Well i have cracked on a bit more today but got utterly p*ssed off right at the end of the day.
I was about to bleed the brakes and decided to myself to double check that all the bleed nipples were still ok and werent going to snap on me (I had cracked them all off a few weeks ago to make sure they werent seized when it first went onto axle stands, they were all free). Anyway, i managed to snap both the bloody rears, before i tried to undo them i went round them with a wire brush, gave them a quick spray with GT85, gave each one a nice love tap with a hammer square on then went on with my 3/8" ratchet, holding it right above the socket to make sure it was being held on square. Each one simply snapped so i'm not sure whether i allowed a small amount of moisture in when i cracked them off previously and they corroded together or what.
After i had broken them off i decided to take the calipers off so i could take them into work tomorrow and drill the remaining bits of the nipple out, and whilst undoing the n/s one the bloody brake line decided to snag on the union and twist itself around, despite the plentiful GT85 being applied. I decided not to try and grip the brake line with pliers or mole grips or anything so i couldnt crush it but it just kept on rotating with the union and eventually snapped so it looks like im either going to have to buy a new section pre-made or buy myself another roll of brake line, some more unions and see if i can borrow a flaring kit again to make up my own
Another fail in a way is trying to seal the 3/8" ID high pressure PAS hose to the 10mm hose tail on the banjo fitting that i am now using on the outlet of my PAS pump, the hose itself is slack on the hose tail so i bought an exhaust style T clamp to clamp it down but i ordered one a little too large, and since they only close up a little bit its not enough to crush it on
I tried a jubilee clip but that simply destroys the threading before it clamps the hose enough (proper jubilee branded too, not cheapo s**te).
So its looking like i need to find somewhere local tomorrow that stock the T clamps and get the next size down which i believe is 17-19mm.
I may also wrap the hose tail with a lot of PTFE tape to help bulk it up a bit before clamping the hose.
I have also somehow lost the small left handed countersunk bolts which hold the fan blades onto the motors and the top radiator hose clip which holds it into the plastic elbow, so i need to source new ones of them
Progress wise i have now put my standard exhaust back on diablo and put the magnex on goldie, but the centre box has cracked (not magnex, i believe it was made by proflow) so i could do with getting it welded up once its up and running, it cracked on the actual face of the box about 15mm away from where the pipe leaves for the backbox, a bit displeased about that as i paid a lot for the centre section to be made up and its cracked after about 18 months, although i did like to make the car backfire a lot so i must have put it under some stress though its time
Fitting the exhaust to goldie was a pain in the ass as it had all been welded together, so was long and awkward, and because i had goldies back end on the driveway and the front end over the pavement on axle stands the angles basically meant that my nose would touch the subframe if i looked straight up, so trying to manouver my arms to get the fiddly nut onto the bolt from the new manifold to cat fitting kit was a nightmare, filled with lots of foul language as the spring kept pinging the nut and cup plate straight at my face
I fitted nice 'n shiny lower strut brace, it was a bit of a pain trying to get the bolt through the washer after rich's solid roller bearings but i got there after a bit of fiddling around.
I have cut the old battery section off the ecu housing and made some aluminium brackets to hold it in position, im not sure if i will need to make another to hold it to the bulkhead or something as there is a small amount of flex in these brackets and i dont want it to vibrate and fatigue the wires, maybe i'm just being anal about that
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Inlet manifold and fuel rail are now back on with fresh o-rings, they are 14.5mm ones from Mr Injector, and came with new fuel filter cup things, i think they cost about £13 or so delivered but arrived nice and quick and well wrapped so a big
to him from me.
My idea that i had of using little spacers on the driveshaft hockey sticks worked out quite well, much easier to tighten as they dont go into the slight counterbore and there isnt loads of thread sticking out so can use a regular 11mm socket.
I also gave the new discs a quick blast with brake cleaner and painted the centres black with the VHT stuff i have, should help a little with corrosion resistance and look nicer for longer as i hate looking through the spokes at rusty discs
I have a nice long shopping list now for stuff i want to pick up tomorrow ready to put it all back together. In a way i dont want to get it ready tomrorrow as it will kill me waiting for may so i can tax it, as being a tight yorkshire man i wont start my tax this month for it to only last a few days
If any of you local people (phil, cooper, birk etc) know of somewhere that will sell a 17-19mm T clamp locally and have it in stock i would appreciate you letting me know, i dont want to have to wait round ages for one to be delivered from ebay
________________________________________Goldie the track car.