Just done a few odd jobs today. Fitted the rear brake caliper mounts using the bolts from Namrick, these seem to go OK and with the use of a couple of washers the calipers sit nice and central to the disc. Also gave the gearbox a coat of paint to freshen that up and prepped the gearbox mount for painting next week. Finally, fitted the new Alachi adjustable top mounts which included swapping over the bearing tops, re-drilling a couple of holes and then bolting them in. Nothing too strenuous but jobs that need doing. Will get the rest of the materials for the engine mounts ordered this week along with the remaining new brake parts, wheel studs, wheel nuts and some poly bushes for the steering rack and the anti roll bar. So still on track to get all of the rolling stock complete by the end of Christmas.
So, not a huge amount of progress but the sump has arrived. Thanks to www.crapengineering.weebly.com (aka Clairetoo on various forums) doing a pretty good job based on a fairly minimal sketch. The main aim was to retain the oil volume but move the bowl to the front to clear the cross member and steering column. In addition a drain plug and dip stick socket needed to be put in and also the pick up pipe modified to match the new sump.
The final outcome, as you can see, is a welded aluminium construction with a 6mm top plate that has been made to match the OEM one. An additional modification to the windage plate was pretty straight forward (removing about 10mm from each side). As you can see it all fits very nicely and places the engine in the correct position with respect to the rear fuel/water connection and the bulkhead.
I have also got the engine mount parts laser cut, thanks to www.lasermaster.co.uk, and have carried out final measurements before ordering the rest of the material. I have also received the adjustable top mounts from Alachi, again these will need some final adjustment (extra holes drilling) to get them to fit but these will give me a better camber at the front (looking for about 1 deg top in). Final job has been to give the gearbox a coat of paint before re-fitting the engine and gearbox, hopefully for the last time. This will be helped by some new bolts from www.namrick.co.uk. I hope to get out in the next couple of weeks to finish of the front end, fit the rear disc brackets and then measure up for tyres.
Father & Son Team
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