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  1. LeJog 2017

    RE the damaged TR4, The owner of the red T2000 informed me thus: "The red TR4 damage at the back was the Rover P4 sliding into it at a control, and the front was were it decided to go through a wall." He also said that the snow and ice made it difficult throughout Wales and Scotland with about 75% of the cars sustaining some damage. The T2000 managed fine and only needed a push to get going on the ice on the occasions that they had stopped to assist the Minis! Ian.
  2. LeJog 2017

    https://heroevents.eu/event-type/le-jog/ http://www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/Sport/Other-Sport/Lejog-rally-crosses-the-finish-line-at-John-OGroats-12122017.htm Below are some photos of cars that completed this years"s LeJog, according to the local press only 39 out of 53 completed it. Pictured is about half of the finishers taken outside three of the hotels in Wick. The other accommodation is out towards the outskirts, which I didn't visit because of the bad walking due to the thawed then refrozen snow. (My car was frozen in to its parking space!) Apologies for the photo quality, I don't have a proper flashgun anymore so couldn't take balanced flash against the available light. Ian.
  3. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Nick, I haven't looked at the driver's side yet. If it needs the same, then so be it. The screen pillars need some work but are not that bad really. Once I have completed the welding under the car, then I will attend to the pillars. Ian.
  4. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Yes thanks for that, left to my own devices, I would have never figured it out! Ian.
  5. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Most of the car's interior has ben removed in preparation for welding. Usually the outer sill skins are sufficient for completing repairs after the inner sill soffitt and diaphragm have been sorted but the nearside of this car is more challenging..... The tread plate of the sill is holed at all three posts and heavily corroded underneath in parts elsewhere. To replace this I have bought a full sill (which cost £175). It'll be the New year before I can really get on with the welding because I am working every day until then. Ideally I would like to have the welding done by May so I can get on with painting in the summer. We'll see . Ian.
  6. Rewire

    Yes, I concur. If practical my preferred option is to weld a nut or bolt to the body, but obviously that means painting after wards. I also like to have a second engine earth cable to body.... Ian.
  7. Aye, it could well be, Clive.. The refreshments are provided by a local charity. We are often told, Scottish charities by and large collect more than those in the rest of the UK, this is easy to calculate because Scottish charities are registered separately. I dare say there is a favourable deal available from Tunnocks too Ian.
  8. I am a blood donor too. It is no hardship and afterwards you get tea and Tunnocks tea cakes . Picking up on Roger's point, I am also registered as an organ donor. Ian.
  9. Health.....

    Glad it went not too bad. Ian.
  10. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Unlike GT6s, Dolomites aren't prone to stub axle flexing whilst on full steering lock, which I suspect is because the Dolomites have shorter stub axles? Ian. PS How do you get lines of text to stay together?
  11. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Yes thanks, that is a good point, one I am aware of. I'll try and explain why the change of BMC is desirable...... The Ford calipers are indeed single piston sliding, there are three piston sizes across the range, 48, 54 and 60mm diameter. The ones I am using are for a Sierra so are 54mm. Dolomites have drum brakes on the back. Sprints have much bigger shoes and wheel cylinder bore size than the others. Later Dolomites and Sprints with dual circuits have a softer pedal (more travel). On Dolomites with single line brakes the Sierra calipers are fine but those with dual circuit brakes have noticeably more brake pedal travel and (with its bigger wheel cylinders) this is more pronounced on dual circuit Sprints. Changing to a 22.2mm bore BMC gives "normal" travel or pedal feel, i.e. like standard single line brakes. Also, by way of a reference point, Ford Sierras had 22mm bore BMCs for the disc/drum models. thanks, Ian.
  12. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Okay did have done a bit more. Brake master cylinder..... I am upgrading to a bigger bore of 22.2mm (7/8"). To this end I have acquired an 80s Saab 900 BMC. This looks exactly the same as the original Sprint one, except that the brake unions are fitted in the other side, which is good news as this makes them more accessible and further good news is that the Sprint's reservoir fits. However, if I can find one I am tempted to use a Saab reservoir because this has an outlet for clutch hydraulics. The change of BMC is necessary because I am going to use Ford Sierra front calipers as part of a conversion to vented brakes. Discs are VW Golf GTi mark one 239mm diameter. Ian.
  13. Ian's Dolomite Sprint EFI

    Okay, not really started yet but have acquired some stuff..... wrapped in polythene is a Ford Capri 2.8 type 9 gearbox. The dash is from a '74 Sprint, I intend using this but swapping the speedo and tachometer positions and swap the small gauges for the early 1850 (2.5 PI) type. (The cider bottle doesn't belong to me, honest, I found it on the street and took it in to prevent it getting smashed/thrown at a car/etc) Thanks to the outstanding efforts of TDC member Alun Nicholas (who sold me this car), a multitude of repair panels are available for Dolomites. This car needs more than a few, including inner sills, outer sills, chassis less, front footwells, back wing lower halves and wheel arches. The transmission tunnel is GRP and saves a few kg. The seats in this car were clean, but standing for a decade has left them needing reupholstered, which is not a problem because I am going for a black interior. To this end I have secondhand back seats and...... these lightweight Cobra seats (less than 5kg each apparently). The interior is a bit of a state really having suffered water ingress due to a failed windscreen seal. Fortunately (the very hard to find) parcel shelf padded rail is useable. using what is left as templates I'll construct a parcel shelf, I might use 2mm perspex since I have quite a lot of it lying about (and paint it black). The passenger's footwell is worse than the driver's, not that it matters, given that I have new floor sections to fit both sides. The doors are all useable, that is to say by fitting lower outer skin repair panels. None actually open/close/lock as they should but I should be able to rectify this with (much) assistance from Plus Gas. The LHF wouldn't open at all, I was thinking that I was going to have to destroy the catch assembly, so acquired a replacement, but with the lock disconnected and a liberal coating of penetrating oil the door did finally open, albeit from the outside only! With the interior removed it will be onto welding. I'll raise the car up on cut down railway sleepers and do the sill structures first. To check alignment, I will leave the doors on for as long as possible. Ian.
  14. Wheel width?

    Thanks Alan. http://www.mgf.ultimatemg.com/group2/suspension/wheel_options_for_the_mgf.htm I already have a set of MGF steels (more correctly, Montego steel wheels) which are 5.5J x 14. These fit a Sprint very well. I prefer to stick with 14" wheels........ MGF alloys can be used on a Dolomite but this invariably involves a degree of back outer wheel arch lip removal. I am prepared to buy brand new wheels. Ian.
  15. If I may, I have a query about wheel width please. 5.5J or 6J, which is more suitable? I am intend replacing 175/70x13 tyres on a Dolomite Sprint with 185/60x14 (which obviously means changing wheels too!) so I am wondering is which of 5.5J or 6J a better choice of wheel width? For wheel arch clearance, either could work: http://www.willtheyfit.com/index.php?width=175&aspect=70&diameter=13&wheelwidth=5.5&offset=35&width2=185&aspect2=60&wheel_size=14&wheel_width=5-5&offset2=22 http://www.willtheyfit.com/index.php?width=175&aspect=70&diameter=13&wheelwidth=5.5&offset=35&width2=185&aspect2=60&wheel_size=14&wheel_width=6-0&offset2=28 thanks, Ian.