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Plus 2 rebuild

PostPost by: shaun » Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:53 pm

Rebuild coming along nicely
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:38 am

Subscribed! :mrgreen:

Looking forward to lots of lovely updates, Shaun.

First question: what is the name on that id plate in front of the left motor mount?

Oh, and second question: where are you?

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:43 am

ID plate

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Getting the hang of this IT stuff now
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:51 am

Got it. Thanks, John. I couldn't quite read it, and since it didn't look like a red tubular Spyder chassis, that word didn't occur to me :oops:

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PostPost by: shaun » Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:02 pm

Hi I'm from Staffordshire england ,undergoing full nut and bolt restoration for my sins
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:32 pm

Shaun

your brake pipe routing is non-standard...but nice,,

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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:49 pm

john.p.clegg wrote:your brake pipe routing is non-standard...but nice


. . . but subject to damage from road objects, as it's on the leading edge of the A frames . . . :?

Just a thought . . .
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PostPost by: Sea Ranch » Mon Nov 24, 2014 5:07 pm

Beautiful chassis and running gear restoration, though!! :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: vernon.taylor » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:21 am

Salut shaun

Beautiful work !

I have complete braided brake lines, too - direct from the unions to the calipers. However I followed the original routing which does leave them less exposed:

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Similar for the front - held in place by rubber-lined P-clips.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:54 am

Sea Ranch wrote:
john.p.clegg wrote:your brake pipe routing is non-standard...but nice


. . . but subject to damage from road objects, as it's on the leading edge of the A frames . . . :?

Just a thought . . .



and looking at it again it could chafe on the ball joints/arms..

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PostPost by: Mick6186 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:28 am

Most forest rally cars use braided brake lines that in one event will be exposed to far more flying rocks, stones etc than a road car will in several lifetimes. Brake failure due to brake line damage is quite rare. The reason braided lines are used is that they are extremely resistant to wear & damage from flying objects, not because they look good.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:24 am

In my recent outing competing at the Sandown Historic races in my Elan there was a very load clang from the rear during the race. Nothing seemed to happen to the handling so I continued on. After the race I checked the rear suspension and found a very large indentation on the leading side of the A frame front tube where a stone / rock had been thrown up from the front wheels. The indentation was the like the tube had been hit very hard with a ball peen hammer. Even a braided brake line would have been crushed and potentially cut by the impact.

I would route the brake lines via the original locations or at least put on the back side of the suspension

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PostPost by: shaun » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:46 am

Thank you for the comments,before the car is completed I will wrap the hoses in protective spyro band as used in my previous rally cars
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PostPost by: Speedster » Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:02 pm

LooKS great rebuild. Could not get my engine out with manifold in place. Can you get yours in with manifold on as makes life easier
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PostPost by: shaun » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:25 pm

No I had to remove manifold studs and engine mounting,dropped in engine fitted manifold then fitted engine mount I also relieved chassis for a bit more room
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