1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

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1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by cranna21 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:18 am

Hi folks,

I've previously had a topic in this area of the forum, but never really went anywhere with it, not that I'm promising to be a model poster on this thread BUT! I thought I'd post some kinda timeline of my ownership of my 480!

SO, I bought the car late November 2013 at the age of 18, totally standard, used the car daily for just over a year racking up 15000 miles! loved every second of it, surprisingly good on fuel but realised I wanted to try to keep the miles off it a little bit and bought another car to use daily!

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In early 2014 I got my first “real job” and so the modifying bug hit… a set of scabby Ronal Turbo’s and eventually some Spax lowering springs fitted the bill nicely! But I realised I wanted a little more.

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In 2015 the car was off the road sitting, I was trying to save up funds to do things right and the car received a dodgy paint job and a few other things that ended up being rectified further down the line, but learning curve, you get what you pay for!

Early 2016 the 480 returned! A new set of “proper” Ronal Aero 16’s and a power flow exhaust went onto the car, much needed improvements as well as a set of Bilstein shocks and some other small items.

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The winter of 2016 and early 2017 saw the major renovation take place, Decided it was time to just “do it” so the car was stripped back to a shell, all glass out, all underside components off, every perishable item, bush, bearing and fuel/brake hose was replaced, every bush was upgraded to poly and all underside components were blasted and powdercoated! To top it off a set of GAZ Gold coilovers were installed. After getting the rear arches replaced and the whole car painted I got it delivered back to the shed and in 10 days had it totally reassembled and MOT’d ready for a show I wanted to attend!

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The winter of 2017 and early 2018 saw the next phase, I wanted more power. I had a turbo engine sitting in my parts hoard along with some rare forged pistons but wasn’t totally sold on the idea. So hatched a plan based on hopes and prayers that a 2.0 16v engine from a Clio Williams would fit, after buying an engine already stripped requiring a rebuild I then caught wind of a deal I couldn’t pass up on and purchased a complete rebuilt engine fitted with a ported and polished head, uprated cams and possibly higher compression pistons that was previously fitted to a mk1 Clio. Along with this I bought a set of Jenvey 45mm throttle bodies and all the necessary hardware and sensors, ECU and so on to ‘make it go really fast’ haha. I coupled the engine with a JC5 089 Clio 172 phase 1 gearbox and after some head scratching with wiring and so on and mapping we had 208 bhp and 230 nm at the flywheel! She screams, redline is at 7200rpm just however the higher you rev the harder it pulls and its something else for a little old Volvo with pop ups 😊 Also fitted was a complete Recaro interior!

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10 Points for anyone who recognises a certain Scottish 480 enthusiast in this picture! 😉

That’s about it for the moment, since Autumn 2018 she’s been in storage, there have been a few issues arise and teething problems needing addressed since the engine conversion as to be expected so this year I’ve been trying to clear my feet a bit with other projects and do some saving to fund improvements and so on!

Will try update this! But no promises as I’m terrible at that haha!
1991 white 480 ES bought with 39800 on the clock end of November 2013, Now sporting a 208bhp/230nm Renault F7R Clio Williams 16v engine!

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by MisterH » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:19 am

WOW! I am not a fan of modded cars, but what you have done is nothing short of amazing! Do
You have any plans going forward? It would make a fantastic Q-Car if it looked original on the outside, could create some nice surprises with that!

Also, those rear lights look immaculate, have you done anything to them?

I should that 480 should have the power it always needed, imagine if things had been a little different...

Maybe paint it in Clio Williams colours, with the gold alloys...

Really well done, that is truly unique
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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by cranna21 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:30 am

MisterH wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:19 am
WOW! I am not a fan of modded cars, but what you have done is nothing short of amazing! Do
You have any plans going forward? It would make a fantastic Q-Car if it looked original on the outside, could create some nice surprises with that!

Also, those rear lights look immaculate, have you done anything to them?

I should that 480 should have the power it always needed, imagine if things had been a little different...

Maybe paint it in Clio Williams colours, with the gold alloys...

Really well done, that is truly unique
Hi MisterH,

thanks! for the most part, the exterior will stay how it is long term! I do plan on maybe applying some castrol livery similar to found on Volvo 242 GT's just for a laugh for a year, but that won't be forever!

over winter she just needs some odds and ends tidied up, a new starter motor and some heat management in the engine bay, some better tyres won't go amiss also as well as some interior refinements and a new clutch, this one isn't quite up to the task! haha

as for the rear lights, i did have them lacquered at the time of the respray, however, the laquer was not thick enough so has flaked now, so a wee sand and re-laquer is in order :)
1991 white 480 ES bought with 39800 on the clock end of November 2013, Now sporting a 208bhp/230nm Renault F7R Clio Williams 16v engine!

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by MisterH » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:25 am

cranna21 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:30 am


as for the rear lights, i did have them lacquered at the time of the respray, however, the laquer was not thick enough so has flaked now, so a wee sand and re-laquer is in order :)
Ok, but in the first picture of the car in factory spec, they looked like new, did you do anything to preserve them?

You may have seen my post a while back regarding what to do to protect the lights, and wax is what I currently use, although I keep an eye out for potentially more effective treatments
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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by cranna21 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:08 pm

That was how they came when I purchased the car!

I believe it was just a well polished and waxed example :)
1991 white 480 ES bought with 39800 on the clock end of November 2013, Now sporting a 208bhp/230nm Renault F7R Clio Williams 16v engine!

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by jifflemon » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:55 pm

Has the ABS been removed? I'm presuming you've a friendly MOT tester?

Bloody love it though - All that space above the gearbox makes me think you need a clio maxi style airbox to take advantage of the low pressure air in the windscreen scuttle

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by cranna21 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:00 pm

Non-ABS 1991 car sir ;)

now with that you could be on to something.... i had thought of just using a cold air feed from the front end, i guess i would just require an airbox round the trumpets and maybe some altercations to ensure plenty cold air came into the skuttle...
1991 white 480 ES bought with 39800 on the clock end of November 2013, Now sporting a 208bhp/230nm Renault F7R Clio Williams 16v engine!

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by mathrock » Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:08 pm

Love the build!

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by jifflemon » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:30 pm

cranna21 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Non-ABS 1991 car sir ;)

now with that you could be on to something.... i had thought of just using a cold air feed from the front end, i guess i would just require an airbox round the trumpets and maybe some altercations to ensure plenty cold air came into the skuttle...
The area at the base of the windscreen is “dead air” - low pressure, easy to be sucked. Fair better than a front feed which is forced dependant on vehicle speed, obstructions blah blah blah....

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by cranna21 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:01 pm

Yeah right enough! Definite food for thought haha
1991 white 480 ES bought with 39800 on the clock end of November 2013, Now sporting a 208bhp/230nm Renault F7R Clio Williams 16v engine!

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by Alan 480 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:29 am

mathrock wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:08 pm
Love the build!
and I can confirm the attention detail is pretty impressive having seen it in the metal . . .. .

which is why i always park well away from this one :wink:
Alan

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Re: 1991 480 ES "Williams" 2.0 16v conversion!

Post by cranna21 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:16 pm

Alan 480 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:29 am
mathrock wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:08 pm
Love the build!
and I can confirm the attention detail is pretty impressive having seen it in the metal . . .. .

which is why i always park well away from this one :wink:
haha! thank you sir, however your new toy has me pretty jealous!
1991 white 480 ES bought with 39800 on the clock end of November 2013, Now sporting a 208bhp/230nm Renault F7R Clio Williams 16v engine!

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