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#62942
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 5 Months ago Karma: 42
That's some nasty lookin sh1t. Cooling should be well improved now any issues bleading the system. kcd for the right up.

Sorry email notifications haven't been coming to me so didnt see your reply about the boot mat.
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No sign of any problems yet, but she's still up on the ramps, I didn't get time to secure the undertray and take her for a proper spin to check everything but I should today. The mk1s are meant to be much easier to bleed than the mk2s from what I've read anyway...
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What a machine love the wheels:)
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What a machine love the wheels:)
Cheers cozzy, they've really grown on me and they're staying for the time being!
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Yummy!


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Took her for a spin today and she seems to have been bleed properly, it's pretty easy actually. I never attempted it on my mk2 as I believe they're a right pain.

Tucked her up for a while...


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My intermittent setting wasnt working on my wipers and when you turned them off on the normal setting they wouldn't return to the bottom of the windscreen. So I found this guide www.padandwheels.com/mr2/wiperswitch/wiperswitch.html and ordered a €5 soldering iron from eBay. I had a go at it today, and I'm delighted to say its now working perfectly.

Only one or two of my instrument bulbs worked so I ordered four 501 led bulbs. I stripped out the instrument cluster (handy guide here www.midshiprunabout.org/mk1/1099/ ) and I'm happy with the results. I can now see my rev counter at night.

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#63502
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 74
NCT booked for 2 weeks time....can't see anything that needs doing!

Does a car need a rear foglight for the NCT or did I imagine hearing that somewhere?
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Rear foglight not required, if one is fitted it must be operational.

Good luck with it, I have mine on Sunday going to roast her for a day or two and see how she fairs.
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Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 74
NCT was today, always nerve-wracking the first time putting a car through the test. But I'm delighted to report she passed first time. Rear brakes have a slight imbalance though. The brakes feel good and the pads have meat but other than that I haven't had a chance to give them a proper going over. I'll go at them before her first trackday in March though.

Apparently she weighs 1027kg.
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#63661
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Well done tsporter, seem to have missed the lasr few updates somehow! Keep it up, mad to see this in the metal
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#63779
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 74
Replaced the brake fluid in her today with a litre of good AP Racing DOT 5.1 fast road and track fluid.

She's good to go now for the trackday in March. I'll be taxing her from February aswell.


Also got some car mats from valuecarmats.com, they had a deal on and I got them delivered for €18. I'm happy with the quality and they are made to fit.
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#64442
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 74
Note to self: don't bother taxing her in February ever again, that was a feckin waste!

Took her out about 5 times due to the weather and began to notice she wasn't heating up fully. She was idling high and only luke warm heater.
Temp resting here after a good spin.

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So I swapped out the thermostat yesterday and bled her. Bit of a bitch to bleed till I got the correct procedure down, then she beltched like feck. Took her for a good spin and she's heating nicely and idling properly.

Just need two new tyres then roll on the trackday next week!

Stag was last week so my mates with the track Puma got me plates...

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#64445
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 42
Nice one only the thermostat. I thought the stat was gone on my van turned out it was the head

Glad you are having better luck.

Should be interesting to see how it compares to your old 2.
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#64454
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Nice one only the thermostat. I thought the stat was gone on my van turned out it was the head

Glad you are having better luck.

Should be interesting to see how it compares to your old 2.

Do not mention the HG words man, got bad thoughts running through me head!

She'll get a serious shakedown next week so I expect any problems to present themselves then. You coming down?
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#64460
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 42
Don't worry about the hg it's not the worst problem on the planet and if your heating properly now I'm sure all is good.
Plus yours isn't over heating.

I hope to get there even if only for a short time in the afternoon. Would love to go for a few passenger laps in your beast and want to here japs roaring down the straight. Progress is slow on both my car and the track car but I did by a full set of trd top mount this week
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So at OTD18 the car had a few minor niggles, with the exhaust hangers and battery cable, both fixed now. I need to sort a bit of a blow in the exhaust. May need a new back section but I'll try a patch for the moment until I have the funds.

I've been reading up on the understeer I was experiencing. It seems the pre 1988 SC's didn't come with a rear ARB, and it's suggested that installing one should really cut down on the understeer.
There's two options really, an adjustable Whiteline ARB or you can fit an ARB from a rev 1 turbo.

The only problem I have is there is no tabs to attach links on the struts on my car. Is it possible to fab some tabs up and weld them on or what do ye think? At the moment I can't afford new dampers...


Love this pic

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#64769
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Cool pic.

I have a rev 1 turbo arb and tabs on that black t bar shell. Can take the tabs of the sub frame and your welcome to the lot foc for that epic little car of yours.
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Cool pic.

I have a rev 1 turbo arb and tabs on that black t bar shell. Can take the tabs of the sub frame and your welcome to the lot foc for that epic little car of yours.


Cheers man, I can't say no to that offer! Legend KC'd!

I suppose I could get rear struts off an English mk1b, they will have the tabs for the ARB drop links. Might be easier than welding and possibly cheaper too.

Anyway there'll be no trackdays for me till after June... But on the bright side it gives me loads of time to source some track pads, track rims and rubber, rocker gasket, ARB install, geo setup, exhaust, larger SC pulley, ok I'm dreaming now....
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#64774
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 2 Months ago Karma: 42
No problem.

If you have bother finding struts iam sure we could cut drop link tabs off a set of old mk2 struts and weld them on to yours.
That said don't want you going to fast hope to try and keep up with you at some stage on track

You will have to order yourself some nice adjustable drop links for your geo being set up.where are you thinking of getting that done.
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Lovely looking S/C you have there & I love the colour combo with the wheels.

You've done a great job bring her up to spec with the maintenance and there's no better way to get to know your car.

If I could pass on a couple of tips I discovered from mine.
These cars are a little cold blooded and can take a while to warm up/drop the idle until fully up to temp. With all the lengths of coolant hoses & lines they act like extra rads!
1/In the cold weather I used to put a small piece of black cardboard in front of the rad to prevent over cooling and the up /down temp cycling due to the thermostat opening & closing constantly and /or using the heater. It shouldn't overheat at all and will shed heat normally but maintain a much steadier temperature on the gauge.

The other downside of running too cold is the overly rich mixture the ECU keeps feeding the engine and crappy gas mileage.

I saw the colour of the coolant that came out-yuk that was in there a while!

2/I found that the IACV which is attached to the throttle body was a little sticky on mine and sometimes revved high even when warm. A reverse flush of this unit via the two feed pipes removed a lot of build up and junk from mine and lessened the sticking issues. (There are two secondary coolant hoses which feed it from the hard coolant lines. Disconnect & quick plug of the hoses with bolts) With a couple of short sections of clear hose I used a rad flush solution and let it sit for a while in the IACV .After a while flush it out with a hose attached to the lines AND back flush it by attaching the hose to the other line.
IMPORTANT - DON'T remove the IACV from the throttle body without having a new replacement gasket! There is a thin rubber gasket inside which seals it. After years of use it will swell once removed and will not fit back again. Ask me how I know LOL.

3/ Install a thin intercooler fan under the I/C core blowing up & out the hood. It helps a lot in that hot engine bay.

One last thing if you haven't changed the gearbox oil yet may I suggest trying Redline synthetic 75W/90ns gear oil. The ns designation as opposed to the regular 75W/90 denotes no friction modifier (which you don't need without a LSD)
My 1st gear synchro was a bit worn & notchy on the 1-2 shift & reverse and use of this all but cured it. Much better cold shifts as well. Previously I had tried 6 other top name brands which did nothing compared to this stuff. Magic.

This was a long ramble but I hope it's of some help. Keep up the great work.
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Lovely looking S/C you have there & I love the colour combo with the wheels.

You've done a great job bring her up to spec with the maintenance and there's no better way to get to know your car.

If I could pass on a couple of tips I discovered from mine.
These cars are a little cold blooded and can take a while to warm up/drop the idle until fully up to temp. With all the lengths of coolant hoses & lines they act like extra rads!
1/In the cold weather I used to put a small piece of black cardboard in front of the rad to prevent over cooling and the up /down temp cycling due to the thermostat opening & closing constantly and /or using the heater. It shouldn't overheat at all and will shed heat normally but maintain a much steadier temperature on the gauge.

The other downside of running too cold is the overly rich mixture the ECU keeps feeding the engine and crappy gas mileage.

I saw the colour of the coolant that came out-yuk that was in there a while!

2/I found that the IACV which is attached to the throttle body was a little sticky on mine and sometimes revved high even when warm. A reverse flush of this unit via the two feed pipes removed a lot of build up and junk from mine and lessened the sticking issues. (There are two secondary coolant hoses which feed it from the hard coolant lines. Disconnect & quick plug of the hoses with bolts) With a couple of short sections of clear hose I used a rad flush solution and let it sit for a while in the IACV .After a while flush it out with a hose attached to the lines AND back flush it by attaching the hose to the other line.
IMPORTANT - DON'T remove the IACV from the throttle body without having a new replacement gasket! There is a thin rubber gasket inside which seals it. After years of use it will swell once removed and will not fit back again. Ask me how I know LOL.

3/ Install a thin intercooler fan under the I/C core blowing up & out the hood. It helps a lot in that hot engine bay.

One last thing if you haven't changed the gearbox oil yet may I suggest trying Redline synthetic 75W/90ns gear oil. The ns designation as opposed to the regular 75W/90 denotes no friction modifier (which you don't need without a LSD)
My 1st gear synchro was a bit worn & notchy on the 1-2 shift & reverse and use of this all but cured it. Much better cold shifts as well. Previously I had tried 6 other top name brands which did nothing compared to this stuff. Magic.

This was a long ramble but I hope it's of some help. Keep up the great work.


Great stuff there, thanks for the info. Do you still have one?
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#65087
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Some goPro footage of the Panda from the last octane trackday! Sound quality is a bit crap.

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Great video. It's nice to hear the whine from the supercharger again & it looks like the car is going well.

Unfortunately I sold my '89 after getting the turbo but that vid makes me wish I'd kept her!
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#65175
Re: My Supercharged Panda thread! 3 Years, 1 Month ago Karma: 74
I just found out why my brakes weren't up to scratch the last day. I found a receipt in the pile the seller gave me and the pads were less than £20 per set!! Good news is the discs are EBC.
Ill be getting yellowstuffs all round before takin her on track again.
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Rockers curing by an open fire.....


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Rockers That`s a funny name for the dog !
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Rockers That`s a funny name for the dog !

Here's the site that has the mk1 exhaust and other bits...
www.tcbparts.co.uk
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Cheers Brian I`ll have a look for a back box , have you ordered one yet for yours ?
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Cheers Brian I`ll have a look for a back box , have you ordered one yet for yours ?
No I just did a patch job, it's only the backbox and it's not that bad. I'll try source a full stainless steel system 2nd hand from the uk if I can,
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#65381
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I noticed some oil leaking from the rocker cover after the trackday.

So €34 got me 2 rocker cover gaskets, 8 washer seals, and a bolt I was missing.


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Whipped off the valve covers


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