71 GTE SE5A my rolling restoration and now Tdi conversion

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Post by CarlosVanDango » Mon May 04, 2020 7:15 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
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Ride height at the front can be lowered by inverting the lower arms and or spacing the lower shock bracket down (assuming you don’t have adjustable spring seats)
glad you wrote that here so when i read this back it'll remind me :lol:
to be fair it was high before but now lowering it has gone further up the list :D



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Post by efi_sprintgte » Mon May 04, 2020 7:35 pm

:lol:


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Post by philhoward » Mon May 04, 2020 8:53 pm

Rule of thumb is get the lower arms parallel to the ground IIRC - pretty sure they’re standard sized springs in which case you’ll probably need standard rate but an inch or two shorter? In fact I think I worked this out when I fitted the Omega engine to mine (being lighter) and have some springs that might work..


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Sun May 10, 2020 4:28 pm

been looking at the alternator the standard one won't fit as it fouls on the n/s suspension upright support leg -in hindsight it would have been better to lean the engine over to the drivers side a few degrees while i was making the adapter plate but it's too late now - it would have also helped with my other problem the oil cooler fouling on the chassis leg (but more on that later)

this is the dimensions of the alternator i have as the Scimitar doesn't have much electrical drain - (i've got rid of the air con) i think if needed i could fit a smaller amperage alt
so the search is on to find one - it's the 142mm dimension that needs to be about 10mm less

this is the dimensions of the VW bosch 90A alternator
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Post by philhoward » Sun May 10, 2020 6:20 pm

Canal boat/Kubota digger one? I think a Micra one might work too. Just measured one from an MX5 and a P38 and they’re no good.


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Tue May 12, 2020 8:09 pm

yeah Phil, there are a few tiny jap ones that i could probably fit in, i've found that a skoda octavia 70a alt is about 7mm less on the dia - it may fit :|

in other progress i've ordered an Alloy radiator uprated for a VW polo it's almost identical measurements to the scimitar one but has the ports in the place i need them and the correct dia - needs some mounts fabbing up but shouldn't be too difficult

i've also found an intercooler that i bought for a previous project but ended up not using it, i've measured it up and it will go in front of the rad, it's a bit big but i'll have to see how the pipe work lands once it's all in but i have high hopes for it. i still want to retain the original space for the spare wheel

also tacked up a bracket for the header tank, i'll finish it off if the tank stays there
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also spoke to Simon @ Precision clutches and they can make me a clutch disk with the correct dia for £50 or one a few mm less for £40 - i'm hopefully finding out what clutch plate i have, i want to make sure it's something i can get if this one fails.



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Post by CarlosVanDango » Wed May 13, 2020 5:38 pm

my radiator arrived today - so pissed off it's too big :evil: i specifically asked about the width to confirm the dimension advertised was the overall width and not the width less the end tanks and they told me it was the overall width and it isn't
not sure what i'm gonna do as everything else is perfect on it

don't know why my pictures are always upside down but......
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made this mount for the gearbox - just tacked up for now need to try it on the car - it's offset as the mount is offset on the gearbox



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Post by CarlosVanDango » Thu May 14, 2020 9:26 pm

this is the rad and intercooler i've got i think i can make the rad fit but not too sure on the intercooler now :?
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also whilst removing ducting panelling i found this - it's only on one side - is it an original piece or an addition? it doesn't look very factory but then again this is a Reliant :lol:
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Thu May 14, 2020 9:49 pm

Could Possibly use a Scooby style intercooler above the strut brace?


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Post by scimjim » Thu May 14, 2020 9:52 pm

I have one from a BMW that is exactly the same size as the fake grille on a 5a, plan was to remove the GRP and fit a gauze with IC behind.


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Thu May 14, 2020 9:57 pm

gonna be awkward fitting any inter cooler in and keeping the spare tyre in the correct front position



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Post by scimjim » Thu May 14, 2020 10:52 pm

That rad precludes the fitment of a spare wheel :D


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Post by philhoward » Fri May 15, 2020 1:55 am

The only rad that keeps the spare wheel capability (and can cool the engine) that I found is the standard one. Been there, done that. Kept the spare wheel. You may be able to use the BMW intercooler in the nose with a spare wheel though - that’s one I didn’t measure up but then it’s a different engine too.


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Post by CarlosVanDango » Fri May 15, 2020 6:04 pm

One thing with the Tdi is it doesn't take much cooling, the one i have in my Transit is fine with a small lotus elan radiator (alloy) and the fan never comes on.
i'll keep the scimitar fan wiring i like how a light comes on the dash when the fan comes on - never had that on a car before

worst case i'd have a space saver tyre but i really would like a full size 185 tyre



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Post by scimjim » Fri May 15, 2020 6:06 pm

I’ve never carried a spare - just a can of foam.


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