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12th October. Action ! (about
Forgive me Father, for it has been almost a month since my last
update - but I do have an excuse..
While mostly neglecting my current V8Mini duties I have been
investigating a few ideas for the next project... Codename PIEVAN. Suffice it to
say that should it materialise it will involve a V8 (a V12 was measured up but
is just too big, *sigh*, so I guess that next years Darwin awards are out!).
(More info soon)
Anyway, after another few weeks off I have finally managed to
get back to some important V8 Mini stuff. The bottom end is at last built and
torqued and seems to turn quite nicely, the rest of the main engine bits have
been cleaned and are now lying all over the house waiting for a proper build
session next weekend.
Pics of stuff
20th October. Action (blimey).
Yes, I know in light of recent progress it's out of character,
but for the second weekend in a row, I have been working on the V8!
So after a few hours of intermittent spanner wielding, the V8 is
back together :-)
The plan was to get it back onto the gearbox, but I was foiled
by the arrival of a prototype set of gears for the final drive. So I need
to strip the box to fit em in.
New gears are 2.7:1 which should give 85MPH at 4000rpm, much
more useable than the existing 85 at 5500! It also means that 5500 on the new
gears would be 117mph ;-)
Build & gears
27th October, V8 stuff.
Did a little more V8 building for Doris, but spent most of the
weekend with Paul dis-mentaling the V8Micra and making lots of noise :-)
As a result there are now a few more pics and vids at www.magicspanner.co.uk/v8_micra.
31st October. Update
Just a quickie to say that the new Project PieVan section has
sort of gone online, with a basic outline of the next project. As the PieVan
develops the site will grow around it (allegedly). Project
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