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Old 10-04-2009, 08:40 PM   #1
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Been donig some preparatory work before Helen arrives, started on my subframe (one of Erics kits) most is pretty straightforward but I'm a bit stumped as to how high the engine should sit in the frame, I can get it so that the tie bar hits the sump before the oil filter, albeit ths is a bit tight. Looks like one of the jobs for the weekend is getting Helen into the workshop...Here's a few pictures (another subframe 'in the brown') If anyone sees anything blatantly wrong please let me know.

Looks simple, took me 3 days





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Still need some bits to finish & engine mounts to make, thinking of going for the V8 engine mounts (the bigger diameter ones)

Have a look, any tips gratefully received.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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Alright just some info on the height of the engine i did mine so the oil filter is about 1 and half inchs off the tie bar and the top arm bolts are about 5 to 10mm off the little plugs that stick out the back of the gearbox and the same for the bolt out the back of the oil filter housing.
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Old 19-04-2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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Just a few pics showing progress, 3 engine mountings completed & the engine & box now sitting in the frame, need to make the 4th mount & cap the ends of the tubes, make it look pretty before I paint it.

Engine in frame on workshop floor:



These are the larger diameter V8 engine mountings



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I have also re-spaced a set of GSXR 750 throttle bodies, am using the vaux TPS.

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Old 19-04-2009, 08:34 AM   #4
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Is that the 4 speed box your using mate. Smart engine mounts by the way.
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Old 19-04-2009, 06:08 PM   #5
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Its an F20 5 speeder ( or so it says on it!)
Need to try & stop any flexing of the frame. The towers are now the weakest part, I see more triangles being added
I also finished the 4th mount today, nearly there.
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Old 19-04-2009, 08:10 PM   #6
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looking great im using one of eric,s kits should hopefully be starting it next weekend,i will be watchinng your build closley for any hint,s hope you dont mind adam

what thickness steel did you use for the mounts
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Old 19-04-2009, 08:19 PM   #7
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Hi Adam, I used 5mm x 100mm plate for all the mounts, there's about 1.5m in there so be prepared fr a lot of hacksawing!! I made a small change to Erics kit, I wanted as much space for the exhaust & as much reinforcement for the tie bar mounts so I have widened the frame a little.
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Old 19-04-2009, 08:30 PM   #8
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wheres the tp sensor mount?

those mounts looks good. look almost the same as mine too
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Old 19-04-2009, 08:40 PM   #9
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that was gonna be my next question how u got on with the exhaust i dont know if i will be able to widen it because im not chopping the front off it,s a clubman,just out of intrest how much did u widen it by and how, and are they the famous landrover v8 mount,s evrybody raves on about

p.s throttle bodies look great what management system u using
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Long answer to a short question.........if anyone needs any pictures let me know..
If you have a look at the picture the TPS is mounted on the left side of the throttle spindle on an aluminium plate, I used epoxy to build the shaft up to the required size & filed it until it was a snug fit. Works a treat. The famous Landrover gearbox mounts are smaller diameter (softer) mounts, have a look at xevalvers build, the V8 engine mounts are larger diameter & slightly harder have a look at the pictures above for a comparison. Thanks to tommi for ideas & pictures of the engine mount brackets, I did a fair bit of studying before starting on these yours seemd to be the best ideas (only I used the larger mountings)
I used the tie bar mounts as a guide for width as I wanted to weld to these if possible, I'll take some pictures if you like, will not be able to until Wednesday though.
I have roughed the exhaust manifold (not workable yet) for someone to make me a 'proper one' there are a couple of exhaust places near me who may be able to help. I'll probably chop it aboput a bit more when I get everything into the car (not collected it yet) also a clubman so not too sure how much room I have to play with yet. Ordered my front from ABS, anyone know how long they usually take to deliver.
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Old 20-04-2009, 07:20 AM   #11
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Ordered my front from ABS, anyone know how long they usually take to deliver.
if they got it in stock normally 48 hours .. otherwise will be a little longer

never had an order take more than 1 week... thats jinx'd your order

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My order was confirmed on the 4th......still nothing.......
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My order was confirmed on the 4th......still nothing.......
Front end came on Wednesday, true what they say about the big box
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Old 25-04-2009, 02:53 PM   #14
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Been having a go at the exhaust manifold, got it roughly right, will need a second attempt before I'm happy with clearances...



Also made some brackets to support the fuel rail..

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Old 25-04-2009, 03:27 PM   #15
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alright mate coming on nicley now, manifold looks great glad to see you are keeping it 1-4 2-3,just out of a matter of intrest what engine management u goona be using im still toying with idea and funds are running low
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