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#721 Steve220

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 05:35 PM

Well... that escalated quickly!

 

Clutch off, transfer case off (to sort an oil leak), primary gear inspected.

 

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Front bearing not too bad, rear top hat has been scored getting it on and off without de-burring the crank. My own fault. Anyway, new one bought as well as the AP race/rally plate from Minispares!

 

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A wonderful mess to sort out

 

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With the transfer care off, all the old gasket was removed, crank nose was given a quick lap of 2500 wet and dry with some WD40 as lube. This pic was taken before all that.

 

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New gasket with some RTV sealant to help seal it better, new primary gear installed with a smeer of grease (recommended from Turbominis forum) and a new black oil seal added. Hermes collection has let me down today as they haven't been to collect my parcels :goaway: Although i did get a set of SC subframe alloys bolts from Curley. With a bit of light wet and dry, they've come up almost like new!

 

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And the case back on waiting for the clutch!

 

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Does anyone know what the 3 bolt holes at the back of the transfer case are for? When i had my primary oil seal go, oil came out of them.



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Posted 05 April 2019 - 05:48 PM

I think they were the engine mounting bolt holes when used in metros.

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 07:14 PM

Really wanted to get it on the road by this weekend aka Pride of Longbridge meet, unfortunately Hermes let me down with the delivery of the clutch :mmkay: Good news is that Simon recieved parts yesterday and got on with making my RTS clutch today! For those that haven't heard of these, it is essentially a custom clutch that doubles up the cover springs to increase the overall pressure on the friction plate. It starts off with pulling it all apart! Simon's first text to me this morning was "this thing's been slipping it's T**s off!" :lol: He's not wrong! As there has been a bit of heat in there, as well as an oil leak from the primary gear, yep, it wasn't the oil seal after all, it had gone a bit brown/blue! First it was pulled apart for inspection.

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Then all skimmed on the lathe

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Evidence of the oil leak at the bottom right

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All in its bits ready for assembly!

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The AP uprated spring and a 998 cover spring

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A few hours later

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These are capable of some serious power! Which future proofs any potential power hikes I may look at!! It's off for balancing next week then onto the car hopefully before next weekend!

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:00 PM

Boom! Looking good Steve! His mk1 turbo looked amazzzzzzzzing at Brooklands too, was a work of art! 



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Posted 14 April 2019 - 03:39 PM

Boom! Looking good Steve! His mk1 turbo looked amazzzzzzzzing at Brooklands too, was a work of art! 

 

I look forward to seeing it in the flesh!



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Posted 21 April 2019 - 04:16 PM

And after nervous/patiently waiting... the clutch is back!

 

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And immediately went onto the car (sorry, no pics as just cracked on with it).  Sprayed up the chargecooler as it was looking ropey

 

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Got the boost hoses connected up and the engine started, test drove the car out and back into the garage, success! Celebrate with beer and refitting charge cooler gubbins

 

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I have the Weston Park classic car show this weekend, so popped over to my mate Rhys's place to pick up some supplies and test the new clutch.

 

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All back and onto cleaning. Interior didn't take that long

 

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Wheels, although i love them, are a pig to clean

 

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All ready for the weekend

 

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Set up and displaying on Defined Details stand for Saturday, show and shine sunday!

 

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 04:39 PM

How do you find the RTS? Mine was unbearably stiff/heavy.



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Posted 21 April 2019 - 05:50 PM

How do you find the RTS? Mine was unbearably stiff/heavy.


It's a little stiffer and the bite is nearer the bottom of the pedal throw, but I can live with it. It's an uprated AP and a 998 spring.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:03 PM

if its only just gone in ( the RTS) you'll probably find it will lossen up a bit and become easier underfoot, and come up a tad. Personnaly i found it easier to control with the bite point a bit lower than the preverto, even with it being stiffer.

 

I think the innitial stiffness comes from friction between the two springs, I polished these up as best i could and covered them with graphite, ( yeah, i coloured them in with an HB pencil!! ).

 

after a while I also spacced the cylinder up and adapted a metro turbo cable arm, which is about 1/3 longer to give an easier pedal, but I am using 2x 1275 springs, that held 25psi boost on a 7 port 1380,



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Posted 21 April 2019 - 06:34 PM

if its only just gone in ( the RTS) you'll probably find it will lossen up a bit and become easier underfoot, and come up a tad. Personnaly i found it easier to control with the bite point a bit lower than the preverto, even with it being stiffer.

I think the innitial stiffness comes from friction between the two springs, I polished these up as best i could and covered them with graphite, ( yeah, i coloured them in with an HB pencil!! ).

after a while I also spacced the cylinder up and adapted a metro turbo cable arm, which is about 1/3 longer to give an easier pedal, but I am using 2x 1275 springs, that held 25psi boost on a 7 port 1380,


From what he's told me, Simon polished up the mating surfaces between the springs. What I'm amazed is how smooth the bite is! Even with the rally plate! It's a great drive now :)

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 05:12 PM

Day 2 of the show and onto show and shine!

 

The 1980-1989 class was infront of us, but surprisingly barely anyone turned out for it!

 

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1990-2004 class filled up quickly throughout the day with some great cars out and about including a low mileage MG ZT V8 and a concourse Pug 205 GTi.

 

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On a whim, I entered the pride of ownership catagory and won! (after the event organisers got involved). Really pleased with how the car is performing and driving currently, she's in for mapping on the 2nd of may at BHPerformance in Dudley!

 

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 11:38 AM

Looking good mate !

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Posted 02 May 2019 - 10:21 AM

Mapping got as far as checking over the car and plugging her into the laptop.  The CAN-BUS cable that Specialist Components supply with their kits has failed.  I can count on one hand how many times i've used it.  Emailed them to see if they can do me a deal with the new one.

 

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 06:52 PM

Saw this today in the flesh and I'm glad I did. Steve's mini is perfect in every way possible.

Was nice meeting you Steve on the TMF stand, keep up the excellent work.



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 09:15 AM

Saw this today in the flesh and I'm glad I did. Steve's mini is perfect in every way possible.
Was nice meeting you Steve on the TMF stand, keep up the excellent work.


Thanks mate 😊 had a great time with you lot yesterday!




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