Picked up a few tools, fixings and bits of trim but there was very little in the way of seats on show. Was also after a centre mirror and some harnesses but no luck there either.
It's worth a look at the various manufacturers. There seem to be many replica cars though. Something I'm not a big fan of. The modern trend for throwing horse power at cars was evident though and I reckon that the chassis on a lot of these cars weighs more than my whole car does.
There were some very beautiful looking cars but the best design for me was the Sylva R1ot . This is the first time I've seen one in the metal. It's about as minimalist as a car can be. There doesn't seem to be anything on the car, that doesn't have an engineering function. If I was going to build something like this, I'd leave off all the trim as well. Despite the minimal amount of metalwork, it looks very well designed and very strong structurally. I particularly liked the way the whole engine and transmission was attached to the chassis. To be honest, this is the kind of innovative and intelligent design that I hope Lotus can put in the next Elise. I'd love to drive this car (R1 engined of course) back to back with a Lotus 340R and see how they compare on a track.
|I picked up some carbon fibre effect sheet at Stoneleigh, which I wanted to use for the small plate between the dash and the transmission tunnel. I decided very early on the keep the chunky hazard warning switch off of my dash and on this plate with some 12V LED warning lights (fan on, helmet comms TX, video recorder on, oil level from engine).|
Fuel cap, hose and other bits arrived from Burton Power .
Ordered my propshaft from Bailey Morris .
Final check over the suspension and torqued up all the bolts.
Fixed the problem with the handbrake, where the warning light flashed if I moved the lever. Still need to put something on the chassis to stop the cable rubbing on it though.
Planned to torque up the engine output sprocket but the socket I borrowed from Richard is the wrong size.
Reprogrammed the Digidash2 so that the shift lights are at 1000rpm spacing and the fuel level alarm is switched off.
Painted a few bits and pieces. Finding time to get inot the garage right now is proving difficult. Work has become very hectic with frequent trips to London.
Torqued up the nut on the engine output shaft (85Nm, 36mm nut) and folded the retaining washer over. This would have been a lot easier with the engine out of the car.
Fitted a stop to the clutch pedal. It's a adjustable and is there to stop the clutch being pulled too far out.
I'm still seeing some issues with the rpm on the Digidash. My initial thoughts were that taking a feed from the injector has fixed it but, I'm still seeing slow updates and spurious results. Having done some more testing the Digidash recorded a maximum rpm of 15,900! I've proved the shift lights work though .
|For the SVA, I need to cover this hole with a plate. The fixings for this will also hold the cables in place. Need a trip to my local aluminium fabricator to get some 2mm aluminum plate though.|