7 seconds for 8" stroke isn't bad, still toying with idea of air rams on mine but just having fitted a 4" actuator on a machine at work to replace a wonky canbus throttle control on an auxiliary engine (cheaper than than £1200 for a new node and £450 for a new actuator), electric seems the way to go.
Rear end is shaping up nicely ,all the hard work done
Unfortunately not so good at the front , the fiat coupe headlights have quite a curve to the lens which means in order to fit flush with the body work from the under side (as opposed to just bolting them on top ,yes, I have seen it done ),means a lot of reshaping the top of the wing to suit which I don't really want to do.
So plan 'B' is now in effect....
Just waiting for some more GRP supplies to turn up so I can make the headlight enclosures , tidy up the edges , them make up some flushfitting polycarbonate covers.
It's looking like a winner to me, I wonder where that filler idea came from . Being that little bit further back looks better.
I'm sure it will look better than mine. I am still waiting for the silicone hoses to make up the dog leg filler hose, tracking for 5 weeks and counting, seems it was posted 30 April and to board a plane in Shanghai on the 5th May but hasn't been scanned since, so I'm thinking it might have been stolen between scanning and boarding, it happens.
I would have preferred it further forward but due to the bracing on the under side its the only place it will fit. I'll also be fitting one on the other side and connecting via a T-piece so can fill up either side at the pumps
Good idea, would totally confuse the pump dolly at my garage. With my tank being where it is I could weld in another filler neck but being skint I can't justify the cost. I only just remembered to drill a brother hole in the cap, under the flip up lever.
I know the Nova wings slope inwards a bit, so makes that even worse, at least the Cumbria/SS is flat in that area, I really would like Fiat lights but sticking with the Porsche 928 ones just in case of test problems.
Started to repair some of the gel coat cracks and cleaned up the headlamp cutout. Grinding out each crack one at a time with a carbide burr in a die grinder then building up with glassfibre paste ( NOT filler )is somewhat time consuming but in the long run, a hell of a lot easier and quicker than removing a large area of gel coat then trying to fill it in and sand it all back in to shape
Flanges for mounting headlamp covers in place ready for sanding down and drilling out for rivinut inserts, around 30 for each cover , so should keep me busy for a few minutes.
Got some 4mm polycarbonate sheet for the covers , once cut and shaped for a nice fit, allowing 2mm or so clearance all round to allow for the paint and any expansion, I can use one as a template for cutting out the hole on the other side. Once the covers are on and screwed down access to the bulbs and beam adjusters will be from the rear via a removable panel in the wheel arch. I seem to have amassed a collection of headlamp adjustment motors so I might see if I can include a couple of these in the headlamp bracket, just need a couple of ball & socket type mounting bolts.
Slight alteration underway to the rear boot lid to fit flush mounted LED strip brake light
I'll make a start on the headlight pods when the GRP materials turn up...seems to have joined Peters fuel hose in the 'E-bay triangle'......
Quick measure up shows 520mm to center, minimum is 500mm so all legal
However to get the height I've had to mount them as far back as possible (access to bulbs, adjustment etc. is via a removable panel in the wheel arch. This means they are quite deep set so the sides of the enclosure will have some effect on beam pattern, they certainly won't illuminate the road for the first 30ft or so. However once sitting in the car you can't see the road or nearside kerb for about 25ft anyway!.
Talking of sitting, given a seat from a Smart car today, only 450mm at the widest point, so would easily fit. Unfortunately its a passenger side which isn't reclining so will need two drivers side. I've also got some individual rear seats from a Citroen Picaso, these are even narrower at 400mm but not very sporty looking and don't recline very far ( angle grinder'll soon sort'em out )
Well, first attempt at making carbon fibre panels didn't quite go as planned
Epoxy resin sticks to glass no matter how much release wax applied, finally managed to get the panel off, but virtually destroyed it in the process
Experimented with some small test pieces and normal polyester resin works ok, not as strong as proper epoxy but as the panels i'm making are only decorative , will do the job. Either that or the stickyback plastic stuff....YUK!
again a topic apparently missed, and it looks dam... nice what you are making there. Maybe I can help you , carbon and epoxy request special treatment and special materials, such as some know, I work with it for years and a regular release wax on glass does not work. You need two products for it, a PVA and a special release spray and then it goes perfectly. if you want I can try to send them , but in the past i have tryed that to Spain for Peter and they did not wanted to deliver them. Maybe it works for the UK, or if you know someone who come to the Mainland I can give them with him If you use those products you can even release a complex form out off the molds, a example you can find here.