Jump to content

RHOCaR End of Season Bash 

Come and join us for our Annual event  on 22nd to 24th September

Camping, Family Fun,  Evening Entertainment and like-minded Company


Full Details and entry form here:



Postal Entry Deadline 25th Aug - New Online Tickets Available Click Link



Member Since 19 May 2004
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 08:38 PM

#377103 Pinto Power Output.

Posted by agent_zed on 19 September 2017 - 07:08 PM

I would also guess that having a straight through exhaust would help a bit too, but i could be wrong as there are various other factors such as back pressure to take into consideration and it all starts to get a bit technical especially when you start taking into account 4-1 or 4-2-1 manifolds and primary tube lengths and the like. 


Depends on budget as i am sure Snapperpaul will tell you it ain't cheap once you start pushing the limits.


At the end of the day though i have a 1.6 pinto without much done to it, only a 2ltr cam, 4-1 tubular manifold to straight through exhaust and that still gives me a huge smile and moves pretty well. I was stuck behind a few slow cars today on the way home along the edge of the river wye and it just didn't matter. Sun was creeping out and it was awesome to hear the burble of the engine and get to enjoy the scenery, it's not always about screaming 0-60 times ;)

#377038 Been A While, And Encountered A Problem !

Posted by agent_zed on 17 September 2017 - 05:19 PM

"...and as result you get a Q plate." or a New plate, or an Age related or a Dinner plate  :crazy: DVLA randomly applying rules since 1965.


That isn't actually a standard 2b chassis so depending on how fussy and knowledgeable (who knows someone at dvla might know whats going on) the person is they might pick up on the front suspension, although unlikely i guess. Maybe you could 'find' a reciept from Robin hood in your paperwork ;)


Car is looking nice. I can't quite see from the pics but are the light holders sufficiently rounded? You also might find the front indicators are not far enough apart. Mine were ok like that for SVA but i know some people had problems and had to fit 'extenders'. Might be worth just checking the measurements if you haven't already.


That's a nice looking rear end. Is that steel under there with the gaps filled or is it all glass fibred?

#374721 Expansion Bottle Lower Than The Rad?

Posted by agent_zed on 07 July 2017 - 07:46 PM

If you find you get airlocks that are hard to shift you can do what i did.... It looks like you have the same setup as i have and their is a tube on the left of the picture running along the side of the rocker cover. I used copper pipe and simply put a T piece in with a radiator bleed valve. Costs about £1-2 depending on whether you have some plumbing bits kicking around. Makes it dead easy to bleed the air out.



#370430 5Inch Id Steel Tube?

Posted by agent_zed on 29 March 2017 - 09:09 PM

Metals4u list 139 x 5mm wall. gives 129 ID



doh i found this but i forgot to -10 and only did -5 for the one side and got 134mm which is over 5inches.




thanks for the maths help :)

#370334 Sometimes Things Actually Go Right!

Posted by agent_zed on 27 March 2017 - 08:36 AM

looking to put the 2b back on the road asap so checked the other day and the indicators weren't working and the reversing light also not working.


Got to look at it yesterday and started with the indicators. The hazard warning light bulb on the steering column was on but solid but no other lights. had to remove dash to get to flasher unit. Found 12v at the unit so figured problem with it so took the black cover off and poked a few bits on the solenoid. Put it back together and all working :) ... until i noticed the side repeaters not working. checked those and a loose connection on the one side and blown bulb on the other. easily sorted.


Reversing light ... checked and again 12v on the leads. Bulb looked ok so bit of a clean and all working again.


So all in all a good day as other than a side bulb no big surprises and don't have to wait for a new flasher unit etc


now i just need the sun to come back!

#368919 425Hp Mgbgt

Posted by agent_zed on 15 February 2017 - 10:44 PM

Watching fast and the furious 6 and got to googling cars and looked for a tarted up mgbgt as i quite fancy the idea and wondered what was out there and stumbled across




does the 1/4 mile in 11 secs apparently.


think it is rather nice although i can understand purests not really liking the flared arches etc



always been a fan of the jensen interceptor so interesting to see one used in ff6


also fancy a datsun 280z


Just need to win a lot of money



#366970 Steering Rack Extensions

Posted by agent_zed on 06 December 2016 - 06:13 PM

For my 2b i had new extenders made as i wasn't happy with the RH ones. Put it this way i told RH about it and said it cost me money to fix and that some bonnet catches would be good as compensation and they arrived in the post the following week so it kind of tells me they knew they were a bit pants.


So instead of the couple of inch jobs i had much longer ones made to ensure they screwed on a good distance to get tight on the threads (the metro rack had a slightly tapered thread so got tighter nearer the top of the thread - probably not by design).


The local engineering company made me a set so the thread matched the metro fine thread and the sierra TRE.

#366585 6+ Cylinders

Posted by agent_zed on 18 November 2016 - 04:35 PM

that is one nice rear end! so to speak :blink: 


If you can get it in i'd try for the bmw engine. I've only got a little 1.8 3 series but its so nicely made, ticks over at 600rpm smooth as you like even with 120k, and bmw aren't likely to disappear anytime soon. As said above there are loads about. Think on top gear they said there were more 3 series sold than mondeos.


I'd also try and get the full loom/ecu for it as although it will be a pain shortening wires and suchlike it will save a hundreds on aftermarket ecu's and rolling roads. And you know that it works for that engine as BMW spent millions getting it reliable.

#365695 Faded/stained Gelcoat - How To Refinish?

Posted by agent_zed on 18 October 2016 - 10:31 AM

I had sim prob years ago after storing  the bonnet for my Marcos under polythene which collected water in puddles the effect was a like a photo negative it did polish out after repeated attempts but very hard work ! :crazy: mick


this is what happens to my cellulose paint when i use a plastic tarp. If it gets water + heat(sunlight) it does weird blooms and the paint can take on the imprint of the plastic. Very annoying and i have to either cut back or re-spray.


I've used carplan rubbing compound to pretty good effect and it's really cheap. I picked up a tube for about £2. This is on ebay http://www.ebay.co.u...61219804&crdt=0which is the same but i bought mine from local MF but i've seen it in a local DIY shop too.

Once i've used that i then use T-cut or similar to go finer and then wax. Got a mirror finish on the guitar i built using that.



#365028 Chassis Tilt

Posted by agent_zed on 30 September 2016 - 11:22 AM

Ah the +/- 10cm tolerance on everything they made. ha.


If you don't like it make a new bracket :) It wouldn't be hard to do. 3mm box with a the one edge cut off (assuming standard box fits with the bracket on the chassis). You might find due to leverages etc that the bracket doesn't need to be 2cm longer to achieve a 2cm height adjustment.


everything is customisable on these cars, just a question of at what point you are happy to stop changing bits (if that ever happens).

#364671 My Laptop

Posted by agent_zed on 22 September 2016 - 05:52 PM

9 year old aspire ... does it look like this...




#364289 Side Reapeters

Posted by agent_zed on 15 September 2016 - 03:27 PM

what about wing mirrors with repeaters in the ends? would give you the width and visibility required.

Was a long time ago now but my 2b passed SVA with the repeaters on the side panels and the main front indicators (standard RH ones) on the nose cone without any extenders. Whether the next chap would have passed it who knows.

#364278 What Shockss

Posted by agent_zed on 15 September 2016 - 10:16 AM

When you fit them try and align both the top and bottom brackets in the same orientation. This won't be exactly inline with the car as the swing arms on the subframe don't swing in a straight line. If you have a look at the wishbone mounting you'll see the 2 mounts are set at an angle not straight across the car.


If you don't you'll get a bit of stress on the bushes in the shockers as there will be a slight twisting.


It'll help the shockers last longer if you can get the brackets as close to inline to the direction of swing arm movement as you can.


I believe from what i've read on here you will want between 350 and 400lb springs.


If it's a 2b (or the subK ) it will have a tubular chassis which is the reason it was called 2b / tube-y

#363897 240V Voltmeter

Posted by agent_zed on 06 September 2016 - 07:10 PM

i thought we were past this phase. These jokes are so bad they are starting to hertz.



#363677 Exhaust Modification To Meet Import Standard

Posted by agent_zed on 01 September 2016 - 07:23 PM

does it definitely have to exit to the rear? i'm just thinking that the toniq R has a version with it's exhaust up front http://www.madabout-...en-Llandow3.jpgand just exits to the side. Probably get some crazy under bonnet temps but you'll just have to keep moving forward quickly to keep it cool ;)