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  1. Nick Jones

    365 photos in 365 days

    Nice jacket. Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka?
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    Chassis stiffening

    Chassis looks pretty good. Whole car looks pretty fair bar front foot wells and read plates (though photos may lie!). Have a good look for cracks though especially around diff mounting areas. Anything more than 948 is reputedly too much power!
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    1st motion shaft needle bearing

    I would have thought that provided the bearing and spacer arrangement allows the two shafts to interpenetrate correctly without binding and the rollers fully sit on ground surfaces, you should be good to go - and an extra 5mm of contact ought to make things significantly more robust.
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    1st motion shaft needle bearing

    Longer seems better, though without eyeballing it...... Does your first motion gear have any small holes drilled through the base of the teeth into the bearing bore? I have read that later single rail boxes have this to help lubricate the bearing ( meshing of the gears forces oil though the holes) but never actually seen any
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    365 photos in 365 days

    Was puzzled about the meerkat bit...... then I spotted him. Great wallpaper
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    Now there's lightening and lightening

    I remember a conversation in the paddock at Wiscombe Park many years ago. Three competitors and me as a bystander - all friends. The competitors were pilots of a Mini Jem, Mini Marcos and Cox GTM. All Mini-based kit cars and very light indeed. The Marcos driver (slowest of the bunch) was holding forth on his latest weight saving measures. Drilling all manner of stuff. He's a big lad. Portly even. Pointed glances were cast at his more than ample midriff....... chuckles. Eventually he realises his audience are not wholly with him. "What?!" 'S not the car that needs to loose weight mate.......... Some banter later it is established that he weighs about 40kgs more than the other two. Probably knocking on 10% of the weight of his car. Quite a big disadvantage! Nick
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    Life changes

    do the "spatter dance" oh yeah.......
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    365 photos in 365 days

    Not in France right now then......
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    Chassis stiffening

    Can only see the first pic for some reason but that looks like a pretty decent coupe - smooth-roof too. Would fetch pretty good money as-is here, not that that is any use to you in Oz! JFs pic is of a Mk2 chassis. Yours is probably a Mk1 chassis. I noted your earlier remark about the export Mk1 chassis being "strengthened" but certainly the standard item is legendarily feeble and prone to cracking up around and behind the front wishbone mounts and anywhere around the diff mounts at the rear. This without any help from tin-worm. Nick
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    Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

    Could do with a semi-decent rear bumper if anyone has one stashed...... same as Spit I think. I have a selection of horrible ones. Also a pair of the rear horseshoe trims which are GT6 specific - the ones I have are beyond rough.
  11. With Chris's Spitfire more or less done and in daily use, thought's move on to the GT6 that has been lurking in our car port for several months. This car came from Dan Kelly who had stripped the body and made a start on the welding, but had taken the difficult decision to move it on having found that life was getting in the way! Thanks for the opportunity Dan! It is an early-ish GT6 Mk3, with rotoflex, in white. It was last on the road in about 1990. It's "medium crusty". Good parts: - The main tub is not that bad rust-wise. Most of the floors are there and even most of the sills with only a couple of minor patches. Drivers side (RH) will need a sill for sure. Passenger side, maybe not, though it will need a strip of floor. - It seems very complete and has overdrive - Chassis seems ok though covered in underseal. Looks like hinge boxes have been replace before. - Tailgate good Less good: - Usual Mk3 grot at the front of the roof - Screen pillars also have been quite bad though Dan has already had a good go at these - Most worrying is evidence of rear-end impact damage and fairly untalented repair at some point in the fairly distant past. - 2000 saloon engine fitted according to engine no. and hacked off mounts on front plate. - Doors horribly rusty - Bonnet pretty rusty First job is to bolt the tub back on and get everything lined up and fitting properly so we can brace for sill and floor repairs Much more to come.... Nick
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    Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

    Thank you for that! Usually use COH Baines but these guys are only half an hour down the road if I want to go and eyeball stuff.
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    Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

    Paint shop booked....... 2 weeks today....... eek!
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    Now there's lightening and lightening

    That’s fairly obsessive
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    365 photos in 365 days

    Yeah...... I could do with a haircut, but prefer to keep the thatch as insulation right now.
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    365 photos in 365 days

    Low drag, low maintenance.
  17. Capacitors do indeed appear to be magic and filled with witchcraft which sometimes leaks away, and unlike the smoke that powers ordinary electrics, witchcraft is invisible so you don’t realise anything is amiss until....... ......... your shower pump randomly won’t start when you go for the final rinse and then having gone dripping down the hall you find the pump is just sat there buzzing and starting to smell a little too warm..... Off and on at the wall and off it goes again but becomes increasingly unreliable and a fire worry as although it pulls enough current to cremate itself, it’s not enough to blow the 3A fuse or trip the earth leakage device. Anyway, new cap and all seems good again. Not as cheap as it should have been but much cheaper than a whole new pump!
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    Denso Alternator On Vitesse

    That looks right. Brown is permanent live unfused. Purple is permanent live fused White is ignition switched unfused Green is ignition switched fused. So if you want the horn, flasher, hazards and interior lights to work with the ignition off you’ll need to feed that terminal with a permanent live. I think the reversing light thing ought to be unrelated.
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    Oil Pressure Gauge feed pipe

    Have the same gearing on the Vitesse except the Toyota 5th is a bit longer than OD top so I get 70mph at 3000rpm. Is it running yet?
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    Life changes

    That's an unusual daily driver.....
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    Life changes

    Yeah, yeah, not my feet, I do my forge work in flip-flops......................... (joke!). Dunno why wellies, he's got a pair of proper rigger boots with steel toecaps and a couple of pairs of lace-up safety boots. At least they are not my wellies in that pic getting puncture wounds and burn holes..... Nick
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    Radio and interior light GT6

    Sounds like a deranged earth. Fuel pump master switch (concealed as a security device?), or inertia switch?
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    Life changes

    No mate, we ate the last of those years ago..... possibly a rabbit or two Have to agree that the back of the car port is not the most polished part of the estate, and "The Dog" is not one to carry on developing a product once basic function has been achieved, though he is improving in this respect. He's also not one for tidying up until absolutely necessary (and his definition of necessary is way down the track from mine!); I'd like to think his training was coming on in that respect too, but the state of the garage on his return to Uni proves otherwise..... I'm envious of the ability to swear in three languages. Though I still have a few stray African swear words from my youth they don't really seem to work on machinery..... Nick
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    Life changes

    This represents about the minimum kit "investment" in forges...... ......... and anvils but enough to produce things like this
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    Life changes

    My mother and my wife.....
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