The Ex Wondersheep MUA - Lives!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by peasantslife, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. peasantslife

    peasantslife Member Member

    Thought you chaps may be amused to hear that the glider (engine bay empty and unbraked shell (MUA) that had had a T-Turbo in it) that I bought from Wondersheep mid last year is once again a runner, though not quite ready for the road. You may recall the plan to use my 'spare 25GTi engine and gearbox and Racer Dans stock of sundries to get it all back together....Well, to be honest that was far from a complete package, and with Dan having principally ZR160 stuff we were still going to be short of the mark so you may also recall that last autumn several Vi's appeared which I commented on being just over my back fence...Well I did buy one of them as it suited purpose to get some body parts to start patterning with.... the one I bought has a blown still using my GTi Motor and box, in the last couple of days its all been at Dans workshop. The mechanical assembly was no bother.....except for finding an ongoing list of things which were 'modded' in the T series adaptation now needing undoing again for the closer to correct assembly. eg body tubular strut brace half hacked through ( behind the frt subframe), space for intercooler hacked out forward of the rad, cunning use of fans switch as anti theft... crash switch taken out of fuel pump circuit and and this is where the time has gone. So having a 98 Vi donor and a working BRM all in one place at the same time have helped. In fact dan has spotted quite a number of changes between the Vi and the BRM built under a year later! So after a final tussle with a keyfob, Security module and powertrain ECU - making them talk to each other as they are (were) from different vehicles, it fired up for the first time yesterday afternoon. Instantly started to spill pas from a tube nut into the rack valve block - looks like its a cross threaded..(why was that fiddled with? no idea..).so may need the rack from the Vi. Coolant dripping out somewhere near the degas bottle, holed exhaust header (its a 4 stud job so needs to come off for repair - Dans are all 6 stud). and the shifter knuckle is full of play and steady bar broken rubber. So now it doesnt need a ramp, can be driven in and out, the pressure is off again, but I rather hope that by month end we could well have this one MoT'd. In the meantime I have the lucky task of salvaging anything as yet we have not robbed, and yet usefull from the Vi. Does Sue still need a door? Anyone else have a need for anything we may have spare? We will build up the motor again and use that one to replace the very sad engine in bits which came with Philfrances glider (JEL) which will also be saved in due course..Actually I'm heartened, only 3 days work to get it back together, and mighty glad its done largely tit for tat and not paid at workshop rate!
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  2. Fast Alan

    Fast Alan Mr September Staff Member Member

    Nice work,good to see it's going to hit the road again,Vi rack will be slightly longer lock to lock than the BRM rack,but a small difference 1/4 of a turn I believe.

    BRMFUN Fun in a BRuM Moderator Member

    Wells done this is great news!!
  4. GT-

    GT- Serious Urban Legend Member

    How's the sunroof frame? :D
  5. Yves

    Yves Member Member

    Good work Roland! Proud!
  6. peasantslife

    peasantslife Member Member

    That was another reason for buying the Vi. Its roof and sunroof are surprisingly 'good' from above, so perfect for doing the tooling patterning from. Sacrilege tearing up one of just 150 surviving Vi's to support the remaining 400+ BRM's. But hopefully my work will actually save a few more Vi's too? What order do you want panels to arrive? Sills repair - this month Jan, next full sill with pressed ends. Then I could do any of the following.... rear wheelbox eyebrows, tailgate hinge, and how many roof gutter repair panels (plausibly 8 separate panels)....and then sunroof frame too. Trouble is other customers are asking me for new products which require investment too, so something will have to give to enable me to do it all. I'm even thinking about selling one or two BRM's to accelerate the tooling work.
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  7. Philfrance

    Philfrance Active Member

    Hi, Roland.
    Looking forward to hearing that JEL is back on the road. No pressure then. And a Happy New Year to all our readers! Phil France
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    BRMFUN Fun in a BRuM Moderator Member

    Wow what a choice, for me the sills are easily repaired by a good body shop, which I would need to do that sort of job anyway. Rear arches are a pain to do so they may be in demand. That said I bet there is 6 or 7 people who would buy a sunroof straight away! Roof gutter repair panels what does that look like?
  9. Fast Alan

    Fast Alan Mr September Staff Member Member

    I'm usually happy to fabricate what's rotted away on my sills and fabricate arch bits from 25 5 door panels,but suitable panels made to measure would be nice,sun roof parts would be great though.
  10. WonderSheep

    WonderSheep Well-Known Member

    Yes it was and I had no welder at the time. I also fairly sure I gave you an unmodified one as spare.

    If you're talking about the front lower cross member in front of the front subframe, then yes this had already been modified when I bought the car.

    No, Aircon switch used as fan override for the twin fans I had .

    The body loom wasn't touched with a couple of minor exceptions .Changes were made to use a the turbo engine loom but these didn't compromise the safety of the car.
  11. Yves

    Yves Member Member

    Hi wondersheep, It was just a story about how the car was found to be. It was cheap and Peasantlife knew what he bought.

    I'm pretty sure he is happy with it :coffee:

    Thank you for offering the opportunity to bring the car back on the road! :)
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  12. peasantslife

    peasantslife Member Member

    Absolutely! no intended complaint or criticism. Apologies if anything I said hurt, it was certainly not intended as cutting comment. I'm perfectly content with what I received (and what I paid...) All tallied up even if it does cost more than £1k back on the road, its still a bit of a bargain. My note was intended mainly for the amusement of our co enthusiasts. Just a quick potted list of some of the things we found and took time for us to first spot then remedy during the build up. Yes, you did provide a replacement cross beam, and other handy spares which will all go into the collective pot. The next owner is also at liberty to mumble and grumble at me for putting in a non BRM gearbox and all the other fudges we have made to get it back together again...(eg Dan NEVER refits the starter motor brace - never had a starter break off, so why add weight and impede access to getting the gearbox out in a jiffy?) Plan is that MUA will be 'my' car for 2019 season...
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  13. WonderSheep

    WonderSheep Well-Known Member

    No problem. I just wanted to clarify few things as it kind of read as though I'd bodged things and cut corners leaving the car unsafe. I spent a long time doing the conversion, (18 months I think). There were a couple of bits I'd left that needed addressing, e.g. the engine bay brace, but I had spares for the car and just needed time to revisit them. These issues never were addressed as when the gearbox release bearing failed and left me stranded on several different occasions I just ran out of patience and knew it was time to move on.

    Regarding the steering rack, that was a spare BRM one that I reattached to a K-series compatible subframe (the T-series one is different). Apologies if the pipe union was cross-threaded. That probably occurred in my haste to strip the car and turn it back into a rolling shell over a single weekend.

    It was a solid car that I spent a lot of time and money on. It deserved another chance.

    Good luck with the continued recommissioning. :beer2:
  14. Fast Alan

    Fast Alan Mr September Staff Member Member

    I still haven't put Bonnies one back on after I got to cold and impatient after doing the belts,god knows where it is now,

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