Worth a gamble or not?

Worth a gamble or not?

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yonex

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113 months

Friday 2nd August
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andy43 said:
Green with green hood looks cool
Re the overheating heater maybe ask Joolz to take a look.
I'd guess he loves being upside down in the footwell - must do with all these loom replacements hehe
I was chatting to him the other day about a dash issue, he sounded thrilled with the prospect, can’t say I blame him. All sorted now, but a proper head scratcher yesterday. I’ll definitely ask him, he can only say no smile With the pesky pre-cats out it should be far more (un) civilised wink

yonex

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Monday 12th August
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Dropped the roof off today.

The new carpet looks nice, hood colour is bang on. This was outside, I really like old American stuff. Dave comented on the paint on the Griffith, he knew Simon @ Windrush, nice to have the feedback from someone who sees all sorts of exotica...

IMG_5302 by roo_p, on Flickr
IMG_5300 by roo_p, on Flickr
IMG_5301 by roo_p, on Flickr

Hopefuly it'll be ready at the end of the week.

yonex

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Monday 19th August
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It’s almost done smile

So glad I went for a full carpet set as well as the hood, they’ve cleaned up the leather and it looks really decent.

It was previously re-trimmed at TVR, they didn’t exactly do a great job as it turned out. The tunnel barely had any soundproofing etc, it was probably a ‘Friday’

Anyway, before...



After....



Can’t wait to see the end result smile

yonex

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Tuesday 27th August
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Picked up the car today, Dave has done an awesome job. The old leather has come up brilliantly, it’s really a great result. Hood colour etc, spot on.

Now off to Jules to work his magic.

Emerald/wide band/3 maps
Bigger Injectors
Pre-cats out
72mm plenum

More power/torque/noise and better manners.


Podie

45,540 posts

220 months

Tuesday 27th August
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yonex said:
Picked up the car today, Dave has done an awesome job. The old leather has come up brilliantly, it’s really a great result. Hood colour etc, spot on.

Now off to Jules to work his magic.

Emerald/wide band/3 maps
Bigger Injectors
Pre-cats out
72mm plenum

More power/torque/noise and better manners.
Be interesting to see what numbers you get. Joo transformed our Griff.

yonex

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Tuesday 27th August
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Podie said:
Be interesting to see what numbers you get. Joo transformed our Griff.
I’m just blown away by the craftsmanship today. In the UK we are surrounded by people who are genuinely interested in making magnificent things from challenges. I was watching them today with a steamer, on a seat base. I wasn’t sure why they were doing it so asked. Apparently when you stitch across the patten it slightly distorts it. So they steam it to put it exactly straight. That’s attention to detail and it’s awesome.

IIRC it was running 300HP with 350ft/lb, from around 1800 rpm on John’s dyno after break in. It’s a fully built 5.2 with a bit of porting and soft cam. I’m not going for top end but I’m looking forward to no shunting! Had lots of pinking on the Lucas setup, always felt a little off. It never not started and idled kind of ok, but was variable. Today it ran like a dream, solid 900 rpm no floating. Last time it was hunting, it’s just time to bin the OE kit. Originality is fantastic, but I don’t want a phone call from a pissed off OH that it won’t start etc.

I’m sticking with the plenum as it’s far easier to setup and there are loads of JE 5.2’s making frankly daft numbers without TB’s. It’s already very fit and way more engine than it needs really, but since when did we not want more smile It’ll take a load more power than it’ll make, I made sure to spec it so that it was very future proof.



Edited by yonex on Tuesday 27th August 21:10

yonex

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Tuesday 27th August
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Here she is...

IMG_5482 by roo_p, on Flickr

I'll get some interior shots up.

mk1fan

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170 months

Wednesday 28th August
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Looks great. Enjoy.

yonex

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Wednesday 28th August
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So, working from home and bored. Spoke to Joolz earlier and the car is already coming along, loom is almost there.



Ordered the trumpets as I know there are sone gains from the matched ports. I don't care much for the carbon but it's not much more expensive. Should be the final piece in the plenum upgrade path.


yonex

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Thursday 29th August
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Ordered heat proof matting from Agriemach today, will hopefully fit this weekend. Ordered a 1m square sheet of the stuff, it’s got a high temperature backing so will use that, and drill every other rivet on the existing to fit.

Sounds like a simple job rofl

yonex

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Saturday 31st August
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Jools is cracking on with the car. The loom, in progress...


Edited by yonex on Saturday 7th September 14:07

yonex

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Saturday 7th September
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So first words back from Jules and it’s a good set of numbers. The plan was never to chase them as it’s not that sort of car. The cam was specifically chosen for driveability, but the potential was there (cross bolted, top hatted, steel rods etc) should the next owner feel the need to reach 370-400HP biggrin After running in it did 290HP/336lbs/ft on John Eales’s dyno. I remembered him saying it was a nice build and that he was pleased with the torque spread. I had nothing to compare it to so was happy enough smile Even taking into account the pessimist JE dyno I’m impressed so far. John said with a better induction setup and modern ecu it would release a good chunk.

From there we added the smooth inlet pipe, blended plenum base and carbon trumpets along with the enlarged plenum inlet. Larger injectors and emerald with wide band welded into the Clive F Y piece. Standard manifolds have had the pre-cats removed.

Looks like a pain in the rear end wiring issue remains, but that’s next!

Waiting now for the final info, but so far it looks pretty awesome.


Podie

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220 months

Saturday 7th September
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Why the carbon trumpets rather than a blended base?

Good to see Joo using traditional TVR loom building methods smile

yonex

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Saturday 7th September
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Podie said:
Why the carbon trumpets rather than a blended base?

Good to see Joo using traditional TVR loom building methods smile
The base is the ACT one, I went with carbon purely because it was available off the shelf. The base is still blended, as I understand it, but instead of spun alloy trumpets, carbon ones are bonded in. They claim 10ftlb and 8-10HP, I can't say if this is true but the numbers today are very good indeed.

What's not in doubt is that the standad TVR item is like the challenging ginger mate that the best looking girl in school had smile

yonex

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Saturday 7th September
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The numbers.

Many thanks to Joolz, John Eales, ACT and the team at ACRE, without them this project would have been utterly impossible.


yonex

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Wednesday 11th September
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Picking up the car tomorrow, slightly apprehensive but I’ll get over it. No rain (fingers crossed) so the ancient T1R’s should be fine smile

Really looking forward to meeting Joolz and seeing what the ecu has done. Previously it was obvious that it was a bit all over the place, I was super careful with WOT running in as it just pinked too much for my liking.

Clear the garage. It’s coming home!

Matthew Poxon

5,251 posts

118 months

Wednesday 11th September
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That is a very impressive result. BHP headline figure great but more importantly that torque! Nice and flat as well.

I must say you have done an incredible job with this car, it looks absolutely stunning and is a credit to you.

MAKE SURE YOU GET THOSE TYRES CHANGED! When I bought mine it had the original Bridgestone S01 tyres from the factory 15+ years old. It was a death trap and it did not have anywhere near the power of yours.

ianwayne

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213 months

Wednesday 11th September
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Ditto the tyres. My last Chimaera had 16 year old rear tyres when I bought it and was lethal (even in the dry) until I put new ones on.

Impressive results, you have the power of a Cerbera in a Griffith body. Great stuff. smile

yonex

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Wednesday 11th September
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Matthew Poxon said:
That is a very impressive result. BHP headline figure great but more importantly that torque! Nice and flat as well.

I must say you have done an incredible job with this car, it looks absolutely stunning and is a credit to you.

MAKE SURE YOU GET THOSE TYRES CHANGED! When I bought mine it had the original Bridgestone S01 tyres from the factory 15+ years old. It was a death trap and it did not have anywhere near the power of yours.
Thanks Matthew, I’m really keen to see what yours does, it looks like an epic build.

I’ll be really taking it easy tomorrow, the plus points are it’s got a very linear spread. I’ll soon change the tyres, but I was adamant I wouldn’t fit nice tyres for the dyno! The fronts are actually off the Atom, so only 4 years old, erm, yes.

Just got to decide on R888R ot AD08?



yonex

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Wednesday 11th September
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ianwayne said:
Ditto the tyres. My last Chimaera had 16 year old rear tyres when I bought it and was lethal (even in the dry) until I put new ones on.

Impressive results, you have the power of a Cerbera in a Griffith body. Great stuff. smile
I’m very pleased with it. John has really made a really nice road engine. It might even give a bit more as it’s still only 600 miles or so old .