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Old 12-09-2008, 06:31 PM   #16
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i'd better measure how far away it is and have a read of that thread too!
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Old 16-09-2008, 07:40 AM   #17
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You dont get any better do you Rich, another total rebuild! Then again have a look at my recent posts, I just cant be helped either!
Looking like you're going to end up with an altogether more focused machine this time.
I'll call in & see you sometime when I'm down that way, this thing needs a veiwing! (& I need some advice )
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Old 16-09-2008, 09:57 PM   #18
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Hi Kev, you're more than welcome to pop in for a coffee and a natter anytime you are in the vicinity.

On with the updates..

One of the things that was included in the buy was the big disc kit, so i took it apart to see how it was made, at some point I'd like to have another set made up. I already had a set of wilwood calipers ready to use.











One of the next jobs was to have a look at the wiring loom and strip out all the extra's i'd added over the years, and then lay it out in place on / in the car to see how i was going to make it fit.





I codged up a bracket to hold the upper section of the old steering column in place and mounted the switchgear to see how it was gonna look / work.


I split the loom where possible , running wires where i wanted them to go, and chopping sections out where the front and rear looms met as the rear section was too long now in its new layout.
Feeding the loom through the bulkhead(s) and generally working my way through it.
I made a copy of the original wiring schematic and tipex'd out wires as they were removed, and made copious notes on the changes i made.

Someday I'd like to find them again
When i came to put it all back (recently - a year later!) it was...










I decided to fit aftermarket fuse boxes.


I finally got it all chopped and where it would be in the end.

And it all worked!!!!!!!!
1. Lighting relay/Dim Dip resistor, hazard and indicator flashers.
2. Main loom from starter solenoid and to front lights
3. Warning light wires, indicators, oil pressure etc
4. Hazard/Lighting/Fog switches
5. Brake light connections, will need altering
6. Yellow wire to fuel pump.
Also you can see the starter button loom (big red bit and black convoluted tubing) as well as the ecu and coil loom (black tubing at bottom).

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Old 27-12-2008, 05:24 PM   #19
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Once the wiring was working I then started working on fitting the Curley Dash, as anyone who has had one will know they take loads of fitting.











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Old 27-12-2008, 09:28 PM   #20
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looks great Mate, good guide with the relay/fuse stuff!

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Old 27-12-2008, 10:28 PM   #21
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thanks Marcus, the only probablem is it hasn't worked when i put it together this time.
What i will do when i start on it again is disconnect everything apart from the engine and get it running,
Then worry about getting all the lights etc to work later.
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Old 28-12-2008, 03:11 AM   #22
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Man this thing is going to be a beast when it's finished. It'll be interesting to see how the race frame compares to the road. I don't think I've seen a finished race version.
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Old 28-12-2008, 04:31 PM   #23
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I don't think I've seen a finished race version.
Me neither

One of the next things on my list was to modify the exhaust.
The original Astra manifold pointed downhill as it passed under the engine, enough so that on this build it was in the firing line for getting smacked too often, with my low ride height.

The back end of the system was chopped,cut and shut to end up pointing nicely down the tunnel.





The playmini rear silencer was chopped and converted into a centre exit, I needed it to exit close to the floor as possible, so made up an adjustable bracket on the rear beam and a bodge up bracket on the boot floor which will be redone at some point.

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Old 29-12-2008, 12:59 PM   #24
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One of the next jobs was to sort out the floor, it was painted in a mixture of original paint, primer and surface rust. The car was emptied and tipped up on its side so i get to work on the underside and arches.




The floor was taken back to bare metal and treated, primed, etc etc.
It still looks rough but the many bits of welding have distorted the floor and there's nowt i can do about it!











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Old 29-12-2008, 01:37 PM   #25
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You have sprayed painted the floor

Any reason why you removed everything? How come the carbon boot floor has what looks like plywood on the bottom? (never seen the underside of a carbon floor before)

Coming together tho Are you hoping to take it racing this year(2009)?
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Old 29-12-2008, 01:57 PM   #26
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You have sprayed painted the floor

Any reason why you removed everything? How come the carbon boot floor has what looks like plywood on the bottom? (never seen the underside of a carbon floor before)

Coming together tho Are you hoping to take it racing this year(2009)?
Everything was removed so i could physically roll it over onto the mattress by myself. It was still f*%&*$g heavy!!
The carbon floor is carbon/kevlar so maybe its different to others?
And yes it will be out and about next year, there's quite a few local shows i want to take it to and once setup properly i want to get back into trackdays..
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Old 29-12-2008, 03:04 PM   #27
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Default Bulkhead mods.

Next job - Gearchange hole.
The existing hole was in the wrong place so I re-fitted the frame and a gearbox to work out where it ideally needed to be.



Then I cut a section out and made a box to weld back in with the correctly located hole. Dropped off the subframe and welded it in.



The bulkhead was painted and the subframe refitted, this meant i could refit the engine and box, which needed to be done as I'm so tight for working space.



Subframe painted.


Fitted.


Built up.


Engine in.
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Old 29-12-2008, 04:20 PM   #28
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Good stuff, making some progress eventually

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Old 29-12-2008, 04:25 PM   #29
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Default Front end disaster.

Next i got an ABS two pice clubby front to fit, it was good quality but didn't fit anything like the existing metal one, i had to keep cutting and cutting to get it to fit, in the end i gave up as it was loosing all rigidity
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I also slotted the front and pulled it out like the steel front but it just wasn't going to fit

The original front was refitted after altering the mounting brackets and it looked like this:

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Old 29-12-2008, 04:30 PM   #30
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Good stuff, making some progress eventually

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