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Thread: Winter plans

  1. #1
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    Default Winter plans?

    For those of us who actually have to put our cars away in the winter, it gives us a good opportunity to plan and procrastinate on upgrades to the car while it's down/away.

    I plan to

    * rewire the headlights to have a disconnect plug and use the new front "lower" mount points that site closer to the front.
    * have the 620R nosecone painted and mounted
    * swap the rollcage from old style single diagonal to new style double diagonal
    * lower the nose so I stop having the raised rake as I was told I have during the NJMP day
    * get the tuning software issues figured out

    etc etc
    Last edited by Vovchandr; 10-07-2019 at 08:32 AM.
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    Small list for me: Refresh and upgrade the engine, repack the silencer, install AEM WBO2 (replacing old Innovate LC1 and will be incorporated into new engine loom), replace failing heat barrier on tub by header, aesthetic clean up under bonnet wiring, re-torque everything, check suspension wear items, and a few other things I don't yet realize are needed

    Who else has big plans?

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    Since Sebastian and Simon W are going for 297hp Duratecs with their winter upgrade then I think I need to go bigger. Maybe a new Caterham, bulk hp and fatter new wheels/tires?

    A Millington engine is the ticket here - visiting them this Friday:
    https://www.millingtonengines.co.uk/new-engines/


    Really need Simon and Seb to confirm their winter plans so I can settle my engine spec.
    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 SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Why wait for their plans and be reactionary? Be offensive (you're good at it ) and set a high bar to which they need to respond.

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    I'll play. Here's my winter list. Was never intended for public consumption, so some of it might be meaningless to anyone but me:

    Right rear tire leak
    Check coolant hoses for leaks
    Fix oil leaks
    Oil tank extra outlet
    Front left hoses
    Oil check valve
    Carb throttle catching
    New throttle cable - reverse operation at carbs
    Carb screw thatís stuck
    Rebuild carbs
    Aim headlights or new headlights
    Windscreen back on
    Pad left shoulder area or new seat
    Mud flaps
    Replace broken snaps on car and tonneau cover
    New 6 pt belts
    New helmet? (current is Snell 2010)
    Better GoPro microphone mounting
    Replace gauge lights
    Blacken grayed switches
    Determine differential ratio
    New differential?
    Differential axle seals
    Fire extinguisher
    Figure out why right rear is higher
    Carpets/floor mats
    Have alternator tested
    Front wheel bearings adjust or replace
    Alignment
    Make extender so top can be used with high roll bar
    1997 Caterham, BDA
    1991 Miata, supercharged
    2017 VW GTI

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    I have been busy cleaning up my UK Caterham. A nice detail, some polishing, full servicing, new front wing brackets, a Tillet seat - bling bling!











    All ready now for first event of the year first week of MArch at Donington UK. Spa-Francorchamps then follows two weeks later.

    Who is coming with me to Spa-Francorchamps this year?
    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 SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    Holy crap, how many hours did it take your lackeys to achieve that shine on your exhaust system?? That's impressive!

    -John
    '95 Westfield SEiW w/2.0L Duratec
    '68 Lotus Elan FHC
    '91 Miata w/Flyin Miata suspension & brakes
    '95 Porsche 993 C2
    '86 Porsche 944 turbo (neglected project car)
    Throttle Steer

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    Going to replace the front "A" arm bushings and install new Wilwood 4 pot calipers $$$$$. Rebuild the seat bases also. Russ

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    I already changed the motor oil. I'll pull the aero off the back and change the diff fluid, then the tranny fluid. I bleed the brakes every spring before the first track day. So, just the diff and tranny fluid aren't annual items. My T9 has both a drain and fill provision, so pretty easy.
    2003 Birkin

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    Just for those pictures I think the "poo brown" and "Crimson" polisher awards both need reassignment to Croc

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