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#436 timmy850

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 08:50 AM

 

 

Great find on those seat covers! I really like that steering wheel too  =]

The steering wheel might be available, I can let you know  :D

Cool  ;D

 

The seats came out nice! Much better when the pattern/material matches.

 

The steering wheel has been sent on to Guam now, it is the original style for an Aussie Clubman GT that's made it's way over there.

 

Just read this whole thread from start to finish, and have to say that i utterly adore your Mini Timmy. So many little touches that make it perfect.

 

by the way, did you have any more info/photos of the mounts for the Subaru seats? They look good in there and subbie seats are plentiful around here.

Thanks Kelvin! I've been following your blog for a while after discovering it on retro-rides and I'm jealous of all the cars you've had

 

I'll send you some photos of how I did the brackets. I thought about how to do the brackets for a couple of months and ended up with something pretty simple.



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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:47 AM

Thanks. The front mounts i can kinda guess (but probably wrong) but not sure how the rear is done. I keep seeing you pop up on Instagram, but until i read this thread i didnt realise how cool your car actually is.

 

Im jealous of your used parts supply over there. Our used parts supply seems to be average at best; you cant even get a decent set of wheels here and heaven forbid you want something like a set of cooper steels :(



#438 timmy850

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:37 AM

Thanks. The front mounts i can kinda guess (but probably wrong) but not sure how the rear is done. I keep seeing you pop up on Instagram, but until i read this thread i didnt realise how cool your car actually is.
 
Im jealous of your used parts supply over there. Our used parts supply seems to be average at best; you cant even get a decent set of wheels here and heaven forbid you want something like a set of cooper steels :(

We have a pretty good parts supply here, although most of it comes in a minispares bag with a good markup on it! NZ has more relaxed rules regarding car imports though, so I always see all types of Japanese cars in photos over there. Grass is always greener :D

So recently I've been messing around with a couple of things. One of them was the breather setup and catch can. Originally the car had the rocker cover breather and tappet cover breather connected via a T piece to the HS2 air filter housing. This was the factory setup for the 998 engine as far as I can tell.
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When I installed the stage one kit and larger HS4 carb I also swapped to an alloy rocker cover without the breather. I had a simple hose from the breather to the air filter housing. This is when I ended up with a bunch of oil and blowby ending up in the air filter housing.
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With the catch can setup now I've got the exit of the catch can going into the crankcase breather port on the carb. I hadn't realised previously how much air is being sucked through the carb port, so now it's sucking much more of the blowby gases through the engine. I've also been experimenting with a PCV in the system to try and reduce the volume of air being sucked through at idle. With the port on the carb now connected it makes a significant reduction to the idle speed as it's not sucking through as much unmetered air.
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You can tell it's working well when all this ends up being caught before going through the engine

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I decided to review and adjust the timing using the programmable Blackbox. It's always fun plugging a 10 year old computer (the program doesn't work with newer versions of Windows) into a 50+ year old car to tune it! As always it takes longer to figure out how to connect it than to do the actual tuning...
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I needed to lower the RPM limiter as I was running into valve bounce before the limiter was kicking in. Previously it was set at 5200RPM and I've lowered it now to 5000RPM. I've also added some timing across the board, with a max now of 30 degrees. The RPM limiter has been checked and confirmed it's working too!
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We've also had a couple of runs recently up through the National Park for a coffee and then lunch
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 12:39 PM

Interesting, the later plastic HS4 air filter housing like I have on mine has that little breather port you're connected to in photo two blocked off. Breather pipe goes direct from tappet chest cover to carb port.

 

Its hard to see in the photo, but whats in the catch can? Looks like a lot of moisture and only some oil? Better in the can than in the engine for sure!



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Posted 14 July 2018 - 10:58 AM

Interesting, the later plastic HS4 air filter housing like I have on mine has that little breather port you're connected to in photo two blocked off. Breather pipe goes direct from tappet chest cover to carb port.

 

Its hard to see in the photo, but whats in the catch can? Looks like a lot of moisture and only some oil? Better in the can than in the engine for sure!

 

They did seem to change the breathing and emissions every couple of years. First you think that they were the same over the 40+ year production run, but once you get further in you realise how many changes they did make!

 

The first couple of weeks it was mainly oil, but as the weather has got colder it seems to be more water vapour. I've done an oil change this week and cleaned out the catch can, so it'll be interesting to see how it goes after this. I'm trying a Penrite HPR30 oil this time, it's 20W/60 with "full zinc" (~1600ppm). 


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#441 Jared Mk3

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 02:30 PM

The steering wheel has been sent on to Guam now, it is the original style for an Aussie Clubman GT that's made it's way over there.

 

I'm glad it went to a good home  =]



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Posted 15 July 2018 - 12:30 AM

HPR30 is good stuff, i run it in my Mini and SD1






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