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Honda S2000 engine and box

PostPost by: JonnyPlus2 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:24 pm

Hi Dave,

Good job on this!

I'm still gnashing my teeth over whether to use an S2000 or Twink in my 36R. As luck would have it, I can put off the decision for a few months as I will be building a rotisserie and fitting the 26R wings to the S3 shell (a non-trivial operation).

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PostPost by: dougweall » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:02 pm

Jon, can I respectfully suggest you have your shell on the chassis and the wheels to be fitted once your conversion is complete, before you fit the 26R arches.

I know from experience that it DOES matter. You will be able to align the arches to the wheels. If you don't you may find the wheels are inboard / outboard of the arches and not where you want them.

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PostPost by: JonnyPlus2 » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:46 pm

Hi Doug,

Thanks for your wise words.

I have fitted the wings with about 200 little bits of sheet alloy and self tappers. Once I have done enough glassing so that the shell is strong enough to support itself on the rotisserie I shall screw the wings back on and confirm that they're still aligned and then do a little bit of glassing, just to locate them. Then I can finish the job in comfort without trying to make the glass cling while it's upside down!

If I knew then what I know now, I may have decided to just put flares on the beast. The 26R arches look great but Jeesus H Christ, they're a lot of work.

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PostPost by: Gray » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:59 pm

I'll second that, I did look at mine today, front ones fitted, one rear nearly finished, other still held in place with alloy strips and pop rivets, shell on side - its been there since before Christmas!

It is essential to initially align with body on chassis, then best to take body off, although possible without.

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PostPost by: JonnyPlus2 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:12 pm

Yep, I plan to do mine on a rotisserie so that the glass will always be laid on a flat surface. None of this upside down stuff for me.
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