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Post by CNHSS1 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:29 pm

But did Steve McQueen ride it Ben?...

Loving the attention to detail, pit bike matching the race car 8)


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Post by philhoward » Sat Jul 27, 2019 6:50 pm

Now that’s classy... 8)


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:06 pm

CNHSS1 wrote:
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But did Steve McQueen ride it Ben?...
Most probably!


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:32 pm

Well, I’ve wrapped the last panel, so all the grey has finally been covered up.
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What have I learned? If you don’t like painting (like me) and aren’t very good at it (like me) don’t think vinyl wrap is a quicker & easier solution. I had to do prep & primer anyway, so it wouldn’t have taken too much extra time to do a top coat. The vinyl wrap is lifting in some of the concave surfaces, so despite smoothing it off & stretching it in to place, it does lift & give air bubbles. I’m pleased with the overall appearance, as long as you are a few paces back from the car. I’m not sure how robust it will be to scrapes, so that remains to be seen.

If I was to repeat this, I would get it painted…

I’ve made some aluminium Mickey Mouse ears too
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A little 3/4” ply former to shape the aluminium plate around, This is a plate to add buttons to the steering wheel. I wanted a return edge on the plate, both to stiffen the plate to stop it bending, but also so there isn’t a sharp edge next to my fingers. I don’t really hold the steering wheel in the lower section, but equally I don’t want any obstruction there.

Here’s the wheel back in place.
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The buttons are for the Digi-dash & lap timer / data logger. “A” & “B” just duplicate the big buttons on the dash. I need “C” & “D” for setting the lap timer. I was going to use a curly cord from an old phone handset, until I realised it only has 4 wires, where I need 5. So I need to order a 5 or 6 wire curly cable so I can wire it in.

One of the clubs I want to race the car with specifies that “facsimile lights” are required. This is my interpretation of the headlights. I’ll wait ot find out if it’s acceptable or not...
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Post by b.c.flat hat » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:11 am

Very Cheshire!
"pappy fladdles" next?



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Post by MikeyBikey » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:48 am

Looks brilliant. Love the lights


Is we sideways yet...

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Post by BigBobPilot » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:33 pm

I chopped out the obstructions in the wheel arches
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Then glassed in some new bits
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Just some paint to slap on there before bolting the modified brackets to the chassis back on.

The last lot of decals are now on, so it can cope with photos form both sides now.
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Post by CNHSS1 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:52 pm

*cough* tart...*cough* :mrgreen:


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:11 pm

There are 3 race series I can enter with the SS1, and the way the calenders sit with each other, I’d entered races with all series through August. The 1st one is with the BARC “CNC Heads Sports/Saloons Championship” I was only going to be able to do one round at Donnington on 10th August. However, it took a little while to enter & I ended up 4th reserve, so potentially just a qualifying session, then no racing. I’ve been finishing of lots of jobs, new wiper blade, screen blower decals etc.

I was ready to go after finishing off the last bits on Friday evening. Here it is at Donnington this morning, I've got no. 551 with all 3 clubs, unsuprisingly, it is not a commonly requested number.
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and with the matching paddock bike.
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Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:12 pm

It was damp all morning & it started raining half an hour before qualifying, so I put the rain tyres on, Iain Daniels had popped up (his workshop is very close to Donnington) and gave me a most welcome helping hand. Craig Hughes also came over with his eldest son, despite the fact that I might not get a race. Once out on track, it was bone dry & I was on the wrong tyres. There was no point in coming back in, as I wouldn’t have had time to swap tyres & get back out again. I qualified 33rd out of 41, not quite where I’m used to qualifying with the Marcos in the Swinging 60’s, but I had no expectations at all for the SS1 debut. I knew I would be seriously out-gunned for now, but just wanted to see where it came in the competitive order. There should have been 44 with me as 4th reserve, so with 41 in qualifying done, I was now 1st reserve. I wasn’t sure if I was in for the 1st race until I went to the holding area for the 1st race (there were two 20 minute races). I also eased off as the oil temperature was tripping an alarm on my digidash. I looked up the specifications of the Millers Competition Synthetic oil that I’m using, & then changed the alarm temperature on the dash. The good thing from qualify is that the car had no mis-fire at all. Whilst trying to fit the central cover on the engine, the earth wire came out the ring terminal, so I fitted a new one.
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Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:14 pm

The weather had been dry most of the morning & I was due out at 12.05. Heavy rain was forecast for 1pm. I decided on slick tyres, as it was dry & even if there was light rain, the wet tyres would be no help. However, in the holding area waiting to go out, it started to rain, then stopped then drizzled and it was time to go. On the green flag lap, there was no standing water, so slicks was still the right choice and we were off. The 1st lap was a little cautious, but I started to make up some places.

My racing August plans then unravelled, there had been a few cars slide off, I I was having some sideways moments. After pass ing a few cars, I had clear space ahead of me as I came down Craner Curve & the back-end slid to the left, and as I was on the left side of the track, I was off on to the grass, which was very wet…

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Standing with the marshals, the car looked quite a bit shorter, but there’s no real structure behind the rear wheels, so I didn’t think the damage would be too bad to sort out. But after the race had finished & I could look at the car, I could see that the LH rear wheel was toeing in. at a jaunty angle.

After being recovered to the paddock, Iain & Craig were all set for a quick turn around to get the car sorted for the 2nd race, but the rear chassis legs weren’t going to be passed by scrutineering & one of the braided brake hoses had been flattened, so that was that. We pulled off some panels that were rubbing on the rear wheel, to make loading up on the trailer easier.
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Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:18 pm

This really wasn’t to plan at all! I thought I was being cautious, for the 1st time out my intent was just to finish. Obviously I can’t help being a little competitive, but I wasn’t being crazy. Instead of a post race check, I now have a bit more work to do. Back home, I now have more workshop decoration…
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and I’ve stripped most bits off & I now have an opportunity for a custom rear support frame in place of the chassis legs. Here's the wing, deck panel & light panel support frame
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I already have most of the bits I need sourced. I need to cancel my entry for Croft next weekend (it was clashing with Curborough) and see if I can get it sorted for the August bank holiday weekend at Brands Hatch…

The first bit is repaired, the indicator lens had broken off on the RH rear lamp, it’s now araldited back together (the motor was just for weight). The LH lamp didn’t fair so well.
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A bit more to sort tomorrow
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Post by philhoward » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:21 pm

Bugger..

You and Corky on the same medication?


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Post by scimjim » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:23 pm

Bugger - shout if you need any bits :-)


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Post by BigBobPilot » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:25 pm

scimjim wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:23 pm
Bugger - shout if you need any bits :-)
You got in whilst I was composing a pm to you Jim. Thank you.


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