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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1385008
14/10/2012 20:47
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Looking good there Ferrarist thumb I'd love to get mine done faster than I am but I work a 60 hour week and I'm also dependent on the weather frown as I'm doing most of the work outside, and at my age that's about all I can cope with crazy

Seeing your car moving certainly does make me want to get my arse in gear though, I've got a week off in November so I'll get a fair bit done then (I'm going to put a gazeebo over the car so the weather won't stop me laugh )

Anyway, well done on your progress cool

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1389204
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A quick search shows up something like this. http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/180745378...=pla&crdt=0

It may be worth it for now and the future.



Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1390350
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Good thought Magooagain

I'm using this at the momment, keeps the back end dry where I'm working at least.

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I have got plans to build a car port at the front as soon as funds allow rolleyes

Still it hasn't rained this week so I've got a fair bit done cool

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1390351
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Where's the update then? laugh


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Your car is Usain Bolt with wellies
Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1390355
08/11/2012 09:31
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Another couple of days and I'll have enough to put on laugh , nearly finished myself off getting that f***kin engine and box back in the workshop though shocked

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1390357
08/11/2012 09:34
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Just stay focussed Alan, you know it'll be a triumph ( although as a former Vitesse owner I hope for your sake it won't be!)


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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1390364
08/11/2012 09:52
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Will do mate thumb and No a 20VT Vitesse doesn't bear thinking about crazy

Anyway, got to go and fix the cold start on the Doblo before I can carry on, catch up soon.

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391026
11/11/2012 13:28
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Happy with your progress and just to share my experience about subframe braces.
IMO it's really important to "brace" lower front part of the subframe with some rigid and stable part of the chassis.
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Your car's balance will be around 47\53 - 40\60 front to rear(it's just my guess based on my Alfa156 balance), and there will be absolutely no reason for you to use front brembos for rear calipers.
First your brake master cylinder wont be able to create pressure needed for 2 set's of brembo calipers, brake pedal will be very soft and will travel a lot comparing with OE setup.
Smaller alfa 145's hubs with still vented and smaller discs will be better solution, you still be able to use same coilovers, ABS sensors, with smaller calipers.
Bear in mind that there 2 types of 145's hubs, if you go that route i'll explain you more if needed.

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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391033
11/11/2012 15:46
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Thanks for the advice Ferrarist, I had intended using dual master cylinders with a balance bar and I wasn't going to bother with abs as it will only be a track car.

I'll let you know which route I take though, so I may use smaller rear calipers yet.

I agree with the bracing of the original part of the front subframe, I will be adding this when I finish the rest of the subframe off.

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391162
12/11/2012 11:03
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The engine photo to the garage made me chuckle slightly, I was thinking you should have done a bunch of still shots and made it into an animation laugh

Oh, and the offer of an extra pair of hands is still there if you need it smile


Originally Posted by Jonny - After being taken out at Spa
Your car is Usain Bolt with wellies
Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391167
12/11/2012 11:21
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Great progress MrT thumb

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: Begbie] #1391321
12/11/2012 20:26
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Originally Posted By: Begbie
The engine photo to the garage made me chuckle slightly, I was thinking you should have done a bunch of still shots and made it into an animation laugh

Oh, and the offer of an extra pair of hands is still there if you need it smile


That would have been a good thing to do, although there would have been quite a few pictures, it took me nearly a hour crazy The extra pair of hands would be a help, perhaps you could pop over one weekend when I've got to levitate the engine in the frame to sort the mountings out laugh

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391323
12/11/2012 20:27
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Thanks for the thumbs up Mr CC, progress has been a bit slow but I'm enjoying the process smile

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391348
12/11/2012 22:20
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Great efforts going on there Mr T.
I had a quick re read of your projit as i was wondering if you are going for an engine rebuild/upgrade.
Whats your plan for the engine ?



Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391355
12/11/2012 22:59
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Thanks magooagain smile

Engine's going to stay as it is for now, it's quite nicely spec'd anyway putting out a very easy 315bhp and 340 with the boost up a tad higher.

With that power and a light car, it should still be fairly quick and I want to concentrate on the handling and brakes first and then maybe up the power, I think the chassis should always out perform the engine anyway driving

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391418
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Originally Posted By: MrT
Thanks for the thumbs up Mr CC, progress has been a bit slow but I'm enjoying the process smile


This is my joy of buiding unique projects, it's unkown territory building something that hasn't been done before so to see your efforts with R&D leading to adapted parts is a joy to follow and I have my fingers crossed we'll see this at Brooklands smile

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391438
13/11/2012 12:32
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I love updates to this project, really cant wait to see the end results!
Fantastic work thumb


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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391446
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Ditto, fantastic work Mr T.

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391734
14/11/2012 20:42
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Thanks for the encouragement guy's, most appreciated smile.

Alexis, when are you up for a bit of engine lifting?

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391799
15/11/2012 09:37
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I can do this Saturday, in return, you can weld my downpipe? laugh

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Originally Posted by Jonny - After being taken out at Spa
Your car is Usain Bolt with wellies
Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1391954
15/11/2012 17:28
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I'm glad you put up the photo to preempt any innuendo on that statement. Still loads of scope for comments on filling your crack. laugh

Nice work btw Mr T.


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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: Begbie] #1391987
15/11/2012 20:22
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Originally Posted By: Begbie
I can do this Saturday, in return, you can weld my downpipe? laugh

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This Saturday's a bit soon for the lift I need, but you're welcome to pop over and I'll weld the down pipe for you.

And just to make it clear Mr mattB, there will not be any "crack filling" going on I can assure you hehe

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: mattB] #1392004
15/11/2012 22:34
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Originally Posted By: mattB
I'm glad you put up the photo to preempt any innuendo on that statement. Still loads of scope for comments on filling your crack. laugh

Nice work btw Mr T.

Hello stranger, glad to see you're still on top form laugh

MrT, you have a PM


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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1397166
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Doesn't look that different from last time wink

Isn't the wheel going to rub on part of the frame when the suspension compresses?

Let me know when you still need a hand with supporting the engine too.


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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: Begbie] #1397274
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Don't dry sump it......it doesnt worth the risk IMO......


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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: Begbie] #1397297
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Originally Posted By: Begbie
Doesn't look that different from last time wink

Isn't the wheel going to rub on part of the frame when the suspension compresses?

Let me know when you still need a hand with supporting the engine too.


Doesn't look any different!!! there may only be an hours worth of welding, but there's about 20 hours of thinking and measuring hehe

And dont worry, the wheel won't rub on anything, it's just the angle of the camera wink

I'll certainly let you know when I need a hand and thanks again

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: Ferrarist] #1397298
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Originally Posted By: Ferrarist
Don't dry sump it......it doesnt worth the risk IMO......


That would be a very long way away, so no danger if it happening at this time smile

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1397532
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You not tempted to just stick a couple of trolley wheels to the front of your subframe frame and maybe a wheelie bar out the back laugh

Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1397687
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That would certainly be a youtube hit Nobby biglaugh

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Re: Mid Engine Coupe Project Discussion Thread [Re: ] #1398233
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keep the updates coming mate it always a good read


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