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posted on September 8th, 2010 at 10:35 PM



The roll cage looks good - no unecessary bends - should give a really stiff base for suspension tuning; I reckon 'noveight' will be quicker than 'oldeight', despite the weight increase.



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posted on September 8th, 2010 at 10:49 PM



I'm assuming you are aiming for Wakefield next year?



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posted on September 9th, 2010 at 07:26 AM



Thats a cracker

Hey Greg i meant to ask whats the 5 or so holes in the roof above the back window ????




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posted on September 9th, 2010 at 07:52 AM



Hi, thanks for the comments.

Peter.......Hope to try a few 'changes', starting with softer rear torsion bars.:tu:

Paul........I'm aiming for Wakefield, but next month!:crazy:

Dave.......Or should I call you Hawk-eye - 'aerodynamic aid'. wait and see.:lol:

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posted on September 9th, 2010 at 02:32 PM



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Hey Greg i meant to ask whats the 5 or so holes in the roof above the back window ????


maybe for locating castor wheels on the outside ? :lol:




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posted on September 9th, 2010 at 04:32 PM



Post up when you plan going to wakefield greg, id be keen to come have a wattch, might even get some mates and come for spin if its an open day
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posted on September 9th, 2010 at 04:45 PM



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Hey Greg i meant to ask whats the 5 or so holes in the roof above the back window ????


maybe for locating castor wheels on the outside ? :lol:

Craig, one day you may think of something clever to say.......then again, maybe not!




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posted on September 9th, 2010 at 05:47 PM



I second that :tu::tu:

Greg yeah i was thinking you may have some more body farings attached its looking great

Did u fit new sill rails channels to the shell or just box it all in for better strength




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posted on September 9th, 2010 at 06:25 PM



Greg,

send the photos through and I will post them up for you :tu:

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posted on September 10th, 2010 at 05:18 PM



hmmm aero aids must be a sports sedan
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posted on September 12th, 2010 at 02:22 PM



It's now BLACK - well sort of. The combination of my lack of painting skills, and a fairly rough body shell, has resulted in something close to the 'old' No. 8. Camo has kindly offered to post some pics - thanks Kev.

I am putting Humpty-Dumpty back together again now - without all the King's horses etc.:lol: It's a slow process ( I'm not as quick as I once was ), but I am aiming for the 6th October. That's the next GEAR (Golden Era Auto Racing) day, and it would be a perfect opportunity to 'sort it out'.

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Here ya go Greg and you're welcome.

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posted on September 12th, 2010 at 06:07 PM



coming along nicely Greg, any special celebration planned for when the car is renumberd 8?



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posted on September 12th, 2010 at 10:50 PM



:tu: jealous that you can get your work done so quickly, it looks like its coming along nicely too :)



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posted on September 13th, 2010 at 06:10 AM



looks great greg, have you got any pics of your front trailing arm brace?



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posted on September 13th, 2010 at 07:39 AM



front trailing arm braces are not allowed if running under 3j rules:yes:
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posted on September 13th, 2010 at 08:54 AM



I dont think this car is intended for 3J though...

Looking good Greg :tu:




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posted on September 13th, 2010 at 09:16 AM



Fiberglass guards too, its just a track car for having a bit of fun in, not for a particular class :tu: :yes:



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posted on September 14th, 2010 at 07:23 AM



The rules, as per GEAR Club, are fairly easy-going - roughly pre 1961. Later (modern) stuff is frowned upon, such as EFI, etc.

Will be picking up some last-minute bits from Steve Muller this week, including the transmission ( 'fixed' by Adrian ). These two blokes have been so helpful:yes:Oh yes, and Warb is doing some new ' No. 8 ' stickers for me - thanks mate. Even though I will be off to Morgan Park with my sons, Dave & Tim next week - they're running their Lotuses in the 1 hour race - I should be able to finish No.8 Beetle in time for the GEAR day. It's Wed, 6th October, at Wakefield Park.:crazy:

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posted on September 14th, 2010 at 06:11 PM



Good on ya mate !!! Really can't beleive how quick you have got this together. Good luck on the 6th too !!
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posted on September 20th, 2010 at 12:44 AM



Looking good Greg, what are the fins on the drum brakes for, cooling? Also are they interference fit.



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posted on September 20th, 2010 at 08:26 AM



The fins help with cooling, but also help to keep the drums 'round'. The drums tend to distort - especially if the wheel bolts are not tightened correctly. Yes, they are 'shrunk' on, with a 0.035" interference.



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And I thought they were new tyre technology.....DOH Wrong again:dork:



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posted on September 20th, 2010 at 11:18 AM



Greg great work, i really love the images cheers, lots of interting little mods, especially around the engine bay...

How did you strip your car??? did you get it dipped or blasted or just lots of elbow grease???




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How did you strip your car??? did you get it dipped or blasted or just lots of elbow grease???


Dipped :crazy:




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posted on September 22nd, 2010 at 06:43 AM



Engine in and started.......Sounds OK.:tu: Off to Warwick (Morgan Park) with 'the boys' tomorrow. Should finish No.8 after I get back next week. Looking good for Wakefield Park on the 6th Oct.:smilegrin:

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Nice greg, i'm going to try and come down for the 6th and see you run if all goes well! :yes:



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posted on September 22nd, 2010 at 09:49 AM



Hi Greg,
can you share some specs and history on your motor.
Judging by the times you ran before the crash, it must have "pick-up".

Is it an engine combination that has evolved from many years, or a recent build?

I am interested to know what carbs(48IDA's?),
and also what oiling system you have used to keep the bearings under control through corners.

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posted on September 22nd, 2010 at 03:26 PM



Hi Dave,

Hope it doesn't sound like I'm being cagey, but sheet metal is my game - engines scare the hell out of me.:spin:

Steve Muller built the engine - I just told him that I wanted, a mild, tourquey motor that would pull from around 3000, and go to 6000rpm. I got exactly what I asked for.:yes: Carbs are 48 IDF, oil is Mobil 1 5W50. A deep sump and external cooler seem to work OK.

If you really want to know the tech. ins & outs, Steve would be the bloke to speak to. I'm not one to play the 'secrets game', so whatever he wants to tell you is fine by me.

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posted on September 27th, 2010 at 04:32 PM



Just got back from Morgan Park - it was WET!!!!! Son David and Scott Bargwanna had a great win in the Prod. Sports 1 hour race. Other son Tim and Geoff Noble were 3rd, when an electrical fault stopped the car out on the track. Geoff managed to re-start it, and got back to 4th. A great weekend, except for the rain.

Tomorrow I'll be back onto No. 8! Thanks for the nice numbers Warb.:tu: You should think of doing that stuff for a living.;)

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