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Bob Tucker

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  1. Its important to set the castor equally each side, or you will have a permanent pull to one side.
    It may even be worth shortening the crush tubes and infilling with a spacer front or back,  if possible ,to move the top wishbone backwards or forwards.
    These chassis were never set up very accurately, so you have to resort to adjusting out any inaccuracies.

    Dont worry about trying to set up the coilovers identically (see above!)  More important is identical ride heights, once the car is on its wheels, or better still setting corner weights once the car is finished. HTH

  2. Try to identify the gauge. Most companies will sell you a replacement sender for their gauges.
    The standard oil pressure switch is just that, either on or off. It switches off at a  set pressure, usually 7-10 psi.
    Try to keep the oil pressure light, its an attention grabber if it comes on while youre driving, while you may miss the gauge dropping to 0 psi!
    Most engines have a spare tapping where you can fit the oil pressure sender, otherwise just use a T piece.

  3. Paul, I agree about the FR32. My engine had bigger inlet valves, ports reshaped to get rid of the inlet hump, twin 40s with 36mm chokes, and the FR32.

    Its probably a good cam for the Sierra's extra weight, but the Hood could easily have sacrificed a bit of torque in favour of BHP, maybe the FR33, although that states 7500 rpm.


  4. I got a sail maker to help with my surrey top. His top tip is to mock it up using sections made of clear plastic sheet ducktaped together so you can see fitting locations etc underneath. It made it much easier to get an accurate mockup.

  5. Hi Nigel, sorry you have to sell, wonky knees and a dodgy back mean moving mine on will be sooner rather than later.
    I think I have the timing sheets from one barkstone meet, so I'll try to find and up load them.

  6. My friendly MOT station has closed, so I had to go to the one that does both my regular cars. I explained what the car was when I booked it, but it was obvious that he doesnt test kitcars often, if at all. So I printed the chart from the DVSA site I linked in the other post, and the front page (It looks really official now!)
    I let him look it over, he asked a few questions about the car I told him it was based on a 1985 Sierra. He didnt ask if the engine had been changed.!

    And it sailed through despite being off the road for 3 years.

  7. If you want to use it for trackdays, avoid one that has sliding pillar suspension. They have a narrower front track, and it is possible( probable) that the lower part of the pillar can jam into the wheel while cornering hard, effectively stopping the wheel turning and gouging the rim. With work they can be OK for road use. Search out a wishbone model, theres plenty out there.

  8. Didnt it have an IVA or SVA test at some stage to get a Q plate?. 

    But you have to give up the certificate to the DVLA to get it registered with a V5, so the certificate itself wont be available.

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