THE CAR'S FOR SALE @ £7000.
Existing 'new' rear tyres(YOKO C-MAX) & YOKO A509's at front with 4mm tread.
ALL OFFERS CONSIDERED
to say it has alloy 4 pots up front
Fully comp' insurance from ''Caithness'' via Pete Smith @£109/yr secured now so will be 'set-up' testing her today
goes like a train , very fast for a fast road cam/TB's 1.8lt Zetec but then RACELINE put it together. Handles well with it's new bits/bobs , sticks tight on slow(h'mmmm
)corners , roundabouts etc. A mite twitchy at high speed/110mph with the very small steering wheel fitted.Unneccessary on this car , I'd change it to 12 or 13 inch if I were keeping it . Too much correction at low speed corners would see you facing the other way . Having said that ,I was trying to upset it . I'll check the toe to make sure it's not towing out
Rear tyres had never been on the road so were partly the cause of some oversteer in an agressive mode
Water temp' stayed around 90 under hard driving and oil temp' around 80 but only did 30 miles , albeit throwing it around some
Checked TOE and it was towing out
, now adjusted to toe in 1mm per wheel. Drive it to assess the difference another day.
JUST come back from a 40mile test out after changing toe and further wedge adjustment --- MILES better
At 5000rpm in 5th it's doing 100mph -- with plenty of grunt left for the brave
but I slacked off at 115mph cos I don't like the silly little steering wheel
. Also the brake pads are EBC and not up to it but as they're still 8mm thick , I will not be changing them
First gear blasts the car away and you quickly want 2nd which will take it to 65 odd . Third I didn't look for max' due to traffic but is obviously going to get you over 90. 4th and 5th pull with plenty of torque at the top end and really surprised me for a 1.8lt ---- the Throttle Bodies make an enormous difference compared to Webers .(Roll on when mine's finished
) If I kept it and developed the chassis/set-up , it would be a very quick car but that takes time and track work . A good set of stickies would make this car but I'm not fitting them in case it sells to someone not bothered about odd tyres front/rear.
All the parts/work done is listed in these pages .Full photo list during work plus previous history. This car was factory part built for Collin Mc lenin to tour Europe in 2001 then Miles Youden bought it/sold it . I bought it from Mathew Morris , who has another Stylus himself. His plan was to remove the body and fit his ROCHDALE 60's kit body onto this car. Didn't happen.Tim can recall quite a lot about the car as he was then working for P. Powell.
April 20th - ish
I've had the BRG car about 4 weeks now and the jobs are getting done pre-sale. Engine got an oil+ZX1 and filter change plus new sump plug washer(Raceline) -- It was missing and sealed with some disgusting ' blue ' crap
Also needed new plugs after extracting the existing ones from the water filled plug gallery(sucked out with plastic pipe then loo paper
The hood to screen fixing was broken plus loose nuts/bolts used to attach which is bloody awkward SO permanently fixed the bolts into the hood rail.Hood was dull so re-treated it.
Next was sort the rust in the driver's footwell and under both seats .
The cockpit was filthy -- seats/carpet dog haired / maybe dogs were better company ? It took hours to get the hairs off the Caterham velour seats then most of the morning brushing with a suede brush.The dashboard got a good clean and shine. Boot was similar. Neither boot nor bonnet catches worked/now sorted.The windscreen surround was badly cut and unstuck - now at least nothing hanging and re-stuck.
The next major job was to make the exhaust in sill 'bodged cut out' look more intended rather than hacked. This isn't finished yet but looks better already. Inside , the original one peice silencer/repackable had been swapped to two standard steel ones . To make it look better now the 'hole' exposes more , I'll fit a vented guard to the hole.Various detail repainting after rubbing down.
STILL to do ---------- all new front/rear shocks - springs - rear leading/trailing longer travel arms and bushes . New diff' support bolts - it's dedion rear(old ones wrong diameter and will cause diff' flex) Then it's a lot of scraping , rubbing of chassis in preparation for rust treatment which will take a lot of time , once I can get it in the air to work on. Once that's done , I'll play around with set up and finally give it some sticky rubber . The rubber might be left if an offer comes less than my sale price. Be good to set it up on the right rubber though.
New open / guarded side exhaust to give more airflow plus more gold detail
SSC badges front and rear
New front AVO's & springs
Long travel arms/ AVO's & springs/rear
Come to a grinding halt
as the rear suspension bolts have become part of the inner metal bush.No amount of the usual culprits for unseizing things does nowt apart from bend the pick - ups wider when hammered. Having managed to get it up in the air on some new stands/just bought , with the help of my engine crane hitched onto the rollbar , I intend cutting through each side of every pick up/link arm end. Drastic but am replacing the arms anyway. With all the spannering/hammering , I touched the fuel pipe a few times and now see the pipe's perished and leaking so had to drain the tank.
That's as far as I've got due to ' work ' commitments.
At last managed to get one side cut off thisafternoon after cutting some more F/Glass out the way for grinder room.What a performance , still, got some derust and treatment done at the same time before it rained and I packed up. Hope it's fine Sunday then I'll get the other side off.
The grey rust treatment is the first coat . After the second coat it will turn nearly black.Then it'll get hammerite . As this pic'.
Got the drivers side new long travel suspension on today -- certainly looks better than the first pic's I posted.
Today was the first chance to get the other side done working under the eze - up.
Today(17th May)finished rust scraping at the rear chassis and painted , including under the seat pans. Took out the tunnell cover to get at the fuel pipe connections and changed all rubber fuel lines/return line/tank bung. While access was easy I greased the propshaft at both ends and checked the diff oil level which was fine so topped up with ZX1 Extralube . Waiting for bolts to finish the left side rear suspension.
Battery fixing to tidy and fix securely then front chassis rust/paint to do --- NEARLY THERE
Today removed battery after shifting header tank out the way ---- just look at this
Scraped it all off
2 coats hydrate plus hamerite
Battery back in / charged / header in / new clamp arrangement
So far the rust treatment/painting has taken 30 hours --- just the front chassis to look at now
Since lowering the car down/setting suspension /ride height /fueling up after emptying tank , I thought I'd start her up and move it around. Course , totally forgot all the hammering at the bushes trying to get the old suspension bent arms etc off
SHE WONT start - no fuel pump operating apart from the slave pump/rear - turns over fine. Checked all fuses plus after chatting with Tim , found an enertia/cut off switch . Pressed it , heard it click but still no start
Having got to the limit of my electrical knowledge(sparce anyway
) tomorrow I'm trailering it down to Neville Powell (all things to all men -- not forgetting the women
) I have no doubt he'll find the little bugger (gremlin
) This is Nev' of the LIPHOOK meet who used to make the chassis for SSC under P.Powell - up to number 14 , I think
Apart from this little 'time waster' the car's starting to look nice on top and underneath although there'll always be more bits to tidy up and I have to stop somewhere.
Shan't be going now
Found the problem and sorted -- bingo
Pump seems to go better when it has a positive supply ----------------------
Stripped off the old fuel pipe from pump to filter (front this time - done rear
)that was bleeding through it's walls and replaced with this 12 bar hose . The old pipe was just carb fuel pipe NOT high pressure --- scarry
Next was more chassis scraping/hydrate coats. Raining so packed up 4-00pm.