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What have I done now..... V6 seiw build

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On 03/09/2018 at 14:40, CosKev said:

Thought it looked quite alot smaller.

Is it baffled etc inside?

Yes it's baffled in the main oil well. There's a couple of mx5 race cars using the rocketeer kit, think in Spain or Portugal, with the rocketeer sump (and I assume an oil cooler) with no issues reported.

In other news the rebuild has finally commenced!! Nothing exciting just floor, footwell and rear panels fitted, brake lines in and master cylinders fitted. But a start none the less.

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I'm not fitting anything else just yet as I need to flip the chassis over and gravitex the underside once the sealant is dry and then can crack on.

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Got the underside gravitexed 

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Some more panelling done and fuel lines in.

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knocked up a tank crash bar.

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Diff is in. Decided to helicoil and bolt in as I've never been a fan of the studs.

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I've had to refit the engine as I'd forgotten to measure up for a prop. 

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Tested for clearance with the standard bonnet.

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Oil cap is tight!

While the welder is out I wanted to weld up the upper column section.

I bevelled the ends and welded up

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You can just see the extra sleeve at the bottom of the pic. The weld was ground back then the joint was sleeved with a tube with holes drilled in. This was then seam welded and the holes plug welded and then cleaned up.

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Very happy with the column and the pillow block support. No play at all.

I also took the chance to play around with exhaust routing. I'm still hopefull of being able to run the right bank under the cut out in the sump across to the left bank. I need a couple more bends and possibly a flexy. This will hopefully give a nicer sound than 2 separate sides and also keep costs down a bit as I'll only need 1 cat and 1 exhaust. I'm just struggling to find a merger that's suitable now. I need 2" dual inlets to a 2.5 or 3" outlet preferably with slip joints.

 

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If you wanted a little more breathing room for the oil cap, you can raise the nose cone ever so slightly, and as a result, the bonnet will also raise a little at the front.  The gap (if any) can be taken up by sponge foam...  I've had to do this when I went from Xflow to Zetec.

Progress is looking good!

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13 minutes ago, Quinten Uijldert - Northants AO said:

If you wanted a little more breathing room for the oil cap, you can raise the nose cone ever so slightly, and as a result, the bonnet will also raise a little at the front.  The gap (if any) can be taken up by sponge foam...  I've had to do this when I went from Xflow to Zetec.

Progress is looking good!

Cheers quinten. There's about 5mm at the minute. I reckon with the side panels on and some foam inbetween I'll gain another 5mm so should be ok i think. 

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30 minutes ago, Steve (sdh2903) said:

Diff is in. Decided to helicoil and bolt in as I've never been a fan of the studs.

Very good call. Might be one of my winter upgrades. 

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Nice work and Looks good and those bonnet on pictures are a big help to give me an idea of clearances 

are you staying with those ex manifolds as I remember you thought about going bespoke

soon be October and time to start my upgrades 

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14 hours ago, Gary Taylor - Scotland AO said:

Nice work and Looks good and those bonnet on pictures are a big help to give me an idea of clearances 

are you staying with those ex manifolds as I remember you thought about going bespoke

soon be October and time to start my upgrades 

There's around 120mm of clearance between the inlet face to the bonnet at present Gary. Maybe gain 30mm with a v8 bonnet if I can find a good red one. Am still not sure there's enough room for gsxr ITBs at present. I suspect you'd sneak In those triumph ones your using as they're a compact complete unit.

Regards the ex manifolds. I'm still not 100% on keeping them but they were cheap and I have them but there's no doubt I'll prob lose a bit of power. But looking at the oem log type that were fitted they can't be any worse. I think it will be likely I keep these to get the thing built and maybe look at better manifolds in future winters.

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The last (hopefully) of the clean and prep is now done. I was hoping to use the cv joints however there was bits of corrosion where the grease hadn't covered. The boots were all starting to perish. So full clean, paint and rebuild required.

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I had thought on first glance that the rear disks were shot too. But a quick whiz over with the wire wheel in the grinder cleaned them up a treat. Then gave all the discs a coat of vht.

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The used front calipers looked perfectly serviceable but a bit grubby so they've had a spruce up aswell. I've just decided if I'm brave enough to sand off the westfield lettering or just leave alone.

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