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  1. Using a blowtorch on your steak isn't so daft - sorry a little off topic, and potentially upsetting to the non meat eaters (switch off now)..... Heston Blumenthal did a wonderful series some years back: "how to cook the perfect .........". Steak was the topic of one episode. As usual for him some of the specifics were impractical, but the principals are sound. I found these links to the highlights of the TV show. and part 2:
  2. Good luck Pete. Let us know how it goes. Be careful with your choice of top hose. I bought a brand new one and the first time the car got hot it ballooned out and sprang a leak: ..and it wasn't overpressurised. All is fine now with a NOS hose fitted.
  3. Here's a further recommendation for them (down near the bottom of the diary - Wednesday 10th July): https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/classic/rallying-cry-liege-brescia-liege-classic-car-rally-diary/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_fb
  4. I truely can't recommend Regency Autos enough. Peter Baldwin (Mini racer, SU guru) was going in 2 days a week to help / train on their rolling road - this was 2019, so phone and try and book a day he's in. Lee Deegan runs the rolling road and is damn good too - he's picked up plenty from Peter. I would (and did) trust him with my car. Their website doesn't give much detail, but if you scroll back through the facebook posts you'll see that plenty of classics pass over the rolling road. https://www.regency-autos.co.uk/contact-us 01223 324 050 enquiries@regency-autos.co.uk Regency Autos,120 Church End, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, CB1 3LB
  5. It's a sport! We need to embrace it as mind exercise....... As you say Nick, you only need one. One person who you can mutually console to an agreeable price. You both feel comfortable. ...though I've made stupid money selling scrap through Ebay. Also struggled to sell genuinely good kit at bargain prices. Cheap car selling is a particular joy. My son is currently being educated in the art selling a 2010 BMW. Anyone interested.....
  6. I'm a lover of making a mechanical system work - that's art. EFI / megasquirt are beautiful too - but in a different way. You could always graft in a Honda VTEC engine - lots of screaming hp - but that's a different game. Decide what you're after. .......neither is wrong, it's what suits you.
  7. or.... take it to someone who knows how to set these carbs up. Mine was a revelation after a proper rolling road set up. Not much was changed but it meant (in order of priority): - I could run full throttle with no concerns on engine durability - the engine pulled throughout the rev. range - more hp....... It's a dying art setting up SUs - I have a great recommendation in Cambridge........
  8. Key is that you know it is safe to run - and not about to melt anything. .... and that torque curve is lovely. I'm with Nick on the timing - anything over about 32deg. (10:1 CR) caused a power drop on my 2.5 litre. The great Peter Baldwin set it up, and the first thing he said was that these engines won't want more than low 30's as max. advance. He was proved right after the first couple of runs. Maybe you guys with fully mappable fuel and ignition can run a bit more (and perhaps the 4 cyl can take a bit more?).
  9. Damn, driving myself nuts here. Just realised that 175/60R13 could be the tyre of choice - slightly reduced rolling radius over my old 185/60's and look at the price of these: https://www.mytyres.co.uk/rshop/tyre/Nankang/Ultra-Sport-NS-2/175-60-R13-77H/R-391113 only £45 for the Nankang NS 2. Not as radical looking as the NS 2Rs, but the Nankangs (as Michael says) seem to be thought as good (in the dry) - the MX5 drivers seemed to like them at Blyton trackday. Does anyone here have any experience.......?
  10. I don't think the Maxsport are available as 13". My shortlist with today's prices- please add / comment as you see fit. All 185/60R13 Avon CR28 sport £130 https://www.westwalesrallyspares.co.uk/avon-cr28-turbospeed-tyre Dunlop CR65 racing - no exact match, but I'm told they are beautifully progressive in handing - about £220 Yokohama A539 £78 fitted, blackcircles £72, my tyres Nankang NS 2R £65, Demon Tweeks £68, my tyres Toyo R888R £93, Demon Tweeks £95, my tyres
  11. I ended up with some very cheap Toyo NanoEnergy 175/70R13. They are OK, and have allowed me to shake the car down. While I like the tall sidewall look, and think it's appropriate for the car they did touch everything on the GT6. My fault as the car was set up around 185/60's - I should have kept with them. I'll be going back to this profile at some point. Not sure if the Toyo's are any good in the wet (never been out....), but they do squirm a little in the dry - probably the tall tread blocks. They survived a few laps at Blyton, but the fronts were certainly showing the stress. The diff gave up before my son managed to completely destroy the tyres......
  12. Not quite as exciting as the first start - but close! Send us a pic of it in, so we can all celebrate with you
  13. Cross drilled crank. Nice, but why? (I'm looking for a debate here....!) I think early production would use it because the accuracy of the long gun drilling would not necessarily be set up in a refined machining process. The cross drilling could allow some error (drill 2 ways: main into the big end journal 'well' and big end surface into the 'well'). I'm not sure it was done for performance reasons? ....but it does give some performance advantages. As I see it this would be nice perpendicular oil feed from a 'well' in the centre of the journal. Plus oil feed for the big end could be placed at the optimum radial position. Can't recall all the science here but you would feed the oil in just before the point of maximum pressure (a bit after TDC). Not sure that that is what has been done here? Perhaps the main oil drillings are one long straight drilling all the way from main to big end which trashes my theory...... Any other thoughts? It leaves you with a nightmare cleaning job though John! Cheers, Will.
  14. On a (trying to be) positive note, how many hp did you get from the engine? ....and what increase are you looking for from the new engine!
  15. Beautiful job on the thrust washers Roger. Well done John, what a shame. I feel for you, frustrating / time consuming / expensive. As Nick has indicated, and I'm sure you're on it, but understanding the root cause is vital. Did the BE lose clamp (bolt), bearing rotate, lose oil pressure...... Is there any indication on the bolts as to the failure? I can see one section in the pics with a slight bend, so that one was probably the second to fail (though could have bent from an impact when flying around) The fact you had 4 hot rods does tend to indicate a lubrication failure though - and No. 6 was hot too, so I don't think an oil 'balance' pipe would have made much difference. Thrust washer wouldn't have caused such a gross lubrication failure either. ...look at the pump and the filter. As with everyone else on here I'm happy to look at pics and comment, but I know receiving these comments is sometimes rather annoying - so sending sympathy. Will.
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