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Richard Grove

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Richard Grove last won the day on January 13 2015

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About Richard Grove

  • Birthday 07/11/1965

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    Robin Hood 2B Vauxhall 16v
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    Fladbury, Pershore, Worcestershire
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    Production Car Trials, Track Days, Kit Cars, Motorsport

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  1. Alan, you were absolutely right. I finally got everything finished and thru MOT. As soon as we started driving on the road there was an obvious dead spot at higher revs once the engine was warmed up. It was running great when cold. Moving the air filter further back away from the radiator cured the problem straight away. https://photos.google.com/photo/AF1QipNuzG_7vig0eeju4NiIE_dF3JiQzL2kEsr4GpKU Cheers Richard
  2. Alan, you were absolutely right. I finally got everything finished and thru MOT. As soon as we started driving on the road there was an obvious dead spot at higher revs once the engine was warmed up. It was running great when cold. Moving the air filter further back away from the radiator cured the problem straight away. Cheers Richard
  3. You will need to fabricate everything yourself. In order to get adequate ground clearance you need to get the engine sitting in the chassis as high as you can with just a couple of millimetres clearance for the bonnet. I made the mounts myself, tacked them together and trial fitted engine and gearbox a few times before I was happy. I then had the mounts welded up professionally as my welding skills are basic. We now have the car finished and ready for some more road testing, just waiting for the weather to improve. Very pleased with results so far but just one issue to resolve. Engine runs great when cold but once warmed up it starts to stutter/hesitate when under load. Richard
  4. Hi, sorry for slow response I don’t come on here very often. The sump was cut and prepped by me but welded by a pro, my nephew. It’s an aluminium casting so welding is not easy as it tends to be porous but he got it sealed eventually. I just cut about 30mm off the bottom of the sump and made a flat plate to weld back on. I just googled it and found links on other sites where others had already done it. The black box on the right is fuse box from the Mazda loom. The black box on the left is fuel swirl pot with built in fuel pump. It was a cheap eBay purchase but seems to be working ok so far. Richard
  5. I am currently fitting a 1.8 MX5 engine and gearbox into a 2B. You will need to fabricate engine and gearbox mounts but no chassis modifications are needed to get the MX5 unit into the 2B. I bought a 2004 MX5 with MOT failure due to corrosion and stripped everything including ECU and entire wiring loom. So far I am in profit in that the proceeds from selling old pinto engine and gearbox plus unwanted parts from the MX5 (roof, doors, seats , bonnet etc) has more than covered what I have spent. The MX5 sump needs to be shortened. You will need not get a prop shaft made/customised. I have made my own floor mounted pedal box. I have also used/customised the MX5 exhaust manifold. At the moment I am trying to sort out the wiring loom. Stripping out everything that is not needed etc. Photos of what I have done so far at the following link. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO87HaDccv1C1geXSmfIa2RuoCaiSgfV3jxKUY62Wy9OrQdxxILjAQvYmkpRIH4gA?key=eGRhaWN3aHNKem9DX2YwbGc1cERYaU9MV3NLVnFn
  6. I have been making steady progress with installing the MX5 engine and gearbox in my 2B. Prop shaft has been modified. Engine and gearbox mounts are done. Sump has been shortened Exhaust manifold has be modified Floor mounted pedal box made utilising the MX5 pedals etc. Now starting to work on the wiring and fuel system. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO87HaDccv1C1geXSmfIa2RuoCaiSgfV3jxKUY62Wy9OrQdxxILjAQvYmkpRIH4gA/photo/AF1QipNDWz86Rhkf3-84Z8kpvIAV6s2R0ozzA7VpIOoW?key=eGRhaWN3aHNKem9DX2YwbGc1cERYaU9MV3NLVnFn
  7. Have been playing around with engine position and it definitely fits in the 2B with no chassis mods required. Alternator will need to move over to other side of engine to make room for steering shaft and sump will need to be shortened. Floor mounted pedal box will probably work best. Richard
  8. Not posted on here for a long time but was interested in this post. Has anyone put the MX5 engine and gearbox into a 2B? I am in process of doing it and at first attempt it looks like a pretty good fit. Richard
  9. Yes. Still for sale. I was going to put on eBay after Stoneleigh. Richard
  10. Hi, We are upgrading my sons Robin Hood to run on Bike Carbs so the Weber is no longer required. It was bought new in 2013 and fitted to the 2B which pased IVA in 2015 and has done about 3000 miles since then so it is in good condition. Selling complete with Pinto inlet manifold, Ramair filter and throttle linkage. The carb is jetted for 2.0 pinto and I still have the original paperwork which says Pimary jet 140, Emulsion tube F50 and Idle jet 60. It is manual (cable) choke and I will also throw in the choke cable if you want it. Photos at the following link https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i4d2uasrelxkrfx/AADtz_8zJUQh7FznRWEz1hU7a?dl=0 £150 plus postage. Thanks Richard
  11. I had my exhaust silencer made by Paul Gooderham. Discussed requirement with him over the phone and he told me how to draw the plans. Sent plans in post and silencer arrived a week later. Excellent quality and perfect fit. http://www.paulgooderham.co.uk/custom-exhaust-systems
  12. I used the yukspeed sump on my red top and had problems with oil leaks at first. It was solved by using one of these: http://www.autovaux.co.uk/product/90528632-652274-baffle-gasket-eight-valve-vauxhall.aspx Richard
  13. Having read other posts about the problems with DVLA registration I was expecting the worst. Sent my application forms off on Jan 3rd and received the V5 back today without having to make a phone call or anything. Amazing. No sign yet of any of my original documents but hey I have the V5. Off to get the number plates made up this afternoon. Exciting! Richard
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    Iva Norwich

    Well done - good result and retest should be easy.
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