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  1. Thread: New Build

    by JohnCh
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    Glad you found it when you did. A press fit...

    Glad you found it when you did. A press fit without an additional mechanical fastener does seem a bit odd given the pressure involved, but I don't see a groove or other indication of a fastener in...
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    You're close Greg. I bought the Elan because...

    You're close Greg. I bought the Elan because I've wanted one since I was a kid, almost bought one instead of the Westfield, and wanted something I could use when rain was possible. In fact, that's...
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    Hard to tell if the passenger seat is far more...

    Hard to tell if the passenger seat is far more faded or if that's just the lighting in the different photos. I'd be tempted to give both seats a very thorough cleaning and proceed from there. If...
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    You're the one who brought up spending $1000 to...

    You're the one who brought up spending $1000 to recover the seats, I was just providing another option at a similar cost :) I do think that spending money to go non-stock, and do so in a way that...
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    At todays' exchange rate, a new pair of cloth...

    At todays' exchange rate, a new pair of cloth seats from Caterham is <$835. Shipping will obviously add to that, but given the variable quality I've seen with recovered seats, if the costs are...
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    Good point Mike, I forgot to account for the Vlad...

    Good point Mike, I forgot to account for the Vlad factor. Never mind :jester:

    -John
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    Given the difference in offset, any concern about...

    Given the difference in offset, any concern about changes to the scrub radius negatively impacting handling? It's not a huge amount, so probably not a big deal, but given the Caterham's best feature...
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    Between the Westfield and the Elan, it's hard for...

    Between the Westfield and the Elan, it's hard for my wife to take my car-related safety talk seriously.

    Yesterday afternoon I wrapped a piece of 600 grit sandpaper around a large shoulder bolt,...
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    Good to know you haven't had an issue. SBD...

    Good to know you haven't had an issue. SBD Raceline, and Raceco (back when Ammo was still around building Duratecs) all recommend the manual tensioner for engines that spin at high rpms. Outright...
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    Just got off the phone with Kent. Surprise,...

    Just got off the phone with Kent. Surprise, surprise, they haven't seen this before. He said the gears are heat treated and sometimes can expand a bit during that process, but not to this degree. ...
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    Way too close to the finish line to throw in the...

    Way too close to the finish line to throw in the towel. I'm not sure I would characterize the build as rough -- a vortex of WTF moments is more appropriate -- although it still has the potential to...
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    Thanks Shane. I've updated my post with the new...

    Thanks Shane. I've updated my post with the new emoticon.

    -John
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    After unsuccessfully trying to reach Kent's...

    After unsuccessfully trying to reach Kent's technical department for the past hour (I'm sorry, no one is currently available to take your call), I had an epiphany and did a search. Yep, today is...
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    Thanks Shane. I must admit I never intended for...

    Thanks Shane. I must admit I never intended for the thread to become this interesting, or to last this long. :banghead:

    -John
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    I removed the timing chain and exhaust side gear...

    I removed the timing chain and exhaust side gear from the engine, and put the gear on a DTEC10 cam to make sure my memory of fit was correct. Surprisingly it was. Although tight, the gear was easy...
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    Head is torqued, cams are installed, and the...

    Head is torqued, cams are installed, and the chain drive assembly with new mechanical chain tensioner is in place. The factory Duratec uses a hydraulic tensioner, which works fine, but can have...
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    Mike, thanks for posting those. Great reads and...

    Mike, thanks for posting those. Great reads and photos. I even recognize a couple of the cars from USA2005. Ah, to be on a tour right now, driving like a hooligan on epic roads in the middle of...
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    FedEx has updated the tracking. It still shows...

    FedEx has updated the tracking. It still shows it arrived in Troutdale yesterday around noon, and was in transit to Westminster shortly after, but they have now added that it left Troutdale last...
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    Nice looking pre-lit Westfield just landed on...

    Nice looking pre-lit Westfield just landed on BaT: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1984-westfield-seven-2/

    -John
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    Thanks, but I've become an expert at pressing the...

    Thanks, but I've become an expert at pressing the big red Croc...er, Ban button.

    -John
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    Good point. Let me get on that. -John

    Good point. Let me get on that.

    -John
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    It looks like the torque wrench is delayed. It...

    It looks like the torque wrench is delayed. It left Fresno, CA on Monday and was supposed to arrive here today. Checking tracking, it was in Sacramento on Tuesday (good), hung around Sacramento...
  23. Thread: Help with belts

    by JohnCh
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    Check out Schroth Harnesses with their Flexi...

    Check out Schroth Harnesses with their Flexi technology. They allow you to switch the lap belts between pull up and pull down configuration, and as part of that, you can position the adjuster closer...
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    Welcome James! The only folks we don't welcome...

    Welcome James! The only folks we don't welcome are the se7enless spammers who keep trying to bust their way in here (hence the reason you were initially moderated). I'd love to hear more about the...
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    Given the rarity of red Westfields in the US and...

    Given the rarity of red Westfields in the US and the small size of Menlo Park, you can file this under weird coincidences: My car's original owner had it when he lived in Menlo Park.

    -John
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