CA18DET SS1 Sprint Car

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CA18DET SS1 Sprint Car

Post by Corky » Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:34 pm

I thought I'd start yet another project thread as I've now started fiddling with the CA18DET SS1 I bought from "Shrewsbury Street Racer". I can't claim any credit for this car, it's all SSR's work, and what a brilliant job he's done.

The car was last raced on Anglesey in May this year, so as regards it being ready to race, it's pretty much there.

So why am I beginning to fiddle with it...... ?

Well, first off I can't fit in it comfortably. I'm 6' 3" with long arms and legs, so I need to move the seat back and get comfy. The floor has already been lowered, so this job should be pretty straight forward.

Also, I want to have a play with the tyre sizes. Increasing the width at the back from 195 to possibly 225. This will mean a bit of arch surgery and some wider wheels.

Other minor jobs include stopping the alternator squeeling, and sorting the driver's door lock out (it won't re-open when it has been locked by the key). I also want to install some sort of windscreen demister, so I'm looking at various electrical blower options (a 12V hair drier supplied by Chris is currently the front runner).

This is what it looks like :-

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And Wilwood brakes too :D

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I'll post more as I tick the jobs off...

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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by td99 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:34 pm

Looks nice Steve!. Could you send me some hi-res pics of the engine bay - would be helpful in my DET installation work.
What's the shiny thing next to the brake and clutch master cylinders?


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Corky » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:00 pm

Hi Trevor,

The shiny thing is the fuel regulator and pressure gauge sender unit. The two master cylinders are both for brakes, as far as I can make out they're one for front and one for rears. Not a lot of brake pedal travel though, so I may be inclined to swap them for a pair with narrower bores (I like a pedal that travels about half way, this goes about 1/8 th to a 1/4). I'll wait until I've driven it quickly before I change anything though.


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Corky » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:02 pm

Oh forgot to say, yes I can send you some hi-res photos. Not sure I still have your email address though, so it may be worth sending me a PM.


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by td99 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:18 pm

pm sent.


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:46 pm

a pedal which travels very little will give much better feel just prior to lock up


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by turbster » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:20 pm

less likely to suffer from pad knock back too, i'd go for a nice solid pedal everytime.. Its feel will change when they gets some temperature in too, how much depending on what pads Chris has used. The Superlites work much better with a larger bore cylinder from my experience, so as with anything on the car, I'd drive it and then decide what needs to be changed, if anything??

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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by CNHSS1 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:36 pm

turbster wrote:so as with anything on the car, I'd drive it and then decide what needs to be changed, if anything??

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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Corky » Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:54 pm

Thanks for the advice chaps, I really appreciate it. I've no intention of playing with the brakes or tyres until after Curbs, just thinking out loud :lol: Chris did point out the lack of pedal travel when I picked the car up, so it was always on the "suck it and see" list. Likewise we talked about tyre widths, and how the car might benefit from wider tyres.

And of course I mythered everyone senseless about tyres at Loton last Saturday. 195/225 did seem like a very popular combo', but does require a bit of effort and cash to achieve.

I've almost finished the seat repositioning, and it's good news. I now fit the car... or the car fits me...


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Coupe Racing » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:25 am

This game does cost money , even if you think you have looked at everything


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by nickkeyser » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:34 am

From my comparatively brief competition career, I've learnt that the best (only) route is often the one which requires the most cash and effort...



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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Corky » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:45 am

nickkeyser wrote:From my comparatively brief competition career, I've learnt that the best (only) route is often the one which requires the most cash and effort...
No different to restoring a car really. Do it cheap, do it twice !

I've no problem spending in the right area, but I want to do it right first time and not just throw cash down a blind alley. Which is one of the reasons I like to start project threads. Nine times out of ten someone has been there before you and can jump in with some advice.

As I'm finding out, once you move from restoring Scimitars to developing them for sprinting, the parts costs can increase tremendously. Therefore the financial consequences of getting it wrong are harder to stomach :|


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Corky » Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:21 am

Seat now finished.

I used the existing mounting points but sat the seat on some sliders left over from another project. The sliders don't lock, so once I got the seat in the perfect position I marked the sliders and put a couple of bolts through each to secure.

Sat in the car with my helmet on, I have a few inches between helmet and roll cage. I can get some fire proof roll cage padding fitted now, I don't want to wreck my new helmet, or my head come to think of it.. :lol:

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At least 2.5" inches of leg room gained.

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Next problem was arm length. I like to drive with my arms extended and needed a couple of extra inches. I think the photos explain how I did this....

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OK it means going back to a factory wheel (I nicked off the Sabre), but I quite like it.
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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by tony.idle » Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:15 pm

If you'd like to retain the posh wheel send me the boss for depth reduction - I'm getting quite good at it now.


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Re: DET SS1 Sprint Car Project

Post by Corky » Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:44 pm

tony.idle wrote:If you'd like to retain the posh wheel send me the boss for depth reduction - I'm getting quite good at it now.
I'm intrigued Tony, How do you do that ?

And yes I'd like you to do it for me.

Only problem is that I just have two steering wheels between the Sabre and the SS1. So the Sabre would be out of action whilst I sent it to you. I think I may know someone locally with a spare though, so I'll see what I can come up with.


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