serves me correct 20 made. When Leyland folded these were sold off. It was produced with a 3.5 litre Rover v8. Somehow this particular one ended up with an original 1978 v8, one of 6 engines Tony Pond used in his v8 TR7 rally car. To say I panicked at the thought of working on this thing is an understatement. The level of engineering on this is incredible. The original inlet valves have somehow been crammed into the exhaust valve space and even bigger inlets put in their place. Extra oil ways have been machined in, bigger push rods aggressive cam, you name it. Parts don’t exactly exist and in short you cock it up and it’s scrap. So onwards and upwards.
     

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