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#91 robj2502

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 03:54 PM

So jealouse of the front hub assembly looks awesome!! How did you fint the quality if the parts? In tempted to use the same when i get there.

Thanks very much! The quality seems to be good, especially the drive flanges.

 

What I would say is I still think KAD has the better overall/quality finish (surprise surprise right!?) having seen some of their bits recently, but to have the same parts made of alloy from KAD would have meant another 30% on top of what were already expensive bits especially for items that generally cannot be seen when they are fitted to the car.

 

Quick update:

Rebuild kits for the front upper arms arrived so got on with getting them fitted.....

 

Removed these:

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One of them decided it was going to fall apart during removal which obviously meant cracking out the die grinder but got there in the end

 

Which left the way for this little lot to be fitted:

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Bearings being pressed in:

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And all done (I obviously have done both):

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 Also dug out the stainless bits I had for fitting:

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and with that I thought I would dig out some of the other stuff and build up the front subframe to ensure that I had everything and to make sure stuff fits......

 

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All of the nuts, bolts etc are stainless from Smiffy's bits which should help with future maintenance and keep everything looking reasonable once in use

 

So everything is only finger tight (before anyone mentions this) and happily there are no issues to report with any fitment. Think the subframe is probably ready to get its last tidy up and get painted and then move on to something else. It does look pretty good though  :wub:


Edited by robj2502, 12 July 2018 - 09:28 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2018 - 06:30 PM

Yes! Yes it does look good 🤤

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 11:54 AM

I finally have all of the bits to get the gearbox built up.

 

So....

 

Central oil pickup:

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Oil pickup magnetic catch:

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Think this is a worthwhile investment in case anything does get through the gauze and its in a reasonable enough location to check on a regular basis and the bonus is you dont have to drain the oil.

 

4 pin diff and RHP diff bearings:

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MED Straight cut FD - 3.75

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This was an expensive purchase but seemed silly to skimp on this last bit. I was initially looking at a new helical FD (about £100 cheaper) but went with this in the end. It took me ages to decide on what the FD was going to be and must have changed my mind 30 times! While this will be a little noisier on the motorway than a 3.44 (there isnt much in it) I think it will suit the cam a little better and a motorway cruiser it wont be.

 

New FD bolts and lock tabs for the above:

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Straight cut drops with roller idler:

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6 piece straight cut ST close ratio gearkit plus competetion baulk rings and performance layshaft:

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Think that little lot should make for a pretty good gearbox and should see it able to take some abuse. it should also make it fairly futureproof should engine specs improve in the future.

 

I just need to dig out the gearbox now, give it a quick once over to ensure I am happy and then I will be shipping it all off to guessworks to be built as I have a pretty hectic work schedule at the moment


Edited by robj2502, 12 July 2018 - 08:59 AM.


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:17 PM

With the front suspension checked I thought I had better dig out the stuff for the rear and do the same:

 

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KAD rear beam and anti roll bar   :thumbsup: 

 

I also picked up these titanium rear beam mounting bolts which are amazing quality:

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Again it all fits well with no obvious issues so this is all pretty much ready to go on the car



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Posted 10 July 2018 - 01:05 PM

So with wanting to get the gearbox rebuilt I dug it out and started cleaning it up ready to be packaged up and what should I find:

 

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:xxx: Bum!! a lovely crack. I hadnt noticed before as this area had all road grime and oil crap all over it

 

Still I have another A+ gearbox.....

 

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Oh balls its a DAM 2886. These have a tendancy to crack in this area:

 

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Just above that bolt that I am pointing to and whilst this one is fine I dont really want to risk it. On the later A+ gearbox (DAM 5826) BL ommited this "4th" bolt and the associated drilling/tapping to stop it from happening.

 

Thankfully Guessworks have some cases so they will supply another.

 

I have also been cleaning other bits and pieces so Before:

 

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Yuk!!

 

and after:

 

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Not perfect but much better!! I also took the opportunity to clean the drop gear case:

 

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Again not perfect but at least its clean!


Edited by robj2502, 10 July 2018 - 01:06 PM.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:44 AM

The last few days have been spent messing with the dash. As I wanted different clocks to the originals (this was partly spurned on by the fuel system - as you will see in a future update) I had looked at various options; building my own, buying a carbon miglia type, and finally adjusting something that already exists. I ended up going for the latter when a brand new late type dash popped up for reasonable money second hand. So this was purchased:

 

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Now whilst this is very nice (loving the gloss black!) the clocks I wanted to use didnt fit:

 

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So time to chop this lovely dash board up:

 

Marked up:

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Chopped out:

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I actually didnt need to get rid of all of the material all the way round so left this and just relived the centre section. With this all gone I now needed something to fill the hole back in and fit the clocks to........what to use?

 

Carbon of course:

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Obviously this was a square sheet that has been shaped to fit.

 

Holes drilled:

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and all done:

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nothing is sitting square in the above pic as its all loose fyi

 

So just waiting on some warning lights to turn up and to decide on how the carbon piece will be fixed to the dash (I am thinking alloy dome head bolts in either black or red) I am actually really happy with how it has turned out and whilst there are far too many hours to mention shaping the carbon piece I think it was completely worth while

 



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:51 AM

 

So jealouse of the front hub assembly looks awesome!! How did you fint the quality if the parts? In tempted to use the same when i get there.

 

 

and with that I thought I would dig out some of the other stuff and build up the front subframe to ensure that I had everything and to make sure stuff fits......

 

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Subframe looks great, only thing maybe worth noting is the quick release engine mounts, not sure who made them (sorry if I upset somebody) but I've always had very negative feedback about them? 


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:21 AM

 

 

So jealouse of the front hub assembly looks awesome!! How did you fint the quality if the parts? In tempted to use the same when i get there.

 

 

and with that I thought I would dig out some of the other stuff and build up the front subframe to ensure that I had everything and to make sure stuff fits......

 

 

Subframe looks great, only thing maybe worth noting is the quick release engine mounts, not sure who made them (sorry if I upset somebody) but I've always had very negative feedback about them? 

 

Thanks very much.

 

Yeah, I am not 100% sold on the quick release mounts but didnt want to go solid (think it would be a little too harsh for road use! especially with a solid mounted subframe) and I still need them to be stiffer than standard with using the KAD gear linkage (to minimise undue movement) to be honest I havent really looked into alternatives at the moment but it is on the very long list of stuff to do/buy/fix. 

 

What have others fitted out of interest?



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:05 AM

So just waiting on some warning lights to turn up and to decide on how the carbon piece will be fixed to the dash (I am thinking alloy dome head bolts in either black or red) I am actually really happy with how it has turned out and whilst there are far too many hours to mention shaping the carbon piece I think it was completely worth while

 

 

Why not bond it on? will look loads better than fixings being visible



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:16 AM

 

So just waiting on some warning lights to turn up and to decide on how the carbon piece will be fixed to the dash (I am thinking alloy dome head bolts in either black or red) I am actually really happy with how it has turned out and whilst there are far too many hours to mention shaping the carbon piece I think it was completely worth while

 

 

Why not bond it on? will look loads better than fixings being visible

 

I had thought about this but didnt want it to fall off going over/hitting a bump(s) over time and not sure how any adhesive would like sticking to the finish on either the carbon or the dash (even when roughed up). I dont think black fixings would show and I suspect I would probably bond aswell (mostly to stop vibration/rattles)



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 11:36 AM

Warning and indicator lights turned up so got them fitted:

 

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