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Craig Lawton
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The mild weather and blue skies these past few days just make me want to take the Libra out, and I have when I've had the chance.

Is yours still wrapped up from the winter months? What does the unwrap and checkup entail?

What plans do you have for the year? Any car mods, shows, tours? 

Greg Barton
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I'm planning on fixing my rev counter and going to Silverstone Classic

Andrew Cornelius
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I've rebuilt front suspension reconditioned GAZ shocks and new wheelbearing and bushes running in rebuilt engine (by me) car off road till salt gone then use again as daily driver. 

will upload pics of engine rebuild

new liners and 160 pistons

new end bearings

Sabre KR1 head

Newman phase 2 cams

Vernier cam pulleys

lotus s1 exhaust manifold (I know not the best but cheap and better than GTM's)

exhaust wrapped

PRT thermostat and silicone hoses

stainless powder coated water rail

repositioned gear rod from sump to attach to bottom of bellhousing to allow clearance for exhaust

52 mm throtle body

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Gareth Woolridge
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I think buying a house and moving will have to come before the cars, but time allowing I need to do some more suspension tweaks to the K3 in the hopes of actually doing some trackdays this year.  Oh and in keeping with a common theme, fix the rev counter.  

I also need to rebuild the engine on the 2CV, it only had 2 cyclinders and 29 bhp to start with but currently its only running on one.

Richard Robinson
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Springtime brings with it a big decision.... Turbo or SC?

How do I become a Donator?

Andrew Cornelius
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Ive just added pictures of rebuild to above post

Coen van der Zanden
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The Libra got through MOT today... all in one go, no issues! Ready to use it again and building steady on my ZCARS Mini with diesel engine...

Andrew, engine rebuild looks nice, good job!

Roger Hammond
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Finishing this

 

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Colin Howells
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Only had one snag since the VVC changeover to 2.0l type r engine "plus the rotrex charger" is that i am going through drive belts (snapping and shredding them after about 250miles) Apparently i have the wrong belt length which the manufacturer of rotrex recommend. Problem is i can't seem to get the belt on they recommend because it removes the tensioner operation due to this very problem i have experienced. I will figure it out which isn't bad if this is the only issue i have had since the conversion.

I was origianlly concerned about the cooling of the car but it is brilliant so far but damn it is very quick, which reminds me i need to arrange some track days. Anyone have any ideas? I see greg is looking at silverstone.

Colin

Spin up the Rotrex!!!!!

GTM Libra Type r supercharged

BMW 320d Msport

BMW 435d xdrive msport

Andrew Cornelius
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If that's the only prob well done Colin  

 Does the car feel much different with the extra engine weight?

Colin Howells
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to be honest i can't feel the extra weight from the engine, the Z cars suspension is fantastic.

I did speak to quick though as i snapped my nearside driveshaft thursday night had issues getting it home but i have already sourced stronger/reliable ones already and will be back on the road within 3/6 weeks

 

Colin

Spin up the Rotrex!!!!!

GTM Libra Type r supercharged

BMW 320d Msport

BMW 435d xdrive msport

Craig Lawton
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Andrew, you've been busy! Looks great, I'm sure you're looking forward to getting it on the road.

Richard, quite some time ago people suggested they would like to contribute towards the site fees, so my way of saying thanks was the donator badge. Enough money was donated to cover 12 months, once it's gone I'll let people donate for next year. Keep a look out Wink

Bertram Bakker
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Hi!

I only did some minor work on the car this winter. I fixed the false reading for the oil pressure and oil temperature (bad earth), and swapped the charge cooler pump for a much bigger one. This to improve cooling. I rinsed the cooling system and refilled it with straight water and purple ice. Again, to improve cooling.

The most time was spend on the gear indicator and gear stick position indicator for the DSG. But that is not finished yet. Anybody of you very good at programming Atmel microcontrollers in C??

 

 

Bye,

Bertram

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Craig Lawton
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Plenty of C experience but not on the Atmels.

Is it for the DSG display?

Bertram Bakker
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Hi Craig,

Yes, it is indeed for the DSG display. I have a professional guy looking at it, costs a lot of $$. But he is not really making a lot of progress. We can receive CAN messages send from a CAN sniffer, but CAN messages from the car are not received.

Would you be prepared to have a look at the C code? Maybe you spot something that we did not notice? micro is the AT90CAN32....

 

 

 

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Bertram

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Craig Lawton
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I'd be happy to take a look, but it sounds very Atmel specific so don't hold your breath.

I do know a bit about CAN though and I suggest you double check the bus speed and termination.

If you don't have my email address please pm me.

Craig

Richard Robinson
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Wow Andrew, those pics look amazing, good job!

There's a company near my way who can put a ceramic heat coating on your exhaust... they obviously clean all the rust and crap off first, they do it for the Koenigsegg so are quite professional! I think I'll be having that done once I'm finished to keep the engine bay temps down.

Did you wet the wrap before putting it on? I've heard that this then tightens as it drys (not sure if this is true) so makes a better fit, any holes in the wrap would cause a weak point which has always made me paranoid about it.

We should arrange a summer pub run as I can't make Stoneleigh again!

Andrew Cornelius
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Hi Richard

Didn't wet the wrap just used my upholstry skills! Funny story I drove to a quiet lay by to burn off the wrap, me sat in car with with rear clamshell up revving for about 15 mins, smoke pouring off the wrap. A passing cop car sees it and turns round rushing back to me with blue lights on I think oh no the car is still vor and no tax but he just thought I was on fire! And we had a laugh.

Will try and make stonleigh but can only make the Sunday

Andrew

Roger Hammond
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Hi Rich

Whats happening with your car? Is it still with Z Cars for the VW conversion? You never did post any pics for us?

Craig Lawton
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Richard, 

Isn't the ceramic coating very fragile? 

Andrew Cornelius
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Whoo Hoo!

motd, taxed and back on the road as my daily driver

Stoneleigh on Monday, can't do Sunday

See You?

Gareth Woolridge
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It's 2014!!

What are we squirreled away in our garages working on for this year?

Pretty simple one for me, after all the house moving etc last year scuppered the K3's chances of being on the road I'm aiming to have it back on the road in time for some hopefully better weather.

Andrew Cornelius
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to go with the engine upgrade Ive just got an Emerald M3DK ebay bargain.

got to fit that and overhaul rear suspension, anyone got any maps?

Toby Wills
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Back end of last year I noticed that the header tank had been bubbling over a bit down to loosing pressure in the system ,one of the hoses up front was weeping 

Was just going to clean everything up but noticed the rad was worse for wear aswell so I've put a vw golf/passat rad in with all new silicone hoses and fan. 

Given the whole front end a sort out wiring,paint ect still more to do then moving on to the back not much to do there just check cooling side of thing and a quick brush up also some welding to do on exhaust again

Toby 

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grand plan is to get K3 finished for Stoneleigh and try out the MGF engine at Blyton.

Peeps.

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Jim Mottram
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I don’t know about squirreling away its been more like my second home, I spent quite a lot of last year in the garage. Recovered door cards, Re-cored rad, Repainted engine frame and suspension. Had a new rear clam and boot lid made by Westfield which came in 6 piece's that I had to bond together, new rear lights, rear screen made by plastics for performance (pfp)  and mot passed just need pfp to make the quarter windows with vents and it will be finished.  The plan then is to get the Santander ferry, visit relatives in France and see how many mountain passes we can drive this year if the house sale doesn't get in the way. But definitely going to Stoneleigh and Donnington.  Also looking at pistons and props at Sywell aerodrome and a couple of the Yorkshire classic car shows if they let me in !

Roger Hammond
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Hi James

Sounds like you have been busy. What happened for you to need a rear clam?

I hope you have been looking after my car Wink

Jim Mottram
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The wife happened ! Had been cleaning around engine but got carried away and got water down a plug hole so had a misfire, i didn't put the screws back in and had a short notice call to Germany the morning after, her car didn't start so she took the GTM, the clam opened at the bottom of the road and departed company finishing up upside down being pushed by a bus ! The insurance were going to write it off due to the body-shop insisting it needed to be painted but i managed to talk them into paying for the parts and fixing it myself. So yeah other than that its being well looked after, since I've had it I've done the cam belts had a new gear link cables made, rad re core, a couple of new pipes and some paint here and there and a general cleanup.It only comes out from under the cover in the garage if its dry and sunny unless there's a show Smile  

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Write it off!? I think not!

Sounds like you are pampering it as much as I did. It still looks fantastic in the pictures you put on GTMOC.

Looking forward to seeing it at Stoneleigh.