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Old 07-30-2006, 03:59 AM
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Default Slowy's G-Force build!

Seems Lobelly has finally shamed me into figuring out how to and actually posting pics of my build.

Mine is a 97 built G-force that has seen two previous owners but never been registered. I have been fortunate enough to be classed as a late 2004 classified ICV ie I get to use an AU series motor - no dark side of the force for me!!. In this case a 220kW Tickford with 5 speed so she should burble along.

Have had body on and off a couple of times made very easy by twin pulley systems so that I can do all this by myself in about 15 minutes. Made a right mess of my garage ceiling though - will have to add the ceiling repairs to the to do list after car is finished!!?!

Have fitted brake and mechanical clutch systems see pic below



Needed to make an extension to clutch pedal to pull cable as the kit was set up for hydraulics, but the motor/box arrangement was mechanical as original. But am finding I have a mighty long throw, so on advice am currently going to test for clutch release and set a stop on the pedal. Can anybody provide any further advise on this issue?

Also had to cut out a section of the rear of front wheel arch to fit brake booster and master as shown below! This had been forecast by a fellow building his second G-Force near me. He isn't a club member and I will have to work on this.



Test fitted the airbox that came with the engine and it's way too big. Have been lent a GM airbox, thanks Martin, but wonder if the smaller size will affect the engine particularly related to emissions management. Can anyone comment on this, including other options I might have in this issue?



Have also been searching for ages for MX5 seats, and have two shown in the car. The black cloth seat has been shrunk and fits the GF well, the leather tan seat is full size but doesn't fit as well as expected. Here in steps the Boss and says I want them leather seats, so its cut and shut time with a visit to the trimmers.

The black seat was lent by a fellow building clubmans and who has a similar pair of full sized seats available - see my post on mx5 seats. The black seat hugs much like a race seat without the large wings even though the owner very roughly did the cut exercise. When I am finished the tan seats will need to be measured to know they are smaller!!



Am working my build towards a state where I can contemplate exhaust systems. This means fitting all the interfering goodies including fuel tank and pumps. My kit came with a GF fabricated tank but I wanted to maximise boot space so am fitting tank beneath f/glass, rather than through boot as suggested by the GF build manual. Pick shows tank roughly in location.



Search in vain for an intank std system so ended up buying off ebay the needed bits in one hit - Carter lift pump, ali surge tank and an 044 Bosch motorsport pump, all destined for a Mustang but never used. Have worked out where these will go and will buy the steel and start fabricating this week.

Can anyone explain simply the routing sequence for fuel supply and return including vapour management? I know I need a charcoal cannister as well, where does this fit into the picture?

Anyway that's more than enough from me, look forward to all those handy hints and suggestions to keep my jigsaw going.

Cheers

PS I think I have a photo melt down. If there aren't any attachments please barrage me with how to post photo descriptions, as I had faithfully followed previous instructions from the forum on how to do this. Probably first time blues.

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Old 07-30-2006, 05:34 AM
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In the words of 4 weddings and a funeral .... f@#*, f*#@, bugga

So how do I post attachments - Cheers
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Old 07-30-2006, 06:04 AM
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Like most things, it's simple when you know how.

Make sure the images have been uploaded to your Gallery, which looks like they have.

Then open up each image that you want to include in your post, using your gallery. On the gallery page that displays the full size image, you have a text box down the bottom called UBBCode. It has the correct data in it to display images in your post. Just click the "Copy to Clipboard" button on the right, then paste the data where you want the images to appear in your posts.

Voila.

Now you can edit your post above and add in the required images.

I'll leave you to it.


Now this is a cool photo. I remember the feeling of dropping the engine in for the first time.

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Old 07-31-2006, 01:15 AM
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Many thanks Craig at least now have pics to go with the story!

How do you generate bigger pics. such as in Lowbelly's post?

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Old 07-31-2006, 03:11 AM
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Hi Stephen,


The car is coming along well, maybe you need a couple of finished cars to drop in and get you more excited......

Let me know if you require some added motivation



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Old 07-31-2006, 03:25 AM
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Hey Stiffy

Am always after motivation and excitement. What can you do Boss man!!

Though I always put such time down to research, as bugger all actually gets done to the car. Particularly if the thinking process is aided by consumption of amber, clear or red coloured liquids!

See you Thursday night.

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Old 08-01-2006, 12:28 AM
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hey Slowy

nice build pics.

had to do the same chop for my brake booster - they got a lot easier after that one - now the body is like swiss cheese, I'm afraid that if I have to pull the body off again it wont hold it's shape.

look forward to catching up thursday

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Yer LoBelly know what you mean.

Cut a hole in drivers side rear wheel well in the cockpit attempting a better fit for my mx5 seats.

Marginal gain achieved but I will do better once my seats have been shrunk some 50mm. What you have to do to get things to fit - Geez!!!!

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Hi Stephen,

My car is now registered and back in my garage. As you know I have the same motor.

I am running an after market pod filter. Cold air intake, it sits behing the headlight. No problems with emmissions.

You can come over and check the fuel lines. One in, one out and the plastic charcoal canister line is right next to them. I put the canister in the boot with a vent tube popping out above the rear axle. The Au canister also has a plug for some wiring. I used the original wiring so no probs, not sure if aftermarket wiring would cover that?

Feel free to come over and gave a look
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Yer LoBelly know what you mean.

Cut a hole in drivers side rear wheel well in the cockpit attempting a better fit for my mx5 seats.

Marginal gain achieved but I will do better once my seats have been shrunk some 50mm. What you have to do to get things to fit - Geez!!!!

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We did the same, massaged every inch of the rear wall/wheel well to get the MX5 seats to fit as far back as possible. I think in the end we gained about 30mm extra length. Doesn't sound like much but it was the difference between my brother fitting and not fitting. I'm only 5'10", so fit with ease in most Cobra's, GT40's etc.
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Cameron good to hear you've got your car back finally.

I will take you up on your visit offer, what's this weekend like for you?

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Saturday arvo or Sunday should be fine.

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Thanks Cameron I think Sunday will suit best as we have visitors Sat. afternoon extending to Sunday morning. I would presume just after lunch might be the best opportunity, that good for you say 1pm ish?

Will bring digital camera and numerous questions!

I'm sure I have them somewhere but what's your address again and a contact number just in case!!

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