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Ste
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quote:
Originally posted by willay
are you using filler at your desk at work mate?


yeah lol


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
corsadonk
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Fair play for doing a bit every day.
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Ste, did you kill a Sierra Twinc for parts?
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Thought you were using a Saab lump, what's with the Sigma?
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Robin, just decided to stick with the ethics of 7 building and go with a light engine. The saab ones are really heavy and the sigma is super light. Going to try super charging this one and look for 200 bhp


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Ste, did you kill a Sierra Twinc for parts?


Was a 1.8 Chasseur


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Robin, just decided to stick with the ethics of 7 building and go with a light engine. The saab ones are really heavy and the sigma is super light. Going to try super charging this one and look for 200 bhp


Sounds like a much better plan to me!-
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Been on holiday this weekend just gone so less progress this week.

Fabricated and painted my roll bar. 50mm x 2mm wall seamless tube hoop with a 40mm x 2mm seamless harness bar across it. Into this I welded four threaded inserts for the harnesses.








Primed then painted with Plasti-kote gloss black. This stuff leaves a finish like powder coating.










Diff brackets welded up and painted as above but in satin black










Made the inserts for the suspension bushes. These are seamless stainless steel. 22 of them made then polished up.







Poly bushes inserted into the lower wishbones, then they were packed away till final assembly.










Custom alloy bell housing arrived so mated the trial engine and box




Then fitted it into the chassis to make the engine and gearbox mounts



















I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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quote:
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Ste, did you kill a Sierra Twinc for parts?


Was a 1.8 Chasseur


Carb'd CVH with EGR and a Cat? I can almost dig that.
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Engine mounts today.

3mm steel plate and 50x2mm cds tube.

Mounts are Landrover Defender engine mounts 4.50 each. Bargain!
























All now painted. That's the chassis complete now. Next on the list of jobs is making a fuel tank and running fuel and brake lines etc.


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Mounts were primed and painted the other day so tonight I re-fitted the dummy engine and started a mock up super charger inlet plenum.

It uses half of the standard puma inlet with the threads drilled out and captive nuts inside the planum.

Bare in mind, this is a mockup to see how it fits so it is rough.

The finished item will be aluminium and have short trumpets on the inlets.
























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Looking good buddy
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Any updates?
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This is awesome, how have i not seen this lol!

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is it done yet?
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Not been on it for ages or when I have I've not took pics.

Recently I've modified the steering column lower bearing to take a proper ball bearing as the standard Ford plastic one is causing no end of issues for IVA for lots of people.

This was a simple enough job








I've decided against the Ford 1.7 engine that was in there as there was too many issues converting it to a reliable RWD engine.

Instead, I'm probably going down the MX5 engine and gearbox route.

Started making the mounts for the radiator. It's a rad from a 1.2 Clio.










Not finished it yet as I wasn't happy with the welding quality on the thin steel tubes for the mounts so I'm scrapping them and starting over.


[Edited on 09-12-2013 by Ste]


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
corsadonk
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About time. Are you going for forced induction with the Mazda engine?
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Some good fab work going on here, nice welds on the roll bar
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About time. Are you going for forced induction with the Mazda engine?


I'm going to build it n/a but do a turbo conversion once IVAd.

There's a good video on youtube on mighty car mods where they turbod a mk1 mx5 and got some good results and it looked easy enough to do.


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
corsadonk
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I've always had a soft spot for a forced induction MX5.
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My dad used to turbo them when he worked at Mazda. He said the engines were pretty bullet proof

Fab work is awesome!


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Finally got round to re-starting work on the car after moving house and re-setting up my garage.

Made new rear wishbones and top camber adjusters then used my new compressor box to make a mini spray booth.

They were then fitted with the bushes and stored away.














I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Well this is no where near what i expected when I saw the project name

Fair play for actually going out and building it all from scratch, i've got a copy of that book but wouldn't have the time/space/skills to actually build it.
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Started stripping down the MX5 engine and cleaning and painting the parts.

Started with the cam cover

VHT wrinkle finish. Baked at 95C for an hour.










Ordered the bolts for the suspension so mocked up the rear wishbones and fitted my camber guage to see how it adjusts. quite happy with it.





I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
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Not updated in ages because I'm a lazy bastard, but here's some pics




















I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.

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