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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #840 on: November 05, 2019, 02:18:39 PM »
Nothing like a motivational kick up the hind end from ya loved one.

Projects can be tough going.
The RX-4 looked like this for maybe a year and it was Lisa who said to me to try and get it back together as the guys at Rotarystock would love to see the car finished.  Gave me the kick I needed  :13:
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #841 on: November 05, 2019, 03:53:08 PM »
a year?

In the words of George Formby......

...... turned out nice mother !
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #842 on: November 05, 2019, 03:56:06 PM »
Yep stick at it Jamie,  judging by your other projects its gonna epic.

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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #843 on: November 05, 2019, 04:07:04 PM »
Cheers Jon,

I hope so  :icon_thumleft:

Apart from my RD400 project of turning pistons, barrels, carbs and exhausts back to front........ this has been the most technically challenging.

Looking at what I want to build next, this now seems quite basic.

Always pushing the boundaries of what a "shed built car" can be eh?
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #844 on: November 05, 2019, 07:17:21 PM »
So butter up the edges with gel coat, bolt the mould together and pour in the foam.....

Lets hope it comes apart in 1 piece tomorrow

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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #845 on: November 07, 2019, 11:32:53 AM »
Yeah, we've all been there Jamie. I'm finding it hard to find the time and motivation to get on with KIMI 1. Every now and again I manage to do a small piece of work and thoroughly enjoy it, but it's tough keeping going with so many other demands on my time - and I'm retired, so goodness knows how you manage to do so well! Keep it up, looks great progress from my perspective  :icon_thumleft:
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #846 on: November 07, 2019, 07:59:19 PM »
Well, thats a success! .....

Sand all the flashing off around the sides. General once over sanding.

I was expecting some repairs to do, but all thats wrong is its missing a bit of gel goat and you can see the resin. Its all smooth on the surface

Wasnt a easy demoulding, slow n steady wins the race! (Clives thinking does it hell! lol)

Happy with that....

Ill post more more when its mounted on the car
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #847 on: November 07, 2019, 08:00:42 PM »
Yeah, we've all been there Jamie. I'm finding it hard to find the time and motivation to get on with KIMI 1. Every now and again I manage to do a small piece of work and thoroughly enjoy it, but it's tough keeping going with so many other demands on my time - and I'm retired, so goodness knows how you manage to do so well! Keep it up, looks great progress from my perspective  :icon_thumleft:

Thanks Malcolm.....

You could always sell KIMI 1 to me lol
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #848 on: November 09, 2019, 02:42:39 PM »
Well its on!

Im actually happy! shock horror........

Little fettling required..... even put a grommet in for the wiring for that professional touch lol.

Nice equal gaps, fitted some rivnuts and bolts so I can play around with different height gurney flaps on the top of the spoiler and theres a little ledge moulded in so the flaps are flush with the face of the spoiler when fitted.
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #849 on: November 09, 2019, 03:45:16 PM »
Love it!

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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #850 on: November 09, 2019, 06:29:57 PM »
Getting there  :wee_hee: Getting there  :wee_hee: Getting there  :wee_hee:
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #851 on: November 10, 2019, 07:13:17 PM »
Looks superb  :icon_thumleft:
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #852 on: November 10, 2019, 07:51:11 PM »
Thanks chaps......

Look better with a lick of paint lol
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #853 on: November 16, 2019, 08:26:49 AM »
Welp.....amongst all the s**t at work...... god if I hear my name called one more time !!!!

anyway... breathe....im still working on the jam jar.

Had a small break from GRP and started making some wheel arch liners out of ali.

The originals were pre galv steel with a rubber trim around the outside. They are positioned in the front and rear wheel wells to cover up the steel sill members and to gain access by sliding them out the GRP sills into the wheel wells.

I kept the axle line centre on the back  the same as the lotus set up. So now im running RX8 wheels there is little clearance.

Thankfully the rear wheels dont steer and if I set them with a bit of toe in ill get more clearance, Currently with 1/2"...... if I go off in the kitty litter i may get some debris stuck lol

Finished off the undertray too, covered up the fuel filter etc, stop all the crap off the wheels getting near them and some air deflectors to direct any air from around the tyre into the right directons.

On to the business end before we drop the car back on the floor. Its been on ramps since I started making the expanded foam wings many many months aso.

Bought some ducted backing plates from some nice guy on here. Gonna utilise the spent air from the oil coolers and help protect the back end of the coolers from getting debris flung at them.

I have a theory that because the stock oil coolers have a rubber shroud around them, the ambient temp isnt high enough to "warm" the discs from the spent air and the discs will be a higher temp......

It works in my head, if not in real life ill just disconnect the hose lol

So its back on the GRP and mocking it up in mud and junk...... I swear my heart pumps resin around my body.....


Anyway, done for one day, Im off to hopefully by another rotary !  :13: :13:
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Re: Rotus Project Build
« Reply #854 on: November 16, 2019, 10:28:36 AM »
Jamie your aluminium fabricating skills almost exceed those of your skill in moulding.
Finance dictated it had to go 13 months ago,  after 14 years in an RX8 regretted ever since.