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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:10 pm

Thank you for the insight and tips.

Dynamo, starter, distributor and oil filter will be removed prior to installation.

I hadn't noticed the clutch arm. Will check.

At least I probably did a good job painting the metal fan, in order to fool you that it was plastic one. Laughing




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Post  1071kev on Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:54 pm

I was going to suggest removing the starter, dynamo and the oil filter bowl too.

I've got some clutch arms with a similar bend in them. It might be to increase the throw of the release bearing when the ball on the end of the arm has worn. I've been struggling to get mine to clear so fitted a brand new one and the clutch is perfect again. Unfortunately it's a pig of a job to change when the pin is fitted (correctly) the way you have it as the split pin is impossible to get at. I would suggest turning the pin around just in case you need to change the arm.

Also, I find fitting the radiator after the engine is in place very difficult. Getting the components lined up and getting the bolts in and tightened requires a lot of patience and dexterity. I would suggest fully fitting the radiator to the engine before you drop it in place. I think it goes in okay that way. If you do decide to fit the radiator separately, cut some thin card from a cereal packet and tape it to the inside of the radiator before you fit it. It will save damaging the fins as you slide the radiator in but remember to remove it before you fit the top part of the cowl.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  cheleker on Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:01 pm

And a wonderful job you did on the fan! I should have spotted it as metal because of the blades.

You can leave the starter in place. It's position won't affect dropping the power unit into the car.

I install with the radiator in place, too, but it does require a bit more care (a second pair of hands is helpful). Either way works.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:29 pm

I was thinking about getting a car lift for my garage, and finally I bit the bullet. Its not completely finished as the ramps will be delivered tomorrow, but its a magnificent machine. I lifts the car to a height of 2 meters.



I also got a metal body wingard pump, and will use that one instead for the plastic bodied one.





The engine should be in by the end of the week!!!!!
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:43 am

Big day yesterday. The engine went in.

I thought it would take all evening, but with the helpful tips and hints from mini forums, the correct tools for the job and the help of a few friends (one is a Mini mechanic), it took less than half an hour.

Lined up the car on the lift with the hoist



Protected surrounding painted areas




lowered the engine carefully



Hey presto..

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Post  TONYELF on Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:21 pm

Cool! Looking great! VERY envious of the lift. Wish I had the height in my garage (and all those friends to help!)

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:30 pm

The tank went in today, and I fabricated the boot board, It now needs to be covered with carpet and white piping.




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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:32 pm

Today I installed the last pieces of carpet on the sides of the rear wing and finally fitted the rear couch, for good.







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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:56 am

it just keeps looking better and better...
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Red Riley on Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:12 am

Amazing!

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:06 pm

Gear selector went in today. The loom is also almost completely connected. Just the binnacle connections and lights to fit. Its like a snake pit in there!!

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  TONYELF on Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:05 pm

I'm gobsmacked, it's fantastic! Smile

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:35 pm

I fitted the rear handles today.







The interior is almost completely finished!!!!

Just a few details left.

Next up is the fitment of carb/exhaust manifold and the exhaust itself.

I am having a new exhaust fabricated (with starter button kink) and to be joined with the rear crimped box I have.

Then some electrics, distributor, timing, plug leads, vaccum cables, fitting a battery, fluids and hopefully she will be a runner soon.

Can't wait.
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Post  reymondos on Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:21 pm

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  TONYELF on Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:10 am

New site looks great John. The car looks beautiful.
Well done Very Happy
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:45 pm

I've been out of the garage due to a fracture on my left foot. I've been walking around in crutches for the last 10 days. Hopefully the plaster will be removed on Thursday.

I spent a few hours in the garage today.Its very frustrating working on a car standing on one leg.

i got myself a PD pump bracket an fitted the AUF pump on it. It fits, just. Do you think it will work, or does the pump have to be at an angle?



I also trial fitted the rear crimped box exhaust section, with its chrome extension. Looks smart, me thinks.



I managed to find on ebay ,at a very reasonable price, the finishing trim on the dash panels.
Is it just me or is it next to impossible for the cardboard panels to meet at the top, under the ashtray?





The boot board is now finished and in place.



....and I painted the first of three coats of whitewall paint. I test fitted the hubcaps to see what the car will look like. The difference in appearance and style is dramatic.


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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:42 pm

Most excellent, hope the foot's better soon..
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Mon May 14, 2012 8:32 pm

After a very long time, the headlining went in today, with the help of an upholsterer friend. The old frame was recovered with fabric I got from Newton.











It was a very tight fit, and the frame bends slightly downwards in the center. There is not much I can do now. I'm pretty pleased anyway.
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Post  TONYELF on Mon May 14, 2012 9:28 pm

That really looks nice John, smashing job there.
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Red Riley on Mon May 14, 2012 9:32 pm

More and more amazing! Beautiful work!

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  kaschperl on Wed May 16, 2012 11:11 am

Just only... cyclops alien Like a Star @ heaven keep going.
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Thu May 17, 2012 11:01 pm

awesome!
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Thu May 24, 2012 3:55 pm












Good news and bad news.

Good news. I put a battery in and most electrical stuff is working as it should. The switches operate the corresponding functions, and the lights on the dash light up!!!

Bad news. After a little while, operating the lights, wipers and dash lights, I saw a little smoke coming from under the dash. The wipers have a very feeble slow movement, and I have still not finished with the horn and indicators.
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Thu May 31, 2012 10:04 pm

even on a little old cars the electrics can be ... tricky. having a few wiring issues with rusty too at the mo' but they'll get sorted eventually. hope you solve yours ok
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Fri Jun 08, 2012 10:15 am

It's alive!!!

Of course it was not plain sailing. After sorting the fuel pump earth, we noticed a slight leak on the outlet of the pump. We switched both inlet and outlet "cones" from a second pump I had.

Then the car started but was running rough. Cylinders 2and 3 were not firing. We tried different spark plugs and another coil. Nothing. In the end it was my incompetence that was the problem. I had connected the HT leads the wrong way round! After sorting them the engine ran beautifully, purring silently and starting on the button.

http://youtu.be/vlf-qGNVh3Y

We tried different spark plugs and another coil. Nothing. In the end it was my incompetence that was the problem. I had connected the HT leads the wrong way round! After sorting them the engine ran beautifully, purring silently and starting on the button.


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