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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wiring loom - or spaghetti mess?

Well - it will either work, or there will be a big bang!
I've done the wiring loom - well, it's almost completed now, using Frost products, and some connectors from Guyson, it looks lovely and neat all beautifully covered in heat shrink wrap.

I thought it was quite important to spend some time on the actual routing of the wiring harness - necessary to minimise the length.
It's been quite a while since I did any soldering, so burnt my fingers a bit along the way - and definitely the first time I've made a wiring loom.
Just got to finish it with an in line fuse system and an on / off switch.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Gordon meets Ron's van.

Gordon still doesn't have any transport organised - so he was very lucky that Jane lent him Ron's van today so I could drive him about.

It was the first time Gordon had seen Ron's van, and he thinks the metallic purple and dayglo orange is fantastic.
After we took the van back to Jane, Gordon kept muttering something about that he might actually fancy being painted that colour - I told him not to be so silly; after all how many purple sharks do you see?

Monday, February 26, 2007

Oil lines and pipes.

More bits and pieces - I am planning tomorrow to get the oil lines from the oil tank to the engine fabricated at Guyson.
There are some breather pipes to route and the new chains and sprockets from B&C Express to fit then he is nealy done.
Testing at Ledenon is booked so its going to be 'nose to the grindstone' for the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Not long now!

Finally Gordon has his exhaust pipes fitted, and they look really good. They are a Prototype set of exhausts developed and designed by Slipstream Tuning, called 'G-Force Slipstream Systems' .
I've not been able to do any work on him as he's been away so now I have gone into over drive to catch up. This weekend I've made his nervous system - wiring harness - with help from the equipment Frost

Friday, February 23, 2007

Even more goodies!

I've been working away for a few days trucking, but it was nice to come home to more goodies from one of Gordon's special friends.
Frost Auto Restoration Techniques have sent him some pipe and wiring equipment to help finish the build.
As usual, one of Gordon's posse came along to check out what was in the box.
Gordon will be getting a new cousin soon, from the photo can you guess what and who it is going to be.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sprocket to Em!

Gordon is still away having his exhaust made and I'm really missing him.
But as more of his new friends keep sending him parcels, there are some treats waiting for him when he gets back.
The latest is a complete front/rear sprocket and chain combination.
Some of Gordon's mates came round to help open this latest package from Robert at B&C Express

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The real nuts

Gordon has done it again!
His special friend Tim from Guyson has sent him some lovely stainless steel nuts, bolts and washers, plus some fabulous electrical conectors for his wiring harness.
Gordon is away having his exhaust made at the moment but as soon as he returns I can wire him up, spray him up and then he's about done!
T-55 days for the first race.....

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Bit on the tight side!

When I designed the airbox I tried to cover every area, air duct route breather entry points, mounting positions etc. However, it was only when trying to fit the carbs with the new quick action cables I discovered I had miscalculated the cable routing.

Peter came to the rescue (again) with a modified mounting bracket and a enlarged slot in the front of the airbox. Phew...

The fuel tank will be ready soon along with the new exhausts....Ooo I can't wait.

Monday, February 12, 2007

New front end.

I've managed to mount the Temp gauge and tacho at last. At Peter Day's while he was welding I was busy making various brackets, drilling, tapping holes and loads of other odd jobs, all those little jobs that will help to finish Gordon off .
There is of course lots more things to do but the light is at the end of the tunnel.

Long and tough job!

Well it took two days of blood, sweat and a few tears plus a bit of swearing but the tricky job of creating an airbox / oil tank combination is done. Peter Day and I worked tirelessly on it. From a cardboard template to a completed job, eventhough I had allowed two days to do it and the fuel tank we ran out of time. So I've left the fuel tank with Peter to complete on his own.

Friday, February 09, 2007

To cap it all...

Peter has been a fantastic help - there is no way I can thank him enough - Gordon is truly lucky to have him as a 'Special Friend', there is absolutely no way I could do these modifications on my own.
The work he has done is fantastic, I will show you gradually over the next few days; so to here to whet your appetite is the modified radiator

Thursday, February 08, 2007

We're on the road again...

Gordon still doesn't have a van, but many thanks to William Houseman for the loan of the pickup; this means that we get to Gordon's Uncle Peter's in Cambridge.

With a bit of luck the acurate cardboard templates I made earlier should help cut down the time Peter needs for the fabrication of a new airbox, fuel and oil tank.

I am supposed to be going on to Barnet to train their local police through the ACU LASU scheme - but looking at the weather it might get cancelled - that would give me more time to stay and mess about in Peter's workshop - fingers crossed. Click here to find out more information on the ACU Local Authority Support Unit

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

What a nice pair!

Oooh, I can't wait to see if I can make these fit and work something around them.
Even if they don't want to go on, I am sure I can do some 'persuading'.
The pipe lengths are different, and I want to keep them like that; it's something that I've always wanted to experiment with - exhausts and engine pulses.

Titanium headers courtesy of Swagarama.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Burning the midnight oil.

I must admit it's hard work not having my own garage.

Thanks to Genge of course for letting me use his - it's quite cosy for Gordon to share it with all the furniture!
Once the sun goes down though, it gets a bit dark and chilly in there. At this stage it feels sometimes like I take one step forward and two steps back, I'm in uncharted territory (for me) fabricating various components but it's great fun (I think)......

Friday, February 02, 2007

Special Friends are so important...

Gordon would be nowhere without his 'special friends'.
In fact he might still be in the salvage yard.

Gordon would just like to say an extra thank you to all his friends who are supporting him, and he keeps a board in his garage as an reminder of who they are.

However, there are still things that he needs to get him to the track - please visit his wish list and see if you can help. Gordon's Wish List

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Air Box 'n' oil tank

Now the motor is in the chassis I can get on with fabricating the air box, firstly out of cardboard to create a template then in alloy. Now I've actualy started I have realised I can double up the space as an oil tank as well.

I've also hollowed out the standard fuel tank to resite the fuel tank and increase the size of the airbox too. Not an easy job and it caused me a few head aches along the way.