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Old 21-10-2006, 11:49 AM   #16
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thanks for the advice

I've removed more around the tie bar mount (along the yellow line that you can see in the pic) and also removed more around the towers.

I lowered the engine in last night and IT FITS! woo! i've got it sat on wood in order to get the clearance off the frame, and i'm now making up the mounts...

here are some pics :P




















its looks as tho the motor is REALLY tight in some place in those pics, but there is 20mm min clearance on all the critical points...honest!

p.s. sorry Rob about not calling you back i told my old man how much the frame cost and he went nuts to say the least! i may still be getting some bits from you yet tho....i'll have to wait and see...


p.p.s in the last pic i'm the one with "the hair"
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Old 21-10-2006, 11:56 AM   #17
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Looking good mate... the car not the hair...
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Old 21-10-2006, 06:10 PM   #18
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i like the fact you got a foreman on the job (dude with clean hands and a shirt and tie) does he oversee the project monitor production rate etc lol
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Old 21-10-2006, 08:56 PM   #19
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i like the fact you got a foreman on the job
pmsl! thats just what my bro said after he took that pic. thats me father, he's the 'tech support'




quick update for this eve (no pics tho )

I've made the two front engine mounts now and used temporary wooden cotton reels cut to the same size as the real ones will be while i'm waiting for them to be delivered. tomorrows job is the rear mount(s) (undecided as to where/how i'm gonna so these yet ). Then it'll be time to cut away and neaten up any of the remaining bits and send it off for welding and shot blasting on monday.


Also, my carb rebuild kits arrived today (two weeks late ) so i can be getting on with that while i wait for the frame. oh... and i've still gotta do something with the exhaust since it needs "smallerizing" to fit under the standard nose...any suggestions will be much appreciated!

Plus, I'm STILL waiting for my rear beam and coilovers that i ordered from Huddersfield spares 11 days ago! when i ordered it, on Tuesday 10th, they said it'd be in at the end of that week and should get to me by monday, then on friday they phoned and said that they'll be in on that Monday (23rd) and should be with me by mid-week. I then phoned them on Thursday (20th) to enquire as to whether it was on its way to me and i got "they'll be in middle of next week", all of this AFTER they take my 299! so now i'm PROPERLY grapesed off at them, and i dont plan on using them again... rant over!

right. i'm off. thanks for reading!


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Old 22-10-2006, 05:17 PM   #20
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quick update:

My engine mounts are done!

just got to do two diagonals between the towers and the cross piece and put some brackets for it to bolt to the floor of the car, then it'll be off for welding.


*i'll add some pics in a bit*

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Old 22-10-2006, 07:31 PM   #21
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here are tonights pics...

(please dont bother to mention my terrible welding i am aware of how shocking it looks. but it's all going to be proffesionally finished so it'll be safe. personally i tend not too stand to near anything that relies on my welds )











obviously the wood is temporary
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Old 23-10-2006, 09:34 PM   #22
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rubber mounts arrived this morning, so the wood has been ditched

i'll post some pics up tomorrow eve sometime...been too busy working tonight!

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Old 24-10-2006, 08:22 PM   #23
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Project is looking good.Will it be round front extended or clubman?I noticed that you have mk1 rear light holes so i hope it will be round front.
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Old 24-10-2006, 09:26 PM   #24
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hi there,

sorry no pics yet...been too busy!

yes its gonna be a roundnose, but i'm aiming to keep it standard length, but with a couple bulges and maybe a protrudign radiator we'll see tho.

thanks for the looking!
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Old 24-10-2006, 11:13 PM   #25
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looking great, very similiar approach i took to making mine, one thing to check is wheel clearence to the upper bars on full lock and full suspension compression, and also allowing enough clearence for the exhaust between the sump and the lower offside part of the frame

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Old 29-10-2006, 06:48 PM   #26
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been a couple days since update, but i've finally got my frame ready to go off for welding! i'm dropping it off on my way to work tomorrow.
My shuddersfield stuff still hasn't arrived...tomorrow it'll be 25 days since i ordered it! and i didn't get my minispares stuff on friday, so fingers crossed i'll get it tomorrow. So to occupy myself this weekend i started something else, and got my seats in:







Note: passengers seat isn't fixed in place in those pic.

I'm hoping that the cross bar i made to support the back mounts of the seats will also improve the rigidity of the shell.

after i got these in i got to work on removing my vauxhall drive shafts for the calibra hubs and the mini driveshafts from the mini hubs, no pics of that as it was pretty darn boring!

here is a pic of my now completed but yet to be welded frame on the car:



i tried the exhaust on the engine when it was in the frame and yes it hits the offside frame rail and needs a great deal of shortening, so it looks like i'll end up making my own manifold...unless fbmspec wants to make me one like his

i cant wait to get the frame back once its been welded up so i can finally bolt the engine and and get it on the car for real. and i SHOULD be getting my rear end stuff this week (yeah right!) so it could be rolling by next weekend! woo!

check back for pics of the done frame!

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Old 30-10-2006, 11:53 AM   #27
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Nice build!

What's about the car in the garage? Hotrod?????????
Looks like it is.

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Old 30-10-2006, 12:54 PM   #28
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unless fbmspec wants to make me one like his


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Find your nearest aalco and buy some tight radius bends...( dairy grade ) in stainless steel.
Cut off the old pipes from the astra manifold and remove the internally welded bits .
' form ' the aalco bends to the oval shape of the port ( i used a vice and some old tubing ) get some stainless welding rods ....the rest is easy .... at the rate you go .......you will have it made quicker than it took me to type this !!!

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Old 30-10-2006, 07:30 PM   #29
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thanks for the info mr.fbm_spec! I'll definately try my hand at it, although i dont know what an aalco is tho i'll google it after i've written this tho.

Remspoor: the car in the garage is my brothers project, its a 1932 3 window Ford B. its a bit more longer term (and better!) than my mini and its the reason that most of my work is done outside


I got my frame back from ASAP engineering this afternoon, and they've really outdone themselves! the welds look awesome! I've got some pics that i'm uploading at the mo, i'll edit this post and put em in once they're done.

Also, i got my minispares stuff today! Rose jointed bottom arms, alloy subframe mounts, track rod ends. They didn't have the rose jointed tie rods in stock so they are on back order. its like christmas! (but still no rear beam...25days and counting)









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Old 30-10-2006, 08:20 PM   #30
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pics now uploaded ^^^^
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