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Old 04-11-2006, 06:42 PM   #31
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Default Saturday 4th November update...

Bit of progress today...

in order to measure up for my driveshafts i goy my old 'temporary' brakes and hubs out and set them up on the car...which proved more difficult that i would have hoped, since i dont have any of the nuts and bolts that i would have had i started with a complete car but ieventually got them on and i put on my temporary wheels too, just to check that i didn't have any frame hittage on full lock (bit late now! lol ), luckily there is plenty of room, so next job first thing tomorrow is to get some dowel cut to the length i need for my driveshafts, then drop the shafts down ASAP engineering first thing tomorrow

I also collected my dristributor, coil and amp this morning, and got that on...

well pleased with how it looks now :P really feels like its coming together.


one small bummer was when i tried a wing on to check my wheel placement i noticed that the engine sits a good inch above what will be the bonnet line...meaning i'm going to have to have a KAD style bonnet, OR radically redesign my frame so the motor sits lower (i prefer the first option ) Thats a definate word of warning to anyone wanting to build their own frame... i was checking every clearance EXEPT the bonnet ...check them all!!!!!







(sorry for the blurryness...i wasn't using the tripod )
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Old 04-11-2006, 09:11 PM   #32
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The power bulge will mean back off...!!! at the lights...
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Old 04-11-2006, 09:14 PM   #33
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good point!
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Old 05-11-2006, 10:01 AM   #34
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dont forget the black paint!!!

That frame wont last two minutes without painting it!

(i presume you knew that tho!)
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Old 05-11-2006, 11:08 AM   #35
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dont worry, i hadn't forgotten to paint it...its todays job (after all the other ones )
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Old 06-11-2006, 07:25 AM   #36
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Cant you modify the mounts rather than the frame to drop the engine a tad?

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Old 06-11-2006, 08:30 AM   #37
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Cant you modify the mounts rather than the frame to drop the engine a tad?

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unfortunately, no since the sump only has 15mm clearance on the frame at it stands at the moments

not too worry tho!
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Old 06-11-2006, 09:38 PM   #38
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Cant you modify the mounts rather than the frame to drop the engine a tad?

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unfortunately, no since the sump only has 15mm clearance on the frame at it stands at the moments

not too worry tho!
You do realise that if you need to change your sump gasket then it's engine out jobby

I put 2x1 from the bottom arm to the tie bar but I put it underneath the tiebar mount so I would have a little more clearance, even so, its still very tight to get the sump off with the engine in the car.

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Old 06-11-2006, 10:21 PM   #39
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You do realise that if you need to change your sump gasket then it's engine out jobby
yup

i'm going to change the gasket before the engine goes in for final fitment...but i expect i'll have to have it out again at some point for another reason!


as to my progress tho:

done nothing to the mini this eve, but did a little mod to my daily driver jetta instead! since i think it was feeling neglected, and that's why it threw a wobbly

ordered a load of stuff from Merlin Motorsport and a pair of top arm repair kits from Minispares. thats about it for today really...



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Old 19-11-2006, 06:07 PM   #40
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Been a little while since i updated...but progress has been made

My frame is now 100% done and currently sat on the workmate. next job is get the car back in the garage and get the frame bolted up to it, then fix the brake lines to it*. Then it'll be a case of bolting on rear beam (when/if it arrives) and it'll be on all 4 wheels and steering! woohoo! I've got all my fuel system parts so when the engines in (maybe one eve this week sometime) i'll be sorting all that out.

I still need a gear selector box so that's a trip to the scrappy. I can now get my driveshafts made up too. then its brakes and wiring and jobs a good'un

starting it up doesn't seem to far off now! woohoo :P


weekend purchases:

Facet RedTop fuel pump
Revotec guages
Revotec 10" rad fan
bump stops
warning lights
Clarke Lathe


I'll hock some pics up in a bit, once i've takes some! lol


* just out of curiosity, how are people connecting their brake lines onto their frames? obviously you'd want a join in it for easy removal, i was thinking about using a bit of flexy from the car onto the frame, even tho there wont be any movement, it just seemed better in my head

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Old 19-11-2006, 07:05 PM   #41
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is that the small square one ?

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Old 19-11-2006, 07:35 PM   #42
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nope they're cylindrical
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Old 19-11-2006, 07:54 PM   #43
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its this kind:
http://www.rallydesign.co.uk/catalog...oducts_id=1695
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Old 19-11-2006, 08:15 PM   #44
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ok cool , no panic , just a mistake i made years ago
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Old 19-11-2006, 08:21 PM   #45
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ok cool , no panic , just a mistake i made years ago
lol.

here are my most recent pics:

subframe all assembled and ready to go

to be honest it could do with another coat of paint in some area's but the over all package is good imo

freshly rebuilt brake


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