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GENERAL CAR CHAT / Re: Steel thickness for DIY transmission tunnel ?
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:54:31 pm »
Most O.E. panelwork is 0.8mm I thought....?
1.2 is fairly heavy, you may be able to get away with 1mm if you add some extra ridges and bends?

CHASSIS / Re: Hub nuts an CV joints - loose nuts anyone?
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:49:53 pm »
I have to keep an eye on mine when they are initially assembled - paint mark.

Road test a couple of times and check/re-torque. They usually move very slightly again and require another quick torque.
After that they tend to stay put.

Will thread locking adhesives work up to those kind of brake temperatures?

INDUCTION / Re: Golf 16v Custom inlet plenum.
« on: October 21, 2013, 08:48:01 pm »
Yeah, a metalwork thread is overdue! I imagine a few people have some skills to share.
Jason, you must be pretty handy with a pencil grinder and the like  ;D

INDUCTION / Re: Golf 16v Custom inlet plenum.
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:53:12 pm »
I do alot of aluminium now. I only improved when I started putting the hours in. I have to grind and finish most of my welds, but I am able to lay some nice beads now, after 3 years! Ha.
I am hopeless on the mill though!

Oval Aluminium lightbox frame, 4mm front, 2mm sides:

These are a bit crazy, lasercut from 2.5mm and welded together. They are really tricky, as the weld needs to be built up to a sharp point, and you cannot burn through because the back is visible when finished.

Sorry to hijack with some pictures. I do enjoy seeing nice metalwork though Tom, so keep us updated!
Those belts can be pricey. But then so are flap discs and other consumables  :(

INDUCTION / Re: Golf 16v Custom inlet plenum.
« on: October 21, 2013, 12:34:16 pm »
Cool. nicely done.
Lots of work there Tom! I do lots of similar welding/sanding/smoothing for artists, so appreciate the hours of work involved!

JMR BLOG / Re: New JMR MK2 Golf engine mounts
« on: October 21, 2013, 12:29:13 pm »
Nice one Jason,
Any plans for an improved mk2 gear linkage, and those Mk1 top mounts. Put me on the list for both!

JMR CUSTOMER CARS / Re: Sam Fish Mk1 Race Car
« on: October 17, 2012, 07:56:26 am »
Ha. It is no problem at all! I don't have any use for it over the winter really. No rush :)

I really need to open my engine up to see what is inside. Hopefully that head will be some bolt-on power for next year.... if it is not ****!
Sent a couple of messages to Tony.B and spoke about my chassis. There is some time to be made there too.

There are about 16'ish championship sponsors for the VAG, to help pay for the TV, but I am sure we can find space on there! I might have to turn it into a van and use the window space.

JMR CUSTOMER CARS / Re: Sam Fish Mk1 Race Car
« on: October 13, 2012, 06:33:40 pm »
Not sure what robs spec is. It is ex-slick 50 too, so it must be similar.

Me, Nick and Rob are all racing ex-slick 50 cars. There is a magazine article there somewhere  ;)

Hope that head isn't in the way Jason :)

I found a couple of pictures on Flickr recently. Nick told me they where there. So thanks Nick, and thanks Cole Trickle:

This is one from 2011:

Race one, lap 2 or 3 I think. The beetle ans Seat started near the back I think.

Pushing hard the next time around:

This was 1st lap of race 2... onto the back straight. I was nailed down the inside (starting the corner before), which is 'game over' onto the back straight on that particular corner.

Then finally got past this one, after a bump. I haven't missed the apex, it is just a very late one to get the best onto the long straight after. Maybe I could take a tighter line in and defend better without compromising the straight if I had a diff......:

And a random couple:

Me, running late for the collecting area.

My favourite:

There we go. My seasons racing. Haha.

GENERAL CAR CHAT / Re: What flicks yr switch in metal & rubber!
« on: September 27, 2012, 08:50:18 am »
Ok, ok. Don't shoot me.
I know, this is French...

Lancia Fulvia

An Alfasud

Clio V6 Trophy race car. They are amazing.

Oh, and this German car is quite good:  ;D

JMR CUSTOMER CARS / Re: Sam Fish Mk1 Race Car
« on: September 18, 2012, 07:54:18 am »
Ha. Yeah, I may leave the girder there!

Yeah, I need to get to 840 with driver (I am 80kg I think). Or 890 if I fit a LSD.
The BMW wheels are 7.8'ish when I weighed them, so not much more than the Team Dynamics surprisingly.
Maybe worth going for a lighter bonnet then.

I need to be able to wave out of the drivers window if I understand the blue book correctly (must be to allow rude gesturing if somebody hits me), so sliders or winders are the only way - on my side at least.
Rotating porthole on the passengers side though :)

Cheers Jason.
Racing = No food on the table at the moment. So that is me done for this year I reckon.

Nick and Rob are both up for a trackday sometime before next season, could be March time for me. Would be good to get a bunch of competition Mk1's together for a magazine.

JMR CUSTOMER CARS / Re: Sam Fish Mk1 Race Car
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:56:45 pm »
So I got a race in this year!
Brands GP at the weekend. Nick Penfold was also out in his Mk1. And Rob Fardon was out in his Mk1, in the saloon race - full or everything! 40+ cars on track!
There where 28 or so in the VAG Trophy. Brands GP is a bloody great track, and really good for racing on.

My car is going really well. I separated the airflow from the rad and airbox finally, so I guess that made a bit of a difference. I really need a diff now though. And I need to loose some weight from the car - which could be something nice to tinker with over the winter... not that I ever have time. I came in at 920kg with some spare fuel, and me inside.
I had a good hard race with a few different cars, fairly close at times.

My Doors are totally standard, and weigh as much as a horse. So they will be chopped about a bit. I HATE sliders in plastic windows, but I may be tempted to go down that route to save a bit more weight.
The tailgate will get its' plastic window fitted, and will also see a session with the angle grinder.

Not sure what to do with the bonnet. I guess I need a fibreglass one, but that is more money I would rather spend on tracktime, or a DIFF!

Other than that, I may swap some steel bits for aluminium here and there.... and removed the spare harness eyelets from the interior. Not sure how much the wing mirrors weigh?? I could swap them with a couple of carbon ones I have.

The main weight is in the bigger brakes, and the bigger wheels. Mine are not too bad for 15x7's, but it would weigh alot less with P-slots and the smaller tyres!

I left the steel bumper support behind the plastic, as i thought it would help if I had a little bump here and there. Glad I did in the end, as i gave somebody a bit of a nudge mid corner. They didn't go sideways, just forward. Not sure what it would have looked like with some lightweight aluminium bumper supports.... so I may go against convention and leave the steel lump there for now.

The list goes on!

GENERAL CAR CHAT / Re: Gone a bit quiet..
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:05:06 am »
I have been working solid, then a holiday.... Racing at Brands GP at the weekend though! Getting the car out today to sort a few bits out.

JMR CUSTOMER CARS / Re: Tim Moll's Red Mk1 trackcar
« on: August 28, 2012, 07:11:54 am »
Yeah, what is next Tim?

MOTORSPORT / Re: Castle Combe Trackday - 13/08/12
« on: August 25, 2012, 01:25:03 pm »
That is what I use. 195/55/15's. Haven't used them in the wet though!
I have a couple spare is your interested. Not new'ish ones, but they are good enough for trackdays.

MOTORSPORT / Re: Castle Combe Trackday - 13/08/12
« on: August 18, 2012, 01:31:35 pm »
That looks great fun. Sad I missed out.
What tyres where you running on in the rain chaps?
Really glad to hear the car is going well Nick.

I need to pull my bloody finger out to make sure I get to Brands on the 15th .......he says, looking around the house to see what can go on ebay.

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