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10th - 11th August, BUM - rethink.
No V8 Doris at Mini In The Park :-(
Measured up the spare crank to find that the mains are a few
thou undersize, this means that my spare set of standard bearings won't fit (no,
I won't just bung some orange goop in the gap!). This kind of stops the rebuild
in it's tracks.
Revised plan is to leave the engine out a bit longer and replace
the gearbox seals. And maybe see if I can blag the set of test diff gears from
Damian so I can 'test' them :-) Hmm, 3000rpm at 80mph is just what the
doctor ordered. Well that and a straight jacket.
Following the evil paint reactions the last Superlite got hit
with a full bottle of Nitromors, several sheets of wet & dry, and about 1000
gallons of hot water to eradicate any last trace of bubble causing stuff.
Several thick coats of white primer later and no signs of any reaction (yet).
Not trusting this wheel very much I think I will leave it for a week just to
make sure it's stable now !
17th - 18th August, Mini In The Park.
Went camping, got hit in the face with a radio controlled car,
drank lots, looked at lots of cars (including Andy's splendid V8 van - more pics
Spent £00.00 on bits !!!
However... on the way up we kind of saw another Mini for
for more info!
22nd - 23rd August, FAME (I wanna live forever)
Not even finished the V8 project when on Thursday I get this
unsolicited email via the website..
I've just been checking out your website and I would
like to talk to you about a project I am working on for Discovery. Thunder
Races is an engineering challenge programme that pitches three teams of
the nations top mechanics against each other to adapt and modify an old banger
into a fire breathing thoroughbred. The challenge for the third programme in the
series is to place a V8 engine into a doner car with an engine size of 1 litre
So thinking that they wanted some tech info or summat I sent a mail back with my
number and within 5 mins the phone was ringing.
Format for the show is £800 budget to buy suitable small car with style and
convert into a 'stylish custom monster' in 2x 12hour sesions with a 3 mile race
at the end. Ideally they want teams that have done something similar, or who
have a suitable motor/engineering background to make sure they end up with a
good race (or flaming fireball - though the researcher seemed a bit unhappy when
I suggested this)
Turned out they were trying to get teams together for this challenge, and was I
interested in making a team - only problem being that it is being filmed next
Tue, Wed & Thur.
Hmm, nice one for them to drop on me at 4:30pm on Thursday! So
spent most of the evening madlly emailing & phoning people who would 'Love
to, but need a bit more notice'. But then there were a couple of 'bite yer hand
off' keen types with the right skills (& mentality)
Old Mini lister, Paul Tucker, who stumbled into our campsite at MITP with
quantities of 'alcohol', and Tony C a V8 friend http://www.capriracing.co.uk/theteam.htm
One team is http://www.beardmorebros.co.uk
+ http://www.audiracing.co.uk and the other 'secret team' is from some
Question is can we actually bung together in 24hours something I
haven't managed in 18 months ;-)
We're all doomed, but if we can find a Mini to convert then it will be an ideal
time to use Peter Wood's line ' The Roughest V8 Mini Deathtrap In The World'
30th August, New V8 Monster !!!
Well after three of the longest, hardest and most enjoyable
days, we have created a monster... see http://www.magicspanner.co.uk/v8_micra
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