MEV Rocket Build

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Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Tuesday 10th January 2012
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After much debate and the chance of being offered a pair - I have opted for some carbon fibre seats. I have had to fettle, trim and bond them but very pleased with the result. They are 100% pre-preg and ulta light and strong. I have also, to keep with the cars theme, had the back painted (again) in the Maclaren chrome paint finish. This was not an easy task for the sprayer as the 'B' surface of carbon is very rough, but a sterling job has been done:






Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Tuesday 10th January 2012
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Car is now off on holiday tomorrow to the Autosport show, were it will be exhibited on the 'Road Track Race' Stand. Being collected tomorrow and still have some parts to complete before it's collection !!!

chuntington101

5,679 posts

166 months

Tuesday 10th January 2012
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seats look great! did you have them made or did you buy them off the shelf?....

Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Saturday 14th January 2012
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chuntington101 said:
seats look great! did you have them made or did you buy them off the shelf?....
A bit of both. They are seats you can buy, but as they are 100% pre-preg and very light/strong they are far from cheap. As I work in the industry and the company who make them are a customer, I helped with the manufacture to reduce the costs (significantly)

Rudy 111

32 posts

79 months

Sunday 15th January 2012
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thumbs up for your attention to detail, really sets it apart in build quality and finish. Saw your car on the autosport int. show in birmingham! First thing that caught my eye was the very nice chrome finish on the chassis and suspension. I asked the people at the stand about it and they said it was powder coating. May I ask where you had your chassis and suspension A-arms coated in this absolutely stunning chrome powder coating.
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EddyP

602 posts

150 months

Sunday 15th January 2012
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Fantastic build thread!!

Where did you source your throttle cable from? and was it a reasonable price? looks like a very nice quality one, teflon lined?

Thanks

rdodger

1,036 posts

133 months

Sunday 15th January 2012
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Shinobi

3,499 posts

120 months

Sunday 15th January 2012
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Fantastic thread and build, saw the car today at autosport and thought I would have a look on Pistonheads to see if anyone had any experience and turns out I find this thread. Great work and keep the pictures. Coming please.

Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Wednesday 18th January 2012
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Rudy 111 said:
thumbs up for your attention to detail, really sets it apart in build quality and finish. Saw your car on the autosport int. show in birmingham! First thing that caught my eye was the very nice chrome finish on the chassis and suspension. I asked the people at the stand about it and they said it was powder coating. May I ask where you had your chassis and suspension A-arms coated in this absolutely stunning chrome powder coating.
Hi,

Yes the chassis and arms are all powder coated, not wet spray. The chome effect finish is a patented process and formulation owned by a company in Norfolk. It has the best finish I have seen. The company is called Aerospray and the process is quite expensive but very hard wearing and obviously a deep finish

Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Friday 27th January 2012
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Small update.

Currently on with the electics. Using the Dash2, which will be getting oil pressure, oil Temp, fuel level and speed from their hall effect sensor direct to the dash and an interface cable between that and an Omex 600. Will be using Omex race spec harness and monitoring/using map sensor for plenum pressure, air temp sensor (for plenum inlet) and water temp sensor. Will be using the dash4 pro and a data logger after IVA.

Lights ignition etc I have to confess I am having help with, as electrics do little for my amusement confused

Hopefully should be getting close to being finished end of next week - then off to be run-in, mapped etc for maximum performance evil

Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Tuesday 13th March 2012
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Car is due back to me tomorrow from being wired, and RTR have done a gorgeous job of the loom. Purchased a new Rotrex 30/94 supercharger today and booked the Rolling road at Northampton Motorsport for March 28th. Lots to do in the next 2 weeks before it gets run-in, mapped and power runs !!

Loom pics to follow ASAP

jeffw

835 posts

158 months

Tuesday 13th March 2012
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Good luck mate smile

Us supercharged Zetec owners need to stick together lol....

Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Monday 26th March 2012
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Well, cars been back for about 2 weeks from being wired and I have frantically been working trying to get it fully assembled ready for the rolling road. I am really hoping to get it to Northampton motorsport (but I am not going to cut corners !!) next week as its already been good driving weather - fingers crossed.

The closer I seem to get to the end, the more bits/brackets/modifications I need to make !!! I am sure that rings a few bells with many

After the rolling road, then obviously straight to the IVA, so at the moment the car seems to have more bits removed than fitted !!


Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Thursday 5th April 2012
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Car is now mechanically together. All plumbing is done:


Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Thursday 5th April 2012
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Used the Zircoflex ceramic heat shielding which is a bit of a pain to fit neatly, but it should do the job well. Also put it on the chassis bars near to the exhaust manifold:


Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Thursday 5th April 2012
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Engine bay now fully assembled. Although I have had all the parts for some time, this is the first oportunity to fully assemble. It is a bit of a tight squeeze but it all fits with no interference. Very pleased with the outcome as their will be no cover over the engine !



Also had some new front top wishbones made to get more negative camber which I have had chrome coated and fitted. Car is now at Northampton Motorsport for wheel alignment/corner weighting and should be run-up next week hopefully - fingers crossed !!

mnrvortxf20c

430 posts

78 months

Thursday 5th April 2012
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were the wishbones not fully rose jointed?

Red16

551 posts

98 months

Thursday 5th April 2012
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Looking fantastic! cool

Mabbx

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199 posts

139 months

Friday 11th May 2012
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Time for an update.

Quite a bit has happened since the last post. Car is now wired with an omex 600 and bespoke full race harness, and this week we got it running !!

This has been quite a milestone and I was very nervous/anxious as the car has been built with totally new components, but all has gone well. Engine fired well, clutch and gearbox were very smooth.

First two dyno sessions were used to run the car in and the third session we had a few electrical gemlins which most of the time was spent fixing. We then changed the oil and spent 20 mins running up to speed/temp and adjustments on mapping. As we were running out of time we decided to put in quick power run. This was the first one we had done :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Xxr4-OGhtQ




Very happy bunny !!

Their is possibly still more to come as the de-cat pipe is not fitted in this run and there is still some further exploring/tweeks to be done, but I am happy. Will update after next runs.

Stuart Mills

1,194 posts

136 months

Saturday 12th May 2012
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Fantastic Mabbs, I share your delight, my guess is that the 300 point is what you cannot resist aiming for, good luck, can I have a drive please?