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Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:25 pm

BigBobPilot wrote:
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reliant-reviver wrote:
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Lovely work, but the integration of a couple of isofix points for a child seat would have really sold it for me.
No passengers in a race car, however small & light they are!
Not sure that's 100% accurate Ben, there have been a few times I've become a passenger in my car when the talent bags been empty... :lol:


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:26 pm

:D :lol:


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Post by MikeyBikey » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:39 am

Come back from the dark side, no talent required at all over here


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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:57 am

MikeyBikey wrote:
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Come back from the dark side, no talent required at all over here
Come on Mike! :roll: if ya gonna set me up with lines like that, it's difficult to resist not batting them home :lol:

Ben even saw the 'light' and has come to the 'Dark' side... :twisted:


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Post by MikeyBikey » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:57 pm

Ben's been temporarily blinded by the seduction of something sinister.

TBF. That thing you made with wings looked ok, If you squinted... And had the sun in your eyes


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Post by BigBobPilot » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:06 pm

A little evening job: wire in the rear lights, most of the wires were already done, I just needed to connect up to the switches and dash. I only need tail, stop & rain lights, but the rear indicators are useful too when pitting. At the moment there won't be any front lights, I may need to add something in the future, but not now.
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I think I've only got the wipers & screen blower left to wire in...?


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Post by MikeyBikey » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:20 pm

loving the darth vadar light sabre


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Post by BigBobPilot » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:34 pm

MikeyBikey wrote:
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loving the darth vadar light sabre
Useful for cutting through the field in a race!


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Post by reliant-reviver » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:23 am

Be rivalling Mr Short with the opacity of that rear window!


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:35 pm

reliant-reviver wrote:
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Be rivalling Mr Short with the opacity of that rear window!

Looks all white to me!


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:36 pm

Well, I’ve been busy doing stuff on the SS1 this weekend. Isn’t it amazing how time consuming some stuff is!

When you’re making stuff, you can sometimes have to constantly remove & refit other stuff, so I’ve had some of that.

Also I want to try and make the car as water tight as it can be & keep the exhaust gasses out too, so I’ve been finishing off stuff, that looked complete, but again, need some stuff removed for final finishing. Hopefully the stuff removed will be going back in with sealant within a couple of days, just a few bits of stuff to paint first though.

Also I’ve used up my resources of some stuff, so I need to sit down and get more stuff ordered, so I can crack on and get more stuff made & fitted together.

No photos of stuff this time. Due to the nature of the work, it’s all stuff that look similar to previous photos. However, hopefully my detailed description of stuff paints a picture.


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Post by Jhdelta » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:45 pm

Haha know the feeling



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Post by scimjim » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:47 pm

Good stuff :D


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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:25 am

A bit more done on the car, I feel like I’ve been busy and feel like I’ve achieved a lot, but don’t seem to have much that’s photo worthy.

After ordering stuff, stuff arrived and I got a big box of Wotsits with bits from Merlin Motorsport. I’m not sure what flavour they were supposed to be, but they weren’t the traditional Cheesy flavour!
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I extended the exhaust heat shield down the sides, as the floor is a bit close to the angled side section of the floor, it also wraps over the tail pipe.
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The fire extinguisher mount / floor support also supports the back end of the heat shield to hopefully prevent any annoying rattles. There's a bit of fabric heat shielding to fit to the wiring in critical places too.

There’s an aluminium section above the tail pipe, as it all gets a bit tight (hot) for the GRP, it also helps give a bit more structure to the new door seal flange.

I added a flange to the new passenger floor section, laid up straight on to the aluminium section for a perfect fit.
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I change my mind on how to fill in the gap to the bulkhead, so I needed to add a flange to the front of the floor too. Then the outside of the bulkhead was patched in, with a bolt in piece above the exhaust, bridging the gap.
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The LH front wheel arch was missing a very big chunk where I’d kept cutting bits away for clearance to the turbo pipes, I’d kind of forgotten that it needed filling in again, until I was looking at another job under the bonnet…

I’m keeping the wheel arches for both aerodynamic reasons, and also to keep dirt & spray out the engine bay. Here’s a photo of what was left, with a bit of card taped in as a template.
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After some toing & froing, I’ve got the odd shaped wheel arch below painted in grey primer. The RH side has sprouted an appendage, which is an outlet duct for the oil cooler, which will vent in to the wheel arch, the duct will let the air out, but hopefully prevent detritus being thrown from the wheel to the oil cooler.
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I’ve also been playing with the perspex windows for the doors, I kept the old windows to uses as templates. Despite having the same doors & hardtop, I’m not convinced the windows are the best templates, more work required. I’ve also been bending some tube for a support frame, plagiarising what Craig Hughes did on Batmobile, more work required there too. The passenger door has now got a bigger hole cut for the tail pipe
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I've made the aluminium surround, but it all needs fixing in place once the door is painted / wrapped & window frame fitted.

I don’t know what I was thinking aiming for a May (this year) race debut, for this year I’ve got one race left in October that I could enter, but it’s looking like it will be hard work to get it out for then. I was thinking I’ve not got much left to do, then I remember there are lots of small bits to do that I’d glossed over...


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:18 pm

I’ve been working on a few different bits, at various stages of completion. Most of it not very photo worthy, so I’ve got a step through of one of the little jobs.

The facia was long-gone when I bought the car, but all I’m after is something light & tidy to hide the wiring. Some time ago, I made a little frame for a central switch panel. The plan was to fit a top across the hole car & sides to the centre switch panel. For the sides, I moulded 2 flat sections of GRP, with a 90 degree edge on them. The drivers side is 1 layer of 400g mat (no gel coat), the passenger side is 2 layers, as the ECU is to be mounted to it. No pictures of that, I just used a pice of ply with a batten screwed to the edge for a mould.

For the dash top, I ended up buying a sheet of 6mm MDF, not an ideal moulding material, but it was ok for my needs. I routered a concave round on one edge, then cut this offand screwed it back to the main sheet, with a batten to stiffen it up This was to make a little lip on the rear edge of the sheet – just for appearance sake. The photo’s not that clear, but you can see roughly the set-up on the end of the sheet.
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The sheet was laid up as 1 layer of 400g mat, again, no gel coat, and left over night. I made up a paper template of the gap I need to fill. I just did one side, folded the paper in half & cut to make it as symmetrical as possible.
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I taped the pattern on to my new sheet & cut it out with tin snips.
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The black lines are the centrelines for the screen vents, the ropey looking moulding behind is the cowl for the digi-dash. This was very rudimentary, I cut off a section of MDF, then cut an arc, having drawn around the digi-dash backing plate. I then curved a piece of hardboard into the arc and screwed it in place. This gives just about the right curve, also with a return edge on it to match the top section (but not such a nice radius…)
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It was time for another cereal packet template to cut the cowl to shape, this template was also marked on one half, folded down the middle & cut.
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I thought it would be easier to make this in two parts & bond it together, as it could be made to fit in place, I didn’t fancy trying to make a mould to do it in one piece. I screwed & taped it underneath & laid tissue matting on the top of the cowl.
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Once that had gone off, I matted the join on the underside. It’s a reasonable fit, I’m going to spray the top with a texture paint, then over-coat it with satin black, to minimise the reflections on the windscreen. Before paint, it weighs about 0.5kg. I need to offset some of the extra weight added in with the additional cage tubes & steel floor on the drivers side. Both of these are for safety & additional stiffness, so I was happy to add the weight in there. And save it elsewhere. Especially as I had a trip on the grass racing the Marcos last weekend, which reminds you that things can get a pounding when things go wrong. I’d added tags to the cage cross tube before that was painted, so the panel is screwed to those & wedged in at the front under the angle of the screen.
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The photo above shows the dash top & the side panel. The side panel is held in with the dzus fasteners at the switch panel, I need to add 1 or 2 to the front edge. The plan is that the panels all come off easily for access to the wiring, fuse & relay boxes. The painted passenger floor is also in. & the drivers footwell floor is in & sealed, with some rubber matting on that bit too, as the metal panel was a bit slidey. Also I changed the rocker switches, which came with the car, as I never liked them. There's now some toggle switches with illuminated ends.

The photo below shows the other side panel, with the ECU mounted to it. It also needs a couple of DZUS fasteners at the front. You can also see the door seal running over the top of the side exit exhaust, on the new flange.
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As a bonus, the funny shaped LH front inner wheel arch, on the ground in the 1st photo, is back in situ on the car. I need to mount the turbo waste gate actuator valve to it, there will also be some of the turbo cooling ducting to add to the inner arch at some point.
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