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Old 18-09-2017, 11:34 AM   #31
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Cheers Dan, yep! It is well beefy now

Yes Andrew, I think design is sometimes just as important than the size of the steel used.
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Old 25-09-2017, 07:08 PM   #32
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Had some more progress on the weekend, although it was kind of one step forward and one step back Decided I didn't have enough room for the exhaust manifold so made a new front bar on the frame, this time shaping it to the front panel giving it a really snug fit. It probably didn't help swopping the four into one with pre-cat for the four into two MGF four bolt manifold.



Gained about an inch more space.



Made a start on the manifold too.



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Old 15-10-2017, 08:04 PM   #33
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Hi. Loving the front bar. Quick question on your gearbox side mount. Is it bolted through the tube or captive nuts welded inside, or reinforcing tubes inside? I think if it's pinching both sides of the tube without reinforcing it may crush or work loose. Scratching my head how to do that mount on mine at the mo


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Old 16-10-2017, 04:02 PM   #34
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Cheers, I haven't gone any further with the gearbox mount as I'm sussing out the tight space I have for the bottom rad hose which is having an effect on how to position the side mountings below the mount. Regards to crushing the frame, I have done a test with an off cut and found an 8.8 bolt strips its thread before it has chance to crush the box section, so I don't think it should be a problem as I plan to use a spreader plate on the bottom too, and the mount it self will act as a spreader plate on the top, if that makes sense.
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Old 16-10-2017, 06:42 PM   #35
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That all sounds fine. Ha ha I haven't even thought about coolant pipe runs. Hopefully I'll be lucky.....


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Old 20-10-2017, 07:00 PM   #36
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Hey yellow, I've decided to do each part of the build to test fit things before I finish them as I seem to have to change everything I do

Not done anything for the last couple of weeks, so now that the hoses have arrived I thought I would start a trial fit of the radiator and see what space there is, or rather isn't




Decided the fan had more room to suck rather than blow, but looks like the metal pipe is too far forward so thinking about replacing it with another set-up




I knew the bottom hose was going to be a tight fit between the gearbox and mount, but this is too tight, so looks like a bit more head scratching with the gearbox mount is needed
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Old 20-10-2017, 07:20 PM   #37
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If it helps I cut my metal hose back to just before the bleed screw, had the same problem you have at the moment, should be fine without the lip to keep the hose on with a good hose clip on it
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Old 20-10-2017, 08:18 PM   #38
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Thanks mate, was thinking the same thing but it worries me without the swage on the end of the pipe
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Old 20-10-2017, 09:06 PM   #39
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Think plenty people have done it? Plus if you make enough pressure to blow it off you've already got problems anyway
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Old 20-10-2017, 09:30 PM   #40
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If it helps I cut my metal hose back to just before the bleed screw, had the same problem you have at the moment, should be fine without the lip to keep the hose on with a good hose clip on it
I have done this too. Had no issues in 5 years of use.
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Old 21-10-2017, 06:05 AM   #41
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Mine was cut back too, no issues.


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Old 21-10-2017, 07:20 AM   #42
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Hey geachy, good point mate, I hadnít thought of that.

Thanks guys, that gives me loads of confidence to do the same thing
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Old 19-07-2018, 06:46 PM   #43
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Been busy cleaning and painting, lost count of how many times the frame and engine has been in and out. So anyway, thought it was about time I posted an update





Replaced the old rusty coolant pipe with silicone and an alloy T piece



Fitted a new water pump and cam belt and replaced the plastic inlet with an ally MG TF 135. Oh! and I remembered to removed the jiggle valve



Engine is in! And hopefully it won't need to come back out for a while.



Rad fitted, but need some more clips to finsh hoses

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Old 19-07-2018, 07:22 PM   #44
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Wow. That looks absolutely awesome. Wondered where you'd gone


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Old 19-07-2018, 07:39 PM   #45
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Cheers buddy! Still here
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