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JohnD
September 3, 2016, 1:55pm Report to Moderator


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That frame!  That spirit level! ("Make the noise!")
Are you going all Binkie on us??

John


Serial Vitesse racer.

Old Blue.  1995-2001
Silverback. 2001-2007
SofS. 2007 - to date.

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Mike Evans
September 3, 2016, 6:46pm Report to Moderator

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I wish I understood any of the reference's there might be amusing
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Mike Evans
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After a long day looking at the front suspension I've come to the decision the shock mounts need a new plan, I was trying to keep the bulkhead pretty untouched and so was trying to work round it. The limited space lead to some poor decisions so it's gonna have to be modified

Im now thinking I'm gonna run a hoop under the battery shelf with 2 rails coming forward to the steering rack area, this should give me an easier time getting the upper shock mounts where I need them and keep the structure strong enough

Once the suspension is done I'll then sort the bulkhead location and do the modifications to the front area

Makes more sense in my head but hopefully should work, I'll post pics as I get it started, please give me any help or assistance as this is my first major surgery
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JohnD
September 3, 2016, 10:21pm Report to Moderator


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Dear me, MD!  As fabricator you are missing a treat!
allow for several hours of viewing!
http://www.badobsessionmotorsport.co.uk

John


Serial Vitesse racer.

Old Blue.  1995-2001
Silverback. 2001-2007
SofS. 2007 - to date.

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Mike Evans
September 4, 2016, 6:11pm Report to Moderator

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Have just got back from a very inspiring afternoons viewing, thank you john, just need to gets me a posh level that will indeed " make the noise "

Cheers mike
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Mike Evans
September 5, 2016, 8:15pm Report to Moderator

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And here is plan G, both shocks held in place where they need to be for angle heights etc. Frame started to be bent up and tacked in.

This new frame will require modification of the bulkhead but should give a near her appearance under the bonnet, the less chassis modifications on show the better really as I want to keep the original reg

Couple of pics



Both sides where set up with a good strut, the broken Spring one allowed me to check clearances through the suspension travel without putting strain on the tacked up areas
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Jonny-Jimbo
September 6, 2016, 8:01am Report to Moderator

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Are you going to brace the upper wishbone mount up to the tubes too to add more strength in? This set up looks similar-ish to how a lot of the drag cars have the front suspension mounted... Certainly will be strong.


62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Dormant
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Many bits
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
88 BMW E30 320i - For Sale
89 Citroen AX GT - Rally car!
90 BMW E30 318iS - Building to FIA spec
90 Mazda Eunos 1.6 - 'Popeye'
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Mike Evans
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Yeah upper wishbone mounts will be braced into it, gonna bring it down the gearbox tunnel also to tie the main rails into the front frame

Might not be the lightest looking thing but I was surprised at how light the tube was for steel

Not had any time on it today, I'm a bit reluctant to do a lot till my inclometer arrives so I can get all the tube notches at the correct angles. Did get the box for the side rails but was too tired to do any work
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Mike Evans
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Well inclometer arrived earlier in the week but had too much work on to have any time till today

Got a solid 5 hours in today although it don't look like it, been plenty measuring and double checking



Got one strut tower nearly finished then had to leave


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Jonny-Jimbo
September 12, 2016, 9:16am Report to Moderator

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Looking good - hope you can hide it all under the body work!!


62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Dormant
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Many bits
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
88 BMW E30 320i - For Sale
89 Citroen AX GT - Rally car!
90 BMW E30 318iS - Building to FIA spec
90 Mazda Eunos 1.6 - 'Popeye'
93 BMW 530i - Donor
95 BMW E34 540i - 4L V8
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Mike Evans
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Funny you should say that, today's plan was to get only on its legs and try and get the body to fit and still sort of look stock, by the end of today I've got to here


I've just cut the minimum out today so I could visualise a plan to get it to fit nice




Think I'm gonna move the firewall back this far but still keep the original shelf and sides where the bonnet catches go
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ferny
September 13, 2016, 6:23am Report to Moderator

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Couple of quick questions.

What pedal system are you planning on using?
And, have you raised the diff from its standard height? The way it comes across in those photos is that the gearbox is very high.


Acclaim - fully working and on the road
13/60 Herald - mx5 powered and other such fun things, legal enough...
Mk1 2000 - it's still alive, just sleeping
Expert 815d - the slug

If in doubt, do up until you hear the crack and then go another 1/4 turn to ensure tightness.
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Mike Evans
September 13, 2016, 8:02pm Report to Moderator

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Please ask away you may see something I've over looked

I'm looking at using a bespoke pedal box like this one

I've got all the Mazda pedals but they mounted on the bulkhead and extended into the engine bay if I remember rightly

The rear diff area is all Mazda also, the diff does sit higher than the original, the engine and box are as low as they will go without the sump hanging out, I'm looking to keep the underside flat, to this end in notching the passengers floor so I can run exhaust up heigh and out of the passenger side sill
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Mike Evans
September 14, 2016, 7:19pm Report to Moderator

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Bit more done, looked at boxing in the firewall today

Made these end pieces


Welded in, bulkheads upside down here


And one side infill panel stuck in


I'm going to add a plate to the underside of the shelf to strengthen it, I'm thinking I can bolt through the shelf into the strut tops to add an additional body mount up here
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Mike Evans
September 21, 2016, 6:56pm Report to Moderator

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Had a busy week customer wise so not had much chance on this,

However we have a body


Was a a bit of luck but the rear suspension I've built fit between the rear arch tubs, considering I didn't measure this I was presently surprised


Had to try the skirt on to see what it looked like for position in the arch, now I've had this on I think the rear wheels will get widened by 40mm
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