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  1. Thread: New Build

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    I think a lot of people don't like them simply...

    I think a lot of people don't like them simply because they don't care for the aesthetics. Nothing wrong with that. How do you feel about that aspect?

    -John
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    Kudos for calling it a bonnet. To achieve elite...

    Kudos for calling it a bonnet. To achieve elite status, you'll need to start making aluminum a 5 syllable word. I still struggle with that one :( There is some truth to rocks ejecting over the...
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    No, I don't have a sense of humor, and I'm...

    No, I don't have a sense of humor, and I'm borderline pathologically vindictive. I smell a ban coming...


    Okay, that scores you some points and pacifies my ban finger.

    Now back to our...
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    I also did mud flaps. I cut them to size out of...

    I also did mud flaps. I cut them to size out of a pair intended for a truck and attached them to the base of the fender with the same style dome head fasteners used to attach the fender to the...
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    Depending on where you drive, the stone guards...

    Depending on where you drive, the stone guards can look worse for wear after a while and will really stand out if the rest of the car still looks good. Murphys' Law indicates that if you make them...
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    I confirmed the max file size is 2 MB. When...

    I confirmed the max file size is 2 MB. When attempting something larger it either fails with an error message that pops up at the top of the page, or simply doesn't show up. Doing a little testing,...
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    Hi Steve, you need to be a paid member to start a...

    Hi Steve, you need to be a paid member to start a thread in the Cars For Sale forum. That might be the issue. If not, the file could simply be too big. I don't recall the limit off the top of my...
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    I don't like this type of bullshit on the forum....

    I don't like this type of bullshit on the forum. Lightguy, you fired the first shot and Apex responded. As far as I'm concerned, you've both had your say, and this discussion is finished on the...
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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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