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Old 09-03-2012, 05:48 PM   #16
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Alternator looks well low - Allspeed one lifts it up to under the headlamp bowl...

worth considering. Fit the plastic shield too?

apologies for rubbish image - it's a scan from a rubbish print
That isn't my photo That's a photo of Smurfies beautiful swift conversion and its been on the road for some years now without a problem with it been in this position.

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:38 PM   #17
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That isn't my photo That's a photo of Smurfies beautiful swift conversion and its been on the road for some years now without a problem with it been in this position.

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Fair 'nuff - works there too
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:58 PM   #18
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Well back in the garage after an 8 month break for work Ive been working away in redcar for 5 of the months and didn't even step inside my garage for the odd day when i was home.

Better get this one finished as Laurence wants to do the lakes tour so i have a bit of a dead line

No idea whats left to do as i really can't remember but i'll post updates as they happen.

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Well earned time off in the garage Mr W ........... enjoy!

BTW tell Laurence that the Lakes Tour will be pineapple and you both need to come & play racing cars at Barky Heath instead . Or are they not on the same weekend?
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:07 PM   #19
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Well earned time off in the garage Mr W ........... enjoy!

BTW tell Laurence that the Lakes Tour will be pineapple and you both need to come & play racing cars at Barky Heath instead . Or are they not on the same weekend?
Fuck that i'm doing the track day......she has said she will do the lakes on her own

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Old 11-03-2012, 09:52 PM   #20
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Slight update

I had to re-design the rear engine mount slightly due to the starter motor not fitting by about 2mm I also raised the N\S subframe leg so i can get a bit more tilt on the engine. Loads of adjustment now

a few photo's but not much to see.

I need to make a bit more clearance on the inner wing so i can put the cam cover back on


I shortened the inlet manifold by an inch and it a great fit.








Thats it for now. Will crack on tomorrow with the gear selector and mount the radiator.

I got a hydraulic clutch slave cylinder from a Suzuki Baleno. Has anyone actually fitted one of these?



It fits the bolt hole patern on the top of the gear box and i assume the lever has to be reversed and altered to suit.



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Old 12-03-2012, 06:46 PM   #21
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Got a bit more done today. Mounted the radiator but had to make a new radiator cowl to bring it away from the inner a bit




Also made use of the Swift radiator fan with a lot of modifications it sits really nice on the inside of the wing. Have you seen how much a standard fan is for a mini to sit in where Ive mounted the Swift one


Gear linkage tomorrow

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:48 PM   #22
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Actually is there anything i should watch out for when doing the gear change rod? I'm just going to shorten the the steady bar and maybe cut and sleeve the gear change rod.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:32 PM   #23
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Actually is there anything i should watch out for when doing the gear change rod? I'm just going to shorten the the steady bar and maybe cut and sleeve the gear change rod.

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Think it should go in just shortening it, You may have to put a slight bend in the selector rod thou'. Good to see chester is on the final leg, Bet Laurence will be pleased,
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:36 PM   #24
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Not a particularly difficult job.

The whole conversion looks really neat.
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Old 13-03-2012, 09:11 PM   #25
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No photo's today as you can't really see much. I did the gear selector rod and steady bar. Gets all 5 gears and is a much easier and less complicated setup than the XE one i'm used to.

I started to build the drive shafts but realized i was missing 2 snap rings for the Suzuki end of the shaft. I ordered 2 from a Suzuki deaker in Leeds for the grand some of 2.53. I'll collect on Thursday.

I also took the throttle body off to give it a clean and noticed that there wasn't a gasket fitted I made a gasket and refitted it.

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I collected the snap rings today and what do you know.....they are the wrong ones, they were a bit thick so i didn't use them. I messed about with some mini snap rings and these worked OK

Ive had one of those days where it feels like I'm chasing my peach so i came in early

Back out tomorrow and I'm sure I will fly through the bits left to do.

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Old 16-03-2012, 07:03 PM   #27
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Paul, did you shorten and weld the inlet manifold yourself or have it done somewhere. Only asking as I'm looking at options around cutting into bulkhead on my swift conversion and this looks like the why to go?
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Paul, did you shorten and weld the inlet manifold yourself or have it done somewhere. Only asking as I'm looking at options around cutting into bulkhead on my swift conversion and this looks like the why to go?

I didn't TIG the manifold myself i got an engineer mate to do it for me. I'm sure he would do it again for some beer tokens

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Old 16-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #29
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Well i had a much better day today no photo's again though

The exhaust is dry fitted and it worked out really well.

Drive shafts are finally fitted after i dicked about with the snap rings.

I had to alter the bottom leg of the sub frame near the driver side tie rod as i didn't leave enough clearance for the tie rod and bottom arm to droop enough to get the hub on.

Next to do is the alternator which is going to cause much head scratching.

I still have the front brake lines and the clutch line to put in. Also an ignition loom will have to done and tied into the mini ignition.

oh i still need to find another job as well, but might put that off for another week

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Old 18-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #30
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Had another productive day today and got the alternator mounted. This is one of the jobs i wasn't looking forward to but it turned out to be an enjoyable afternoon.

Here are a few photo's, I'm going to have to spend a bit of time replacing some of the steel i removed from the inner wing to get the alternator in there





and a few shots of the exhaust







and one of the gear linkage



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