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Conian

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87 months

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Thursday 12th July 2012 quote quote all
Thats fine, but I think you'd better put a sticker on the back letting people know that your car isnt really a Porsche, in case the colour fools them.

Liquid Knight

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Thursday 12th July 2012 quote quote all
Conian said:
Thats fine, but I think you'd better put a sticker on the back letting people know that your car isnt really a Porsche, in case the colour fools them.
hehe

That would be the least of my problems. smile

Liquid Knight

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Thursday 12th July 2012 quote quote all
The eBay Italia test item was marked as dispatched Saturday and...



...arrived today! smile

Fitting took about three minutes and as soon as I heard a Smash Robot clearing its throat I knew I had Radio One at least.



See what I mean about the Porsche green? It's closer to what the Fantasia has faded to than the original colour.

Liquid Knight

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Thursday 12th July 2012 quote quote all
I've finished polishing the first port and done the other one as well.



I know this is will be good for at least an extra 0.0003 bhp. wink

I'll use the two vacuum inlets to advance the distributor to begin with and possibly use both in inject a fuel and gas mixture into the engine later.

Just waiting for the last of the office bods to sod off so I can photocopy the carb's for the inlet base plate. wink

Liquid Knight

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Thursday 12th July 2012 quote quote all
Too shiny for the photocopier. rolleyes

Sod it. I've made a template the old fashioned way. Pencil, paper and a craft knife.



By using a single plate as well as making it easier to fabricate the rest of the manifold I now have somewhere to mount the mixture adjustment screw. wink

Edited by Liquid Knight on Thursday 12th July 23:45

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Liquid Knight

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Saturday 14th July 2012 quote quote all


Red sky in the morning. I'm bored at work. wink

Liquid Knight

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Tuesday 17th July 2012 quote quote all
Ladies and Gentlemen. Boy and Girls. Prepare yourself for the most epic thread update in motoring forum history.


















My distributor cap was shot...



...so I fitted a new one...



...a whole £1.35 investment. wink

Liquid Knight

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Friday 20th July 2012 quote quote all
Met the chap behind this website today...

http://www.flashcustoms.co.uk/

...very nice chap to. I'll ask how much he can do my plates or even the manifold for. wink


Conian

7,939 posts

87 months

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Friday 20th July 2012 quote quote all
Liquid Knight said:
...a whole £1.35 investment. wink
Sorry, but i've no respect for people who just throw money at things. You've sold out man.

Liquid Knight

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Saturday 21st July 2012 quote quote all
With M.O.T time a few weeks away it's time to find out what's wrong with the Fantasias rear wheel. For a while now it's been squeaking and pulling a little to the left especially under load so I popped the wheel bearing off, stripped it, cleaned all the old grease away and replaced it with my competition stuff (the stuff I've been using on drag bikes for years). Nope still sticky. Took the brakes apart to check the handbrake linkage wasn't snagged, the shoes moved freely and the springs returned them properly. Again no issues. The problem was the wheel cylinder itself was stuck on one side.



I've fitted a spare Cinquecento one for now but will replace them both when I have more time. Also from the colour of the brake fluid I need to drain the who system and start again. It could well be the original factory fluid from 1988. Had a nasty ammonia smell to it and looked like Guinness at least.

Liquid Knight

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12,116 posts

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Tuesday 24th July 2012 quote quote all
Been shopping again...



...6 x 13 Slotmags. smile

I tested them with a spare wheel bearing to see how far out the stud pattern was.





Hmmmm...



...almost a perfect fit. I had to use the 10mm spacers to clear the calipers so...



...wide arches then. wink

Now do I counter sink the wheels or get flat faced bolts?


Conian

7,939 posts

87 months

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Wednesday 25th July 2012 quote quote all
c/sink!

Liquid Knight

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12,116 posts

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Wednesday 25th July 2012 quote quote all
At that point I'd had three hours sleep in just under two days. wink

Liquid Knight

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Wednesday 25th July 2012 quote quote all
Epic update II



I've fitted a new coil, new terminals to the LT side of the loom. That's new plugs, new cap, new rotor arm and new coil; if that hasn't solved the splutter at low rev's all that's left is the HT leads and battery.

I've consulted the experts at Wisbech Engineering (bribed them with cake to see if I could borrow their lathe) about the wheels and the general consensus is not to c/sink the wheels as it could damage them, alloy that old could be porous and break apart under the mill and not to remove the taper from my existing bolts as it could weaken them; having a wheel sheer off on a quarter mile run doesn't sound appealing to me either. So I'm after a set of Saxo VTR/VTS or Peugeot 106 GTI bolts with the washers to retro-fit the wheels to the car instead. smile

I prefer the older wheels as there were purposefully designed. They weigh about the same as the Steel wheel but take wider tyres and widen the overall track of the car. Unlike the modern (post mid-80's) wheels that were designed for cosmetic purposes out of inferior quality material. I was looking for a set of phase one Uno Turbo wheels for the Panda but when they become available on the market the command a premium beyond what I'm happy to budget for the car. I'll work out how much of my £999 I have left for next years challenge later but I guess I'm close to £550-£600 by now and have a chunk of work still to do.

Dave Brand

444 posts

154 months

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Thursday 26th July 2012 quote quote all
Looking at the pictures of your wheels you've got a mis-match between the wheels & the hubs - looks like you're trying to fit wheels with 100mm Pitch Circle Diameter on hubs with 98mm PCD. If that's the case, to fit them safely you need "wobble bolts".

You should also bear in mind that the wheels are designed to locate on the centre spigot. Your last photo of the wheels indicates that by fitting spacers you've lost that location.

Maybe different wheels would be the safer option?

Liquid Knight

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12,116 posts

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Saturday 28th July 2012 quote quote all
You're probably right. I'll sell the Punto GT brakes and three sets of wheels to fund some proper wheels. As for the slots I'll clean them up, put the Goodyear tyres on and sell them for a turn around.

I weren't going to bother with this but...

http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q...

...three left! frown

The blue one that was for sale a few weeks ago and another blue one that was on eBay in March. Could my car be the only green Fantasia left?

Lucky I can't afford the Porsche paint eh. wink

424 in 2001 and 3 in 2011. Poor little cars. frown

Mr2Mike

12,246 posts

141 months

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Saturday 28th July 2012 quote quote all
Spigot rings (you could probably get some machined up pretty cheap) and a set of wobble bolts is required to fit those wheels. I suspect you'll have a large positive scrub radius though, which won't make it nice to drive.

Liquid Knight

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Saturday 28th July 2012 quote quote all
Something really rather radical may be about to happen. Watch this space. smile

Liquid Knight

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Saturday 28th July 2012 quote quote all
Outbid on a SAAB 2.3 turbo with three seconds to go. Grrrrr!

Back to the FINE engine then. smile

Liquid Knight

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Sunday 29th July 2012 quote quote all
Productive morning at work today...



...came to a couple of conclusions as well.

1/ I won't be mirror polishing these wheels, there's a chunk and gouge in one rim and a scratch round three quarters of another. Considering these wheels are at least forty years old they're still in very good condition so they're prepared for paint. I'm thinking gunmetal or graphite grey with a red pinstripe around the rims (unless anyone would prefer different let me know).

2/ They won't be going on either of my Pandas. I'll see if I can sell them for a little profit and use that to help the Fantasia get through the M.O.T smile
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