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#379798 Collecting My Rh2B This Week...but..

Posted by nelmo on Yesterday, 01:55 PM

He tells me he has gone over the car with a fine tooth comb and that he honestly believes it will go straight through! 



Call me Mr Cynical but - duh!! He's trying to sell, he'll tell you he thinks he'll win the British Grand Prix in it if he thinks you'll buy...  :)


Ignore what he 'thinks' - means nothing...


Re: the re-test, mine failed and they only checked the failures during the re-test but, as Bob, said, someone (brumster?) had an extra fail picked up on a re-test.

#379726 Attaching Wheel Arches

Posted by nelmo on 15 January 2018 - 02:07 PM

Yes, it did come away at the front first - and the rear only lasted a couple of seconds before that went as well.


Very possible I didn't get the gunk in the right place but it was left for several days untouched with weight on it, so the gunk must have cured.


I thought about different bolts but, as you say, I don't think there is space between bracket and tyre to fit one and I doubt I'll get a nut inside the tube  (and anyway, I'd need at least 2 and one far inside).


I think I'm going to go with a large sheet of ally, bent into a '-U-' -shape with wide and long wings and lots of gunk.


Ironic that these wings are sold as 'sport' wings and supposedly provide some downforce  - that can't be happening at all otherwise surely there should be much less (if any) upward force on the gunk to make it fail like this, no?

#378349 Heated Seats

Posted by nelmo on 12 November 2017 - 09:52 AM

OLD TOPIC but just wondered if there had been any new experiences. My tin top has heated seats and they're lovely in winter.

These look to be a bit better than the cheap, £15 versions:


#377912 Emissions

Posted by nelmo on 25 October 2017 - 05:12 PM

I was told that getting the right emissions with a Zetec and without an aftermarket ECU is almost impossible. The standard Ford ECU can't be mapped so if you fit it and your emissions aren't right, you're screwed.

I have an Emerald ECU and I took it to a local garage before my IVA, connected up to their gas analyser and just juggled the map to get the right emissions. Saved that to one of the maps, fitted a switch that allows me to switch between the emissions-friendly one and a decent power map and job done.

Yes, I think you legally must have a cat these days and anyway, you'll never achieve the correct emissions without one.

#377757 Retro Ford Zetec Water Rail

Posted by nelmo on 18 October 2017 - 10:39 AM

This post isn't about how good or bad race line is versus retro versus standard, it was just about the lack of info about fitting the retro to my silvertop.


The original post was providing info about the water rail to any potential users - how good or bad it is is just as useful and relevant, no?


Loads of people do use them perfectly well but it is also useful to know that the basic Ford setup also works (and for half the price, in my case).

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#377754 Retro Ford Zetec Water Rail

Posted by nelmo on 18 October 2017 - 07:09 AM

I have to admit I've been surprised by how good the basic Ford setup has been. When I was building, the cooling system was my biggest concern as I had no real idea what I was doing and I assumed the more expensive water rail would be better, working on the 'you get what you pay for' principle.

But my standard system has been totally reliable in the couple of months I've been on the road. In fact, my first IVA test was in the 1 hot week we had this summer. If anyone recalls that week, the hottest recorded place in England was Heathrow at about 36 degC and my IVA was at Yeading, just down the road. I had to drive there through London rush hour traffic, so I spent most of the time sat in traffic. And then I had to repeat the whole procedure 3 days later for my retest! I had no overheating issues and that was before I had vents cut in my bonnet - very impressed.

Also, I imagine that water rail setup, having so few pipes, must have much less actual coolant in it, no? If so, that isn't going to help...
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#377631 Led Bulbs

Posted by nelmo on 14 October 2017 - 09:33 PM

I find that when I drive at night with the lights on, my voltage gauge (which normally shows 14v) drops down to 11 or 12 v.

I don't think there's anything wrong and it's not the end of the world, I just assume the alternator isn't the most powerful and can't keep up for the draw from the standard H4 headlights and rear bulbs.

I'm thinking of just changing the bulbs (not the indicators, I know they would need a special relay) for LEDs - is it that simple? I've read a few people having issues with direction of the light etc?

#377357 Fitting Wipers For Mot

Posted by nelmo on 03 October 2017 - 05:53 PM

Iv only ever driven the car in the summer so no need for them florin

Yeah, 'Cos it never rains in summer in England ;-)

#377252 I Need A Runaround

Posted by nelmo on 27 September 2017 - 11:00 AM

...er...a kit car? Have you got  one handy?  :ph34r:   :)


I commute in mine...

#376860 Sunday Tinkering

Posted by nelmo on 11 September 2017 - 09:41 AM


Also got round to fitting the Zero badge i have had for about 6 months.




So, what everyone else been doing?



Like that - I think I read an entry of you making that, didn't I?


I'm trying to do something similar as well but struggling to use Blender...


I did my first long-distance trip yesterday; 325 miles in an 11-hour day, where I learnt some important lessons:


1. No roof isn't a problem in rain.

2. Non-working wipers IS a problem in rain.


#376469 Rip Driveshaft

Posted by nelmo on 29 August 2017 - 03:11 PM

Nelmo, Ford donors are not modded,  I think the mod only applies on the Mazda based build.


Yeah, I could tell that from the rust-covered wrecks I was sent  ^_^

#375237 Hot Rod On Ebay

Posted by nelmo on 22 July 2017 - 07:08 PM

Dear Lord, who would spend £3k+ on that? That's a late night, alcohol-fuelled eBay mistake... :-)

I mean, what happened to those rear wheel arches? I'm useless with a tape measure but even I wouldn't get them that far out...

#375133 Moutney Steering Wheel

Posted by nelmo on 18 July 2017 - 02:48 PM

If it's a Sierra column, you should see a corrugated-type section - that is the collapsible bit (good pic in the IVA manual if you're not sure what I mean).


This is the text from the IVA manual:


Steering wheel construction It is vital that the wheel is constructed so as to minimise the risk of facial injuries or concussion. The rim of the wheel should be padded or at least made from a material which when deformed does not splinter or fragment. The centre boss should be padded or recessed below the level of the rim. Wheels with a very deep dish are stiffer than flatter wheels and, as such will absorb less energy. The centre boss will often be of a collapsible type comprising a convoluted crushable section or a series of metal fingers with a deliberate fold introduced to initiate a collapse. Bolts used to secure the wheel to its boss (if exposed) should ideally be flush with the wheel surface but otherwise are required to meet the radius requirements if contactable. Bare metal spokes are allowed as long as they conform to the edge radius requirements. Components likely to catch in the driver’s clothing or jewellery are not permitted.


Admittedly, it doesn't actually say it MUST have a collapsible boss (highlighted in red - don't really understand it) but my tester did ask the question and I pulled the cover back a little to show him the collapsible section.

#375097 Hoodstock

Posted by nelmo on 17 July 2017 - 01:16 PM

You do know the rule about 'no pics', right?  :diablo:   ^_^

#374853 London To Brighton Kit And Sports Run 2018

Posted by nelmo on 10 July 2017 - 01:50 PM

That bit from Crawley southwards is very good but the best road IMO is the A272 that goes east-west. I've not really gone further east beyond Tunbridge - must do that some time...