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Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Wednesday 28th March 2012
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I thought it was about time I started my own thread and said hi. I've enjoyed reading James Russell's thread on his Caterham race car so here's my beast when I first got her:



It's a 2009 Caterham Superlight R300 race car. Whilst it looks good in the photo, it was looking a bit tired close up so I decided to start doing this:



I'll keep this updated as I go, I have loads of pictures of the rebuild so if there's a bit of interest I'll turn it into more of a project thread smile


soad

27,682 posts

97 months

Wednesday 28th March 2012
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Nice toy. These are 2-litre engined with approx. 175bhp?
Any race shots?

Another Fluffer

3,886 posts

86 months

Wednesday 28th March 2012
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Lovely colour, what are your plans for the wee beasty? Track day monster?

grenpayne

1,142 posts

83 months

Wednesday 28th March 2012
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Very interested, would love to see a project thread thumbup

Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Hi soad,

Yes, it's a 2 litre Ford Duratec engine. Pretty much standard bar a different map and a dry sump system. Figures from Caterham say 175bhp but most are more than that smile

Hi AF,

She's a race car and I am taking part in the R300 Superlight championship this year. I've been racing since 2009, always in Caterham's.

Here's my first car with a couple of friends who popped down to help wink



My second car was the same spec as the first (Roadsport A) but a bit newer:



I only raced the black and white car once before Roadsport A was stopped. The sister series with an identical spec but Ford Sigma engine was the Supersport championship. This was my first step into stripping and painting my own car to save money. Here she is when she emerged from paint - yes, it is a matt colour wink



grenpayne - I will get some more photo's up of the stripdown etc a bit later smile
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PaulG40

2,375 posts

146 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Lovely Caterham!

I remember a pax ride in a Roadsport SV, blew my mind! Love to see what a R300 is like, especially a racer.

Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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The R300 is great fun, the first time I've had an LSD to play around with and a perfect balance of power and handling.

On with the stripdown - my mate Mickey popped round to give me a hand. To be honest, he's the skilled one having taught himself how to paint and do bodywork and I was just the apprentice.



We removed the cage, rear wings, boot cover, exhaust, tonneau cover, nose cone and a load of parts in the engine bay to get better access for painting. Once that was done, it was on the trailer and off to Mickey's garage.



Here she is in the operating theatre. My mate asked why I had 3 old rads hanging on the wall wink



All of this happened around Xmas 2011. I had a few weeks off work but came down with tonsilitis which knocked me out for a week. The plan was to strip the car back to bare metal and start again.

I'm very lucky in that I have been sponsored this year by borro who are a personal asset lender (www.borro.com) so the car would be in their colours (red with a white cage and decals).

Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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So I now have an expensive toy sitting in my mates garage in hundreds of pieces. The task ahead slowly started to dawn on us so we needed a plan. Here's Mickey having a think wink



We moved the car to my dads garage a few doors down and started preparing all the removeable panels. Sandpaper and elbow grease wasn't touching the paint so we needed some extra help in the way of paint stripper. Nitromors nowadays is rubbish so Brown Brothers came up trumps with some industrial strength stripper.





Nose cone ready for primer


This is Mickey's payment for helping me as he wouldn't take any money:



We hand dug a pit in his garage (yes you did ready that right, hand dug!!!!). That was just the start as the base, block work and concreting of the sides took weeks of lates nights and weekends. I didn't need the gym during those weeks smile

How it looked when finished




C2james

4,633 posts

86 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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That looks cool but don't be surprised if people ask for more pictures of the women. hehe

MrAdaam

1,072 posts

87 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Maybe we could swing it if there is some form of the Caterham in the background? Photoshopped in would pass, surely?!

On a serious note, lovely car. I'll be following this with interest.

Terminator X

6,462 posts

125 months

Thursday 29th March 2012
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Nice! How light is "superlight"?

TX.

Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Friday 30th March 2012
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10 hours to ask for more pictures of the girls?! I thought you guys would be much quicker lol.

Feel free to keep posting/asking questions as it's good to know people are interested smile

Hi TX, the regs state that the car and driver must weigh 630kg's after the race. I have circa 30kg's of lead in my car and bring it up to weight on the fuel. As it's Caterham racing and can get quite close you have to allow for a loss of bodyparts (wings/nose cones etc).

Some more pics for you. This is the tonneau and boot cover parts fully stripped. Mickey's 600bhp Skyline doubling up as a bench!



Once all the removeable body parts were stripped of paint we wheeled the car back in from my dads and started stripping the body.





The back panel during the paint stripping process. You can see the Skyline in the background which needed to go on to the pit before the Caterham could come back in.



motorsportbeng

199 posts

81 months

Monday 2nd April 2012
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plus one for more of the girls! ha

Greg_D

5,626 posts

167 months

Monday 2nd April 2012
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looking nice, many more piccies please as it progresses...

Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Monday 2nd April 2012
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I'll see if I can find one more picture of the girls - in the meantime here she is missing most of her paint. It was quite difficult getting in and around the front suspension so we left this till last.



You can see the paint pickling in this picture. It was just a matter of scraping it off when it was still moist.



Getting there smile


Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Monday 2nd April 2012
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With most of the paint off it was now time to start filling. Despite me and my brother telling Mickey it was a race car he was adamant everything had to be perfectly straight.

I said earlier it had 30kg of lead - this didn't include circa 5kg of filler wink







Questions and comments welcome smile

olly vine

2 posts

65 months

Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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hi ian, the r300 looks great in the red with the sponsors, where are you going to race it?

Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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Hey Olly,

How's my old car treating you smile

The first race has been and gone which was at Silverstone but I will keep the thread in order and update with a race report and some video footage.

Ian P

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105 posts

125 months

Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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The back panel was the biggest mess having been hit up the backside in the very last race before I bought it. Mickey told me to drill a few holes where the dents were to help pull as much of the damage out as possible.



Mickey was being a perfectionist again and we skimmed the panel with filler 8 times before he was happy with the finish.





More to come smile

Edited by Ian P on Tuesday 3rd April 08:18

Sid123

223 posts

98 months

Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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You're going to need to get that hammer out again mate.......