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    Default Merit to gsi project

    It's been a while since I've been on here.
    Anyway bought a big standard 1.4 merit couple of years ago and got to work on it making it a gsi replica.

    I started by removed the side strips on the car, I fit rear window surrounds and a gsi spoiler. I decided to wrap the lip of the boot also black which was a hassle as I'd never done anything like that before but managed to do a decent job of it. I found an original gsi grill badge and picked up a full set of gsi interior including a gsi boot carpet, I also got electric windows and central locking which I have still to fit.
    I picked up some speed lines for dirt cheap £100 and not in bad condition which annoyed a few people on facebook haha.
    I also managed to pick up a gsi dashboard for free again people annoyed on facebook but their loss I have still yet to fit this, I tracked down some front door window surrounds which again still yet to fit.
    Lowered it on fk coilovers and fitted a sportex straight through system.
    Picked up a gsi bumper for £90 had that sprayed with the back one and fitted them and also found a towing eye cover which is being sprayed.

    The only thing I need to find now is a gsi engine, if not then I'll have to go redtop, but for now I've got a 1.4 mpi engine in the garage which I'm going to rebuild the head and fit that for now, least it will have a bit more poke. I have everything to fit it I.e head, inlet, loom, ecu etc just need an mpi fuel pump for it to run properly.

    Things I still need to do are the engine as above
    Fit window surrounds
    Fit dash
    Cut holes for electric window looms and fit them
    Vinyl wrap b pillar
    Either find gsi carpet or dye the one in car
    Find gsi door tops
    I'm sure theres more things just cant think at the minute

    The car is in the bodyshop at the minute getting some welding and spraying done.

    Anyway here are some pictures so far I'll try to keep this updated as much as a i can as i go

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    Few more pics of lowering and in the bodyshop

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    Love it

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    Great transformation. 1.4 might do, but it deserves the 1.6!

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    Looks good man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain View Post
    Great transformation. 1.4 might do, but it deserves the 1.6!
    Yeah I agree mate. Just a pain trying to track down a 1.6 that's the problem

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    Went to the bodyshop yesterday to see how far he has got with the car.
    Should have it back next week
    Got a quick pic of one of the arches, looks so clean and smooth, I got him to roll the arches too.

    Cant wait to have it back now, then i can fit the gsi dash, front window surrounds, get wheels refurbed, electric windows and central locking and get the B pillar wrapped.
    After that next thing to do is engine upgrade

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    Looking good so far, C16se would finish it off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richy12 View Post
    Looking good so far, C16se would finish it off
    Mate I'm trying to find one, like hens teeth

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    Got the car back from bodyshop and gave her a good wash today.
    Not happy with the bumpers I wish I'd got the bodyshop to spray them as the guy I got to do them originally hasn't used plastic primer and the paint is starting to just flake off .
    So next job is wheels refurb and bumpers sent off for a proper respray. Also need to take the skirts off and give them fresh coat of paint

    Just fitted some new speakers in back today too, got some for dash also so I'll do that when I fit the gsi dash possibly this weekend if not next.

    Anyway here's some pics

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