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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:05 pm

Corky wrote:Oooo nice shiny red calipers ! :D

Nice idea spacing the original calipers. Was using two lots of spacers an option ? Also what vehicle were the discs originally for ? I can't see it in the thread.
The discs are machined MG TF discs. I've had the outer edges, the centre bore & the lip on the bells skimmed as well as the holes re drilled. The discs are cheap as chips & readily available and the machining is simple & cheap!

The spacers were 12mm & only approx 4-6mm to narrow to fit. They would have been an easy win as well as they are also available easily but unfortunately for the discs I chose, they're just not thick enough, but again they can be made by a good machinist.

The callipers bolt back in the original position and have been refurbed with alloy pistons & new seal kits and new stainless braided flexi hoses. If I get 5 mins over the rest of the weekend I may get them fitted! :wink:
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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Corky » Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:12 pm

They should certainly do the trick. I've got the GW conversion on my road car, and they've been very good. No amount of spirited driving on the road or track has over heated them.

So when's your first event ?


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:36 pm

Corky wrote:So when's your first event ?
Still loads to do
-new split pins for the drive shaft to fit
-fill the diff
-new copper pipes from the flexi-pipes to the master cylinder to fit,
-brake shoes & drums to fit,
-pick up the rear anti-roll bar from powder coating
-fit the rose-jointed drop links
-fit the front calipers
-fit the front stainless steel flexi-hoses
-fit the new copper brake pipes
-sort out a few repairs to the loom
And that's just stage 1!
The new Canadian Inlet, Fuel Presure Regulator, Bigger AFR, Bigger throttle body, Cossie Intercooler, Alloy Induction Pipes etc will have to wait if I want to get out before Castle Combe :lol:


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:28 pm

Can't believe that it's been 3 months since the last update or that Curboro' is only 3 weeks away!
The brakes are done
The diff is done & filled
The suspension is done
So it's engine time!
Now with time so tight I'm not going to fit the ported head & Autosprint cam until later in the year and to be fair it's probably an easier job with the engine out!
So the plan is to install the intercooler & the Canadian inlet manifold I picked from Razz! I now have 2 of the 3 that Craig shipped in & as the SST will stay with an 8 valve head it will wear the other one again when it's done.
The advantage is that it gives the front facing throttle body which makes the induction track shorter when you install the intercooler.
The down side is that you have to re-plumb the cooling pipe work, remodel the wiring to put the sensor plugs in the right place and move the battery out of he way!
Battery will live in the boot well and the cables run along the transmission tunnel. Not ideal as it sits behind the diff but better than sitting it in the passenger cabin behind the seats which is were it was in the SST.
The first issue is that the hard pipe pressed into the block from the water pump fowls the underside of the inlet manifold so I had to cut the pipe between the block & the 2 smaller bra he's leaving enough room for a silicone hose & clamp to lower take off. After a play with loads of 32mm silicon hoses the top and bottom hoses to the rad were plumbed and with a bit more ingenuity the turbo water cooling and the oil cooler pipe work were reinstated.
That shortened the process a lot but it's finally installed...well nearly! There is one more cooling off take just above the thermostat which I will blank off but may also be a convenient place to install a bleed valve to help reduce the risk of air locks.
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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:07 pm

The plan was that after completing the inlet side I'd move to the exhaust side and do a simple mod to space the standard exhaust manifold away from the head by 18mm which makes the B*****d nut a lot easier to access.
However once I finally got it all undone it became clear that the job was going to be a bit bigger than that!

One of the numerous inspired Reliant design features is that on the turbo SS range, the wiring loom for the coil, afm & otter switch run down the top of the chassis on the near side fully exposed to the heat of the turbo & exhaust! Now to be fair, they did also put a heat shield around the manifold & some of the turbo but not quite man enough for the job.

At first glance the tape covering to the loom didn't look to badly scorched but on closer inspection, with the turbo & manifold out of the way, not only was the tape burnt but so was the plastic trunking and all but 2 of the wires! :roll:

What ensued for the next 8 hrs was a cycle of cutting out the crispy section of wire, soldering the new section, realising that I'd forgotten to put the heat shrink on, unsolder one of the new joints, put the heat shrink on & re-solder the joint! How the car was still running let alone not a smouldering pile after a loom fire I do not know.

Once the loom was repaired, I recovered it in tape, a new longer section of the plastic trunking, and then another 2-3 layers of tape. I also added a section of the trunking to the wires from the main loom up to the coil & transistor.

I also discovered a thick white wire which had no connection and was terminated inside the loom wrapping and a spare 4 wire Nissan connector block which comes out of the loom before closer to the bulkhead on this side? I've re-wrapped both and put a female spade connector on the White wire which is just exposed so I can utilise it if needed.

However, having chatted to Craig later, it is seems that the late model Ti's that were exported were fitted with 8 spark (so 2 coils) & a Lambda sensor in the elbow. The White wire may be the power feed to the second coil & the Nissan 4 pin plug may have been for the Lambda?

With the wiring all repaired (hopefully - can't test yet :w:) I can move on to mocking up the intercooler pipe work.
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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by scimjim » Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:13 am

I also extended the loom on snotty to go over the heater blower and along the top edge of the wing - avoiding the exhaust except for the last bit, which I wrapped in metal tape before adding the loom tape.


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Re: Building the Hot Hatch Hunter

Post by Crouchie_b » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:56 pm

Well, it's been a while and not much has happened, well apart from finishing the engine & inercooler install. You'll all have to wait until next years sprint events to see how that's gone. :wink:
However, while several of you have had snow, it's been gin clear, sunny but blooming cold in Merseyside. Thank god for insulated overalls! :lol: So I took the opportunity to finish off a couple of outstanding jobs today.
I've moved the battery to the boot, running the cables along the chassis rail. To finish it off, the cables needed P clips & cable ties adding to support them and ensure they stay in the right place.
Next was the replacement of the speedo cable which wasn't working when I purchase the car. It came with a replacement so it just needed fitting. I've also refurbished the instrument binicle which now just needs the led bulbs fitting and then re-fitting to the car. While I was taking the binicle out I took the time to remove the numerous wiring bodges from behind the dash & centre consol.
The exhaust on the car is the standard system at the moment but the plan is to upgrade to a 2 1/2" with a small back box. For now though I just needed to tighten up the 4 nuts on the exhaust to turbo flange.
Having spent the day crawling around underneath her & feeling like I'd got loads done, HHH decided to 'reward' me for ignoring her for the last 3 months by springing a leak on the only flexible petrol pipe I didn't replace! :evil: So, back under the car and replace the pipe between the pump and the plastic pipe.
Anyway, a good days work & loads achieved, with just a the brakes to bleed & the binicle to refit and she'll be ready for the exhaust & then I can look at the paint!
No photos at the moment but I'll post the later when I've edit them down.
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Post by Crouchie_b » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:09 pm

So nothing much has happened since the last post, again! Life is busy, work is busy and therefore I have made a decision. No, I’m not selling it!
I’ve just got back from Paul Tango Turnbull’s GT Evolution having dropped off the renamed Just Plain Silly! (JPS).
As I don’t have the time to be a Dad, a husband, run my own business & do what needs to be done to the SS1, I’ve entrusted it and a lot of the trick bits to someone I trust to sort it!
Watch this space!


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Post by CNHSS1 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:08 pm

I feel your pain Crouchie, im in the same boat. Im gonna build my car though, (with inspitatipn and assistance from you and your Pops 8) and then pass it on to be wired, probably by Paul at Evolution, and may get someone to paint the car too.


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:59 pm

Just see it as progress!


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