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At Last!. I have started on my car ;-) PART 2

Discussion in 'General car Chat' started by pgarner, 18 February 2009.

  1. TCJBOLDIE

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    Can you explain that retiring thing you mention ? o_O

    Hoping to upgrade to a Honda FN2 Type R 2009-2011 model that has a Torsen LSD from the factory where it was built over your way so I can enter events and compete in some way for a few more years.|B
     
  2. old-git

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    Ah, good. Had me worried for a while there :)
     
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  3. TCJBOLDIE

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    :lol:
     
  4. old-git

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    Looking for more ways to reduce weight, I started to attack the locks. Doing away with the door handles and lightening or replacing what remains with carbon fibre. Replaced latch cover with a CF version and also the rods connecting interior door opening handle and the latch.

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    Made a prototype door button. Need to fit to car along with the latch to finalise design.

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    This work will remove over a Kg. Also replacing OEM wiper motor with the rear screen motor from a Fiat Punto. Weighs 1.5kg less. Also converting to single wiper. Just need to reduce swept angle from 180 to 100 degrees.

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  5. TCJBOLDIE

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    Glad to see that you are still beavering away at weight loss and still as anal as ever and I am sure you could have taught Colin a few things about weight loss :) |B

    PS how's the drivers diet going?
     
  6. old-git

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    Colin, Colin who? :)

    On hold until after Christmas.
     
  7. TCJBOLDIE

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    Wasn't it some chap named Colin way back who built a sports car or 3 that said something like "to go faster add lightness" and that a motor only had to last until the finish ??

    Christmas is also my problem as I love her indoors home made puddings<B as it's just so hard to stop at 1 slice
     
  8. old-git

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    Also never take a washer for a free ride :)

    One slice can be any size you cut :)
     
  9. TCJBOLDIE

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    Enough of this nonsense and get back to work :lol: as we all want 2019 to be the year when " The Worlds Fastest Elan" title is won :)

    PS I seem to recall that you told me "after Christmas " last year :rofl:
     
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  10. old-git

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    Yeah, not sure where 2018 went.
     
  11. old-git

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    I bought a tripod for my phone and decided to check it out. There was no plan to post the result but then I thought, what the hell, why not? :)

     
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  12. old-git

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    Testing the heavy duty double sided tape used to secure the rare earth magnets to the glove box cover. I attached a suitcase weighing scale to the cover to see how much force was required to pull it off - 5kg

     
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  13. TCJBOLDIE

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    Surprised that the glove box is still in place given your OCD when it comes to weight reduction ;) :lol:
     
  14. old-git

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    It gave me access to the battery and PMD. Coupled with the removable switch panel I had planned to use these orifices to access all of the electronics and other gubbins behind the dash. However, as more stuff than I expected is now there I would need to retrain as a gynaecologist in order to access everything through these openings. I have therefore redesigned the dash top so that most of it is removable, vastly improving access. Although this makes the cover superfluous I will probably keep it as there is a lot of blood sweat and tears tied up in it and I like it :). Also, it balances out the dash, aesthetically, IMO :) The Computer/ECU interface is behind the cover so that would have to be resited if I did away with the cover.
     
  15. TCJBOLDIE

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    Steve I knew that you would have a perfectly valid reason for keeping the lid :)

    Was just rattling your cage :lol:
     
  16. old-git

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    No, you make a valid point that keeping the cover is against my anal philosophy regarding weight saving :) As an access to the rear of the dash is better served by the removable dash top this cover is redundant so should be removed and the hole filled with carbon. However, it is staying for now :)
     
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  17. TCJBOLDIE

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    Nothing is lighter than a hole :lol:

    Am wondering if the Elan gets to be so light that you will need to add some aero to help get all the power to the tarmac.?
     
  18. old-git

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    Unfortunately I will not be able to make it that light :) However, aero is being added to reduce drag wherever possible. The flat underside will also improve downforce and stability.
     
  19. TCJBOLDIE

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    So when will it be getting it's first shakedown run??
     
  20. old-git

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    Oh, look, squirrel!
     
  21. TCJBOLDIE

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    Now heading for 1/2 of a million views :eek:
     
  22. old-git

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    Replacement polycarbonate (in orange packing) front and rear screens arrived today. However, the edges are protected by polycarbonate so that will have to be removed before they can be fitted.

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  23. TCJBOLDIE

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    Good to know you are still beavering away but need to know when it will be "finished" as I want to help cheer you on in your quest BUT am getting on a bit now and don't know if I will last long enough to be around to see you get crowned as "the worlds fastest Elan driver":( :rofl:
     
  24. old-git

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    Yes, I have that same concern about me :)
     
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  25. old-git

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    OK, first attempt at making a windscreen. Used an original screen to work out how much bigger the polycarbonate version has to be. Cut the poly using a jig saw with no problem.

    Next task was to attempt to form it to the shape of the opening. It does bend cold but that would result in a lot of pressure on the fixings so not really ideal. Experimented with heating with hot air gun. Reached the required 150 deg C and achieved partial bending.

    I will continue tomorrow and, if necessary, make an aluminium mould and form it using the curing oven.

    I think that I will leave the protective covering on so I am not scared by the speed I could be travelling at :)

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