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SSPPGG

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1,910 posts

87 months

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Monday 20th February 2012 quote quote all
7 TVR said:
Nothing but respect for what you doing and the pace your doing it at! Would of loved to of controlled the speed of my build, was lacking the knowledge, time and sheer balls so hats of to you thumbup
Look forward to seeing the car at the Growl and comparing notes!
thanks, I 've had lots of assistance though, cant take all the credit

...to name a few...


Craig at dynatorque....welding guru and master at stating the obvious that i've thought far too hard about..really hands on chap who knows the LS, and has helped and advised on a number of different ways of doing things
Ian at sportmotive (you can see his headers, gearbox mount, engine mount etc in there), and a fountain of knowledge on "how to stuff the ls in a TVR"
Ant, (loads of help with wiring plans and other bits)
Tim adams Racing Engines....what he doesnt know about engine builds isn't worth knowing. he let me use his workshop sat, fitted the valve guide for me as the technique was "freeze one bit, heat the other and bang it together in a couple of seconds", and generally made sure i didn't fubar anything. Im happy to build the engine, but far happier knowing i can say "is this ok?' to someone who REALLY knows. (while i was there, he was setting a 580hp 5.0 ford on the dyno!)...destined for an original GT40.....and the best bit, cost me a box of biscuits...literally, wouldnt take a penny

Im waiting on a bit from SH engineering for my diff mount....if that arrives, i hope to refit the body next weekend.




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Edited by SSPPGG on Monday 20th February 16:01

PeteGriff

830 posts

42 months

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Tuesday 21st February 2012 quote quote all
Sounds great mate, look forward to seeing some pics and the next instalment. Will you be at the Growl? All the best, Pete

SSPPGG

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1,910 posts

87 months

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Thursday 23rd February 2012 quote quote all
new fuel system fitted....fuel pump, filter/regulator and fuel lines fitted, and the nice chap from SH Engineering sent me some FOC bush centres as i lost one in the last "great garage clearup" after last weekends work...


MPoxon

3,598 posts

58 months

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Thursday 23rd February 2012 quote quote all
I have some how managed to miss this thread up until now. You are not hanging around are you?!!! I am amazed at how much you have achieved in a short space of time.

I shall be following this thread with interest. Good luck thumbup

SSPPGG

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1,910 posts

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Thursday 23rd February 2012 quote quote all
decided i might fit PAS to this car....you can see a few racks dotted around the garage as a I "squirm" at paying out for a tvr setup........and as i can't easily fit the rover setup to the LS, thinking i might as well make my own setup

found something that will fit the existing chassis mounts, rack length is within 2mm, and with a bit of fettling, i think it might work,

Ratio is currently a bit quicker than a manual rack, but not as quick as the tvr PAS.....but i can fit the internals of a quick rack if i want......but at the moment just playing with a cheap rack to see if it'll work before i do that

only difficult bit was making a pinion that would work with the tvr stuff.....

just about finished


will put this together at the weekend, and see if it works ok

Edited by SSPPGG on Thursday 23 February 19:59


Edited by SSPPGG on Thursday 23 February 20:01

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SSPPGG

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1,910 posts

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Sunday 26th February 2012 quote quote all
ready to go back under....dont look too close at the jacks supporting the body though



made some heat shield using kevlar thread etc


carsy

2,043 posts

50 months

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Sunday 26th February 2012 quote quote all
Excellent work, looks great. You have certainly not hung around. At this rate it will be back on the road by next weekend.

Out of interest have you any pictures details of the gearbox remote linkage you were working on.

SSPPGG

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1,910 posts

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Sunday 26th February 2012 quote quote all
Thanks, though a few weeks yet before it runs.

I will probably do the loom fuel tank. Then loom etc next.

Don't need a remote, the t56 mid shift sits only a couple inches forward of the original shifter hole, and centrally, so with a bit of a bracket, I can make that shifter work without using a remote, and as I shortened the shifter, I can get it all under the original transmission tunnel, and use the precat whaletali, which I was unsure about.

I will cut an access panel like the later cars though, as it makes life easier fitting the shifter mechanism.

I did have a slight mishap with the shifter though, it uses some cast levers in the mechanism, first try and I broke one, so the supplier is sending replacements.


SSPPGG

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Wednesday 29th February 2012 quote quote all
refitted the rad yesterday...what a PITA.

is there ANY way to refit that without scratching the inner panels????

after 30 mins fiddling, i resorted to grinding off maybe 5mm of the 4 extremities of the rad mounting brackets, repainting those, which made refitting easy....

also finished off the new fuel pump wiring and connections, refitted fuel tank, bolted the remaining body bolts down.

Shawbags

92 posts

38 months

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Wednesday 29th February 2012 quote quote all
Got to say how impressed i am by what you've taken on and the speed with which it's coming back together.

I've been abroad for the last three weeks suffering severe Griff withdrawal symptoms as I had to leave mine with the front suspension dismantled (about the limit of my capabilities!). I've regularly been checking your progress on PH and, Like the others, really look forward to seeing the completed car at The Growl. David.

SSPPGG

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Wednesday 29th February 2012 quote quote all
Shawbags said:
Got to say how impressed i am by what you've taken on and the speed with which it's coming back together.

I've been abroad for the last three weeks suffering severe Griff withdrawal symptoms as I had to leave mine with the front suspension dismantled (about the limit of my capabilities!). I've regularly been checking your progress on PH and, Like the others, really look forward to seeing the completed car at The Growl. David.
thanks chap.....lovely day outside today, spurred me onto get a few bits and pieces ordered up so i can get the griff back on the road

made a template for a laser cut 15mm thick bracket to hold the alternator, as that wont fit in its normal position as it fouls the chassis (it'll end up top right of the engine,

drew up a design for the header tank in ali....which will sit pretty much where the old one did, and have somewhere for the temp sender and otter switch to be mounted.

ordered up some heater/vac/and other hoses as the old stuff is "crusty"

modified the thermostat housing (cut it in half so it can be welded at an angle) as it would likely make the hose foul the front chassis rail if left

i think im going to try to mount the coil packs at the rear of the heads if i can, so the plug leads run below the headers, that way they are far less likely to get burned, and it keeps the plug leads as short as i can.


SSPPGG

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1,910 posts

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Tuesday 6th March 2012 quote quote all
put the new LS wiring loom in over the weekend, after pulling out the last of the rover stuff. no real problems, it all just plugged in.

I need to get an earth strap, and make or get a box for the battery connections, as between the ecu, starter, alternator, and other bits and pieces there is far too much going on around the battery.

had a mounting bracket made up for the alternator in ss, just need to machine back the original alternator mount by 12mm to account for the plate thickness....




i tried about every possibility of alternator location, and even a few small low output alternators, to get the alternator low down in the engine bay, but it was just not going to happen unless i ended up with a tiny "race' alternator that cost a fortune, and probably wouldn't charge the battery enough to turn the starter....

once the alt is in, i will probably need to support it of the back as well as this bracket, but ill need to do that once mounted and in position, with the belt wrapped

drew up the header tank for costing, which worked out at under 100, so will have that made up.

my old exhaust will be a little too small bore for the LS i think, so have sent the car to craig at dynotorque, who is going to fab up a larger bore system in SS, and squeeze it in around the chassis/gearbox etc

also ordered up some coil pack relocators, as id prefer not to wrap the plug leads over the exhausts if possible

This is where the modified t56 shifter comes up....ive cut an access panel, but the top of the shifter is below the tunnel




so i will need to make a shifter a little like this one




went to connect the new copper brake lines to the bulkhead, and surprised that the 3 bulkhead connections are the same size for all the brakes, but the new copper line to the rear is a different connector.

either that, or my drawing which tells me which bulkhead connector is which is incorrect, and I am confusing the clutch line (could make life fun), so i will have to have another look at that,

Edited by SSPPGG on Tuesday 6th March 10:32

clive f

7,008 posts

118 months

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Tuesday 6th March 2012 quote quote all
thats a fantastic job you are doing there, look forwsard to seeing it when finished.thumbup

Russell Mc

555 posts

36 months

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Tuesday 6th March 2012 quote quote all
This is going to be so cool

SSPPGG

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1,910 posts

87 months

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Wednesday 7th March 2012 quote quote all
new brake line arrived today, seems automec got the old one wrong, as the new one fits fine, but as they supplied a foc replacement with no issues, i cant be too unhappy, though a real PITA to refit.

machined the back of the old alt bracket, so that fits fine now, and clears the exhaust and fan belt wrap is ok, though i might add a guide pulley to make sure

the old headers have been modified to take the exhaust much lower, and now will emit less heat around the front of the engine, as i dont need the cats that this setup was originally designed for.

i have some sort of plan to wire the speedo via the ecu, and see if that can be used to drive the SW gauges, rather than using speedy to add a "box of electronics" to the back of the speedo, with an adjustable pot.

coming together....






snookes

234 posts

168 months

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Thursday 8th March 2012 quote quote all
I had a look at your car yesterday while I was
At Dyno torque
Only seen it from underneath
Wow! what a job. I wish I'd got the skill and
The patience to have a go at mine
Top job

TVR Beaver

2,637 posts

65 months

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Thursday 8th March 2012 quote quote all
Ha… like others, I’d not spotted this post before (well, only in the early days before the LS came into it)….. what a top job.. respect to what you're doing and the rate you’re doing it!... Will be very nice when finished…. And interested in seeing it if I get to the Growl!.....

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Will be keeping a close eye on the progress from now on!... Best of luck!!

SSPPGG

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Friday 9th March 2012 quote quote all
snookes said:
I had a look at your car yesterday while I was
At Dyno torque
Only seen it from underneath
Wow! what a job. I wish I'd got the skill and
The patience to have a go at mine
Top job
thanks chap, the top needs some tidying, but that will have to wait till next winter...as ive spent all my money.

i suspect the bonnet will remain unpainted this summer too

SSPPGG

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Friday 9th March 2012 quote quote all
SSPPGG said:
I did have a slight mishap with the shifter though, it uses some cast levers in the mechanism, first try and I broke one, so the supplier is sending replacements.
my FOC shifter parts arrived today..with a £22 handling charge from customs.....robbing bds... wouldn't accept any argument that as a foc replacement part, no vat or duties were due.

might only be £22, but i think an appropriately worded letter of "theft" of my money to hmrc will be winging its way today


977

402 posts

69 months

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Friday 9th March 2012 quote quote all
Awesome to see... what seats are those by the way?
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