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geeman 4th April 2010 11:34 PM

A build update... with a few Q's
Though id put in a build update as i don't seem to have really done so properly in a while. Ill put up some pics tomorrow as well.

I have now got a fully fitted engine, not fitted the exhaust system but Ive made most of it including a crude 4-2-1 manifold out of steel(doesn't look great). I have done the engine electrics properly now.
one thing i am unsure about is clutch and throttle cables, i seem to have lost both of them, so will end up buying them anyway. What should i be getting for the roadster, as the sierra ones are too long?

I have also now got a fuel tank fitted(almost), and have done flexi fuel lines at the rear section as i wasnt able to bend the 8mm copper tubing properly at the rear.

In terms of electric i haven't started on a lighting loom yet, but i should get onto that in a week or so.

On Friday i jacked up the rear and gave the wheels a good spin to check my prop wasn't causing much vibration at the moment, but the entire engine started shaking. What seems to be the problem isn't the prop, the box and diff aren't entirety in line, so im going to slot the diff mount holes so i can adjust the diffs position, as it isn't too far off being in line with the gearbox.

My brakes are done, except i need to buy some braided hoses to go to the wheels, should i just get these from local motor factor?

I have also started to get the bodywork on, and have cut suitable holes in the side panels, and have mock fitted the nosecone. One thing i wasn't sure about is how often i should secure the side panels with riv-nuts or rivets?
I should add i'm glad i picked orange, looks great!!!!:D

last thing i'm unsure about is the coolant system, how is all the plumbing done on the 1.8 cvh, as there seem to be numerous connector on the engine block and i'm not sure how to do it all.?

Thanks! :)

edit: i remembered i took a few pics last weeks, ill add some more tomorrow:

I should also say, held the rear tub in position on the car, and can safely say it wont fit in my garage with the rear tub on as without it on it is already touching the garage door at the back, so ill be leaving that till as close to the end as possible.

twinturbo 4th April 2010 11:51 PM

Looking awesome considerign your youthfulness.... Are yuo getting any help with it?


geeman 4th April 2010 11:58 PM


Originally Posted by twinturbo (Post 35510)
Looking awesome considerign your youthfulness.... Are yuo getting any help with it?


i do ask quite a few questions to one of my teachers at school which does help a lot!!, but in terms of engineering experience in my family, none at all. Also the forums help loads, especially when i needed help with the electrics recently (thanks TT) .

twinturbo 5th April 2010 12:04 AM

Well untill your "need a car" post the other day I would not have guessed.

Your gona turn lots of heads in a couple of years ;)

I learn ed everything myself over the last 18 years of car ownership... ;)


Bonzo 5th April 2010 09:44 AM

Nice work Geeman
Your build is looking great :)

Looks like you are making some steady progress :)

Here's a clutch cable that many of us are using ( Myself included ) .... Good price too

Capri Clutch cable

Nice and short, does the job a treat.

Not too sure about the throttle cable .... Not got that far yet :o
I guess once I am ready for that, i'll pop down the motor factors & buy one of those universal type cables then make it up to suit the car.

Flexi Pipes.
Again not got to this stage yet .... When I am ready i'll work out wich way I want to route them, measure up & get some to suit.

If you post a picture of your engine & radiator in situ, I am sure that someone will be good enough to knock up a drawing of the coolant hose layout for you ;)

Well done on your progress.

geeman 7th April 2010 08:45 PM

a few pics:

spud69 7th April 2010 09:00 PM

Well done Geeman, that's looking great......;)

Looks like you've got some nice sticky tyres to go on aswell.

Nice colour but i think i've seen that much orange i shall have to be buried in an orange coffin..:o

Keep up the good work, you'll soon be on the road.


twinturbo 7th April 2010 09:39 PM

Rest assured, when I order my glass it wont be in orange..


SeriesLandy 7th April 2010 09:45 PM

How did you end up attatching the rear tub and also the rear arches as there was no answer in your other post.

geeman 7th April 2010 11:15 PM


Originally Posted by SeriesLandy (Post 35700)
How did you end up attatching the rear tub and also the rear arches as there was no answer in your other post.

i havtn fully fitted it atm, its just sitting in place, but im going to rivet/rivnut it onto d11, and sb1 as these are hidden by the rear arches. I will also rivet/rivnut it onto the extra bar (behind rs14)i have fitted like others have done at the bottom far back.

as for the arches... anyone got a suggestion as to how i should fit them?

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