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About 2 years ago the handbrake handle gave up on me as it tore the bracket out of the tunnel, to get me by i riveted it back up to save having to strip the interior and weld it up. Today i got the chance to repair it as i was fitting the hydraulic handbrake anyway. I had cut a doner panel from a breaker a while back. I soon had that welded in and set to the hydraulic handbrake.

I made a plate with captive nuts, drilled the tunnel to sit the nuts down through and welded it up. I used the cobra seat to get the handbrake at a comfortable position.

I also modified the centre console to allow it to be retained.

The next big job is to fit the rollcage so i started out removing all the seam sealer and was pleased to see the shell had no hidden suprises. More to come tommorrow.

Adam

 

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I havent updated in a while as i have been doing the same job over and over. I'm going to be using a 960 expansion bottle on the car and managed to look up the part no for the bracket so i can spot that to the turret teh same as the 960. I have repaired the rust in the boot floor above the handbrake cable bracket. I have nearly finished installing all the boxes for the cage. And have repaired the areas below the seatbelt real mounting position.

I wasnt expecting the rear arches to be as bad as that, i assumed the panels had been sweating to cause the little holes in the boot. Oh well it will all get repaired.

The cage has given me quite a bit of grief to get it all aligned, especially as i was expecting the main roll hoop to be vertical to the floor but it is designed to follow the B pillar so has a bit of lean to it.

I should get the cage complete and hopefully the dash modified tommorrow.

Adam

 

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Cage is finally all in and dash has been cut to suit, so that can no go off to be flocked. Cage fits really well around all the door shuts and i can retain all the pillar trims which i wanted to do. That is partly why the cage has taken so long to fit. Although i lose the outer vents. So i relocated teh boost gauge.

My 960 manifold also turned up so i cut that down to 5 clylinders and will make my manifold off that.

Adam

 

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Well i have been receiving lots of little parcels in the post!!!! :D I have bought a .63 housing to suit a GT35 wheel which will make the turbo more usable. And 3" V band kit to use with.

I have also switched the thermostat housing to a 2001 onwards one to gain some engine bay space. and Manifold space.

I was trying to gain some more space by switching in different PAS pumps and in doing so found that when i removed the resevoir from the 850 one it looked nealry identical to an S40 T4 one which it turned out to be made from the same pump casting. So if anyone is having the problem of the resevoir on teh 850 pump catching the end of an ME7 manifold switch in an S40 pump.

I also finished up the intercooler and radiator mount brackets. And switched a HID kit into the headlights which works amazingly well with full switched hi/lo beams.

I had to remove the smoothed tailgate from its storage place so while i did i tried it on the car and drilled it for the spoiler. It should look good all smooth.

I bought a slab of 6082 to make my adapter plate too so tha has gone off to be machined.

Thats all for now.

Adam

 

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I have been busy on this but its been a long process with not alot of visual changes. But the gearbox is in and mounted on a cradle i made, this will be reinforced and braced further up the car to two other mounting points. The tunnel has been cut to accept the bellhousing at the rear of the torque tube.

The handbrake box in the tunnel was catching on the torque tube, so i have removed the rear of the tunnel so i can make the gear linkage and then refit 20mm further up.

I am very happy with the position the engine ended up in with the centreline of the wheels around the midway point between 3 and 4 cylinders.

The trumpets for my intake turned up aswell so once i had the measurements i drew a manifold up in CAD.

As i have decided to run an electric PAS pump i have had a brief look at belt routing with just the alternator and crank pulley. Im pretty sure im going to ditch teh tensioner and run a stretchy belt like all the new fords.

I also cut the rear arch trim around the cage feet.

Cheers for looking

Adam

 

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Firstly some parts turned up...

 

The centre of the car is reinforced with a box section like pressing, this size box wasnt available off the shelf so i made some out of some 2 x 1 to look as factory as possible, i then drilled it and cut it to match the original. This box is neccesary as i have cut most of the box away from under it.

 

Well i continued to work on the car and convince myself i had enough ground clearance under the diff and gearbox until it kept eating away at me knowing i could gain some clearance; so i moved the mounting around another 30mm upwards, so i'm now very happy about that. Although this caused a few problems in the boot floor area, the gearbox has a reverse lockout solenoid on the top which i needed to cut out the boot floor to clear.

To box this back in i cut a section of the boot floor out along some press lines. I then cut a section of floor out of my doner car to make the floor look more factory than flat plate. This wil require a little filling before paint but i am very happy with teh way this turned out.

 

Over the summer months both my housemates were away so the garage was my domain, which was fine. Except that my white board was lent up against one of my housemates tool box, so my solution is as per pictures..... :lol:

 

I also had a small look at the gear linkage assembly and made a rough start.

 

Cheers for looking Adam

 

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Right the engine mounts are finally done which means i can crack on with the bulkhead and tunnel fabrication, the engine is sitting on a standard 340 engine crossmember which make replacement nice and easy. I have great clearance for exhaust and inlet etc, and i have also modified the sump to allow for fitment of a pas rack at a later date if i need to.

Adam

 

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Right the car is currently sitting on its new wheels,compomotive MO5's again but this time 17x 8, currently running 215 40 17 tyres up front and 235 40 17 tyres up rear but front will probably change up to 225 40 17.

The ride height will be lower than its set currently.

Adam

 

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