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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:16 pm

You did Ted. Needed to arrive around noon. Next time!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:39 am

It was a couple of days ago actually, but I got the bushings and dogbones onto the anti-roll bar, which I'd been dreading doing. Will mount it on the car when I get home from this biz-trip.
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PostPost by: Bud English » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:29 am

Today was headers, day two. From the PVC mock-up into mild steel (I don't TIG weld). Pre-bends are your friend. :D
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PostPost by: Chris » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:25 pm

Tucked her into her nice dry carcoon until spring.
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PostPost by: 661 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:53 pm

nmauduit wrote:
661 wrote:Cage fitting![/attachment]


looks pretty sturdy... how much does it weigh ?

and can it be dismantled or is it welded in once and for good?


It is not welded in to the chassis but is a fully welded unit that can be lifted in and out and bolted down.
The mock up here is not T45 and has every possible option. The cage I will eventually have will be T45 and one or two bars removed. I'll let you know the weight then......
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:07 pm

661 wrote:
nmauduit wrote:
661 wrote:Cage fitting![/attachment]


looks pretty sturdy... how much does it weigh ?

and can it be dismantled or is it welded in once and for good?


It is not welded in to the chassis but is a fully welded unit that can be lifted in and out and bolted down.
The mock up here is not T45 and has every possible option. The cage I will eventually have will be T45 and one or two bars removed. I'll let you know the weight then......

please do, thank you (I have to say I did not fully understand some of the tubes - usually in tubular cages axis coincide as much as possible).
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PostPost by: Bombay Racing Green » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:16 pm

Fitted the sway bar on my Europa. What a pig of a job! Brake bleeding next and then it’s time for a test drive.
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:54 pm

Mucky job - removing the disc from the hub.
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:30 pm

went for a beautiful fall foliage drive today and came across these old timers...
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:47 am

Cool photo Ted!
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:35 pm

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Took it for a brisk run on a crisp fall morning.
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PostPost by: mwhitaker » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:08 pm

Drained the sump and put winter weight Castrol GTX 10W-40 in. Finally got a nice torque wrench which reads up to 250 lb-ft so I can accurately torque my octagonal nut spinners down to 200lb-ft instead of being close by standing on a breaker bar! After a test drive, I may have solved /improved a driveline vibration issue...… Also, after crawling about underneath checking various bolts for tightness, found loose proximal intermediate pipe at the y-pipe connector level-have ordered new S4 muffler and connector, clamps, straps, etc. for exhaust update. stainless header is in nice shape. Now it will be nice and loud after the old Sprint muffler is gone! Plus, a nice drive in Northern Virginia sunshine today.


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PostPost by: jimj » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:13 am

I put the roof up, but not until we got back from fetching the newspaper. It`s just far enough to warm the car through, a good idea throughout the winter, I think. Laying the car up for months is not too good and must be like sleeping in separate bedrooms for half the year.
My youthful navigator didn`t feel the cold but is was a bit nippy, just like the car.
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