Twilight (C902 HLG)

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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by Marmaduke » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:54 pm

scimjim wrote:Good news :-)

IIRC that's a good stainless exhaust with a good downpipe. Engine was rebuilt so cam is unknown but lobes looked excellent and I fitted new followers.
Fair enough - still it has the reliant "mid" box which cant be helping ;)

Still credit where credits due Jim, you built a good 'un
.... history will have to wonder at the battles you and reviver could have had if you hadn't sold it :lol: :w :lol:


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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by scimjim » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:02 pm

The centre box isn't too restrictive - it's the manifold, downpipe and over axle kink that kill it. I didn't build the engine (just added the ancillaries).


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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by Marmaduke » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:06 pm

Sorry Jim, I meant the car in total :) - should have been clearer.

So if its the manifold etc... Then there is still room for improvements - maybe reviver will reach 90Bhp at the flywheel !!


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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by richardvernon » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:02 pm

If it isn't a competition secret :wink: at what rpm was the max power reached?


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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by reliant-reviver » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:36 pm

I think we can all agree that given the downpipe and exhaust design, the CVH installation in an SS1 is less than perfect, and therefore Ford book figures on output are probably not representative of actual ones with these cars.

So to be putting out 72bhp you are doing very well. The engine was rebuilt for a kit car project but never installed. Given how tidy it appeared I would suggest someone took a fair bit of time and care in doing this. Combustion chambers, valves and ports looked standard. Cam had no stampings as I recall.
Unfortunately for me it was only on final inspection I realised the oversized pistons fitted. So it's displacing 1320cc rather than 1296cc, and every little helps.

Guess I sold the wrong engine then :roll:

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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by Marmaduke » Sun May 08, 2016 9:11 pm

A quick update as things have been quiet for a while. After clocking up a fair few miles, it was time to give Twilight a little TLC and replace the Pheasant damaged wing.
Once again many thanks Jim for the good panel and Andy for doing such a cracking paint job - its so good it looks "factory" 8)

Still here's a before pic of twilight with the "plaster" as my youngest calls it

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So first step off with the panel - actually quite easy to do :shock: ...

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Here's the crack from the inside - sorry about the quality of the photo - but it was huge and almost split the panel in two. Examination showed that the bumper pressed back on it and it split from that point backwards - perhaps there was a defect in the structure of the panel as the rest of the panel did seem hard to split.

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Stupidly I didn't take a photo of Andy's paintwork before I put it on - I was panicing too much drilling the hole for the indicator - but it drilled easily and no tears and snags - all good. So pop the panel on, feed the indicator wires through the hole - As I'm doing this I'm thinking "this is going too well, it's only taken a 1/2 hour - somethings bound to go wrong !"

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Yet my pessimism is prove wrong ! - a bit of adhesive tape for the indicator and we're there, all do in a shade over 30 mins....

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Certainly one of the fastest jobs I've ever done on a car, and definitely the fastest bodywork, the "bolt-on" ethos of the SS1 really paid dividends :D

BTW - My repaired bodywork received public appreciation today... driving with the top down waiting at the lights, Twilight & I got wolf whistled at by a soft top VW full of young ladies..... I can only assume they were appreciating my handiwork and that SS1's are becoming more desirable !! :lol: :lol:

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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by scimjim » Sun May 08, 2016 9:58 pm

Good job :-)


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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by philhoward » Sun May 08, 2016 10:20 pm

That's how long a wing swap should take :D

Sometimes you can spend 30 minutes on a couple of the screws..


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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by scimjim » Sun May 08, 2016 10:27 pm

They've only been in 12 months - haven't had time to corrode :-)


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Re: Twilight (C902 HLG)

Post by philhoward » Sun May 08, 2016 10:29 pm

Plus I guess none of them were rounded either..


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