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#31 Jammy

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Posted 28 April 2005 - 09:19 PM

Its the picture under your name on the left<<<<<<<<

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 06:16 PM

Its a twin engined hyabusa special! :grin:

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Posted 29 April 2005 - 07:15 PM

Any other pic's of that Special ??? Or your car ???

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 10:24 AM

Here's a better pic of the twin hyabusa car!! Will be posting some more of the mini when i get chance..

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 10:13 AM

looks a bit like this one..

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Posted 10 May 2005 - 12:00 PM

Oh my God some people are Mad .. R1 In a Mini........ that is nuts But a Twin Hyabusa that takes things to a Strange Speedy level...

Good On you ..... that is balls Out Driving at it's best...

Cheers brizeeee

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 10:14 PM

Here's a pic of the front end....

Getting the bodywork sorted at the moment, soon be ready to hit the tracks.. :huh:

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 10:30 PM

and another...

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Posted 14 May 2005 - 11:10 PM

shes a beaut, what kind of performance are you expecting? is she just a weekend car or would you be daring enough to use her for a daily driver?

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Posted 15 May 2005 - 07:09 AM

Cool. I'm building a car to the same spec in our projects section. Only mine is blue.
Might be able to bounce some ideas off you.
How did you go about offering the cage up?

Rear first, but did you put it in place with wheels on to line up in arches? then draw in the holes to drill through ready for the bolts?
bolt and bond the rear, then fit the front cage?
That's my plan anyway.
What did you do for reverse? I have got a mahooosive starter motor and an even bigger sprocket to gear it down. Sound good?

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Posted 15 May 2005 - 10:08 AM

I had the full cage in and out many times (no engine fitted) before I was finally brave enough to cut the floor right back to the final position!!

If you get the front legs of the cage right into the front corners and then mark across the floor taking a reference point each side of the car to make sure it is square. Dont bother about the wheels in the arches as this can be adjusted anyway on the rose joints. If everything is straight then there will be no problems. You have to make sure that the rear uprights are vertical (measure distance from the back of the B pillar at each side and top and bottom) before you mark it out. The cage tends to tip back a little due to the weight so you have to get it to just right angle before bolting it up. This tilting can make quite a difference to the base position of the rear cage. I had the back of the car attached to a winch so i could raise and lower it easily whilst the cage remained stationary, to get the correct angle.

One thing that i found with mine was that the cage fit was very tight at the back (width across the floor) the first few times. But, eventually the shell seemed to stretch a little so that a small gap was present at the side of the rear leg plates (about 1/8"-1/4"). The floor is also quite 'floppy' at this stage, so i bought another box section from Somerford minis and welded it across the floor. Also, the seats sit straight across the box sections, so quite easy to fit. Only problem was the handbrake cable mechanism, so i had to cut the box section in half! Anyway, that made the floor about 10 times stiffer!!

Where abouts do you live?? Would be interested in seeing it!!

Mine has no reverse, far too heavy for me!! :wink: :wink: But probably a good idea for a road car!

Last weigh in was 460Kg, quite light i think??? However, i think 400Kg is quite achievable in the future. The car absolutely flies, so no problems with power. It will even pull and accelerate to overtake from 2000rpm in 6th gear!!

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Posted 15 May 2005 - 05:00 PM

I'm in canterbury in Kent.

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Posted 15 May 2005 - 05:03 PM

Ive been reading your post today. Have you got any recent pics?? What stage are you at now??

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Posted 15 May 2005 - 05:07 PM

Where did you put the extra box section? Did you weld it straight behind the original?
because I reckon the floor is a bit floppy too.

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Posted 15 May 2005 - 05:25 PM

About here!!




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