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PostPost by: nmauduit » Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:40 am

The Veg wrote:
mbell wrote:Modified a Porsche Jack ($50 of eBay) as recommended by a few here...

Can you detail the modifications?


I have modified a couple of these, for street 2 seaters : cutting off the protruding bulge that is keying the body on Porsches, and welding instead a 10x15cm alloy plate with reinforcing L profiles underneath to spread the load, then glued on top a layer of rubber to avoid point stress and slip. They go just about low enough for a lowered car, are rated for 1.5 elan so plenty of margin, and they are pretty light (the matching handle is alloy as well)...
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:35 pm

nmauduit wrote:
The Veg wrote:
mbell wrote:Modified a Porsche Jack ($50 of eBay) as recommended by a few here...

Can you detail the modifications?


I have modified a couple of these, for street 2 seaters : cutting off the protruding bulge that is keying the body on Porsches, and welding instead a 10x15cm alloy plate with reinforcing L profiles underneath to spread the load, then glued on top a layer of rubber to avoid point stress and slip. They go just about low enough for a lowered car, are rated for 1.5 elan so plenty of margin, and they are pretty light (the matching handle is alloy as well)...



Would it be possible to post a photo of the jack modifications ? TIA
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PostPost by: mbell » Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:19 pm

nmauduit wrote: (the matching handle is alloy as well)...


I am missing the handle but have a length of 1/4" Ali rod that I'll likely make a handle out of.
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PostPost by: 661 » Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:38 pm

Essential work continues

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PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:47 pm

Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay
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PostPost by: mbell » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:40 pm

I drove mine too test out the various things I've done to it recently, including shorten throttle lever, rebuilt & modded gear stick and secondary rev counter to test calibration of my maint one and allow easy recording of afr and engine revs for tuning.

Also noticed it was very rich on the main carb circuit. So tested out smaller jets, 120 & 115, with massive improvement compared to the 125 I had in. Probably need to get some 110 and maybe 105 as I'd like to find a jet that is obviously too lean. Likely going to have to adjust the idle circuit and maybe fuel level too. Got to love Weber's ..
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:31 pm

Wash and hoover.... first time out in 9 months...
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PostPost by: ajwheels » Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:15 am

Chris-72sprint wrote:Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay


There is great satisfaction in setting that odd part aside, knowing that one day, it would find it's way onto the car.....

Looks great.....but I have to ask, on the Safety Devices roll bar, did you remove the outer labels on the upright bars?......I have those on my car, and I toyed with removing them, but didn't want to do damage to the existing finish.....they seem to want to peel off, with a bit of effort, but not sure I could clean the surface afterward.....
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PostPost by: draenog » Sun Apr 26, 2020 3:00 am

ajwheels wrote:
Chris-72sprint wrote:Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay


There is great satisfaction in setting that odd part aside, knowing that one day, it would find it's way onto the car.....

Looks great.....but I have to ask, on the Safety Devices roll bar, did you remove the outer labels on the upright bars?......I have those on my car, and I toyed with removing them, but didn't want to do damage to the existing finish.....they seem to want to peel off, with a bit of effort, but not sure I could clean the surface afterward.....


A little trick for removing sticky labels is to soak the label in lighter fluid. This dissolves the glue enabling the label to be removed without affecting the surface (the lighter fluid evaporates leaving no residue). For the record (pun intended), I learned this trick through one of my other hobbies (collecting vinyl). Every record shop I visited all had cans of lighter fluid on the desk. Assuming they weren't all smokers I asked one what it was for. A trick of the trade - removing labels without damaging the record covers. I've used it myself many times since. It even works on the Glastonbury festival labels which you have to stick on your windscreen. In the past I'd tried everything from soapy water to chiselling them off - nothing worked :lol:
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PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:51 am

mark030358 wrote:Wash and hoover.... first time out in 9 months...


Looks very nice :D
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PostPost by: Chris-72sprint » Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:54 am

draenog wrote:
ajwheels wrote:
Chris-72sprint wrote:Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay


There is great satisfaction in setting that odd part aside, knowing that one day, it would find it's way onto the car.....

Looks great.....but I have to ask, on the Safety Devices roll bar, did you remove the outer labels on the upright bars?......I have those on my car, and I toyed with removing them, but didn't want to do damage to the existing finish.....they seem to want to peel off, with a bit of effort, but not sure I could clean the surface afterward.....


A little trick for removing sticky labels is to soak the label in lighter fluid. This dissolves the glue enabling the label to be removed without affecting the surface (the lighter fluid evaporates leaving no residue). For the record (pun intended), I learned this trick through one of my other hobbies (collecting vinyl). Every record shop I visited all had cans of lighter fluid on the desk. Assuming they weren't all smokers I asked one what it was for. A trick of the trade - removing labels without damaging the record covers. I've used it myself many times since. It even works on the Glastonbury festival labels which you have to stick on your windscreen. In the past I'd tried everything from soapy water to chiselling them off - nothing worked :lol:


My labels are still well stuck on but that’s a good tip if I need to remove then
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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:13 am

Chris-72sprint wrote:Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay



I made my locking strip tool from a wire coathanger and a wooden file-handle.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:21 am

billwill wrote:
Chris-72sprint wrote:Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay



I made my locking strip tool from a wire coathanger and a wooden file-handle.


If you have strong Fingers and Thumbs you don't need a Tool
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PostPost by: baileyman » Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:40 am

alan.barker wrote:
billwill wrote:
Chris-72sprint wrote:Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay



I made my locking strip tool from a wire coathanger and a wooden file-handle.


If you have strong Fingers and Thumbs you don't need a Tool
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I am looking forward to the screen installation point as at that time I will did in to Dad's toolbox and retrieve his own home-made tool from his +2 restoration in 1980.

But meanwhile, it's fitting do-dads to the dash, running power cables, running the fuel line, outfitting the boot with battery and tank. I do think I see a light at the end of this tunnel!

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PostPost by: ajwheels » Sun Apr 26, 2020 4:29 pm

draenog wrote:
ajwheels wrote:
Chris-72sprint wrote:Today I fitted my polycarbonate rear screen that’s been sitting in the garage 10 years.
This followed restoring the original parcel shelf and making new rear firewall last weekend.
I can’t put locking strip in until I buy the tool off eBay


There is great satisfaction in setting that odd part aside, knowing that one day, it would find it's way onto the car.....

Looks great.....but I have to ask, on the Safety Devices roll bar, did you remove the outer labels on the upright bars?......I have those on my car, and I toyed with removing them, but didn't want to do damage to the existing finish.....they seem to want to peel off, with a bit of effort, but not sure I could clean the surface afterward.....


A little trick for removing sticky labels is to soak the label in lighter fluid. This dissolves the glue enabling the label to be removed without affecting the surface (the lighter fluid evaporates leaving no residue). For the record (pun intended), I learned this trick through one of my other hobbies (collecting vinyl). Every record shop I visited all had cans of lighter fluid on the desk. Assuming they weren't all smokers I asked one what it was for. A trick of the trade - removing labels without damaging the record covers. I've used it myself many times since. It even works on the Glastonbury festival labels which you have to stick on your windscreen. In the past I'd tried everything from soapy water to chiselling them off - nothing worked :lol:


Ah....lighter fluid!.....now I'm encouraged to get at it.....Thanks!.....and if some day I am fortunate enough to get to deal with a Glastonbury festiveal label, I'm all set.....
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