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Old 04-12-2009, 10:12 PM   #31
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ah right. will take that into consideration when i come to building mine.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:25 PM   #32
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Could not resist buying these nice pulley's.

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Old 09-12-2009, 05:23 PM   #33
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Made again some progress in the last few days. The first part of the exhaust up to the flexible joint has been redone and I made a heatshield over the exhaust manifold.

The clutch will be operated hydraulicly so also some fabrication was done there and I think this will work. At the same time also cut, relocated and welded the waterpipe that is running along the back of the car.

And I started fitting the radiator. I hope I have the measurements right and it will fit all under the bonnet.

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Old 09-12-2009, 05:42 PM   #34
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Looking good DVO!
Now you really have to fit this in your car. In some cases I was sure it 'll fit, but after trying it was a disaster.
I like your Heatshield, very clever!
Tomorrow an other day?

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Old 09-12-2009, 06:29 PM   #35
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The subframe will fit, that wont be the problem. Fitting the engine later will probably cause some clearance problems with the bulkhead, but that aint so much a problem....will just grind a piece out .

Tomorrow another day yes. Will finish the mock up of the radiator with a top support. Will try to find some waterhoses that will fit and see what else I can do before fitting it to the car.

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Old 12-12-2009, 09:48 AM   #36
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Remeasured clearance of the radiator to the nose and found out that I was a bit optimistic with the space available. Adjusted all a bit and it is now or never. When is does not fit I will have to go for a considirable smaller radiator.

Clutch hopefully works like it is now. The only thing that I dont know for sure is how much travel it needs to release.

Now took everything apart again to fit the final suspension parts. Next weekend I can tow the car to the workshop and start fitting the engine.

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PS Looked at some other build (also in other sections) but my buildjob almost looks pathetic compared to some of those

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Old 12-12-2009, 12:00 PM   #37
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no man.... not from this end...
but i think we all have that with our own...
if i look to much at some threads.... then i feel like such a clown.
those guys make it look so easy.... but.... you dont hear them curse
when it doesnt go to plan... and you hear yourself...
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:43 PM   #38
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What type of material your heat shield made off? if its made of aluminum, still heat tansfer is more susceptible .I would suggest if you could just wrap it with a THERMOTEC wrap insulation,this would be much better, this is just my 2 cents worth opinion.
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:58 PM   #39
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The shield is made of 1 mm thick stainless steel and is only "temporarily", because I want to switch to a turbo set-up later.

Concerning the build: ofcourse I had major setbacks and with hindsight I would do some things different for sure. But when I compare my build to some very shiny and well engineered builds I think it is better to keep my bonnet shut . That does not mean it wont work properly because it will
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Old 18-12-2009, 06:41 PM   #40
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Took the car to the garage. Tomorrow the A-series will be pulled out and hopefully can testfit the subframe and engine.

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Old 18-12-2009, 06:58 PM   #41
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Hope you have a nice heater overthere!

Tomorrow i 'll pick up de new shell. I aranged a big heater for nice summer days...
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It is in a commercial garage and they have floorheating there . Only thing is to keep the big overhead door closed as much as possible.

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Old 19-12-2009, 05:05 PM   #43
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This afternoon been taking apart the Mini. The biggest hassle was getting the pedalassembly out. The bolts that keep the steeringrack and the pedalbox together are break-off bolts so no head. Who came up with that idea they should shoot....

The pedalbox had to come out because this car has a servo, but that does not combine with the Suzuki engine on that spot. I will do away with the servo, but for that you need another pedalbox. Luckily I found one in my stock

Tomorrow will remove the front subframe and then the big moment comes of fitting the new subframe.

The pictures show how the car looks like at the moment

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Old 20-12-2009, 05:29 PM   #44
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This afternoon continued work on the Mini despite the snow we had here which made things a bit slippery. But I was very anxious to see if all fitted well. And yes.....it did not fit

The subframe itself was no problem and the clearance on full lock of the wheels is ok, but I have a clearance problem with the steeringrack. I took Smurfy's build as a guideline and estimated sizes on that, forgetting that that car is righthand drive and then there is space enough down there.

I hoped it would be just allright, but when I saw the steeringrack sticking out I immedeately knew I had a problem. In the end it is maybe 10 mm, but that is enough to not fit. Have to see if I can tilt te engine a bit to get some clearance, but if that does not work I have to redo the enginemounts.

Although it is a setback, I had the joy of seeing the engine in the car and it looks gooooood.

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Old 20-12-2009, 06:06 PM   #45
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Hi Dennis!

Sorry to hear you have a problem!
Tomorrow I'll start sanding...

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