Monday, December 19, 2011
Next job was mounting the ECU, which means drilling holes in whatever you call the flat-bit-in-front-of-the-scuttle. I hate drilling stuff because you just KNOW you'll get it wrong and have to drill new holes and somehow fill the old. After a near disaster where my first planned hole turned out to be directly over a chassis tube, I think I've done it OK. Probably find the bonnet won't fit now, or something. Fitted rivnuts again, rather than having to screw nuts onto the bolts that hold the ECU in place, and order new caphead bolts off ebay because the M5 x 60 screws have got really manked-up heads.
Still putting off any big bits like fitting the de dion tube or front suspension. Will get there eventually. At the moment it seems like I've got loads of time, but I've got a nasty feeling that the new race season is going to creep up on me faster than expected.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
We now have the scary bits done - wiring harness in place, brake lines all routed and fuel lines where they're supposed to be. Simple matter of assembly from here on in.
I'm being really careful to make sure nothing goes back on without being inspected, cleaned, refurbished as necessary or replaced, and it's paying dividends. My clutch has been heavy for a long time - so long that I'd rather forgotten it wasn't always like that. But now I've discovered the plastic surround on the cable inner was split, and binding on the outer, and the pedal bush was seized. A new cable and refreshed bushes and it should be hugely improved. Lots of other little issues are turning up as well. The car is eight years old now, and it's probably well overdue for a complete strip and refit.
Somehow I've managed to lose half the boot floor. God knows how - it's a big chunk of wood and aluminium but I've searched the garage, the car port and the front garden, and it's nowhere to be seen. Shall have to order another one from Caterham - that's an extra £20, but not a lot in the wider scheme of things. I'm not counting, but I wouldn't be surprised if I'm the wrong side of five grand already. Never mind, it's going to be a vastly improved car when I've finished, so it feels worth the cost.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Or to save a click:
|31 March||Donington Park - Live on Motors TV|
|21/22 April||Brands Hatch Indy|
|28/29 July||Thruxton (with Friday pre-race testing)|
|8/9 Sept||Cadwell Park|
|22 Sept||Oulton Park (single race)|
Not bad at all. I'm not keen on Anglesey, but everyone else likes it so maybe it'll grow on me. Cadwell's a great circuit to drive, but hard to race on because it's so difficult to overtake. Just have to qualify on pole, I guess.
Best news is that it doesn't clash with Cropredy festival (the kids' favourite event of the year) or Oracle OpenWorld (my employer's favourite event of the year).
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Trouble is my garage is a right mess with all the painting. Need to get it finished (one more wing to go) and clear up ready to move the chassis in.
Then I can start breaking things in earnest.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
I do like that green. It'll have a black band round the front when I'm done. This was the first coat - the new spraygun is SO much better than the old one. But I still managed a get a run in it - just trying to put it on a little too thick. That will sand down, but the next coat is the final layer, so can't afford any runs in that.One wing is finished. I was going to buy another wing since my right hand one was pretty knackered. But I found an old green one which had been drilled for wing protectors and a reversing light at the back - and had a couple of cracks. Repaired the cracks with fibreglass, filled all the holes, and soon it'll be ready to paint.