The Green Machine - Sprint Car Build

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Post by turbster » Mon May 21, 2018 10:05 am

So my plans for a quick engine transplant from this car to my Coupe have changed due to the fact it's so good and it's not far from being a really good spec roadgoing class sprint car..

After some consideration, it's just quicker and probably cheaper to finish and upgrade this car rather than do a temporary fix on the Coupe.

I plan to replicate my 2005 RSSOC Championship winning 5a...
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Following a quick inspection I found the following..

The engine is actually a better spec than that car and must have cost a lot to build; I'm not sure what the pistons are but I'm presuming Powermax or similar, it's +30 thou so a 3.1, crossdrilled and nitrided crank, fully balanced, Burton stage 2 heads with the fanciest ARP bolts I've ever seen!, Piper 285 cam, steel timing gear, non vac Motorcraft dizzy with electronic ignition, electric fuel pump and Holley 390 specced for this engine. It has new hoses throughout, a new rad with kenlowe fan and stainless water pipes.
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The chassis is solid...everwhere!

The exhaust is a custom built stainless one which looks excellent quality and includes a very nice set of brand new 3 branch tubular headers 8)

It's a 4 speed non-o/d car as my white one was and it has a close ratio gear set.

I presume the axle is standard, but I haven't checked yet. This will be swapped for a Quaife LSD.

All bushes other than the ARB to chassis mounts are good, trunnions look new, steering gaiters are new as are the track rod ends.

Front dampers are height and rate adjustable Spax with light surface rust only, and the rears are standard items which will need swapping along with all four springs.

Brakes look refurbished all around and will just need some decent front pads.

I'll also need to fit my spare race seat, harnesses, and a passenger seat as there's some modern leather seats fitted at the moment.

That pretty much covers the main items, and the rest is just cosmetic really. I need to set a target date to get this out and it needs to be well before Curborough!!
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Post by b.c.flat hat » Mon May 21, 2018 10:23 am

Wow, looks like a few days work then ready to rev the nuts orf it! Dropped in nicely, good buy at the right time.



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Post by scimjim » Mon May 21, 2018 10:26 am

What a great buy :D


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Post by philhoward » Mon May 21, 2018 10:28 am

Bargain of the century!


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Post by turbster » Mon May 21, 2018 10:28 am

This puts me in the same class as you Brian... :wink:

It's not quite that easy, but much easier than converting the Coupe back in the same timescale! Definitely one of my better buys, I thought the days of bargains like this had passed..


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Post by turbster » Mon May 21, 2018 11:54 am

Forgot the new master cylinder, rebuilt servo and new copper brake lines throughout with goodridge stainless hoses! 8)


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Mon May 21, 2018 12:44 pm

Be good t' get some higher class machinery out there! :lol:



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Post by reliant-reviver » Mon May 21, 2018 1:18 pm

Looking at the pictures I can see a few chips and imperfections. Think it's probably going to need a full rub back to gelcoat and one or more (further defects allowing) resprays before you can even entertain the idea of it being seen in public... :lol:


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Post by turbster » Mon May 21, 2018 1:19 pm

reliant-reviver wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 1:18 pm
Looking at the pictures I can see a few chips and imperfections. Think it's probably going to need a full rub back to gelcoat and one or more (further defects allowing) resprays before you can even entertain the idea of it being seen in public... :lol:
It’s only a race car!! :wink: :lol: :lol:


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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon May 21, 2018 5:50 pm

I had a Piper 285 cam in my original sprint car, with JW heads, JW bored out DGAS carb and oversized standard pistons it made circa 180bhp.


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Post by CNHSS1 » Mon May 21, 2018 8:30 pm

turbster wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 1:19 pm
reliant-reviver wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 1:18 pm
Looking at the pictures I can see a few chips and imperfections. Think it's probably going to need a full rub back to gelcoat and one or more (further defects allowing) resprays before you can even entertain the idea of it being seen in public... :lol:
It’s only a race car!! :wink: :lol: :lol:
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Post by turbster » Mon May 21, 2018 9:24 pm

BigBobPilot wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 5:50 pm
I had a Piper 285 cam in my original sprint car, with JW heads, JW bored out DGAS carb and oversized standard pistons it made circa 180bhp.
The previous owner mentioned 210hp... The spec doesn’t suggest that to me, but who knows?! I’d be very happy with 185, the white car had about that and Tango didn’t have that much more.


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Post by turbster » Mon May 21, 2018 9:25 pm

CNHSS1 wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 8:30 pm
turbster wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 1:19 pm
reliant-reviver wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 1:18 pm
Looking at the pictures I can see a few chips and imperfections. Think it's probably going to need a full rub back to gelcoat and one or more (further defects allowing) resprays before you can even entertain the idea of it being seen in public... :lol:
It’s only a race car!! :wink: :lol: :lol:
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I do need to do some minor cosmetics :wink: :lol:


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Post by turbster » Tue May 29, 2018 8:34 pm

Still going through the car and making a to do list... I’ve got some bits ordered so it’s just a case of waiting until it can start going back together.

No nasty surprises other than the usual last few inches of the n/s roll over bars are rotten so I’ll have to do a little keyhole surgery on those.. The n/s sill was badly swollen, but that’s almost sorted now. Also need to make some GRP bumpers and a front spoiler.

The first part came today 8)
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DBY 119M SE5a
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Post by BigBobPilot » Tue May 29, 2018 8:38 pm

Yay, a cardboard box, you can use it to make templates!


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