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#16 darkcat

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:29 PM

cheese might suffer in summer, cats licking it etc... will stick with FG for now :-)

yeah thats one reason i went for the v-twin, its not super-powerful (110bhp) but it is torquey and will sound epic.

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#17 dribble

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:00 AM

Oh yeah, that going to be the mut nuts dude. ;)

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

This is going to be epic I loved my old vtr just for the sound it made and how hard it pulled its going to be odd hearing a vtr but seeing a mini lol. Following

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:58 PM

Got any further yet bud...

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:04 PM

slow progress the last couple of weeks, a mixture of work, weather, and other things including a house flood...

However its moving forwards, I have acquired a NEW front subframe (it's a Moke subframe) direct from MiniSport for only £117.
I am waiting on some suspension parts and the rollcage at the moment, but hope to have it as a basic roller in the next week, depending on supply and weather.

The wheels arrived, I'm going with 13x7 superlite deepdish, possibly a bit generic, so might have them dark silver powder coated.

Also received the Diff, so need to get the sprocket mounted on that and sealed, then make up a frame to mount it in the rear-front subframe.

Edited by darkcat, 13 March 2013 - 03:13 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:03 PM

Very interesting project!

A little tip I learnt when using glass fibre at college, make sure you wash your hands etc with cold water when you have finished using it. Warm water opens up your pores which will allow particles of glass fibre into them, making you itchey.

#22 darkcat

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

Well what a pile of bits!!!!
I'm waiting for some decent weather so i can really get in with this, as my garage is full of my "other car"

I need to say a big thanks to Peter from Fabricage, who i was spec-ing a custom rollcage with, and was extremely helpful and accommodating!
However, on tuesday i was offered a complete safety devices roll cage by a friend who also bought it for a project but never got round to using it, for less than 1/3rd retail - too good to miss.



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:59 PM

WHat V twin engine are you using? or have i got wrong end of the stick

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:33 PM


WHat V twin engine are you using? or have i got wrong end of the stick

He is using a VTR1000 engine, perfect for this project. I can't wait to see the finished car.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 05:11 PM

Project on hold for today then.....

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so i rebuilt the steering rack, fitted new gaiters and track rod ends.

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:48 PM

Same weather here mate plus gale force winds so not fun. Can't wait to see this come together. Is the company you got the shell from got a website or that ?

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 11:43 PM

Throttle cable's gonna be pretty long!

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 01:13 AM

Throttle cable's gonna be pretty long!


Could use fly by wire

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 08:09 AM

Throttle cable's gonna be pretty long!


No longer than any other mid/rear engined car??!!

Could use fly by wire


Hell no. expensive and pointless.

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:50 AM

A little update.

I've rebuilt all 4 swivel hubs with fresh ball joints, bearings and seals, and for the front, I've scrapped the drive shafts, just keeping the outer CV's.
All now fully built up with springs & adjustable height cones.
Freshly rebuilt steering rack with new rod ends and gaiters.

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