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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2016, 08:25:55 PM »
Well didn't get much done last weekend, (too cold)  ???

Made a lot of progress this weekend, managed to finalise the routing of all hoses and brackets etc.

Needed to provide a route for any air bubbles to rise to the expansion bottle. So tapped in to the T piece which routes the return flow from the block, and the heater.


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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2016, 08:33:32 PM »
New Expansion Tank is much bigger than the tank from the stock set up.

Difficult finding a substantial mounting point without adding more bracing etc. So bit of thinking and came up with a revised bracket design which is stiff enough to hold the weight and utilises the stainless steel support bracket for the IC.


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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2016, 08:40:33 PM »
Like the thought of the bracket for the tank and it looks cosmetically good as well  :13: nice one Chris

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2016, 08:43:25 PM »
Direct wired the pump to purge the water system of air. Ran it for 10 minutes, seemed a constant flow in the return to the tank.

Re-connected the digital controller and checked the pump was getting a pulse signal. Phew.

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2016, 08:47:34 PM »
So do they run with a thermostat? Or remove and then pump fires up at a set temp?
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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2016, 10:50:31 PM »
Hi Jon, Thermostat is removed and pump is controlled by digital controller at set temperatures.

It only pulses pump running until set temp is reached (I still have to select the temp stages), it switches to full power (constant running) when the water reaches around set temp. Fans will be set to come on around 3 degrees over optimum temp.

Oh and it looks pretty cool on the dash too  ;D

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2016, 02:41:49 PM »
Done any more work on her Chris or is she fully up and running now, ??

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2016, 07:17:02 PM »
Looks like some good progress :)

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2016, 08:55:39 PM »
So, after removing the Alternator (rumbly bearings). Decided there was no point finishing off the engine bay 'till the alternator is refurbished.

Been thinking of extending the areo at the back, so decided now was the time to experiment.

Only have basic hand tools. Made templates in card first then transferred to aluminium sheet.

Took a bit of time to cut out the basic shapes, a few pics of how the mock up looks on the N/S.

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #24 on: February 29, 2016, 05:24:26 PM »
 :bravo_2: :c029: :08: looking good I Chris. I am doing something of the like as well but not brave enough to post it up just yet ;)

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2016, 05:18:24 AM »
Wow... Looking good :)

That upper wing, how is it attached to body? I cant quite see that :)
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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2016, 08:38:34 AM »

Wow... Looking good :)

That upper wing, how is it attached to body? I cant quite see that :)

Good question. I want to avoid putting holes in the side of the body, so the challenge has been to design a fitment that supports itself from the existing diffuser, (not easy with the overhang of the side extensions).

So the design utilises structural mounting points from the underside of the body for the main construction. The upper wing is attached to the side upright, plus bolts to the upper part of the diffuser at the back and I had to concede and will use one mounting hole on the inner wing (so the whole construction requires one extra hole.

The mock up still requires considerable fettling to produce a nice flowing system that will be functional without being too obtrusive.  :)) But I like obtrusive !!!

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2016, 08:41:00 AM »
Ok, good idea. And good job :)
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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2016, 08:44:49 AM »
Took the Alternator to a local company specialising in refurbishing Alternators (first sensible decision I've made this year  :D). Fearing the worse, but what a surprise, no sucking thru' his teeth and shaking of his head. He just said yup bearings have had it, that'll be about £40. Oh I said can you check the output and if its a bit low do a full refurb. He replied, well there's not much more stripping down to do, so a full refurb with brushes etc will be ......well lets say £50 !!!!
Errr yes I said that'll do nicely  ???  ;D happy days.

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Re: Chris's Winter Mods
« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2016, 08:41:04 AM »
Collected Alternator last night, rear bearing fell apart when he split the casing...ooops  ???

Charging checked and confirmed correct output. Rebuild costs £40 !!!

Alternator refitted last night, but now I've noticed the adjustment bracket is touching the chassis  :angry5: More mods required, one step forward.....