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Offline chris

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TOTB III The nightmare!!!
« on: August 02, 2004, 10:00:51 AM »
After several months of preparation, had some final stiffening up of the differential mount, the vehicle lift at my friends workshop was out of action, spoke to Tim and he kindly offered the use of his ramp.
Spent a few hours getting things ready with lots of extra bracing and a lockup drag diff fitted, made my way home to get ready to make the 5+ hour drive to York. On the way home, had a practice launch from a standstill, hit third gear and all things went to sh$t……….she was on one rotor!!!!!!!!!
Limped half way back to Tims when it stalled and couldn’t get it started, called Tim and he towed me back to the workshop. A Friend of mine turned up and we all stood looking at the car in pure disbelief. After the numbness had set in I started to think how many months and hours I had spent getting this far just to fall at the last hurdle!
By 4.00pm we had all persuaded each other that it was worth a shot, Tim got to work preparing a new rotor and by 5.00 the engine was out the back plate was off and I handed Tim a rotor, at which point he quickly put it on the floor saying “ in all the years I have worked on rotaries I have never had a rotor so hot that I can’t even hold it!”

A new set of tips and the engine was back in the car and running by 8.30pm!! Totally knackered I thanked Tim for his help, downed a can of red bull got cleaned up and left at about 10pm, got to York at 3am and made a slight detour to get fuel, went over a set of speed bumps then the car started missing badly, it seemed to be on one rotor again!!!!!!!!!! A few seconds later it cut out!!!!!


In a panic under a small key ring torch I removed the top plugs and cranked her over. The engine seemed good. Went to check for any indications on the power fc commander, it was dead! Checked fuses relays and every wire I could, nothing!
Managed to persuade a taxi driver to tow me to the bed and breakfast got to sleep at 5.00am, woke at 7.00 in the vain attempt to fix her pulled the engine loom out, couldn’t find anything checked as much as I could and by 9.00 knew it was all over, beaten tired and gutted I half heartedly went to spectate. Thanks to David for picking me up.
Eventually got picked up by the AA at 5pm and got home at 12.30am.

The rear rotor has been rich for some time now which seems to be part of this underlying problem, when I have sussed the cause I will let you know, It will be back, but not for a while as I don\'t like rotaries very much at the moment

:o :confused: :mad: :mad:
was TOTBIII look forward to next year!

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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2004, 10:12:30 AM »
Gutted Chris, Geff recounted your story via Tim I guess yesterday - just not cricket after all that effort :(

Chin up ;-) If rotors were simple they\'d be boring. Right??????
R.

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2004, 12:18:40 PM »
Chris,

Really sorry to hear that it didn\'t work out for you! :(  can\'t say you didn\'t try!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, do you think the computer/wiring caused the problem in the first place?

A hell of a lot of bad luck over there at the moment with the rotaries!!! what is going on?

I think you lot will need to start sending whole cars out this way, get them sorted and sent back running 10\'s!  :)
Thanks,

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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2004, 01:20:58 PM »
i\'m in the mood to send it to you in very small pieces:(

There is a definate fault which is causing the rich rear rotor
either wiring, ecu or fuel. I will find out!!!! (one day)

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2004, 07:35:03 PM »
Gutted for you Chris :(  good to meet you yesterday, shame it wasn\'t under happier cirumstances.

I think will just have to take along a stack of spare engines for next year, practically every car I was wanting to do well seemed to die in some gruesome manner.

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2004, 09:39:10 PM »
Sorry to hear of yer woe fella wont do any of the cliched stuff just proper sheet init http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008\' target=\'_blank\'>http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/10/10_2_12.gif\' border=0>
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2004, 05:34:18 PM »
Gutted for you m8:( It seems to always be the case that you get kicked while you are already down. Hope you get it all up and running again soon, ready to kick some skybus butt:cool

Good luck, Paul:)