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Post by BigBobPilot » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:35 pm

Benc wrote:
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Do you have any more events planned this year?
Thruxton on 21st September with the CSCC Modified Saloons & Modsports.


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Post by Benc » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:53 pm

Ah that’s a bit far for me to spectate but if you are at Oulton park or Anglesey in 2020 I will try and get along to watch. Good luck at Thruxton 8)



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Post by BigBobPilot » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:19 pm

It seems the second interview at Brands Hatch was used too, along with a photo. This time in the CSCC's own write-up. My bit is on page 12.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/838e83_c ... 484440.pdf


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Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:06 pm

Cool! 8)

Oh and that Cadillac thing makes an ss1 look pretty :barf: :barf:


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Post by barry_bryan » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:04 pm

I see you have made the pages of Autosport now as well , it seems your pursuits have no bounds.


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Post by BigBobPilot » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:08 pm

barry_bryan wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:04 pm
I see you have made the pages of Autosport now as well , it seems your pursuits have no bounds.
I better check that out...


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Post by barry_bryan » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:12 pm

yes you are in this weeks edition Regards Baz


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Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:29 pm

Jeez, Ben will be insufferable now!! First Motorsport News, THE motorsport weekly, then CSCC digital.mag, now Autosport??!! Only saving grace is it's because hes chosen a 'proper' Scimitar to race now rather than those old, ponderous, bread Van's he originally tried...

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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:49 pm

When I took my turbo off, there was more play evident in the bearing when checking it on the exhaust side, so I sent it away to Turbo Technics for some overhaul. I didn’t do it quite as quickly as I should have done, so I was getting a little concerned when I’d see it back again (I’m racing this coming weekend). However, it will be arriving tomorrow, so that gives me enough time to get it installed again, phew!

Other than that, the main change was to fit a new header tank that I could get higher up at the back of the engine bay, whilst being able to shut the bonnet. After a bit of searching around, I settled on a Ford production plastic bottle that will fit the space & have the pipes pointing in the right direction. Here’s old & new
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and here’s where it will live (note the missing turbo). It has the bonus that it moves weight from the drivers side to the passenger side, even if it is slightly higher. The photos don't show it, but it's got a deep sump at the back. I've not measured the volume differnce, but the outlet on the plastic tank is lower, so that it can utilise the full head of water, which isn't the case with the round aluminium one.
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The only issue is that it displaced the blower fan for the screen, which I will now have to find a new home for. That's why the bracket to the bulkhead it slightly over-sized, as it had to cover up a hole in the bulkhead.

The workshop I’m renting has a very high roof, so I’d been looking in to getting a full size car lift. I’ve had one in the workshop for a few weeks, but I had to arrange to get a 3-phase electrical socket installed. With that done, I’ve now got the lift installed, which made all my pre-race checks so much easier.
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I ended up having to take the steering rack off, there was play in the passenger side inner ball joint. Although I could remove this in situ & tighten up the ball joint on the bench.
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I could not re-stake the collar, to prevent it coming undone, with the rack on the car. So it was rack off, Locktite the thread & re-stake the collar before re-installing, all without scrabbling around on the ground, which was nice!


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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:56 pm

I said I'd weigh the rear section of damaged chassis that I had to cut off, it was 3kg
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What I put back in was virtually the same, so no real weight saving, just a bit of simplification of the rear tow eyes.

What does save a bit of weight is this:
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I hacked up my damaged rear light panel to get a before & atfer weight, cutting the sections away in front of the rear lights saves 0.4kg in total. I've just left 2 straps across for the bolts to the light units. I've not done it to the panel on the car yet, I just wanted to get an idea of the weight save before scrapping this part (it was more damged than it looks in this photo)


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Post by BigBobPilot » Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:41 pm

Well a box arrived today, it wasn't much of a struggle to guess where it was from:
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I bought the T28 turbo on an engine with some other bits as well, including the ECU & engine wiring loom which are currently on my SS1. I was told the turbo was reconditioned, but it had no paperwork with it. The engine has forged pistons (I took the sump off to check) & I was told the engine & turbo had done about 3000 road miles. That's waiting in the wings for a strip & re-build with some more go-faster bits. The package I bought, was being sold as the Nissan S13 shell was rusting away after the guy had been working abroad for a year or so & the car had been left sitting outside. However, I'm not believing that it was a recon turbo, or if it was, I have no idea who did it. Now it looks brand new & has all new internal spinny bits. I think in reality, I'd have been better off buying a hybrid T28 in the first place, getting a few more ponies when I had the engine mapped & saving a turbo re-build now, but hind-sight is useless.
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Hopefully I'll get it fitted tomorrow evening & the car will be pretty much ready to go for the weekend.


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SSSC Champion 2009, driving "Big Bob"
CSCC "Swinging 60s" race series winner in 2011, 2014 & 2015 (Group 2) sharing a Marcos with Iain Daniels

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