Possible 156 Project
I'm considering my options here. I am after a 156 Sportwagon, and I am thinking of any of the following:
1) Get a GTA - downside is that they are scarce, and any that are on forecourts are deeply suspect. Plus side - it is a GTA, and I really want one.
2) Get a V6 - good sound track, plenty of poke, but high fuel consumption for something not that special. On the plus side, they are dirt cheap.
3) Get a 2.4 diesel, and modify the living snot out of it. Low tax band (good), economical when I am not in a hurry (good), loads of power seems achievable (good), and there are loads of examples out there that have been to the moon and back - so tired mechanicals and decent bodies (good if you want to justify replacing mechanical parts).
If I went down the diesel route, I would be buying a car with 120+ K on the clock, probably an 03/04 plate - so facelift interior, old style body. Outline plan would be to drive it for a while, and start with upgrading/fixing the suspension and brakes. Konis, 30 mm lowering, 305 brakes and GTA uprights, new wishbones, roll bars etc - loads of threads on here with excellent examples!
Once the car was handling and stopping correctly, I'd probably pull out the original engine, and put in something that had been properly rebuilt. No point in modding an old engine. There are the obvious remaps, bigger intercoolers and turbos etc - but what else? Not that keen on going down the methanol route (too much hassle).
1) Is my selection of base car correct? Should I go for a slightly later one that has the 20V MJET? Or is the bog standard 20V JTD just as good for tuning? Or is it all marketing and they are the same? I don't care what the outside of the car looks like, in fact I think the pre-facelift cars look better.
2) I see a lot of comments about diesels eating driveshafts, gearboxes, clutches and DMFs. Is there a solution to this? I'm not that keen on building a monster engine and the rest of it falling apart every 10 minutes.