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I was planning on buying a c20xe for this, but the prices of complete engines have sky rocketed! And most of a complete package I wouldn' be using anyway, I wouldn't be using the loom or ecu, inlet manifold, exhaust manifold, sump, dizzy, electrics, rocker cover, flywheel.


I have got my complete c20let here out of the Astra to rob for parts, so I started looking for a xe bottom end complete so if have the xe pistons and a good c20xe engine number for registration.


But then things have changed again with the purchase of the new sexy omega pistons. The parts needed has been reduced further more! So all I need was a c20xe block with engine number. I browse on eBay I spotted a bare block for sale, it's obviously been sitting for a while but I'm not too worried as it needs boring out for the 86.5mm pistons. He also had an early lighter xe crank. Again been sitting and will need some machining but that will be fine too.


£50 For the block and £50 For the early crank.





Bores aren't horrendous but need doing, not a problem as I need to take it out to 86.5mm





And it has the engine number. Looks like a 5 year old has stamped the C 2 0 X E, the other ones I've seen have been nice and uniform





And the big ends look good but the mains will need a grind on the crank





Here it is with a standard crank above. It's obvious how much lighter it is, I'm sure the internet says 2kgs!!





The guy had a load of other bits he was clearing out if I was interested, a compete c20xe that needs a rebuild. Another Gm head, a rocker cover, cambelt cover and backing plate, cam pulleys and a few other bits. He said £200 For the lot!

















So now bar bearings rings and gaskets I think i have everything I need. From the bottom up it will be the Westfield shallow sump, this new c20xe block and early crank. I'l be using the steel rods from my c20let with their arp bolts, attached to the new omega high compression pistons. I have my TTV lightweight billet flywheel from the c20let. The c20let also has genuine zlet oil pump and nylon valve. Top end I have my coscast head from the c20let, it's ported and polished and has oversized inlet valves (from memory). I have ARP head studs and nuts from the c20let. I have standard set of c20xe coil pack cams and dizzy blank, ideally I want some big cams to make the most of the engine but will just play the waiting game for some to come up cheap. Intake will be the Jenvey throttle body setup and will be running on the Megasquirt V3 from the c20let.


Will just keep the other c20xe as a spare and rebuild if and when.
 

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Tell me about it! I was going to just put a standard xe in this origionally but the prices are all in the 5, 6, 7+ hundreds and need a freshen up.
 

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You literally are the king of eBay bargains :lmao:

Good shout putting some protection around the fuel tank even a slight nudge would split a single skin alloy tank :(
 

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You literally are the king of eBay bargains :lmao:

Good shout putting some protection around the fuel tank even a slight nudge would split a single skin alloy tank :(
I have a bit of a boring job, but it does have a massive amount of down time to sit trailing through eBay :lmao:

It is pretty common practice to leave the fuel tank like that in the kit car world, all Haynes Roadsters and locos's have a fibreglass back and single skin tank. But I didn't fancy it myself!
 

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Just remember two things - if you're going to crash do it straight in and drive fast enough that nothing can crash into the back of you (which may result in point one...)..
 

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We have a caterham 620r in at the moment as he had a bit of a 'moment' on the track and spun it along a wall








When we got the rear tub off I discovered it's got pretty much exactly what I have just added to mine inside the rear!








So happy about that! If caterham do it then it must be correct lol.


I've been back on eBay again with the lucky £50ers








A exhaust manifold off a 240bhp xe Westfield.


















It is going to be pretty dam close to one of the chassis rails but I can't try it on until the body is back off so will have to wait until then to try





I didn't realise how big it was until I put it next to a standard xe manifold :eek:











He did have a beautiful stainless silencer too but that bidded up to £200.


Next bit of ebaying had to raise up the recent £50 budget to £90 And won this. It' been fitted to a car but never on the road.











It's a 42mm twin core alloy radiator upgrade for a mk2 escort, which is what the GBS ZERO chassis is designed for,





A lot fatter than standard!





And lastly was a freebeey, my uncle had just changed the alternator on his karbota mini tractor and it looked suspiciously like the super expensive alternator SBD sell for the Xe!











For a bit of perspective.... here's a standard c20xe alterator!











It's 12v 40Amp so plenty for my needs on this. It's kackered but if it does work size wise I have a part number for a new one :)


Now, moving on, over the years I've made some pretty epic build threads, if I do say so my self ;-) but as the world is evolving vlogging has far overtaken blogging in the car build game.


I watch over 60gb of youtube a month and all car related, mighty car mods, roadkill, engine masters, Adam lz, project binky, roadking, b is for build, cars and cameras, the list goes on for ever.


So I thought I'd give it a go my self. It seems a whole load of hassle and make everything take 3 times as long and the internet always trolls you, you feel like an idiot talking to a camera, but it is the future!


So far I've only put up the slide shows of a few of my old projects, but the plan is when I get some more progrss on the Kit Car to actually start a Vlog with it.


Here's the channel


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYv4ib04lqWaC6SBk9kA0Hg


So check it out, subscribe up and once I have a decent amount of content I'll start uploading :) I'll carry on build threads here too ofcourse :D
 

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Discussion Starter #89 (Edited)
A problem I found when I assembled the front suspension was that the thread on the top arm for the ball joint was full of powder coat and a bit chewed where they had tried to wind the ball joint in. The new joints I'd bought wouldn't wind in more than a turn





So had been asking around my friends for a M18x1.5 tap and one came up trumps





It was pretty full of powder coat and crap*





Greased it all up and now they can run freely all the way in if needed








And then I got a rather peculiar message......





He was running 210bhp on my setup








As I'm not needing the manifold for (quite) some time, he's bought it back temporarily to stick it on the dyno


Back it goes :lmao:


 

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Sorry not had any time for progress but I did hear from the guy with the exhaust. It turns out it was the engine was at fault, not the manifold. They managed to blow 235bhp through it.


I originally bought the manifold for £55, and I was bidding on his silencer too but the bids kept running on that and I gave up at £190 I think.


I don't know if the other guy got the same request to buy the silencer back for the dyno or what ever, but he offered me the manifold and the silencer together for £195 delivered. Sounded good to me!


So a bigger box arrived this time





The silencer is made by Techcraft motorsport and is a good size, and repackable











It's a full 2.5inch system





He used it on track days so noise shouldn't be too bad





Last week I went on a bit of a road trip to pick up another purchase. A lathe :cool:


I was not prepared for how heavy it was going to be! Lmao. Thank God I took my engine crane with me! We separated it into pieces, but even then I couldn't even move a leg, let alone lift it! The suds tray which is usually just sheet metal is nearly an inch thick cast iron!





Look how thick cast the legs Are!





And here it is, it's a 1950ish Fortis Model E/B 12x24inch bed, powered longitudinal and cross feed, full thread cutting gearbox (imperial though), clutch, backgears, loads of accessorie, 3 and 4 jaw chucks and faceplates, quick change tool post, fixed steady, I won't it for £460!























Gonna have lots of fun with this :)
 

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Still haven't had any time to work on the kit car, I've been working 70hour weeks the last few weeks.
Been on some cool cars though, just made a complete wiring loom for a 1974 Bmw 2002 this last week.















I designed it all from scratch





All good fun :)

I have still been creeping on eBay with the Zortex in mind. With the shallow Westfield sump I have it does leave the oil filter a bit vonerable, Westfields all seem to have remote filters so I kept a look out and this one popped up for a c20xe for £25





I spotted on a Facebook group someone was selling all his left over bits so did a deal on a injection pump, alloy bracket, sytec filter, and the module for the fog light to pass the iva, £40 posted all in.





And then pushed the boat out a bit when I spotted some cams, sbd 220 & 230 camshafts. Not been run for long, and in great condition. From what I've read these are the most wild cams on a hydraulic profile.





Won them for £200. So these will be pushing me well over the 200bhp mark :)
 

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Hello guys, Sorry I've been a long time absent. I've still had the kit car all these years but it had just sat there untouched..... until now :) I've finally got my act together and brushed the dust off. I am changing platform and continuing the build on youtube, so if you want to keep up with progress here is episode 1 of the build:


Be sure to subscribe as I plan to really push on with progress from now on!
 
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