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  1. 3 points
    Hi guys, I'm new to the forum and new to the kit car scene but please let me introduce myself - my name is Kevin and I am from Belfast Our Car: This was a bit of an impulse buy from eBay - I won it for a cheeky bid of £250. The seller told me it was straight and I had to take his word for it until the courier delivered it to me. I checked it over when it arrived it was straight! It was built as per the Ron Champion book 'Build your own sports car for as little as £250' and therefore, a live axle setup. There was a MK2 Escort steering rack fitted and the steering column had been done. However, I will be redoing the steering column to comply with IVA requirements etc. The seller threw in some shocks, a nose cone, scuttle, front wishbones, some master cylinders, a steering wheel and a copy of the original Ron Champion book! I also picked up a copy of Chris Gibb's and used this to deviate from Ron Champions front wishbone setup - I used the plans from the wishbone plans from the Haynes book to give my car a couple of inches of extra front track. My plans and what I've got the for car to date: - 2004 1.8 MX5 Engine, gearbox and loom - Capri Atlas axle (I wanted the extra beef for as much power as I can throw at it) - GAZ shocks - Cortina Uprights - Wilwood brakes - Turbo kit + management (once it's running and driving perfectly etc) - Full roll cage - Quaife LSD So this is how it looked when it arrived: Gaz shocks: Cortina uprights The engine, gearbox, loom etc: Threw the box in to see how it would look/fit - seems ok so far: Checking everything was straight/level with the aid of some lasers: Nosecone on for a look: Cutting the brackets off as they definitely were not perfect. It also justified redoing the whole front end to suit the Haynes roadster suspension setup: Finalising the drawings to reflect the Haynes roadster setup but with proper caster to improve upon Ron's original design: Ordered some carbon seats: Some inspiration courtesy of 'Locost_Turbo' on Instagram - his car inspired my build with the wider-track front and rear (Atlas axle etc): Next, we started on the rear hoop: Some bits arrived in the post: Making the front wishbones: More work done on the rear hoop: Checking out the front suspension setup: Offered up the engine to see what kind of room we would have for the turbo etc - LOADS of room Ordering more bits and bobs: Atlas axle setup arrived: All brackets removed from the Atlas: Had to cut out the FU1+ FU2 bars to properly position the wishbone brackets with the aid of a jig: Compbrake hydraulic pedal box, master cylinders, brake lines etc arrived: Threw some bodywork on to keep us motivated - it actually began to look like a car lol Axle brackets fabricated and tack welded to the axle: Axle complete and fitted to the chassis - it's wide! lol As per the advice of Procomp, I spent quite some time trying to ensure correct angles at ride-height and droop to ensure the best handling possible: I now need to reposition the rear shock mounts down by 2 inches to make room for the larger rear shock: That pretty much brings us to where we are today. I will update as and when I do more work on the car. I would like to have this car rolling by tomorrow and the engine fitted by next week. The aim is to have it driving by end of Feb/mid March and then strip, off for powdercoat before final assembly for being road legal, IVA'd etc by June. It's optimistic but I am incredibly impatient, which I think will work in my favour here. lol
  2. 3 points
    Well if it's silly Nigel, it's been silly for a long time. If anything community users have more access now than they ever did before. You're probably the first member I've heard stand up for the social side of the club but still call for free access to the website. The majority of members that I've spoken to express the view that community users have too much access rather than not enough. I know there are a number of community users that have posted useful information and continue to do so but I don't see that should in any way be considered as an alternative way of getting the same benefits as a paid member. Whilst the concept of a free internet is a great idea, in practice we still have to pay for our web hosting and with year on year reduction in members we need to look at all options to reverse that trend.
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    With the basic frame assembled, we could measure the overall sizes which will give a starting point for planning out the awning. The overall height at the awning rail is 1650mm which slopes down to 1600mm at the side frame. It’s only 50mm fall on the roof but hopefully this will be enough to shed any rain. If we make the fall bigger, it will reduce the internal height too much. The floor area is 1250mm x 2450mm, so pretty well doubles the footprint of the caravan body. We did a test fit of the current awning roof part to the awning rail. It didn’t prove much other than it fits the rail and it’s far too big. The grey material that’s visible is the existing roof, more than long enough to go the entire length of the awning rail. To make it a bit more manageable, we cut it down in the length and width but made sure we left a generous allowance of material just in case we needed it. This is one of the existing end panels laid out on the floor. It zips in to the main roof part all around the outside with a single zip. And here’s one of the two front panels. To give an idea of the size of the awning we’re making, it’s front panel will be a bit smaller than this. The plan is to use what we can from the original awning. We will be using the zips, windows and some of the red fabric, together with the grey vinyl skirt at the bottom that tucks inside the awning and goes under the groundsheet. We carefully unpicked the stitching from the zips. They will be too long but look like they can be shortened fairly easily. When we reuse the white fabric, we don’t want to use areas that have previously been sewn through as this will leave holes where water may get in. Instead we will cut out the panels close to the existing stitching to keep them as big as possible. With the white fabric removed, we decided to give it a run through the washing machine. Although the awning was very clean, there were a few marks on the white and it made sense to try and remove them now, rather than later when the whole thing was sewn together. Also, while the fabric was still damp from washing, we gave it a quick iron to remove the bigger creases which will make it easier to work with later. We will use new blue fabric as well on the awning, but the old red material won’t be wasted. We will carefully cut it out to usable pieces and keep it for possible use on other projects.
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    It's in the same area as all the other build threads. This was previously only visible to club members and was recently opened up as 'read only' in an attempt to try and show a bit more of the forum to non-members and try and encourage people to consider joining. Whilst I agree that non-members have useful input to the forum, there has to be some difference in the access given to members and non-members or there's even less reason for people to join. Our primary goal is to increase total membership and this can only come about in 2 ways. First to attract new members and second to retain the members that we currently have. We hoped that opening up read access to the build threads would attract the first group of people but it would be expecting a lot of current members if we asked them to continue to contribute financially towards the upkeep of the forum and then offered non-members exactly the same access rights.
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    Finally got round to putting up my big RHOCaR sticker. Makes a rather dull garage a little bit brighter!
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    Who was responsible for fitting those handles?
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    Very pleased with picking this up today. Not "KAR120C" (already taken) but happy nonetheless.
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    My first try at wrap. Sides and rear panel are easy once you remove everything attached. Front suspension and steering was a pain to remove but doable. Will let you know how the bonnet goes once I make a blister to cover the VVT assembly sticking through right now. If I can do it anyone can, with a bit of patience.
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    Just a week ago I was working in the garden in + 10*C then the "terrible" snow storm arrived , 4" on our patch & 8" at Basingstoke just up the road. It snowed 'til late Friday then the temperature dropped to -5*C. On Saturday we adopted our other form of transport. Great fun but exhausting work trudging back to the top, managed to get several runs from workshop to pond edge on both Saturday & Sunday. Monday comes the rain & by Tuesday it's very mild & thick fog --- just right for Florin's MOT ( passed no advisories ) changed to more rain on way home. Today we are back to =10*C & sunshine, all the snow has gone & the snowdrops are in full bloom & daffodils are budding. English weather ??? I built the sledge in 1974 from the rear seat of my Mini Estate which I had crashed the previous winter.
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    Hi Kev, interesting build, keep us posted on it. I love the picture with the caption ‘nose cone on for the look’ Alan.
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    This looks like it's going to be an interesting build thread, I cant wait to see some more. I see you're using a bias pedal box - I take it you're aware these aren't IVA compliant unless the adjustable bar has been welded up to prevent it being adjusted? Are you using a Panhard rod or Watts linkage to locate the rear axle?
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    Hi Kev and welcome to the forum. Seems like your proper getting your teeth into it. Should be a little cracker when its done. Andi
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    Thanks to everyone who turned out last night, particularly those from Leicester, Stafford and Highley for the long drive on a week night. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at our monthly meet or around the shows in 2019. Roll on the decent weather!!!!
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    Been very cold up here lately, so slight delay on Moog's finishing, but got on the car today. Dashboard re wiring almost done! Few bits to re wire on Sunday. Finished Passenger side armrest, looks great, not bad for a first attempt ever lol. Then its on with the rest of the interior!!! Hope the weather up here in Scotland gets warmer soon, wanna drive Moog6 for some serious drives!!!! Will keep you up to date. Regards, Dave.
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    Regardless of the model it's a great value car. A new owner could be on the road for under £1500 and a bit of work so hopefully someone will buy it soon.
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    Mine are still on my desk
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    Good idea mark show us yours then
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    I like the other sign. I think we can start a great post with the new club stickers ‘show us yours’ I mean where have you displayed your stickers?
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    Never one to shy away from a winter project, I'm about to embark on the next one which should see me spending the dark Winter evenings in the garage. Neither myself nor Jackie are particular fans of camping, something that was reinforced by 2 nights under canvas at Hoodstock this year. I quite fancied a challenge and so I've decided to build a caravan, mainly just because I think I can but also so we can use it occasionally. Jackie is dead keen on the idea and wants to help so a few months ago we bought a trailer tent so I can use the chassis as a caravan base. I did think of building from scratch, but going the trailer tent route means I get a galvanised, braked chassis that's rated at 900KG, more that enough for what I need. A couple of weeks searching on Ebay turned this up this 1990 Conway Challenger in Rhyl which we bought for £350. It had been stood for 12 months but all the lights worked and I towed it back without any mishaps. We bought it without seeing it erected but it was all there and came with a whole host of extra goodies, some of which may be of use. A day of light cleaning brought it up a treat, so good in fact that we decided to test it out at the EOSB and save ourselves the cost of proper overnight accommodation. For those of you who weren't there, (shame on you), here it is in all it's glory
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    Hi Everyone, Very proud to have my Canvas painting of Jim Clark unveiled this afternoon by Jim's Cousin Doug Niven. It will permanently hang in Clifton Hall School nr Edinburgh, where Jim Schooled. Great day and Doug loved the image. Doug also brought along one of Jims Original race suits and unbeknown to me, its the same suit I had painted in the canvas, amazing!!! Dave.
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    Andi - it is a $50 added cost to the regular yearly fee, in California anyway. Other options than black or white available but cost more and supports various causes, fire fighters, environment, etc. richy66 - have never been to Portmeirion but someplace I've always wanted to visit. The Prisoner show had a big impression on me during my formative years. Is it still open to the public? Had to wait till my senior years to get the car though. In reality rear fog lights are unknown here. Even though we get a fair amount of fog here in northern California. People here only know of front fog lights. But you make a good point. The GBS chassis loom places the fog light on the right side and not looking for more work to do will probably just leave it alone. Will probably never remember to use it anyway, and other drivers would just think I'm riding my brakes anyway. nelmo - no IVA or MOT for kit cars but in California anyway you do need to go through a myriad of inspections, brake & light, CHP (california highway patrol), smog referee (if you want to be exempt from smog inspections, unique to kit cars in california), and the infernal beast of the DMV (department of motor vehicles), etc. I kept a humorous diary of sorts regarding the headaches I had getting the car registered. Will send it to anyone privately that is interested but it does need editing. Every state has different laws and requirements for car registration. I only have experienced California which I think is one of the worst. So the same plate could be issues by another state if they offer that option. Here is what my other kit car has;
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    It's a wrap. And much to my pleasure and surprise fender (wings) GRP (fiberglass) color (colour) is a superb match. So those parts did not need wrapping. Good thing we both speak English :)