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Sharky last won the day on November 21 2012

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About Sharky

  • Birthday 07/08/1965

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    Zero with 2.0 l Zetec, Jenvey TB's and Emerald ECU.
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    Jim Young

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  1. Whiz, yes that's mine and IanK, mine is a standard zero, one of the early zetec kits from about 2009. Sharky
  2. Hi, If you look on the softbits web site, the pics of the GBS GT is mine (except it's not a GT!). Anyway, the quality of their varied products is very good, but as said previously, they are a small operation and are very busy at times and you have to gently remind them you are waiting on occasions. To be honest, the half hood makes a heck of a difference on the level of warmth when the sun is down and noise level is massively reduced to a low shout between me and the Mrs! I recommend the easy-in option, it saves a lot of twisting and contorting to get in and out! Far easier to unzip it and stand up. Sharky
  3. Check with Simon at GBS, there are two thicknesses of windscreen rubber and one of them you will struggle for the rest of your born days to fit it, the other one will take you just about fifty or so years! :-) I had a very troubled weekend involving rubber strips and fairy liquid about 18 months back now. Now normally that would be a cue for corny music and overdubbed gasps etc but it's safe to say that it was a weekend I had well and truly locked away into a "special" place. But unfortunately it now reminds me it ended in buying some Innotec windscreen sealant and using the GBS rubber cut into very thin strips as packers and squeezing that black gunk in there!!! Then I fitted the windscreen and wiped off the excess and let it set. Shimples! Each to their own and some on here may have had a simple easy time, but mine was tragic! So Innotec to the rescue! Yay! Hope that is of some use?! Sharky
  4. Thought I'd post this up in here, although it's not necessarily build related. It's just that I have never managed to get a photo of my car onto the site, probably due in part to me being some sort of cyber cretin and secondly that I lost the will to live last time I tried. However, I have just noted that if you go to the "soft bits for sevens" web site and then click on their online store, then select GBS, well there it is, that's my beastie! Not a GT though, but hey who cares, my fifteen minutes of fame has started! Sharky
  5. There hasn't been any change or update to this topic for a while and I wondered how people had got on? Has anyone actually fitted a GBS pulley system? In fact, does it actually exist as there's nowt on kit spares? If anyone has any piccies of how they have achieved less accelerator travel, then I for one would be grateful for the insight as I can feel a winter mod coming on and would appreciate some more ideas. Cheers Sharky
  6. Bending was done around my thigh until I got the right shape for the frame. Minor bruising but controlled forming of bends! Then started the complete buffoonery of fitting the rubber seals. Bottom T-Seal no problems but the top rubber wouldn't fit with the glass. So, I spoke with Simon at GBS and it appeared that I may have the wrong seal and there was a thinner one. Seal duly arrived in the post and it was marginally better. I then spent a day in the garage with warm water, washing up liquid and various clamps, belts and straps trying to achieve the impossible. Essentially, the whole sorry shambles involved a hell of a lot of swearing, significant sweating, almost getting it to work only to watch the other end ping out and so it went on!! In the end I gave up and didn't use the windscreen rubber in the groove as it was proving impossible to do on my own, so I filled the frame groove with windscreen sealant and assembled the whole windscreen and frame in about an hour. The stuff I used was INNOTEC SAFE SEAL, easy to apply, sticks like the proverbial after a couple of hours but any excess that squeezes out, cleans off easy with INNOTEC's REPAPLAST cleaner. I then polished the frame and it seems to have held its sheen over the past 18 months and is still ok. Remember, if you are spraying aluminium you need to do a couple of coats of etch primer otherwise it will peel off and look scruffy in a short period of time, so polishing is easier and doesn't look too bad. Finally, I must point out that I have nothing to do with Innotec but I think their products are great - Google them. Their aluminium and satin black spray have been used a lot during my build and the REPAPLAST cleaner is as good a product as I have come across in high street engineering stuff as well. The Health Warning is that it is quite pricey, but you get what you pay for and it seems to last quite a while. HTH? Sharkey
  7. Well I have been away for a while (not at HM's pleasure I might add!) and I have finally got round to doing a long trip in the Zero this week. I even managed to get her indoors to tag along! Started Sunday morning with a 3 hour drive up to no 1 child's house in Cosford. Then on Monday, we crossed Wales from Cosford, through Shrewsbury and Bala and then up to Portmeirion. Did some touristy stuff and stayed over night, then Tuesday had a short but mega blat up to Bethesda to have a go on the longest, highest, fastest zip wire in UK (worth doing). After lunch we decided to race the expected bad weather and put in a 3 hour dash to Alton Towers. Two days of acting like kids in the fun park ensued and then a short blat back to child no 1 and family stuff for a couple of days. Just got back to Sussex at ten this evening and after approx 675 miles, only a blown near side headlamp to report. A weekend of servicing and check torquing nuts and bolts coming up I think, but I am still impressed that my home build endeavours aren't strewn between Sussex to North Wales! Lol Sharky
  8. Just fitted half doors to mine recently and that makes a load of difference, no buffeting coming round the edge of the windscreen and the misses is impressed with the increased warmth in the cockpit too not sure if I now want to trap any more warm air with a mesh deflector now lol
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    Fuel Starvation

    Look at the fuel pump flow rates. You might find that the low pressure lifter pump from the tank feeds the swirl pot at a lesser rate than the high pressure pump and if the plumbing is not right then you could end up emptying the swirl pot. Sharky
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    There is loads of good stuff to use out there and as said previously, it all depends on whether you are intending for the wiring to be permanent or removeable (ie on the back of switches and relays etc). If you have a look at these web sites you will find loads of nice goodies and they also have all of the OEM type connectors and finishing products to make your wiring "assault" look a bit more professional! Lol! I found that the pre-insulated crimps can sometimes look a bit bulky and I ended up pulling the insulation off and using heat shrink instead. http://www.polevolt.co.uk/ http://www.autoelectricsupplies.co.uk/home http://www.vehicle-wiring-products.eu/VWP-onlinestore/home/homepage.php HTH? Good luck! Sharky
  11. I bought a silencer cover way back in my build, sure it was from either Europa or CBS, most likely Europa, anyway, it sat in my loft for two years until I came to fit it, then realised I'd had it made far too long, so then had to doctor it! Looks ok though, it is in chrome with lightening holes and has ZERO cut into it. Not sure if I have a picture to upload, I will check. Sharky
  12. I have made a similar observation and come to the same conclusion as Craig. First off, double-sided Velcro loops on the shoulder straps has helped to stop some of the near constant face-whipping! Secondly, it is difficult to adjust the lap straps and get them correctly adjusted when sat in the car due to: (A) Slim line seating area in the Zero And ( I could do with a slim line butt to go with (A) above! However, that said, I don't think there is any way of stopping these straps from coming loose when in use and thus I don't have much faith that they will be any good in an accident, so I have been looking for suitable replacements. So far, I have found these: https://www.europaspares.com/product/174/16502/HARNESSES/LUKE_HARNESSES/Luke_4_point_Caterham___Westfield_Harnesses.html Trouble is, there is apparently a significant difference between the caterham and westfield strap length sizes, so if anyone has any idea which is closest to the Zero, then that would be most appreciated! Regards Sharky
  13. I remembered seeing this a few weeks ago and it says it all! My old border collie Finn is 13 now and showing her age, we will be devastated when her time comes, but this little story may perhaps help take some of the sting out of it. . . A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old). I don't usually forward emails, but this one is so truthful. -Diane Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their homeAs we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.'' Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live. He said, ''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'' Live simply.Love generously.Care deeply.Speak kindly.Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like: When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy. Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently. ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
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    The best part about Detling for me this year was the drive there and back! Admittedly got there early afternoon, but it was was very poor and most people seemed to be trailing out as we arrived! I won't be going again that's for sure! Sad as its the only one near us, but it seems that other shows are more worth the travel. What was interesting was that I bumped into the Zero owners who have the rotary engine fitted, they have overcome loads to get that on the road. Well done to them! Sharky
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