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First day of ownership:


Backstory:
I had originally picked up a black R53 with the intention of making it a daily driver, and eventually an occasional track car. Before I even passed inspection, I had a Chili Red R56 Cooper S fall in my lap for practically nothing, which significantly lower mileage and absolutely zero rust. While I love certain aspects of the R53, the condition and cost of the R56 ended up being a better choice for me and I will be selling the R53 instead.

Link to the short lived R53 build thread:

Last picture of the R53 before I threw the towel in:


Also, a picture of my 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack which I am trying to keep in the garage, hence the Mini:


The R56 wasn't running when I got it, but I was able to quickly get her fired up and on the road. I did get a code for the thermostat, which I am just going to replace, and I am fairly certain I can hear the timing chain rattling a bit so that will be going also (might as well). I have already replaced the hatch struts, sunroof motor, A pillar trim, and a few other small odds and ends. There are obviously a few rough spots on the exterior that will need to be cleaned up, which I will get to. I'll be sure to update things as I go, but for now here are some photos of the stock car before she starts getting molested a bit:

















Stay tuned!
 

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I figured I would post a few shots of the interior, since I will be changing that up fairly quickly. I know a lot of people love the Rooster Red color line stuff, but I really am just not a fan of anything besides black in an interior. In a black car, I might have kept the color line (not the seats), but red on red for me is just way too much. I have the Carbon Black knee protectors coming next week, and then will be recovering a spare set of door arm pads in black suede.

The black suede shift and e-brake boots I had for the R53 will be moving over to this car, along with the Raceseng shift knob. I also have an Alpine CarPlay head unit coming in the next few weeks, which should be fun.





 

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Looks nice except someone has stuck the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car!

what alpine CarPlay are you getting for it?
 

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Looks nice except someone has stuck the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car!

what alpine CarPlay are you getting for it?
Hah, I would love to have a RHD version over here... too bad it wouldn't be reasonable to do.

I am getting the iLX-W650, as I have a friend that ended up with two of them and is giving me the second at half price. CarPlay for me is a must have, as I am just too reliant on it now, and this was too good of a deal to pass up!
 

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I had an ilx700 in my wife’s Nissan Murano which I didn’t have long as it didn’t have DAB (satellite) radio, you could run a separate unit via the aux input but it was annoying, iirc it also didn’t have Bluetooth audio!

I switched that for an ilx702 which had DAB but not a shallow chassis And it ended up with an ILX902 (halo 9) which is currently in her VW Touareg

agree about CarPlay, I’ve adapted the dash in my cooper S to fit a double din Sony carplay unit and my convertible has a ‘floating’ double din pioneer unit that sits proud of the dash
 

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I had an ilx700 in my wife’s Nissan Murano which I didn’t have long as it didn’t have DAB (satellite) radio, you could run a separate unit via the aux input but it was annoying, iirc it also didn’t have Bluetooth audio!

I switched that for an ilx702 which had DAB but not a shallow chassis And it ended up with an ILX902 (halo 9) which is currently in her VW Touareg

agree about CarPlay, I’ve adapted the dash in my cooper S to fit a double din Sony carplay unit and my convertible has a ‘floating’ double din pioneer unit that sits proud of the dash
Well, things fell through and the free Alpine unit didn't end up happening. Oh well! But yeah, I had spent a lot of time making a custom Carplay setup to work in my R53 where the stock nav goes, but things are a lot easier on the R56 having a pre-made double din option available! I'll still get it one day.
 

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Things have been a bit slow to start, but I am glad I went the route that I had so far. The previous owner had said there was a horrible noise when driving the car, and it felt like the car was running very poorly. Having read so many issues about the timing chains on these cars, that is the first place my mind went, so I pulled the valve cover. The old guides looked perfect to me, and even after pulling the chain out it seems like it hadn't really stretched at all. I still ended up replacing everything, just for future piece of mind.



I had to do a few other things anyway, so I yanked most of the front end off the car and set about checking / cleaning whatever I could. Having never actually driven the car beyond just moving it around my driveway, I wasn't sure what to look for considering his description of the issues. When I was working on the timing chain, I had noticed some engine movement, and suspected the lower motor mount was just on its way out. With plans on replacing it or getting some nicer bushings, I didn't really think anything of it initially. I finally decided to give it a look yesterday, and noticed the bolt that connects the mount to the subframe was just GONE. This would certainly explain the car seeming like it wasn't running well if you aren't familiar with things. I am crossing my fingers that is the problem he was having, but I'll have to wait for the new bolts to show up first.



I also picked up a Cravenspeed dipstick since I REALLY dislike how bad the stock one is, and a Forge silicone intake tube to replace the stock one that had rotted apart. I am sure I'll have to replace more tubing in the near future due to rot, but I am going to try to hold off on that until after inspection if possible.
 

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No photo updates just yet, but was able to get quite a bit situated. All of the motor stuff is done, and I buttoned everything back up. I left the intake manifold off for now, as I am going to walnut blast all of the carbon deposits off before I get her back on the road. Waiting on coolant and spark plugs as well, but will take this time to finish cleaning off some of the road junk and filth that is all over the motor.

The existing S spoiler was REALLY faded, and I am honestly just not a huge fan of the styling. While a GP wing is in my eventual plans, I figured I would just throw a base cooper spoiler on for some simplicity and to prepare for that eventuality. I know most people probably wouldn't agree with me on that, I just really don't like the shape of the S spoiler. While at the local junkyard, I was also able to grab that lower engine mount bolt I needed, a new hatch release since mine was broken, and a few interior goodies to re-wrap in black suede so I don't ruin the stock ones. The interior stuff is obviously not needed before I get the car inspected, but it makes me happy to do anyway. :p

Since not much has really changed just yet, I'm not in a huge rush to get more pictures, but I have a few more things coming for post-inspection modifications.
 

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do you think it worth just pulling the head anyway as you have so much stuff off? Lap the valves, swap the seals, clean off any residual bits the blast might not get etc?

could even lift the pistons and clean the inevitably fouled rings, accessible....
 

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do you think it worth just pulling the head anyway as you have so much stuff off? Lap the valves, swap the seals, clean off any residual bits the blast might not get etc?

could even lift the pistons and clean the inevitably fouled rings, accessible....
I had thought about it, but at this point I really just need to get the car back up and running before any potential snow, as the whole point is to get the Challenger in the Garage. I think once winter is over, I am going to take a deeper dive on the motor, or perhaps try to source another N14 to start building.

While I did have the car running, it actually did seem to run fairly well, so I don't think things are going to be in too bad of shape. I have much bigger plans for this car, but passing inspection will have to be the first thing.
 

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Quick update; I had everything buttoned back together on Friday, and tried starting the car to no avail. I knew the battery was on its way out already, and I wasn't even getting lights on the dash, so I started with a new battery. No dice. I now got lights on the dash, the usual chimes, radio and AC came on, but it wouldn't even try to crank. After fiddling with things for a few days, checking for voltage drops, checking the relays, clutch sensor, etc, I finally settled on it being the starter. It had to be!

For some reason before I jacked the car back up to try to get access to the starter, I decided to check the ground strap on the motor mount.....oops. I forgot to tighten it down. Made sure it was nice and snug, and BOOM, she started right up! I am still getting a CEL for the thermostat, even after replacing the thermostat housing with a brand new one, so I will have to investigate that further tonight.

In other news, I decided to take some time to work on some of the other issues the car has. Starting with the hazy passenger side headlight. I had already removed the light, but brought it inside to start sanding and polishing the lens. I quickly discovered that one of the arms holding the housing inside had broken, so it was just flopping around inside. Automatic fail, so I figured I would open it up and glue the arm back together:


well the damage went through to the reflector itself, so I don't think this light is salvageable. I really didn't want to spend money on another light right now, as I planned on eventually upgrading to Xenons. It seems that every R56 that shows up at our junkyards has the lights taken first, so I will have to think of another solution...hmm.

 

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Started the car up today, and the timing sounds off....rattling is worse than it was before. Not sure what is going on, but I feel like it is off enough that it couldn't just need the Vanos reset in the ECU. What are the chances this is actually a bad Vanos unit, or am I better off just redoing the timing and hoping for the best... I'd hate to waste money on more bolts, but it is definitely the cheapest out of all the options....
 

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check the solenoid first to make sure the filter in the end is clear, the Vanos makes quite a clatter, usually on initial start is where it's worse
 

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check the solenoid first to make sure the filter in the end is clear, the Vanos makes quite a clatter, usually on initial start is where it's worse
Good thought, I will definitely check that after work today. It certainly sounds like chain rattle, and sounds worse than it had prior to the timing chain replacement. I used all new everything, so I feel like maybe I messed up somewhere along the line. I ordered new bolts just in case I do need to redo this...
 

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Red seats are finally gone, found a really nice set of black leatherette seats at the junkyard for a great price. I was also able to grab some more black trimmed interior pieces, so the interior is slowly moving away from the light gray accents as well.

 
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