Progress, progress.

Friday rolled around, and after loading the Starlet and breaking Stace, we set off to Lichfield. I was towing my car for the first time, how exciting!

I would like to have used my car, but there was a possibility we would need to collect some bits on the way home, so we went in the Chanukah Spec Vito instead.

At RW Developments I collected some bits and pieces and had to wait around for Dean to finish stuff off. A young, very talented chap, who for the time being lacks time management, don’t we all to some extent? His work seems pretty good, and is well tested. I’m just waiting for my catch tank now, hopefully it’ll arrive sometime this week.

Saturday turned into a rest day, so to speak. Sunday rolled round, bright and early I met with a now not so broken Stace and unloaded the car from the trailer. Caught the end of the F1, and then got on with some bits and pieces on the car.

The first thing I did was fit my now rotated turbo to the car, along with down-pipe, etc and straight away noticed a problem.

After all the faffing about with oil cooler lines, the fecking sandwich plate / oil temp sensor fouls the inlet for the turbo. Looks like I’ll have to go to a remote oil filter setup after all, will speak with Think on Tuesday to discuss the best course of action.

Next I got on with mounting my fuel swirl pot in the spare wheel well and deciding where I wanted the fuel lines running through. The swirl pot is fairly small, just over a litre, but packages nicely into the spare wheel well.

I’d not really done much work at the back of the car, and with it being out in the sunshine for the first time since I had it painted I discovered this.

Pretty annoying, but will get sorted soon.

With that out of the way I cracked on with fitting my rocker cover, I’d had some fittings welded into it to accompany the yet to arrive catch tank.

I’d left my precise torque wrench at home, so it needs torquing up, but it went on fairly easily. Managed to damage the paint slightly when tapping in the spark plug oil seals, doh.

With that done it was on to the sump, what a ball ache. Whoever had last had the sump off had used all the sealant on the planet at that time I think. After a lot of swearing and some home made wooden split peg thing, it eventually came off. I then spent a good hour or so cleaning all the sealant from the engines mating surface. It looked spick and span, but at this point I was running late so didn’t get a picture, shame.

I’m going to order the bits to finally finish off the cars electrics, and possibly the remote oil filter setup this week. I should probably grab some engine oil while I’m at it as well. Getting there, slowly but surely anyway!


On All Fours

Brakes bled, wheels & tyres fitted, I was able to lower the car down from it’s axle stands.

Heading to RW Developments with the car tomorrow to pick up some bits and have a hot pipe made up.

It’s beginning to resemble a car

First things first, I passed my B + E this week, got there in the end.

I think I left things after last weekend with a bit of a moan that my fabricator chap was dragging his heels. Managed to get him on the phone, and all being well I’ll be taking the car over to his workshop on Friday to pick up the bits and get the last bits and pieces done. Things like making a hot pipe really require being made in situ, it will give me my first taste of towing it as well, how exciting.

So with that, I suddenly realised I had better get the car to a point where it can be rolled on and off the trailer, also brakes might come in handy as well. I was heading to have the oil cooler lines made up this weekend, so at the same time I had them make 4 braided lines for my brakes as well.

I spent some time on Saturday morning mocking up the oil lines, using the crappy fittings and some spare rubber hose. The idea was that I could just take two lines with me and say I want these, but with their fittings and hose. I also had a front line and rear line to take with me.

Hoses made, I decided to nip into Morrisons to make use of their salad bar, I then did my bit for my required race weight.

After some faffing about, isn’t that always the case? I finally got my oil cooler all fitted..

I noticed that the lines ran a little bit close to some metal, I added a little bit of protection by slicing some rubber hose up and zip tieing it in place, hopefully it’ll do the job, I did the same a little further down for the other line as well. I think I’ll buy some of those hose spacer thingy ma bobs at some point in the near future.

Once that was done and dusted I got on with fitting my braided lines, fairly easy job really. The hose is just regular braided stuff without any fancy plastic coating, so where the hose touched anything I popped some heat shrink on it.

Here’s one of the rear ones fitted, you can just about make out the heat shrink I added to protect the strut.

Once that was done I set about securing the internal brake pipe with rubber lined P clips like so

I also wrapped the straight piece of brake pipe in a further layer of protective plastic sheaf, hard to make out in the photo. Once that was done I headed to the pub, not a bad days work..

I was unsure how much time I would get to work on the car today (Sunday), I had to configure a server this morning for work. One of those jobs that could take an hour, or an entire day depending how difficult the particular server is being. For some reason I was hit with a bit of insomnia, wide awake at 5am I cracked on with the server setup. I was done for 7am which meant I could spend the day on the car, result.

In order for the fabrication work to be completed I would need to mount my intercooler, and that was this mornings job. I shaped some mounts out of a sheet of metal and used some grommets and washers to simulate a rubber type mount, it seems to work well. The cooler is mounted nice and solid, but also has a certain amount of flex in the mountings, we’ll see how we get on when it’s used in anger for the first time, eh?

Once that was done I set about mounting my front bumper. Out of the factory they are mounted using a series of plastic clips which are a bit of a faff to remove, I drilled out the existing stuff and replaced them with 3 rivnuts. Along with the other hard mounts the bumper is now nice and solid, also pretty easy to remove and fit which will no doubt come in handy when trying to locate the pistons which according to some will be fired from the engine at any moment.

Anyway, front bumper and grill returned for a short period of time, you might mistake it for a car at the minute.

My final job was to look at making and routing the main power feed from the battery, a fairly easy job. I did end up having to make use of some old pliers and a vice as I don’t own a battery terminal crimping tool. Seems to have done the trick anyway, I’ll possibly look at filling them with solder too, but I don’t think that’s all that necessary. I’m waiting on some red heat shrink to tidy up the ends too..

More rubber lined P clips were employed, they do a good job. The red cable matches the other red bits in the car, such as harnesses, door pulls, etc. 😆

On Wednesday I hope to get the brakes full of fluid and bled, the first test of my home made brake lines. Knowing my luck they’ll piss brake fluid all over my lovely interior..

Bits & Bobs

With the excitement of Saturday out of the way (, it was back to Sheffield to carry on work with my car, which at the moment I don’t really have that many big jobs to be getting on with, it’s all bitty time consuming jobs. I still haven’t received my sump, turbo or rocker cover, so some chasing and ass kicking will be done this afternoon, two weeks has turned into ten.

First job was to finish off my battery installation, pretty simply really, except I had to remove the fuel tank to get access for the holes. The fuel tank needed to come off again anyway, but one of those things that stretches out the length of time it takes to do small tasks. Here’s the finished article..

Golf buggy battery, which can be had cheaper in bright green, but that would mess with my chi.

I then finished routing the cable for my wideband, which was a doddle, before finishing the centre console off and mounting my assortment of gauges. I also fitted some flick switches into the main panel, rain light, fuel pumps and possibly water/oil temp switch, and a spare.

That’s pretty much my work for the weekend, next weekend I’ll finally have the lines made up for my oil cooler and hopefully some front and rear braided lines to complete my brakes. With any luck I might have the bits and pieces back from the fabricator chap as well, but lets not get too ahead of ourselves.

I also need to wire in the positive side of the battery, I have a little fuse box to go in which will go between kill switch and gauges / fuel pumps.

Slow Progress

Not a lot has happened recently, life has to get in the way every now and again, it’s healthy, so they say. After a weekend away in London, and then this weekend away helping my friend race at Snetterton, the beginning of April has turned into a bit of a break.

I was able to make a small amount of progress midweek by making a start on mounting my battery bracket to just behind where the passenger seat would normally sit. I’m hoping to find some time on Sunday to finish that little job off.

A friend of mine gave me a hand, and welded in the boss for my wideband. The sensor is situated just in front of the bulkhead making cable routing an easy task, big thanks to Nige for that.

At the same time, I collected a set of part worn AO48r tyres, plenty of life left in them yet! These should be useful for some testing, the aim is to run Kumho V70’s when the time comes for me to go racing.

After looking for a while now, I came across a reverse bonnet scoop for sale. As I have no intention of using the standard TMIC I decided to replace the bonnet scoop with a reverse scoop.

I think it looks pretty good and should serve a purpose, well that’s what I keep telling myself anyway. Plenty of dust over the car now, excited to get it lowered off it’s axle stands and washed. Hopefully that’s not too far away now..

Sunday I hope to finish my battery installation, along with my gauges and other electrical sundries. I’ll have a clear idea of what cable I need to run from battery to kill switch, etc after that and can get all that stuff finished soon as well.