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Dr H last won the day on April 28

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About Dr H

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  • Birthday 10/11/69

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    S2 SC CC Honda Elise
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    Silver
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  1. Couple of small updates: Collected the dash clocks and gauges. They look like this: Speedo Tacho One of the small gauges I now have the gearbox back after a rebuild by Dan at HPE. Can't put the engine in until I sort out the oil cooler setup. I'm doing it differently than the normal kit does it. So with my new cooler purchased I went about working out how to fit it. It's a dual core Laminova and has the same cooling capacity as a large 330mm single core unit, but is just over half the length. It needed got some custom brackets made from laser cut stainless and had them powered coated for good measure. Then I needed a custom 32mm pipe making. Bends were too tight for most ally pipe bender so I bought some tight rad stainless mandrel bends and tube, measured and cut it all up and then sent it to my local fab place (same place that does all the laser cutting) and got them to TIG weld it all together. Then had it powder coated (it will be adjusted so it's not so close to the chassis on the left side). I'll be adding a clip to the middle of this part and attaching it to the chassis with a spacer, just to stop any movement. Silicone hoses at each end will deal with vibrations and reduce chance of cracking etc. But as it's stainless it should be fine anyway. Then drilled and rivnutted for mounting of the cooler and the water return pipe. Had to use spacers on the p clips to line everything up. I only had nylon ones in the garage, black alloy ones now ordered and also need to get some M6 capheads to replace the countersunk ones (which again were all I had at the time). Final setup looks like this: Bit of a convoluted route I guess but I wanted to mount it on the bulkhead / firewall rather than having it hanging between 2 silicone hoses from the thermostat housing on the engine to the rad pipe (coming out of the chassis) as the standard setup is on the kit. Nothing wrong with that setup per se, just prefer this one. Not much else to report. Wiring for wiper motor now all sorted (by my wiring guy). Stalks and steering wheel all mounted. That's the main chassis wiring done really. He's now working on the engine loom. Was supposed to come on Sunday but couldn't make it so will be a couple of weeks before he comes back. Off to see the body shop later this week to discuss colours. Also taking the seats to have the rears painted in satin black before I send them back to LB to be trimmed with the rest of the interior. Next week or two should see me dropping the engine in finally! Looks like the body will be even longer than I expected so might have a change of plan. Looking now like the best option is to get the engine in, wire it all up and get the thing running. Then fit body afterwards. Slow progress really over the summer but been busy at work and with holidays etc I've not had much chance to work on it. and
  2. Trumpets modeled and ready to machine. Will look like this: Got the gearbox back yesterday so can finally get it bolted to the engine and drop it in so I can run fuel, oil, coolant lines etc etc. Pics to follow. But I'm away all next week so probably nothing happening until the following week tbh. Oil cooler being located in a non-standard position which means different oil cooler and a custom made pipe. Having thins done in 21mm stainless so it's nice and solid. Made form some 32mm tube and also a few very tight (1 diameter radius) mandrel bends. Sending for welding tomorrow so again pics will follow. Off to LB tomorrow to collect the clocks, switches and dash. Have had mine changed form standard slightly, will explain when I post the pics. Also collecting the seat shells to add heater pads (no idea why I'm doing this tbh but why not!) and then take them back to be trimmed and the rear window. I'm going to have it made into a double glazed unit and bond it in (like my S2 Elise) rather than using a single glass with a rubber as is standard. Others have made this mod and it seems to work well. So whilst waiting for my pics and updates here's a lovely Lister Bell Stradale in NZ that's just about finished. 3.0 Alfa engine, narrow body (stardale) and gel coat rather than painted. Which is very impressive when you see close ups of the finish!
  3. Dean, if you need to borrow a wishbone bush tool and a ball joint tool let me know. I have both somewhere in the garage sitting doing nothing. I also have spherical bearing bushes, as Russ says no ill effects.
  4. They are being sent to Alitech who did the manifolds who will mount them on a jig and machine the edges of the trumpets as in option 2. They will be covered by an airbox (most probably) which will have a duct to it and the air filter will be in the duct. Very much like my 340R setup was. So I know it doesn't really matter what they look like - but I'll know and therefore they have to be done properly!
  5. My Stratos replica is booked in at Edmonds for its paint job.
  6. Awesome. Was at Flying Legends on Sunday. It's amazing what feelings and emotions these 'lumps of metal' can stir. But then again they (and what they stand for) really are so much more than just metal......... We were lucky enough to meet Sqd Ldr 'Johnny' Johnson. He sighed a book for us and we had a quick chat with him. Very unassuming. He didn't think he was a hero. He said he was one of the lucky ones who came back. They were just ordinary blokes doing a job apparently! Also met Archie McInnes - BoB Hurricane pilot, then went to Africa in 1941 and was shot down by a Messerschmidt BF109. Belly landed at over 200mph, broke his arm very badly and they had to amputate it. Once again a very nice bloke, willing to talk about his experiences. He said he just loved the feeling of flying and wanted to be up there as much as he could. My boy with Johnny Johnson - he's a true gent!
  7. I sold my 340R for £34k (including spares) just over 12 months ago. It was the going rate at the time, one sold a few months before for a few grand less. Seems I would now have to pay £70-80k to buy it back. How could I have got the timing so wrong................
  8. Cool - let us know when it's on. I'll forget otherwise!
  9. As Chris says, it's an astoundingly stupid decision on their (Photobucket's) part.
  10. Not much happening tbh. Still waiting on bits and grinding to a halt. However I have gone all horny.... However this brings with it a issue. Well it's not an issue as I knew it was going to happen, it more of a decision needs to be made how best to deal with it. I did intake length calcs and came up with a total length that gave peal torque at 5500rpm. This meant 90mm trumpets. Which I now have. If I want to go lower with the peak torque the intake lengths get mad long. Due to the setup of the manifolds the top of the trumpet can only be about 75mm ish before you get overlap. These are 88mm diameter at the top. Most are well over 80mm. So I have 3 options really (well 2 as one isn't possible) 1) Make adapters to angle the trumpets slightly so they clear - not practically possible really. 2) Work out the overlap and trim the trumpets back so they meet up . Like this type of idea: Trouble is my overlap is at an angle and would be very difficult to do neatly by hand. I guess I could try and jig it up and get it machined. 3) Use some spacers and run unequal lengths. There would be 3 @ 90mm and 3@100mm. Only a very slight difference. I've read a bit about this and apparently it is a 'thing' to run equal to try and spread the torque a bit. My proposal would give peak torque at 5500 rpm on 3 of the cylinders and at 5250 rpm on the other three. Most of the stuff I've read on unequal runners tends to mean a much bigger difference though maybe 50mm+ difference and not just 10mm like I'm proposing. What say MLOC?
  11. I was going to ask if you were warned about this. $399 a year is a shit load of money for this type of service. Lots of articles on the web saying thy are basically blackmailing people and holding them to ransom as they did it without proper warning. Hope you get it sorted. At the very least they should allow you to download you own images back off their site.
  12. I guessed so but was being facetious! The internet is now full of threads like these. Lots of ebay ads too. I use Flickr for my stuff. App on the phone uploads everything I take automatically. You could give that a go.
  13. Eh? It was only a jape!
  14. When this comes back on iPlayer (it does every so often) watch it if you haven't already. Makes you realise just how far ahead of the rest of world we really were. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01m81f5 Inspiring yet depressing in equal measures I'm about to start reading this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00HFF7R22/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o02_?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Should have some interesting tales in it hopefully.