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    Awesome. Thanks for the info. Yes, running the Steers at the moment but they donít fill me with confidence when high speed braking.
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    There were seat mounts welded in already to suit a side mount seat...but the nopics wants to be able to have a steer occasionally, so fixed side mount wasn't going to cut it.



    Reusing the seats out of Morgan - a basic Sabelt Racer for the driver and a very old Sparco for the occasional passenger.

    So picked up an OMP universal seat mount



    Welded some extra angle in with welded nuts underneath for the bolts.




    Other side was easier - just drilled some new holes for the side mounts and bingo - seats mounted.


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    Apologies for not responding to these earlier - I wasn't quite myself at the end of last year.

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    Should be fun. When you start shredding through a set of rears every stage let me know. Have quite the stockpile of decent 15s in Pirelli, Dunlop and mrf laying around.
    Thanks! Rowdy supplied me with some, but I reckon I will need some more once it hits the tracks

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    Looking forward to seeing this thing running Gaz...
    Won't be long - i'm a bit further ahead with the build than the story
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    Trying to make a story of this but failing badly!


    Anyway, Hoonboy came over to give me a hand one day and next minute the engine and gearbox were in.

    Started to bolt some other stuff in and work out where things went.

    A/C lines were the first things in


    Needed to put some nutserts in and bolt up the header tank bracket



    New Heater hoses
    Of course where I'd run the rear brake lines inside was where the heater hoses wanted to be...
    Some creative routing and bending made it work.

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    Bought an eBay Hydro handbrake

    Mounted it on the tunnel and ran lines along the tunnel to the bulkhead fittings installed much earlier behind the booster.




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    There was a Ripshift lying around at work (cancelled order) so I thought why not - it was the Race version!



    Dropped the gearbag down, installed the bloody thing (this would have neen much easier while the gearbox was out...)

    Jacked the box up and mmm...



    So out came the angle grinder and I made the hole bigger.



    Turn the cut out around



    and a bit of weld to stick it together.



    and painted



    new boot and gearknob - just like a bought one.

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    Noice Gary....

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    Had to fix a small issue with a failed installation of a crotch plate under the LH seat.


    Cut out the old




    I was having issues getting the welder low enough to weld without making holes - so it didn't turn out perfect but is strong enough!

    Can't find the bloody pic, sorry



    Eagle eyed viewers will have noticed that once the seats were in, the harness bar was going to be too high.

    I made the driver's seat as low as possible (still higher than I wanted because of the adjuster).

    So I bought some roll cage tube and stuck another bar in below the original.







    Now I used this height due to the no-pics being shorter than me - It may be a tad low for me - although the angle is withing CAMS rules - just not for FHR use...


    In a bit of a scary moment, I had some plywood covering the floor to stop spatter getting to the floor, then used a couple of old towels to plug up the gaps.

    As usual, ran out of gas while welding, so had to go get more.
    While i was inside getting car keys, etc sorted to go, the young bloke says "Is something burning?"

    mmm... look outside and the towel is on fire! FUCK!!

    Fortunately it hadn't done much damage.

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    Painted the cage and it turns out if you look closely, I did a shit job in some parts
    But if you don't look too closely, it is fine.





    I relocated the ECU from the engine bay into the vacant airbag location.




    High tech latches to secure the cover!

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    Haven't had time to write the rest of the story up but here are a few photos to keep everyone amused.

    Radiator in




    Tidied up the wiring a bit




    Made some door trims



    Then it was time to start it...
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    Forgot the pic of the finished fuel system/filler - just imagine the really cool support/drip tray



    So we had fuel, fuel pump pressure, ignition lights but no crank...

    Realised I was using the wrong key head and swapped that over - that got the starter relay clicking.
    Immediately thought that maybe I should have checked the starter before I refitted it - but it was working in a running car when it came out.

    So traced the starter wiring from the starter and they ended here



    Eagle eyed punters will notice the cut off wires at top left - which were tucked under the fusebox originally.



    So a new plug to join the wires up and it started!
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    Then there was a whole lot of fiddly jobs

    parcel shelf



    Guards on




    Rear Inner Guard - looked neater after sound deadner painted on



    Additional support for the front bumper



    Tow strap



    Mudflaps - which need to be redone when I have time




    And had to put new rear pads in since I stole the ones out of the car to put on my stepdaughters VX one afternoon after she went metal to metal...



    Pretty much ready for shakedown now!
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    Aluminium flashing tape is good for extra sealing on parcel shelf, etc. if required. Looking good!
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    You're not exactly Mensa material yourself there champ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardinator View Post
    Aluminium flashing tape is good for extra sealing on parcel shelf, etc. if required. Looking good!
    Yep, there is a heap of that covering various holes

    The parcel shelf is sealed with fire resistant Sikaflex
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    So a couple of weeks ago, Murray made his competition debut.

    Was going well until I managed to hit a rock, just off line and broke the steering rack!

    In-car while it was still going

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAZ914 View Post
    So a couple of weeks ago, Murray made his competition debut.

    Was going well until I managed to hit a rock, just off line and broke the steering rack!

    In-car while it was still going

    Great to see it running...

    Look forward to more video

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    Cool as fuck Gaz ! Great to see mate...
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    So I took a couple of pics for the logbook application






    Next event is the Volksmuller Rallysprint this weekend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAZ914 View Post
    So I took a couple of pics for the logbook application






    Next event is the Volksmuller Rallysprint this weekend!
    Awesome, looks great, enjoy the rallysprint.

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    Nice work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatboy View Post
    Cool as fuck Gaz ! Great to see mate...
    Quote Originally Posted by rowdytoot View Post
    Awesome, looks great, enjoy the rallysprint.
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    Nice work!
    Thanks guys, hopefully have a couple of vids next week
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    Are we allowed back at Hampton yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobster View Post
    Are we allowed back at Hampton yet?
    I did recently discuss with Hoonboy the possibility of doing an invite-only event at Hampton - just to make it a bit more manageable

    PM me to register interest
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    So I ran the Volksmuller Rallysprint last weekend with Hoonboy in the (very) silly seat.

    We weren't the fastest thing there but finished with the car intact and had a lot of fun.

    Best pic I can find

    https://www.jackmartinphotography.co...nt/i-6cW7LSF/A
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAZ914 View Post
    So I ran the Volksmuller Rallysprint last weekend with Hoonboy in the (very) silly seat.

    We weren't the fastest thing there but finished with the car intact and had a lot of fun.

    Best pic I can find

    https://www.jackmartinphotography.co...nt/i-6cW7LSF/A
    Epic....

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    good shit.

    tell hoonboy I am still using the seat I bought of him 7 or so years ago.
    .... because every driver experiences the destructive potential of the effortless surge of power available through the smallest of body movements.

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    fuck that looks fun. gw
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    I've had many gauges in cars. I always found the conrods react faster than a gauge.

    you can always hear them when they break and they stop the engine immediately so you can't do any more damage.

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    So the fun continues

    Took it to a recent motorkhana at Nirimba TAFE where Hoonboy and I destroyed some rally tyres.

    Murray made it onto the highlight video. 2:56, 3:24 & 5:46

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    Niiice Gaaarryyy...


    Makes me all wistful for ute skids at nirimba..

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    That slow motion video is painful!
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