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Old 04-05-2018, 08:15 PM   #1
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I had all this going under a Clubman front, but over the past year I've tried cramming it all under a round front.

Heres the frame -

Standard frame:




Making the base:




Weld in the new before chopping out the old so nothing can twist:




Get busy with the plasma cutter:




MIG:




TIG:




In primer with engine mounts & floor mounts done:




In paint:



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Old 04-05-2018, 08:26 PM   #2
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Oil Filter Take-off:





Drilled in from the back, then through the sides & tapped for fittings:



Coolant outlet:



I need to add another sensor boss to this, the one thats in is for the ECU, the gauges I'm using will require another one fitting.



Alternator:





Upside down & backwards, attached to the engine mount. The tensioner goes down to the back of the block. This makes room to mount the oil filter up where the alternator used to be.


Driveshafts:



Haven't got the machinery for something like this, sadly! I got them made up by someone off here.


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I did this grapesed, hopefully it works!
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:36 PM   #3
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Quality work Alex!
Really like that coolant elbow, donít fancy knocking up another do you?
Looking forward to seeing more updates soon pal.


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Old 04-05-2018, 08:43 PM   #4
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The standard exhaust manifold doesn't fit, I tried cutting and welding it but still couldn't get it in!

I'm wanted to fit a MK1 type grille, it seems to fit closer to the front than a later type so I had a go at making a manifold.

I've got no idea what I'm doing to be honest! I've copied the diameters and lengths of the original manifold as closely as possible, hopefully it works OK.

Started with this:





Making the collectors:





I cut the two primary tubes at an angle with a hacksaw, then crushed the secondary to an oval shape in the vice. With some filing and re-crushing it fits quite well.



Making pie cuts:



Ended up using quite a few of these little pieces to get a tight enough angle.



The finished manifold:



There's a lot of individual welds and some of the bends are quite sharp. It wont be the best manifold, but hopefully it's good enough to get it going for now. I can always have one made professionally at a later date if required.



And heres it all in:




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Old 04-05-2018, 11:42 PM   #5
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Good work! look's really neat.
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Old 05-05-2018, 09:43 AM   #6
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Very nice. Have you had it on its wheels yet?


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Old 05-05-2018, 09:47 AM   #7
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This area caused a bit of a headache on mine as the tie bar hit the lower frame rail when the suspension was compressed. I re-made mine to run just inside the tie bar.




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Old 06-05-2018, 07:36 PM   #8
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Quality work Alex!
Really like that coolant elbow, donít fancy knocking up another do you?
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Cheers. Wait til I can weld aluminium for the coolant elbow, it was an absolute nightmare drilling that size hole through thick stainless!
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Old 06-05-2018, 08:42 PM   #9
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I did have it all together when I was building the subframe. The tie bars just clear the subframe leg when the suspension is on full compression. I was trying to tuck them inwards to avoid using rack limiters, but couldn't do it!

Still an area to keep an eye on though
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Old 06-05-2018, 09:09 PM   #10
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Tried starting it today, the starter solenoid clicked but it didn't spin. I tried it off the car and it still didn't spin, so dismantled it and found this:





I'm surprised it took me so long to find, this is the sort of thing I have to deal with at work!

Send me a PM if anyones got a spare!
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:01 PM   #11
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I have a spare if you need one.
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Old 20-05-2018, 08:31 PM   #12
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Got the starter and got it started last weekend:

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Old 21-05-2018, 06:05 PM   #13
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Well done! always a boost with the first start up
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Old 21-05-2018, 07:55 PM   #14
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Result!
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Old 22-05-2018, 05:29 AM   #15
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That's awesome! I'm about to try the first start on mine...hope it goes well!
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