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And another:

 

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:lol:

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platty

Awesome.

 

The thing looks a right handful :lol:

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Rippthrough
Awesome.

 

The thing looks a right handful :D

 

 

Yeah, VW trailing arms and mud terrain tyres on polished tarmac with 268bhp is a wee bit of a struggle! <_<

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Rippthrough

Had a synchro failure on 3rd gear a couple of days before the first event :):D

So, engine out, shafts off, radiators out, loom out, gearbox out, new box in...

 

Bloody car, I'm considering fitting a Peugeot badge, it appears to have caught MA-boxaccitus.

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Made it to Waterbeach this weekend for a bit of fun, unfortunately with a sporadic engine cut out problem which I suspect is the alternator given the battery voltage is dropping.

That and the melted alternator terminal...

 

Got a few good runs in though and shook the revised front suspension down - spent last week realigning it, new springs, alter the dampers and changed the bumpstops and torsion bar rates, the front is about spot on now, in fact we went over 2 foot by 2 foot square trenches designed to slow tanks down without being able to feel it through the car, so that's working well.

The rear is on the soft side so we're just waiting for some new springs now, it's fine whilst in the forests or along most of the bumpy stuff, but it slams the rear skid plate onto the floor on the bigger jumps, always knew it wanted harder rear springs but now we know how much to go with, so the suspension is finally working at last. :D

 

She still runs a bit too warm even with the new scoop, so the exhaust manifold is coming off to be given an internal and external ceramic powdercoat, as it's the heat building up around the engine causing problems rather than the water/oil temp, it was damned warm weather though, which didn't help - 21* and blue skies, better than rain but wasn't helping the engine!

 

Ended up having to shortshift and leave it in third in the tight stuff and letting it haul itself out to keep the exhaust temperatures down (and whoever says rotaries have no torque wants to come and sit in this thing, when it pulls itself from axle deep, out of soil full of clay, in a forest, at 2krpm in 3rd...)

 

Other than that she's doing well at last, it might actually do a full event next month! :wacko:

 

 

Got to try and sort a bit more silencing though, 105db driveby and 104 static where everyone else was 104 static and ~90db driveby....whooops :D

 

 

Broken as normal:

 

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Right, we now have a 130amp alternator to replace the dead one - should be enough.... :ph34r:

 

And a nice friend down the road at Corus has got me some inch thick woven ceramic insulating blanket that they use to line the inside of the furnace with, so that should survive 900* of exhaust heat, haven't fitted it yet but the bloke reckons you'll be able to put you hand on it even if you open the bonnet straight after a stage at full chat :)

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Well, we've finally sorted the brakes, solved the cooling problems, and fitted a new alternator to sort out the electrical gremlins.

 

Took it for a nice 10 mile test run with nothing but a ver slightly slipping clutch.

Back in the workshop, adjust the clutch, back down to the test track, perfect, no slipping.

 

2 minutes down the track, into 4th gear, BANG.

 

Viola, 2 halves of an input shaft :)

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welshpug

whoops, what box do you run?

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Rippthrough

Renault UN5 'box.

 

To be fair the two boxes we've had have been very old and had some fair stick, but that's about all that's available these days.

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Sourced a new box thanks to a very nice bloke over on the PPC forums, problem is, it's stripped the spline on one of the driveshafts from the shock too, and they custom-made ££££'s jobbies :D:D

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welshpug

doh!

 

no other box will do the job then?

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Rippthrough

Not without redesigning the car, might get the audi transaxle in at a push.

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Right, new gearbox for £40, stuck a chromoly input shaft in it - another £40, shifted the fancy ceramic bearings over to the new box (otherwise she's limited to only 8500rpm, that's no good :ph34r: )

Bit of sneaky lathe work on the damaged driveshaft from the box letting go, machined a new circlip groove in, cleaned the end of the spline up and rolled it under the press to get the length back and it'll do until we can sort some new ones out.

New fan for the radiator whilst the engine was out of the way, it had a pretty crap Spal fan on it so now it's got one of the high pressure ones from CBS, twice as good.

 

And she's back on four wheels again, racing next weekend at Radnor, (Which is a nice quick track:

) so watch this space for what we've broken this time around... Edited by Rippthrough

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Well, good news and bad, nothing broke, and for the first time since it's inception, the car has actually finished an event :)

 

Bad news was it's still getting hot enough at full chat that you have to back off a little bit - bigger oil cooler should sort it as it's oil temp not water that's the problem now.

Good news is the event was a lot of fast, very steep, full throttle uphill slogs in 26*c ambient temperatures, so it'll only get better from here!

 

 

 

 

Even better news is it's got a shiny trophy with 1st engraved to it's name. :P

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Going up:

 

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And down again a couple of seconds later:

 

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Whee! :):lol:

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Next stop, a limit slip diff so it can actually put some more power down on the grass!

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James_R

Hmmmm looks pretty awesome. Suspension travel looks comfy :)

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Rippthrough
Hmmmm looks pretty awesome. Suspension travel looks comfy :mellow:

 

14" front, 16" rear.

 

We'll get faster, just worried it was going to overheat/break something as per normal :D

 

It's pretty hilarious when you give it full throttle from a standstill :lol:

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Rippthrough

It's not quite so comfy when this happens, bloody little bump that threw the back end of even our rear-heavy car up, a few went end over end here:

 

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Well, a few weeks back, Ed put it into a tree at Minehead whilst I was laid up with flu!

See what happens without a navigator....

 

 

Anyway, he bent both front beam tubes, a shock tower, made a 2D wheel, broke the steering ram/mountings and bent a fair few tubes.

We've been debating just chopping the front off and sticking a double wishbone setup on there the same as Scrumpy's and the rest of the GSR's - not ideal for the car, but we've already got the bits to hand, and it should be better than the trailing arm setup.

 

However, after chipping the bent tubing out, a bit of ingenuity with a jig allowed us to get the beam tubes under the press, and that and a gas axe resulted in straight tubing again, with the front end welded back on, the bent tubes were chopped out, the frame jigged back up and new ones welded in, new suspension bushes, bearings, straightened the trailing arms out, made a new control valve for the steering and made some new wheels up and she was good enough to go.

 

Cheap and cheerful wins again! :D

 

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And all that work resulted in....another shiny 1st trophy....

 

Just about managed to cobble it all back together by 3pm on Saturday, loaded up, drove down, ended up kipping in the car as we needed a boat rather than a tent, course was rough as anything, bouncing off the skidpan most of the time, as there were area's where they'd been testing tank suspension out.

p*ssed it down most of the day so was far too slippy for a 2wd car really, but still managed 1st in class + lap times were good enough for 8th overall.

Lots of broken cars due to the ruts on the tank training bit though - it was like 18 inch speedbumps 2 feet apart.

Fooking everything aches today, but ah well.

 

We had a bit of trouble with a seal on the PAS pump giving up, and a car in front putting the boot down whilst sideways on a muddy patch just as we were overtaking, putting about an inch of muck on the screen and blowing the wiper motor :(

But apart from those and the battery giving up and making us late for our last run, the car itself is alive and well again, with no problems :ph34r:

 

Walters Arena in 2 weeks now that the WRC boys have finished using it, gravel tracks :D

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happygoron

What date are you in Walters Arena?

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Rippthrough
What date are you in Walters Arena?

 

Dates + details Here

 

The site is being updated at the moment though, be a few hours before it's back online, but basically we'll be scrutineering on Sat. the 7th, and running on the Sunday 8th, from 10.00am until 5pm.

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Rippthrough

And be warned, if you turn up you're likely to get roped into servicing the car between runs :unsure:

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happygoron

Hmm, looks like they would be a laugh to watch, if I can get the car sorted I may pop up!

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Rippthrough

If there's no problems with the car you can go around for a ride, watching it doesn't compare to just how rough it is :(

 

You'll have to joint the AWDC though, for insurance reasons, can't remember how much it is though.

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