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SS1 1600Ti Sprint Car

Post by nickkeyser » Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:28 pm

about time i started a thread to document my build in on here, showing what ive been up to, and offering oportunity for people to chip in advice and comments, good and bad.

a few years ago we where given this car, a scruffy 1600 ss1 unfinished project, it had been painted purple, badly, and had one sill replaced by Hayling island scimitar specialist i think, we set to stripping it back to a bare tub and chassis (we didnt seperate the two.) giving it a fresh coat of paint, replacing the other sill, and patching up a few other bits.

this is the earlyest picture i have uploaded:
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we stuck on some twin 40s and a mild cam, it made about 110hp on the rollers in this spec:
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in a rushed week we finished it off bar a few cosmetics, MOT'd it, and arrived at curb. my brother on the track in it.
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when the MOT and tax ran out we decided it needed more grunt, the head was taken off, and it got put in the shed for a year or two, until i dug it out and decided to go sprinting!

at this stange it got a stage 3 big valve head amongst various other tweeks:
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i then got it running well enough to get an MOT on it, and used it for a few months continueing the development, i have stripped it out a bit, fitted a bucket seat and harness, and started loweing the floor.

it currently stands at this:
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hopefully i will get around to glassing the floor back in soon!

The current spec is something like:
-Stage 3 big valve head
-twin 40DCNF's
-late type exhaust manifold
-HD valve springs
-solid lifters
-CVH33 Cam
-poly bushed front end
-Avo adjustable coilovers on the back
-GW vented brakes (although this will probably change)
-Corbeau bucket seat
-15x7" BBS
-195 toyo proxes

there is a full 6 point cage on order, and hopefully by the time the season comes around it will have some lighter doors with perspex windows, and the paintwork will be tidied up a bit.
from there, i have a 1640 block waiting to be built up but we will see what happens with the engine, a light weight bonnet, loosing more weight out of it, and tidying up the paintwork are also on the cards.
from there we will have to wait and see, i will have a better idea of whats needed once i get out there properly.

hopefully i can be one of the fastest CVH powerd cars in the SSSC this season, but we will see!
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02 March 2009

Post by nickkeyser » Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:55 pm

Update Time; layed up some section to fill in the gaps created by lowering the floor:
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and all glassed up:
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and seat in:
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much much better to drive! well worth it!

on to the next job, battery box; not a requirement for the regs, but stops anything shorting the terminals in the boot and tidys it all up. i also intend to put the fuel pump in the boot shortly, and maybe a swirl pot (im having some starvation problems with anything less than 1/4 tank) so its probably best to keep the petrol and battery seperate.
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its a cheap battery box from rally design; although the lid is not air tight, the original 1600cvh battery tray is a perfect fit in the bottom (with the legs cut off) to mount the battery onto.

trimmed the floor around it, i was going to cut it tight around it, but the floor had already been cut to fit around the battery and the whole was too big.
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started stripping the paint off the new doors, after about 15mins i got sick of it, got quite a bit striped, more soon i expect:
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Re: 02 March 2009

Post by Raz987 » Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:09 pm

nickkeyser wrote: i also intend to put the fuel pump in the boot shortly, and maybe a swirl pot (im having some starvation problems with anything less than 1/4 tank) so its probably best to keep the petrol and battery seperate.
Hi Nick, glad you're making progress with it. I can't see the pics because I'm at work though.
If you want info on swirl pot fitting, see my thread "SS1 Racecar progress 2008", around about page 14 I think.
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Post by shrewsbury_streetracer » Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:42 pm

Looks bloody good! Can't wait to hear it run!


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Post by scimjim » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:01 pm

I like the battery box idea - saves cutting the floor and glassing something in - think I'm going to use that on the Sabre!


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Post by Raz987 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:12 am

Good pics of the floor refitting, I've been dreading putting mine back in, don't know why but I keep putting it off :cry: Maybe it's because I hate fibreglass? :?


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Post by scimjim » Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:08 am

you must be able to find someone at work who would do it for a couple of beer tokens?


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Post by nickkeyser » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:40 am

thanks for all your comments! things should start to happen a bit quicker now, the season is approaching so i need to pull my finger out!

shrewsbury_streetracer - im working on uploading a sound clip! just need to find somewhere to host it.
i forgot to thank you for the pics of your floor lowering that you sent me - much appreciated, and very useful!

Raz987 - I found the fibreglassing a bit daunting at first, and kept putting it off, but once you get bit of the original floor bolted in, the front and back are easy, and from there its just a bit time consuming and messy. it did take me quite some time to get around to doing it all though. (chopped it out in about november! then coursework, christmas, etc got in the way, and my mojo took a bit of a knock)

scimjim - the box i used was:
http://www.rallydesign.co.uk/product_in ... ts_id=4428
the dimensions listed make it a bit too small, but original battery try is infact a perfect, tight fit in the bottom! it would be a lot neater if i had cut the handles off the end of the box and trimmed the wooden floor to be a tight fit around it - but the floor was already too butcherd.



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Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:15 pm

looking good Nick 8)

be good to hear twin 40s induction roar again as opposed to the more common SS1 turbos.

keep up the good work

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Post by stewb » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:45 pm

I used the same battery box on my SS1 but I cut a hole in the boot floor & dropped it through so the lid was just below the "false" floor in the boot. I used ally angle screwed to the side of the battey box to fix it to the fibreglass boot floor.

It is looking very good.

Have you gone for the full cage?? If so will the door bar clear the drivers seat (currently looking at a bucket into mine & i'll have to "relieve" a smidge off the side of the seat to get the door bar in with the seat dropped).

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Post by nickkeyser » Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:33 pm

hopefully if you click http://www.filehosting.org/file/details ... nB/Ss1.mp3 you should be able to download a sound clip.

dropping the bor through the floor is a good plan! get the weight down a bit too. mine has two rather heavy duty stainless straps running front to back, and up each end of the tub. probably rather over the top but dont want the battery dropping out, however unlikly! these would need modifying to drop the battery.

i have gone for a full cage, dont know how well it will clear the door bar, finger crossed it wont need to much releiving. the 'wing' of the seat is very close to the door, the door card would have needed a chunk out of it if it was fitted. hmmm. got me thinking now.
theres a second set of holes in my rails, about an inch closer to the tunnel, but due to the little upstand at the side of the tunnel i dont think there will be room to fit the side mounts. slightly over looked that one.
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Post by Raz987 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:57 pm

nickkeyser wrote:hopefully if you click http://www.filehosting.org/file/details ... nB/Ss1.mp3 you should be able to download a sound clip.
Invalid download link... :?

By the way, are those E30 BBS wheels?


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Post by nickkeyser » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:24 pm

Raz987 wrote:
nickkeyser wrote:hopefully if you click http://www.filehosting.org/file/details ... nB/Ss1.mp3 you should be able to download a sound clip.
Invalid download link... :?

By the way, are those E30 BBS wheels?
dammit, ill try again when i get in.

yup, they are E30 BBS in 15x7.



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Post by philhoward » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:30 pm

nickkeyser wrote:
Raz987 wrote:
nickkeyser wrote:hopefully if you click http://www.filehosting.org/file/details ... nB/Ss1.mp3 you should be able to download a sound clip.
Invalid download link... :?

By the way, are those E30 BBS wheels?
dammit, ill try again when i get in.

yup, they are E30 BBS in 15x7.
E30 ones are a very good fit - little bit of scrubbing on full lock, but that may down to my Chevette rack...opens up the choices of cheap s/h ones!


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Post by nickkeyser » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:12 am

yea, they do just touch on full lock, not really an issue. i have pulled the rear aches out a lot to get them in there, but they suit it in my opinion; although the colours not to everyones choice.

http://www.mediafire.com/?mne1izyzmze - hopefully that link should work for a sound clip!



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