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Old 18-01-2015, 07:22 PM   #496
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I decided to strip the paint from the flipfront as there was major rust issues.



And here we are after two coats of base coat, waiting for a filler and sanding down.

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Old 27-04-2016, 06:55 AM   #497
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OK, since rest of the thread from last year was destroyed in the server meltdown here's a fast recap of what I've done. More pictures than words

Speed sensor:


Clutch slave cylinder in situ:


Painting the flip front:








Found some rust:


and more.


Masking before painting.


All patched up.




And loads of other shots.








That's pretty much it for now. Most likely I've missed something but will update later on
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Old 24-07-2016, 06:34 PM   #498
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UPDATE time

To stop the oil leaks from the distributor hole I finally made the plug with an o-ring



I also changed rubber donuts to Minispare red coil springs and damn, those are really great. I had to turn Gaz dampers to 30/36 to kill most of the body roll but Mini sure takes the bumbs a lot smoother than earlier. Funny thing is that the torque steer also dramatically reduced after installing coil springs.



I have had problems with engine running hot so I had a radiator custom made as I could find suitable one. And yeah, new heat wraps also.







That's it for now. Still working on getting the ride height sorted as the front is a bit too hight.
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Old 24-07-2016, 07:41 PM   #499
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I am thinking that the change in ride height is what improved the bump steer, rather than the springs.

Please keep us informed regarding performance, as I am getting quite grapesed with the rubber donuts - having to constantly adjust them higher as they collapse, and this is the second set that I have used. I just don't trust anything that they ( suppliers ) say anymore.

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Actually in this case the ride height is pretty much the same as earlier but I want it few cm lower. What it used to do was steer on the right when I pressed the gas pedal, even slightly but now that has reduced. And only thing that I changed was the coil springs. Sounds weird, I know. I think that there might have some issues with my old rubber donuts

With anti rollbar I could set the dampers softer and make the ride even smoother but since that would need to be custom made (like everything else) at this moment I'm not too keen to fabricate one.

btw. So far I have driven around 600km with coil springs and lovin' it
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Old 25-07-2016, 09:47 AM   #501
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You could try hydrolastic reboumd bumpers - they are taller and may help a bit
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Sorry but now I fail to understand that how those help?
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Old 31-07-2016, 06:13 PM   #503
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So, I found a reason why the alternator belt came loose all the time...



So I made a new one. Old one was CNC-machined from 10mm alloy and new one is hand made with basic tooling from 12mm alloy plate. This should last a lot longer.



I also had to make new brackets for the alternator as it was hitting the subframe. No pictures from that. Pretty much same design as previously but alternator is sitting a bit higher to clear the frame and headlamp bowl.
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Old 31-07-2016, 09:22 PM   #504
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its nice that you find the sprigs work well!!
nice work on bracket ,, are you happy with the washer? looks like it can take a thicker one with a hole that fits bolt shank tighter?
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Old 01-08-2016, 05:27 AM   #505
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Thanks you mean the the nord-lock washer? so far so good. Both washers are M8 as are the bolts.
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A lot have happened and not so good things. First, my new radiator started to leak. Found out that the radiator fan fittings had made a small hole into the thin cell. Something that I can't repair myself so I need to take the radiator out and get it repaired. Well.. on my way to the garage the alternator belt started to make an awful noise. Just as it makes when the belt is loose. And I just made the new bracket and everything should be ok, but...



The alternator support bar had literally broken in half. There were earlier a small crack that I welded with a small patch as you can see and I thought it would hold but no. Of course the bar wasn't the only thing that broke as also the long bolt holding the new bracket in place broke in half (another half is still inside the cylinder head thread) so I had to be creative to get to the garage 20km away...



Then it was time to made some new parts from scrap metal.. First the radiator fan brackets. Without paint and nuts and stuff but you get the idea.



After that it was time to tackle the alternator support bar. Not yet finished, but it's made from 3mm steel that should be a lot tougher than the previous one.



One more thing though. If you ever do any maintenance to your car where you remove multiple parts and liquids, ALWAYS check before going on the road that new liquids have been poured in. Otherwise you can overheat your engine and badly... I learned it the hard way yesterday with my A-series
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Soo...

I've bought these not long time a ago....




All 5 are GT17s from Saabs and are in unknown condition and so far I have dismantled three of them and only one had solid heat shield under the exhaust turbine. Still two to go

and why I bought them? Got them dirty cheap!
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Old 19-05-2017, 06:15 PM   #508
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Nice, if it has GT2 bolt pattern, I have made a manifold already to fit to our engine.
If you want CAD data, let me know.

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...I have made a manifold already to fit to our engine.
If you want CAD data, let me know.
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Thanks Atchi I think it has GT3 bolt pattern, not sure though. I have thought about making a log manifold out of an old 4-1 exhaust manifold which doesn't fit properly.

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