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#1 vocky

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 12:48 PM

well some of it is :lol:

 

VX220 Normally Aspirated, Europa Blue

 

 

Build thread - https://z22se.co.uk/...0-project.2994/


Engine: roughly 3000 miles since built
2.5 litre 16v (2494cc), approx 270bhp + 213 ft lb.
OEM timing chain kit, fitted less than 500 miles ago.
Balancer shaft chain has been deleted due to having an electric coolant pump.
CatCams 287 degree camshafts with Supertech dual valve spring kit.
Heavily ported and polished cylinder head with GM Racing +0.5mm valves and 3 angle valve seats.
Forged 90mm JE Pistons with Darton cylinder sleeves and Cometic head gasket with ARP head stud kit.
Carrillo steel conrods from the LE5 2.4
New LE5 2.4 crankshaft with internal OEM 60-2 trigger wheel.
New OEM oil pump with GM Racing oil pump gears.
New OEM oil filter adaptor seals.
New OEM oil cooler and hoses.
Bottom end fully balanced by Chesmans.
Larger capacity OEM LSJ oil sump.
Webcon throttle bodies kit, inlet manifold port matched to head.
Bosch ‘VXR’ fuel injectors and OEM fuel rail.
Omex 710 ECU, fully sequential, mapped by Troy at Northampton Motorsport.
OEM LSJ Cam position sensor.
OEM LSJ coil on plugs.
OEM B207 Brake vacuum pump.
DaviesCraig Electric water pump and controller, auxiliary OEM water pump on heater circuit.
Alloy radiator.
ProAlloy 48 litre fuel tank with new OEM fuel pump assembly.
Denso 60Amp alternator.
New OEM starter motor.
Piper back box with a custom ’looped’ exhaust system, including 4-2-1 tubular manifold.
New OEM backbox heat shield.

New OEM coolant tank and new OEM mounting bracket.

Transmission: roughly 6000 miles from new
GM Six speed M32 gearbox with close ratio gears + 4.17 final drive. (equivalent to a 4.85 final drive F23)
OEM Drexler plate LSD.

New bearings installed and 3 litres of GM gear oil used.
Lotus Europa M32 gear lever assembly.
New OEM Lotus Europa M32 driveshafts and gearbox mounts.
Helix z22se M32 clutch plate.

New OEM z22se clutch cover, balanced by Chesmans.
TTV lightened z22se M32 flywheel, balanced by Chesmans.
New OEM side mounts, yellow inserts fitted to front and rear mounts.

Suspension/brakes/wheels:
Full suspension refresh with new OEM wishbones, track rod ends, bolts and OEM hubs.
Quantum one way adjustable shocks with 550 + 425 springs.
Adjustable front anti-roll bar with new OEM drop links.
New AP 4 pot front brake calipers + OEM 308mm discs.
New OEM rear brake calipers + OEM 288mm discs.
Mintex M1144 brake pads + braided hoses.
New OEM vx220 handbrake cable.
New OEM brake servo hose
New ATS dtc alloy wheels with 'as new' Yokohama AD08R 205/45/17 front and 235/40/17 rear tyres.
Uprated Spitfire rear tie bars.
Rear subframe painted and new OEM subframe shims, bolts and Duralac added.
New wheelarch liners.

Interior:
Lotus Motorsport Probax seats, retrimmed in half leather with vx220 logo by Dave the Trimmer.
Dash, binacle, centre console, door panels and head restraints retrimmed by Dave The Trimmer.

New OEM steering wheel.

New OEM steering column shroud and new OEM stalks.
OEM 'vx220' stainless sill covers.
New OEM black sill covers.
New alloy handbrake handle.
Stack oil pressure gauge.
Stack Air Fuel gauge.
Stack clock.
New OEM vxT footrest.
New OEM mats.
New OEM heater knobs.
New OEM alloy pedals.
Upgraded heater unit.
Upgraded alarm system.
No audio system installed.

Body:
Most body panels repainted in last 750 miles
OEM hardtop - Europa Blue
New OEM vxT rear spoiler.
New VxT front splitters.
OEM vxT side air ducts.
New vxT rear engine cover and new grilles.
New front bonnet grilles.
New vxT front roof seal.
New Lotus rear roof seal.
New soft top roof bars.
Doors - rebuilt with new OEM window winder mechanisms, guides, window inner and outer weather seals and the other trim parts.
New OEM engine tray and service panel.
TAT rear diffuser.
New fuel cap surround.
New OEM side repeaters.
New rear spats.
New Lotus mirror plinths with new rubber gaitors.
Headlights and foglights were armourfended in May 2003, so no stone chips.
Stainless front towing eye bracket installed.

New OEM windscreen washer bottle, cap and water pump.
 

 

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:13 PM

And very nice it is too. 

 

An extensive and no doubt expensive 'rebuild'....upgraded and improved.

 

Nice colour!



#3 Baron Von Scubadaddy

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:14 PM

Shame about the colour poof .


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#4 Crazyfrog (Fab)

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:21 PM

 

 

 

is it on the market Mr Vocky  :D

 

 

 

mine is 17 years one owner  :P    ITB,S with 220 BHP


Edited by vocky, 20 May 2019 - 01:42 PM.


#5 vocky

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:36 PM

 

 

 

 

is it on the market ?

 

 

it will be soon, just need to find the courage to let it go

 



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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:38 PM

 

 


 

it will be soon, just need to find the courage to let it go

 

 

 

waiting for the summer Neil   ?   :P  :P  :P


Edited by Crazyfrog (Fab), 20 May 2019 - 01:38 PM.


#7 vocky

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:40 PM

And very nice it is too. 

 

An extensive and no doubt expensive 'rebuild'....upgraded and improved.

 

Nice colour!

 

in my eyes it's the perfect vx220 and in the best colour :D

 

I stopped counting  :ninja:

 

To be honest I enjoyed doing the 'tweaks' more than driving it, it's not been on a track for 13 years :blush:
 



#8 vocky

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 01:41 PM

 

 

 


 

it will be soon, just need to find the courage to let it go

 

 

 

waiting for the summer Neil   ?   :P  :P  :P

 

passed it's MOT a couple of days ago and just needs a little clean - the wheels have brake dust on them, then some fresh pics for the for sale ad



#9 piwo

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 02:21 PM

Wow

#10 Aerodynamic

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Posted 20 May 2019 - 04:52 PM

It looks lovely.

 

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#11 Rosssco

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 01:02 AM

Thought this read like a bit like a for sale ad.. :(

 

Difficult one to price too!



#12 NickB787

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 04:51 AM

Probably the one of the few cars that would get me back into the vx fold, really tempted, sad day Vocky but understand.



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:30 AM

Fair few quid on that, very nice.


Edited by Flanners, 21 May 2019 - 06:31 AM.


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Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:50 AM

 A BIG decision to sell up given the huge amount of time and investment you have put into it!

 

Once you stop driving these cars I can understand how the love can quickly disappear.

 

 For me, the VX220 is the automotive equivalent of bipolar disorder (no offence intended for anyone afflicted!), massive highs can be experienced while driving, then you have an issue with the car, or just don't get chance to drive it and start to really hate the thing.


Edited by ayresyy, 21 May 2019 - 06:57 AM.


#15 vocky

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 07:22 AM

Thought this read like a bit like a for sale ad.. :(

 

Difficult one to price too!

I decided that half what it owes me is the figure = £23.5k

 

Probably the one of the few cars that would get me back into the vx fold, really tempted, sad day Vocky but understand.

the vx220 is the type of car which is hard to beat or replace.

 

Fair few quid on that, very nice.

£315 per month, every month, for 12.5 years

 

 A BIG decision to sell up given the huge amount of time and investment you have put into it!

 

Once you stop driving these cars I can understand how the love can quickly disappear.

 

 For me, the VX220 is the automotive equivalent of bipolar disorder (no offence intended for anyone afflicted!), massive highs can be experienced while driving, then you have an issue with the car, or just don't get chance to drive it and start to really hate the thing.

it's a tough decision, my labour must be many thousands of hours.

 

I enjoyed building it and now it's finished, my ultimate vx220, probably the ultimate normally aspirated vx220



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Posted 21 May 2019 - 09:02 AM

Not long since I read your project thread Vocky. Couldn’t believe your constant insistence on perfection. That car must be very hard to fault, if not impossible. Probably unrepeatable too, due to Unobtanium!

Love it! 😊

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 01:42 AM

 

Thought this read like a bit like a for sale ad.. :(

 

Difficult one to price too!

I decided that half what it owes me is the figure = £23.5k

 

 

 

I'm sure some will say that is expensive for "an NA VX220", but considering the other options for the same:

  • An average - decent condition VXR220
  • An NA S2 Exige (40-50k miles)
  • A Lotus Europa S 

So I think that's right for the right person (and I'm sure you want it to go to the right person..).



#18 vocky

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Posted 22 May 2019 - 07:38 AM

I have seen hundreds of vx220's which makes me realise just how few cars are left in this condition. Perhaps only a few dozen or so and even less with so many desirable parts. I have been replacing parts with new OEM parts as often as they are available.

 

It's the small details which make a car and most people who have expressed an interest have seen the car in person.

 

If someone wants to own a vx220 in this condition it is going to take them a very long time to find another, this is a true 'one off' vx220



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Posted 22 May 2019 - 06:42 PM

I decided that half what it owes me is the figure = £23.5k

 

Imagine what it would owe you if you hadn't done the work yourself!!  :o  :D



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Posted 22 May 2019 - 11:17 PM

Why don't you take it on a track day Vocky you'll soon get the love back.

It's the only place I use mine :) as it's the only place I can actuallly use it properly!

Edited by Firthy, 22 May 2019 - 11:20 PM.





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