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Old 01-10-2018, 10:39 PM
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New Year’s greetings!

It’s been a while since updating my 289 FIA’s build progress. Other things have assumed priority, but I’m back in the saddle now

I was missing the two brackets that support the front diff. mounting ‘ears’. Craig at AP happily supplied them, so I have been able to finish the diff. install.
Found a minor hitch in my assumed install procedure for the diff. mounts though, resulting in the roll-over bar and strut needing to be removed first. I needed access to be able to fit the diff. mounting bolt behind the roll bar’s mounting socket….





Brackets and diff. bolts are now all fully secured….





I’m going my own way with handbrake/emergency brake style and location. I wanted something as original looking as I could 'sensibly' obtain, so started with an Austin Healey handle, but the amount of time that it would have taken to adapt it changed my mind, so I decided to use a Lokar unit (anybody need an AH handle?).
The Lokar button isn’t correct, but overall appearance is sufficiently acceptable to the builder
Mounting took a bit of care to have it snug enough to the tunnel to clear the seat adequately, but it did work out well…..





It’s 36degC out there now, so work has stopped for the day. Time for some cold refreshment


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Glad to see that you are back at it Glen. Looking nice. With that aluminum frame and differential, your car should be quite light. What is the estimated finished weight of the car?

Wish that I was dealing with 36C, I have been having -6F temps that have kept me inside and out of the workshop.

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Glen,

What is the length of that Locar handle and did it work with the stock cables OK? I am thinking of trying to change out my short stock handle for a longer one that would give me an easier pull.

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....With that aluminum frame and differential, your car should be quite light. What is the estimated finished weight.....
Hi Jim
Best guesstimate is around 1060kg, based on an existing AP 427 with similar engine and similar weight gearbox to mine.
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What is the length of that Locar handle and did it work with the stock cables OK? I am thinking of trying to change out my short stock handle for a longer one that would give me an easier pull.

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It's a 16" handle, so certainly gives significant mechanical advantage. I am using a clevis yoke which makes for an easy interface to the cable end fitting.
I'll update when I have the extra bits I need.

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