Yo! Here’s a small recap of the Twingo project, along with some pictures.
So it’s been a little over a year since I got it - my first car, btw - and I’m loving it. I’m still into it as I was on the first day, except now the future mods list has grown even more, and I’m getting more irritated by how slow it is. Recently my friend and I changed the timing belt and water pump, which was a scary job for a first-timer. If you get that wrong, the Twingo’s dead. But we managed without major issues (and by “we” I mean I just handed my Rimac-employed friend the tools). It wouldn’t start when put back together, it just cranked over, but it turns out there’s a kill switch which just needed to be pressed to let it start.
Lately I’ve been installing cheap aesthetic mods, like the $3 Aliexpress shift knob and a pretty sturdy cupholder, which I drilled into the door card. I made the mudflaps myself, with a piece of rubber from Bauhaus and some screws. I planned to fit them to the back wheels, too, but the exhaust comes down straight in front of the LR wheel, which makes it difficult. I might drill a hole in the bumper to extend it, maybe buy a cannon ricer exhaust (or just the tip). A new steering wheel is coming soon. I’ll lose some safety without the factory one, but I don’t trust the 20 year old airbag anyway.
Future mod ideas are either lifting it and putting chunky wider wheels on, or lowering it and putting chunky wider wheels on. I plan to fit the headlights with a grill-guard thing - prototype pictured below. This would go well with the lifted aesthetic.
I also plan to fix a lot of the little problems here-and-there, like the busted speakers, rust issues, refreshing the backyard spraycan-paintjob wheels, adding vintage-bugatti-style belts to the hood, a front splitter/airdam, a rear boot spoiler some Twingos had, etc.
The 2D logo on the bumpers is from my friend and mine’s design studio, 2Designers, check us out and follow us here - He self-promoted shamelessly.
So there you go! I hope I’m doing an ok job safekeeping the car. The Twingo is currently close to the bottom-end in the used car marked, as I understand, and a lot of owners are just beating them while they last and scrapping them. So hurry up Yanks, import away while you still can.