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nicko last won the day on March 23 2021

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  • Birthday 03/21/1968

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    2B Plus, 2.0i
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    Nick Orwin

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    Cars, Driving my Hood, Beer, Golf,...........

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  1. I may be interested if you're going Dave. I'll text you later in week(kit's blocked in at the min and I've an office/bedroom to finish. Nick
  2. Don't believe all you see in the videos. I built mine as I described, and a couple of other people I know who built theirs have the same configuration. Things changed in the "design" over the years, but the videos didn't. I think it depends on the year of the chassis and remember it's not precision engineering (I've always said whoever welded the 2b chassis had an elastic measuring tape. Nick
  3. The bonnet is not meant to fit to the tube behind the dash, you need to fit the dash to fill the gap. Once everything is fitted in place it is fairly rigid. Nick
  4. When I built mine I cut the dash to fit the chassis then had to extend it to fit the gap to the bonnet. Once it's all fitted together it doesn't look too bad. Remember, you're building a Robin Hood.... If you measure everything it will look wrong!!! Fitting by eye is the way forward. Nick
  5. I've got a red one I bought a few years ago and never fitted, I'll message you with a price. Nick
  6. I could be wrong (it was 15 years ago) but I think there was a mark on the upper and lower edges of the panel that when joined with a line showed the centre of the curve. This was formed by kneeling on the panel and bending the end up and "bouncing" it to shape. HTH Nick
  7. Reading threads like this makes glad I have a large fuel rank and a well calibrated guage. I've never found my maximum range but I can do over 200 miles on a 3 quarters of a tank and can be confident when I hit the red I can keep going for ages.
  8. Is the door on the wrong side? Looks to me like your holding the left door to right side of the car. I may be wrong, but worth a try. Nick
  9. I've made a removable luggage rack for mine for strapping chairs or camping gear to, and a tow bar for either my trailer or trailer tent. I've not done any long road trips, but have driven in all weathers with not too much discomfort. Nick
  10. Another option is Dampertech. Tell them it's for a 2b and Dave will know what you need. Nick
  11. I built mine with the steering wheel/shaft higher than most and have plenty of room. Maybe look at lifting the steering wheel or if it was built with a tilting column it could be set low. HTH Nick
  12. Sorted, it turns out I miss labelled some wires during the build (probably 15 years ago) and had swapped stuff round to fix. I only had to swap 2 wires over and it's all working. Nick
  13. My bottom hose is a flexi one from a mk3 cortina. HTH Nick
  14. Story so far.... Broke down last weekend, fuel pump not getting power, fixed at side of road. Found to be dodgy fuse holder. Decided to buy a 4 way fuse holder as I had a couple of other stand alone fuse holders of the same type. Stripped out fuse and relay mounting board to replace with plywood, checked everything worked (all seamed ok including sidelights but didn't check horn) Prepared new "board", pulled each connector apart, fed through board and reconnected 1 or 2 at a time. Re-mounted everything and tried starting car, success. Then went through everything to check if it all worked. I've found a few loose wires but they are either labelled up as unused or shown on wiring diagram as unused except 1 black wire with a female bullet connector on it. This connector tests full short to earth which I think it should do, but I can find nothing that could have been connected to it. Going to try again this afternoon, but I still don't know where the live to sidelights comes from on switch connectors. Nick
  15. All fuses checked with multi meter to show full short circuit, also checked in situ to prove voltage at both sides of fuse and connectors. I just can't find what it supposed to give power to side lights when switched on. I know it's the red wire in the loom but struggling to find on wiring diagrams for loom and Sierra which wire should be live when the sidelights are switched on. Just to add, I didn't go anywhere near the switch gear until I'd already spent a few hours checking everything. Thanks Nick
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