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Fri May 08, 2020 7:32 pm PostPost subject:
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Little job updates.

Mounting the ECU has been a meh area for me, ty wraps had done their job well over the years but it was never ideal and it was something i wasn't really happy with.

So armed with more time on my hands a few ideas in my head i decided to give designing a bracket or clamp a go!
AutoCad hadn't been used since i made the coil pack bracket and that was a fairly basic 2D shape. This was going to have to be 3D for it to work.

A few hours (ok closer to 6) later i had a drawing that i was happy would do the job. It was simple, clamp over the ECU, using the Syvecs logo to hold it in position and allow me to bolt the ecu down.



Rev 3 (as rev 1 and 2 didn't even make it to print haha) was printed off by Dave at Track Formula !



I got it home and had stupidly made a mistake! I had forgotten about the lip that ran around the ECU. It would have still worked but i wanted it to snug the ECU a bit better!

So onto Rev 4 and it was sent to Dave again and it fits perfectly!







3D printing is a process that I'm fascinated with and if i was better at AutoCad 100% id be buying one and would be printing everything!


Next on the list was a job i had forgot about!

Dry break fuel sample point. Was something i had bought ages ago and only remember about it when clearing out my spares and coming across the fittings!

Required by Motorsport UK, a dry break fitting and barb to allow for fuel sampling. Simply installed into the return side of the fuel system and allows for quick and easy sampling!



Old trusty fuel requlator still going strong, i think i might change this out at some point as the fuel lines were kinda rushed all them years ago!



Into the return side go's the fittings



Then made up the open-ended fitting, this has to have at least 30cm of hose for the scrutineers to use to sample!



And a little rubber boot fitted once the line was disconnected!



Job done!
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Sat May 09, 2020 4:39 am PostPost subject:
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nice and simple sampling point... we've always had them near pumps/tank and had issues with scrutes

ECU - bracket.... may pester you for a copy once i remember where/how ours is mounted Laughing
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Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:21 pm PostPost subject:
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Sooo nothing super exciting going on, iv been thinking of more things id like to do, 3.5" exhaust is the main one. When i get that done i think il change up the rad and intercooler a bit and also get another bonnet and move the air vent to above the manifold as im going to try some ducting of the rads up out the bonnet!

But something iv been working on over the weekend. I had a old Morrette headlight, i used to stick it in for track days but couldn't really use it when racing as it didnt have any lights. It allowed some fresh air into the air filter.

I decided i wanted to try and use it again even if it gives the car a bit of a pop eye look i like it. And enclosed air box is really needed but im not happy with the other version i made so il end up making another one i think!


so first things first onto ebay and got what would normally be a fog light with a halo ring, did a bit of digging and found one with an orange ring, ideal indicator then!



Its bright enough tbh! And the indicator is also fine! Had an old headlight that i had robbed bits off before so managed to save a plug and use it so its direct plug and play which is nice!




But i noticed when fitted there's a massive path for the air just to go into the front wing and not into the engine bay...

So i found a little bit of carbon weave that i had forgotten about so decided to make a deflector for it!
Sadly didnt take any photos, couldn't be bothered with the whole moulding and shaping thing so i just got an old 5l bottle, cut the top off, and just wet layed the carbon on top! wasn't expecting it to turn out perfect but it actually turned out pretty well haha!

So some ti wraps and rivets later it was fitted to the morrette light and will do the job just nicely!



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Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:13 pm PostPost subject:
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2 years ago this month focus set its quickest time ever round Knockhill, an amazing feeling with an absolute rapid time that I still hold my head high for!

It’s sadly brought me to realize that this years motorsport is over for me.
Few out of control things as a result of the covid-19 pandemic has delayed the finishing touches needed, and although the car is ready to “go” in last years spec, for me it’s just not worth it.
I always want to better myself and the car, never settle for the same, once I start that is the day I sell it.

So after much thought ending the year before it’s started Is the right thing to do and get a start on what would of been this years winter upgrades.


So like nearly every person building a race car at club level, new things to do normally comes from browsing the internet, Case in point I came across solid bushes for the steering rack. These 2 bushes holding the rack in place were the only 2 remaining bushes left on the car that were not polly or pillow bearing so was excited to get on and try them out. J9 Performance Parts had these shipped to me next day. First job is to get the subframe out and strip the rack off.



First things first was a quick jet wash. The rack was coated in bilt hamers dynax uc - a clear wax oil like product, does a good job, but side effect like all wax oil, dust sticks to it. But power wash later and it was looking very respectable.



Next was press old bushes out, i don't have a press so my vice worked, but sadly my lack of attention missed me nipping one of the fluid transfer pipes Sad .







A bit of digging later i found a uk company called Power Steering Store - Send next day, pipes copied and made same day, and then sent next day back all for a very reasonable price! Love having companies like this still on the go in the UK!

Next was a call to Part-box.com for some new Ford OEM track rod ends, nothing wrong with mine but figured id replace them now in case I run into issues setting up the car next time out! Fun fact, TRW now must be the chosen supplier for Fords after life cars! Could've been before but there's a bit of info for you!





So subframe was all assembled, coated once again in dynax UC.



While i had the subframe out i got the front half of the floor pan and fire wall painted and up to scratch to match the rear! Thank god that's the underside finally complete!



Some new seals for the power steering rack fittings and it's good to drop back down on the ground.

Cheers!
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Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:25 pm PostPost subject:
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Sooo little updates, seeing as i didnt get to any race events this year iv a little bit of savings saved up so iv been shopping for a few bits and bobs with a few ideas in the making!

First is temps, the temps are fine for sprints, fine for about 3-4 mins flat out driving, but then things start to heat up. Now i have never pushed on to see it the temps remain stable or continue to climb, but they are hitting the hotter side of things when i start to back out of it. Looking at the rad and intercooler set up the ducting isnt the best so iv got a few plans there.

Going to move the rad and intercooler tight together, and then hopefully duct the lot up out the bonnet. So got a bonnet vent from the late spec WRC focus mk1 and a new carbon bonnet to chop up. Iv also got a few other vents to help pull some hot air out the bay.

Quick mock up has it looking roughly like this.




But there is a few things i have to do before im able to sort this, mainly rebuilding the front frame again Sad !

So another project for me was the dash v2, the first one was my first attempt and i learnt lots, its perfectly fine tbh, but the finish isnt the best, the fake leather effect on the dash transferred through and you can see it if your looking for it which annoyed me!

So with what i knew i set about making the v2, spent alot of time filling holes and smoothing it all to make it pretty!
Plug ready!




And mould made! few wet sanding bits needed but as a hole its pretty good so might try make a dash next time im home!



Next big update dragged on a little due to waiting on bits from the USA, Tial parts waste gate and exhaust housing seem to be the main hold ups but got there in the end!
Now one of the big updates needed for moving the rads and doing the ducting was a change in exhaust location, or more keeping it neater and tighter.
And because i cant leave anything normal i took this chance to move up to 3.5", people say its not needed but iv seen first hand data that bigger bore helps everything, from turbo spool speed, EGTs and back pressure drops ( although thats not an issue here)
So armed with all the bits it was off to calum hayes fabrication and he was given the task of making the new system! Its tight in places but im mega happy with how its turned out! it was a bit patchy before and was letting the underside down!












Will get the important bits off next time im home and get them coated!

Also took it out for a few photo before its away under the knife again ! haha



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Tue Dec 08, 2020 2:07 pm PostPost subject:
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Looking great Jack! Any updates? What vents are they nearest the windscreen?
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Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:05 pm PostPost subject:
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scottmasterton wrote:
Looking great Jack! Any updates? What vents are they nearest the windscreen?


No updates sadly, just got back onshore to find my boiler is prolly going to need replaced so best not be spending money on the car just now haha!

All in good time tho! Bonnet vents are from a BMW E90 S2000, they also use them on the JCW Mini challange cars, figured they must work at pulling hot air out the bay but dont have any data on that front yet!
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