205 TD (RIP) - UR Impreza Roadster

Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby OlberJ » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:56 pm

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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby m1key » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:40 pm

Made some good progress there, really looking forward to seeing the end product!!
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby OlberJ » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:42 pm

Cheers. Been thinking about how to do the cuts and keep it square and I think a series of perforated angle iron, measured exactly and welded to the body should work just fine.
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby m1key » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:32 pm

Yeah that's what I'd do?! :?
I'm chuffed if I manage to change a bulb :D
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby OlberJ » Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:03 pm

Acht it's easy really. Nothing is so final it can't be modded.

If it first you don't succeed, fuck it in the bin and buy a proper one.
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby KB_S1 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:57 am

I shouldn't have looked….

I am really excited to see the final outcome and it is silly because the car had so many little issues but still, had some of my best drives in that car.
Also had some great trips.

The finished little devil better be good!
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby OlberJ » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:58 am

Hopefully get some time on it this Saturday. If I can get it shuffled around in the unit and "fixed" in place I can start the cutting.

Then you'll really hide behind the couch :mrgreen:

I did have thoughts of trying to keep the rear bench but realistically it's going to be something just for 2 folk to enjoy.

Thankfully the petrol filler cap is on the same side, that will make things much easier and I should be able to simply "tube" between the 205 filler and the Impreza's filler neck, below your patch up.

Anyone fancy guessing what the weight might come in at?
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby KB_S1 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:13 pm

Std wagon was about 1290kg.

That one lost a few kg when the cat etc was removed.
I think you could hit 1150kg comfortably.
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby OlberJ » Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:56 am

Lying awake this morning, figuring out how to mod the chassis. Have had an idea.

Would an extra 100mm on the wheelbase hurt the 205s shape since it needs a wide arch kit and wont ever look "standard" anyway?

The benefits of keeping the impreza platform are obvious. Can keep the rad location too.

Might even save me from too much iva hassle.

I'll do some more measuring today.
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby Angelus » Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:55 am

OlberJ wrote:Lying awake this morning, figuring out how to mod the chassis. Have had an idea.

Would an extra 100mm on the wheelbase hurt the 205s shape since it needs a wide arch kit and wont ever look "standard" anyway?

The benefits of keeping the impreza platform are obvious. Can keep the rad location too.

Might even save me from too much iva hassle.

I'll do some more measuring today.

It's the way forward Olie. Just my opinion. :shock:
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby m1key » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:15 am

So what extend the 205 body rather than shorten the Impreza chassis?
How easy would it be to modify the body shell? Might be easier - as you say, got to make it wider anyway.
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby Macd355 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:55 am

Where is the extra length?

If it's in the wheelbase then it's not going to help the radiator problem.
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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby OlberJ » Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:28 pm

The extra length is indeed in the wheelbase but we're only talking 50mm at each wheel. After todays work I found the following :

Window leading edge to front of rad, 92cms for both!
Width of chassis about 30mm wider at each side.

You can see from this pic best :

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Looking at the rear turrets there is some rust which will need cut out and replaced. Typical classic Impreza issues in the wheel wells.

Now that I know the engine will fit I'm thinking transplant again. If I do, then I'll need to weld in the strut towers in the rear and relocate the fuel tank.

Imagine the above overlaid with this.

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Re: 205 TD - The French Pig

Postby Macd355 » Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:18 pm

I think it would be easier to modify the Floorplan of the 205 shell. Tubular cradle for the rear diff mounting, bulk up the transmission tunnel and perhaps spaceframe the front crossmember to give yourself more radiator space. Seam weld the shell and you'll probably get away without a cage as well.

You'd be more likely to pass an IVA I would think.

What's your plan for the propshaft? A custom one?

Bag tank in the boot and you might even be able to get four seats in at a push.
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