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DJs SS1 - now dad's sprint car

Postby scimjim » Tue Sep 23, 2008 5:51 pm

So, we went from this:

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via this:

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and this:

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to this:

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Then, one fine afternoon (19th Sept 2008), it turned to this :cry: :

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so the project is on :D

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Postby scimjim » Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:16 pm

Initial investigation showed:

badly bent LH rear trailing arm
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dented LH sill
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cracked LH front upper wishbone
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bent LH front upper wishbone through bolt
badly bent windscreen frame
nose cone beyond repair
headlight panel badly cracked
doors cracked around mirror mounts
quarter light frames bent beyond use
scratching/cracking damage to all wings
boot lid cracked beyond repair
alloys beyond use
front armature bent
radiator surround badly bent
radiator holed

12 manhours later and the "keep" pile is only just bigger than the "bin" pile :shock: :

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Postby Coupe' Racing » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:37 pm

Sorry Jim

hadnt seen the original thread - so was unaware that the roll bar was indeed fitted and the windscreen hoop did its job.

However.......

Christ that brings back harrowing memories from my big un.....

I am pleased that DJ is ok - but from just looking at this thread one could be forgiven for thinking the worst .

Maybe - with hind sight - all SS1 type cars ought to have a substantial roll hoop.

Thank God there was no serious injuries , and at least you can breath a sign of relief.

All the best - and good luck -

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Postby scimjim » Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:59 pm

Steve,

no-one hurt, other than DJs pride :cry:

no evidence of pre accident failure - just ability versus confidence with a little bad luck thrown in.

you probably ignored the original thread as it's under a pointy topic here
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Postby scimjim » Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:09 pm

Still in negotiation phase of collecting the few parts I need to start the rebuild proper - here's a better picture of the rolling chassis:

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Postby scimjim » Sat Nov 29, 2008 11:51 pm

Finally found a donor car - a non galv 1600 / 5 speed in Tarn green with straight panels but it's been sitting outside for 3 years or so. We picked it up last weekend on the way back from the Dinner & Dance:

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amazingly, the brakes and clutch were free and with a fresh battery and fuel it spun over fine with the plugs out - so I cleaned and refitted them and she fired straight up (cracked manifold and downpipe, so a tad noisy!) Even the lights all worked :shock: (okay I had to tap a sidelight and wiggle a headlight to help the motor :D ) Had the chassis not been so bad, I would have repaired it.

Eventually found a free half day today and reduced it to this in about 4 hours:

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The dash is out, so just the seats to remove and a few rivets to drill, then I can lift off the tub. To cap it all, there was a factory roll bar fitted, a brand new hood bag/tonneau thingy and the quarter light frames are new!

With the recent changes in the sprint regs, the plan is now to build it into a "road-going production car" - I just need confirmation that braided hoses, poly bushes and adjustable dampers (fixed spring seat) will be considered as standard replacements?
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Postby scimjim » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:24 pm

Took another half day on Wednesday to remove the tub from the donor car.

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Last night I took the rusty donor chassis to the farm (storage) and brought back the galv rolling chassis (then went out on the first of many Christmas functions :D )

Today I unloaded and got it on axle stands. Fitted the rear armature, rear light panel, front armature (side rails are just loose as they need to be off when the tub goes back in), radiator, radiator duct and headlights/frames & motors. I also managed to replace all of the flexible brake lines with braided.

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If the weather holds tomorrow I hope to get the tub on. If I carry out the wiring modifications that I'm thinking about (fuse box and relays in passenger dash), it'll be a few more days hard work before it's MOTd.
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Postby stewb » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:31 pm

Nice work :D

Good to see it coming together, it's amazing how a lot of progress can be made in a short space of time! I think you sourced a new car, stripped it & have started the rebuild in the time it took me to swap a fuel tank..... :oops:

Keep up the good work!!

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Postby stewb » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:33 pm

PS : are you sticking with the Tarn Green or going for a colour change??

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Postby scimjim » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:41 pm

Actually the tarn green's looking nicer every time I see it - I think it'll stay :D

Didn't get anything done on Saturday - DJ came back with a smashed drivers side window (parked overnight in town). While we replaced the glass, we looked at the non-functioning electric mirror - problem solved, it was a manual mirror with the adjuster just dangling in the door :lol: so the tarn door gave up a mirror as well as its glass (which hadn't been refitted properly anyway). I also adjusted the door catch, so it closes properly.

I still can't get to the bottom of the poor idle - found a fuel leak though :shock: managed to fix it but why oh why did Reliant use metal P clips :?:

The exhaust downpipe is also blowing a bit - I think it'll be a while before he can afford a new one though - so I'll probably be fitting another exhaust bandage next weekend 8)

Off to Suffolk on Thursday - dropping off wheels for Andrew Collins and a gearbox for Mick J, picking up son Andrew and a Ti engine/box (for me) in a galv rolling chassis (for Phil H) - hopefully weld in the SS1 seat rails and drop in the body tub this weekend (no electrical mods yet and only lowering the drivers seat this time)
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Current: SE5 (8Ball), 1600 SS1 (G97), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
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Postby scimjim » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:46 pm

stewb wrote:I think you sourced a new car, stripped it & have started the rebuild in the time it took me to swap a fuel tank..... :oops:

talking of fuel tanks - I thought it'd be a good idea to fit an access hole in the boot liner for the sender unit 8)

Drilled it out, filed it round, cut out a carbon fibre covering panel, drilled, screwed, fitted - (temperature's dropped back to around zero again) dropped in boot liner.................

and snapped one of the the fuel feed elbows off the sender :twisted:
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Postby Roger Pennington » Tue Dec 09, 2008 11:09 pm

I thought it'd be a good idea to fit an access hole in the boot liner for the sender unit


You're right, it's a very handy thing to have. I made one on mine a few years ago (about 9 x 9 inches). I must admit though, mines a low budget version - an ally sheet, none of this posh carbon stuff!

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Postby scimjim » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:41 pm

Although both seats were originally lowered - after the accident I removed the rails to see how my pigeon sh*t welding had stood up (not too shabby actually).

Today I FINALLY got around to welding in new rails (standard height passenger rails so that I can refit the centre box).

That meant a major shape change just before we ran out of light - the body tub was lifted back on :D - sorry about poor quality of pic :oops:

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Postby scimjim » Wed Dec 24, 2008 7:04 pm

Having been at work Monday & Tuesday, I finally got another day on the SS1 :D

After loosely fitting the rear panel, bootlid, fuel filler panel, doors and bonnet - I attacked the wiring :evil:

Several bits had to be fitted, then removed for access to fit something else :oops: and many Scotchloks and dodgy joints to remove but eventually I fitted a battery to test everything. Fairly successful - only the lift motors not working but I'd run out of daylight - hopefully just a dodgy connection or earth because they worked okay before I stripped it.

no pics yet - I stupidly thought DJ might have got off his X-Box long enough to take some :lol:
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Postby scimjim » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:32 pm

Having spent a day removing the Ti engine & box, then the body tub from Phils donor chassis (for the Rooster project) as well as getting the sick engine in my Sabre ready to lift - I did manage another day on the sprint project today.

Painted the fuel tank (removed two broken fuel caps from the tank!), replaced the fuel sender, fitted the boot liner, boot lid (with strut rather than dampers) and the rear deck panel. Fitted the headlight panel, front wings and nose cone - now it looks like a car :D

I also fitted the LH driveshaft - that had been holding up a lot of work on the LH rear (trailing arm, ARB, brake line, spring/damper & handbrake) as well as the exhaust.

Discovered that the rear wing won't fit with the rear light panel in place, so removed that again :oops:

Once I lost the light, I managed to strip part of an old loom in the garage to recover the distributor plug which is "poorly fitted" on the donor car :D

Hopefully another decent days work should see it finished except for the lowered floor - GRP doesn't like curing at the temperatures we've been having! Now I have the Sabre in covered storage I've stolen the hardtop, so I may be able to keep some heat in with an electrical heater?

Still no pics - it's always dark before I even think of taking some - DJs been skiing in Switzerland with a mate since Boxing day :evil:

Luckily Andrew's been helping lots but we're repairing the roof at the farm tomorrow in exchange for 6 months rent :D so probably won't get anything done on Saturday before Andrew goes back to school on Sunday.

Have a good new year
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