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  1. #21
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    The colors on the Mini are stellar. The number on my car is the added total of each month in which my wife, son, daughter and myself were born. ...did I mention the color?

    BTW, it’s great seeing a new build on the forum. Keep us posted.
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    Stalker V8, chassis #85

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    Get up in the morning and give the day your very best. You donít get it back.

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    Great garages guys! My wife has a newer mini but we love them all!

    @pk .... what is the one on the left? Looks like a BMW? Nice collection!

    Tomorrow I'm putting in the engine and trans. I bypassed the headlights and radiator because i know how clumsy I am. I can just see me swatting them with the tail as i set the engine in. LOL!

    I did manage to get the heater/heater core in, the airbox, horns and the headlight supports installed. So far about 13 hours in.

    I'll post some pics of the engine install tomorrow.. cross your fingers!

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    1976 bmw 2002

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    Wow...great progress so quickly. You are keen to get out on the roads soon.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic

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    Well, I finally got some time to post some pics. A good friend of mine came over to give me a hand with putting the engine in. Unfortunately we lost about 4 hours trying to bleed the air out of a borrowed cherry picker only to run down to the rent a center and renting a known good one.


    We got about 12 hours in it over the two days. Fitting the trans to engine, plumbing up all the hoses, and installing the rad after the engine was in.





    One huge problem we ran into was the engine brackets to motor mounts. I bolted the rubber mounts to the frame and got the engine in close. But the brackets that bolt to the engine were "miles" off!

    This was the drivers (Left) side:


    This was the passenger right side:

    As you can see they weren't even close... very frustrating. The engine needed to be about 3 inches toward the left side and back about three inches. This was impossible as the dipstick was already against the side of the car, the throttle was against the brake/clutch peddle box cover and the intake was against the master brake cylinder!
    I almost gave up and was going to call the dealer figuring that the brackets were the wrong ones. I stumbled on the remedy by loosely bolting the driver side bracket to the rubber mount on the frame and swinging toward the engine. What I discovered was, the engine needed to be tilted, with a list of about 5-10 degrees! I had no idea. When you pick up the engine with the cherry picker and engine tilt it picks it up level. Sure you can tilt the engine with the positioner nose to tail, but the yaw you could do nothing about. Being new to the Caterham, I didn't know that the engine was listing toward the passenger (right) side. So I pushed the tilter towards the passenger side to match the engine bracket and BINGO! I then moved the engine back and everything cleared! My buddy held it there as I bolted the bracket to the engine and then, the right side was spot on!

    Problem solved and time for a BEER!

    We finished plumbing up all the cooling system and called it a weekend!

    A LOT of work but I'm very happy with the result. Its really coming together.

    Next a cleanup of the shop, tool organization, get rid of a bunch of empty boxes and hit 'er again next weekend.

    Stay tuned!

    Apparently I exceeded the number of pics I can post... to be continued
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    Here is what I had to move to this post....


    Anyone know what these wires go to. I deduced that the brown ones are a ground. I checked them for continuity... The white and red ones? and the twisted ones with the plastic blades are up in front by the lower rad hose? The FSM has no wiring diagrams what so ever.


    HELPPPPPP!!! LOL

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    Apparently something went wrong.... my pics weren't posted. I sort it out and re post

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    Great work! It took me and a buddy, 80 hours of total wrench time to assemble my yellow car back in 2000. Funny you should mention engine tilt. My Rover K series motor also cants toward the passenger side. Keep up the good work, you'll be grinning ear to ear soon. Tom
    Mangia bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto, Guidare veloce

    2000 Caterham Superlight #123
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    2009 Caterham SV
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  9. #29
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    Well I got some more done today on the Caterham... oil is in, coolant is in, throttle cable and I fought my ass off with the steering column... those bushings are a nightmare, not to mention the one one the dash board that wasn't even mentioned in the guide. I kept knocking out the nylon inner sleeve. What a pain in the arse.

    They should note that the steering rack should be left loose so you can rotate it as necessary for a better angle to the steering column.

    I found out where those wires go. White and red to the starter and brown to the engine block... I hope. Lol

    Tomorrow the exhaust pipes, then the e-brake and diff... even with the problems I'm still loving the build!

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    Wow, you're making great progress! Very interested in your build because I'm contemplating a new 270S, 310S, or 360S in the very near future. Good luck!
    Bruce

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