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Post by BigBobPilot » Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 pm

Happy Anniversary to me / the project.

I picked up this car 2 years ago today. That's right I'm now 24 months into my max. 15 month build...


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Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:05 pm

Happy Birthday Oddity :D


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Post by philhoward » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:06 pm

BigBobPilot wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 pm
Happy Anniversary to me / the project.

I picked up this car 2 years ago today. That's right I'm now 24 months into my max. 15 month build...
Based on usually build estimated you’ve got 6 months left...


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Post by BigBobPilot » Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:13 pm

philhoward wrote:
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Based on usually build estimated you’ve got 6 months left...
That's good, but it needs to be out in 3 months. Although, clearly it won't be finished, it will just be on to the next demon mod!


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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:04 pm

More progress this weekend, a few awkward things underneath mainly on the fuel lines:

Pipe unions tightened underneath
Lock nuts to bulkhead unions fitted and tightened in conjunction with above
Fuel pipe brackets at the back removed, painted & refitted
Last bracket made and fitted, this & above route the fuel lines around the diff / drive shafts and maintain clearances
Digi-dash speed sensor (pick-up on diff input flange) bracket modified for rear anti-roll bar, where I previously forgot about the ARB

Not underneath, but still on the fuel system, I needed to modify the fuel tank filler neck to allow the fuel filler pipe to fit in, using the original fuel filling point. The tank I’m using is second hand and did have a screw cap in the centre, but I wanted to be able to fill the tank without having to remove the boot lid. This is because the car will have a wing fitted at the back and I’m not quite sure how the wing supports will work with easy removal of the boot lid – the wing is on the way though…
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Barring the fuel tank breather 1-way valve (which I bought & have temporarily mislaid) that’s the fuel system ready to put fuel in, check for leaks & adjust the fuel pressure.

A while ago, I fitted new front wheel bearings, but the RH front still had lots of play. I bought a pair of new (used) hubs from Jim King. The bearing almost dropped out the old hub, but took a good effort to press into the new one. It took a little longer than I anticipated after I dinged one of the bearing seals, then swapped out the longer studs & brake disc & finally refitted it to the upright. However, with it back in place, there is no play in the hub, so that’s a job well done, the amount of play between the old hub & bearing was both suprising & remarkable. In fact, the small amount of play in the LH hub is making me think that needs to be swapped out, but I’ll do it once the car is up & running.
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Next up I was back on to my front armature, this was removed, cleaned up with a knotted wire brush on the angle grinder. Then a little grinding & linishing before finishing off the welding (some parts were only tacked) along with a little repair where I had previously damaged it. With it re-fitted, I measured up to add in some upper cross bracing, this is also positioned to attach the cooling intake ducting to. I’ll whip it off again and give it a coat of weld-through primer, so I don’t have to do a clean-up again. I don’t want to give it a top coat until I’ve fitted all the ducting, front tow loops and under-tray, as little brackets are going to need to be welded on.

I lopped off the ends of longitudinal wing supports too.
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A few other little odds & ends sorted too


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Post by CNHSS1 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:34 pm

Luvvin this monster 8) 8)


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:40 pm

Yep! I’m not sure how but for some reason I had it in my head you were building a 8v (I guess maybe assumed racing regs) DET is even cooler 8)


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Post by swoakes » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:40 pm

BigBobPilot wrote:
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:25 pm
Happy Anniversary to me / the project.

I picked up this car 2 years ago today. That's right I'm now 24 months into my max. 15 month build...
:shock: :shock:


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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:08 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:40 pm
Yep! I’m not sure how but for some reason I had it in my head you were building a 8v (I guess maybe assumed racing regs) DET is even cooler 8)
The series' I'm building it for don't have the restriction for retaining the 8 valve engine, I'm going more radical all round. The initial engine will be running standard pistons & rods, with a Horsham stage 3 ECU, which they claim is 290 - 330bhp (here: https://h-dev.co.uk/product/s13-stage-3 ... cba1185463) but I'll have it rolling roaded by them before it hits the track, anything north of a reliable 260bhp will be fine by me. It already has all the required mods for the stage 3 chip.

Then I have another engine sitting at the back of my garage with forged pistons. I'll strip & check & rebuild this & fit steel rods too. For that one I'll be aiming for the same sort of performance as Craig Hughes' Light Sabre, which is running 360 bhp+ but that will probably need a gearbox swap too if Craig's experiences are anything to go by. That will come later, hopefully for it's second year of racing (planned for next year) once I've proved out the car and had time to get some of the more serious suspension mods. sorted (which wont happen immediately).


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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:23 pm

This 'ere cold snap didn't pre-check with my project timing requirements. I wanted to be out in the garage on at least a couple of evenings, but it really is baltic outside. I've no interest in being out in the garage when it's -3 / -4, with the wind howling round the door blowing snow in. Here's hoping it warms up for the weekend, otherwise I'll need to be finding plenty of jobs to bring in doors...


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:42 am

Restored and resprayed some wheels in my mums conservatory once when we had bad snow...


I didn’t factor in her getting back from work early... haha


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Post by Nick » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:55 am

I remember rebuilding a set of Weber’s in the kitchen. Er indoors was not impressed :roll:


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Post by Alan SS1 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:43 pm

starter ring in the oven , gas mark MAX !

SWAMBO went to ASDA for a few odds & ends so I only had 25-30mins to get it toasty (&fitted) :-)

and even though it was new , what a stink as remains of all the cutting fluid burnt off :shock:


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Post by BigBobPilot » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:53 pm

I got home at 3pm after finishing work a little earlier today and thought I should quit the whinging. I wrapped up warm, cleared the snow between my back door and the garage, then shut my self in and the wind & snow out.
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After sanding back the drivers door, front & rear LH wing tops adding more filler to the door & rear wing top, and sanding most of the remaining paint off the bonnet, I was getting too hot, and had to take my wooly hat off to cool down a bit. I came out the garage to find a fresh 2" of snow, where I'd previously cleared it.
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Lets see what tomorrow's weather brings us...
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:59 pm

Good effort Ben!!


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