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  1. #261
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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltrying View Post
    Is that the screen or just the rubber seal?
    The new screen was cut exactly to the original, I couldn't be bothered to mess around making a new template
    Looks like the original screen didn't fit properly in the first place.
    The rubber was always two pieces, the top and sides are standard S profile the bottom is one I've not seen before, but the S profile wont fit the glass shell at the bottom, so it is what it is.

    I'll try some small adjustments but I don't want to scratch the new paint.

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    Onward!!!...

    The first results of the blasting and powder coating are in


    Front and rear springs, wheelie bar spreader and springs. The springs are the original greasy blue ones the car came with.
    They were blasted with an alumimium silicate medium to remove the existing coating. Each spring took about 45 minutes to strip.
    Once the coating was applied they were baked for 20mins at 180 degrees in my home made oven and allowed to cool down. For a first go I'm happy.

    Springs in place.


    I will be stripping and satin black powder coating the front A-arms, hubs, and steering rack parts etc over the winter.



    Just ordered some satin black powder for various brackets and spacers, watch this space.
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    Looking good from here will have to see them in the flesh at the Nationals.

    One point though, and nothing to do with your coating, are the front springs close to getting coil bound? the rears look fine and dandy the fronts in that photo look a bit close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stilltrying View Post
    Looking good from here will have to see them in the flesh at the Nationals.

    One point though, and nothing to do with your coating, are the front springs close to getting coil bound? the rears look fine and dandy the fronts in that photo look a bit close.
    Just been out an had a look.
    The front springs are the originals the car was built with, 9" 600lbs each side. Full engine weight is around 700lbs!
    As they sit now they measure 7.5".
    I can stand on the chassis and bounce up and down and they just about move.

    Tried turning her over last night and couldn't get any oil pressure.
    Earthed the oil gauge wire and the needle moved across so that's OK, now got to look into that problem.
    Also have a weird earth fault on the fuel pump and fan switches.
    When the ignition is on and providing 12v all seems to work as expected.
    When the key is removed the fuel pump starts up on its own!!!
    Some where the relay is getting an earth and switching on....out with the torch, volt meter and glasses

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabphil View Post
    Just been out an had a look.
    The front springs are the originals the car was built with, 9" 600lbs each side. Full engine weight is around 700lbs!
    As they sit now they measure 7.5".
    I can stand on the chassis and bounce up and down and they just about move.
    Maybe it is the angle the photo is taken, it just looks like the coils are very close together and on full bounce on the road could hit each other, but if not then all good.
    Last edited by stilltrying; 29-06-22 at 10:25 PM.

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    Oil pressure sounds like a failed sender unit, capilliary type are more accurate but then you would have to change the gauge as well.

    Hope the other gremlins are easy enough to fix.

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    The electrical problems as it turns out were due to lack attention on my part when wiring the fuel pump safety cut out relay.
    Put one of the wires in the normally closed instead of the normally open so the oil signal was being sent directly to chassis
    Rewired said relay now it all works, we have 50psi on the gauge turning over on the button and the fuel pump kicks in when 15psi is reached

    Some more bits went through the oven last Friday. These small brackets are to hold the HT leads along the heads.

    Also did the seat spacers and the shifter spacers.
    Decided before they go back in carpet may be a good idea as I don't want to take the seats & shifter out again. Carpet arrives in a week .

    Next job on the list was to bleed the brakes as they have stood for 4 years with no top on the master cylinder due to have to fit a sender unit to it.
    Filled up the master bled the back calliper's OK. Thought I'd better try the line lock...Bu**er seized up.
    Chinese junk...stripped it apart but it looks like the coil has failed.
    Ordered a new one made in USA...waiting for it to arrive then I can finish the brakes.
    And so it goes on......

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    Chin's up, keep plodding, you will get there.

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    New line lock arrived

    Much better build than the Hurst rip off.

    Got the new solenoid in place after a lot of cursing and skinned fingers. It mounted on the chassis rail under the drivers seat.
    It was easy t put in originally but now has the exhaust sitting just below it so access is tight.
    Eventually the exhausts will move to side pipes on the outside of the chassis.

    It's amazing how much better things look with an 11.00 piece of carpet
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    Had a busy couple of days in the garage.
    Drivers side seat mounts bolted back in. These are bolted through the chassis members then the seat runners bolt to them. Nice and solid.
    Shifter and handbrake lever back in.
    Harness back in.

    You can see the parachute release lever by the shifter.


    Parachute release cable trimmed to length and fastened under the floor.


    Close of play, this is the most complete she's been since August 2017!!!


    put 20 litres of super in the tank and she fired up!
    Need to check the timing and mixture next but to damn hot at the moment to be running the monster inside.

    Got some more bits for stripping and coating....when its cooler.

    The quality of the chrome on the wheelie bars is appalling so satin black it is. The front fender mounts also need to be redone in satin black.

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