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Post by frodo_monkey » Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:17 pm

Unfortunately yes, a couple of years ago - got to the stage where it properly needed pulling apart and rebuilding, a bit too big of a job for me at the time. Plus the chassis/cockpit/bulkhead didn’t really work for me as the builder was a lot shorter!

It’s now slumbering at a place called Climax Motorsport down south - they do BMWs inc classic touring cars, Nürburgring 24H etc. A guy Paul who works there has it and is slowly going to go through it properly!



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Post by CNHSS1 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:01 pm

Good to hear its not been mothballed and will live on 8)


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Post by BigBobPilot » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:55 pm

frodo_monkey wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:46 am

But more Reliant related, I have an SE5a chassis over with Iain Daniels at the moment which is slowly being built as a race, hopefully for the year after next!
Do you have a plan for where you're going to race the SE5a?

I hope the season in the Fiesta goes well, how long have you been racing it now?


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Post by frodo_monkey » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:14 pm

3rd year for the Fezza - bought as an unfinished race car project that was destined for the Northern Saloon & Sports Car Championship. First year I blew the engine (don’t race a Zetec on 5W30 - too thin!), last year I rolled it down the Craner Curves at Donny (two weeks after it was painted - bumhats), third year starts with testing at Snett next month and racing at Oulton in April.

The plan for the Scimitar is to make a car eligible for CSCC, but I’ll likely race in AFRC still.



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Post by BigBobPilot » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:39 am

I hope 2018 is better for you then. Rolling at Craner Curves doesn't sound like much fun! Was a re-shell required? Or lots of panel beating?


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Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:20 am

Surprisingly little damage - a bit of a crease at the top of the drivers B pillar, a replacement windscreen/front panel/wing, and the (fibreglass) bonnet needed some repairs, but very slow speed so it could have been worse! Went off on someone else’s oil and went into the gravel trap sideways as I was just a passenger at that point!
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More importantly, which gearbox should I choose for the Scimitar? I’m using a PowrLok 3.54 LSD, and looking at having a tuned 3.1 Essex, so which Scim box is nice and strong? I’d ideally like one with a hydraulic as opposed to a cable clutch.



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Post by philhoward » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:50 am

Type 5 gearbox probably - available in hydraulic as well as Cable operation (only used in cable operated in a Scim) but you could go with a concentric slave?

I think a certain Jim K might have what you need?


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Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:05 am

Thanks very much!



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Post by Coupe Racing » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:12 am

philhoward wrote:
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Type 5 gearbox probably - available in hydraulic as well as Cable operation (only used in cable operated in a Scim) but you could go with a concentric slave?

I think a certain Jim K might have what you need?
I have one of each here


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Post by philhoward » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:15 am

Coupe Racing wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:12 am
philhoward wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:50 am
Type 5 gearbox probably - available in hydraulic as well as Cable operation (only used in cable operated in a Scim) but you could go with a concentric slave?

I think a certain Jim K might have what you need?
I have one of each here
I couldn't remember who else had a hydraulic one (I knew I'd read it somewhere) so it must have been your good self.


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Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:26 am

Thanks gents - Steve, I’ll be in touch :)

Have been idly pondering the RX8 6 speed as the ‘good’ adaptor plates for the Essex V6 are apparently nearing completion, but it’s a bit of an uncharted mod vs high torque cars, and the first gear would be totally redundant.



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Post by Corky » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:54 pm

When I bought an RX8 box, I found the most suitable set of gears was in the five speed box. The bonus is they’re cheaper too, and apparently just as strong despite what you may read elsewhere.

My thread is tucked away on here somewhere.

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Post by frodo_monkey » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:40 pm

I think I'd read your thread previously - the thing I'm not sure about is the "apparently" in your post above! No one seems to have actually tested it with a low revs/high torque engine like the Essex, and I'm keen not to be the first :) plus the 'P9yco' plates aren't the greatest by all accounts; there is a separate chap making them now who is (by all accounts - not seen one!) making a much better quality product.



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Post by turbster » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:14 pm

I had a T5 (cosworth version) in my SE5 race car with a B&M quick shift, AP paddle clutch and concentric slave.. Amazing gear change and never missed a beat. Ratio's worked well with 3:54 but I'd have gone to a 3:77 had I kept the car.


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Post by turbster » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:16 pm

Oh and went through about 4 type 5's when sprinting :roll: :lol:


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