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The abridged saga of my Europa lunacy

PostPost by: Chuck Nukem » Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:43 pm

Thanks guys! Here is the latest.

I have been machining the Zetec flywheel to accept the Renault clutch. I need to make a pilot bearing and throwout bearing extension.

I machined a thermostat housing that clears the bellhousing, I still need to add the sensor and heater hose takeoffs.

The brake set up is getting closer. I am working on the front hubs currently.
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PostPost by: mbell » Thu Dec 09, 2021 12:52 am

Looking like very good progress. Rolling chassis ready for the body by the new year?
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Thu Dec 09, 2021 6:37 am

Fabulous!
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PostPost by: Chuck Nukem » Thu Dec 09, 2021 3:17 pm

mbell wrote:Looking like very good progress. Rolling chassis ready for the body by the new year?


I hope so!

Mazzini wrote:Fabulous!


Thank you!
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PostPost by: Chuck Nukem » Tue Dec 14, 2021 3:23 pm

Flywheel is officially mated to the clutch. I got it drilled, tapped, and pinned for the Renault clutch plate and disc. The indicator said I had it concentric to at least .0005" I will have it balanced as an assembly with the plate after I remove another lump of mass off the backside. For now the task is to make the TO and Pilot bearing extensions...then the wheels go on!
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PostPost by: Chuck Nukem » Fri Dec 31, 2021 3:21 am

The cutting begins!
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PostPost by: Chuck Nukem » Fri Dec 31, 2021 3:22 am

I also purchased a new donor car.... I had planned to use the ordinary Zetec. To my knowledge the SVT/ST170 engine has not been used in a Europa before. I have heard of them being fitted to 7's and +2's. With a normal Zetec, part of the europa problem centers around the fact the intake manifold interferes with the frame. The common route is to run ITB (with SVT lower intake) and I had prepared to go this route with a standalone ECU. Then this shining beauty came in to my life...complete with a bad fuel pump and burned up clutch. The thought occurred to me that the different SVT intake might just fit... It is a gamble but I am prepared to sacrifice all my resources to the cause. If it works I can use the factory harness, ECU, etc. This motor even comes with headers, though I suspect they will need to be re routed...FOR SCIENCE!
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PostPost by: Chuck Nukem » Mon Jan 17, 2022 1:41 am

Progress form the cutting room floor!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:55 am

Beautiful!
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PostPost by: SENC » Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:27 am

Wow - stunning!
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